Valentine’s Day is next week, and if you’re fortunate enough to live in the Lone Star State, that means you have a plethora of romantic options at your fingertips.
Texas is home to plentiful vineyards, romantic bed and breakfasts and gorgeous vistas to impress your special someone. Sure, you could just opt for the standard chocolates and wine routine, but when there are all these incredible things to do and places to see, why would you?
Here are 10 fantastic and unique ideas for how to spend Valentine’s Day in Texas.
10. Stay at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm
The Fredericksburg Herb Farm is a beautiful and charming getaway nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Stay in one of the cottages, book a massage at the spa, and dine at the Farm Haus Bistro while you’re at it.
9. Go stargazing in West Texas
Trek out to West Texas to experience just how big and bright the Texas stars at night can really be. Visit the McDonald Observatory, and stay in the historic Indian Lodge hotel nearby for an unforgettably romantic experience.
8. View Austin at sunset from Mount Bonnell
Weather on Valentine’s Day in Texas can be unpredictable. It might be super cold or it might be very warm. If it’s the latter, you might consider hiking to the top of Mount Bonnell near sunset for some amazing views of Lake Austin. “Hike” is a loose term here, because there’s an enormous staircase up to the top. So Mount Bonnell is perfect for those who want to go outdoors without being too outdoorsy.
7. Find Enchantment at the Houston Zoo
This year for the first time, the Houston zoo is opening for a special Valentine’s event, the Enchantment Under the Sea Soirée. The event will feature a three-course meal, a sea lion show, and a tour of the newly renovated Kipp Aquarium and more! For the environmentally conscious and animal lovers, this event should not be missed.
6. Take a private dinner cruise on Ladybird Lake in Austin
If you can drive a golf cart, then you can steer a duffy boat, according to Austin’s Capital Cruises. Rent out a boat with a catered dinner and take your loved one on a Valentine’s Day boat ride.
5. Spend Valentine’s Day in Valentine, Texas
If you’re looking for a more social and celebratory type mood, check out Big Bend Brewing Company’s fourth annual Valentine’s Day in Valentine, Texas event. Drink some great Texan craft beer, dance, and listen to live music from Jerry Jeff Walker in the small and scenic West Texas town of Valentine.
4. View West Side Story at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Take in some incredible music at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with a screening of Sondheim’s classic “West Side Story”. The score will be performed live as the movie is shown in high definition on the big screen.
3. Dine at a top-rated Texas restaurant
The French Room atop the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas has been reviewed by the New York Times, and has been called the best restaurant in Texas. The Louis the XV era French decor is luxurious, and the food is second to none. If French fare isn’t your thing however, you could check out Rainbow Lodge in Houston with its rustic log cabin feel and a menu that features wild game dishes crafted into original Texan cuisine.
2. Visit the Messina Hof Vineyards and Resort
Messina Hof is a Texas wine label that has two locations in Texas, and both are ideal for a romantic weekend with your Valentine. You can visit the Villa Bed & Breakfast in Bryan, or the Manor Haus Bed & Breakfast in Fredericksburg.
1. Visit the San Antonio Riverwalk
With its towering oak trees, gorgeous waterways and beautiful music emanating from every building lining the San Antonio River, the San Antonio Riverwalk is easily one of the most romantic vacation destinations in Texas. Stay in one of many luxurious hotels, dine in a world-class restaurant and take a stroll or a riverboat ride along the river for a Valentine’s Day experience you’ll never forget.