South Texas offers many opportunities for romance: the hill country is peaceful and boasts antiquing, vineyards, hiking, and scenic views. The Texas Gulf Coast is not far away, and some of the most romantic getaways can be found along Texas beaches.
Biscuit Hill Bed and Breakfast, Canyon Lake
Located between Austin and San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country, Biscuit Hill offers views of Canyon Lake and the Hill Country, deer watching, and an-house masseuse. Some of the rooms feature hot tubs, and some look out over the lake. Culinary classes are sometimes held at Biscuit Hill, and it offers food packages featuring Texas wines. Biscuit Hill is near the heart of Texas wine country, and couples can venture out on the wine trails.
Biscuit Hill is also near the cities of New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, great locations for a day trip, and for the more active couple, the area offers hiking trails. The Bed and Breakfast is also near the historical town of Gruene, the home of Texas' oldest continuously-run dance hall. The décor in the rooms is homey, some featuring patchwork quilts and Texas memorabilia. The room rates range from about $150 to $200, with the exception of the $300 per night Creekside Suit, which includes an outdoor shower, a garden hot tub, an outdoor fire pit, flat-screen TV, and a gourmet hot beverage service (2010 pricing).
Biscuit Hill 717 Colleen Drive Canyon Lake, TX 78133 888-998-9909 biscuithill.com
Peninsula Island Resort, South Padre Island
Peninsula Island Resort and Spa on South Padre Island is an upscale romantic getaway on the Texas Gulf Coast. The resort contains a five-star restaurant called Las Olas, which overlooks the ocean, an Aveda Spa, an infinity pool, a bar, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Peninsula Island also has a wedding planner and will set up an outdoor wedding for guests.
The spa at Peninsula Island Resort offers several kinds of massages, including a hot stone massage, a botanical mud wrap, nature facials, body wraps, and scrubs and hair removal. The resort offers studio suites, luxury suites (two bedrooms), and a presidential suite. Peninsula Island room rates change according to the season.
Peninsula Island Resort & Spa 340 Padre Blvd. South Padre, Texas 78597 956-761-2514 peninsulaislandresort.net
Villa La Casita, Corpus Christi
Villa La Casita, a stucco Spanish hacienda with two bedrooms and a loft, is a great option for a quiet weekend away. The villa is located on the bay, where there are fishing and sailing, and it is a short drive from the beaches of Port Aransas. The villa has a lush courtyard and a fireplace; visitors are greeted with a free bottle of wine at the villa's Spanish-style buffet.
Pets and children under 12 are not allowed in the villa. Villa La Casita is ideal for a romantic getaway because the grounds are entirely private. For two people, the villa costs $225 per night, with a two night minimum (2010 pricing).
Villa La Casita P.O. Box 331204 Corpus Christi, TX 78463 361-946-6606 361-882-1444 villalacasita.com