Texas Most Romantic Get-A-Ways
Over the weekend, we had fun on our facebook page, posting some of the Most Romantic Get-A-Ways in Texas. Facebook followers named their favorites from around the Lone Star State. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to relax, enjoy a party or just wish on the stars, I bet we’ve got something for you.
Built as a ranching headquarters in 1927 by famous architects, Trost and Trost, the Gage exemplifies West Texas Luxury! Be sure visit the Gage Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, too! What makes Marathon so romantic are the millions and millions of stars you can see here, with a rating of 1 on the Bortle Light Pollution Scale.
The Whistler Bed and Breakfast, Huntsville
This 5th generation home, situated blocks from the courthouse square of Huntsville, exemplifies “Texas Victorian Splendor”.
Strictly for adults, this B&B on the Guadalupe River offers themed bedrooms for 2. Choose from rooms with antique copper bathtubs and fireplaces in the room! Enjoy their gourmet breakfast, and don’t miss a visit to The Grist Mill in Gruene, my daughter’s favorite restaurant! Enjoy nightlife at Gruene Hall, built in 1878 and Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall!
If you REALLY want to get away from it all, this is the place! Situated on 7,100 acres, and part of the Meador family for 75 years, “the Round House is a circular limestone rock house- the ideal secluded get-away. The entire east side of the house has floor to ceiling glass windows (16 x 16 ft.) and provides both the living area and bedrooms with a magnificent view of the ranch!”
Marriott Courtyard purchased the downtown Amarillo icon, which was built in 1927, and after remodeling was reopened in 2010. The Gothic Revival building was designed by noted architect Guy Anton Carlander, who also designed the El Coronado Lodge in Palo Duro Canyon.
While in Amarillo, visit the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, or head out to go horseback riding through Palo Duro Canyon, the 2nd largest canyon in the US.
Bask in the sun, sit in the shade, and listen to the trickling fountain in our beautiful courtyard. Our villa is a quaint oasis with authentic woven textiles, Spanish architecture, and hand-carved folk art. Enjoy upon arriving refreshments, as well as the option to either stay in or dine out with your complete kitchen and dining room.
For a truly unforgettable getaway, why not consider renting a houseboat? For the day, weekend or for the week, imagine leaving the dock behind and setting out on a real adventure! Tie up on the lake with friends or in a secluded cove. The staff at Harborside will help you with all your needs, and you can even rent additional watercraft, runabouts or jet skis, for adventures on the lake! You always remember your dinner under the stars or vacation with the family. The kids will love the slides attached on the backs, too!
The charming town of Jefferson offers no less than 26 Bed and Breakfast, a quaint main street filled with shops and the eerie romance of Caddo Lake. Don’t miss an enchanting carriage ride from Jefferson Carriage or tour the lake on the nostalgic steamboat, The Graceful Ghost.
Galveston Island: Hotel Galvez and The Tremont House
Hotel Galvez, Galveston
The beautiful Hotel Galvez sits as a queen on the Galveston Seawall. Okay, I can’t help but be a little biased, it’s where we stayed when my husband and I were married on the island! The hotel, built in 1911, has had sandbuckets full of history in it’s doors, and even a love story. A young girl, staying in room 501, was grief stricken after learning of her fiancees death at sea. She took her own life and hotel guest and staff say she wanders the halls and rooms of the hotel. Check with the hotel, ghost tours are often available throughout the year, with special events during the month of October.
Located in the Historic Strand section of Galveston Island, the Tremont House name has been around since 1832! Twice rebuilt, it now resides in a restored warehouse on Ships Mechanic Row. It’s a quick walk from the hotel to the re-emerging nightlife found along The Strand, or a car ride away to the beaches or newly opened Pleasure Pier!
The Stockyard’s Hotel, Fort Worth
Adorning the Stockyards since cattle were still sold at market there, the Stockyard’s Hotel was opened in 1907. It’s undergone many restorations since then, and had it’s share of guest, both famous and infamous! Notorious lovers, Bonnie and Clyde stayed at the Stockyard’s Hotel during their run from the law. Guest can stay in the same room, which is decorated in photographs and memorabilia of the couple. A visit to the stockyards isn’t complete without stopping in The White Elephant Saloon, located just across the street. My son’s favorite place to eat is the nearby Lonesome Dove Bistro, which hosted his extreme foodie club, The Foodzillas, a few years ago (he was 11 at the time). He still claims it was the best rabbit, rattlesnake and elk he has ever eaten!
The Ant Street Inn, Brenham
Located near the Birthplace of Texas, this Renaissance Revival style building was completed in 1900. Spend the day exploring the city of Brenham, take a Blue Bell Creamery Tour, visit Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site or just enjoy the scenic country roads, filled with wildflowers during the spring!
Fossil Rim Wildlife Park, Glen Rose
Fossil Rim is an amazing adventure during the day, but night time can be an exciting time as well! Overnight guest at Fossil Rim can choose from The Foothills Safari Camp or The Lodge. Inspired from African safari tents, the Foothills camp is situated near a frequented watering hole, giving you ample opportunity to sit back and watch the animals in a natural environment. The Lodge is for visitors looking for more of a B&B experience, and includes a full service bar in the common area. Both stays include breakfast and free admission into the park, or you can schedule a guided Morning Safari Tour.
The Perry Mansion, Terlingua
A restored ruin nestled in the ghost town of Terlingua, this little hotel offers a scenic resting place after a busy day exploring nearby Big Bend National Park.
Hotel Settles, Big Spring
After years of deterioration, the newly reopened Hotel Settles in downtown Big Spring offers guest a chance to glimpse a vision of the hotel during it’s heyday in the 1930’s! The hotel was restored using original blueprints, and adhering to the craftsmanship and architectural details, including the new Pharmacy Bar and Parlor!
Austin Motel, Austin
I LOVE the retro Austin Motel! All our family stayed there during my brother in law’s wedding, but I (as usual) waited too late to make our reservations! However, I enviously scoped out every room while we were there! Cute decor and a great location on S. Congress!
The Woodbine Hotel and Restaurant, Madisonville
Built in 1904 as a hotel, the Woodbine sits just off the city square of this picturesque little town. The restaurant, with homemade pastries and home cooking, is open Tue-Fri for lunch and Tue-Sat for dinner, and on Sunday for brunch. It’s a great reason to pull off the highway in Madisonville, other than Buc-ees‘ beaver nuggets!
Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg
What about a night camping at the base of Enchanted Rock, the huge granite dome which has it’s own love story. Don Jesus Navarro was a young spanish soldier who fell in love with the “Indian maiden Rosa, the Christian daughter of the Indian chief Tehuan. But Rosa was kidnapped by a band of Comanches bent on sacrificing her to the spirits of Enchanted Rock. Her daring lover followed them there and managed to rescue her as she was about to be burned at the stake.” ~ Quote from Texas State Historical Association’s Enchanted Rock Legends Page.
Not up for camping? Fredericksburg has LOTS of romantic B&B’s! Enjoy a wine tour in the heart of Texas wine country.
Special thanks to Dan, Nicole, Melissa, Wendy, Teresa and all those who contributed on our facebook page to this list!
Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun!