BY ANNETTE BROOKS
Are you ready to add a little romance to your New Year’s resolutions? Schedule a getaway where you can unwind, reconnect, and enjoy each other’s company. Texas offers plenty of options away from life’s hustle and bustle that you rekindle that special spark. Below are three distinctly different nearby destinations where you can nurture your love for one another.
This imaginative collection of cabins at the northern entrance of the Hill Country offers a soothing rustic-chic experience with contemporary touches. Resting on 50 acres dotted with native trees and conifers, each unique, modern cabin has its own balcony perfect for viewing sunrises and sunsets and a small kitchenette. Bring your hiking shoes and walk along the marked trail around the property.
Cozy up in The Birdhouse cabin, which includes a treehouse bungalow and an outdoor patio complete with fire pit and lounge seating. Entry to the cabin is via a bridge from a treetop platform.
The two-story La Tour is perched peacefully on a ridge. Guests enjoy its indoor/outdoor eating options, a large walk-in shower, two balconies — the upper one offers a fabulous view of the countryside from the bedroom, and much more.
Reignite your love for one another in The Nest. This dreamy cabin features a whimsical portal entry, a treehouse with incredible views, a Bohemian-chic bungalow, and fairy lights sparkling in the nest of branches.
The Hive is a two-story, A-frame-style cabin with an expansive wrap-around porch with comfortable outdoor furniture and a hammock integrated right into the deck. Trees wrapped with sparkling lights make your evenings oh-so-romantic.
Skybox Cabins is located an hour and a half from Dallas, close to Glen Rose, Texas, Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. SkyBoxCabins.com
Blisswood Bed & Breakfast Ranch
One of the Lone Star State’s quintessential romantic destinations, this 350-acre working guest ranch provides the perfect combination of inviting country charm and plentiful outdoor activities in the fresh air.
Choose from six secluded cabins and seven houses or studios — all pet-friendly — each with its own distinctive décor. Amenities vary a little among the cabins and houses. Some include a private hot tub, a private fire pit, or a fireplace. Kitchen configurations range from small kitchenettes to full kitchens. Cabins also feature a gas grill with propane.
Create special memories with the love of your life with curated experiences. Add wine or champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and fresh flower arrangements to your package. Schedule a 60-minute couples massage by licensed massage therapists in the privacy of your room. Enjoy private dining in your cabin under the oaks with Blisswood’s DIY ribeye grilling package for two. Lunch options include a romantic lakeside picnic in the gazebo, and the ranch offers a variety of take-out dining packages to complete your getaway.
During the day, enjoy hiking and nature walks, bike riding, and spend time on the lake kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. Or schedule an exotic animal safari, horseback riding, catch and release fishing, and much more.
Located in Cat Spring, Texas, Blisswood Bed & Breakfast Ranch is about an hour and 20 minutes west of Houston. Blisswood.net
Sage Hill Inn & Spa
If you’re ready to rekindle your romance in an upscale, boutique resort bed and breakfast with all the modern amenities, book your getaway at the award-winning Sage Hill Inn & Spa.
Resting on 88 acres with sweeping Hill Country views to the west, luxe accommodation choices range from new casitas with private spas, private cottages, and luxury suites. Each includes fresh-cut flowers from the garden, faux-down comforters, complimentary beverages, and a fireplace or a private outdoor firepit. Amp up the romance factor by ordering chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your room or get a picnic lunch for two to eat anywhere on the property.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Sage Hill. Get pampered in the Garden Spa, which offers a wide selection of massage services, body treatments, and facials, as well as customized spa packages and specialty treatments. Take a dip in the pool, soak up some sun on the vast pool deck, melt away stress in the hot tub, relax by the large outdoor fire pit, and get closer to nature, walking along the resort’s miles of hiking and biking trails. Plus, there’s bocce, pickleball, and a horseshoe pit.
Located 30 minutes South of Austin in Kyle, Texas, Sage Hill Inn & Spa is close to Wimberly, the Duchmann Family Winery, and Driftwood Vineyard. SageHill.com