9 cool Texas places perfect for a nature-stay getaway

Refresh yourself and see the world – or feel like you have – without the hassle of airport and plane travel. Just navigate to and fall in love with any of these perfect nature-based hideaways flavored with history and other geographies right in the heart of Texas.  

Vacation at Barons Wagon for the ultimate in unique Texas getaways

Situated in wine-country Texas, aka Fredericksburg, in a one-of-a-kind outpost of Swiss-mountain-village-inspired stays near Austin and San Antonio, Baron’s Creekside features more than a dozen lodging options. However, none is more unique than Barons Wagon, the modernized Conestoga wagon built for solo, buddy, couple or et-friendly family Texan getaways in the midst of all that nature has to offer.

With Barons Wagon, you’ll enjoy a rustic glamping experience within eyesight of the property’s family of ducks, and earshot of the property’s drifting creek where you’re welcome to take a dip. This replica of the original Conestoga settler’s wagon from a bygone era includes all the modern comfort you hope for in a stay plus a 26-acre backyard, outdoor deck/patio, BBQ grill and firepit. Bring a pole and tackle box and see if the perch, bass and catfish are biting at the property’s natural fishing hole, or check out the nature trails on the property, tip your glass in a private wine tour or take a load off in the on-site, pet-friendly private wine bar, The Club, that hosts live music and is included with each stay.

Rise and shine the next day and take in a quick yet scenic 26-minute drive north to the iconic pink granite monolith known as Enchanted Rock, a climbing mecca and has been attracting people to its dome for thousands of years.

If it’s peach season and you’re feeling foody, venture southeast from Barons Wagon and sample the sweet life with peaches from Studebaker Farm.

In any season, check out the exhibits at Riverside Nature Center Association or Hill Country Arts Foundation (HCAF), including Stonehenge II constructed nearly 20 years ago in Hunt, Texas, and moved stone by stone to its new home beside the Guadalupe River on the campus of the HCAF.

No matter how adventurous or chilled-out you make your Texan getaway, a cool bonus is that you’ll never have to change a wagon wheel.

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Giddy up to StarView Cowboy Cabin for an iconic Lone Star state getaway

The stars are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas, and you can see them in all their glory at the uniquely charming The StarView Cowboy Cabin at the BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch. 

Set in the rolling foothills and centuries-old live oak of Cat Spring, Texas, StarView Cowboy Cabin invites you to lounge near local wildlife, picnic and lap your pardners on horseback (yours or BlissWood’s), fish catch-and-release-style in the property’s lakes, or take aim with a round of archery or trapshooting

Near Houston, San Antonio and Austin, StarView is pet-friendly and invites families, friends and couples to enjoy its 500-acre working Texas guest ranch, where Steward Carol reckons the place will set your heart aflame for quick weekend getaways. Whether you find yourself in the gazebo overlooking Enchanted Lake or galloping through the hours with ranch activities, you’re invited to soak away the day’s experiences in the cabin’s hot tub under a blanket of Lone Star stars.

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Lose yourself in the 40 wooded acres surrounding Hideout Vintage Airstream

Do more than picture yourself in the highly Instagrammable Hideout Vintage Airstream.

Immerse yourself inside solo or with partner, kiddo, sibling or friend and make it your home base while you explore its 40 wooded acres on the Paluxy River. Relax in the hammock, ride the tree swing, putz or plan at the picnic table. Step to the fishing/swimming hole. Take a river walk to the historic downtown square, which promises to feel like a step back “to a more relaxing and simpler time.” Go minutes away and find yourself surrounded by the natural beauty and history of Fossil Rim, Dinosaur State Park, Dinosaur World, Big Rocks Park or Wheeler Branch Park. Nearby, church groups and theatergoers also appreciate The Promise, a one-of-a-kind musical production performed annually at the Texas Amphitheater in Glen Rose.

Award-winning yet humble at heart, this little hideout at Country Woods Inn is the perfect setting for family reunions, church retreats, weddings and gatherings in the incredibly intimate Chapel in the Woods. Horses welcome!

