The 10 Best Sites for Glamping in Texas for a Luxurious Getaway

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Best Sites for Glamping in Texas
Photo: Collective Retreats
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
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James Wong
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
Travel Writer & Expert
  • James Wong is a freelance travel writer and expert.
  • He's reported for publications including VOGUE, GQ, Time Out and Thrillist.
  • James has lived in London, Tokyo and New York; and has traveled to almost every corner of the world.
Updated Feb 01, 2024
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Glamping in Texas, like much of the US, is a treat. In the Lone Star state, particularly, couples will find marvelous pockets, each with a little something special to offer. One day, you might be out in the woods swaying with the Texas Post Oak trees. The next, you could be splashing under the hot desert sun by Big Bend. With such variety, it's no wonder that lovers and friends are following the latest travel trends by gathering together outdoors: glamping in Texas.

But let us warn you about Texas weather, which requires major consideration when planning a glamping holiday. You'll want to avoid brutally hot summers (June through September), unless you'd rather spend the entire weekend indoors. For those with allergies, it's best to beware or be prepared for Cedar Fever, which occurs every spring. Trust this former Texas local: it's torture. Sometimes, a cold front can blow through February too. Ideally, the best time to go glamping in Texas is between the months of March to May, and from October to November, when the weather is agreeable. Hosts will treat with the warmest of Southern hospitality, and the pours and portions at any establishment, for local foodies too, will almost always be Texas-sized (read: massive).

Whether you're seeing a romantic getaway in Texas with your partner, or planning a glamping bachelorette party sprinkled with wellness in nature, we've got just the resort for you, along with a few packing tips.

The Local Chapter, Big Bend

The Local Chapter for the perfect honeymoon glamping in Texas
Photo: The Local Chapter

Native Texans and husband-and-wife team, Baxter Box and Amber Venz Box, fashioned The Local Chapter from 392 acres of untouched, private high desert land, turning it into a dream honeymoon retreat. Each yurt has unobstructed 360° views of the Chisos mountain range and the Rio Grande during the day, and at night you'll lie in each other's arms watching the stars of the Milky Way. Remember, the desert is chilly at night, so pack a travel blanket.

Things to Do: Big Bend National Park is full of outdoor adventure. Cycle, hike, or paddle its natural corners. It's also an excellent place for wildlife viewing, home to mule deer, coyotes, and road runners. An annual pass is worth the investment if you intend on visiting at least two National Parks in a single calendar year.

53801 TX-118, Terlingua, TX 79852

4.9 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Collective Hill Country, Wimberley

Collective Hill Country glamping for your texas honeymoon
Photo: Collective Retreats

Safari-style tents and rolling Hill Country views are the perfect recipe for a romantic weekend getaway, and Collective Retreats are the masters behind this little slice of Wimberley heaven. Inside, tents are decked with chandeliers, wood-burning stoves, and en suite bathrooms. They even have an extra private honeymoon suite if you're celebrating. No need to cook: let the on-site restaurant and bar team do all the barbecuing for you, and they'll take care of the s'mores, too.

Things to Do: You're in Hill Country, which means wine tasting is a must. Viator has a wine tour by limousine experience if you really want to go all out. Collective Retreats also offers yoga if you fancy sporting your Beyond Yoga wardrobe.

7431 Fulton Ranch Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Getaway, Brazos Valley

Best glamping spots in texas
Photo: Courtesy of Getaway

Those Getaway tiny homes have popped up all over social media in recent years. If you've been tickled by their cuteness, why not check in and see them IRL? The Houston outpost is one one-hour drive from the city, in Navasota, surrounded by forests of pine trees. Each cabin is sided by a huge bedside window, and a fireplace is your outside opportunity to get cozy together and roast marshmallows. There are also wooden phone boxes so guests can lock up their devices and 'disconnect to reconnect'. Couples, this is a real bonding occasion.

Things to Do: No tech, no distraction. Walk the surrounding trails, cook a meal from scratch (or cheat and order via Goldbelly), go stargazing at midnight, or play Let's Get Closer. You'll be surprised at how much fun you can have by going back to the basics.

17777 Deer Run Road, Navasota, TX 77868

4.91 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Wahwahtaysee Resort, Kingsbury

Along the banks of the San Marcos River, Wahwahtaysee Resort occupies 100 acres of beautiful land. Here, guests walk the trails, take their complimentary golf buggies out for a spin, often to personally pick pecans at the ancient pecan orchard. Accommodation options range from luxury tents and cabins, and best of all they're kitted out with ATX favorite: YETI, including their snazzy Hondo chairs and mugs that keep your brews forever warm (or chilled).

Things to Do: San Marcos is a major local destination for tubing, so rent a float and hit the water. The resort also offers fly fishing, yoga, and private chef dinners. Guests might also want to drive into town for a dance or a show at Texas' most famous dance hall, Gruene.

