If you live around Austin or are just visiting the city, here are 5 group weekend getaways near Austin that you and your friends can visit by car. And if your entourage won’t fit into a single car, car renting a minibus or charter bus out of Austin to transport everyone there and back without any hassles. These places are perfect for groups of people who want to spend a relaxing weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
1. Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Texas is a historical city, home to Alamo and four other Spanish colonial missions which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Aside from these structures, you can also visit the McNay Art Museum and the Witte Museum for a taste of the area’s culture and arts, or have a fun-filled weekend at the Six Flags and San Antonio Zoo. For your accommodations, stay at Hotel Emma, a luxury hotel located at the Pear District. It is conveniently close to most of the tourist spots in San Antonio, so it’s easy to go from one place to another. Plus, the hotel used to be a 19th century brew house, which makes the architecture very interesting.
2. The Cotton Palace in Waco, Texas
There are a lot of things to do and attractions to visit while you’re in Waco, Texas. You can visit the Cameron Park Zoo, the Dr. Pepper Museum, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Waco Mammoth National Monument. Or you can visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos to shop for home décor. Another interesting place to visit while in Waco, Texas is the Homestead Heritage. It is a 500-acre community that showcases local crafts and foods. During your getaway weekend, stay at the Cotton Palace in Waco, Texas. It is a southern bed and breakfast that’s located just a couple of minutes away from Magnolia Market.
3. The Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg, Texas
If you want a weekend getaway dedicated to wine tasting, then Fredericksburg, Texas is the destination for you. The German heritage town is famous for its wineries, such as Grape Creek Vineyards, where you can sample wines all day. Aside from wine tasting, you can also hike at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area or go shopping on Main Street. During the weekend, you can stay at the Hoffman Haus, a luxury bed and breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas that will take you back in time with its vintage-looking rooms and countryside views.
4. The Omni Corpus Christi Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas
When in Corpus Christi, Texas, the best way to spend your day is by the beach, lounging on the sand by the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. You can even camp overnight with your friends: campfire, s’mores and stargazing. What could be better? Aside from the beach, you can also visit the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, the Selena Museum, and the Padre Island National Seashore and Mustang Island State Park. If camping is not your thing, you can always stay at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel where you can have a beautiful view of the bay.
5. Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas
Just like Corpus Christi, Galveston, Texas is a town by the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It has 32 miles of beaches that both tourists and locals love. You can also have a fun-filled day going on rides at the Historic Pleasure Pier. Aside from the beaches and pier, one of the most popular destinations in Galveston is the Moody Gardens, which consists of an aquarium, a rainforest pyramid, a 4D theater and more. While in town, you can stay at Hotel Galvez, a historical hotel built originally in 1911. It has now been updated with modern luxuries that will ensure a relaxing getaway for you and your friends.