You don’t have to leave Texas to find plenty of romantic getaways. Whether you are looking for a big city getaway, more quiet trips to small towns in the hill country or even relaxing days on the beach there are plenty of options. Here are the top 6 areas we recommend with plenty of luxury resorts and romantic cabins.
- DRIPPING SPRINGS
- SAN ANTONIO
- SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
First is where we call home, Austin! Coursing through the veins of Texas’ state capital is a friendly, generous, creative spirit, reminding visitors that southern hospitality is alive and well in this Lone Star State.
Our big city is full of fun outdoorsy activities, a constantly growing food scene, lively events, and of course, live music. Depending on what time of the year you visit you can check out the two biggest music festivals, SXSW (South by Southwest) and Austin City Limits which draw both national and international crowds yearly. The rest of the year you can enjoy the countless cozy bars, clubs, and restaurants that host live performers. Expect country music, of course, but also jazz, rock, blues, and hip-hop, and don’t be shy to take to that dance floor.
Things To Do In Austin
Enjoy The Outdoors
Natural beauty is in no shortage here. Austin is home to 300+ parks and over 30 miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails. Lady Bird Lake is a favorite for those seeking outdoor fun- you can kayak, canoe, or even take part in stand-up paddleboard yoga. If you come when it is warm enough to swim (about 8 months out of the year) swim and relax at Barton Springs Pool. If your timing is right you can even enjoy a midnight serenade on the lake.
Go Line Dancing
For the ultimate, authentic Texan experience, head down to the Broken Spoke where two-stepping is a guarantee. Need a little practice? Lessons take place nightly from 8pm-9pm ($8), and if you work up an appetite, Broken Spoke serves up all the ATX favorites, including an enormous chicken-fried steak.
See The Bats
Take part in this long-standing Austin tradition and watch in wonder as North America’s largest urban bat colony (up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats) swarm out from their home beneath Congress Avenue Bridge to feed. This is a nightly attraction between March and September, but the best viewing is in August and can even take place on the water onboard a Capitol Cruise or by the bridge on land.
Eat The Austin Staples
If you come to Austin you have to have some barbeque and tacos. James Beard Award winner Aaron Franklin dishes out mouth-watering, flavor-filled barbecue favorites daily at Franklins BBQ, but only at lunchtime and only until it runs out. For tacos, head to Torchy’s where there are multiple locations throughout town. For a romantic dinner together, our recommendation is Arlo Grey downtown.
Bob Bullock Museum- High-tech, immersive exhibits uncover The Story of Texas, from its independence from Mexico right through to today. Learn about the major events and people that shaped the Lone Star’s unique history, and don’t miss out on the 15-minute, multisensory film (The Star of Destiny) at the museum’s Texas Spirit Theatre.
Austin Romantic Accommodations
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Lake Austin Spa Resort is a blissful hideaway situated on Lake Austin, just 30 minutes away from the downtown area. Along the resort’s 19 secluded acres, you will find steam rooms, saunas, two outdoor pools, one indoor heated pool, gardens, the Lake House Spa, and exquisite dining options- both the lakefront dining room and the Aster Café specialize in French cuisine packed full of local flavors.
For some extra privacy and romance, book The Premier Hot Tub Cottage, completed with its own meditation garden and outdoor hot tub, or savor some quality time with the Austin 360- a spa package for two, including massages and access to a waterfall hot tub and crisp champagne on ice.
Luxury SoCo Airbnb with Pool
Adorned in captivating artwork, custom furnishings, and antiques, this stunning one bedroom, one bathroom B&B possesses a lot of charm. Its location in Travis Heights makes it just four blocks away from the hub that is South Congress- an array of restaurants and shops are very close. The home itself is equipped with a kitchenette, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a gorgeous outdoor pool. Bill, the B&B’s host, is known for being attentive; he is readily available to help with any queries or concerns.
During the 1800s, Fredericksburg saw mass immigration of German settlers. Their influences stuck, and to this day, this quaint, colonial-era town located in the Texas Hill Country celebrates a unique heritage. Restaurants serve up authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest takes place yearly, and the town even has its own dialect of German known as “Texas German”.
In addition to its rich history, Fredericksburg has spectacular nature, with the largest amount of Texas wildflowers blooming in spring, a wine road that encompasses 15 local wineries, and an abundance of boutique shops.
Fredericksburg Things To Do
Enjoy a day together tasting wine from several local wineries. There are over 20 wine tour companies in the area that will take you several wineries sampling different varieties of wine at each stop.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Tackle 11 miles of hiking trails, rock climb, birdwatch, stargaze, picnic, and camp. Climb the giant, pink granite dome for unparalleled views of Texas Hill Country.