Country Woods Inn hosts another unique Texan getaway in the woods: the Santa Fe Rail Car

Travel back in time in the middle of the woods in the Santa Fe Rail Car.


Renovated with modern amenities and two bunk beds (to sleep four), this unique lodging option is ready for family- or friend-filled fun. Part of County Woods Inn’s new Glamping Village, the Santa Fe Rail Car and its Adirondack chair offer a charmed spot in a magical forest where you can watch for deer and wild turkey under a canopy of trees.    

In the cocoon of your railroad car, you’re just steps away from swimming, fishing, hiking trails and a vintage playground for kids of every age. Find your way to adventure outside, or just stay in and write letters home.   

The Santa Fe Rail Car offers all the excitement of travel and all the comforts of home. Inside you’ll find a full kitchen, sitting area and an old-fashioned bathroom with a claw-foot tub. And right outside the door, you’ll be welcomed by a rock terrace patio, perfect for birdwatching and welcoming horses that may stop by and say hi. Maybe keep some carrots on hand just in case.

Get away to your private nature Hideout or Rail Car in sweet Glen Rose, TX

Explore wild luxury in this African-inspired safari tent in Central Texas

Travel the world without leaving the Austin area: Live for a bit in the wild (luxury) of NDotto, an authentic, exclusive and custom-designed African safari tent discreetly tucked into the property of FireSong Ranch of Spicewood, Texas. With canvas walls, outdoor hot tub, shower and fireplace, as well as indoor soaking tub, modern fireplace and delicate hanging chandeliers, Ndotto seamlessly blends outdoor and indoor living to help you reconnect with nature. 

Like a temple rising above the forest, NDotto is a serene and timeless retreat. While no pets or children are allowed, NDotto offers adults impressive sunrises and sunsets, as well as breathtaking views all day and night. It also brings you the ultimate comfort and attention to every detail to let you refresh and recharge. 

Out of doors at NDotto, you can discover the magic of bathing under the unending sky... Get cozy in front of the authentic outdoor Texas stone fireplace… Lounge on the deck and have dinner under the stars... Settle in for deep sleep made possible by comfort and relaxation... Wake slowly and enjoy an espresso or a latte. The choice is yours at NDotto.

The living area of this luxury tent is appointed with a king-sized bed and a contemporary kitchen. Rustic and elegant down to its smooth hardwood floors and modern finishes, it offers an away-from-it-all tranquility you won’t want to leave. But if you’re feeling daring, there are places nearby to explore, including wineries, a distillery, restaurants, hiking, zip-lining, natural pools and Lake Travis. And NDotto has wifi, if you decide to share any of your time in the wild online. 

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Appreciate exotic animals at this African-inspired safari tent in Cat Spring, TX

Another unique place to stay in Cat Spring, Texas, Grand Safari Tent for two at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch offers 500 acres of a working Texas guest ranch filled with lakes and wildlife for a family- and pet-friendly getaway worthy of an African game reserve.

Grand Safari Tent offers the seclusion of a private nature getaway and the thrill of seeing exotic animals such as bison, blackbuck (also known as the Indian antelope), axis deer, fallow deer, red deer, and oryx peacefully grazing in front of your very own deck.

Grand Safari Tent features an African-inspired interior for an international slice of adventure close to home. This glamp site also contains a king-sized bed, sitting area and kitchenette, plus a private in-tent bathroom with a shower and elegant soaking tub with a view of the woods. Outside you’ll enjoy a private firepit and gas grill under graceful centuries-old live oaks. 

Take in a spectacular sunset, light a fire under the stars and sleep like a relaxed world traveler. Upon leaving you might have to shake off the dream of having been on the savannah when you find yourself instead so close to Houston, San Antonio and Austin.

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Book the Frenchie and trendset in the middle of tranquility in Round Top, TX

Step into The Frenchie Guest House in rural Round Top, Texas, and be wrapped in the warm, personal hospitality of a traditional B&B and the luxurious coolness of an urban boutique hotel.

