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Top 12 Romantic Small Towns in Texas Your Date Will Love

Texas is rich in culture which is reflected in the amount of amazing food, great music, and that famous Southern hospitality. Enjoy a romantic trip to Texas without having to deal with traffic and the hustle and bustle of life. We went from coast-to-coast to find the most romantic small towns in the state, to give you some ideas on places you can go to refresh, rejuvenate, reconnect, and most important of all—have some fun in your marriage or relationship!

12. Alpine, Texas

Alpine
Mitre Peak from the North/Charles Dunn

Alpine is a prominent desert oasis. It seemingly appears in the middle of the desert like a mirage surrounded by majestic mountains.

Big Bend National Park should be made a requirement to see before visitors to Alpine are allowed to leave. It’s breathtaking. Seeing the Santa Elena Canyon for the 1st time is something you will never forget.

There are plenty of bike rental shops available on the way to Big Bend so if you’d like to go biking but didn’t bring your own, you’re in luck. Lost Mine Trail is a beautiful 5 Mile trek that doesn’t require more than beginner to intermediate experience.

For lodging, the Hampton Inn of Alpine is a great choice. It’s clean, comfortable, and they have very attentive staff to make sure your stay is top-notch. If you decide on making a reservation, request a room on the top floor. The views are wonderful.

11. Wimberley, Texas

Wimberley
Jacob’s Well/Jay B. Sauceda

Step back in time and take a relaxing trip back to when life moved at a slower pace. Stay at the Blair House Inn, The Fort Worth Suite; enjoy relaxing in your jacuzzi or taking in the sights and sounds from your private deck overlooking the pond. Also, be sure to reserve your spot for a professional cooking class.

There is an incredible array of nearby dining options. From Durango’s Mexican Restaurant to the local’s favorite hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint, Rufino’s Place BBQ.

If you are craving a little more excitement, reserve a ziplining tour with Wimberley Zipline Adventures. They have a great crew of knowledgeable staff that put safety first but also know you’re there to have an unforgettable time.

You might be scared or a little apprehensive beforehand but that will disappear as soon as you’re secured to your line. The views are spectacular and the ride is exhilarating. You’ll want to do it again and again.

You can’t leave Wimberley without paying a visit to Jodie at Taste of the Hills Wine Tours. She will take you on an extensive tour of the area’s finest wineries. She knows all the best places to eat, local history, and takes a genuine interest in each and every guest.

Wimberley caters to art lovers by offering plenty of art museums, galleries, and workshops. Also, for those that don’t have two left feet, there are also plenty of dance halls for those that would rather honky tonk than visit a winery or zipline.

10. Canyon, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon/Flickr

Only a short 15 minute drive from the picture-perfect Palo Duro Canyon, the Hudspeth House is the ultimate place to relax and rewind. If you would love to spend a romantic evening indulging in a glass of wine while curled up by the fireplace and surrounded by crimson and gold decor, a four poster bed, and a clawfoot tub— you must reserve the O’Keeffe Room.

Do you like musicals? If you do, great! If you don’t, that’s ok too, because you will love this. This one-of-a-kind musical is set outdoors with Palo Duro Canyon as the backdrop! For only a few weeks in July and August hundreds of performers gather together to put on Texas! The Musical. It’s an experience that all your senses will enjoy.

Verona Italian Bistro is located in the heart of downtown Canyon. The best homemade Italian food in a quiet atmosphere with a traditional ‘old-world European’ feel. Try the Spinach Ravioli with creamy alfredo sauce—to die for.

9. Bastrop, Texas

Bastrop
Bastrop Countryside/CC

Bastrop is a town that’s tucked away from the rest of the world and straight out of a historic romance novel. It’s located on the shores of the Colorado River.

Take a walk around the neighborhood, the historic home tour is a must if you are a history buff that appreciates the beauty of historic homes. At 1507 Pecan Street is the home of the former President of First National Bank and the grandparents of actress Hilary Duff.

If you’re looking to stay overnight in a more intimate setting, it doesn’t get any more intimate than at The Pecan Street Inn. Here, you will be served with the warmest hospitality from owners, Bill and Shawn. The house is charming and its wrap-around porch is perfect for you to take your morning cup of coffee before you stuff your face with Bill’s famous pecan waffles and scrambled eggs.

The historic downtown area is within walking distance from The Pecan Street Inn. Boutiques, specialty stores, cafes, and restaurants line main street.

