14 Best Romantic Getaways Near Houston, Texas - Updated 2023

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While the thought of a cupid-themed vacation may lead you to Rome or Paris, in our quest for adventure we realized that Rome and Paris are not the only places to plan romantic nights out and quiet mornings at the beach. So how about you surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway near Houston? This city may have some of the best hotels and camper rentals in Texas, but you might want to venture out for a fun staycation with your special someone. Visit the wineries in Fredericksburg, or invite your sweetheart on a beach trip to Galveston. If you both love jazz, plan a trip to Denton during the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. Read through our list for more romantic getaways near Houston, TX, that will help you and your loved one plan an exciting time.

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1. Fredericksburg (from USD 168)

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One of the most popular romantic getaways in Texas is Fredericksburg, mostly due to its many wineries. Being 237.5 mi (382.2 km) away, it takes almost 4 hours to drive from Houston to this city. It was one of the German settlements during the colonial attempt in the mid-19th century and is said to be the home of the Texas German dialect. The city’s Historic District was established in the National Register of Historic Places in Texas. Explore Fredericksburg’s rich wineries, get to know its roots at Pioneer Museum, and spend your romantic weekend at Inn on Barons Creek.

Inn on Barons Creek

8.9 User Rating

Address: 308 South Washington Street, Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg (TX), United States, 78624

2. Galveston (from USD 150)

Seawall Benches and Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas 1301071119
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If you’re looking to go somewhere you can enjoy the beach, drive an hour south of Houston - about 51.2 mi (82 km) to the beautiful island city of Galveston on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Before you swim the wavy beaches of Galveston, first make your way to its many attractions like Moody Gardens, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and Galveston Island State Park. The city is also famous for its small surf spots. Come down to this lively city and check-in at Hilton Galveston Island Resort.

Hilton Galveston Island Resort

Wifi Available

Address: 5400 Seawall Blvd
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre

3. Denton (from USD 99)

Old Courthouse Denton TX
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Over 4 hours north of Houston is the musical city of Denton, which is 279 mi (449 km) away. The city is notable for its vibrant music scene, hosting major festivals like Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and 35 Denton Music Festival, as well as the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. The city is also home to University of North Texas College of Music. If you’re a big fan of jazz or music in general, you’re in for a treat at Denton. Plan your romantic getaway soon and stay at one of the nice hotels in the city, Courtyard by Marriott Denton.

Courtyard by Marriott Denton

Address: 2800 Colorado Blvd

Non-smoking rooms Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Facilities for disabled guests Physical distancing rules followed On-site parking Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Internet services

4. Austin (from USD 349)

Sunrise Panoramic of Downtown Austin
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Perhaps one of the more popular choices for a romantic getaway from Houston is the equally lively city of Austin just 162.4 mi (261 km) or 2.5 hours away. Its slogan is “The Live Music Capital of the World” since the city is home to renowned musicians and live performance venues. The city is frequented by young adults and creatives who participate in one of Austin’s major events, South by Southwest, a festival of film, interactive media, music, and other conferences. Stay at W Austin on Lavaca Street when you visit the city!

W Austin

Address: 200 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX, USA, 78701

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre

5. New Braunfels (from USD 101)

New Braunfels Texas Landa Park
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One of the romantic Houston getaways is the historical New Braunfels. Bring your loved one to enjoy numerous water sports, swimming in spring-fed pools, lazily tubing down the river at New Braunfels which has both the Comal River and Guadalupe River running through it. At just 257 km (160 mi) - or almost 3 hours away by car - from Houston, this city will have you and your loved one thrilled by the numerous attractions including the Historic Railroad Museum where you get to see dozens of artifacts and pictures that any train or history enthusiast will appreciate and don’t miss taking a tour through Landa Park on the miniature train! Hilton Garden Inn, New Braunfels is the ideal place to end your night while here. This New Braunfels hotel with a 24-hour snack shop and an outdoor pool features luxurious air-conditioned rooms with an iPod docking station, a 37-inch flat-screen TV and amenities including a coffee maker, and a microwave.