The Frenchie is a restored farmhouse originally from the 1800s whose bright, tranquil exterior is paired with a modern, sophisticated yet whimsical interior for unique flair. With a gourmet kitchen and a capacity of 28, the Frenchie welcomes guests to choose from one of the rooms or to rent them all.

The Frenchie’s consists of three buildings – the Farm House (circa 1890s), Art Studio suites and Garden Cottage. The lodging also features a 100-year-old potting shed with herb garden that’s a lounge for all guests to enjoy. Guests are also welcome in the main house’s coffee bars.

Round Top doesn’t only boast the second largest oak tree in Texas. It also serves as a unique and well-known antique shopping experience year-round. (And there’s also the Round Top Antique Fair that happens twice a year.) It’s a small, quaint town that is said to offer a “big time" feeling. And what goes better with “old” antiques than fresh food? Fine dining and entertainment can also be found less than a mile away from The Frenchie. 

The Frenchie’s designer believes that hip urban destinations often feel unattainable, “but everybody can get to Round Top — and once they get here, they want to stay.”

Find out for yourself. Get to the Frenchie from San Antonio, Houston or Austin.

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 Book this unique hilltop spot near Round Top, TX

In the middle of StarHill Farms’ rolling 300 acres is a hilltop retreat that its Steward, Mary, calls a “Davy Crockett meets Ritz Carlton experience.” Welcome to Cabin on the Hill

A historic, updated log cabin relocated to its romantic, secluded hilltop spot, Cabin on the Hill is artfully designed and appointed with a clawfoot tub, luxury interiors and an adorable kitchenette. Outside it features a firepit and Texas-size scenic views.

Kid-friendly and perfect for two guests, Cabin on the Hill boasts sunrises and sunsets to wake you up or keep you up. The cabin’s vast property contains walking trails and spots for fishing or just whiling away the day. The cabin’s porch, complete with rocking chairs, is a perfect perch for wine- or local coffee-sipping.

If you can tear yourself away from the tranquility, you might consider antiquing at StarHill Farms or nearby Round Top, the interior design hotspot featured on HGTV.

Get to Cabin on the Hill from San Antonio, Houston and Austin.

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Book this farm’s unique art studio turned cabin in Georgetown, TX

Kid- and dog-friendly, the two-person Palette Pad, Rural Cabin on Working Farm, Pets Welcome sits on 172 beautiful Texas Hill Country acres, all for you to enjoy during your visit.

Built on Scurlock Farm, in Georgetown, Texas, Palette Pad was the art studio of Texas landscape artist C. P. Montague, “one of President Lyndon B. Johnson's favorites,” according to Steward Sheron Scurlock, who has owned the farm for 53 years. Palette Pad, she says, was designed around centuries-old live oak trees and constructed of river rock picked up at the river on the property. 

Beautifully and comfortably furnished, the unique Palette Pad tends to inspire visitors to consider buying property and moving to the Texas countryside.

While local attractions abound, including nearby Waco’s Magnolia, many visitors choose to stay on the farm and participate in the activities here – including doing nothing but enjoy the peace and the pace. There’s the option to meet or tend to the farm animals, including cattle, horses, goats and chickens. Listen to the bevy of birds and wildlife. Watch the animals graze in the pastures. Cozy up in front of the fireplace. Put the outdoor fire pit/dining area to use. Hike along the river. Or nap under the trees.

If you’d like to try fishing, the farm’s local fishing guide, John, is a heartbeat away. He’ll bring the bait and the equipment. He’ll even give you a lesson.

For more than half a century, Steward Sheron has cared for the land entrusted to her, including cell grazing by the cattle, harvesting rainwater for use on the gardens, and making sure all the gardens’ food is used, donated or sold. Everything at Palette Pad has a purpose. 

We can see why so many visitors are inspired by their stay at this cool Texan gem.

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Explore Yonder to find unique and cool nature getaways in Texas and beyond

We understand — you’d like a vacation that’s beautiful and off-the-beaten-path, one that feels like a real experience and a genuine and rare adventure. Whatever you’re dreaming of for intriguing accommodation, Yonder has a cool, inspiring getaway to help you unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Explore our diverse overnight accommodations and activities to find your perfect fit.