When temperatures rise, it's time to relax and recharge at these top Texas travel destinations.
Being in North Texas can be tough for the weekend roadtripper—Dallas is hours from both the beach and the mountains. But this is a big ole' state, with lots of options for curing spring fever in a flash. If you're in town, pick a spot, fill up the tank, and roll down your windows en route to these driveable destinations perfect for a quick sping trip.
(three hours away)
Chances are you've been to Austin before; however, have you experienced it the Travaasa way? Located outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown, this self proclaimed zen-like preserve for the soul invites you to get exactly what you want out of your vacation. If it's a relaxing weekend you need, start the day with a personalized meditation session followed by yoga and winding down by the pool. Adventure seekers enjoy bike riding, zip lining, and culinary crash courses. All-inclusive packages give you the option to savor breakfast, lunch, and dinner on site at the Preserve Kitchen + Bar.
(four and a half hours away)
Some people need a little salt water in their system when the warm weather appears. Check into The Villas at the San Luis Resort for a romantic weekend along the Gulf of Mexico. These individual suites, which opened summer 2015, feature private hot tubs and verandas, and surround a serene swimming pool. Porch Cafe is the perfect lunch or dinner spot to satisfy your seafood craving. Fine diners flock to the Pelican Club for Ross Warhol's food that has landed him gigs as a guest chef at French Laundry, El Bulli, and the James Beard House.
(seven and a half hours away)
For a vacation that is totally different from anything you've experienced before, head to this far West Texas town known for its artsy charm and no-frills fun (and plan for a little extra travel time). Marfa comes alive each weekend, hosting adventurous spirits at funky and affordable lodging like El Cosmico. After waking up in your TeePee or Yurt, grab a bike and head to Frama coffee at Tumbleweed Laundry before heading to Big Bend National Park for hiking and breathtaking views. Get back in time to eat at Cochineal, serving new American cuisine and vegetables straight from the garden. Make sure to secure a reservation—the chefs only cook what they think they're gonna need.
(four hours away)
It's an exciting time to visit this city in South-Central Texas: it's mixing history and haute cuisine, yielding a vacation that satisfies both foodies and history buffs alike. San Antonio's current crowned jewel seems to be the historic Pearl Brewery and the neighborhood surrounding it. Stay at Hotel Emma, where Roman and Williams' designs have turned this 1894 brew house into warm and cozy guest quarters oozing with stately style. Head downstairs to Supper for straightforward dining along the bank of the San Antonio River. The Granary 'Cue & Brew is also getting buzz for its modern take on barbecue. A classic pastime not to miss? There is nothing better than a sunny day stroll along the River Walk.
(three hours away)
Looking to check in and (mentally) check out? This town on the eastern foothills of the Texas Hill Country is home to The Inn at Dos Brisas where you can ride horses, sample wine, and get a massage without leaving the resort. Dining is another highlight here: you can enjoy breakfast on the patio of your casita, picnic lunches during a ride, and a vegetable-centric eight-course tasting menu at the award-winning restaurant for dinner. A 7,000-bottle wine cellar assures all guests that the perfect toast is awaiting them to celebrate all of life's milestones.