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day trips/weekend getaways from DFW

Good morning! We are hoping to hear lots of ideas about interesting/scenic places to visit that are within a three-hour drive or so from the DFW area. These could be interesting small towns, state parks, or ?? We're also interested in learning about interesting B&Bs or cabins in these areas - and anything from plain to fancy is of interest, as long as you think it's a neat place to stay. We will welcome any and all ideas you might have - thanks!!!

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1. Re: day trips/weekend getaways from DFW

Hi Elenita,

We love traveling to Beavers Bend Resort in Broken Bow, OK. It is a little less than 3 hours away. This is an Oklahoma State Park and is very scenic. There are RV parking spots, tent camping, a lodge, and cabins ranging from rustic (one room with bath and fireplace), to 3 bedroom modern. It is a trout fishing hot spot, and we always enjoy going there. Just check out Oklahoma's state park website.

Another spot my husband and I enjoy are the Paluxy River Cabins located in Glen Rose, TX. They are built along the Paluxy River on the same road as Dinasaur Valley State Park. Every cabin has a large porch with rocking chairs, a barbeque grill and a hot tub. This is a great, quick romantic get-away. Children are not allowed here, adults only.

The state park is interesting because you are able to see actual dinasaur footprints and learn about the dinasaurs that lived in the area. You can also swim or wade in the river when the weather is warm, and pitch a tent if you wish. They also have hiking trails.

I look forward to hearing from others, because I'm always up for a quick get-away!

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Salado TX

http://www.salado.com/

Fort Worth

Grapevine, TX

http://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/

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These all sound great - thanks!!

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I second tejashombre- check out the FW in DFW- downtown Fort Worth is a great get away- Etta's Place is a very nice downtwon B&B.

www.sundancesquare.com

www.ettas-place.com

A nice close drive for the day is Waxahachie- little shops and a few small downtown restaurants plus the beautiful couthouse- lots of "gingerbeard" restored houses to drive by or, depending on time of year, catch a home tour (very pretty during the CHristmas holidays).

www.waxahachiechamber.com

www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txecm/ginger.htm

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How about:

http://www.stateparks.com/eisenhower.html has a nice beach, cabins, etc...or there are several nice B&B in Dension.

thc.state.tx.us/hsites/hs_eisenhower.aspx…

Eisenhower birthplace is in Denison and the people at the park are really friendly.

Lots of other stuff in the area, shopping, restaurants ( laketexomadesigns.com/laketexoma/restaurants… list) I recommend Devolli's in downtown Denison

Weatherford is another nice place to visit. Denton has a bunch of nice B&B's. Have you been to South Fork Ranch? They used to have a great big Fourth of July celebration there every year that was a lot of fun. Dinner cruises on Lake Ray Hubbard are nice. Grab a list of all the museums in the Dallas Fort Worth area and just start through them, all or most at Fair Park are free for starters and can be interesting. Cooper Lake has a very nice state park, last I was there everything was pretty new and very clean. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library has an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, William Shakespeare's First Folio of Comedies, Histories & Tragedies. The library's Children Center is huge. Pick a surrounding town and google for summer festivals, there are some doozies! haha!

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First Monday Trade Days Canton, TX

http://www.cantontradedays.com/

Cabins at The Vinyards Campgrounds in Grapevine, TX

Possum Kingdom Lake

Lake Texhoma, Cedar Mills Marina

Dr. Pepper Museum in Dublin, TX also visit Hico, Tx

Waxahachie, TX lots of Victorian style homes and B&Bs

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7. Re: day trips/weekend getaways from DFW

Thanks - these are great ideas!! Sounds like there's lots to do - looking forward to checking these things out!!

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Three hours from DFW will place you in Austin and the Texas hill country. If you have an interest in wines their are like 22 or so vineyards and winerys in the area that you can go see and try the products.Some of it quite good.

Theres a world class spa in Austin called the Austin Lake Spa or Lake Austin Spa or something like that. we went once and my wife loved it. Lots of water sports in the area. We're sort of fond of Lake Travis and the resorts in the area.

North in Oklahoma there is Turner Falls and the Arbuckle mountains. North of Beavers Bend is the Talimena scenic drive. One of the prettier drives in the region.

Time on Lake Texoma on the Texas and Oklahoma border with the Tanglewood resort, Choctaw casino, and Windstar casino/resort offer several entertainment options.

The square in McKinney has been considerably upgraded and is quite pleasant to spend a few hours browsing.

The square in Denton is almost a 24 hour happening square. With numerous eating, drinking, and entertainment establishments on or just off the square. Dan's Silverleaf is regionally recognized for the quality of the musical talent on display.

The Campus theatre has some of the best community theatre and musicals in the country.

Grapevine has just a plethora of good restaurants, wine bars, and music entertainment options.

Granbury and Glen Rose combine to make a great day trip or overnight stay. Fossil Rim is worth the price of admission in the area.

That should get you started. You can google those locations or just ask me and I probably know a neat place to stay, eat, or party.

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Head east to Jefferson:

http://www.jefferson-texas.com/

Sixty+ B&B's, antique and other shopping downtown. Different events throughout the year, but there's plenty to do on "normal" weekends.

From the website:

"Jefferson is a quaint small town featuring tour attractions reminiscent of its heyday. Its streets are lined with antique and gift shops stocked with unique treasures. Horse-drawn carriages and trolleys tour along the original brick streets. Just one block away from downtown are riverboat tours of Big Cypress Bayou, the same waterway once traveled by stern-wheelers. Evenings in town offer live theater productions, as well as a variety of dining choices. Retiring for the night in Jefferson offers the opportunity to experience any of the over 60 Bed and Breakfast establishments, including the Excelsior Hotel.

The City of Jefferson is perfect for a weekend get-a-way, a honeymoon spot, meeting/retreats, or a one-day family outing."

If you enjoy antiques, also consider Gladewater:

http://www.gladewaterchamber.com/

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10. Re: day trips/weekend getaways from DFW

Thanks!!!!!!! We are, in fact, very interested in antiques, as well as nature, so these are great leads!!!