Reservations are a must if you go to the Bastrop Opera House for their always highly-anticipated dinner theatre events. Check the event calendar to find out when the next dinner theatre will be.

8. Rockport, Texas

Rockport
Rockport Beach/Jane Gosford

When you arrive in Rockport you might wonder if you took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in the Bahamas. Rockport is a stunning Gulf Coast community full of wineries, historic sites, and hotels.

The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay is less than 20 yards to the water! The views are phenomenal and the Inn is inviting and full of charm.

For a day out on the water relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of various species of birds you should definitely call Kevin at the Aransas Bay Birding Charters. He is known for his ‘birding’ prowess as well as getting you up close and personal with dolphins!

7. Granbury, Texas

Granbury
Texas Courthouse/TexasEscapes

You get the best of both worlds staying at the Inn on Lake Granbury. Elegance and five star hospitality but still a quaint feel with a lot of privacy. The Texas Star room is stunning with a jacuzzi, huge stone fireplace, and the most comfortable bed you will ever sleep in.

Don’t even think about skipping out in the morning without having an absolutely heavenly, Texas-sized breakfast. You’ll enjoy items such as peach enchiladas, sausage pinwheels, and pineapple stuffed french toast. You’re probably listening to your stomach grumble now, aren’t you?! Just remember to wait ½ hour before swimming in the Inn’s famous salt water pool.

Invest an hour of your evening in the Granbury Ghost Tour. What sparks more romance  than ghosts and ghouls?

If the weather is nice and you want to take a break from shopping and art museums head on over to Revolver Brewery. Enjoy some finger lickin’ good BBQ, craft beer, and a live band. It gets busy and sometimes parking is a problem so make sure to get in early.

6. New Braunfels, Texas

New Braunfels
New Braunfels/Daniel Woodrum

There are hundreds of great wineries in Texas but if you want something a little different, enjoy a more relaxed setting, you must stop by the Winery on the Greune. The owner makes his own wine and fruit juice. He infuses the wine with the juice creating selections such as; strawberry riesling, blueberry wine, and peach chablis.

With all the lodging options offered, you might be asking yourself where should I stay?. You will not be disappointed with the Courtyard by Marriott New Braunfels River Village, located on the Guadalupe River.

Request a room at the rear of the hotel as that’s where you’ll get the most sensational view. The rustic beach and swimming, fire pit, and beautiful nature trails are all on hotel grounds. The rooms are contemporary and very comfortable. You might also appreciate the complimentary Paul Mitchell haircare products!

At the Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark fun and excitement are on the menu. Now you might be wondering why would you want to visit a waterpark that’s crowded and full of kids? Yes. there are kids and crowds but good news—there are pools for adults only that have swim up bars and separate hot tub areas. You won’t ever want to leave!

Located on the Guadalupe River is a gem called the Gruene River Grill. The food, the service, the outdoor seating—exceptional! They have amazing salads, delicious appetizers, and are known for their steaks like the Balsamic Ribeye.

There are parks and nature centers everywhere. Como River and Canyon Lake are 2 of the most popular biking and recreation areas. Didn’t bring your bike? Have no fear, there are literally bike and paddleboat rentals on every street corner.

5. Salado, Texas

Hamilton Pool
Halley House/Salado Historical Society

Magnolia’s on the Square is the place to do any shopping. It is not your typical tourist shop with magnets and Texas shot glasses. It’s a huge store with a variety of goods in elaborately decorated rooms. Even if you don’t want to purchase anything it’s fun to just walk around.

For a little peace and quiet take a stroll through the Salado Sculpture Garden. It’s a simple but lovely rustic nature park.

Learning why wine and chocolate go together like PB&J is just one of the many things you’ll learn when you stop by the Salado Wine Seller. The owner is very informative and the dry wine selection is fantastic.

Inn on the Creek is located as the name implies, on the creek. It is a beautiful location and of the most relaxing B&Bs you will ever stay at.

There is an Executive Chef on-hand to serve up your choice of a ‘savory’ or ‘sweet’ breakfast. The Baines Room is a stunning romantic chocolate and sage color with dark oak furnishings and a luxurious King bed. Sit by the creek with a glass of wine, lounge in one of the double hammocks, or relax in the outdoor hot tub. The concierge is available 24/7 to make sure your stay is flawless.

4. Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredricksburg
Fredericksburg/FYS

If you come to Fredericksburg looking to have time away from traffic, Facebook, and the craziness of everyday life; for romance as well as great fun— stay at the River Road Ranch Resort. It is a ‘10’ on the cool factor.

