The Top 5 Romantic Getaways in Texas:
Texas has big time charm and visitors will find romantic getaways all across the state.
Our top five favorites include destinations full of water activities, wine tastings, romantic city strolls, art in the desert, and small town charm:
- South Padre Island
- San Antonio
- Texas Wine Country (Fredericksburg)
- Granbury, Texas
1. A Romantic Getaway to South Padre Island
If you avoid South Padre Island during Spring Break, you’ll find a quiet oasis that caters more to the champagne and chocolate-covered strawberry crowd than the boozy college student.
South Padre Island is a haven for water-loving couples with just about every aquatic activity imaginable: boating, surfing, kiteboarding, snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach, and so much more.
Live music frequently spills out of South Padre Island’s many beachfront bars and during the day, Port Isabel Lighthouse is a popular spot for picnics on the grass.
2. San Antonio’s Romantic River Walk
San Antonio has all the ingredients that make a delicious romantic getaway, namely their bar and restaurant-lined River Walk. The most romantic place to visit along the water? Our vote is for Hotel Havana‘s Ocho Lounge– an all-glass conservatory full of velvet and old world charm.
Wondering what else to do with your partner here? Catch a film at one of San Antonio’s romantic outdoor movie theaters or visit the San Antonio Botanical Gardens for a rose-scented stroll. There are also many trendy wine bars, breweries, distilleries, and even a “Brewstillery” (for beer and whiskey!) to snuggle up together with a drink.
3. A Romantic Getaway to Texas Wine Country
Venture to Fredericksburg and you’ll find more than just lush scenery and boutique wine tasting rooms. Fredericksburg’s German heritage is reflected from the ground up here, with many restaurants offering a unique Tex-German cuisine. This quirky little town is only about 1.5 hours from both Austin and San Antonio.
Visit the surrounding wineries in Hill Country to experience a more Mediterranean variety of grapes than you’ll find in the Napa Valley or the Pacific Northwest. Because how often do you get to drink a good, homegrown Tempranillo?
Also, a hike up to the Enchanted Rock is a must. And, for extra date-night magic, bring a blanket, watch the sunset, and hang out until dark for a spectacular star showing.
4. Big Sky and Big Art in Marfa
Marfa is a secluded desert oasis, located a solid three hours drive from El Paso, the nearest airport.
This smaller-than-small town has gained international notoriety for – well – it’s quirkiness. Marfa has been an art haven for decades, originally made known by the minimalist artist Donald Judd who populated the Big Bend town with massive art installations.
Glamping is available around Marfa for couples looking to stay in comfortable seclusion. Spas, food trucks, and saloons are a few of the slow-paced activities you’ll find in Marfa, alongside its shops filled with cowboy boots and gemstones.
Those with a car can also drive to the Marfa Lights Viewing area. Rumors have been around for centuries of mysterious, multi-colored lights that dance on the uninhabited horizon of Marfa. Whether or not you glimpse these luminous mysteries, the viewing point is still a comfortable place to peacefully cuddle under the stars.
5. A Romantic Getaway to Granbury, Texas to Truly Escape
Granbury is pure Texas small town southern hospitality– the perfect place to get away from it all with your loved one.
Historic Granbury Square is the centerpiece to this down-home Texas town.
A doll museum, breweries, a jail museum, drive-in theater, ghost tours, and a wine & bubble bar– no matter what you and boo are in to, you’ll find something in Granbury to entertain you.
When you’re ready for some quiet town relaxation, head to Lake Granbury for a waterside picnic on its shores, fishing, or boating.