Hilton Garden Inn New Braunfels

Wifi Available

Address: 1501 Interstate 35 North
Accommodates: 5

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Terrace

6. Brenham (from USD 66)

Houses in Downtown Historic District Brenham Texas
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Commonly referred to as “rural Texas”, this town is a small piece of heaven in the middle of nowhere and is one of the best romantic weekend getaways from Houston. Enjoy boutique hotels such as the antique bed and breakfast that offer sumptuous meals, visit art galleries and professional plays at the Unity Theater, and occasional concerts and vintage film screenings at The Barnhill Center, entertain the child in you with a visit to Newman’s Castle or just spend the day on a ranch-style horseback adventure at the Dos Brisas. While in town spend the night at the Best Western Brenham which features comfortable beds. The rooms feature free WIFI, a coffee maker, microwave and a sofa bed.

From Houston, Brenham is just 76 mi (122 km) or 1 hour and 10 minutes away.

Best Western Brenham

Wifi Available

Address: 1503 Highway 290 East
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests

7. Graham (from USD 102)

Graham, Texas
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Loaded with enough fun for days, Graham offers you the great natural beauty of a hill country, cultural activities, and plenty of outdoor recreations. Discover new hiking trails, go horseriding, wild turkey hunting or sit back with your loved one and enjoy fishing. For that slow day catch a movie at the historic drive-in theater, tour the five national historic sites or the old fort. For the golf enthusiast, there is a nine-hole golf course which is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday. D

on’t worry about your skills for they have a golf pro available to assist you at any given time. Offering an outdoor pool and a fitness center we recommend the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Graham for your stay. The rooms at this hotel are spacious and feature a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a microwave, and ironing facilities.

Graham is about a 5-hour drive away from Houston, with a distance of 346.5 mi (558 km)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Graham, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 1581 Highway 380 Bypass
Accommodates: 6

Parking Pets allowed 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry Family rooms

8. Fort Worth (from USD 161)

Fort Worth, Texas City Center
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If you are looking for the perfect dining opportunity, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and entertainment, then from Houston, drive 262 mi (421.6 km) or about 4 hours to Fort Worth.

Loaded with everything you can ever imagine for a romantic getaway, you and your loved one can choose to enjoy an astonishing range of classic and contemporary ballet shows, walk in the botanic gardens which are a nature-filled hideout away from town, visit the numerous art museums including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art or be part of the numerous rodeos and concerts at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Book the Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, while here for a comfortable stay.

Aloft Fort Worth Downtown

Wifi Available

Address: 334 W 3rd Street
Accommodates: 6

Parking Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

9. Paris (from USD 60)

we always have paris, texas
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Located in the county of Lamar, Paris, Texas, is just the city you need to visit to get your romantic juices flowing. While here not only do you get to visit the Eiffel Tower which is replica of the one in Paris, with its cowboy hat on top but there is a cemetery with Jesus in cowboy boots and for the history buffs make sure to visit the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial which has a ring of granite walls with the names of all the veterans from the five-county Red River Valley who served in the military. While in town spend the night at the American Inn & Suites which boasts a large garden, free WIFI, air conditioning and all the rooms are fitted with a desk. Guests here are offered a continental breakfast each morning.

From Houston, Paris, TX is almost a 5-hour drive away at a distance of 306.4 mi (493) km, but it’s definitely worth the trip!

American Inn & Suites

Wifi Available

Address: 2501 N Main St
Accommodates: 6

Parking Pets allowed Room service 24-hour front desk Garden Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms

10. Port Aransas (from USD 139)

Port Aransas beach at sunrise
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Located on the Mustang Island, 207 mi (333 km) - roughly a 4-hour drive - from Houston and known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches and fish-filled waterways, Port Aransas is just the right place to hold hands and spend a day strolling barefooted on the beach.