The River Road Ranch Resort is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced and there is just so much to do and see. From the outdoor bonfires to the spacious stone showers. You really shouldn’t stay anywhere else.

Yes, there are plenty of downtown boutiques, wineries, and tourist shops but the Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market is where it’s at. You will find unique homemade crafts, peach pies, chatty locals, and more here.

You can’t leave Fredericksburg without biting into the Grand Champion Apple Pie from the Texas International Apple Festival. Love Creek Orchards makes one heck of an apple pie but you can also walk thru the orchards and pick your own apples and peaches when they’re in season.

3. Bandera, Texas

Bandera
Bandera/Mark D. Roberts

If you are looking for romance and adventure, look no further. Rancho Cortez is where you want to go. The ½ day package includes; horseback riding, learning how to lasso, and feeding cattle. You’ll end your busy day on the ranch with a campfire and professionally made smores!

The Longhorn Saloon is something you’ve only seen in the movies. Learn the two-step and line-dance with the locals. The environment is casual and fun. It doesn’t have the typical bar feel as it’s more about the dancing and listening to upbeat country music.

Hill Country State Natural Area is beautiful and a great area to soak it all in. Drive up to Comanche Bluff for the farthest views, bird watching, and yes— there are actually people that like to strike yoga poses up there.

The Little House at Valle Escondido Ranch is a cozy little updated 1920s house with full kitchen and bathroom. There is a beautiful fireplace and porch swings. You will without a doubt have the very best views of Hill Country. A catch-and-release stream is just a few yards away and deer and other wildlife frequent the yard.

2. Schulenberg, Texas

Schulenberg
St.Mary’sOnHighHill/Timothy Tray

Schulenberg is known as the town of the Painted Churches. The churches have fairly nondescript exteriors but their interiors are what has gained them international recognition and their own PBS special.

You can do a self-guided tour or schedule a tour with the Chamber of Commerce. If you schedule a tour you will get a lot more information and access to places that aren’t accessible on the self-guided tour. It’s suggested that a small donation is left at each of the 11 churches on the tour.

5 minutes off the main highway is The Olle Hotel on Market Avenue. It is the home of a former railroad tycoon. The owner, Kathryn, makes this hotel exceptional in every detail. From the moment you walk thru the door you are treated like royalty. The food is out of this world amazing!

Sengelmann Hall is not the most romantic dining experience but the traditional German food is great and the dancing is lighthearted and fun. The staff are friendly and encourage you to wander around and check out the historic building.

Before you leave don’t forget to stop by the Potter Country Store. This place feels like you are walking into your grandma’s house. It’s warm, inviting, and my goodness is the food good. Need any gifts or treats for the road? They have everything from fudge to the largest variety of flavored nuts you’ll ever see.

1. Round Top, Texas

Shabbyshack
ThePrairieByRachelAshwell/Rachel Ashwell

“Am I dreaming? Please pinch me.” is what you will say when you find your way to Rachel Ashwell’s Prairie. This homestead is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Romance meets Shabby Chic meets England’s Royal Family.

The Shabby Shack and the The Cornflower Cottage are just 2 of the buildings on Rachel’s sprawling property. They are individual private houses spread hundreds of yards or more apart.

The Shabby Shack is something you would expect to find in Town & Country magazine. It’s incredible. A restored 1900s farmhouse with a crisp white and dove grey color scheme set against the natural wood. Huge, luxurious bed, spacious living room and bathroom. Chandeliers throughout the house.

For dinner, Royers Cafe. Don’t let the name fool you. You won’t be getting served cold deli sandwiches here! The food is outrageously good. From the Mexican Pasta (basically nachos but pasta instead of chips—who would’ve thought?) to the Grilled Rack of Lamb, delicious.

Don’t leave Royers without ordering a piece of the White Texas Trash pie. Oh yes, it’s worth every calorie. You can even walk off that piece of pie by taking a tour of the Rohan Meadery bee garden and their beautiful grounds.

Rohan Meadery occasionally has live music but you can also check the Festival Hill event calendar to see what musical acts will be performing.

Antique stores, specialty shops and of course HGTV’s Junk Gypsies. They call themselves the ‘purveyors of the world’s finest junk’. We would have to agree. Also, their famous mouth-watering buttermilk biscuits are available to take home.

Will you be visiting any of these romantic small towns? Have you visited any of these small towns? If so, leave your comments below!

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