The Complete Guide to a Country Honeymoon in Texas

The Lone Star State features all the fun for parties of two.
San Antonio, Texas riverwalk
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Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
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Beth Ann Mayer
Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
Beth Ann Mayer
The Knot Contributor
  • Beth Ann writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, including venues, honeymoons and planning advice.
  • Beth Ann is a lifestyle freelance writer, with bylines on healthline.com and parents.com.
  • Prior to freelancing, Beth Ann was a writer and editor for Long Island Pulse Magazine.
Updated Dec 09, 2021
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Everything is bigger in Texas, including honeymoon itineraries. The Lone Star state is full of opportunities for adventure, from wine tasting in Hill Country to evenings in big cities like Dallas and San Antonio. A Texas honeymoon should also include local Tex-Mex and live music, both staples at restaurants throughout the state.

The accommodations in this honeymoon destination are also diverse and unique, from luxury spa resorts set on golf courses to cozy log cabins with fire pits. A honeymoon in Texas is easily accessible for travelers around the US, making it ideal for newlyweds who want to spend more time exploring and less time in the air. It's a two-hour flight from Atlanta to Houston. Couples flying into Dallas from San Fransisco can expect to spend three hours in the air, and New Yorkers have a four-hour trek.

There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in Texas, so this is a honeymoon couples can book soon.

Is Texas Good for a Honeymoon?

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Pros of a Texas Honeymoon

Because Texas is such a short flight for travelers around the US, it's one of the best honeymoon destinations for couples seeking more of a weekend getaway for a minimoon. You'll have plenty of time to explore an area or two and get a taste of the Texan lifestyle before heading home.

If you have more time, you'll really be able to dig into all the Lone Star State has to offer, though. Outdoor adventures like horseback riding, biking and kayaking are all popular. Texas is also full of history, culture, art and delicious food. When you need a moment to chill, spa resorts offer massages and hot tubs.

Cons of a Texas Honeymoon

There's a lot to love about a romantic getaway in Texas, but it's not for everyone. The area is prone to hurricanes in the late summer and fall, which can disrupt travel plans. It's also densely populated, especially in the cities. If you go, prepare for traffic jams during rush hour. Spring breakers often flock to the area in February, crowding airports and causing a scene, so it's best to avoid resort towns too.

The Best Times of Year to Go on a Texas Honeymoon for Good Weather

Late March and early April are prime months to visit Texas. The spring breakers will have cleared out, and temperatures will be on the rise but still remain mild. Expect 70-degree weather throughout the state. If you visit at this time, you'll also get to see the bluebonnets paint the state blue and white.

Places to Visit During a Texas Honeymoon

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Texas boasts big cities and small towns brimming with charm. Each area presents unforgettable activities for romantic honeymoon itineraries. Here's how to make the most of your getaway in the Lone Star State.

Austin

Austin is not only the state capital but it's also known as The Live Music Capital of the World. The lively city is home to a range of venues like the famed Austin City Limits (ACL) Live at The Moody Theater. Local dive bars let under-the-radar talents star nightly. Couples can cool off in Barton Springs Pool, an outdoor pool filled with natural spring water from nearby Main Barton Spring. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Texas State Capitol building, while outdoorsy types can all Mother Nature offers on the Lady Bird Hike-and-Bike Trail or at McKinney Falls State Park.

Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country is picturesque and noted for its wine tasting excursions. The wine trail includes more than four dozen wineries where newlyweds can toast to new beginnings. Chauffeured wine tours allow couples to savor their day trips guilt-free. The city of Fredericksburg is full of inns, mom-and-pop shops, an idyllic Main Street and vineyard views. Wimberley, a small ranching town, is another must-stop for its natural springs, wine tasting experiences and ziplining adventures. Twenty minutes away, Dripping Springs has wineries, plus hip breweries and distilleries.

San Antonio

You've likely learned about the Battle of the Alamo in school, but a visit to San Antonio offers honeymooners a chance to see the site in person. Guided tours of the former mission and site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo are available. Engage in retail therapy al fresco at The Shops at La Cantera, home to department stores like Neiman Marcus, or shop and dine local along the San Antonio River Walk.

Houston

Science, luxury and culture converge within the largest city in Texas (and fourth largest city in the United States). Couples who love stargazing will want to make a trip to the Space Center Houston. It's the official visitor center of the NASA Johnson Space Center, which is the sight of Mission Control and astronaut training. The bustling downtown Theater District is an ideal spot to take in a play or performance by a symphony orchestra. The numerous restaurants in the area provide ample opportunities to make it a full night out (Tex-Mex and cocktails, included). Houston also serves as a good home base for a trip to Galveston, where couples can float down a lazy river at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

Dallas

The quintessential Texas city lives and dies for the Cowboys. Honeymooners can cheer on the home team in the fall and winter, and tour AT&T Stadium throughout the year. History lovers will want to visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial as part of a guided tour. The stunning blooms at The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens will make it feel like an oasis in a city. Plus, Fort Worth is about 30 miles away. It's worth the trip if only for the twice-daily cattle drives at Fort Worth Stockyards.

