The biggest US state bar Alaska, Texas has everything from culture-rich metropolises to homely towns straight out of a spaghetti western. Although its arguably better known for its cowboys than its romantic escapes, the sheer size of Texas means you know you and your sweetie will have a lot of options to choose from when you’re craving a weekend of romantic rekindling.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet cottage to escape from the stress of the week, a Western-inspired oasis to bring out your cowboy side, or an exciting spot to put on your dancing shoes and go out on the town, Texas doesn’t disappoint.
Check out our list of the 15 best romantic getaway destinations Texas has to offer:
1. The Cabins at Onion Creek – Driftwood
Onion Creek might sound the complete antithesis of romantic. Don’t worry though, this tributary stream of the mighty Colorado River is anything but off-puttingly smelly. Indeed, its waters form the curtain of the masjetic McKinney Falls nearby.
As for The Cabins at Onion Creek, they have been created to marry the southern charm of the lone star state with luxurious accommodation. Limited to just six hill country cabins, you can be sure you won’t be sharing Texas’ dramatic landscapes with half the world. Decorated in a homely, rustic fashion, they provide the perfect private space to relax before checking out the onsite fire pit or a nearby microbrewery. For despite the idyllic setting, The Cabins at Onion Creek are just a short drive from the bright lights of Austin and equally-wistful Dripping Springs.
2. Mokara Hotel & Spa – San Antonio
Pretend you’re not in Texas anymore when you stay at the waterfront Mokara Hotel & Spa along San Antonio’s scenic and historic River Walk. Mokara offers a pristine retreat from society, complete with a 17,000 sq. ft. spa, and abundant privacy.
At the Mokara, you can opt for a river view room and bask in its calming sight while you and your sweetheart soak in your private balcony’s whirlpool tub. For more of a city skyline, you can head up to the hotel’s rooftop pool to swim among the skyscrapers of San Antonio.
To fully take advantage of the serenity at the Mokara, try out the Together couples’ spa suite, one of 18 treatment rooms. Getting a massage together is just one of the options. Its AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant, Ostra, is another great option for spending time together. The Oyster Bar is something of a local landmark, although in-room dining with a selection from the Ostra menu is also available.
3. Lajitas Golf Resort – Lajitas
Lajitas is any golf lover’s dream come true. Voted #1 Course in Texas and #1 Most Beautiful Course in Texas, there’s not much else you can ask from a golf resort.
Oh wait…yes there is. Travel back in time in an Old-Western-themed room with refined amenities for the New-Western world at Lajitas during your stay. Zip line through the Lajitas own canyon! Go horseback riding, biking, on an ATV tour, or rafting with your sweetheart. And when you’re looking to wind down, escape to Lajitas’s desert oasis, the Agave Spa. To paraphrase Star Trek‘s Mr Spock, it’s golf Jim, but not as we know it.
Located just a short distance from the famed Big Bend National Park, the resort’s golfing focus certainly takes none of the romance out of a stay here. Occupying 27,000 acres of land, there are plenty of places to find a quiet spot together, while rooms tend to eer towards the traditional.
4. The Orchard – Fort Worth
Folksy but not twee, guests can revert back to serene country living at The Orchard despite its location right outside Fort Worth. In these rural-chic cabins, couples can marvel at the rustic beauty of the sprawling 100 acre orchards, snuggle up at the outdoor fire pit, and soak up the privacy of this secluded destination.
With the country charm, however, guests don’t have to sacrifice any comfort. Each fully-furnished custom-built cabin (there are 15 spread out across the grounds) comes furnished with a flat screen TV, coffee maker, and other updated amenities. For that Texas touch they also have rocking chairs on the front open-sided porch. And as a supremely popular place to celebrate weddings, you can be sure the romance side of your Texas weekend getaway is also being taken care of.
5. West 1077 Guest Ranch – Bandera
Soothe your soul in this cowboy ranch in the southern Texas town of Bandera, dubbed the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” This family-run cattle ranch turned hotel allows you to escape the typical tourism of hospitality, and instead relax in a peaceful Old West destination.
