If you’re looking to plan a honeymoon in the U.S., Texas should be on the top of your list. There are a multitude of offerings for couples honeymooning in the state such as hotel packages geared towards newlyweds, private outdoor tours, speakeasy bars and tasting menus at intimate restaurants, world-renowned museums and so much more.
Before laying out all of the details for you, we turned to Chelsea Hartnett of Travel Texas to get insider expertise. She says, “In addition to the beautiful hotels and accommodations across the state, the diversity of experiences available is what makes a romantic trip or honeymoon to Texas so attractive.” Whether it is a stay in a private casita outside of Big Bend National Park or tours and wine tastings throughout the Texas Hill Country, there is an opportunity for every type of honeymooner.
Meet the Expert
Chelsea Hartnett is a communications specialist at Travel Texas.
Hartnett also tells Brides that couples may not realize how easy it is to visit multiple destinations within the state, especially the major cities, which are all within a four-hour drive from each other. “The centrality of these major hubs allows for couples to have multiple experiences while in destination, including both bustling city centers with high-luxury offerings to truly off-the-grid accommodations and experiences.”
Read on for more information on the average cost of a honeymoon in Texas, the best seasons to visit, and the best hotels to stay in while you’re there.
Texas Honeymoon Cost
The average price of a resort in Texas ranges anywhere from $100-$350 per night. The full cost of a honeymoon in Texas can range vastly based on the length of stay, what type of activities you add to your trip, where you dine out, or how you’re getting there. For example, are you road tripping or flying? And which is the least expensive option from where you’re based?
Best Seasons to Visit Texas
“While Texas’ temperate climate makes for great year-round travel, both fall and spring are wonderful times to visit due to not only the beautiful weather, but also the experiences available during those months,” explains Hartnett. This includes a stunning array of wildflowers in bloom to fun festivals in various regions of the state.
Keep reading for the 14 best hotels for a Texas honeymoon.
The current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As the situation remains fluid, we’ll be sharing tips and stories from industry experts to give you of-the-moment advice and help you navigate wedding planning today. For the most up-to-date guidelines and latest on travel restrictions and requirements, check the CDC and U.S. Department of State websites.
This private retreat brings a new level of glamour and whimsical soul to Austin. Located on 10 secluded acres in the heart of Austin, the resort’s venues and accommodations give couples space to connect with one another—whether they’re planning a wedding, celebrating a milestone anniversary, or just creating romantic moments with one another. From the quaint chapel and the ornate mansion to the charming gardens and spacious lawns, this historic country estate creates the ideal setting.
The remote ranch resort is set on 13,000 acres of wide-open space with ancient oak trees in Texas Hill Country—making it a secluded retreat for honeymooners. The ranch offers 32 accommodations including 16 standalone cabins, a main lodge (fireplaces, a game room and bar/wine tasting room included), cozy fire pits, a pool and hot tub, intimate spa, and fun themed dinner nights. Memorable experiences include thrilling ATV adventures, horseback riding, wine tasting classes with the resort’s two sommeliers, spa treatments, and cowboy cookouts beneath the twinkling Texas stars. Couples can also book a customized “Sunset Picnic” with a chef-curated picnic basket and blanket for a cozy and private sunset viewing.
The Plaza Hotel is one of the Southwest’s gems—it originally opened its doors in the 1930s as the El Paso Hilton and was a place to see and be seen for the Hollywood elite. The Lone Star Lovers package includes luxe accommodations, a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, hand-crafted bonbons by a chocolatier and pastry chef, daily breakfast for two, and access to La Perla, the former site of Liz Taylor’s penthouse and now a rooftop bar and restaurant with views of Ciudad Juarez and greater El Paso. Newlyweds with a taste for agave can also enjoy North America’s largest agave spirits collection at Ámbar and, just within walking distance, the historic Plaza Theatre, El Paso Museum of Art, and other local attractions.
The inaugural property of the prestigious Rosewood Hotels & Resorts collection located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek provides a luxurious escape for honeymooners. The hotel’s dining outlets include the Mansion Restaurant and known “date night” spot, The Mansion Bar, both offering a romantic ambiance with seasonal dishes. For couples that want to take advantage of the newly-designed suites, which are some of the largest in the city, can book the penthouse through the Suite Sojourn package that provides up to 50% off the best available rate.
Situated in Downtown’s Second Street District, Austin Proper Hotel is where the vision of designer Kelly Wearstler meets the culinary creativity of Austin tastemaker McGuire Moorman Hospitality to bring 244 rooms and suites, four settings for dining and drink, and an array of luxury amenities to life. The Proper Suite spans 92 square meters and offers a king-size bed, a living and dining room, a shower and standalone soaking tub-with-a-view, and vistas of the city and lake via panoramic windows and a balcony.