During your romantic getaway, you can spend the day sliding down water slides, bird watching or searching for dolphins, and in the evening you can have a delicious dinner and then later watch a local show at the Port Aransas Community Theater. Book a room at the Best Western Port Aransas and spend the night in their luxurious accommodations with a separate sitting room, a coffee machine, microwave, and a refrigerator.

Best Western Port Aransas

Wifi Available

Address: 400 East Avenue G
Accommodates: 6

Parking 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Business centre Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking Internet services

11. Jefferson (from USD 150)

Jefferson courthouse
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This thriving tourist center with popular attractions will offer you everything you need to make your romantic getaway fun. Jefferson is almost 4 hours away by car, with a distance of 234 mi (376.6 km), but the drive is worth it. From historic museums with 1880s homesteads, art and antique guns, to lakes full of fish where you can also kayak or rent a boat to the museum of measurement of time with over 400 clocks, mostly American made, from the period 1700-1900, you are sure to have your hands full while in Jefferson City. White Oak Manor Bed and Breakfast is our favorite accommodation in Jefferson. Each room features free WIFI, a private bathroom and bath, a flat-screen TV and a fridge.

White Oak Manor Bed and Breakfast

Wifi Available

Address: 502 East Benners Street
Accommodates: 2

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Fishing Free parking Internet services Canoeing Hiking

12. Bryan (from USD 179)

Downtown Bryan, TX, Historic District IMG 1026
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Located 160 km (100 miles) from Houston, the city of Bryan offers you and your loved one all you need for a romantic getaway, history, art, shopping, music, and food. You can visit the famous Lake Bryan for an active day fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and boating. You can also spend a day tasting beer at the local wineries, tee off at their numerous golf courts or just spend an easy day visiting the local shops for a gift or a souvenir or take a walk through the historical parks for that perfect moment. As for the foodie, Bryan has something for everyone, you and your love can enjoy numerous delicacies from tacos, burgers, Italian or German dishes, not to mention the best barbecues all available in either fine dining restaurants or food trucks. While in town spend the night at the Stella Hotel that is located within 7 km (4.3 miles) of Williamson Park in Bryan and offers you comfortable rooms equipped with a wardrobe, a study desk, and a flat-screen TV.

The Stella Hotel, Autograph Collection

Wifi Available

Address: 4100 Lake Atlas Drive
Accommodates: 2

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

13. Lake Charles (from USD 160)

Downtown Lake Charles
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Lake Charles in Louisiana takes a little over 2 hours to reach, with a distance of 143.5 mi (230 km), from Houston. It is one of the largest cultural hubs in southwest Louisiana and has a prominent Creole and Cajun culture. Some of its major museums include Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, and USS Orleck Naval Museum. Lake Charles also hosts the Louisiana Pirate Festival and greatly celebrates Mardi Gras. When you decide to spend your romantic getaway in this vibrant city, we recommend staying at L’Auberge Casino Resort.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles

Wifi Available

Address: 777 Avenue L’Auberge
Accommodates: 10

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Fitness centre

14. Arlington (from USD 129)

Downtown Arlington Texas
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From bowling museums, golf courses, science centers, aquariums to baseball and football stadiums, your romantic getaway in Texas will never be complete without a visit to the city of Arlington. While here, visit the Arlington Music Hall for a taste of the arts and culture of this beautiful city. The musical arts range from pop to classical to tribute shows giving you a chance to up your culture quotient. Book yourself in at the traditionally decorated rooms at The Thornton Inn Bed and Breakfast which feature a private bathroom with posh bathrobes, comfortable beds and complimentary full-country breakfast, coffee and wine at their spacious front porch.

Arlington is over 3 hours away by car, at 256 mi (412 km).

A perfect getaway with the one you love most

couple on a terrace
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Whether you’re from out of state or country or a Texas local looking for a romantic staycation destination, there are many places near Houston worth visiting. Invite your loved one to one of these places for a romantic trip.

For more accommodation options in Houston, check out the best unique hotels and Airbnb vacation rentals.

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