Take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the nation’s largest working wildflower farm. Look out for the vibrant bluebonnets, sprouting California poppies, and seasonal butterflies.
With franchises and chain stores strictly forbidden in Fredericksburg’s historic district, you can expect your shopping experience to be one of a kind. If roaming the 150 stores wears you down, head to one of the restaurants, wine tasting rooms, or the brewpub for a well-deserved needed pit stop.
Old German Bakery and Restaurant
Sample authentic German cuisine at this family-owned restaurant located on Main Street. Choose from a wide range of pastries or sit down for a hearty meal of schnitzel, potato pancakes, or giant bratwurst.
Fredericksburg Romantic Accommodations
Fredericksburg can be a day trip from Austin or you can stay at one of the local bed and breakfasts. We recommend staying at one of the local Airbnbs.
Calling all nature lovers and outdoor adventurers, Dripping Springs is the perfect destination for those of you ready to take on the great outdoors. Named ‘Wedding Capital of Texas’,
Dripping Springs is surrounded by breath-taking scenery, such as that seen at Pedernales Falls State Park, Hamilton Pool, and Reimers Ranch. Here you can mountain bike, river tube, kayak, canoe, fish, swim, and camp under the glistening stars, and with liquor laws being looser than in major cities like Austin, you can expect to be a little merry. Fans of craft beer and wine can visit the numerous brewers, distillers, and wineries located throughout this Hay’s County city.
Dripping Springs Things To Do
Hamilton Pool Reserve
Plunge into the turquoise waters of this famed Texas swimming hole created after an underground river’s collapse. Explore the grotto, splash under the waterfall, or lookout for the endangered gold-cheeked wobbler who makes a home of the nature reserve. Note, if visiting between March-October, you will need to pre-book a 4-hour time slot on the Travis Country website.
Twisted X Brewing Company
Twisted X continuously develops and redevelops fun Mexico-inspired recipes for their small-batch craft beers. Try the Cow Creek or the Fuego- a jalapeño pilsner.
Eat At Salt Lick
With just about every BBQ award under its belt, Salt Lick has more than earned its status as a state favorite. This BYOB cooks up its perfectly seasoned and smoked meats over an open flame and offers indoor and outdoor family-style seating. Salt Lick Cellars, situated just next door, additionally offer tastings of some of the fantastic wines the region is known for. If you are looking to eat a lot, you can order the all you can eat option!
Pedernales Falls State Park
Witness the dramatic waterfalls, limestone rock beds, and cyan-colored pools carved out by the gushing Pedernales River. There are hiking trails suited to all levels- the popular Twin Falls trail is just one and a half miles long, whereas the Juniper Ridge Trail tests endurance for 10 challenging miles.
The site of the legendary Alamo, San Antonio is full of cultural icons and historical landmarks well worth exploring. The city itself is the oldest in all of Texas, it celebrated its 300th birthday in 2018, and in fact, its origins predate the United States founding by more than 50 years. Today, it holds the title of ‘fastest-growing city in the US’, and that’s no surprise given its culturally rich make-up, its countless museums, wonderful public art, flourishing culinary scene, and famous river walk.
Thins To Do In San Antonio
The River Walk
What’s a visit to San Antonio without a leisurely stroll along the charming canals and pedestrian walkways of Paseo del Río? Lined with riverfront cafés, beautiful gardens, and footbridges, the River Walk now encompasses 15 miles (thanks to the Mission Reach and Museum Reach programs), making the city’s top attractions more than accessible.
Symbol of Texan independence, the Alamo is an 18th-century Spanish mission and fortress compound sacred to many. It’s faithful devotees refer to the mission as the ‘Shrine of Texas Liberty’. As a group, the Alamo and San Antonio’s four other Spanish missions are deemed a World Heritage Site. Admission is free, living history enactors perform in the courtyard, and The Long Barrack museum lays out The Alamo’s intriguing history- it’s not to be missed.
McNay Art Museum
In 1950, a local painter and oil heiress Marion Koogler McNay donated her extensive collection of European and American art, as well as her 23-acre grounds, to the city of San Antonio. Visitors to this marvelous mansion can expect to see works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as outdoor statuary, impressive gardens, and a delightful koi pond. We have been to many major art museums around the world and this is one of our favorites, not because of the size of the collection but because of the atmosphere.
Paramour at The Phipps
Drink and be merry at the Paramour rooftop bar located on the Phipp’s building within San Antonio’s museum district. Arrive just before sunset for gorgeous views of the city skyline and River Walk.
Japanese Tea Gardens
Escape the city and roam the grounds of this tranquil oasis open daily from dawn to dusk. Breathe in the sweet-smelling fauna, stroll the gardens and footbridges, and marvel at the 60ft cascading waterfall.
