Dazzle your partner with these 24 small-town romantic getaways in Texas.
The Lone Star State is full of small towns for couples who want to spend a romantic weekend getaway celebrating their relationship. Skip the big cities and opt for a quaint small town for a romantic escape. I chose a few that I thought would wow you and your significant other. For a romantic getaway in Texas with your loved one, consider one of these destinations, and don’t forget to pack champagne, chocolate, and a dozen roses.
17 Fabulous Small-Town Romantic Getaways in Texas And Fun Things To Do In Texas For Couples
Romance is in the air – can you feel it? Why not go for that extra dose of romance and book a weekend getaway at one of these best places in Texas? I’m sure most of us could use it. So, cozy up and make it a memorial experience.
1. Granbury – Near Fort Worth
Enjoy the nightlife and its historic town square full of restaurants with outside seating, breweries, and boutiques. Granbury Lake is within walking distance from the square if it’s not too chilly for a walk. Several places are offering extra goodies for Valentine’s Day. A Granbury romantic getaway might be what you need to rekindle your relationship.
2. Brenham – East Texas (best romantic getaway in Texas)
I think Brenham is one of the most charming towns in East Texas. It boasts beautiful historic buildings and its downtown is full of shopping and dining. And you might even catch a live event while you’re there. And, if you’re there during the week, hop on over to the Blue Bell Creamery for a scoop of ice cream for $1.
There are other charming small towns close by that are swarming with cuteness.
I’m sure there are plenty of BnBs in the area. Get to know Brenham a little better in this article – 11 Best Things To Do In Charming Brehanm, TX.
3. Gruene – New Braunfels
A small town with a lot of charm is what you’ll find in Gruene. I can’t think of a better small town to visit with my spouse. With the Guadalupe River running through it and pleasant weather in that part of Texas, I can see walking along the banks, dipping my toes in the water – freezing or not, and having a picnic with my favorite bottle of wine. For an evening out and maybe some dancing, make plans to dance the night away at Gruene Hall – the oldest dance hall in Texas.
This could be one of the best romantic getaways in Texas you’ll ever experience. If you can’t find a place to stay in Gruene, there is always New Braunfels, filled with unique getaways for couples.
4. Kemah – Houston Area
Nightlife on the Kemah Boardwalk would make an excellent getaway for couples. It’s dark, and the lights shining off the water give just enough light to grab a kiss when she least expects it. It’s just so romantic out there.
Perhaps rent a houseboat for the night and have a romantic dinner on the bow. If that’s not available, Kemah Boardwalk offers fantastic waterfront dining.
5. Glen Rose – Near Dallas-Fort Worth
Who said outdoor activities at state parks aren’t romantic – it’s who you’re with that matters? If both of you are outdoorsy and nature lovers, a road trip to the Dinosaur Valley State Park is the perfect destination. Lots of hiking trails to wander, and looking for dinosaur bones would be fun. All that matters is that you two spend quality time together. Pitch a tent under the stars and watch for that falling star, or go for a day trip, but bring a picnic with fresh fruit and wine.
Glen Rose’s historic downtown square has excellent restaurants and shops, and you can make it a romantic walk with a glass of wine in one hand and a red rose in the other – sound romantic? Skybox Cabins is less than a mile away from the state park. You’ll love their place!
6. Fredericksburg – Heart of Texas Hill Country
You know it is an excellent place to visit when it’s on every list that you research. Fredericksburg is indeed a place in the hill country that everyone wants to visit. And if you like wine and wine tasting, you’ll be amazed at all the wineries in this area. And the scenic drive alone is worth the trip.
Have you heard of the Texas Wine Trail? They offer four wine trails a year at participating Texas Hill Country wineries, and the first one of the year is in February. It’s called Wine Lover’s Celebration. This would make a perfect romantic getaway and complete your romantic stay.
7. Wimberley – Texas Hill Country
Choose the quaint town Wimberley – a Texas Hill Country hidden gem charmer for a nice romantic cabin in the woods. Choose one with a private hot tub in the backyard for a better night of it. Checking on Airbnb or Vrbo will be your best bet here.
8. Grapevine – North Texas
This town never stops amazing its visitors. This town is booming with all the action on Main Street. Grapevine is always a great place to go for all occasions.
