Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Austin
Sure, Austin may be topping all the where-to-visit lists from around the country, but if you’re a local, you need a place to escape sometimes too! Luckily, with plenty of great driving destinations just a few hours from the Capital city, you’ll be able to get your vacation started pronto at any of our top picks.
1. Fredericksburg, Texas
Start your trip by hiking up nearby Enchanted Rock, then reward your efforts with a stop (or several) at the local wineries that comprise the Texas Wine Trail. In the evenings, the walkable downtown district comes alive with restaurants and galleries that highlight the area’s German culture.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg
2. Marble Falls, Texas
Outdoor enthusiasts will rejoice at the many activities in and around Lake Marble Falls, like hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, and playing some of Texas’s best frisbee golf courses. After all that exertion has worked up an appetite, swing by the famed Bluebonnet Café for pie happy hour.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Marble Falls – On The Lake
3. New Braunfels, Texas
After spending your days in a tube drifting peacefully down the spring-fed Comal River, you’ll want to change into cowboy boots for the evening to take in a great meal at the Gristmill Restaurant followed by some 2-stepping at Greuene Hall.
Where To Stay: Homewood Suites by Hilton New Braunfels
4. South Padre Island, Texas
If your vacation needs to be to the beach or bust, look no further than South Padre. Try your hand at kiteboarding or windsurfing along the shore, or head to the lagoon side of the island for unbeatable fishing and birdwatching. When you’re worn out, head to Pier 19 for seafood with a side of scenery.
Where To Stay: Tru by Hilton Corpus Christi South Padre Island Dr
5. San Antonio, Texas
Ok, ok, San Antonio isn’t exactly a small town, but as one of my all-time favorite vacation spots, it just didn’t seem right to leave it off the list. Explore the Mission Trail via bike before settling in for some great margaritas and people watching along the River Walk, or head to the Pearl District to take in the city’s best fine dining.
Where to Stay: Hilton Palacio del Rio