South Texas offers romantic getaways with romance-inspiring scenery, restful yet interesting activities and accommodations in luxurious hotels, bed and breakfasts or secluded cabins. Some of these are located inland in and around San Antonio, while others are on the southern Gulf Coast of Texas or on its southernmost island, Padre.
If you choose a romantic bed and breakfast in San Antonio with European decor, such as the Inn at Craig Place, you can not only can have gourmet breakfasts, but proximity to the San Antonio River Walk where you and your loved one can take long strolls along this popular tree-lined canal. Several romantic restaurants line this famous promenade and dinner at a water-side table along the River Walk with a good wine is a fine way to start your romantic evenings. Sample southern cuisine as you watch the sun set. By day you can leisurely visit San Antonio's historic sites: the Alamo and La Villita. Inn at Craig Place 117 West Craig Place San Antonio, Texas (TX) 78212 877-427-2447 craigplace.com
A romantic getaway farther south with practically a guarantee of no winter winds to spoil your sunny playground is Corpus Christi. The bay itself with its beauty attracted even the Spanish explorers and here you can meander past replicas of Christopher Columbus' three ships. An aquarium, museums and visits to nearby Mustang and Padre islands offer diversions to your more private romantic moments. A great advantage to a vacation on the coast is the possibility of moonlit walks along the bay. Lodging on the bay itself can be your best choice. There is a AAA Four Diamond Award hotel in the downtown Marina District. The Omni Corpus Christi Hotel Bayfront Tower will add to your romantic experience with two bottles of champagne, breakfast with mimosas, soft music in your room and the added touch of a turndown service which will scatter rose petals across your bed. Omni Corpus Christi Hotel Bayfront Tower 900 North Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 361-887-1600 omnihotels.com
South Padre Island
Perhaps the most romantic southern Texas getaway for your honeymoon or anniversary is South Padre Island. This is an unspoiled island in the sun, with the longest undeveloped beach in North America. Clean white beaches, sand dunes and fresh seafood dinners at sunset combine with fishing, boating, shopping and dancing in one of the lively night clubs on the island to add flavor and fun to your romance. This barrier island joins the mainland by a two and a half mile long bridge, the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. The climate is sub-tropical and its proximity to Mexico make tours to the border town of Matamoros a 30-mile jaunt. One of the best birding locations in the Western Hemisphere, Padre offers great bird-watching fun. Together with dolphin-viewing, other island activities are surfing, waterskiing and horseback riding. Accommodations on the island are plentiful and of many different categories and prices. Casual attire is almost a law here and you can be given a written warning if you wear a tie and be fined the price of a silk tie if you persist in wearing one.
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