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11 Cozy Texas Cafes!

While the five-star restaurants and exotic cuisines of the ever-changing big cities are great, some days you just need a comfy atmosphere, a great conversation and a smorgasbord of fried foods. If it’s down-home and country cookin’ you’re looking for, than look no further than these 11 small-town cafes. Sure, they may not be the flashiest or the most famous, but at these cafes you’ll find honest, welcoming folks, comfort food cooked with family recipes and homemade desserts to die for.

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 1. Lost Maples Cafe – Utopia, TX 

Cluttering the walls of Utopia’s favorite cafe are props from it’s famed days as a location in the 2011 movie, Seven Days in Utopia. Yet, even after hosting movie stars like Robert Duvall, not much has changed at Lost Maples Cafe. In fact, since it was built in 1904, this little cafe has been everything from a classroom to a drugstore, but one thing’s always remained the same — it’s the center of the community. Join the locals in this tightly-packed diner as they shoot the breeze over a hearty breakfast of giant fluffy biscuits, thick slabs of bacon and a mason jar of freshly made salsa — yes every breakfast plate is served with an entire jar of salsa — or stop by for a quick slice of creamy fudge pie after a day of road tripping to nearby Lost Maples State Park.

2. The Dixie PigAbilene, TX

Decking the pastel pink walls and window sills of Abilene’s oldest restaurant are all sorts of piggy paraphernalia collected by customers and waitresses over the years. This cafe turns 86-years-old in July, and it’s the kind of place where you can “pig” out on giant platters of country cooking without any modern distractions…like cell phones (this old-fashioned diner still uses a rotary phone) or Wi-Fi (no computers either — it’s cash or check only). And don’t be surprised if you leave with a couple of new Abilenian friends.

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Picture by Ginger Brown’s.

3. Ginger Brown’s Olde Tyme Restaurant and BakeryLake Worth, TX 

Though this cafe has only been around since 1985, the black and white photos of family reunions and kissing sweethearts on the walls paired with the mini jukeboxes over the tables at each of the faded green floral booths call back to a much simpler time. At Ginger Brown’s, customers and waitstaff mingle into one big family, Monday-night BINGO and Cinnamon Roll Happy Hour are the main events each week and enormous portions of fried chicken and pot roast will transport you to Sunday dinners with your family.

4. Koffee KupHico, TX 

Leave your diet at home, and be sure you’ve packed your fat pants for this cafe. At the Koffee Kup in Hico, hand-battered chicken fried steak, over-sized onion rings and homemade pie are the three main food groups that provide nourishment (well, maybe just satisfaction…) to travelers from near and far. Their Cream Cheese Jalapeno Burger has even made one of Texas Monthly’s top burgers list. And since 1968, this cash-only cafe has served pies under a belief that “pie fixes everything.” Just one bite of their Doctor’s Office pie and you’ll be a believer, too.

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5. Leona General Store Leona,TX

The 1921 general store in Leona, TX has been converted into the best steakhouse you’ve probably never heard of — but plenty of folks have since a line almost as big as the town, itself, begins forming at 4:30 p.m. for the opening of the cafe at 5:30 p.m. The menu is limited, but the food is out of this world. Choose between a juicy, thick rib-eye (really this should be your choice) or grilled catfish or chicken on Friday and Saturday nights, and gorge yourself on hand-breaded All-You-Can-Eat catfish on Thursday nights. While the meats are a meal in themselves, the house-made sides like jalapeno hush puppies on catfish night and twice-baked potatoes on steak night are also worth the immense post-dinner food cramps.

6. Royers Round Top CafeRound Top, TX

This throwback cafe is the perfect place to eat when you’re tripping through a town that has the one of the best antique shows in the US. The walls are a hodgepodge of old photos, hometown trophies and magazine articles, and at your checkered picnic table you can enjoy thick pork chops or succulent grilled quail with food-coma-inducing sides like creamed corn and jalapeno cheese soup in a laid back atmosphere. But don’t let the extensive dinner and lunch menu full you, you’re really here for pie. With flavors like strawberry rhubarb, apple pie and Texas Trash, if you can’t choose — get three slices (we won’t tell…)

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Enjoy a full country breakfast at Hill Country Cafe.

