From Texas wine country escapes and lakeside retreats to full-service spa and golf resorts, there are many incredible choices near Dallas. Whether you are looking for a quick getaway just 30 minutes from Dallas or Fort Worth, TX or are planning to drive a few hours to get to your perfect destination, this list was created to inspire your next vacation.
Here are some of the best quick weekend getaways with family-friendly options and romantic things to do for couples. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1. The Cliffs - 1 hour and 40 minutes
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The Cliffs Resort is set on 1,090 acres overlooking the beautiful Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas. For water lovers, the Marina at the Cliffs is a full service facility offering watercraft rentals and all the supplies needed for a day of fishing. The Cliffs has a Par-71 golf course which has been rated one of the most challenging courses in all of Texas.
The Cliffs Spa has five treatment rooms and offers a diverse menu of relaxing treatments. Vacation activities include a 24-hour fitness center, sailing, water-skiing and sunbathing. The Cliffs offers rooms, suites and villas with a private balcony. The Elite rooms have a sitting area, mini fridge, robe, garden tub, and walk-in shower with double vanities. Dine at the Chaparral Grille which serves fresh seafood and other favorites. Weekend rates start at $199 per night.
2. Rough Creek Lodge & Resort - 1 hour 20 minutes
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The 11,000-acre Rough Creek Lodge & Resort is the perfect place for family vacations, and couples’ trips. The resort offers 51 guest rooms and suites, four cabins, and four vacation rental homes. The guest rooms and suites are located in the lodge and range from 400 to 1,300-square-feet in size. The cabins offer 500-square-feet of living space, while the vacation homes range from 1,850 to 7,500-square-feet.
There is never a dull moment at Rough Creek Lodge which has a waterpark with a 66-foot slide, 40-foot rock-climbing wall and a 675-foot zip-line. There is also shooting, hunting, archery, cattle driving, biking, hiking, paintballing, GPS navigating, spa going, cooking lessons, model rocket launching, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife tours and hayrides. The resort’s award winning restaurant offers rustic American cuisine. Weekend rates start at $350 per person, including breakfast and a three-course dinner.
3. Texas Hill Country Wineries - 4 hours
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Visit the Texas wine country during one of the special Wine Trails and Events, offered four times a year. You will get a chance to meet the winemakers, taste newly released wines, listen to music and sample delicious cuisine. Upcoming events include the Wine & Wildflower Trail from April 10-26 and the Texas Wine Month Trail from October 1-31. For more information and the list of wineries, click here.
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4. The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club - 30 minutes
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The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club in Frisco is home to the exquisitely landscaped Fazio Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course with a practice facility, driving range and a pro shop. Each of the Westin Stonebriar’s 301 rooms is equipped with a 47-inch TVs, wireless High Speed Internet and the luxurious Heavenly Bed. The rooms have beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning scenic balconies. Loosen up in the 200-foot lagoon-style pool and the spacious and fully equipped fitness studio.
The hotel features several dining options including The Legacy Grill which serves traditional American cuisine, Aqua Bar offering fresh and light foods to poolside guests, and Peter’s Café which serves breakfast foods, pastries and Starbucks coffee. Ernie’s Bar serves signature cocktails at the golf lounge. Rooms start at $140 per night. Things to Do in Frisco
5. The Inn at Dos Brisas - 3 hours and 30 minutes
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Located in the eastern foothills of the Texas Hill Country, the Inn at Dos Brisas is an all-inclusive 313-acre resort with the second largest privately owned equestrian center in Texas. The Relais & Chateaux ranch resort has nine accommodations, including four 800-square-foot Casitas and five 1,795-square-foot Haciendas. Both the casitas and haciendas have soft Egyptian cotton sheets, king-size beds, original artwork, leather chairs, and dreamy stone fireplaces. The Haciendas feature extra tall cathedral ceilings, antique furniture, French Oak floors, and master baths.
Visit the full service equestrian center for carriage tours, riding lessons, and trail riding, or play a match at the newly installed tennis court. Celebrate a special event in one of the three beautiful event rooms and relax next to the outdoor heated infinity pool. The inn's romantic restaurant is the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texas, serving organic dishes made with ingredients from the resort garden. All-inclusive weekend rates start at $1,069 for the Casitas, and from $1,339 per night for the Haciendas, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and resort activities.
