Pack and Play
6 Out-of-the-Box Weekend Getaways
City living is great: a grocer on every corner, cocktails until 2 a.m., Mexican food whenever you want. But weekends away are just as crucial.
For our next great adventure, we’re skipping the traditional hotel in favor of a yurt, dome or tepee.
Check out these six amazing Airbnb getaways, most within a three-hour drive of Dallas.
Tipi O-Geronimo on the Guadalupe River
So these tepees aren’t quite what we built during Indian Princess excursions with Dad, but they do have all the modern conveniences we gravely appreciate: electricity, Wi-Fi, mini fridges, microwaves and running water. (OK, so we have to share a common bathroom building, but that’s not a big deal.) Located in Seguin on the banks of the Guadalupe River, these darling tents can house six people (great for families) and are only $195 a night.
Rustic Cabins on the Blanco River
This is a log cabin straight out of our favorite Little House on the Prairie episode, made way cooler with air conditioning, cable and Internet. A fun bonus to this weekend getaway in Wimberley ($185 a night) is the outdoor shower--take in Hill Country wildlife like deer or longhorn cattle while getting your suds on.
Lofty Tree Houses in Spicewood
What’s more wanderlustful than staying in a cypress tree after a long workweek? This special weekend abode is built around the trunk of an ancient tree in the vineyard-filled town of Spicewood and sleeps two, either in a rustic hammock or a comfortable queen-size bed. If you’re looking for some adventure after your $415 magical night in the woods, check out the zip-line canopy tours on site before you head home.
Vintage Airstream Trailer in Austin
This throwback Airstream trailer in East Austin has hardwood floors, air conditioning, a claw-foot tub, a double bed and a single bed to sleep up to three. This is the perfect retreat for a jam-packed ACL weekend. (The $75-a-night rate is nothing to sneeze at, either.)
A Marfa Palace Powered by the Sun
This mountain-perched solar-powered retreat ($300 a night) by the Rio Grande has a master-chef kitchen, 360-degree canyon views and dreamy French linens on beds that can sleep five comfortably. In your downtime, check out the Prada Marfa installation in Valentine and amazing art along Highway 9. Bonus: There’s no cell service.