Texas makes a great winter getaway thanks to its mild winter weather and a wide variety of things to do. If you’re looking to venture off the beaten path from some of the larger cities such as Houston, here are 10 small towns that are worth a visit!
Marfa is a small town with a vibrant, quirky feel. A couple of notable draws include a fake Prada storefront, as well as a phenomenon known as the Marfa Lights that people have attributed to everything from lightning to UFOs. It’s also located near Big Bend National Park, worth checking out for its gorgeous scenery and serene, remote feel.
Fredericksburg is a unique Texas town with a German heritage and flair. Check out Vereins Kirche Museum, a replica of a 19th century German church, or enjoy wine tasting over at Cross Mountain Vineyards.
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3. Round Top
If you enjoy antiquing, Round Top is the place for you. This charming small town is home to The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, the fair is running this year at the end of January, and is one of the largest of its kind in the country.
Sitting on Lake Conroe, this is a great choice for those looking for a variety of things to do. There’s countless opportunities for outdoor exploration nearby, while the town itself is home to art galleries, local shops, and several breweries.
5. Johnson City
If you’re looking for a getaway that could also make a fun day trip from the San Antonio area, check out Johnson City. Located about an hour from San Antonio just off of US Highway 290, Johnson City lies in the Texas hill country. Check out some of the local wineries, such as Texas Hills Vineyard, as well as local shops.
Lockhart is also known as the BBQ Capital of Texas, making this the perfect choice for any foodies out there! Head over to Black’s Barbecue to enjoy a delicious taste of what this town has to offer.
7. Port Isabel
Located off the Texas coast, Port Isabel is a charming island getaway with a historic flair. Featuring winter temperatures that range from 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit, this is a great choice for those looking to enjoy some cool ocean air. Check out the town’s historic lighthouse, or head over to Lighthouse Square to explore the local shops and eateries.
If you’re in the Austin area, Georgetown is a great choice for a day trip – it’s located just thirty minutes from the city. If you’re traveling from farther, it can also be a great destination for a longer stay. Some things to do include checking out Inner Space Cavern, a cave that is millions of years old, or exploring the various charming shops in the town itself.
9. South Padre Island
South Padre Island is most popular as a spring break destination. However, winter can be a great time to visit as well! A winter visit will mean missing out on some of the crowds that flock to this island later in the year. One popular activity is to check out the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center for gorgeous views of scenery and wildlife alike.
Here’s an option for art lovers! Wimberley, Texas is home to a vibrant art scene, as well as gorgeous natural areas such as Blue Hole Regional Park. You also won’t want to miss out on enjoying some of the wine-tasting opportunities in the area. Check out Wimberley Valley Wine Tasting for one great example.
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