Feeling a little cooped up and want to venture out of Austin? The challenge is where not to go. With so many one-tank getaways from Austin, the possibilities are endless!
Nestled in the Hill Country of Central Texas, the Austin area abounds with great adventures within easy driving distance. Anywhere you choose will take you through a paradise of primal hills, meandering streams, crystal lakes, and a canopy of native trees.
Of course, you should check your destinations for any change in hours or restrictions due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Here are some of the best one-tank getaways to rid you of that cabin fever. We’ve also included some of our favorite inns & B&B’s!
San Antonio Texas
Located just 80 miles to the southwest on I-35, the Alamo City is chock-full of things to see and do. In fact, you could easily plan several trips. At the top of the list is the Alamo itself – the Shrine of Texas, where a small band of “Texicans” held off a Mexican army for 13 days. Next on the list is the famous Riverwalk. You can spend an entire day on the enchanting walk and waterway that winds along the banks of the San Antonio River beneath the streets of downtown. You’ll find shops, restaurants, and leisurely river rides. SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Siesta are also major attractions. If you decide to stay the night, check out Noble Inns, a bnbfinder Diamond Collection Member located in the historic district. With 3 inns to choose from you are sure to find your favorite.
Luckenbauch & Fredericksburg Texas
Yep, this is the place made famous in a song by Willie and Waylon and the boys. This home of Texas Outlaw Music is 72 miles due west from Austin. The town has an official population of just 3, but its music heritage attracts tons of visitors. Check out the old General Store and Dance Hall. A short 13 minute drive through Hill Country will bring you to Fredericksburg. Spend the night in on 26 acres in one of the handcrafted Swiss log cabins at Barons Creekside Inn.
Johnson City Texas
First, check out the modest birthplace of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. Then drive the short distance to his ranch home, known in the 1960s as the Texas White House. This is where he entertained heads of state on the banks of the Pedernales River. You can tour the state park by car. Johnson and family members are buried at the site. Johnson City is also home to The Crossroads Inn, where the Texas Hill Country meets Wine Country.
Pronounced “green,” this former German settlement is a historic town within New Braunfels. Its dance hall, the oldest in Texas, has attracted a massive list of entertainers, from George Strait to Lyle Lovett to The Chicks. Part of John Travolta’s movie “Michael” was filmed here. Gristmill Restaurant is located in a century-old cotton mill and is noted for its outdoor dining on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Historic Kuebler Waldrip Haus B&B can accommodate you on an overnight stay.
Lake Granbury Texas
The town of Granbury and the surrounding area offer numerous outdoor activities and adventures. Rent a jet ski, boat or kayak and enjoy the lake for the day. There are also nearby championship golf courses as well as hike and bike trails through the rolling hills. After the beautiful drive to Granbury, we guarantee you won’t want to leave once you arrive. The Inn on Lake Granbury is the perfect addition to your getaway. A luxurious B&B situated on 3 acres on the lake with 15 guestrooms as well as 2 guesthouses and a saltwater pool.
Cat Springs Texas
If you really want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, head for Cat Spring, less than two hours to the southeast. The community is no longer incorporated, but is still home to about 75 people, a post office, a general store, and the BlissWood Bed and Breakfast a much desired romantic Texas bed and breakfast. Who can resist an attraction called the Mystical Forest?
Blog Contributor: Lynn Walker