7. Hill Country CafeKerrville, TX

Right outside of the hustle and bustle of Main Street, this cafe, though small, is the central meeting place for many folks — from business men grabbing a home-cooked breakfast before heading off to work to old folks catching up over a cup of coffee. And that’s the way it’s been since it opened in 1942. But more than just a place to grab a delicious homemade cinnamon roll, Hill Country Cafe sits on some pretty historic ground as well. Look closely at the news articles on the wall near the cash register and you’ll in find out that in 1905, Mrs. Florence Butts opened a little grocery store that would soon grow to be Texas’s favorite grocery store — HEB!

8. Rock Inn CafeSeymour, TX 

Drive through this sleepy little town in the southern Panhandle, and you’ll find that the Rock Inn Cafe is almost always hoppin’. Since 1933, this home style joint has been the place where cowboys and farmers alike can catch up over a cigarette and a plate of chicken fried steak, and hot fried pickles and hefty cheeseburgers await travelers weary from trippin’ across Texas. Dine on heaping plates of fried pork chops and collard greens that would put your grandma’s cooking to shame and wash it down with the sweetest of sweet teas.

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The expansive view from Jacobys front porch.

9. Jacoby’sMelvin, TX 

This is the epitome of a small town cafe. Beneath the looming shadows of the granaries for this farming community’s Feed and Seed store, where the land stretches out for an eternity on every side, farmers gather daily at the dark-paneled diner to discuss the town news. Each platter of fried chicken or cheesy burger comes with your choice of fries, onion rings or okra (always choose the crisp okra), and if you’re lucky, a ginormous pan of freshly baked Texas chocolate sheet cake will greet you at the cash register on your way out (this, too, you must always take.)

10. 7th Street RestaurantCushing, TX

This place looks like a tavern and is a great place for a frosty beer during happy hour, but don’t let the bar vibe fool you — it’s got all the flavors of a laid back hometown cafe. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu — fried catfish, humongous burgers, smoked fajitas, you name it it’s good — and in the evenings, you can enjoy your meal and conversation with live music from local artists!

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11. New York Hill RestaurantMingus, TX 

Atop a hill with wide, sweeping views of West Texas sits this hidden gem in plain sight. You can get heaps of classic country cooking (big-as-your-face chicken fried steak and fried chicken galore), the fresh rolls were made to be drenched in honey and homemade buttermilk pie is the best way to end the meal. On the walls, you’ll find the history of the nearby ghost town Thurber, and learn about it’s booming days in the mining industry of the early 1900s. After you eat, head to the bottom of the hill where you can explore a historic miner’s home and an old mining caboose!

San Antonio Premiere Recap!

Howdy Trippers!! On Feb. 2, we had the San Antonio Premiere in San Antonio — and it was a party for the history books! We’d like to say a special “thank you” to the Alamo for letting us host the premiere on the grounds and of course, to YOU GUYS for showing up and partying with us!! We had SO MUCH FUN meeting y’all and watching the new Season 8 San Antonio episode and we couldn’t have done it without y’all!

Before the night started, we checked out artifacts from an upcoming special exhibit at the Alamo on Mr. Jim Bowie and his historic knives. They were basically like small swords…those Texas heroes didn’t mess around when it came to defending Texas!

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Then the sun began to set, and the Alamo lawn was filled with trippers from all over Texas. As the crowd gathered, local country artist Katy Mckenzie played live music and she definitely ROCKED the lawn!

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We were wowed with a live firing demonstration from the Living History reenactment group at the Alamo and got to watch a cultural folk dance by Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones! Both were EPIC!!

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And of course, our favorite part of the night was getting to meet and hang out with YOU! We are so thankful to have such amazing fans like you that make all of this possible! Thanks for coming out to the Alamo and partying with us. You can find the Meet and Greet pictures from the San Antonio Premiere party in our Facebook Album!

 

Your Guide to Last-Minute Texas Romance

Photo by Jennifer Boomer

If you’re reading this blog, it’s most likely because you’re freaking out that Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday (wait — you knew that already, right?), and you’re looking for a way to sweep your love off his or her feet and quick! But before you resort to handmade construction paper cards and digging for leftover Halloween candy in the back of your pantry, check out this guide that will make even the biggest procrastinator look like Cupid. Here’s a list of the best last-minute ways to show your sweetheart how much you care for them — with little to no effort, cash or reservations required!