17062-17002, FM 20, Kingsbury, TX 78638

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Walden Retreats Hill Country, Johnson City

Walden Retreats for the best glamping in texas
Photo: Walden Retreats

Explore another Hill Country gem, only this time in Johnson City. Walden Retreats is located on a 96-acre property verdant with nature and of course, inspiring views of the rolling hill country. Luxury safari tents have all the standard five-star hotel amenities, plus wrap-around decks, which are 400 square feet in the seven suites—ideal for a romantic breakfast at sunrise or a champagne toast at sunset. Fact: Johnson City was formerly the hometown of President Lyndon Johnson.

Things to Do: Though surrounded by nature, Walden's just 1-hours drive from Austin. Foodie couples will want to check out ATX's most romantic new openings including Yucatán Jungle, Nômadé, and brand new supper club, The Statesman. If you have plenty of space, Viator also offers Downtown Walking Food Tours.

1388 Gipson Rd, Johnson City, TX 78636

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Stay Onera, Fredericksburg

Stay Onera for the best honeymoon glamping
Photo: Stay Onera

Be charmed by the quaint little town of Fredericksburg: Stay Onera is just a couple of minutes from Main Street but feels a tranquil world away. Each lodging option is unique and beautifully crafted, such as the 'Spyglass Treehouse' up in a canopy of trees, and the very social media-friendly glamping dome, 'Lantana Dome'. There's also a two-bedroom 'Live Oak Lodge' that's ideal for intimate bachelorette parties centered around wellness. Pack those facemasks.

Things to Do: Fredericksburg's attractions include the National Museum of the Pacific War, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and the adorable Main Street.

173 Basse Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Cypress Valley Canopy, Spicewood

Cypress Valley Canopy for the best texas honeymoon
Photo: Cypress Valley Canopy

If your dream is a treehouse stay, then Cypress Valley Canopy in Spicewood is your prayers answered. Their luxury treehouses come with king or queen canopy beds, hammocks, and outdoor wraparound porches, plus all guests have access to a gorgeous private bathhouse with an indoor waterfall right across the sky bridge. Additional amenities include BBQ grills, a pool, a games area, and a camp store that sells snacks, drinks, and miscellaneous goods.

Things to Do: Make the most of the glamping resort amenities or drive out to Krause Springs, a swimming destination with 32 springs across 115 acres. It has plenty of picnic tables, so couples will want to stock up on healthy (or indulgent) Whole Foods Market treats in a YETI cooler before zooming off.

1223 Paleface Ranch Rd S, Spicewood, TX 7866

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

El Cosmico, Marfa

El Cosmico for the best texas glamping
Photo: El Cosmico

Somehow, the remote town of Marfa has made the tourist map. That's in part down to minimalist artist Donald Judd's art gallery, and part (for us, anyway!) down to BTS member RM's 2021 visit. El Cosmico's the best place to stay for a glamping experience. It's situated on a bohemian-style 21-acre campground and offers yurts, trailers, safari tents, and a micro home called the 'Cosmic Kasita'. There are communal outdoor spaces such as a kitchen and hammock area, and El Cosmico reminds all guests to pack a flashlight, closed-toe and hard-sold shoes, and lip balm for their stay. Digital connectivity is limited.

Things to Do: Presidio County Courthouse, Ballroom Marfa, and Judd Foundation are the main attractions in Marfa.

802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX 79843

4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Geronimo Creek Retreat, Seguin

If y'all absolutely have to go glamping during the warmer months, then Geronimo Creek Retreat has all the means to cool down. It's a water vacation, where almost every activity is a splash thanks to the retreat's private river access. The accommodation options are fun yet luxurious, with choices ranging from treehouses and getaway cabins for the perfect anniversary trip. Bachelor and bachelorette groups can also check into a large Homestead Haus that sleeps eight guests. Smart TVs and Fiber Wi-Fi mean streaming Netflix for movie nights.

Things to Do: It's all about the water here. Bring your floats and tubes and hit the river. Fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are also available for guests. When the evening breeze sets in, jump in the hot tub.

2050 Laubach Rd, Seguin, TX 78155

4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Palo Duro Canyon State Park Cabins, Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon State Park Cabins for the perfect texas glamping experience
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You wouldn't expect a state park to have glorious glamping facilities, but Palo Duro Canyon State Park is clearly upping the ante for all state parks. Their chic and rustic cabins have all the amenities you'll need for an overnight in the 30,000-acre park. Each with AC, kitchens, private baths, and fireplaces. The views are what makes the stay that extra bit special for honeymoons or anniversaries—they overlook our nation's second-largest canyon. At sunset, it's orange on orange, and it's breathtaking.

Things to Do: There are 15,000 acres of trails to hike and bike. Palo Duro Zip Line Adventure Park gives guests both a birds-eye view and an adrenaline rush.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon, TX 79015

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

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