Known as Dallas’ first luxury hotel, The Adolphus is an icon for Texas hospitality with history at every turn. The hotel offers a destination spa with a terrace overlooking downtown, a rooftop pool and cabanas, five food and beverage concepts, and spacious suite layouts. The French Room has been one of the most revered names in Texas fine dining for more than a century, with marble floors and candy-colored twin Italian Murano Glass chandeliers. The sultry chic French Room Bar is the perfect hideaway for a honeymoon nightcap, or to wind down to music surrounded by artwork.
Couples can stay in the heart of the city’s 2nd Street District at the luxurious W Austin, just steps away from sights, shopping and entertainment galore. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Trace, is one of the city’s culinary hot spots, while The Living Room Bar is a popular gathering spot for canapes and cocktails. Couples looking to splurge can stay in the hotel’s EWOW Presidential Suite, or one of the many luxury suites offering a stunning view of either Lady Bird Lake or downtown Austin.
Lakeway Resort & Spa is nestled on Lake Travis in the midst of Texas Hill Country. The serene destination is a great choice for honeymooning couples with plenty of activities to explore in and around the resort. Enjoy an adults-only pool oasis with a swim-up bar, a variety of delicious food and beverage outlets, and relaxing treatments at the onsite spa. The hotel also offers access to lake life with sailing, boating, fishing, and other water activities to enjoy together. For an elevated experience, book the Mansfield Lake Suite with romantic lake views, private balcony, dining room, living area and a king-sized bedroom.
Located in the largest continuous arts district in the country, HALL Arts Hotel is an art-inspired property that radiates romance. The property features a diverse collection of thoughtful art pieces, along with a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, in-room wellness treatments, and world-class eatery, Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge. The property is also home to one of Dallas’ top suites, the Grand Finale Suite, with an impressive collection of photography, fairy-tale views of the neighborhood, and plenty of room to relax.
Following a recent $30 million renovation, The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa is DFW’s must-see wellness destination. Located just north of Dallas, the property offers new resort amenities for couples to enjoy including a relaxing pool area with luxury cabanas, golf pro shop, TopGolf Swing Suite, Well & Being Spa, and three Southern-influenced eateries. Honeymooners can enjoy an outdoor yoga lawn and exclusive access to 18 holes of golf at the adjacent Stonebriar Country Club. There's also a Peloton Guest Room with in-room stationary bikes and stunning views of the property.
The Hotel Granduca overlooks 227 scenic acres of the area’s Wild Basin Preserve and is romantic in design, offering a luxurious, sophisticated, and secluded environment reminiscent of an Italian Villa. While central in location and only a close jaunt to Austin's great restaurants and experiences, Hotel Granduca is removed from the bustle of downtown and is the perfect place for romance, with packages geared towards honeymooners, in particular the "Amore—Romantic Getaway." The package includes a 3-course candlelight dinner for two in Visconti Ristorante; complimentary room upgrade based on availability at check-in; a bottle of Trinitas wine; breakfast for two; and more.
Featuring spacious suites with cityscape views from the standalone bathtub, six diverse onsite dining concepts, couples massages and treatments at the Pure Spa, and the world’s largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river for optimal relaxation, the centrally located Marriott Marquis Houston serves as home base for couples seeking a romantic honeymoon. Recently launching a summer series of adult-friendly pool party programming, newlyweds in the mood to celebrate their nuptials can raise a glass atop the hotel’s rooftop, Parkview Terrace, where creative cocktails can be found at the High Dive and Skybar.
Adventurous newlyweds can kick off their marriage cowboy-style on a romantic honeymoon in Fort Worth, a city known for its funky spirit and true Texas grit. Couples can stay at the brand-new Hotel Drover, an Autograph Collection property that stylishly pays homage to Fort Worth’s Western roots with rustic-luxe suites featuring chic soaking bathtubs, romantic in-room fireplaces, and Americana décor. Just outside the hotel’s doors, the captivating Historic Stockyards District is home to one of the world’s last-remaining cattle drives, weekly rodeos, and trendy restaurants serving innovative Texan cuisine, like local chef Marcus Paslay’s Provender Hall.
Just outside the center of Terlingua, Texas the Willow House is a desert retreat nearby Big Bend National Park. This unique casita is the place to stay for honeymooners who want to unwind while taking in unobstructed views of the Chisos Mountain Range. The property uses a communal style of hospitality, which allows couples to cook, mix a cocktail, and meet new people in the Main House while also enjoying their own private accommodations.