1. Buy them some Chocolates (Duh!)

Buying chocolates is a classic, but don’t settle for the boring kind. Texas has a wide range of creative confectioneries like Maggie Louise Confections, which offers chocolate robots, glittery gourmet kisses and even boxes of chocolate fries! Check out the full list of gourmet chocolates across the state.

2. Merlot is red, rosé is pink. Get your Valentine a glass (or two or three!) of fine wines to drink.

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Since the Texas wine industry is rising in the national ranks, spending Valentine’s Day sipping through a wine trail is a no-brainer. There are tons of wineries in the Hill Country with amazing views and luxurious wines, like Becker Vineyards near Fredericksburg where you can enjoy a FREE Merlot and Chocolates event WITHOUT RESERVATIONS. If you’re looking to class it up in North Texas, wander along the Sweetheart Wine Trail in Grapevine — but hurry before the remaining spots are filled!

3. Take a relaxing getaway together.

Relax by the pool at Travaasa Austin. Picture by Travaasa Experiential Resorts.

Relax by the pool at Travaasa Austin. Picture by Travaasa Experiential Resorts.

Whether you dream of sipping a smoothie poolside like at Travaasa in Austin, relaxing in nature like at the Palo Duro Cabins or exploring an urban paradise like at Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, you and your love are sure to find the peace of mind you need at one of these 7 relaxing getaways.

4. Explore the beauty of Texas together.

garner2Take a hike, have a picnic or stargaze at one of the various state parks in Texas because who wouldn’t find being surrounded by babbling brooks, towering mountains and brightly shining stars romantic? Check this calendar for dozens of romantic park events — from a Hearts in Nature hike at Mother Neff State Park to an Under the Stars Valentines Dance at Daingerfield State Park — that are ALL FREE and require NO RESERVATIONS!

5. Pack your own picnic in the park.

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Flowers, butterflies, food — picnic’s are a cheap and fun way to make your Valentine feel special, and Texas has no shortage of scenic greens. Step up your picnic-game by heading to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens to be serenaded by sweet melodies while you eat in the garden. To encourage extra smooching there will be a Kissing Booth at Cafe on the Green and the Arboretum is extending its hours on Feb. 14.

6. Take your sweetheart two-stepping.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Valentine, TX. Picture by Jennifer Boomer.

Join the town of Valentines, TX and Big Bend Brewing Co. for their annual “Valentine’s Day in Valentine” celebration underneath the stars, complete with the three things you need for the perfect Texas Valentine’s Day: BBQ, beer and great country music! And just for the party, Big Bend Brewing Co. is releasing a limited edition ale called Total Commitment. You can buy tickets in advance, or purchase them at the door.

7. Catch a classic movie at the drive-in.

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Bring back the memories of young puppy-love and taking your high school crush to the movies by catching a classic black and white flick with your Valentine. Head to Austin’s Blue Starlite Drive-In to watch a rom-com in your car or visit the Texas Theatre in Dallas, for a classic movie – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the French film that served as the inspiration for La La Land — in a historic theater.

8. Watch the sunset together.

Photo by My East Texas

Photo by My East Texas

Luckily, Texas is full of amazing views, meaning you can share one of these 11 sights that are free and (almost) as beautiful as your true love for a one-of-a-kind date night.

Original Title photo courtesy of Jennifer Boomer.

New Season 8 Episodes Are Here!!

ARE YOU READY FOR NEW EPISODES?? We’ve been traveling around TEXAS to some pretty epic towns and you won’t believe what we’ve discovered: the hidden graves of Texas heroes, dinosaurs, mysterious giant balloons and secret waterfalls! Starting this week, we’ll be airing 3 NEW EPISODES that you won’t want to miss. Be sure to check your local PBS Station for premiere dates and times.

SAN ANTONIO

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We head downtown in this history-filled town to “remember the Alamo” and visit the hidden graves of some of Texas’s greatest heroes at a grand cathedral. We shop at a giant color-filled fiesta, cruise the famous river and trade our deer horns for a beer at the local bar. Of course, throughout the day, we gorge ourselves on some of the best Mexican food in Texas and enjoy a night cap of mango ice cream at a historic hotel bar. Click here to watch the promo!

PALESTINE

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It may not be the Palestine in the Middle East, but we find all sorts of adventures in this East Texas town. We head to the town’s old high school for a history lesson, discover a hidden waterfall in the park and investigate giant weather balloons at a NASA facility. We make a pig of ourselves at the local hot spot, and then hunt for actual hogs in the dark. Click here to watch the promo!

