Fall Weekend Getaways Close to Home

Lost Maples State Natural Area | Image by TPWD

Travel blogger Jessica Serna recently shared her recommendations for fall getaways that are not too far from Dallas.

Four nearby-ish destinations were noted as being worth the drive: Waco, New Braunfels, Kerrville, and Concan, reported the Dallas Observer.

Waco boasts the Magnolia Market, which is hosting Christmas at the Silos between November 24 and December 30. Everything from visits from Santa to holiday goodies and shopping can be found there.

Serna recommends some other Waco favorites like Homestead Heritage, Cameron Park Zoo, Brazos Bluff Ranch, Segovia Wine Bar, and Oak & Ivy Wine Bistro.

For those who love nature, New Braunfels offers a variety of seasonal activities. Located 30 miles northeast of San Antonio and 45 miles southwest of Austin, there are fun options in every direction.

Serna recommends the on-site ropes course and drive-thru safari experience at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Or visit Texas’ largest underground cavern at Natural Bridge Caverns. This marks the 10th anniversary of Christmas at the Caverns with a 5,000-square-foot outdoor maze, s’mores, live music, and a 30-foot Christmas tree.

Good weather means patio dining at 1011 Bistro in Kerrville, where you can enjoy filet mignon with cabernet-blackberry reduction and whiskey cake by the Guadalupe River in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

Serna also suggests hiking and biking at Kerrville Schreiner Park and seeing Stonehenge II, a replica of England’s original landmark.

Concan is the final destination noted on Serna’s list. It features colorful themed cottages and a community art wall. Lost Maples State Natural Area offers a Fall Foliage Color Report that will update through November so visitors can see ahead of time what to expect. And with Elm Creek Stables offering guided horseback riding tours near Garner State Park, immersion in nature’s beauty has never been easier around Concan.

Despite the high inflation rates, the recent dip in gas prices and cooler temperatures have made it easier for people to hit the road and travel to nearby destinations.

Whether it is a quick getaway or a long-awaited reunion with family and friends, the lower gas prices may provide much-needed and timely relief, with the average price for a gallon of regular in Dallas being $2.818 as of November 5 compared to $3.109 a year ago, per AAA. The current state average is $2.933, with a national average of $3.448.

Coupled with milder temperatures that will reach highs in the upper 60s by next weekend, fall enjoyment is on the horizon. Whatever your preference may be, from leisure to adventure, there is something nearby that is worth the drive this season.

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