11 Swoon-Worthy Summer Weekend Getaways from Dallas
Real talk, friends: A lot of people in Dallas choose to flee the state during the summer months. That said, there is nothing like a global pandemic to make us take a long hard look at the places we can escape to for a little getaway without having to hop on an airplane. And that’s somewhere in the silver lining of all of this if you ask us. So, tell us—are you road trip ready? Let’s go! We’ve organized our list of the best summer weekend getaways near Dallas from shortest to longest trip.
Editor’s note: All of the destinations listed here are currently open and have social distancing guidelines and other sanitation procedures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As information and guidelines change daily, we recommend calling the accommodation for the most up-to-date info. And don’t forget to read the latest CDC’s safety guidelines here.
1. The Hummingbird at Sunrise Point (1 hour 10 minutes from Dallas)
This Cedar Creek Lake rental is perfect for summer social distancing. Located at Sunrise Point, it is one of four rentable cottages, making it the ideal destination for a friend group who likes a mix of togetherness and see ya later. Each cottage has a queen-sized bed and a full bathroom. Common areas include a putting green, lakeside seating, pool, jacuzzi and more. Think of this one like a summer fun camp, but you know, for adults.
2. Inn on Lake Granbury (1 hour 20 minutes from Dallas)
Love wine and water? This three-acre waterfront property in Granbury might be just what the doctor ordered for a weekend away. Enjoy amenities of a cozy inn like complimentary appetizers and wine delivered to your room for happy hour or book the full breakfast package to truly unwind. Spend the morning relaxing by the pool and then walk the two blocks to downtown for wineries, breweries, restaurants, and shops galore. Have a Revolver Blood & Honey for us, will you?
3. High Hill Farm (1 hour 50 minutes from Dallas)
For something totally different, try heading east. To East Texas, that is. This charming resort in Arp is an excellent option for those that want to relax and recharge but don’t want to skimp on quality cuisine. Relax by the pool, dine at Côte, and even play a 9-hole round of golf all without leaving the grounds. Be sure to check out their events schedule so you don’t miss movie night on the lawn or one of their epic Sunday brunch experiences.
4. Brazos Moon at Hell’s Gate Basin (2 hours and 40 minutes from Dallas)
Possum Kingdom Lake (or “PK” as the regulars call it) is home to Hell’s Gate, however, a weekend here will feel like heaven. Nestled in the foothills of the Palo Pinto mountains, the rugged coastline here is a far cry from Dallas living and you just can’t help but unwind from a hectic work week while lapping up the beautiful views here. This particular rental has four bedrooms, a new swimming pool and hot tub in addition to a killer firepit pavilion that’s perfect for watching the big game and enjoying the scenery.
5. Through the Looking Glass at Broken Bow (2 hours and 50 minutes from Dallas)
Broken Bow is the new IT vacation spot that Texans simply cannot get enough of. The wilderness vibes are just strong enough to scratch the itch for most city dwellers in need of some time outside. This glass cabin features split buildings for family and friends to spread out and although there are only three bedrooms, it accommodates up to 12 people. We are really digging the game room that features both a poker and pool table in addition to the covered porch that connects the two buildings. Anyone want to build a fire and roast a marshmallow or two?
6. Lake Austin Spa (3 hours from Dallas)
Possibly the biggest splurge on the list but this luxe retreat is definitely worth it. Whether you find yourself here for the mind, body or soul, this rejuvenating destination is sure to fill your cup. Not only is this waterfront property stunning, but the food is next level. Pair that with innovative wellness treatments (the serenity scalp massage is divine) and serene surroundings and you are destined to fall in love.
7. Sage Hill Inn & Spa (3 hours and 15 minutes from Dallas)
The Texas Hill Country is on full display at this Kyle, Texas inn located on 88 acres above the Onion Creek. Whether you enjoy wildflowers, observing animals in their nature habitat (hello antelope, deer and birds galore), or simply relaxing, there is something for everyone here. The pool, hot tub, and Garden Spa facility are big hits in addition to the Restaurant at Sage Hill. We cannot wait to see what cozy cottage you select.
8. WahWahTaysee Resort (3 hours and 15 minutes from Dallas)
These luxury safety tents are the talk of Texas. So much so that it is hard to snag a reservation at this Kingsbury resort that is sittin’ pretty on the banks of the San Marcos River. And while just being in nature is perfectly OK, optional activities like fly fishing, kayaking, yoga classes, and horseback riding set this spot apart from your basic rental property. All tents come with fun amenities like a Yeti cooler, Green Egg barbecue cooker, a golf cart, Bluetooth speaker and more. Not about that tent life? First off, your loss, but they also have one container cabin for rent too.
9. JL Bar Ranch and Spa (5 hours from Dallas)
It was only a matter of time before a Texan tapped in to the type of property that gives you the feeling of staying at a luxurious family ranch without actually having to own it. This Sonora sensation spans 13,000 acres and invites guests to experience horseback riding, mountain biking, spa and culinary classes galore. Do yourself a solid and check out the events schedule before picking a date to enjoy, as there tends to be stellar entertainment that comes to the ranch.
10. Cinnamon Shore (6 hours and 30 minutes from Dallas)
Want the simplistic beach charm of 30A but simply don’t have time to make the 12-hour trek? Cut your driving time in half and hit up this marvelous master planned community that has something for everyone in the family from your playful pup to your vitamin D-obsessed teenager. The community has a pizza shop, ice cream parlor, pool and even a fishing pier. Rentals include houses, condos, townhomes and cottages.
11. The Local Chapter at Big Bend National Park (8 hour and 30 minutes from Dallas)
For those who are ready to go full throttle down the Texas highway, hit up The Local Chapter in Terlingua for an experience unlike anything else in the state. These four luxury yurts, owned by rewardStyle’s Amber and Baxter Box, give you an up close and personal view of the majestic West Texas Terrain. It just so happens to border Big Bend National Park. Amenities include air conditioning and heat (hey, it’s a yurt after all), an indoor fireplace, personal telescope, king bed with Sferra Italian linens and more. And while it might be your first trip out to this part of Texas, we can almost guarantee that after staying here that it won’t be your last.