Getaway

A Weekend Getaway in Historic Nacogdoches

May 15, 2024 | By

A Weekend Getaway in the Central Texas Hamlet of La Grange

April 15, 2024 | By

A Weekend Getaway in Port Isabel Brims with Seaside Treasures

March 19, 2024 | By Cat Cardenas

A Transformative Weekend Getaway in Historic Laredo

February 14, 2024 | By Luis G. Rendon

A Weekend Getaway on the Edge of the Pecos

November 21, 2023 | By Scott Dubois

Getaway in Plainview, Where West Texas Meets the Panhandle

October 24, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

The Onion Capital of North Texas Makes for a Potent Weekend Getaway

September 19, 2023 | By Sarah Thurmond

A Desert Getaway in Terlingua for the Escape Artist

August 22, 2023 | By Carlie Tise

A Solitary Getaway in Comstock

July 25, 2023 | By Scott DuBois

Grab Your Cowboy Boots for a Nocona Weekend Getaway

June 27, 2023 | By Matt Adams

Travel Back in Time With a Weekend Getaway in Salado

May 30, 2023 | By Dina Gachman

Weekend Getaways from Houston: Galveston and Nacogdoches

May 30, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

Find Your Next Summer Getaway

May 30, 2023 | By

Is Denton the New Old Austin?

May 2, 2023 | By Stacey Swann

Trot to Your Own Beat on a Weekend Getaway in Cuero

March 28, 2023 | By Anthony Head

Venture to Marble Falls for Highland Lakes Fun and Relaxation

February 28, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

Columbus Celebrates 200 Years of Small Town Charm

January 24, 2023 | By Stacey Swann

With Its Healing Waters History, Mineral Wells Serves Up Relaxing Good Times

November 23, 2022 | By June Naylor

Get Creative in the Scenic Hill Country Town of Wimberley

October 27, 2022 | By Matt Joyce

Dance the State Line Two-Step on a Weekend Getaway to Texarkana

August 25, 2022 | By Paul McDonnold

Find Dinosaur Tracks and Ax-Throwing on a Weekend Getaway to Glen Rose

June 30, 2022 | By Kathryn Jones

A Weekend Getaway in Del Rio’s Oasis of Borderland Culture

May 26, 2022 | By Sarah Thurmond

Boerne’s Hill Country Charm and Texas-German Heritage Fuel a Weekend of Fun

April 28, 2022 | By Jacqueline Knox

A Weekend Getaway in Alpine Offers High-Desert Hospitality, Culture, and Adventure

March 24, 2022 | By Laurel Miller

A Weekend Getaway in Navasota

February 24, 2022 | By Heather Brand

Spend a Quiet Coastal Weekend in the Fishing Hub of Matagorda

January 27, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

There’s More to Midland Than Oil

December 23, 2021 | By

Pack Your Sweet Tooth and Walking Shoes for a Weekend Getaway in Hico

October 28, 2021 | By June Naylor

Paint the Town During a Weekend Getaway in Artistic San Angelo

September 23, 2021 | By Kimya Kavehkar

A Weekend Getaway to the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’

August 26, 2021 | By June Naylor

Spend a 3-Day Weekend in Revitalized Brownwood

July 29, 2021 | By Paul Brown

Getting Away to Galveston—Off-Season and Al Fresco

December 21, 2020 | By June Naylor

It’s rarely too chilly for a stroll by the sea. Even during the winter, the Texas Gulf Coast enjoys mild weather on most days.

Spring Getaway: How to Spend a Weekend in Kerrville

February 27, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Plan a Weekend in Carthage With Country Music, Boudin, and Kayaking

January 30, 2020 | By John Lumpkin

Taylor’s Influx of Creative Residents Breathes New Life into the Small Town

December 27, 2019 | By Jen Hamilton Hernandez

Winter Getaway: New Energy and Classic Cowtown Converge in Fort Worth

November 27, 2019 | By June Naylor

Fall Weekend Getaway: Post Oak Savannah

October 29, 2019 | By Dan Oko

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

September 30, 2019 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

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

August 29, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

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.