6. The Gaylord Texan Resort - 30 minutes
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The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine has 1,384 rooms and spacious 127 suites. This full-service resort appeals to travelers who like many different dining, recreation, and relaxation options. All of the rooms have custom-made mattresses and flat-screen televisions. The suites feature marble bathrooms and double vanities. The 6,000-square-foot pool complex has a 27-foot waterslide, a lazy river, two hot pools, a toddler pool, and a full-service pool bar. The 25,000-square-foot Relâche Spa has 12 treatment rooms and offers massage, facials, sunless tanning, hairstyling and much more.
There are many dining options, including Zeppole Coastal Italian which serves traditional Italian cuisine, Texas Station offering BBQ and Old Hickory Steakhouse which serves premium Black Angus Beef. The Riverwalk Cantina offers Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine, Silver Bar is an Old West styled saloon, and The Cocoa Bean offers fresh coffee, pastries and snacks. Last but not least is the Glass Cactus, which offers creative cocktails, club cuisine and live entertainment. Rooms start at $239 per night.
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7. La Torretta Lake Resort - 3 hours
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La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe in Montgomery has a golf course, a full-service spa and a fitness center. The resort offers a variety of accommodations, including suites, cottages and villas. The luxury Villas, located on the lakeshore, measure 1,800 square feet in size. Kids can play in one of the five hotel pools, while adults float down the lazy river. Compete on the golf course with a friend, or relax at the full-service spa with your partner. Host a beautiful wedding or a party at the conference centerwhich provides 19 conference and meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor venues, and a 1,000 guest ballroom. Test your limits at La Toretta’s Fitness Center, the mini golf course, or the Tennis Center.
La Torretta offers several dining options, including Restaurant 157 which serves New American cuisine, Yoi Sushi Bar offering a Japanese menu and CoCo Cove Grill which serves tropical-inspired food and drinks. Mokka Café serves coffees and treats, Energie Lounge offers up drinks and music and The Final Putt Lounge has flat-screen TVs. Room rates start at $189 per night.
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8. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines - 3 hours and 15 minutes
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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is a luxury getaway with an 18,000-square-foot spa, a championship golf course, and 405 acres of resort grounds where guests get to bike, hike, fly fish and zip line. The 491 spacious guest rooms are flooded with natural light and have a beautiful scenic view. The free-standing Lilton House is a 2,600-square-foot guest cottage with an entrance foyer, butler’s kitchen, dining area, living room, fireplace, furnished outdoor patio, two spacious bedrooms, original artwork and a scenic view of the resort pond and golf course.
The resort has several dining options, including Stories Fine Dining Establishment, which serves seasonal dishes, Firewheel Café offering fresh favorites, and Old Buck’s Place which serves refreshments and light fare. Shellers Barrelhouse Bar serves Texan style bar food, Major Neighbors Grill offering lunch and drinks daily, and McDade’s Emporium and Ice Cream Saloon which serves Blue Bell ice cream. Rooms start at $192 per night.
9. La Cantera Hill Country Resort - 4 hours
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La Cantera Hill Country Resort is a luxury resort in Texas Hill Country. Play a round of golf at the Resort Course, which has been a part of the PGA tour for 15 years, or challenge yourself on the Palmer Course, designed by Arnold Palmer. The Lost Quarry Pools complex has six pools, three hot tubs and a water slide for kids. La Cantera has 498 guest rooms ranging in size from the 395-square-foot Traditional Room to the 1,698-square-foot Executive Suite. Luxury Suites feature a deluxe spa bath, plush bathrobes, a separate vanity area, and a roomy parlor with a wet bar and a 37” LCD television.
The resort has several dining options, including SweetFire Kitchenwhich serves innovative cuisine, Bocado offering smoked meats and gourmet cheeses, and La Cantera Grille which provides casual dining. Jasper’s serves meals at the Palmer Course, Topaz is the adult pool bar, and Primero Cantina offers indoor and outdoor seating. The resort has 39,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, including eight meeting rooms, three executive boardrooms, a 3,100-square-foot Pavilion, the 17,000-square-foot ballroom, and the 6,500-square-foot pre-function foyer and terrace. Rooms start at $260 per night.
