Luxurious spa treatments, responsibly-sourced barbecue, and a gorgeous Mediterranean-style beach village are just a few hours away from Dallas. It's time to start plotting your next three-day weekend getaway.
DALLAS – Who says you need a whole week for a proper vacation? Take off Friday, and we promise these easy three-day weekend escapes from Dallas will leave you feeling like a new person.
LAKE AUSTIN, TEXAS
If you're in the mood for: a lake house retreat with spa treatments and fitness classes.
Route to take: Follow I-35E S and I-35S for three hours towards Austin.
Your agenda: Book a room overlooking the shores of Colorado River at . Just 40 minutes from downtown Austin, the luxury resort is the place to go for rest and relaxation. Everything you could possibly want starts here: a three-mile Hill Country hike, massages in an outdoor cabana, healthy and fresh foods at the communal friendship table.
Avoid the Sunday blues: Continue the spa feeling at home by loading up on the hotel's signature line of bath and body products and a h terry-lined bathrobe.
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
If you're in the mood for: A vibrant city with a colorful history and strong culinary scene.
Route to take: Drive down I-35E S and I-35 S for four and half hours until you hit San Antonio.
Your agenda: Check into the newly opened Roman and Williams-designed . Built inside an old brewhouse, the industrial-chic hotel is part of a larger cultural village on the site of what was formerly the Pearl Brewery. Dress the part in a custom-made guayabera from . (Designer Caroline Matthews is also responsible for the light blue seersucker robes at Hotel Emma.) The local food scene is top-notch: Start with globally inspired barbecue and craft beers at .
Avoid the Sunday blues: Skip the state's most famous battle site and spend your last day floating down the Guadalupe River with an in hand.
ALYS BEACH, FLORIDA
If you're in the mood for: A dreamy beach escape with Mediterranean-style buildings, white sand beaches, and crystal clear blue water.
Route to take: Opt out of the twelve-hour drive and book a two-hour flight into nearby Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS).
Your agenda: One of sixteen beach neighborhoods situated in the Florida Panhandle, is ideal for family vacations. Three, four, and five bedroom cottages are available to rent and include access to community spaces like the saltwater pool, a 20-acre nature preserve, and nine parks. If you don't want to cook on your holiday, makes a mighty fine latte and has a coastal menu divided into sections titled "behave" and "misbehave." If you're feeling naughty, save room for Warm Chocolate Toffee Goo, a dessert made with sweet cream ice cream, chocolate sauce, and chocolate mousse.
Avoid the Sunday blues: Rent a bicycle at and cruise the 19-mile paved path that meanders the length of Highway 30A.