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5 Relaxing Resorts in the Gulf Coast


Whether you’re seeking a wellness retreat or a rugged wilderness getaway, the Gulf Coast has a resort that you’ll love. These five relaxing getaway destinations showcase the Lone Star State’s signature hospitality.

Tapatio Springs Resort

Enjoy an upscale Lone Star State getaway at the Tapatio Springs Resort in San Antonio. This refined destination boasts a renowned golf course, a newly revamped clubhouse, locally sourced cuisine and live entertainment from local rising stars. This resort features pet-friendly lodging as well as a lengthy list of guided outdoor expeditions, including trips to the Cascade Caverns and The Cave Without a Name. Other adventure opportunities include horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and hiking the gorgeous Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Lake Austin Spa and Resort

Relax and refresh at the Lake Austin Spa and Resort. This tranquil retreat offers a range of wellness therapies, including Swedish deep tissue massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, coffee scrubs and detoxifying seaweed wraps. For more ways to melt away your stress, check out the resort’s many fitness workshops and enjoy a healthy, sustainably sourced meal at the Aster Cafe. You’re also welcome to take a dip in nearby Lake Austin, or spend a sunny afternoon paddleboarding, wakesurfing or pedalboarding.

Rio Guadalupe Resort

Take a walk — or swim — on the wild side at the Rio Guadalupe Resort in New Braunfels. You can rent a cabin or bring your RV to this outdoorsy, family friendly destination. Spanning 25 acres of gorgeous Hill Country wilderness, this resort offers access to a quarter-mile of the Guadalupe River. Thanks to onsite rentals for inner tube, canoes and kayaks, along with plenty of fishing opportunities, you’ll never run out of wet and wild fun. You can also check out the historic Gruene Hall for live entertainment, or bring the whole family to the Animal World Snake Farm and Zoo, located just a short drive away from the resort.

Isla Grand Resort

For a truly extraordinary experience, choose the Isla Grand Resort, located on South Padre Island. This gorgeous getaway is perched right on the island’s southern beach. It’s the perfect spot for soaking up the sun, watching the dolphins frolic, surfing and enjoying both bay and deep-sea fishing. Guests of all ages will love the thrill rides at Beach Park and Gravity Park, as well as the majestic animals on display at Sea Turtle, Inc. The resort itself offers onsite nightlife, hot tubs, volleyball courts, tennis courts, a fitness center, activities for kids and live music. If you’re feeling hungry, try out the resort’s beachfront burger shack or the lively Quarterdeck Lounge, which features live, local talent.

Pelican Bay Resort

Enjoy a fun, family-friendly getaway at the Pelican Bay Resort in Rockport. This destination offers a relaxed, casual atmosphere with available rental cottages that boast waterfront views of the Aransas Bay. This pet-friendly resort is located within walking distance of a 450-foot-long lighted fishing pier. Best of all, it’s located just a few minutes away from the Lone Star State’s first certified Blue Wave Beach. This designation is reserved for the nation’s cleanest, most accessible and swimmable beaches. It’s also close to the heart of downtown Rockport, renowned for its quirky, quaint shopping.

From beaches and lakes to the beauty of untamed Hill Country landscapes, you’re sure to make lasting memories at these destinations.

This article is presented by Pegues Hurst Ford.
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