Looking for a Weekend Getaway near the DFW Area

Updated on April 12, 2010
K.O. asks from Fort Worth, TX
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Hi Ladies!

Grandma has offered to take our preschooler for a week and my husband and I are THRILLED! We are planning to take a little 3 or 4 day getaway with just us and our sweet (well-behaved!) 10 month old baby. We are really just looking to relax and unwind. We want to do the simple things that you can't do with a 3 year old around, like read and nap and sit quietly and drink wine. We don't need any nightlife other than maybe a decent restaurant or a small movie theater. We absolutely LOVE! staying in little cabins or cottages or a rental house or anywhere that we can have a lot of privacy. The most important thing to us is the quiet and the possibly the view. We live in North Fort Worth and really don't want to drive more than 2 or 3 hours to get where we're going. We're on a really tight budget, so we're looking for something around $150 per night or less, if possible.

Does anyone know of anyplace that sounds like this?? Any information or advice would be so sincerely appreciated!!

THANKS!

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G.A.

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There is suppose to be a Humming Bird ranch that they have cabins in and the wild flowers grow. They stock the refer withy food and they have tons of humming birds. I know it is a little early for the wild flowers but I would look online. I found it once before. I belonged to Greater Lewisville Newcomers and they had a speaker once from there.n Good Luck. G. W

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T.O.

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In Austin there's a nice little B&B called Carrington' Bluff Inn. There are 2 houses that make it up. The Writer's cottage has 3 bedrooms and is by far my favorite.

You rent just one of the rooms (I've stayed in the Hugh Kenner, but you don't need 2 Queen beds), and in the cottage there's a shared sitting area, breakfast area and kitchen which you can use. The fridge is stocked with wine and ice cream and you take what you want.

In the morning you walk across the street to breakfast at the big house.

There is no view, but it's very relaxing. Lady Bird Johnson's Wild Flower Center is about a 20 minute drive, downtown Austin is just a few minutes drive.

http://carringtonsbluff.com/

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C.S.

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Try the Beavers Bend area in/around Broken Bow, Okla. It is really nice and there are a lot of different cabins in the area. It may be about a 4 hr drive but it is worth it. for $150 a night you can get a cabin with a hot tub at Pine Meadows cabin. The people there are really nice. There are privately owned cabins or cabins in the Beaver's Bend Park. ( no hot tubs in the park)

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G.V.

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Wildcatter Ranch near Graham, TX close to Possum Kingdom Lake. There is a restaurant on site but they have a frig in the rooms and grills are available too. Let them know you are on a budget. They are terrific out there.

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K.J.

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me and my husband always go to Plum Lake in canton. we live in SW Fort Worth and it is about 2 hours from us. the web site is www.plumlake.com and all there cabins are sucluded and each has their own hot tub too, look it up you just might like it and if you go on the first monday of the month you can go to the First Monday Trade Day there, it is huge and a lot of shopping but a lot of fun.

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R.W.

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My husband and I went to Jefferson, TX. It is about 2-3 hrs from Arlington. We stayed at "The Gingerbread House" bed and breakfast. It was wonderful. There is also a resturant across the Caaddo river that was awsome if you like fish. We loved it and will probably go back. The rate on the room was very reasonable too.
Check it out!

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T.G.

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K.,

Check out Possum Kingdom Lake, They have cabins and the resort has beautiful views of the Lake. Very quiet and reasonalbe prices to stay only 2 1/2 hours away. Hope this works. No movie theater that I know of but they do have a restaraunt at the lodge.

Hope this helps

T.

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G.A.

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There is suppose to be a Humming Bird ranch that they have cabins in and the wild flowers grow. They stock the refer withy food and they have tons of humming birds. I know it is a little early for the wild flowers but I would look online. I found it once before. I belonged to Greater Lewisville Newcomers and they had a speaker once from there.n Good Luck. G. W

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T.O.

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In Austin there's a nice little B&B called Carrington' Bluff Inn. There are 2 houses that make it up. The Writer's cottage has 3 bedrooms and is by far my favorite.

You rent just one of the rooms (I've stayed in the Hugh Kenner, but you don't need 2 Queen beds), and in the cottage there's a shared sitting area, breakfast area and kitchen which you can use. The fridge is stocked with wine and ice cream and you take what you want.

In the morning you walk across the street to breakfast at the big house.

There is no view, but it's very relaxing. Lady Bird Johnson's Wild Flower Center is about a 20 minute drive, downtown Austin is just a few minutes drive.

http://carringtonsbluff.com/

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M.E.

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Either of these towns is a nice getaway for girlfriends and couples that is close by the DFW area.

Glen Rose Texas is a quaint little town with a shopping square and a river for swimming and a picnic. Fossil Rim is nearby and sometimes local small town events are going on.

