Great Weekend Escapes

Every season is special in Texas but the fall seems particularly joyful. Perhaps it's the end at long last to the heat-driven days of summer. Perhaps it's changing colors of the trees or the cooler air that slowly filters southward. Whatever the reason, autumn is the perfect time to get out explore the diversity of the Lone Star State. Here's our TOP PICKS for weekend escapes for the new season. Get out and enjoy!

In spite of unstable gas prices and a slow-to-recover economy, Americans everywhere, especially in Texas, are gearing up for grand summer travel season - and there's plenty of great places to see and super things to do this summer regardless your travel budget. So tighten up your belt if you need to and get ready to have a little fun to help pass the summer away! We've made our selections of some really great places for your consideration. Let's get started.  GO THERE NOW
Summer is slowly fading and another autumn season is about to unfold across the Lone Star State, a favorite time of year to get out an enjoy the cooler weather. But where to go and what to do - that is the question. Once again we have put our heads together and scoured the state in search of some really cool places that deserve your consideration. Make this fall travel season something special by checking out these "less traveled" destinations ! GO THERE NOW
Getaways and Escapes For Summer
Now's the time to make plans for those great weekend escapes this summer travel season and we've been working hard to find the most unique and enjoyable destinations in Texas available. But don't wait! A little bird has told us it's going to be a bumper year for weekend travelers and you don't want to find out too late there isn't any room left for you and your family. Be the early bird! MORE
Best Spring Getaways in Texas
Spring 2009 is just a few days away and already Texans are itching to get out and explore the great Lone Star State. Sure, the economy is tight and there is always a need to spend wisely in tough times. But getting away and renewing the spirit requires an investment of both time and dollars if you're going to continue the uphill battle of the budget. You can't work effectively if your mind and heart aren't in the game! MORE
Fall Viewing at Lost Maples
Who doesn't enjoy a drive through the countryside when the leaves begin to change colors? In Texas, one of the premiere fall viewing spots is Lost Maples State Natural Area near Vanderpool in the western Hill Country. Some years are magnificent, others not as colorful. But the drive is always spectacular. Discover the lost maples of Texas.  

Running for the Roses in Tyler
There are plenty of reasons to head to East Texas in the Fall, not the least of which is the East Texas Fair and the Tyler Rose Festival. It's so much more than a flower show! It's a gala event marked by pageants, parades and lots of social activity. Discover the beauty of Tyler in a coat of crimson color when the Rose Festival kicks off in October.

New Braunsfels & the WURSTFEST
There's never a bad time of year to visit this historic German community, but the Fall season offers up the Wurstfest - a tribute to sausage -- and uncrowded enjoyment of the Guadalupe river region including great floats and outstanding fall scenery. In nearby and historic Gruene there's the annual wine and music fest in October, Unique shops and great lodging round out the fall offerings.

BIG BEND and the Chili Trail
There's more to the "Big Country" than just Big Bend National park - not that it isn't enough! But with the World Chili Cook Off coming to Terlingua in November, and the Marfa Lights, and the call of the Rio Bravo and its mysterious canyons, and fall at Big Bend State Park - sheesh - what more could you want? There's a whole world to discover in the Bend area. Find out!

Bird-Rich Rio Grande Valley
If you're into wildlife, especially birding, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival offers the perfect opportunity to get out this fall and explore nature. Plus, the beaches of South Padre are warm and welcoming and Mexico border excursions can be a fun way to pass the day. Discover the nature-rich Rio Grande Valley this fall season and discover why they call it the Tropics of Texas!

Become a Local!
Get to know the facts behind Texas legends by staying for more than just a night or two. For off the beaten path treasures, you'll need to become a local. Buy timeshares and return to your favorite spots year after year, making friends, exploring new venues, and finding what makes this state unique. Texas timeshares are available in many resort destinations, often just a day trip away from the best sights to see.
Best Getaways Winter 2007
What Are You Waiting For?