If you’re a wine connoisseur who loves wine tastings, you’re in luck because there are about 11 wineries on Main Street – no need to get in the car to drive to each, except if going to the one further north – called Cross Timbers Winery. It’s the first one of its kind to open in Grapevine, and still going strong. They have a wonderful outdoor setting, and live music happens sporadically – so call ahead if that interests you. They offer outdoor weddings too.
9. Horseshoe Bay – Marble Falls
Horseshoe Bay is a prime area for romance, especially if you stay at Horseshoe Bay Resort – a golf and spa resort known to have excellent Valentine’s Day packages if that’s what you are searching for. Plus, the hill country scenic views are something to behold.
10. Blisswood Bed & Breakfast Ranch
Blisswood Bed & Breakfast Ranch in Cat Springs, TX (Houston area), offers packages to couples who want a romantic getaway. Ask about their Valentine’s Day special if applicable. Packages can include fresh flowers in your room, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a bottle of champagne, and more. You can be as relaxed or active as you want, as this is a working ranch with plenty of outdoor activities for guests.
11. Dripping Springs – Texas Hill Country
After all, Dripping Springs IS the Wedding Captial of Texas. So while you’re there, you may want to plan a proposal. You or your partner can visit the waterfalls in Dripping Springs and all the area’s quaint restaurants, breweries, and wineries – there’s plenty there!
With its natural beauty, Hamilton Pool Preserve is the perfect place to say your vows all over again! Be sure to make reservations online – it gets really crowded, and they only allow a certain amount of people to enter. You can pick a time slot online.
If you want to wander the area, you’re not very far from the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, or two popular lakes – Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis.
12. Camp Lucy – Texas Hill Country
Camp Lucy is a great place to spend time romantically at any time of the year. I’ve enjoyed spending time there several times in the past year and was mesmerized every time I drove to and from the house over the one-lane bridges over the creek. I loved that drive.
I’m almost positive this luxury hotel venue will have a few special romance packages available because it’s a popular wedding venue. Be sure to check out Tillies, its on-site upscale restaurant and bar.
13. Jefferson – East Texas
Jefferson has always been a romantic town because of all the available bed & breakfast inns. I don’t know one person who wouldn’t want to wake up to a nice home-cooked breakfast waiting on the other side of the door. During the pandemic, the B&Bs I went to left my breakfast at the bedroom door, but now that it’s over, breakfast is served in the common area. If you wanted to eat your breakfast privately, you could request that.
Jefferson is full of history, has a walkable downtown, and quite a few attractions to do while you’re there. If you like the outdoors, I wrote an article about the best outdoor things to do in and around Jefferson, TX, if you would like to read it.
14. Shady Villa Hotel – Salado
Salado in Central Texas is a small quaint town and a short drive to Austin. I would stop there on my way home from the hill country when traveling on I35 to shop in the quaint boutiques. I always found something I liked. From what I remember, some shops are not open on Sunday. But, for a romantic stay in a historic hotel, opt for a romantic stay at the Shady Villa Hotel (formerly the Stagecoach Inn). The Stagecoach Restaurant is a great dinner option and is located on-site.
15. JL Bar Ranch – Sonora
One more romantic place in the hill country. This one has its own private airport. Check out the JL Bar Ranch for a weekend stay. Texas couples love this place for its resort-style amenities, including a spa, a beautiful pool, horseback riding, an upscale dinner menu, and nearby golf courses. Wow, this would be my pick for romantic getaways in Texas.
Oh, which one of these small-town TX for couples is your favorite? Do tell.
16. McKinney – Dallas
Okay, so McKinney is a big city, BUT if you hang out in downtown McKinney, it feels like a small town. I had to throw this location in here because I recently visited, and we all had a whirl of fun on the square—a place to consider.
If you go on a Saturday, they have one of the best farmer’s markets I’ve ever visited. Many vendors sell fresh fruits, garden vegetables, homemade soaps, fresh bread, hot sauce, and so much more.
Find a BnB on the square to stay at and walk everywhere – no need to get in the car for a restaurant because there are so many within walking distance.
Oh, which one of these small-town romantic getaways in Texas is your favorite? Do tell.