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Romance, Texas Style

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With its wide-open spaces, scenic sunsets and miles of winding road, the Lone Star State is an ideal place for a romantic escape. You can truly get off the grid in West Texas (hip Marfa or scenic Big Bend are great places to unwind); if you’re more of a city slicker, take advantage of the urban offerings in Dallas and culture-filled San Antonio from museums to top restaurants. Here are a dozen of our favorite trips made for lovers in Texas.
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115 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Marfa has long been on the traveler’s map, thanks to its impressive West Texas setting and world-class art scene. It’s the perfect destination for the couple with one person interested in art and culture and the other drawn to the great outdoors....
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Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
Couples who are eager to get off the grid and spend some time alone, few places in the country offer solitude that can compete with that in Big Bend National Park, a 1,251-square-mile reserve known for its dramatic red rock canyons. Explore the...
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1616 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130, USA
Gruene, a historic town within the city limits of New Braunfels, is best known for Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in the state, but it also has charming inns, cafés, and boutique shops that help make it an ideal weekend escape. Ask for an...
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101 E Alamo St, Brenham, TX 77833, USA
The favorite Texas treat, Blue Bell Ice Cream was already gaining popularity on both U.S. coasts. Head to the creamery for an hour-long tour; you’re rewarded with free samples at the end. Blue Bell may have put Brenham on the map, but this town of...
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If you can get in the Aggie spirit—and paint the town maroon—you’ll enjoy a getaway for two in College Station. Check in to the chic La Salle Hotel a classic limestone building with 55 rooms that were recently refurbished to include leather...
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A massive cotton gin and the train (which still whips through town) made Calvert residents wealthy enough to build an opera house, as well as dozens of Victorian homes, in the late 1800s. Now it’s a budding artists community with good bones for a...
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2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
In the early 1920s, cotton and oil baron Sheppard King and his wife, Bertha Wilcox, traveled around Europe with an architect to find inspiration for their new Dallas home, returning with such treasures as Italian marble columns and 19th-century...
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731 Clarksville St, Paris, TX 75460, USA
In honor of the City of Light, an Eiffel Tower anchors the town of Paris in the Lone Star State—only this one suits up with a red cowboy hat. The city also has historic houses and other museums, as well as a slew of restaurants such as Time Flies...
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105 Main St, Round Top, TX 78954, USA
This tiny town (population: 80) has a Texas-sized reputation thanks to Round Top Fair a biannual antiques and flea market. If you want to buy your loved one a gift—or a house full of them—check out the endless web of stalls selling everything from...
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401 N Stagecoach Rd, Salado, TX 76571, USA
While Salado is just off of busy Highway 25, it feels like it’s a world away thanks to its gurgling creek, antique shops and boutiques, and historic bed and breakfast, the Stagecoach Inn which is the oldest continuously operated hotel in the...
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1015 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
San Antonio has long been known for its field trip-worthy sites such as the Alamo, the Spanish Missions, and the River Walk. In addition to these spring break pit stops, adults can take in the city’s urban treasures—it’s beautiful Spanish Colonial...