GLEN ROSE

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Trippin’ through time doesn’t take quite as long as you’d expect — it took us about 2 hours to travel to prehistoric times. In Glen Rose, we walk in the giant shadows of (fake) dinosaurs at an amusement park, in the footprints of real dinos at Dinosaur Valley State Park and mingle with modern beasts on a safari. We trip to the beginning of time at a museum where we find some interesting fossils and end our day with a reenactment of “the greatest story ever told”.

Click here to watch the behind the scenes videos!

Super Bowl LI Trippin’ (in Houston!)

Everyone’s starting to get hyped for Super Bowl LI next Sunday, and the most exciting part is that it’s being hosted right here in Texas! Soon hoards of folks from all over the country will be traveling to Houston to see the Patriots and Falcons face off on the football field. No matter if you’re attending the game at NRG Stadium or just hoping to hang around and pretend like you’ve got tickets, there’s plenty to do in Houston between Super Bowl partying and tailgating. Here’s a guide on what to eat and see while you’re in town.

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Head to Bernie’s Burger Bus for massive burgers. Picture by Amy Miller.

Stay In the Neighborhood…

Bernie’s Burger Bus: Ace lunch by heading to this old-school burger joint where you order gourmet burgers out of an actual yellow school bus. Along with massive burgers and made-from-scratch ingredients (that means homemade ketchup,y’all), you can also choose from eight different kinds of fries, with toppings ranging from chili and cheese to brisket and truffle oil! Wash down your meal with local beers on tap or a Cookie Butter Shake.

Capt Benny’s: If something seems fishy about this boat docked in the middle of town, it is…fresh fish to be exact. This seafood shack has been serving Gulf Coasts seafood to inland folks for the past 50 years. Pop in for a dozen fresh shucked oysters at the Oyster Bar (a local fave) or all the fried fish you can eat.

Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers: Follow the giant cow and mooo-ve on over to Jerry’s for a quick burger with fresh ingredients. They’ve got all your game day cravings from hot dogs and burgers to fried pickles and fries (try the spicy fries for an extra kick). And best of all, they’ve partnered with the Houston-based Saint Arnold Brewery to create a special burger topped with fried jalapenos and guac that pairs perfectly with the beer.

Luigi’s Pizzeria: Head to this family-owned neighborhood pizza joint in either Bellaire or Midtown for some of the best wood-fired thin crust pizza in Houston! Locals love the Supreme — which is so packed with toppings it requires two hands to eat — and the Italian classic Magherita Pizza topped with fresh basil and tomatoes. Don’t forget the fresh gelato for dessert! It is BYOB, but if you go to the Midtown location, you can take your pie next door to the Axelrad Beer Garden for a cold beer and a post-meal nap in a hammock.

Glazed, the Doughnut Cafe: This gourmet doughnut cafe, located just a few minutes from NRG Stadium, is conveniently opened 24-hours making it the perfect place to celebrate a win or perhaps drown your sorrows after the big game. Gorge yourself on decadent doughnuts like their signature Macon, a maple-glazed doughnut topped with bacon, or savory doughnut sandwiches (glazed breakfast sandwich anyone?).

Or Venture Out a Bit…

Montrose: Just a little farther away is this upbeat part of town where all the cool kids are hanging and you’ll find a plethora of Houston’s most iconic and eclectic eateries. For truly amazing Texas classics, head to El Real for authentic Tex-Mex or The Pit Room for beef sausage and brisket served on paper. Dare to try something new? Hit up Houston’s Japanese fusion hot spot, Uchi. If you’re craving Italian, Dolce Vita serves up thin crust pizza with just the right amount of wood-fired char and topped with bubbling cheese and authentic Italian ingredients.

Chinatown: Just a hop, skip and a jump from NRG Stadium is Chinatown, which boasts one of the largest Asian populations in America as well as some of the best foods. If you’re a beginner at foreign foods, head to Golden Dim Sum for amazing steamed dumplings and pot stickers galore — as well as a picture menu so you can see what you’re ordering. HK Dim Sum, also a dumpling house, is another must-visit. A local favorite is Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Pagolac’s Beef Seven Ways: a meal comprised of 7 different beef dishes. And for late night pho cravings, head just outside Chinatown to Pho Bingh by Night which stays open till 3 a.m. and serves pho with a rich broth and bone marrow. 

