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Summer is quickly approaching, and with it, aspirations for trips and weekend getaways to break up the long hot summer days.

While Texas is known for its intense heat, it is luckily also bountiful in lakes and rivers perfect for the hot summer months. Whether you live in Dallas or Houston, this list of quick weekend getaways will hopefully inspire you to jump in the car and get some much-needed relaxation.

-Blanco Lavender Festival

Enjoy the beautiful purple hills at Blanco’s annual Lavender Festival June 9th through the 11th. The festival includes a lavender market and tours of local farms in the area. Be sure to experience the Real Ale Brewing Co. and the Garrison Bros. Distillery in nearby Hye.


Visit David and Amy Beilharz’s beautiful piece of land and enjoy a zip line tour through the cypress canopy. You can also book a stay in one of their treehouses which offer access to a waterfall-fed bathhouse as well as a beautiful view.


Visit Wimberley, home to the Hill Country’s largest continuously flowing spring, Jacob’s Well. Also, don’t miss Blue Hole Regional Park to experience its vast swimming holes. Take a break from the heat indoors at the Bella Vista Ranch for a wine and olive oil tasting.   

-New Braunfels

Visit this popular Texas town for the infamous river float experience on the Guadalupe River. Afterwards, spend the night at the Lamb Rest’s Inn and enjoy its huge, relaxing deck with a gorgeous view of the Guadalupe River.

-Dripping Springs

Explore another breathtaking swimming hole, Hamilton Pool. Afterwards, visit the Dripping Springs vodka distillery or the Duchman Family Winery and its Italian restaurant, Trattoria Lisina.


You haven’t seen Texas until you’ve visited Gruene Hall, the oldest and most iconic continually operating dance hall in Texas with live performances and a bustling dance floor. Continue your experience with a stay at the Gruene Mansion Inn next door.

-Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin

Take a trip to Austin not only for its music and culture, but also to visit Hotel Saint Cecilia. Created in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry, the Saint Cecilia is inspired by the late 1960s and early 1970s with the revolution of rock and roll and beat poetry. The grounds include five suites, six poolside bungalows and three studios inspired by the Stones, Bill Burroughs, Anne Sexton and Hunter S. Thompson.