Texas honeymoon ideas needed

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Haleyrruiz:  Fredricksburg is awesome! Quaint little town in the gorgeous hill country. Yiu cant rent a very nice cain, be surrounded by wineries. I googled and there are places to horseback ride, and some areas to fish as well. If you look at Absolute Charm website, they offer tons of different bed and breakfasts and canins as well. If you need some more ideas let me know. Texas born and raised.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I do not love galveston…water is brown, can get rather sketch. There are a few nice hotels there, but not my favorite place.  San Antonio is fun. Not really fishing and hirsebacking riding but there are a lot of touristy things to do there..if you do go there, stay on the riverwalk. Definitely the most going on. Let me think….Austin is nice, might not be tons to do there tHough. Let me think and get back to you.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

My daughter and I just got back from Austin, where we rented an adorable 1 bedroom house in the Travis Heights area–walking distance to terrific food, shopping, and music venues.  At $130 per night, it was a bargain!  http://www.verdecamp.com/

Also, when I was a kid we would have family reunions in Bandera, TX where they have real life dude ranches (several to choose from).  Plenty of horseback riding there, breakfast cowboy style, etc.  Very cool experience!

have fun whatever you decide to do!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If it was later in the year I would 100% recommend San Antonio. It’s such a fun place with so much to do! Six Flags, Sea World, Alamo, Riverwalk, lots of restaurants, etc. but a lot of those things are going to be closed/more limited at the end of January. For the honeymoon it seems like you’re wanting I highly recommend Fredricksburg. Quaint little town with touristy things to do, close to nature, lots of cute B&Bs.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@Haleyrruiz:  

They are all great, honestly.  I would check Trip Advisor and read the reviews to make sure you get what you want.  Maybe y’all could spend two days in Austin and two days in Bandera.  If money is no object, the best place to stay in the Hill Country is Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose  –it has everything you are both looking for, but it is on the pricy side.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Do you get Groupon Getaways or Living Social Escapes emails? When I was getting the Houston subscription (we moved away from TX this year) there were often deals for hotels and activities in the Texas Hill Country/San Antonio area. They might even include some spa packages or credits towards other activities. Check it out!

Post # 11
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Haleyrruiz:  I live in Houston and my DH and I have traveled around Texas a bit, here’s my take on some potential honeymoon options:

Galveston: Beach town; I’m sure there’s fishing but no horseback riding nearby that I’m aware of. It’s on the Gulf of Mexico so the water isn’t crystal-clear, but there is a fun boardwalk (with rides, etc.) you can still enjoy in January/February. The Strand is the historic part of Galveston, it’s full of cool old Victorian buildings, including some famous mansions that you can tour. It’s a fun place to go, although it’s off-season and may not be too romantic in January/February.

Houston: Tons of things to do if you want to adventure around a city. Great zoo, art and science museums, NASA, aquarium, antique/thrift shopping on Montrose and Westheimer, tons of great restaurants, a pretty park filled with oak trees (Hermann Park) where you can have picnics, etc. You can do horseback riding in a suburb of Houston called Cypress, and you can go fishing down in Kemah, just research it online. If you do want to come to Houston let me know and I can send you some more specifics on good restaurants and things to do.

San Antonio: Also has plenty of things to do if you want to adventure around a city. Houston is definitely bigger than SA and Austin, so you may run out of things to do in SA and Austin but since you’ll be on your honeymoon I’m guessing you’re not going to be waking up at the crack of dawn wanting to see everything haha. San Antonio is famous for the Alamo and the River Walk (Google it – it’s a really pretty little river lined with restaurants and shops, it’s beautiful at night; you can take a boat ride down the river – pretty romantic). I don’t know if there’s fishing or horse-back riding nearby. It has more of a “small city” feel than Houston – the downtown area is much smaller, but the historic area is fun to walk around. 

