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Winter getaways around Texas

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Who said summer is the best time to plan a getaway? Taking time out for some R&R during the cooler months can prove to be just the right anecdote to fight off the winter doldrums, especially in Texas— where you’ll find mild temperatures and plenty of beautiful scenery.

7F Lodge
16611 Royder Road
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 690-0073
www.7flodge.com

Price: $139 to $369

If you’re looking for a great romantic getaway, then the 7F Lodge is for you. It may be listed as a Bed and Breakfast, but it’s really a beautiful country oasis featuring eight secluded cabins complete with Jacuzzis, luxury bedding, microwaves, coffee bars and refrigerators. All of the cabins are designed with individual themes, ranging from a French château and a Spanish hacienda to the Sugar Shack complete with a sound system and guitar for making your own romantic music. The Barn features turn of the century style western decor and Sully’s Place offers an 80-sq.ft. dance floor with a 1959 jukebox for dancing the night away. There are a variety of extras you can add to your experience, including in-cabin massages, wine, champagne, roses and chocolate covered strawberries. Located 10-minutes away from Texas A&M University, the lodge makes a convenient base for visiting the fun town of College Station and touring the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Rancho Cortez
872 Hay Hollar Road
Bandera, TX 78003
(830) 796-9339
www.ranchocortez.com

Price: $99 per person with a 2 night minimum (Mention "$99 Special" when booking)

If you like the great outdoors, but with all the modern luxuries—then staying on a dude ranch will give you the best of both worlds. At the Rancho Cortez you can enjoy plenty of horseback riding and hiking through the gorgeous countryside, then relax in a hot tub or take a swim in a heated pool. The ranch has a host of other activities to keep everyone busy, including caring for the animals, working out in the gym, game rooms, obstacle courses and tree houses for the kids to play in. Three hearty meals are provided daily, plus all activities, including several daily trail rides and evening entertainment are included in the price. If you want to get out and about for a while, San Antonio is less than an hour away and the town of Bandera is full of bars, restaurants and great little shops.

Messina Hof
4545 Old Reliance Road
Bryan, TX 77808
(979) 778-9463
www.messinahof.com

Price:$165 to $320

With locations in Fredericksburg and College Station, you have a choice of two great areas to hang out in and sip the fruits of the Messina Hof vines. The Fredericksburg location offers 4 individually themed suite style rooms with private living areas, wet bars, microwaves, refrigerators and patios. The Bryan location, near to Texas A&M University, has 11romantic rooms, most with patios and Jacuzzi tubs, so you can sit back and enjoy the sweeping views of the forest and vineyards. A stay at the Bryan location includes a winery tour with tastings, a wine and cheese reception and a champagne breakfast. The Bryan location also has a fine dining restaurant and offers culinary classes, chef’s table dinners and a host of special events. Book one of the Villa packages which includes everything you need for a romantic stay, including chocolate dipped strawberries, rose petals for the bath, in-room massages, a 5-course dinner and you’ll never want to leave.

The Sanford House Inn & Spa
506 N Center St
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 861-2129
www.thesanfordhouse.com

Price: $149 to $299

If you want to stay close to home yet feel like you’ve been transported to the European countryside, this Southern style mansion in historic downtown Arlington may be the perfect escape. With 12 luxurious rooms and cottages featuring antiques and sitting areas, including some with fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, plus a fantastic restaurant on the premises, you'll have everything you might need for a quick break from the daily routine. Relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy a drink in the cozy bar, have a massage in the spa, a scrumptious full breakfast in the morning and feel as though you’ve been on a retreat without having to travel far.

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