Ahhhh, Texas in the Summertime; scorching heat …which could be extremely humid or terribly dry, depending on which part of the state you’re in. After working through the Winter, and toiling through the Spring, its time to “chill out” on a Texas Summer Getaway. But where should you go and what is there to do? Why, a whole lot, of course! It is, after all, the Great State of Texas! Here are a few ideas for terrific Texas Summer getaways.
1. Travaasa in Austin, Texas for a Summer Weekend Retreat for Adults. According to Texas Monthly, this retreat is “situated on a secluded, densely-wooded area that feels far from Austin’s urban core, Travaasa is a wellness resort and spa that boasts a daily “experience schedule” that includes an exhaustive list of activities, including everything from a challenge course and horseback rides to hatha yoga and origami lessons.
Food is available at Jean’s Kitchen, on the grounds of Travaasa, is where all meals are served. Ingredients are locally-sourced from a 200-mile radius. Despite the extensive wine list and ambitious menu, workout clothes are de rigueur even at dinner. It is advised that a month before your trip, peruse the list of Travaasa activities and make your reservations. Popular activities, like the Prickly Pear Challenge Course, which includes a zip line suspended forty feet in the air or the Giant Swing, which sends you soaring over the treetops, book up weeks in advance.
You are also advised not to miss the gorgeous infinity pool that overlooks the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve; or any one of the resort’s four hiking trails, which wind through the woods; or the labyrinth in the serene Solidago Gardens. Before hitting the road, pick up a few necessary items at Whole Foods (trail mix, citronella-based insect repellent, and some new yoga pants), then download Bill Callahan’s “Dream River” to listen to on the drive out.”
2. Visit Texas’ Top Beaches. Texas Less Traveled shares some of the top beaches to visit when in Texas. The list starts with South Padre Island, which is “rated one of the Top Ten beaches in the United States, South Padre Island offers a warm tropical environment and 33 miles of unspoiled beach just waiting for your next adventure. From swimming, surfing and all kinds of typical watersport to searching for lost pirate treasure, you’ll find plenty to do and plenty to see in this great Texas hideaway.”
Galveston Island is listed next, which is stated to be a “favorite beach for nearby Houstonians, Galveston Island offers all the benefits of a beach getaway with rich history and culture on the Texas Upper Coast. Take a day or a week to explore the great beach amenities and get in touch with one of the state’s oldest and most historic communities.”
Port Aransas is also listed by Texas Less Traveled, which explains that “For the best part of a century, Port Aransas and Mustang Island has been the beach playground for Texans everywhere. And little has changed in the last 50 years! If you’re looking for a timeless beach playground without the hustle and bustle of the big city, Port A offers long, empty beaches and plenty to see and do in nearby Corpus Christi.”
Surfside is reported by Texas Less Traveled as another terrific beach spot. “Surf’s always up at Surfside, Texas, just an hour’s drive from Houston. Long noted as a surf Mecca for active Texans, you’ll find all the watersports you can handle, plus great coastal eateries, unique lodging opportunities and plenty of vacation home rentals begging for you to spend a week or a month at this hideaway resort.”
And the last one on Texas Less Travel’s list for beaches is Corpus Christi Bayfront and Beaches. The article explains, “While not all the beaches of Corpus Christi are directly on the Gulf, you would be hard pressed to find a City beach that didn’t offer plenty of fun, sun and surf. Add to that new improvements to the bayfront and you have a real winning combination!”
3. From Beaches to Forest. Another recommendation from Texas Monthly is a trip to the Angelina National Forest. The article shares that the Angelina River was “named for a Hasinai Indian girl, the peaceful Angelina has been witness to Spanish missionaries, French explorers, and cotton-loaded steamboats, which means you’ll have plenty to contemplate as you cast your line or dip your paddle into its mysterious depths.”
Of the Angelina National Forest, the report says, “At 153,179 lush green acres, this swath of East Texas has almost as many activities as it does trees, whether you’re keen on riding horses, boats, or lawn chairs. The lovely Sam Rayburn Reservoir offers opportunities for pleasure boating and fishing, your reward for the latter perhaps a trophy-size largemouth bass; the lake’s Bird Islands, occupied by roseate spoonbills and great blue herons, will appeal to the binocular brigade. The Longleaf Ridge Special Area is a good spot for red-cockaded woodpeckers and DEET-pomaded campers, who favor the sites at Caney Creek and Sandy Creek. Hunters can stalk feral hogs and bullfrogs (daily limit of 25!) in the Bannister Wildlife Management Area, and hikers should check out the five-and-a-half-mile Sawmill Hiking Trail, a serene, deep-woods path leading to what’s left of the Aldridge Sawmill, a cool (but slightly vandalized) relic of East Texas’s once robust timber industry.”
You are advised to “Bring your own food. Seriously. Other than a delightful breakfast served on antique china at La Paz (yogurt with honey, granola, and fresh fruit; egg dishes and bacon; biscuits that may or may not come with a sample of the owners’ dwindling supply of mayhaw jelly), pickings are slim. That said … a respectable meal (great fried catfish) can be had at the Timbers on the Green restaurant at the Rayburn Country resort, where you can also golf, if so inclined.” You might also decide to get drinks at The Stump, a “popular watering hole, (where) motorcycles, pickups, and fishing boats crowd the parking lot, camo and ball caps constitute the dress code, and the distaff population is minimal. Just stick to the basics; this is a place where the menu touts the chips and queso as a “great light start to your meal.”
You might choose to stay at the La Paz Del Rio Angelina Bed and Breakfast, “A civilized respite in the pines, this hospitable place is a destination in itself. We loved the 113-year-old log cabin, set away from the main house and nicely appointed with a working fireplace, a kitchen, and a doll-house-like sleeping loft; out back are a big porch, fire pit, grill, and small playground for the kiddos (we spent more time on the seesaw than I care to admit). If you’d rather stick close to other humans, proprietors Paul and Anne Smith will be happy to welcome you to one of the lovely rooms in the big white farmhouse, which boast antiques and claw-foot tubs and flat-screen TVs—one even has an outdoor bed suspended from the ceiling like a porch swing.”
Texas Monthly- http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/13-summer-weekend-getaways and http://www.texasmonthly.com/travel and http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/summer-weekend-trip-guide-travaasa-austin and http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/summer-weekend-trip-guide-angelina-national-forest
Home Away- http://www.homeaway.com/info/travelers/travel-ideas/destination-guides/texas/more-texas/texas-summer-vacations
Texas Less Traveled- http://texaslesstraveled.com/getaways.htm