 

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Say Cheese: Houston is full of building art like the “Houston Is…” mural.

Party some more: Of course nothing could be better than the actual Super Bowl…except for a huge FREE Super Bowl Party! Discovery Green is hosting “Super Bowl LIVE“, an epic nine-day party from Jan. 28 – Feb. 5 featuring food trucks, free concerts, prizes, a Virtual-Reality roller coaster and so much more!

Take all the selfies: If you’re in Houston and don’t take pictures with its most famous murals, were you really there at all? Pose with the psychedelic “Houston Is…” mural, send your friends well wishes with the “Greetings from Houston” mural or find the latest Houston mural obsession #BiscuitPaintWall on the wall of the interior design store Biscuit Home. And of course, no trip to town is complete without visiting the famous Water Wall, a U-Shaped 64-ft. tall waterfall in Uptown Houston!

Choose your Brews: Since you’re in town for the Super Bowl, head to 8th Wonder Brewery which was named after the beloved Astrodome and has a dome-shaped warehouse. Stop by the taproom during the weekend for their fresh brewed “Dome Faux’m” or tour the brewery during the week. Saint Arnold is another favorite brewery in Houston, and Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery, started in 1994. Visit the brewery during the week and receive a free tour with a smaller crowd, or on Saturday pay a $10 charge but receive a souvenir glass and free samples, but expect a long line.

Be Artsy: If you were hoping to let your inner artist shine through between screaming your lungs out for your favorite team and downing beers, you’re in luck — Houston’s got a huge supply of amazing art museums (find a list here). View classic artworks by iconic artists like Warhol and Picasso at The Menil Collection or head to the ArtCar Museum (aka “Garage Mahal”) to view cars made into whimsical art pieces like giant rats and helicopters. For even more art, head to the Rice University campus at sunset to watch the sky change colors in the trippy art installation “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace by James Turrell. The best part? All three of these are FREE.

Act Like a Kid: No matter your age, you’ll definitely want to push the mysterious Red Button on the Preston Street Bridge for a laugh. Be sure to look into the Buffalo Bayou immediately after for a surprise (click here if you like ruining surprises)! Act like a monkey at the Houston Zoo, cure your curiosity at the Houston Museum of Natural Science or go batty by watching 250,000 bats fly out from under the Waugh Drive Bridge at dusk.

Check out our trip to Houston for more travel ideas!

San Antonio Premiere Party AT THE ALAMO!

Trippers, get ready because we are throwing the most EPIC Premiere Party EVER!! Join us on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 6:30-8 p.m. for the premiere of our Downtown San Antonio episode on the lawn of The Alamo (300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio)! Yeah, that’s right, we’re premiering the episode at one of the most HISTORIC SPOTS IN TEXAS!!

Besides the premiere of the San Antonio episode, we’ll also have live music by country artist Katy Mckenzie, a performance by folk dance group Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones, tons of PRIZES and so much more! There’s no RSVP or ticket necessary– all you gotta do is show up and have fun!  Be sure to bring blankets (not chairs) for you and your family to sit on the lawn. You don’t want to miss out on this TEXAS-SIZED PARTY!!!

CLICK HERE to check out the Premiere Party’s Facebook event!

 

 

11 Jaw-Dropping Bird’s-Eye Views

It’s not hard to find beauty in Texas – whether you’re looking out over the sprawling lands of West Texas or taking in the luscious woods of the East. But sometimes to truly appreciate all there is to see, you gotta get a bird’s eye view! From hilltop and mountain to bridge and skyscraper, here’s a list of 11 of the most stunning views in Texas!

1. Love’s Lookout – Highway 69 – Jacksonville, TX

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Photo by My East Texas

2. Hancock Hill – Sul Ross University – Alpine, TX

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Watch our Alpine episode here.

3. Mount Bonnell – Austin, TX

See the South Austin episode here.

4. Old Baldy – Garner State Park – Concan, TX

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5. Palo Duro Canyon – Canyon, TX

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Find our episode in nearby Amarillo here.

6. Wyler Aerial Tramway – Franklin Mountains State Park – El Paso, TX

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See our El Paso episode here.

7. Reunion Tower – Dallas, TX

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Watch our Dallas episode here.

