A secret secluded spot to unwind and escape. A place far far away from the noise and hustle of everyday life.

The glowing reviews for the Spectacular Weekend Getaways of Texas book keep rolling in!  What this reviewer from a big Texas newspaper said was music to my ears.  "First of all, the photos are unique and creative! Even if you don’t bother to read any of the captions or descriptions, this book serves as delicious eye candy for at least an hour or two. I guarantee you’ll do quite a bit of backtracking with certain photographs that made the hidden adventurer inside you giddy with wanderlust."

It's true, the photography in the book is spectacular.  I chose this particular sweet getaway spot for this post because the photography is some of my favorite submitted for this book.  We couldn't publish all of their images so I am sharing them here.  I almost chose the big oak tree shot as the cover of the book.   

There's a saying among writers that goes something like this, "good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - don't just talk about the fact that it is raining but create the feeling of being rained upon."  I think the notion of evoking feeling can be applied to many forms of art, including cooking, painting, design and more.  The art here is photography and the artist behind the lens has captured the feeling of calm through composition, lighting, staging and focus.  My mind slowed down as I was carefully sifting through which images to use here.  Enjoy the relaxing effect of these photos.  Photography by Jumping Rock Photos.

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BlissWood Bed & Breakfast is located at Lehmann Legacy Ranch, a 500-acre working ranch just an hour west of Houston. Spend a day, a week, or longer in this peaceful country setting with your choice of accommodations—there’s a mix of 12 different houses and cabins. All lodging is private with kitchens, bathrooms, and antique furnishings. Enjoy a Texas sunset while you sip refreshments on your front porch and unwind next to the majestic live oaks. Visit blisswood.net.

WANT YOUR KIDS TO PUT DOWN THEIR DEVICES AND listen WHEN YOU SPEAK? TELL THEM TO PACK A BAG FOR A TEXAS ROAD TRIP!

SO YOU'D RATHER GET A ROOT CANAL THAN DEAL WITH AIRPORTS?  

I don't have to tell you twice, airports in the summer are chaotic.  It makes you not want to go anywhere right?  No worries, you don't need to hassle with hectic air travel when there are plenty of places to go right in your backyard.  Gas up the car, rally the kids and hit the highway for a Texas road trip.  The new book Spectacular Weekend Getaways of Texas has a slew of family friendly, dog friendly, activity filled spots to hang your hat.  Not only are road trips a lot less stressful than air travel, they are bonding opportunities.  Let the kids come up with an awesome playlist, stop somewhere on the way to your destination for lunch, no rush, no stress....doesn't that sound nice?  We've done all the research for you - here's a few recommendations on where you might consider going this summer!  No root canal required.

 

LAZY RIVER FOR KIDS, SPA FOR MOM, FISHING & HUNTING FOR DAD AND GOURMET FOOD EVERYONE WILL LOVE

 Photo courtesy of Rough Creek Lodge

Photo courtesy of Rough Creek Lodge

Rough Creek Lodge is one of my favorite places in all of Texas and here's why.  It's an hour or so from Dallas (my hometown) and it feels worlds away from the big city lights.  Located on a wide open stretch of land with views for miles, this resort has it all.  It's made for the busy bee in the family - they have hunting excursions, zip lining, kids pool with a lazy river, archery, skeet shooting, a putting green and so much more.  If you're looking to just lounge around, you might opt for the quiet adult pool after a massage in their beautiful spa.  The rooms have luxurious bedding.  The breakfast is a spread of everything you could ever dream of.  Dinner will blow your mind, chef Gerard Thompson uses farm fresh ingredients and has an amazing menu.  It's the perfect getaway with or without kids. roughcreek.com

 

VARIETY OF ACCOMMODATION CHOICES FROM DOG FRIENDLY COTTAGES, CAMPING,  A TINY HOUSE OR A REAL TIPI

 Photo by Jim Trent

Photo by Jim Trent

Mystic Quarry caters to everyone's style.  Set just outside of New Braunfels at Canyon Lake in the beautiful Hill Country.  The large meeting hall, pool, shady arbors, hammocks, rooftop deck, nature trails, and lawn games make this an ideal location for big groups or families.  Don't miss out on the seasonal Friday night series Music Under the Stars, featuring local artist entertainment in the courtyard.  Take a minute to stop into the sweet little town of Gruene while your in the area.  You must see Texas' oldest dance hall, Gruene Hall then have a root beer float at the General Store across the street.  Best part about this spot to me, you can bring your dog!  mysticquarry.com

 

 

CHARMING SEASIDE COMMUNITY WITH OVER 200 RENTAL HOMES, CONDOS AND TOWNHOMES

 Photo courtesy of Cinnamon Shore

Photo courtesy of Cinnamon Shore

Cinnamon Shore is nestled in protective dunes on the outskirts of Port Aransas.  These residences have serious porch appeal, paved side walks and palm tree lined streets.  The perfect beach side destination for those seeking relaxation with a small town vibe.  You'll find nautical rentals, pool time, surf lessons, parasailing, movies on the lawn, fine dining, equipment rentals like golf carts and large beach umbrellas, concierge services and tons of cool activities like sandcastle-building lessons and beach yoga.  Imagine yourself hanging out at the bistro over cocktails with friends while the kids build their dream house in the sand.  cinnamonshore.com

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