Whether you prefer the atmosphere in the big city, the even bigger countryside, or a taste of both, Texas is one of the best places to spend Valentine’s Day. The weather is a welcome change of pace from cold, wintery climates, and there’s so much to do and see. The Lone Star State naturally has a romantic charm, featuring a variety of couple-friendly attractions you simply can’t find anywhere else. Finding the ideal vacation rental in Texas is easy, especially since many properties are located just minutes from some of the most popular Valentine’s Day hot spots. Here are seven of the top Texan cities and towns to visit with a sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

1. Corpus Christi

Lovingly known as the “Sparkling City by the Bay,” Corpus Christi gives visitors a taste of both serene nature and city amenities. Located on the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico, there are plenty of beaches where you can your traveling companion can unwind, especially in the Padre Island area. Take a stroll through the harborfront Texas State Aquarium to see a wide range of aquatic life. For dinner, be sure to check out Landry’s Seafood House. It’s a wonderful seafood restaurant that’s located on a boat on the water, providing a romantic nautical atmosphere that you and your loved one will never forget.

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2. Austin

Known for its thriving arts and music scene, Austin is the place to go if you want to enjoy some fun nights out with your partner. If you don’t know where to go in Austin when you arrive, take a stroll near the picturesque Lady Bird Lake, where you’ll find a wide variety of wonderful dining options by the water, or you can even take a moonlit dinner cruise on the lake. Clark’s is an excellent restaurant for romance, featuring a variety of oyster and cocktail specials. Enjoy a couples massage at the Lake Austin Spa & Resort, and then head to The White Horse for a night of two-step dancing — the friendly instructors will show you how it’s done.

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3. Dallas

Dallas provides a big city environment for you and your loved one to explore. The city is home to a wide variety of world-class restaurants, entertainment venues, and shopping, so you’ll never run out of things to do. Enjoy an incredible concert at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and then enjoy a candlelit dinner with live piano music at St. Martins. The menu consists of exquisite French-American cuisine, and there are plenty of decadent desserts and wine options available to make your romantic evening unforgettable. Treat yourselves to an upscale shopping experience at Highland Park Village, or tantalize your sweet tooth by going on a chocolate crawl through the city at Dallas By Chocolate.

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4. Wimberly

If you really want to get away on your getaway, look for a vacation rental in Wimberly. It’s a quaint Texas Hill Country village that’s surrounded by picturesque natural beauty. You can find a rustic cabin, or something more modern. The downtown area is wonderful, featuring a variety of charming shops, eateries, and galleries. The Leaning Pier is a romantic spot to grab a meal. Cozy up with your loved one in the back near the large brick fireplace, and enjoy comfort foods such as wood-fired pizza, soups, and macaroni and cheese, all made with love using the freshest local ingredients. The restaurant also has a vast wine and craft beer menu if you wish to indulge on your special day.

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5. San Antonio

San Antonio is packed with activities for couples. If you’re not sure where to go in San Antonio, start with the Riverwalk, ideally at night. You can enjoy exploring a variety of shops, restaurants, and other attractions near the water by foot, or treat yourselves to a scenic cruise on the famous urban waterway. The Japanese Tea Garden is an enchanting, tranquil setting for a picnic, providing a stunning, surreal environment that looks straight out of a movie. Pamper yourselves at the Woodhouse Day Spa at Hotel Contessa, and then explore the incredible art at the McNay Art Museum.

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6. Galveston Island

Featuring plenty of gorgeous Victorian buildings and plenty of history, Galveston Island has an inherent romantic charm that you and your sweetheart are sure to love. Take a leisurely stroll through the Historic Strand, checking out the variety of eclectic restaurants and shops. Galveston Island is widely known for its incredible sunrises, so pick a local beach and show up early. The Texas Seaport Museum offers wonderful sight-seeing cruises, including a dolphin watching expedition. For dinner, enjoy a waterfront meal at Olympia Grill at Pier 21, a Greek-inspired restaurant that features an eclectic menu with everything from fresh-caught seafood to burgers and gyros. While you eat, you may even see the occasional dolphin swim by.

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7. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is a great place to look for a vacation rental if you’re looking for a laid-back vacation. Nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, you and your special someone can spend the day touring wineries and tasting their offerings. Visit the Fredericksburg Theater Company for a fantastic theatrical program, and then top the night off with an incredible meal at Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant. You’re sure to enjoy the upscale food in a more casual environment, with the menu featuring a variety of Southwestern-inspired offerings, such as pan-seared rainbow trout, grilled Texas quail, and some of the best steaks in the area. If you’re really feeling decadent, try the lobster-topped chicken-fried certified Angus beef ribeye with green chile cream gravy.

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