Why not get away for the season
and enjoy all Texas has to offer in
the winter time? Check out our favorite
picks for the 2007 winter season and
see some of the best the Lone Star
State has to offer!
Escape To South Padre Island
If you like the idea of deserted beaches and uncrowded hotels and restaurants, the winter months are some of the best for a visit to this remote beach location on the tip of Texas. From treasure hunting to enjoying the subtropical weather (even in winter), South Padre offers plenty of things to do and see. Mexico is a short drive away, the fishing is great and the people are friendly. Who's your Padre?
The Veranda Historic Inn in Fort Davis
Any time of year is a good time of year in the rugged Davis Mountains of West Texas, but a winter stay at this historic inn is a great winter getaway when the wide open spaces call to your spirit. It has served as a resting place for travelers since 1883 and you'll love the plush liners (washed and dried in the dry mountain air when possible) and the dozen rocking chairs on the front porch - a perfect mountain getaway!
Big Yachts, Grand Boardwalk - in Kemah
One of the finest hotel experiences in the Houston area, the Kemah Boardwalk Inn is great place to land, especially come this Feb. 17 when Mardis Gras and Yachty Gras are celebrated - Zydeco with wind in your sails! A great getaway awaits at the Kemah Boardwalk - good food, great entertainment and fun for all!
The Big Texan Steaks & Hotel - Amarillo
It's all about historic Route 66 and the favorite food of the open road - juicy, tender and mouth watering steak. Where's the beef? At the Big Texan - a famous 72 ounce steak (if you can eat all of  it, you eat for free!). Take a step back in time to the glory days of Route 66 and enjoy the food that made the state famous. Restaurant and hotel open year round.
Best Getaways Fall 2006

The Birding Highway - Rockport/Fulton
Anytime of year is a good time of year to visit the Charm of the Texas Coast, but fall birding opportunities along the migratory highway offer up some great rewards if you want to get out and enjoy the placid Texas coast during the autumn season. In addition to observing nature, there's the annual Rockport Seafair the first week in October featuring a Gumbo Cook Off, carnival rides, live music and ample vendors offering coastal arts & crafts, and a parade to kick things off (Oct. 6-8).  Take the time to visit Texas' oldest live oak, Big Tree in Lamar, discover Goose Island State Park or enjoy the fishing in Copano and Aransas bays. There's always something to do in Rockport-Fulton.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
There are few places in Texas as awe-inspiring as Enchanted Rock just east of Fredericksburg, and there are few better times to visit the granite monolith than in the fall when the season just begins to change. We prefer a morning visit to ramble across the vast domed acreage, then a return visit on a full moonlit evening to enjoy the sights and sounds of this natural wonder. The park is one of those rare places in Texas where you can feel history as you gaze across the dynamic landscape. Get into the fall spirit at Enchanted Rock!

Barrington Farms Living History
Throughout the fall season, farm staff will show how this small community in Washington County would have prepared for winter. Visit with the staff as they celebrate the fruits of their labor and start preserving foods for winter. Help with the winterization of the house, planting of the fall and winter garden and take in the beauty of Washington County in all its fall glory. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; $4 nonmembers, $2 children 12 and under (936) 878-2213.

The Graceful Ghost Steamboat Getaway
If you're looking for something different, head up to Caddo Lake near Jefferson for a step back in time. Stay at one of the many unique Bed & Breakfast inns, shop for antiques, dine at one of many great restaurants, and schedule a Caddo Lake tour on an 1890s authentic steamboat - the Graceful Ghost. Ply the back waters of one of America's true wild wet lands and discover the diversity of this remarkable region! Or opt for a shallow ride through the marshes on the Swamp Thing Marsh Rider, a one-of-a-kind electric shallow water tour boat. Explore the mysteries of eerie Caddo Lake this fall!

Tour the Most Famous Ranch in the World
Not exactly your common working ranch, The Southfork near Dallas is, however, probably the most famous ranch in the world, legendary because it's where J.R., Miss Ellie, Bobby and Sue Ellen lived and worked and - well, played hard. The set to the popular TV series "Dallas", the South Fork offers ranch tours and is a popular spot for special events, capable of handling crowds of up to 2,000. You can opt to stay at the nearby South Fork Hotel, sister property to the famous ranch, and dine at Miss Ellie's Deli, tour the memorabilia room, and socialize like the famous Ewings!