Best Hotels and Resorts in Texas for a Honeymoon

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JL Bar Ranch, Resort and Spa

This popular honeymoon resort is situated on 13,000 acres of land and combines the rustic, bucolic ambiance of the region with modern luxuries. Newlyweds staying at JL Bar Ranch, Resort and Spa can choose between spacious guest rooms or cabins and have access to fun excursions, like horseback riding and wine tasting. The spa menu includes a couple's retreat, which features an otherworldly side-by-side massage.

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast

Feel like you've truly made a getaway by retreating to this secluded working ranch 65 miles from downtown Houston. The grounds of BlissWood Bed and Breakfast exude natural beauty, with majestic oak trees and glistening lakes creating a serene atmosphere. Guests can enjoy activities like horseback riding and ax throwing. BlissWood's honeymoon packages include accommodations with private hot tubs.

Austin Marriott Downtown

Austin Marriott Downtown is refined and convenient. It's nearby the state capitol building and plenty of spots to take in live music. And the rooftop pool and bar allow newlyweds to take in the city from above. The rooms' floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to pour in and serve as a more welcome alarm clock than a cell phone.

The Joule

The Joule, a four-star hotel in Dallas, is within walking distance of shopping and the arts district. It's ideal for those couples who want to feel pampered every moment of their stay. The outdoor pool is lined with daybeds and gives way to city views, and some rooms have private balconies. A spa and fitness center ensures couples can keep up with their wellness goals.

Lakeway Resort and Spa

At Lakeway Resort and Spa, guests receive complimentary Hill Country and lake vistas. It also boasts easy access to local vineyards and golf courses. On-site, there are multiple spots to sip cocktails and indulge in approachable and upscale cuisine. A swim-up bar, sleek restaurant and moody lounge are among the options. Select rooms feature comfortable beds, private balconies and lake views.

Hilton Americas-Houston

Hilton Americas-Houston is in the heart of the downtown area and 25 miles from the airport. It boasts an infinity pool and two restaurants serving delectable Tex-Mex fare. The team has tastefully decorated rooms with colorful artwork, and some offer skyline vistas. Hoops fans are especially in luck. The hotel is within walking distance of the Toyota Center, where the Houston Rockets play.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

This sophisticated Dallas hotel is ideal for couples who want to indulge in arts and culture during their romantic honeymoon. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is less than two miles from popular venues like the Dallas Museum of Art and the AT&T Performing Arts. Though it's in the city, the private estate-style accommodations still feel like an escape. The mansion overlooks the peaceful Turtle Creek and some rooms feature foyers, kitchenettes and private balconies.

Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa

Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa spans 27,000 acres and is home to Black Jack's Crossing, a notable golf course designed by PGA champion Lanny Wadkins. Newlyweds can choose from a variety of accommodations, including cottages, villas and guest rooms. If you're nearing the end of your honeymoon, a charter jet can take you straight to the Dallas airport. It's also about 20 miles from Big Bend National Park, which is worth checking out for its steep limestone cliffs and hot springs.

JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa

This Texas Hill Country Resort is not your average place to stay. The nine-acre resort has its own waterpark complete with a lazy river, a pair of golf courses and a spa. JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa is also within close proximity to favorite attractions in San Antonio like the Shops at La Cantera and Hill Country wineries. When it's time to sleep, the plush beds are it.

Vacation Rentals for Your Texas Honeymoon

Texas hotels and resorts offer plenty of comfort and character, but you may be hoping for something more unique, like a secluded log cabin in the woods. (Not so off-the-beaten-path that it lacks internet access, however.) Some vacation rentals may offer sweet perks, such as private fire pits or kayak access. Websites including Airbnb and VRBO can help you find the perfect spot to rest your legs and bond with your loved one.

What to Pack for a Texas Honeymoon

The weather in Texas tends to be fairly mild during most winters. Still, it's not a bad idea to pack for layering—even the AC can cause a little chill. Lightweight short-sleeve and long-sleeve tops, cardigans and jackets should do the trick.

Couples will want to pack for hiking and biking adventures, and those fancier nights out. A solid pair of hiking shoes, long pants, sweatshirts and T-shirts are perfect for outdoor day trips. Sunscreen, bug spray, hats and sunglasses will provide added protection from the elements, and water will keep you hydrated. Jeans or nice pants, cute tops or polos and flats and nice sneakers are ideal for shopping and museums.

Collared shirts, nice slacks and dress shoes or black dresses are best for the most upscale fine dining experiences.

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