10. The Inn on Barons Creek - 4 hours and 15 minutes
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The Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg has a heated salt-water pool, luxurious guest accommodations and a full-service spa. The property has 90 rooms, including seven creek-side rooms with direct access to Barons Creek. If you are planning a romantic proposal, book the 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite and enjoy a beautiful view of the creek, a complete kitchen, dining room, living room, three TVs, and a master whirlpool tub.
Rejuvenate at the spa which offers a variety of massages, treatments and services, or exercise at the modern fitness center. Start each day with a feast at the complimentary breakfast bar. History buffs can venture across the street to the National Museum of the Pacific War or take a 16-mile trip to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch. The Walch Haus Conference center accommodates 250 people and the Van Der Stucken Parlor accommodates 50 people. Rooms start at $139 per night.
11. The San Luis Resort - 4 hours and 20 minutes
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The San Luis Resort is a 30-acre beachfront hotel with an outdoor pool, spa and fitness center. The 250 guest rooms have a private balcony with outdoor seating, an air mattress, Wi-Fi access, and an iPod docking station. The Club 10 beachfront guestrooms feature modern décor and deliver special VIP services. Kids enjoy the outdoor heated pool while adults enjoy the swim-up bar. Guests of all ages get to relax at Spa San Luis which offers diverse treatment options. The resorts has several dining options, including the Steakhouse which serves savory steaks and live lobster, Blake’s Bistro offering more casual fresh affair and the Bar which serves drinks and snacks. H2o is an upbeat lounge while Grotto offers classic Southern Italian cooking. Rooms start at $207 per night. Next read: TX beaches
12. T Bar M Resort - 3 hours and 40 minutes
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T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels has beautifully landscaped nature trails, a lush putting green for both amateurs and pros, and 12,000 square feet of event space. The resort offers a variety of accommodations, including Country Inn rooms which measure from 245 to 315 square feet, log cabins that hold 36 people, and 500 to 575 square foot villas. The snug and intimate hotel rooms are decorated in a charming country style. Host a family team building retreat in one of T Bar M’s nine event rooms, which are all uniquely designed for different purposes and can accommodate 10-300 people.
There is an outdoor pool, air-conditioned sport center with a pool, a fully equipped fitness room, game room with Xbox 360 and Xbox Kinect, and everything needed to play basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, air hockey, foosball, and baseball. T Bar M Resort does not have a restaurant, but they do offer free ice cream and serve a complimentary breakfast every morning. There are many great restaurants nearby.
13. Hotel Saint Cecilia - 3 hours and 15 minutes
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Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin is perfect for travelers who want to experience the glamour of rock and roll since this hotel draws its inspirations from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The hotel has five suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios inspired by the Stones, Bill Burroughs, Anne Sexton, and Hunter S. Thompson. Above the lobby and lounge are studio-sized rooms. The 50-foot heated lap pool is open 24/7 and is adorned with an arbor. Host an intimate gathering at the Saint Cecilia lounge, which is decorated with plush leather couches and a fireplace. The property does not have a restaurant, but there is an in-room minibar with a collection of local and European products. The hotel is located near live music venues, restaurants, entertainment and shopping (Phone: 512-852-2400). Things to Do in Austin
14. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country - 4 hours and 10 minutes
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The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has a six-acre water park, 36 holes of golf, and seven restaurants. There are 85 spacious suites which range from 1,000 square feet to 2,300 square feet in size. All of the suites are designed and decorated in a contemporary yet natural style and have a Juliette or walkout balcony. Play a round of golf in one of the two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by world-renowned Pete Dye and Greg Norman, and rejuvenate in one of the 30 treatment rooms in the 26,000-square-foot Lantana Spa. Adults break a sweat at the resort’s health club and then cool off in the adult-only heated infinity edge pool, while children have fun at the water park which features a 1,100-foot lazy river, a 650-foot rapid-river ride, whirlpools and an activity pool.
