Romantic Texas for the Wallet-Conscious


Today's post is about romantic getaways on a budget and, whaddya know, it just so happens to be Valentine's Day!  But this subject is not only relevant on February 14th. Texas has so many romantic places and I believe that anytime is a good time to get away with your sweetie, to take a break from the texts and tweets for awhile and focus on each other. Having said that, here's a list of a few fun and romantic things to do on Valentine's Day–or any day–to reconnect with the one you love.

Dallas Vicinity: The smaller towns surrounding big cities are great travel spots that can be easy on the wallet. About 30 minutes north of Dallas is McKinney, known for its vibrant arts scene, diverse antique shops and historic downtown. This city’s tree-lined streets and restored antique housesDenton, Texas courthouse are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing couples-weekend. Northwest of Dallas is Denton. From the century-old courthouse and quaint town-square to world-class shopping and internationally acclaimed musical talent, Denton has an ambiance that lends itself to hand-in-hand strolls, leisurely lunches, and a relaxing getaway for two.

Jefferson, East Texas: East of Dallas and not far from the Louisiana border, Jefferson is a step back in time to an era of antebellum homes, horse-drawn carriages and steam locomotives. This once-booming river-port town went bust in the 1870s but still retains the architecture and heritage of a 19th century town. Considered the Bed & Breakfast capital of East Texas, Jefferson has approximately 60 B&Bs. Amp up the romance with a horse-drawn carriage ride. The cost for 2 people is $100, but that includes dinner so it seems like reasonable price. 

Big Bend: Some people feel that one of the best romantic attractions in Texas is Big Bend National Park. At the center of the park is the Chisos Mountain Basin. There is a 7-mile paved road that runsBig Bend National Park, Texas through this mountain region. If hiking and camping are your idea of romance, you'll find it here. The Big Bend area offers some of the most breathtaking views in Texas. The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail is in nearby Panther Junction, Texas. This half mile trail runs near an oasis in Big Bend National Park. Other nature trails include the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail and the Boquillas Canyon trail.

Texas Hill Country: The hill country near Austin, Texas is some of the most beautiful land in the world. Just driving through the scenic forests of majestic oak trees, acres of wildflowers (in the spring), giant limestone rocks and gently rolling hills is a romantic experience. New Braunfels is one of the most popular vacation spots in the hill country, known for its many natural amenities. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, the local wildlife park, has reasonable admission prices. Nearby Canyon Lake has eight scenic public parks dotted all around the lake. You can camp, swim, picnic, watch wildlife and go boating in these parks. If the two of you love being out in nature together, these vacation spots will definitely fit the bill.

North of this area lies the Hill Country wine trail, where 33 wineries produce some of the best reds, whites and rosés in the U.S. Driving through this region and visiting some of the wineries is a great romance-inducing, wallet-friendly getaway. (Read last week's blog on Wine Country.)

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Bay Area Houston: Head south – way south – to Houston's Bay Area on the Gulf Coast, which is comprised of 6 cities, each with its own vibe. In Kemah, stroll along the boardwalk, which features a Ferris wheel and carousel, midway games, themed restaurants, retail shops and water garden. Stay for dinner and watch the boats pass by on Galveston Bay.  From Nassau Bay, take a sailboat or a sunset cruise on Clear Lake.
Whatever your idea of romance, you can find it in Texas!  With a little planning and creativity, you can enjoy time with your cutie on Valentine’s day and year round, without breaking the bank.

**Do you have a favorite romantic spot in Texas?  We'd love to hear your suggestions! **



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