This link if for the old in on the river (view). It is is immaculate shape, peaceful and very friendly. They have a nice 4 course dinner special on the weekends (reservations a good idea).

http://www.glenrosetexas.net/inn.html

There are many local cottages/cabins too. A nice little red on on the main road but I cannot find the info.

All Accomodations: http://www.glenrosetexas.net/accomodations.html and Town Site http://www.glenrosetexas.net/

Granbury is very near by with a lively town square. There is a breakfast dinner that is fab.

I haven't stayed in Granbury but we visited there on while in Glen Rose. Great town square and also local events. There is a great little breakfast diner there. Yummy and casual.

Pam's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
204 S Morgan St
Granbury, TX 76048
Local:
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Enjoy!

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T.N.

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Hi,

Go to the website vrbo.com. They have lots of cottages that owners rent out usually cheaper than hotels or b&b. We rented a ocean front home in galveston from this website for pretty cheap. They have owners from all over the world. Lake Austin or Grabury would not be a bad drive. I have rented a home on Lake Austin, and it was pretty nice and quiet. The homes are usually fully furnished...you just bring the food and maybe your pillows and comforters.
Have a great time!
Kim

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S.R.

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I would recomend Jefferson Texas. It is 2 1/2 hours east on I-20. They have lovely bed in breakfast there. It is a beautifl small town! Very tranquil! Especially now with spring right around the corner. They have thousands of blue bonnets out that way! Not to mention Caddo Lake. You may want to check that out as well. I know you can rent cabins there! But you have the little guy & the lake - maybe not!
Try to google it!
HTH, S.

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L.F.

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Check out www.vrbo.com, Vacation Rentals By Owners. It's a website that lists all sorts of cabins, cottages, etc. all over the place.

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K.R.

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The Pomegranite House Bed & Breakfast in Granbury, TX
Ideal for what you described, antique shops for perusing, movie theater, lots of restaurants and close to Ft. Worth location. Quiet, quaint location. Breakfast served each morning (absolutely delicious) and within your budget. Check out pomhouse.com.

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K.S.

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There is a great B&B in Tomball, TX called Lucy's Garden. It is near Magnolia. We went there for our 1st aniv. and it was great, they only have 2 or 3 rooms, and a great view of woods.

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J.S.

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I have two suggestions where I just love to go. First is New Braunfels, TX between Austin and San Antonio. I leved here for 10 years. It is the off season for tubers on the river so some of their cabins and lodges really cut prices. I booked last year at a lodge on the river on Loop 337 and paid $65 a night for a one room efficiency with fridge, stove and microwave. Go sit out by the river and relax. In town there are antique shops, movie theater, there is a theater group that performs on occasion, restaurants and quaint shops or in Gruene they have Trade days and more restaurants and shops along with a Country Music Hall.

The other suggestion is Hot Springs, Arkansas. I have went there 3 or 4 times just for the weekend stayed at hotels and at a bed & breakfast and just loved this charming town. Lots of shops, tourist places but also went off the beaten path and explored and had a great time. Have a great getaway wherever you choose. J.

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S.L.

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i'll second the granbury, glenrose, and fredericksburg ideas. they are great. and i'll add that about an hour east of dallas there are several little towns that have cabins for rent. we stayed at this one for part of our honeymoon. www.plumlake.com canton tx is nice and there are several small towns close together for exploring. their trade days are great fun!

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C.P.

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Hi K.,

I know there are a ton of options - I just want to suggest checking out our travel website - www.jcptrips.com. We just started the business, but I know it has great deals. My husband and I are in the same boat - we have little ones that we don't want to take anywhere to exotic for vacation, but we'd still like to have a quick, little getaway close to home! Let me know if you have any questions - since this is new, we'd love any feedback we can get!

Thanks,
C.

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R.W.

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try lake whitney or turner falls. turner falls is right at the tex okla border.

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M.L.

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Hello Karen,
Have u thought about fredricksburg texas www.fredricksburg-texas.com...I have heard very good things and it sounds right up your alley.

Have fun where ever u end up,
Missy

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T.T.

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I'd suggest Salado, between Waco and Austin due to the distance you requested. However, I believe it's worth the extra drive to go to Fredricksburg instead - between Austin and SanAntonio. SanAntonio would be a great destination due to the Riverwalk also. Have fun!

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S.N.

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I also live in N. Ft Worth and we like to do the same short drive destination. You have a few options within 2 to 3 hours of here.
Glen Rose is about 1 1/2 hrs away... a very quiet, small town and if you decide to venture out, there are daytime activities you may enjoy. We stayed at the Best Western Dinosaur Valley Inn & Suites (non-smoking) and the rates were very reasonable (about $100/nt)depending on when you are staying. Here is a Glen Rose link that may be helpful.
www.glenrosearea.com/attractions

Another option could be Possum Kingdom Lake.
Here's a link.
http://updateanytime.com/u12094/default.aspx?id=pk&ai...;

And yet another option could be Turner Falls in Davis, OK... about 2 hrs north of here.
Here are a couple links that may be helpful as well.
www.davisok.org
www.turnerfallspark.com

Hope this was helpful and you enjoy your getaway!