San Antonio Romantic Accommodations
La Cantera Resort and Spa
La Cantera takes inspiration from the world-famous King Ranch in South Texas to create the perfect environment of secluded relaxation. The resort sits on 500 acres of Texas Hill Country. It is comprised of 496 rooms, 34 boutique-style villas, an exclusive adults-only floor referred to as ‘SEVEN’, five pools, two championship golf courses, Loma de Vida Spa, and a phenomenal restaurant.
For a particularly special and romantic stay, opt for accommodation on the resort’s highest floor: ‘SEVEN’. Here you will have private access, spectacular views, daily admission to the spa (where you can get couples massages), complimentary happy hour from 5 pm-7 pm daily, and a dedicated concierge service.
Sports culture runs deep in a city home to not only the renowned Dallas Cowboys but also The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. See the beloved NFL team play at the AT&T Stadium or go one step further and visit their headquarters on a tour of The Star in Frisco. You can also catch the Stars take to the ice or sit courtside at a Mavericks game at the American Airlines Centre. Sports not your thing? Don’t worry, the US’ fastest-growing metropolitan area has something for everyone.
Dallas consists of more than a dozen neighborhoods and districts, and with each different from the last, there is a plethora of attractions to visit, nightlife to experience, history to uncover, and cuisine to taste. Be sure not to miss out on Dallas’ famed Margarita Mile. As the self-proclaimed birthplace of the frozen margarita machine, Dallas has created an app that takes you on a tasting journey of the city’s best margaritas.
Dallas Things To Do
Sixth Floor Museum
The most significant historical event that Dallas is associated with is President John F Kennedy’s assassination. The Sixth Floor Museum, which previously housed the Texas School Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald would take the fatal shot, walks visitors through the haunting events of 1963. Engaging multimedia exhibits chronicle the life, death, and legacy of JFK, and the museum also makes space for the multitude of conspiracy theories associated with Kennedy’s death.
Dallas Museum of Art
This astounding collection of ancient and contemporary art spans the third millennium BC to the present day, displaying more than 22,000 pieces. Marvel at works by Picasso, Monet, or Pollock, discover archaeological treasures from the Roman period, or witness conservators using the latest technology and techniques to restore and preserve the museum’s vast and wonderful collection.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
A serene escape on the shore of White Rock Lake, this gorgeous botanical garden covers 66 acres, displaying a variety of flora from all four seasons. Note that during the summer months, outdoor concerts take place every Thursday evening.
This family-owned and operated local taco favorite serves up delicious food in quite the bizarre location. The 24-hour restaurant is also a gas station and car wash and even has petting donkeys.
Reunion Tower Geo-Deck
Rise 470ft above downtown Dallas to take in 360-degree panoramic views of the spectacular city and its surrounding neighborhoods. Choose the couples package, and you’ll get some sparkling glasses of bubbly and a digital picture to remember the moment by.
Dallas Romantic Accommodations
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Immerse yourself in a world of luxury at this stunning hotel located within a restored 1920s mansion. The Rosewood estate is made up of 142 elegant rooms and suites, an on-site restaurant run by esteemed Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault, a pool, a fitness center, a sauna, and a spa. Chef Sebastien’s delightful menu, packed full of fresh, local ingredients and hints of French influences, draws locals and hotel guests alike- it’s not to be missed.
Home to the NASA Johnson Space Centre, Houston- Texas’ largest city, is renowned for its rich and varied history. But it is its modern-day title as ‘Energy capital of the world’ that marks this burgeoning metropolis as the epicenter for technology, engineering, and entertainment. It is said that in Houston, you can find the nation’s highest standard of living and its incredibly diverse population is a true testament to that. More than 145 languages are spoken within the region, and this vibrant variation of cultures is best celebrated through Houston’s eating scene. Over 10,000 restaurants exist within the city serving up food from more than 70 countries- you can eat your way around the world and never even leave city limits.
Houston Things To Do
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Most popular in the entire state of Texas, this phenomenal and gigantic museum holds 17 permanent exhibits displaying a vast and varied collection- from real Ancient Egyptian mummies to colossal dinosaur skeletons to space-station models.
Cockrell Butterfly Centre
Besides the Museum of Natural Science stands a stunning three-story glass butterfly habitat. Watch as the delicate, marvelous creatures flutter around the exotic plants and 50-ft waterfall, sip on sweet nectar and maybe even take a quick rest on your outstretched arm.
The Hay Merchant
Chef Chris Shephard fuses the flavors and influences running through Houston at this impressive restaurant situated within a pub. Try the signature Korean braised goat and dumplings, the Vietnamese fish and chips, or the PB&J chicken wings.
