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Spend a Weekend Getaway at One of These Quirky Vacation Rentals

Spend a Weekend Getaway at One of These Quirky Vacation Rentals

If there’s anything positive that came out of the pandemic, it’s certainly a newfound passion for travel within one’s own state where there are a plethora of creative, quirky, and design-inspired residences to stay in, usually in small towns tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Fall Weekend Getaway: Post Oak Savannah

Fall Weekend Getaway: Post Oak Savannah

The southern span of the Post Oak Savannah in East Texas evolved out of ancient woodlands of oak and hickory that once stretched from Canada to Central America.

Fall Getaway: Follow the Butterfly Trail in the Valley

Fall Getaway: Follow the Butterfly Trail in the Valley

The Texas Butterfly Festival promises visitors “the best butterflying in America.” It might seem like hyperbole were the claim not backed up by the fact that the Rio Grande Valley contains a greater diversity of butterflies than anywhere else in the country—more than 300 species and counting, or roughly 40 percent of the butterflies in North America. You can see a great deal of them at the festival, which takes place the first week of November at the National Butterfly Center in Mission. All of those butterflies—condensed within a region that’s easy to traverse over a weekend—make a fall tour of the Valley a must-do on any Texas bucket list

Getaway: A Weekend in Lubbock

Getaway: A Weekend in Lubbock

Lubbock may not be the first city that comes to mind when considering the arts in Texas, but maybe it should be. The High Plains town that nurtured many of Texas’ most exalted musicians—Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Joe Ely, Terry Allen, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore to name a few—must have some creative fairy dust blowing through its Caprock winds. The visual arts are now finding fertile soil here, too. Just walk through the galleries and workshops of the Lubbock Cultural District, and you’ll get a whiff of the artistic freedom inspired by the city’s wide-open spaces and 265 days of sunshine a year—a freedom that also comes from a cost-of-living low enough that artists don’t sweat the rent. Like the wildly spinning wind turbines you pass on the drive into town, the “Hub City” is generating energy worthy of attention. If you are one of those travelers who buzzes through Lubbock on your way to New Mexico or Colorado, consider staying for the weekend to see what you’re missing.

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