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K.H.

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I would also let Grandma keep the baby too, so that you and your hubby could have a nice quite time together.

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C.S.

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Try the Beavers Bend area in/around Broken Bow, Okla. It is really nice and there are a lot of different cabins in the area. It may be about a 4 hr drive but it is worth it. for $150 a night you can get a cabin with a hot tub at Pine Meadows cabin. The people there are really nice. There are privately owned cabins or cabins in the Beaver's Bend Park. ( no hot tubs in the park)

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K.R.

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Fredericksburg sounds like exactly what you are looking for. It's a small quaint little town with several cottages/beds & breakfasts. It has a very neat downtown area with little shops, restaurants, etc. Great place to relax for a weekend! Here's the website, which should take you to the info for the different lodging options. http://www.fredericksburg-texas.com/

Have fun!

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K.A.

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Fredericksburg is great. We have been a couple of times, once with and once without kids. They have a lot of shops, restaurants, the kinderplatz (an open, grassy area in the middle of town - great for your toddler). Luekenbach (sp?) is also nearby. They have jam sessions there on weekends, and it fun to go see. The lodging is fairly inexpensive as well. There is also an area outside of town with big pink granite rocks and lots of hiking.

Lake Travis in Austin is very pretty. There are a lot of things to do. I have never actually stayed on Lake Travis, so I don't know about lodging.

Turner Falls is very nice. The cabins close to the falls book up very quickly.

D.M.

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There is a great b&b in Glenrose. Its located right downtown but it feels like you are in the woods. I would recommend the reworked train car. They have kitchenetts. Good luck

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C.F.

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We jsut did a great mini vacation at Tanglewood on Lake Texoma. Great cabins, pretty scenery!

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A.S.

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I think you might like Fredericksburg, TX in the Hill country. There are lots of quaint B&b's, also Inn's and hotels if needed. There are lots of cottages/cabins for rent also. Lots of little shops, some wineries and excellent restaurants. Look at their visitor page at

http://www.fredericksburg-texas.com/visitor/index.asp

It is about a 4 hr drive from here. You may want to consider some of the State parks also like Possum Kingdom or Tyler Lake.

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J.H.

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have you thought about going to Arkansas? You can go to Hot Springs or something! Check it out http://www.arkansas.com/
Congrads on the get away!!!

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G.N.

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Look into Gruene, Tx. It is absolutely beautiful. They have several bed & breakfast's to choose from. Its right on the Guadalupe river. They also have several web sites that you can look at.
G.

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B.O.

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K.,
I want to suggest Wimberley, TX it is about a 3.5 hour drive, maybe 4 from where you live. Wimberley is a charming little town in the hill country just west of San Marcos. There are very affordable place to rent. Just google Cabins, Wimberly, TX or hotels and you will be given lots of options. Not only that but there are plenty of winerys around the area. The views are beautiful and very peaceful. There are several B & B's as well.
If that is too far for you there is always Glenrose, TX and the archaeological digs near there--I'm blanking on the name.
Or Granbury is a cute little getaway place.
But I'm all for the scenery of the Hill Country.
One other thought--Marble Falls is a lovely area and has all the things that you might want. Bev

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D.C.

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Sometimes the Gaylord Texan runs specials. My hubby and I spent a weekend there and it was so relazing. The food is high. But there is a spa, restaurants, indoor pool. Plus there is a little shop with giant gourmet cookies the size of your head that are reasonably priced and delicious.Have fun!!!

K.S.

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Now I'm not a 'mama', but my wife and I have stayed at several places around the Hill country that are very reasonably priced ($150 range). But another place we have stayed in E. Texas is 'Grandmaw's House' in Alto, TX. $95.00 per night for up to 4 people. 2 bed house on acreage in the woods. close to Davey Crockett National Forest. Not much else to do but drive around and see the beauty. We both ride motorcycles and go there with friends. Not too far from Nacadoches. It is a nice house, simple but clean.

J.P.

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I can get you into one of our timeshares near Tyler. A GREAT get-a-way not far from home. We take weekend trips there throughout the year and love it. It wouldn't cost you anything other than about an hour of your time to go through their presentation. They have cabins in the woods that we like as well as lodges that are very nice. At The Villages, they have a brand new water park, tennis courts, putt-putt, sand volleyball, horse back riding, grills, a movie studio, game room, pool/hot tub, and more. Feel free to contact me and I can forward your info to them if interested.

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