Summer Getaway: A Weekend in Wichita Falls

July 31, 2019 | By Alex Temblador

Growing up in Wichita Falls, I noticed my hometown didn’t attract many visitors. Downtown was full of empty aging buildings. Restaurants opened and closed every other year, and stores in the mall changed constantly—none offering the fashionable choices found in bigger cities like Dallas. Locals were content with driving more than two hours to Dallas for entertainment or one hour north to Oklahoma to

Summer Getaway: A Weekend in Seguin

June 24, 2019 | By Michael Corcoran

Seguin’s mix of Hispanic and Czech/German culture can be heard in the Mexican polka “Viva Seguin,” made famous in the early ’40s by Santiago Jiménez Sr. It’s an instrumental about a lyrical town, with a beat everyone can dance to.

Aransas Pass Makes a Perfect Summer Weekend Getaway

June 4, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

Could there be a better way to experience a town comprised of at least 70 percent saltwater than to get to the water as fast as you can? With 41 square miles of Redfish Bay inside its city limits, Aransas Pass offers just that—
a self-described “Saltwater Heaven” building on its revival after Hurricane Harvey’s destruction in 2017.

Book it to the Big Country for The Children’s Art and Literacy Festival in Abilene

April 30, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

My children stepped foot in Abilene for the first time in their short lives last June for a quick three-night visit. Now, even though it’s been a year, mention Abilene to them and you’ll get a happy earful of stories.
This fond association traces directly to the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival, an annual celebration of all things picture books. Most people know Abilene as the capital of the Big Country, a dusty railroad outpost thick with steakhouses and Churches of Christ. But for three days every June, the festival (known as CALF) cloaks downtown Abilene in an imaginative world of colorful characters and fanciful tales—and ice cream vendors aplenty.

In Ennis, Wildflowers Beckon Weekenders in Pursuit of Small-Town Charm

February 19, 2019 | By Allison McNearney

Founded in 1872 by the Houston and Texas Central Railway, Ennis is a product of two pillars of Texas’ 19th-century economy: cotton and the railroad. While Ellis County is no longer a top cotton producer, the railroad still plays a role in connecting Ennis’ thriving manufacturing industry with the world.

A Tropical Winter Weekend Getaway in Harlingen

January 28, 2019 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

The business loop of US 77 running through Harlingen is called Sunshine Strip, and the name couldn’t be more accurate. Harlingen boasts February highs of around 73 degrees and an average of only three days of rain for the entire month. For decades, snowbirds from across the United States and Canada have made the city a winter home; the airport even has seasonal direct flights from Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.

A Weekend Getaway in Bell County

December 21, 2018 | By Paula Disbrowe

Located in the heart of Texas, just off I-35 between Waco and Austin, Bell County is far enough from hipster joints and the urban hustle to provide a dose of small-town Texas—but close enough for a weekend getaway. For barbecue enthusiasts, Belton’s stellar smoked meat purveyors provide reason enough to exit the interstate. But the area’s appeal goes well beyond brisket: There is camping, fishing, and boating on Lake Belton; hiking in state parks; craft beer, and a free-spirited creative community; and plenty of shopping in nearby Salado. It’s a diverse community where the camouflage population of Fort Hood intermingles with co-eds.
Early on, Belton’s location on Nolan Creek fueled its growth. In the 1870s, most businesses were devoted to cotton and the numerous cattle drives on the Chisholm Trail. After a fire destroyed Belton’s business district in 1879, locals rallied to build the town’s first cottonseed oil mill (and more gins to follow). The best way to appreciate the area’s charms and understand its rich history is to spend a weekend soaking it all up.

Texas History and Pride Combine in Gonzales

October 30, 2018 | By Michael Corcoran

When you’re known as “the birthplace of Texas freedom,” you have a lot to live up to. Gonzales doesn’t disappoint, celebrating its past like Austin does its live music scene. This town of 7,628 has the only state-designated Texas History Museum District, plus there’s a Pioneer Village of cabins, blacksmith shops, a barn, a church, and a smokehouse that embodies the 1800s. A few miles outside of town, a monument marks the site of the battlefield where the first shots of the Texas Revolution were fired in 1835. The actual cannon is on display at the Gonzales Memorial Museum; flags depicting it with the defiant “Come and Take It!” slogan, which taunted Mexican troops, are omnipresent reminders that Gonzales might as well be nicknamed the “Live Texas History Capital of the World.”

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