Now that the weather is starting to cool off and the leaves are turning into a rainbow of colors, there’s no better time to hit the road for a quick getaway. Here are five of the best places, less than two hours away from DFW, where you can have a cozy vacay and soak up the vibrant fall foliage.
420 Grand Ave.
Glen Rose, TX 76043
The 50-mile drive from Fort Worth to Glen Rose down Highway 67 is a scenic one at any time of the year, but even more so during fall when red oaks, sumac and elm cast a spectrum of colors over the area. And the best way to enjoy nature’s glory is by staying at Country Woods Inn, a property nestled in the woods along the Paluxy River. Accommodations, which start at $100 a night, range from a large main lodge to secluded cabins and even a restored railroad car. You can easily stay entertained here without leaving the property. There’s everything from biking and hiking to canoeing and fishing right out the door. You can also stroll down the road to Glen Rose’s historic downtown filled with quaint shops and restaurants. Of course, no trip to the area would be complete without a visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center or Dinosaur Valley State Park.
110 Anderson County Road
Palestine, TX 75803
East Texas is the best area in the state for fall colors, and a great way to enjoy it is by taking a weekend train excursion between Palestine and Rusk on the Texas Star Railroad. For lodging and dining, you can’t beat the charming ambiance of the Sabor Country House, where you’ll find beautifully appointed rooms and cabins in a stunning vineyard setting starting at $150 nightly. While you’re at the inn, try to get in on one of chef Simon Webster’s cooking classes. Or have a go at hooking a 200-pound trophy alligator gar with Garzilla Guide Service. And don’t miss seeing the fall color show at the Davey Dogwood Park where the dogwoods turn deep red for the season.
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307 W. Elm St.
Winnsboro, TX 75494
Winnsboro, only around 75 miles east of Dallas, is so beautiful during the fall that it holds an annual Autumn Trails festival every weekend during the month of October. Arts and crafts, cookouts, trail rides, antique car parades and classic car shows are just a few of the activities going on during the month-long celebration. An ideal place to spend the night is at Thee Hubbell House, a beautiful southern plantation estate. Here you can choose from five gorgeous rooms inside of the stately mansion or from one of the rooms in a carriage house located on the property. Rates start at $94 a night. For dining, try the delicious South African cuisine at Liefie Li Vine, open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
975 Country Road
Pittsburg, TX 75686
Around 20 scenic miles up the road east of Winnsboro is the town of Pittsburg, where you’ll find everything from antique shops and museums to wineries and vineyards. The entire area is perfect for leaf peeping during the fall. But you’ll find some of the most stunning foliage at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park. The spectrum of color from the oaks, maple, hickory, redbud and pine make for an ideal photo opt. After a day of sightseeing, relax in one of the luxurious cottages at the Lavender Mermaid Farm, and wake up to a delicious gourmet breakfast in a lovely countryside setting for $119 and up.
120 Clifton Art Alley
Clifton, TX 76634
For something a bit offbeat, consider spending the night in an old 1930s jail cell situated in Clifton’s historic downtown district—around 90 miles from DFW. This decked-out jail house comes complete with a rooftop patio, a gas fire pit, a vintage record player and even a pair of handcuffs. A night of solitary confinement here will only set you back $155 on weekdays or $175 on weekends. During your incarceration, you might enjoy visiting Clifton’s art galleries, antique shops and wineries. There are also two fun festivals taking place during the fall— Clifton’s Fallfest on Saturday, October 18 and the Norse Smorgasbord banquet, featuring a feast of Norwegian specialties, on November 12 and 13.
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