I don’t know about you, but this pandemic has me growing weary of my 800 square foot apartment and longing for an adventure. As Texas starts to reopen, now is the time to begin planning a safe weekend or summer getaway.
I’ve traveled quite a bit globally and I often like to choose accommodation that is out of the ordinary. So, if you’re ready for a unique experience, check out the following places to stay in our great state of Texas.
FlopHouze Shipping Containers, Round Top TX, opens a new window: Containers now hold people, not just belongings.
The “Flophouze Fleet” has 6 containers, sleeping anywhere from 2 to 4 people and ranging from $175-$200 per night. They also have a few larger units that can accommodate 8-10 people.
For the Antiques Enthusiast, the town of Round Top TX has a lot to offer. In addition to having many “one of a kind” antique shops, twice a year (April and October) they host the very popular Original Round Top Antiques Show. This is definitely on my bucket list. For more information visit https://www.roundtoptexasantiques.com/
Cypress Valley Treehouses, Spicewood TX, opens a new window: If sleeping on ground level isn’t your thing, you may want to try sleeping in a treehouse. It’s not just for kids anymore and can transport you back to your childhood. 4 of the units sleep 2 people each and one can accommodate 6 people. Prices range from $250-$650 per night.
If you’re feeling daring, you may want to try their Canopy Tours when they’re back up and running. Guided tours are available for “individuals, groups, families, or companies”, and include 5 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, and a rappel and last from 90 minutes to two hours. Great for the adrenaline junkie in you.
Luxury Yurt Rental, Wimberley, TX, opens a new window: If being Eco-friendly is a priority, a round, canvas covered Yurt may fit the bill. Originating in Turkey and Mongolia, the Yurt was used by Nomads and they were made of animal skins on a collapsible frame, so they could pack up and move quickly. These days, Yurts are much more luxurious and part of the new “glamping” scene. This one sleeps 4 people and has a private bath and kitchen.
Outside of the Yurt, you’ll find a variety of activities close-by including swimming, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and wine-tasting.
The Antlers Inn Train Cars, Kingsland TX (Texas Hill Country), opens a new window: Once actual working rail cars, they are part of a historic hotel that was built in 1901 to house tourists coming to the area by train. You can choose from “three identical cabooses or a wooden rail car that have been restored to their original framework. They have many of the modern amenities and are fun for the whole family.
Situated on Lake LBJ, this resort is near a variety of activities that appeal to a broad clientele:
- Watersports and boat rentals
- Nature hikes
Basecamp Terlingua, Terlingua TX, opens a new window: Last but not least, if you’re looking for a “one of a kind” experience, you need to try the “Bubbles” at Basecamp Terlingua. They come with either one bed
or two, and contain many of the modern conveniences; however, the best feature of all is the panoramic view of Big Bend. Because they are so unique, they book up months in advance, so keep that in mind and book early.
If you’re unable to stay in one of the Bubbles, there are other interesting options available including: Tipis, Casitas, Retro Trailers, Lotus tents and campsites. For more information, check out: https://basecampterlingua.com/ or https://basecampterlingua.com/bubbles/, opens a new window
If none of these places strike your fancy, there are many more out there to explore. In all your travels remember to stay safe and continue to follow the CDC recommended travel guidelines.