You can soak up the privacy of your own cedar wood cabin, join the other guests in the Cowboy Lounge for the bar and games, nestling beside an open fireplace, or lounge out by the ranch’s pristine pool. Deliberately small, this tranquil escape is enveloped by Texas hill country.
So when you’re feeling more adventurous, the 5,400 acre Hill Country State Park is just right across the street from West 1077 for you to get out in nature and explore whether that’s on foot, by bike, or on horseback.
6. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek – Dallas
When you’re feeling your high-class self, sneak away from the city life of Dallas in this historically elegant Four-Star mansion estate with a distinctly European air.
Originally home to a cotton baron, this boutique mansion has hosted some of the most grandiose high-society parties of the twentieth century. Elite guests such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and playwright Tennessee Williams have wined and dined at the Rosewood Mansion in their heyday.
Now converted into a hotel, today’s Rosewood features a design of upscale classic elegance, incorporating local art amid complex carvings, polished marble floors, impressive medieval-style fireplaces, and lushious fabrics throughout.
In one year alone this unforgettable dream-like stay recieved the recognition of no fewer than six awards, so you know the service is going to be second to none. This includes massage services, twice daily housekeeping, and an evening turn down service. In short, you’ll have to worry about nothing at Rosewood Mansion than staring into each other’s eyes.
7. The Lofthaven at Cypress Valley – Spicewood
When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, you can escape to your childhood dreams made reality at the Lofthaven Treehouses. Perched high into ancient cypress trees, this unique 250 sq ft lodging gives couples the majestic hideaway they’ve been wanting. Laid out with a simply selection of furniture, a large bathhouse and separate kitchenette are located not far away.
Nor is the nearby creek waterfall, which will soothe you into relaxation while the morning birds will gently wake you from your sleep in each space’s king-sized bed. The wrap-around porches give you the first-row seating to nature in action as you sip your coffee to start the day or unwind with the sunset.
For the ultimate in romance I’d forgo the ziplining adventures and instead stick with wine tasting for two at the nearby vineyard, and dinner for two at the local steakhouse.
8. Hill Country Resort and Spa – San Antonio
It’s Treat Yourself Day at the Hill Country Resort and Spa—every day! At this Hyatt location, couples can cozy up to each other in so many romantic corners of the 300-acre property. Float down the resort’s private lazy river, take in the outdoors along the serene nature and jogging trails surrounding the resort, play at the 27-hole golf course on the premises, or sink into relaxation at the Windflower Spa.
Fully-rennovated rooms are decorated with a subtle take on ranch style, which is warm and welcoming rather than tacky or old fashioned. Solid wood floors and furnishings give them a feeling of sure-footedness, while local artworks ensure Hill Country Resort and Spa never enters cookie cutter territory.
The all-important spa lies within a refurnished barn. It addition to a long range of treatments, it features a secluded outdoor pool, steam room, sauna, and relaxation areas both inside and out. Looking to spend some quality time with your significant other? Here’s your chance.
9. Hotel Saint Cecilia – Austin
What makes Hotel Saint Cecilia stand out amongst the crowd of other romantic Texas stays isn’t so much the quirky joyful and contemporary interiors. Its the clear joy owners and staff have at passing expectations.
You’ll certainly satisfy your bohemian wanderlust at this funky Austin hot spot. Keeping Austin weird as always, the Hotel Saint Cecilia, named after the patron saint of music and poetry, showcases colorful bungalows with hippie chic décor for lovers yearning to relive the Summer of Love – or experience it for the first time.
Not all hotels include libraries of their own, either. At Saint Cecilia, you can dive into classic reads, but also slip on vintage vinyl, and watch films on writers and musicians: the perfect escape for the hippie-at-heart. Once you find your perfect book, relax along the hotel’s pool, surrounded by courtyards and mature oak trees. When you’re feeling rejuvenated, Hotel Saint provides guests with complimentary bikes to rent and go explore the city.