8. Masada Ridge – Big Bend Ranch State Park – Presidio, TX

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9. Davis Mountains State Park – Fort Davis, TX

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See our episode in Fort Davis here.

10. Guadalupe Peak – Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Salt Flat, TX

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See our episode in nearby Van Horn here.

11. South Rim – Big Bend National Park

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Watch our Big Bend episodes here.

7 Refreshing Getaways in Texas

Between the food-coma-induced pains of Thanksgiving, the frantic gift searches of Christmas and immense stress of already failing at your New Year’s resolution, you’re exhausted and you deserve a break. You loved being surrounded by family and friends during the endless parties of the holidays, but now you’re ready for the relaxation and peace of mind only Texas can provide. Luckily for you, the hard parts of trip planning have already been done — all you gotta do is take a deep breath, get your planner handy and choose how you’d like to indulge yourself at one of these 7 Texas getaways.

Get Refreshed in Nature

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Take in the view at Palo Duro Canyon. Picture by Chase Fountain.

If your idea of a getaway is breathing that fresh Texas air, spending hours getting lost in nature, and freedom from the hustle and bustle of life, than these nature getaways are perfect for you.

Palo Duro Cabins: Spend the night in these cabins at Palo Duro Canyon that are basically made of the canyons themselves and you might just have one of the prettiest views in all of Texas. You can hike the canyons if you wish, or just sit out on the porch with a cup of coffee and watch as the sun moves over the canyons. There’s no way to get bored at these cabins.

Canyon of the Eagles Resort: At this resort in Burnet, TX, your days will be filled with hiking through the beautiful Hill Country landscapes of this 940-acre nature park. End your day of hiking and mountain biking with a gourmet dinner and a view of the sunset on the lake at The Overlook restaurant or a “Star party” at the Eagle Eye Observatory.

Dixie Dude Ranch: Mosey on down to Bandera, TX to spend the weekend like a real life cowboy: at a working longhorn and goat ranch that’s been around since 1901! Enjoy a weekend free of stress (and cell phone service), horseback ride or hike through the countryside, sing songs around the campfire and just take in that country air.

Get Pampered at the Spa

Relax by the pool at Travaasa Austin. Picture by Travaasa Experiential Resorts.

Relax by the pool at Travaasa Austin. Picture by Travaasa Experiential Resorts.

Does just the thought of spending the day sitting around, eating desserts and being treated like royalty instantly put you at ease? Than read on, my friend.

Travaasa Austin: This spa in the heart of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve in Austin has everything you need to relax your body and mind, but it specializes in providing you with awesome experiences. Along with the offerings of a full-service spa (including a men’s spa package for those who need a mancationcomplete with Texas craft beer on tap), Travaasa also offers a full range of fun adventures from cooking sessions and Texas Two-Step lessons to archery and hatchet-throwing that’ll have you checking things off your bucket list.

Trellis Spa: If you’re looking for the more traditional spa experience filled with massages, hot tubs and not having to lift a finger (except during your manicure), than this full-service spa in Houston is for you. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s got all you need to unwind, and there are even packages for men, teens and pregnant women — so everyone can take a breather! And if at the end of the day, you’re just too relaxed to travel home, it’s connected to the luxury Houstonian Hotel!

Get Lost in the City

Stay on the Riverwalk at Hotel Contessa.

Stay on the Riverwalk at Hotel Contessa. Picture by Hotel Contessa.

If your idea of unwinding is being surrounded by skyscrapers and having tons of eclectic restaurants, shops and clubs at your fingertips, than get yourself to one of these urban getaways stat!

Hotel Contessa: Enjoy a romantic getaway at this beautiful luxury hotel on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Saunter along the river, gorge yourself on some of the best Tex-Mex in the state or just enjoy relaxing in a cushy bed with a stunning view of the Riverwalk from your hotel room. The hotel has tons of room discounts and packages, including specials just for being a Texan and packages that include a luxury suite, champagne and chocolate (my three favorite things…)

The Ashton Hotel: This hotel with a history in downtown Fort Worth, is right in the center of all the fun. Walking distance from Sundance Square, the mellow Scat Jazz Club and Bass Hall, you can choose to explore the city and catch a show or stay cozy in the hotel. Make reservations to sip tea and munch on desserts at the Winter’s Tea each Saturday (pinkies up!).