Romantic Places in Texas
Texas Hill Country
Majestic oak trees, acres of wildflowers, giant limestone rocks and gently rolling hills. Birthplace and home of the 36th U.S. president. Located in the heart of Texas, the Hill Country begins about one hour’s drive east of Austin and one hour north of San Antonio.
Fredericksburg, Hill Country
Possessing a rich Germanic heritage and many festivals, biergartens, b&b’s and antique shops, Fredericksburg is a favorite weekend getaway destination for Texan urbanites.
Palo Alto Creek Farm
231 West Main
T: +1 800 997-0089. 3 room b&b. US$ 150-
Originally settled as a farm in 1835, accommodations today consists of a log cabin, limestone barn and stone house.
Rose Hill Manor
US$ 145- T: +1 877 767-2445
A Charleston-style plantation house sitting 40 rolling Hill Country acres. The elegant romantic hotel perches on a gentle hill, offering a spectacular view of the Pedernales River Valley. Rose Hill is located in Stonewall, 15 minutes from Fredericksburg, and is known for its food and local Texas wines.
Blair House Inn Bed and Breakfast
100 W Spoke Hill Dr.
T: +1 512 847-1111. 12 rooms & cottages. US$ 160-$348
Located on 22 beautiful Hill Country acres, the romantic Blair House Inn features a pool and hot tub with sunset views, a fine dining experience for breakfast, Saturday evening dinners, and a cooking school. An onsite day spa offers massages and facials. The picturesque village of Wimberley and the surrounding area includes art galleries, boutiques, golf courses and wineries.
AustinThe self-proclaimed “music capital of the world”.
Hotel St. Cecilia
112 Academy Dr.
T: +1 512 852-2400. 14 rooms and bungalows. US$ 300-
This historic mansion with a soulful rock-n-roll design vibe is located on a secluded woodsy estate in Austin’s South Congress District.
Round Top, Texas
Population 90, this antique mecca is located a day-trip from Austin (75 miles) and is known for its massive twice-yearly flea market.
The Prarie by Rachel Ashwell
5808 Wagner Road,
Roundtop, Texas T: +1 979 836-4975. 6 rooms plus small house. US$ 180- www.theprairiebyrachelashwell.com
Founder of the trend-setting Shabby Chic Couture, Rachel first stayed at this historic b&b while attending Round Top’s antique fairs. After learning it was for sale she bought it, transforming it with some local finds plus furniture and beddings from her own line. English-born Rachel has proved Shabby Chic is not a one-trick design phenomenon destined for the dustbin when new trends took over. Indeed, her gutsy design courage – rusted corrugated tin sidings for a b&b? – continues to be awesomely impressive.
San AntonioHome to the Alamo, America’s most famous Spanish mission. San Antonio has a lovely cobble and flagstoned river walk that meanders several miles through downtown past specialty boutiques, nightclubs, sidewalk cafes, hotels and parks.
209 Washington St.
San Antonio, Texas
T: +1 210 223-2353. 10 room b&b. US$ 155- www.ogeinn.com
This Texas romantic hotel is an historic 1857 mansion set on 1.5 acres on the banks of the San Antonio river.
Big Sky Country
Vast open spaces, wildflowers, and miles from anywhere. West Texas includes Big Bend National Park.
Big Bend National Park, West Texas
Stunning high desert, red and brown mountains to hike, utterly remote.
Cibolo Creek Ranch
P.O. Box 44
Shafter, Texas T: +1 915 229-3737 18 rooms. US$ 340-, includes all meals, horses. www.cibolocreekranch.com
Three 19th century adobe forts converted into luxury lodgings.
Marfa, West Texas
Named after a Dostoyevsky character and the setting for James Dean’s last movie “Giant”, the tiny (pop. 2,500) high desert town of Marfa added a hip art counterpoint to its cowboy heritage when NYC minimalist sculptor Donald Judd moved here in the 1970’s, buying the local decommissioned fort and other abandoned buildings and installing his work and others he admired. It is now one of the largest and most important permanent installations of contemporary art in America.
601 West San Antonio St.
T: +1 432 729-4326. 24 rooms. $79-
New owners remodeled this 1959-era motel, putting it on the cutting edge of Marfa hipness.The motel includes a film library and such things as Poloroid cameras, vintage typewriters and record players to borrow.
207 N. Highland Ave.
T: +1 866 729-3669. 33 rooms.. US$ 99-
Mission-style hotel exuding old-school glamour. Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson stayed here in the 1950’s while filming Giant.
802 S. Highland Ave.
Marfa, TX 6 trailers. US$ 75-
Blame it on our love for the desert, quirky chic, and most of all, vintage Airstream trailers (known in their day as the “Cadillac of trailers”) but we couldn’t resist adding El Cosmico.
Bayou and lake country; bordered by Lousiana. Major cities include Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Jefferson, East Texas
Hidden in the Piney Woods next to cypress-lined Caddo Lake—Texas’ only natural lake—a change of fortunes decreased this once booming 19th century riverport town from a population of 30,000 to 2,500. Like Charleston and Savannah, this abrupt change ended up being a benefit—by admirably preserving Jefferson’s 19th century architecture and heritage. Known as the “Williamsburg of Texas”, it includes antique shops, museums, carriage and riverboat rides.