Space Centre Houston
This major tourist attraction initially helped put Houston on the map following the 1963 Mercury missions. Visitors can hop aboard 90-minute tram tours to see Mission Control, Rocket Park, the Astronaut Training facility, or they can explore the visitor center where interactive exhibits document past, present, and future missions.
Brennan’s of Houston
As sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Brennan’s of Houston promises to be memorable. Taste the exquisite flavors of Louisiana with a Texan twist- fresh ingredients are sourced locally with much of the produce unique to the region. For an extra special evening, reserve a table in the enchanting courtyard or try out Brennan’s Creole Jazz Bruch hosted every Sunday.
Houston Romantic Accommodations
Located within the city’s beloved Theatre District, this boutique hotel dates back to the 1920s and carries a legacy of nearly 100 years of exceptional hospitality service. Where classic elegance meets modernity, the Lancaster Hotel is made up of both guestrooms and suites, a fitness room featuring Peloton Bikes, a remarkable restaurant serving refined, contemporary American cuisine, and an art collection of over 200 works by noted Texas artists. Romantic evening packages are available and include chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of sparkling wine, and a complimentary valet.
The Inn At Dos Brias
Nestled between the rolling hills of Washington Country, this serene getaway maybe 45 minutes outside of Houston, but as the states, only Relais and Châteaux property and the only location with a Forbes five-star restaurant, The Inn at Dos Brisas are well worth the journey. The estate sits on 42 glorious acres of organic farmland and orchards, boasting only nine Spanish-style haciendas and casitas, a 7,000-bottle wine cellar, an infinity pool, trails, and gardens. The farm itself specializes in heirloom varietals of fruits and vegetables. These unique ingredients make regular appearances on the restaurant’s exceptional menu- centered on fresh, local, and organic produce.
You can taste a variety of these ingredients and learn how to make the best use of them at one of the Inn’s baking and cooking classes. As with any Texas ranch resort, there are a number of outdoor activities on offer. Take to the trails on horseback (there are lessons available), book on a hunting or fishing excursion, bike the idyllic estate grounds, golf at nearby prestigious country clubs not open to the public, or stargaze under the night sky. Note the romance package combines many activities, including trail rides, an afternoon clay shoot, and four-course dining.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
Cross the 2.5 mile Queen Isabella Causeway to Texas’s southernmost tip, and you will reach the tropical oasis of South Padre Island. 300+ days of sunshine, crystalline waters, and 34 miles of pure white sand draw visitors to this barrier island all year round. Things get particularly heated during the month of March when spring breakers flock from across the nation to attend the all-day concerts, parties, and contests hosted on Coca-Cola Beach. But do not fear, the Gulf of Mexico’s waters stay pretty warm for much of the year, and visiting off-season makes this little paradise not only cheaper but feel a little more exclusive.
South Padre Things To Do
Sea Turtle, Inc
Founded in 1977 by Ila Loetscher, this wildlife reserve is responsible for the regrowth of a once critically endangered sea turtle population. Now more than 50 Kemp’s ridley turtles nest annually on South Padre Island’s shores, and you can witness hatching releases on numerous summer mornings. Visit the center and attend one of the daily presentations to learn a bit more about these beautiful creatures, or stop by at a turtle feeding to see some of the rescued turtles.
Padre Island Brewing Company
Sample an ever-changing line-up of local brews at this microbrewery. Feeling peckish? Tuck into a meaty burger, homemade pizza, or some of the island’s finest and freshest seafood.
It’s hard to miss the gigantic sand structure situated at the city’s entrance- it is the largest outdoor sandcastle in the whole of the US after all, but did you know that there are actually 30 equally impressive sandcastles located throughout the island? Follow the Sandcastle Trail to hit the entire collection.
Isla Blanca Park
Water sports enthusiasts are sure to delight in the number of activities on offer at South Padre Island’s most beloved park- from kite surfing to paddleboarding to jet ski rental and even flyboarding. The mile-long beach also consists of walking trails, restaurants, cabanas to lounge in, and picnic areas.
South Padre Condo Rentals
This two-bed, two-bath Airbnb sits in a prime location just 500ft from the beautiful beach and mere steps away from top attractions and local stores. The property itself is incredibly spacious and newly renovated. It is equipped with a kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV, a pool and parking.
Breathe in the salty ocean air from this top-floor, stunning beachfront condo located on La Isla Blanca. Host Wendy is incredibly attentive to detail- she provides all the beach equipment you could think of, along with bikes to use around the island. The Air BNB has access to two pools (one is heated in winter), two hot tubs, two tennis courts, parking, and a grill. Inside there is a kitchen, multiple TVs, and Wi-Fi.