The resort has several dining options, including Cibolo Moon, which serves Southwestern and Mexican inspired cuisine. Crooked Branch offers cocktails and BBQ, while 18 Oaks serves stakes. There is also High Velocity which serves American cuisine, the Replenishing Spa Bistro offering organic fare, smoothies and wine to spa guests, and Rivertop Grill which is known for its sandwiches. Rooms start at $209 per night.
15. Omni Corpus Christi Hotel - 6 hours
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The Omni Corpus Christi Hotel features 475 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, a full-service salon, and indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools. The 1,320- square-foot and bi-level Presidential Suite features a private sauna, while the Ambassador Suite measures 1,617 square feet in size and offers four large balconies overlooking the Corpus Christi Bay, as well as a separate dining area for six to eight people. Guests requiring less space can stay in the 384-square-foot Premier Bayfront Rooms which offer a direct view of the bay. Relax with friends and family in either the indoor or outdoor heated swimming pool, complete with a poolside bar. Republic of Texas Bar and Grill is the only AAA Four Diamond restaurant in south Texas, and offers rooftop seating so that guests can take in the view of the Corpus Christi bay as they enjoy their delicious steak and seafood entrees. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Glass Pavilion Restaurant or grab a refreshing light meal or snack from Morsel’s. Rooms start at $189 per night. Things to Do in Corpus Christi
16. Hotel Galvez - 4 hours and 20 minutes
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Hotel Galvez is a historic beachfront hotel on the Gulf Coast of Texas, featuring a saline pool, a full-service spa, and a swim-up bar. The property offers 224 rooms including Gulf view rooms, city view rooms, spa-inspired rooms and grand suites. All seven of the suites have two adjoining bedrooms with king beds and two 26-inch high definition flat screens. Relax at the 10,000-square-foot full service spa where you can enjoy the hydrotherapy room, Vichy shower, Swiss shower, meditation garden, professional salon, or the eucalyptus steam rooms. For spa guests in search of exercise, there is a fully equipped fitness center. The Galvez Bar & Grill is a gorgeous yet casual seafood restaurant that serves seafood freshly caught from the Gulf Coast. Only four blocks away from the hotel is Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, a beachfront amusement park that has 16 rides, midway games, food, and plenty of fun. Rooms start at $242 per night.
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17. Sara’s Bed & Breakfast Inn - 3 hours and 30 minutes
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Sara’s in Houston is an elegant, inviting and restful inn, decorated in natural hues with accents of white. It is the perfect place for travelers who like a peaceful atmosphere. All rooms have luxurious robes, down blankets and Wi-Fi. Sara’s has a dining room with five tables, where full breakfast is served 7 days a week. Guests can invite other people to breakfast by making prior arrangements. Sara’s can provide a list of nearby restaurants that deliver to the inn. The inn is located three and a half miles from downtown. Rooms start at $139.
18. Mokara - 4 hours and 10 minutes
Mokara is a luxurious getaway for the sophisticated traveler, offering a variety of accommodations including premier rooms, river view rooms, spa rooms and suites. Each room and suite has beautiful high ceilings, fine linens, and roomy bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. Relax in the heated rooftop pool or exercise at the state-of-the-art fitness center. For an ultra relaxing time, the 17,000-square-foot spa has 18 private treatment rooms, and an extensive menu of treatments. The hotel has six meeting rooms including a 1,692-square-foot ballroom, an 800-square-foot space on the River Walk, two rooftop locations, and two boardrooms for 12-16 guests. Enjoy a romantic riverfront meal at Ostra, where traditional and exotic meals are served up along side an oyster bar. The Rooftop Café serves cocktails and lighter fare such as sandwiches and salads.
