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10 Weekend Getaways for You and Your Family

Oct 29, 2014 07:00AM ● By Kevin

Bronze statue of Charles Barnard and his wife Juana, created by local artist Robert Summers. Photo courtesy of Pete unseth

In September, we took to Facebook to find out your favorite weekend getaway and day trip destinations. We received quite a few responses, and now it's time to share the results. Last week, we showed you your favorite day trip spots. Below, we've included 10 destinations to choose from for your next weekend getaway.

If you like getting out and about, there's still time to celebrate the season. Make sure you check out our 2014 Mansfield Area Pumpkin Patch Guide and our 2014 Mansfield Area Trunk-or-Treat Guide, too.

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Bronze statue of Charles Barnard and his wife Juana, created by local artist Robert Summers. Photo courtesy of Pete unseth

Distance from Mansfield: 1 hour (50 miles)
Synopsis: Categorized as one of the top 10 great weekend getaways in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Potential activities include 
kayaking, safari, hunting for dinosaur fossils, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, wildlife spotting (such as black rhinoceros and Arabian onyx, horseback riding, golf, camping, antique shopping, bluegrass festivals, hunting, rodeo, dining, and arts and entertainment activities.

Thanks to Lori Wehling, Kendra's Kreations, and Katie Buchok for the suggestion.

Surfside Beach

Distance from Mansfield: 4 hours, 48 minutes (306 miles)
Synopsis: A small town on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, activities include fishing, surfing, shopping, beach bum horse rides, golf cart rental, water slides, surf kites, surf lessons, kayak rentals, chair and umbrella rentals for relaxation, bicycle rentals, boogie board rentals, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, life-size chess, margarita machine rentals, boating, birding, shelling, and historic sites like Fort Velasco.

Thanks to April Blackburn-Cantu for the suggestion.


Distance from Mansfield: 4 hours (230 miles)
Synopsis: There is plenty to do in Fredericksburg. Stay at a hotel, cabin, resort, or bed and breakfast to begin your getaway, and then trail off to discover a plethora of wine (you can even take wine tours). There are also lots of restaurants, shops, art, history parks, scenic drives, and golf to enjoy in Fredericksburg. Visit the Enchanted Rock or host a special event, and so much more.

Thanks to Lori Wehling for the suggestion.

College Station

George Bush Library and Museum at College Station. Photo courtesy of Jujutacular via Creative Commons

Distance from Mansfield: 2 hours, 45 minutes (166 miles)
Synopsis: Home of Texas A&M University, the city defines itself on a "hometown feel" with "big city features." The Northgate District features great local cuisine and nightlife, including plenty of shops, bars, and eateries. Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater is an outdoor concert venue that also features a Christmas at the Creek event every December. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. There are 52 parks covering more than 1,400 acres. Activities at the park include tennis, basketball, swimming, hiking, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, walking/jogging nature trails, skate park and bike trails.

Thanks to Jerry-Robin Pendleton and Karen Hammonds Abernathy for the suggestion.

Beaver's Bend State Park - (Leave a Review)
& The Rainmaker Cabin - (Leave a Review)

Photo courtesy of Billy Hathorn

Distance from Mansfield: 3 hours, 45 minutes (229 miles)
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Synopsis: "The scenic beauty of Beavers Bend Resort Park makes it one of Oklahoma's most popular resort areas," according to its website. Beavers Bend Resort Park includes Beavers Bend State Park, Hochatown State Park, Lakeview Lodge and Cedar Creek Golf Course. Activities include RV/tent camping, trout fishing, nature center, gift shop, museum, and private concessions. 

As recommended by one of our readers, The Rainmaker Cabin (in Broken Bow, Okla.) is a relaxing choice to spend the weekend near the state park. 
It has two master suites with king beds and sitting areas. There is also a sectional sofa with full size pull-out bed and two twin Simmons Beautysleep foldaway beds with memory foam mattresses. The Rainmaker Cabin has a four person outdoor hot tub, wrap-around covered porch, charcoal grill, firepit and a hammock. Plenty more is included, so check out the cabin website for more information.

Thanks to Paige Roper White and Lori Walker Hargrove for the suggestions.

Wildcatter Ranch - (Leave a Review)

Distance from Mansfield: 2 hours (109 miles)
Synopsis: According to its website, "There's a place not too far away where you can the see the stars, you can listen to the coyotes and maybe just hear your own thoughts a little clearer. Riding a gentle horse over a Texas pasture, going on hike or just watching the sunset makes you forget about everything else. Take yourself or someone special to rediscover the beauty of the country." Stay over night, celebrate a special event, host a meeting, eat at the Dinner Bell at Wildcatter Ranch, or choose from plenty of activities like horseback riding, feed the cattle on a wagon ride, sport clay shooting, historical Jeep tours, archery, and hiking.

Thanks to Beth Ganser Gongre for the suggestion.


"Once Upon a Time" Cast bronze scupture by artist Ronnie Wells. Photo courtesy of

Distance from Mansfield: 2 hours, 5 minutes (129 miles)
Synopsis: According to its website, "Nestled in the heart of Central Texas is the beautiful Village of Salado. Immersed in history, this small Texas town has everything." Main street features more than 60 shops and art galleries, which include fine art, antiques, pottery, crafts, collectibles, Americana, southwest/south-of-the-border decor, handcrafted furniture, trendy/exclusive fashions, and gourmet foods and wines. Places to stay include hotels, bed and breakfast, cottages, RV/tent campgrounds, and conference facilities. Guests can also host special events in Salado. Other activities include hunting, golf, festivals, the Central Texas Area Museum, parks and lakes.

Thanks to Carrie Watkins Myers for the suggestion.


Seawall Benches and Pleasure Pier. Photo courtesy of Patrick Feller

 Distance from Mansfield: 4 hours, 33 minutes (292 miles)
Synopsis: "Warm breezes and year-round temperate seas compliment the city's rich historic districts, award-winning restaurants, unique attractions, and bustling shops," its website explains. It's known as the Playground of the South, with beaches, family attractions, historic architecture, and outdoor adventure. Head over to the Visitor's Center first, which offers tons of information to supplement your weekend getaway. Big attractions include Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, and The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

Thanks to Althea Portillo-Pencek for the suggestion.


Distance from Mansfield: 3 hours, 32 minutes (219 miles)
Synopsis: Activities include: 
berry picking, bicycling, cooking classes, birding, horseback riding, fishing, tours, dancing, theatre, wine tasting, hiking, movies, miniature golf, water skiing, Wimberley's Market Days, river floating, swimming, bingo, zip lining, and more. Plenty of shopping, lodging, dining, kids activities, arts, entertainment, and music to enjoy.

Thanks to Kathleen M. Depweg for the suggestion.

Lake Travis

Lake Travis Beach. Photo courtesy of Crankyrabbit via Creative Commons.

Distance from Mansfield: 3 hours (181 miles)
Synopsis: According to its website, "
Lake Travis is 63.75 miles long, and its maximum width is 4.5 miles. The lake covers 18,929 acres, and its capacity is 1,953,936 acre-feet." Visit one of 17 communities for tons of activities in the area. Entertainment includes arts, boating, camps, cooking, craft breweries, fishing, parks and beaches, live music, pubs, marinas, restaurants, outdoors activities and sports, vineyards, water parks, wine, ziplining, and shopping. Find lodging at area bed and breakfast locations, hotels, RV and camp sites, and vacation rentals.

Thanks to Yvetta Dittmer for the suggestion.

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