20 Swoon-Worthy Summer Weekend Getaways from Dallas

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A lot of people in Dallas skip town and head out of state during the summer months. But who said you had to cross state lines to enjoy a top-tier summer getaway? In fact, this big ole’ state has plenty to offer in every direction. Ready to hit the highway and explore? Here, 20 swoon-worthy Texas getaways just hop, skip and jump away from Dallas.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Lake Austin Spa

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.

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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.

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JL Bar Ranch Resort & Spa

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.

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The Local Chapter

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.

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12. Yurt Life On The Lake In Shell Knob (6 Hours And 20 Minutes From Dallas)

Now this is a yurt! Located a stone’s throw Table Rock Lake, this stylish rental is a unique place to road trip with the family and even get a slight reprieve from the Texas heat. Its midcentury vibes are relaxing yet refined and adults and children alike appreciate the architecture. From lake activities to evening chats and s’more roasting in the firepit, this is going to be a destination that your Dallas friends are going to want the info on as you soon as you post about it.

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13. 67a On The Bend In Carlton Landing (3 hours and 9 minutes from Dallas)

Looking for Long Cove vibes but with the potential to actually rent for a long weekend? Give Carlton Landing a try. Despite being a bit farther than Long Cove, it is a darling destination with many of the amenities people are looking for in a vacation destination and thoughfully-planned community—swimmable “beach,” pools, tennis courts, kayaks, fire pits, playgrounds, and more. It’s a place to put high on your road trip list if you’ve got a car full of kids who are already claiming to be bored this summer.

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14. Hill Top Retreat In Bastrop (3 hours and 19 minutes from Dallas)

Austin gets a lot of credit for being amazing, and for good reason, it totally is. But sometimes it is nice to step back away from the beaten path. So, for those that love Austin—and might even want to venture into town for a little shopping and sipping—but want a little something different (say, an affordable water view), consider this rental in Bastrop with hilltop views and a large game room. You are close to Bastrop River Company, Dinosaur Park, and 602 Brewing Company (for parents who survive the aforementioned Dinosaur Park).

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15. The Willows Casa Grande In Fredericksburg (4 hours and 17 minutes from Dallas)

Head to Texas wine country for farm-to-table food and vineyards and this special rental, which was featured in both the New York Times and Parade. It’s an ideal place to return after a day of wine tasting. And make sure to bring some bottles back with you to enjoy on the front porch as you’re surrounded by nature. But might we suggest you head out at least one more time for a fancy dinner at Vaudeville? (Just look at that caviar presentation on the dinner menu.)

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Gage Hotel

16. Gage Hotel In Marathon (7 hours and 5 minutes from Dallas)

Surrounded by Big Bend Country, this hotel is one of those surreal places that feels like it is in its own little world. Set up an adventure through Big Bend National Park and then rest and recharge at the Gage Spa with an aromatherapeutic massage. Don’t leave without sipping your cocktail of choice at the iconic White Buffalo Bar. We suggest the Brush Fire which consists of Tito’s, Texas Paula Orange, lime juice, fresh jalapenos and is served up with a spicy salted rim.

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17. Walden Retreats In Johnson City (4 hours, 3 minutes from Dallas)

A luxury safari tent overlooking the Pedernales River, this 96-acre property is the definition of privacy. Whether you are climbing Enchanted Rock, fishing for bass and carp, or headed to Garrison Brothers Bourbon, it is nice to “retreat” to a place that feels so uniquely residential and ranch-like.

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Hotel Lulu

18. Hotel Lulu In Round Top (3 hours and 43 minutes from Dallas)

Round Top? OMG like Round Top, Round Top? Yes! That Round Top. And while you better hold your breath and pray if you plan to book these highly coveted quarters during antique-show weeks, it is still a darling place to get away during the other weekends of the year. The property recommends Mandito’s margaritas and Tex-Mex on the patio after exploring both Henkel and Rolland Square. And who are we to argue with that?

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The St. Francisville Inn

19. St. Francisville Inn In Saint Francisville, Louisiana (6 hours and 8 minutes from Dallas)

Want to step back into yesteryear? W e mean, really step back? Head to this town of less than 2,000 that will hit you with the nostalgia bug as quickly as the Louisiana Heat. The Inn, owned by Jim Johnston and Brandon Branch, represents a simpler time. Looking for antiques? Shop the darling Sage Hill Gifts. Consider yourself a green thumb? You’ll adore Afton Villa Gardens and its 25 acres of manicured beauty.

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20. Thompson San Antonio–riverwalk (4 hours and 19 minutes from Dallas)

It’s another big city but with its own unique twist thanks to its Spanish history and thriving downtown that has a literal river running through it. What we love most about this new-ish property is the fact that while it is technically on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk, it is tucked in a peaceful part of the city center. We suggest spending the morning at the spa followed by lunch and lounging at the pool. After getting cleaned up in what just might be the biggest bathtubs in town, it's time for cocktails at The Moon’s Daughter which is serving up the best sunset sips in town. Craving a little culture? Head next door to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts followed by dinner at Brasserie Mon Chou Chou at the Historic Pearl.

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diana oates

Dallas Editor

Diana Oates is a freelance writer living in Dallas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not telling you about the best new restaurant in town or the hottest hotel to escape...