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19. Hotel Granduca - 3 hrs and 45 min
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Hotel Granduca is an Italian-inspired getaway with a pool and landscaped gardens. The accommodations range in size from the 425-square-foot Deluxe Room for two people to the 2,100-sqare-foot Villa Suite for up to seven people. All of the hotel’s 122 luxuriously decorated suites have wireless Internet and plasma HDTVs. Host a cocktail event or a business meeting at The Library and then play a game of pool at the cozy Sala Del Bigliardo, which is Hotel Granduca’s Billiard room. Throw an Italian-style bridal shower at the conservatory or lounge around the hotel pool with friends. Ristorante Cavour serves traditional Northern Italian cuisine and signature desserts in the midst of Old World Italian ambiance. Bar Malatesta offers cocktails, drinks, snacks and Italian treats. Venture out into the city to see one of Houston’s famous museums, such as The Museum of Fine Arts, The Health Museum and The Houston Museum of Natural Science.
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20. Peninsula Island Resort and Spa
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The contemporary oceanfront Peninsula Island Resort and Spa on South Padre Island features a private beach, a romantic oceanfront restaurant, and an Aveda spa. The resort offers a variety of accommodations, including studio rooms, luxury two-bedroom condos, and opulent three-bedroom condos. The three-bedroom condos feature oceanfront views, mosaic bathrooms, master bedrooms, hot tubs on the balconies, and fully furnished granite-topped kitchens. Things to Do in South Padre Island
Try the Signature Tropical Ginger Salt Scrub at the spa or work out at the resort’s fitness center. Take a dip in the largest heated outdoor infinity pool in South Texas. The award winning Las Olas Restaurant Bar & Grill makes all of their food from scratch using local, fresh ingredients. It serves seafood and original and traditional Mexican cuisine. Take a trip to nearby Brownsville, TX for boutique shopping and local cuisine. The resort is a 9-hour drive from Dallas, so you may prefer to fly instead. Rooms start at $250 per night.
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- The Cliffs - 1 hour and 40 minutes, Photo: The Cliffs
- Rough Creek Lodge & Resort - 1 hour 20 minutes, Photo: Rough Creek Lodge
- Texas Hill Country Wineries - 4 hours, Photo: Courtesy of karandaev - Fotolia.com
- The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club - 30 minutes, Photo: The Westin Stonebriar
- The Inn at Dos Brisas - 3 hours and 30 minutes, Photo: The Inn at Dos Brisas
- The Gaylord Texan Resort - 30 minutes, Photo: The Gaylord Texan Resort
- La Torretta Lake Resort - 3 hours, Photo: La Torretta Lake Resort
- Hyatt Regency Lost Pines - 3 hours and 15 minutes, Photo: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines
- La Cantera Hill Country Resort - 4 hours, Photo: La Cantera Hill Country Resort
- The Inn on Barons Creek - 4 hours and 15 minutes, Photo: The Inn on Barons Creek
- The San Luis Resort - 4 hours and 20 minutes, Photo: The San Luis Resort
- T Bar M Resort - 3 hours and 40 minutes, Photo: T Bar M Resort
- Hotel Saint Cecilia - 3 hours and 15 minutes, Photo: Hotel Saint Cecilia
- The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country - 4 hours and 10 minutes, Photo: The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
- Omni Corpus Christi Hotel - 6 hours, Photo: Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
- Hotel Galvez - 4 hours and 20 minutes, Photo: Hotel Galvez
- Sara’s Bed & Breakfast Inn - 3 hours and 30 minutes, Photo: Sara’s Bed & Breakfast Inn
- Mokara - 4 hours and 10 minutes, Photo: Mokara
- Hotel Granduca - 3 hrs and 45 min, Photo: Hotel Granduca
- Peninsula Island Resort and Spa, Photo: Peninsula Island Resort and Spa
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of leekris - Fotolia.com
|From Dallas, TX To ||Driving Time|
|Graford, Texas||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Glen Rose, Texas||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Texas Hill Country||4 hours|
|Frisco, TX||30 minutes|
|Washington, Texas||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Grapevine, TX||30 minutes|
|Montgomery, Texas||3 hours|
|Lost Pines, Texas||3 hours 15 minutes|
|San Antonio, Texas||4 hours|
|Fredericksburg||4 hours 15 minutes|
|Galveston, TX||4 hours 20 minutes|
|New Braunfels||3 hours 40 minutes|
|Austin||3 hours 15 minutes|
|San Antonio Hill Country||4 hours 10 minutes|
|Corpus Christi||6 hours|
|Houston||3 hours 30 minutes|
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