10. Angel Springs – Georgetown
Relax with your sweetheart in these whimsical cabins tucked into central Texas, right outside Austin. In your own private cottage, couples can retreat at Angel Springs for the true rustic tranquility of Southern living. Set up a little like a vacation village, the beautifully finished log cabins stand proud in a clearing that beckons you onto a plethora of short paths.
So why not stroll through the scenic blue wildflower fields surrounding Angel Springs having soaked up the feel of accommodation that comes complete with a refrigerator and microwave – ideal for champagne and popcorn perhaps. Or better yet, soar through the big, open Texan skies in a hot air balloon at Angel Springs.
11. Blisswood B&B – Cat Springs
It seems like Texas never runs out of room. On this 650-acre working ranch in Cat Springs, Texas, the Blisswood B&B is exactly that: true bliss. You’ll be a guest in the land of animals here, as horses, cattle, donkeys, peacocks, deer, antelope, and even American Bison roam through the property. Go fishing with your special someone, or just awe at the swans and ducks that paddle through the Enchanted Lake from the oh-so evocative arching bridge or pavilion band stand.
Kitchens let you show off your cooking prowess, but dining packages also ease the worry of knowing exactly what to cook – and where to get the ingredients. If that’s not enough, Blisswood offers ‘safaris’ to its animal inhabitants, archery, trap shooting, kayaking, and canoeing.
12. La Cantera Resort & Spa – San Antonio
Fulfil any desire you might have for total refinement at La Cantera, San Antonio’s AAA Four Diamond resort. This property recently underwent a multi-million dollar transformation to bring its guests the utmost elegance and class.
Bring your sweetie on this weekend getaway for a luxurious excuse to rekindle the romance. In your private cabana on the exclusively adult infinity pool at La Cantera, you two can snuggle up with a glass of wine as you bronze under the Southern sun. Cool off with hand-crafted signature cocktails and gourmet fare at the hotel’s multiple restaurants.
If you don’t want to stare into anyone else’s eyes except your loved one’s, you can upgrade to one of Cantera’s private casitas (cottages) with a private pool and hot tub.
13. Camp Lucy – Dripping Springs
Recharge with your loved one in Texas’s Hill Country. At Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, you’ll relax on the breathtakingly heavenly ranch that’s so picturesque, it’s been named the Hill Country’s premier wedding venue.
Nestled perfectly between the region’s breweries, wineries, and rolling hills, Camp Lucy provides guests with the breath of fresh air that everyone needs after a long week. Dripping Springs, along with its neighbors throughout the Austin region, has become a distillery mecca, with tasting rooms and even an apple cidery and olive orchards just steps away from Camp Lucy. Less than an hour west of Austin, it doesn’t require endless travel to begin your romantic getaway either.
14. Magnolia House B&B – Fredericksburg
Go back to the good ol’ country charm of Texas at the Magnolia House B&B in this central town of only 10,000 residents. At this historic red brick home, built in 1923, you’ll bring out that Southern twang faster than you can even realize.
This B&B brings the modern comfort of commercial hotels together with the quiet calm of home-cooked meals, pecan and magnolia trees, herb gardens, a koi pond, and a waterfall. Owners Phil and Tamora help ensure the personal touch, to the extent a stay feels like being a guest at a close friend’s house, without the awkward greeting while waiting for the bathroom the following morning (all rooms are en suite).
15. Lakeway Resort & Spa – Austin
For a luxurious weekend with your sweetheart in the roaring capital of Texas, travel to the Lakeway Resort overlooking Austin’s Lake Travis.
Although the slides of its water park hint at its family-friendly credentials, Lakeway Resort and Spa is also the perfect destination for a little romancing. And that’s not just thanks to the adults-only oasis with swim-up bar. I recommend saving this particular treasure for sunset, when daily deals are on offer.
An AAA Four Diamond Resort, and named one of the region’s top resorts by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Lakeway is also the obvious place to enjoy all Lake Travis has to offer.Kayaking, water-skiing, and paddleboarding are all options, but I’d suggest a private boat charter to literally get away from it all.