A fisherman casts his line into the water. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

A fisherman casts his line into the water. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Summer is upon us, and for many this means a time to kick back and escape hectic city weeks and narrow our multitasking down to one simple thing — kicking back and taking in some fresh, country air, sampling some local live music and meals or delving into the backstory of a historic hideaway. Here are a few memorable getaway destinations a pair of hours or less from the metroplex.

Inn on the Creek
602 Center Circle
Salado, TX 76571
(254) 947-5554

Salado is the most eye-catching small town along IH 35 from Dallas to Austin. Set up in view of the highway, Salado is blooming with boutiques, arts, crafts, flavor and pathways to stroll. With historic jewels like the Stagecoach Inn, dozed in by the likes of Jesse James and other notorious passers-through, this town has its own flavor of chic, spice and the experimental stewed together to make a fantastically aesthetic weekend.

The Wildwood Inn
2602 Lillian Miller Parkway
Denton, TX 76210
(940) 243-4919

Denton can brag about being both city and country at the same time. With the young crowd brought in from UNT, Denton has its own live music scene and is inundated in the arts. Denton is also horse country, with breeders, stables and equine activities that bring in millions of dollars to the community every year. With its historic courthouse acting as a centerpiece for the downtown area, concerts, antique shopping, food and festivities rotate around the square. This is the weekend getaway for those who enjoy a blend of relaxation with some youthful adventure.

House of the Seasons
409 S. Alley St.
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-8000

Need to stretch those legs? Weekend getaways without a few leisurely walks are paradoxical. Jefferson prides itself as being a town built for pedestrians, with easy access to delicacies, coffee, stores and even a scenic river all within walking distance. Historic railcar and home tours abound here. Need to stretch farther? Spread those wings out to the enchanting Caddo Lake, just east of Jefferson, for some refreshment.

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Cabins in Warren Woods 
3130 Classen Road
Davis, OK 73030
(580) 369-2125

About a two-hour drive from DFW, the Turner Falls/Davis, Oklahoma area is steeped in fresh waters and lovely landscapes. Nestled near Arbuckle Mountain, the area is home to Lake of the Arbuckles, as well as captivating Turner Falls, a favorite amongst fans of summer swimming. After enjoying the water and the foliage, there are cultural sites to explore. This area is home to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Chickasaw Cultural Areas, perfect for taking in knowledge of the area’s rich heritage. The cherry on top is the Treasure Valley Gaming Center, a casino with just the right amount of excitement and fun.

Inn of Many Faces Bed and Breakfast
412 W. Morton St.
Denison, TX 75020
(903) 465-4639

Lake Texoma, about an hour and a half northeast of Dallas, proves just how great the outdoors can be. Holding hands with both Texas and Oklahoma, the vistas here combine the wildlife and wild spirits of both states. Not far from a National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Texoma is part of Eisenhower State Park, named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose birthplace is just down the road in Denison, Texas. Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site is open to the public, demonstrating that small towns can also produce the cream of the crop.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.