Austin: Austin is known for being weird, and hippie-ish. It’s home to UT so there’s tons of young people, especially college students. Austin has tons and tons of things to do – tour the Texas Capitol building (looks just like the U.S. capitol), go for hikes (my favorite is walking around the Hamilton Pool), check out the food trucks on South Congress, go thrift shopping, see a movie at the Alamo Roadhouse, etc. Austin is surrounded by Hill Country so you could stay at a hotel in Austin to see the sights, but also make a day trip out to the country to go wine-tasting or horseback-riding.

Hill Country: Hill Country is absolutely beautiful, and there are a lot of romantic bed and breakfasts where you can stay. My favorite towns in Hill Country are Gruene (known for its famous country music hall), Wimberley, and Fredericksburg. 

Hope that helps! 🙂

Post # 13
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Haleyrruiz:  Hotel Zsa Zsa is my favorite hotel in Houston, it’s pretty fancy and very romantic, and in the very best location – right across the street from Hermann Park, in the heart of the Museum District. From there you can walk to the museums and the zoo – you don’t need to drive at all. Here’s their website, it looks like their cheapest rooms are $289/night – http://www.hotelzaza.com/#index.

Two other great hotels in Houston that I’d recommend are  The Houstonian (here’s the website – http://www.expedia.com/Houston-Hotels-The-Houstonian-Hotel.h22016.Hotel-Information) which is $233/night and has a well-known spa. SInce that hotel is below your budget you could maybe splurge on a massage for you and your husband. And I’ve heard that Hotel Granduca is really, really nice, but I’ve never been there. It’s $255/night and here’s their website – http://www.expedia.com/Houston-Hotels-Hotel-Granduca.h1503827.Hotel-Information .

I definitely recommend getting steak for dinner one night at the Taste of Texas – it’s a really fun place for out-of-towners, I always take friends there when they’re visiting.

Some other things you can do here:

-Go to the top of Chase Tower to get really amazing views of the city (for free!)

Cypress Trails Equestrian Center for horseback riding

-Go to a Houston Rockets basketball game downtown if they’re playing while you’re here

-Go see a play in the theater district (This website has a list of all the theaters you can check out to see if you’re interested in anything that’s showing)

-Go to the movies – you can have dinner and drinks served to you while you watch a movie at Sundance Cinema downtown or at Studio Movie Grill in CityCenter

-Go shopping at the Galleria – it’s a huge, very upscale mall, definitely worth checking out. You can also go ice-skating there.

-The Houston Museum of Natural Science (in the Museum District, close to downtown) has a butterfly pavillion where you can walk around thousands of butterflies – it’s really fun.

-If you like beer, go for a brewery tour at St. Arnold’s Brewery

-If you like art, you can take a painting class together where you bring your own bottle of wine and learn how to paint a famous painting. I’ve been to Pinot’s Palette and Painting with a Twist and recommend both.

-About an hour from Houston is Bluebell Ice Cream factory, you can go on a factory tour Monday through Friday. It’s really fun, I just did that last summer.

-Go rock climbing at the Texas Rock Gym

-Go for a walk along the Woodlands Waterway (it’s similar to the waterway in San Antonio but smaller) and have dinner along the water.

-Shoot some golf balls while having dinner or a drink at TopGolf

-Have a picnic at the WaterWall (right next to the Galleria – you could go shopping afterwards)

-Rent bikes and ride around the city. The Houston BCycle program has bike stations all over, and it’s pretty cheap to rent a bike – plus there are tons of bike trails now.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@Haleyrruiz:  Twin Elm Ranch is one that my best friend and her sister-in-law visit every summer.  In my opinion, this is a much better time of the year!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@Haleyrruiz:  Balmorrhea State Park is GORGEOUS!! Definitely check it out. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

@HonoraryNerd:  

I agree!  Growing up, we spent a lot of time at the sand dunes in Monahans.  Love the idea of a treck west stopping at Balmorrhea, the sand dunes, McDonald Observatory then to Marfa to see the infamous Marfa lights (and Big Bend if time).  

@Haleyrruiz:  

where do you guys live, if you don’t mind me asking?

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