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Top Texas Towns for a Valentine's Vacation

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Texas has a number of towns and cities that are perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day vacation. From the Gulf Coast to the Texas Hill Country, there is a Texas town to accommodate anyone's preferences and tastes.

1. Austin

Texas' Capital City is also one of the most scenic in the Lone Star State. Set amid the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country, Austin features some top knotch restaurants, hotels and resorts. Those looking for a quiet get-a-way outside the main hub of Austin should try the Barton Creek Resort or Lake Austin Spa & Resort. In town, there are a number of hotels and restaurants lining scenic Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake). And, there are a number of elegant hotels such as the Driskell located in downtown Austin near the capitol.

2. Corpus Christi

The "Sparkling City by the Bay" offers stretches of wide open beach, particularly on the Padre Island portion of the city, as well as a number of great restaurants, hotels and attractions. On-the-water restaurants such as Landry's Seafood House (which, being built inside a boat is, literally, on the water) offer a very romantic dining atmosphere. A number of other great restaurants, including Water Street Market Seafood Company are also available for those wishing to take their valentine out to dinner in Corpus Christi.

3. Dallas

Sure, Dallas is a large city, but it is also home to some of the state's finest restaurants, hotels, spas and shopping districts - all the necessary ingredients for a great Valentine's Day retreat. The Melrose Hotel and the Mansion at Turtle Creek are just two of Dallas' many elegant, romantic accommodations. Highland Park Village offers a high-end shopping experience while the Dallas Symphony Orchestra can provide for a wonderful night out.

4. Fredericksburg

This iconic Hill Country town is known for its many unique shops and restaurants. Fredericksburg is also right in the heart of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. Taking a tour of local vineyards or spending the day strolling through Fredericksburg's shopping district is a great way to spend Valentine's Day at a laid back pace.

5. Galveston Island

Galveston's Victorian architecture and historical charm give it a sense of romanticism not found in other Texas coastal towns. Valentine's visitors will love strolling along the Historic Strand which is home to numerous shops and restaurants. A tour of Galveston's many historic buildings and homes is a relaxing way to spend the day on Texas' "big island." And, a stay at the historic Hotel Galvez helps complete the vacation package. Or, you can opt to be pampered at a full service resort like the San Luis Resort and Spa.

6. Houston

Texas' largest city may not seem like a very romantic spot to spend Valentine's Day until you consider Houston is home to some of the state's most exclusive hotels and restaurants, as well as some of the most upscale spas, resorts and shopping districts. Not to mention the many top shelf clubs. Upscale hotels such as the Hotel Derek are in high demand during Valentine's Day, as are Houston's best resorts and spas such as the Woodlands Resort and Houstonian. Add to that the great shopping in the Galleria area and it's easy to see why Houston is a great city to spend Valentine's Day.

7. Wimberley

This quaint Texas Hill Country village is an ideal spot for those wishing to get away from it all for Valentine's Day. Surrounded by natural, scenic beauty, Wimberley itself features a number of quaint shops, cafes and restaurants. Accommodations range from cabins to bed-and-breakfast inns. A stay in Wimberley is a great way to unwind and recharge.

8. San Antonio

Considered by many to be Texas' most romantic city, San Antonio is certainly popular among those looking to celebrate Valentine's Day in style. In fact, everything you need for a memorable Valentine's Day vacation can be found right on the city's famed Riverwalk, which is lined with elegant shops, restaurants and hotels. And, there's nothing more romantic than touring the Riverwalk at night, either by boat or on foot.
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