One of the great things about living in Fort Worth is how the city is located in proximity to numerous romantic weekend vacation destinations in Texas. Drive for a few hours from the city to experience unique dining in Roanoke, or treat yourself to soothing spa treatments in Brenham and Mineral Wells. Moreover, look forward to horseback riding in Pilot Point, or golfing in Glen Rose. These attractions and much more are situated relatively close to many incredible Fort Worth vacation rentals. That said, check out the most exciting weekend getaways for couples.

1. Roanoke

A woodsy meadow and pond
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If you associate food with romance, drive 23 miles north of Fort Worth, where Highway 114 and 377 intersect in Roanoke, the “Unique Dining Capital of Texas.” This small town features more than 40 restaurants that cater to a wide range of tastes. On Saturday mornings, from early spring to early fall, shop at the Roanoke Farmers’ Market, where you’ll find fresh local flowers, veggies, and food items perfect for a picnic lunch in a quiet scenic park. Reserve a racquetball court at the city’s fully equipped recreation center, and spend time playing a few matches with your sweetheart. During your stay, take your hearty appetites to Los Molcajetes Mexican Restaurant, and enjoy fajita nachos, top-notch brisket tacos, and delicious sopapillas. Fried chicken lovers can head to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, where the only two entrees are fried chicken or fried chicken steak, and the sides are unlimited.

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2. Waxahachie

Historic looking home

Drive about 50 minutes from Fort Worth, 41 miles via U.S. 287 South, to the romantic surroundings in Waxahachie, Texas. Wealthy cotton traders built lavish homes in this town more than 100 years ago, and many have been restored. Travel the Gingerbread Trail to see beautiful historic residential styles, such as Greek and Gothic Revival, Queen Anne Victorian, and Romanesque architecture. Hold onto your sweetheart, and try not to get spooked on the Waxahachie Ghost Tours at night as you learn local history and explore old buildings downtown. If you both love Tex-Mex food, don’t miss the Barbacoa tacos with homemade flour tortillas at The Two Amigos Tacqueria. Before leaving the restaurant, order a big-enough-for-two burrito to go for a late night snack at your vacation rental.

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3. Decatur

Decatur town square
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If you and your spouse love grand architecture and history, make the 41-mile drive via U.S. 81 North from Fort Worth to Decatur, Texas, a great location for sightseeing. A popular stop is the magnificent 1896 Wise County Courthouse. Called “The Pink Lady,” this building features a pink granite exterior, Vermont marble interior, and huge clock tower. Other fascinating attractions include the Petrified Wood Gas Station, cafe, and motor court, the Wise County Heritage Museum; and the elegant Waggoner Mansion, located on a 16.5-acre estate. After a day of touring, enjoy juicy steaks and made-from-scratch yeast rolls at Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes. When you’re too full for a full dessert, split a delicious apricot fried pie with your sweetie.

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4. Glen Rose

Field of yellow wildflowers
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Golf lovers tee off at Squaw Valley Golf Club in Glen Rose, Texas. One of the state’s premier municipal courses, this facility offers 36 holes intermingled with romantic scenery, including Squaw Creek and 100-year-old oak trees. Glen Rose is just 54 miles southwest of Fort Worth, about a one-hour drive. Indoor activities to enjoy with your sweetheart include touring the historic landmark Barnard’s Mill & Art Museum or the Creation Evidence Museum, which features a 25-foot-long scale replica of Noah’s Ark. Order breakfast, brunch, or burgers at Debbie’s Restaurant, where the slogan is “Love at First Bite.”

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5. Mineral Wells

Canoe in a pond

Jumpstart your romance with a trip to Mineral Wells, Texas, about an hour’s drive west of Fort Worth via I-30 to I-20 to US-180. A popular vacation destination almost 100 years ago because of its healing mineral waters, this town still offers unique activities for couples to enjoy. Share Crazy Water mineral water with your special someone at the bar of Famous Mineral Water Company. For a relaxing romantic experience, enjoy total pampering with a micro bubble mineral water bath, hot mineral water towel wrap, foot scrub, facial, and Swedish massage at The Crazy Bath House. For a different water experience, go canoeing or kayaking with help from Rochelle’s Canoe Rentals. You need food to go with all that water, so order Philly cheesesteak sandwiches with horseradish mayonnaise at Brazos Market & Bistro. As a beef alternative, pair grilled chicken panini sandwiches with side salads at The Black Horse Deli & Bakery, a cozy spot locals love.

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6. Pilot Point

Riding horseback along a woodsy trail

Driving from Fort Worth to Pilot Point, Texas, takes about 1 hour, 15 minutes, giving you plenty of time for romantic weekend activities, including an intimate tour of Whistle Post Brewery. Visit Western Son Distillery next door, where distillers make and offer spirits such as bourbons and blueberry vodka. Ask them for special drink recipes to enjoy in the privacy of your Pilot Point vacation rental. Before retiring for the evening, take a trail ride on horseback at Black Mustang Ranch, an exciting activity for horse-loving couples. When you get hungry, head to Bebo’s Cafe to enjoy a delicious shrimp and catfish plate, onion rings, live music, and an Elvis statue.

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7. Brenham

A bull grazing in a meadow
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For a great couples vacation destination, drive to Brenham, Texas, about 3 hours, 30 minutes from Fort Worth via U.S. Highway 77. Midway between Houston and Austin, this town offers scenic hillside views to enjoy while you savor ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries. Book spa time at Thyme Day Spa & Salon, and receive professional pampering in a calming atmosphere. Try a hot stone massage, or enjoy couples Swedish massages, a cheese and fruit tray, and mimosas or champagne. Before you settle in, stop at Truth BBQ for brisket or chopped beef sandwiches, and a side of macaroni and cheese with bacon. A Pleasant Hill Winery tour and tasting help you find the perfect Texas wine to complement a romantic evening in your Brenham vacation rental.

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