3 Must-Try Texas Getaways For Foodies And Wine Lovers

Connoisseurs of fine food and wine often cite one characteristic that is shared with the best wines and foods all
over the world — simplicity. For the foodie and wine lovers of Texas, living in the Lone Star State offers simplicity at its best. Weekend Texas getaways abound, and very few areas of the state shine as brightly as the Texas Hill Country.

If you are serious about your love of great food and fantastic wine, here are three getaways that need to be on your “must-try” list:

Blue Bell Ice Cream in Brenham, Texas – A few simple ingredients come together to create the wonder that is ice cream, and few places do it better than Blue Bell. Opening its doors in 1907, Blue Bell Ice Cream has been a standard-bearer for ice cream aficionados for over a century. Making a trip to taste Blue Bell at its home headquarters in Brenham, Texas is an essential foodie trek.

Jersey Barnyard in La Grange, Texas – Foodie folks are major proponents being able to taste the essence of the food they eat and knowing where their food came from. This is the foundation of the farm-to-market movement, and it does not get much more natural and farm fresh than the food and milk to be had at the Jersey Barnyard. Four generations of the same family anchor a farm that welcomes visitors to not only take tours of their land but to also participate in the farm’s activities.

The Texas Blue Bonnet Wine Trail – Six wineries located between I-45 and US Hwy 290 have come together to form a wine lover’s dream weekend excursion. With close proximity to major cities such as Austin and Houston, and scenic drives from Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio, the trail showcases what Texas has to offer in terms of its natural beauty and its steadily growing reputation as a wine powerhouse.

Bonus: Royer’s Roundtop Cafe in Round Top, Texas – Dessert is a little gift at the end of an amazing meal. In the case of Royer’s Roundtop Cafe, they specialize in pie. It’s a simple food that can be perplexing to prepare well. When done right, it can be divine, and Royer’s is one of the best in Texas. It’s foodie nirvana by the slice and the perfect food to pair with the right wine.

Texas getaways need not be thought of as ways to drive for hours and see nothing before reaching your destination. The Lone Star State is full of fun trips for food and wine lovers alike, especially those with an adventurous spirit.

This Is What No One Tells You About Florida

Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Its sandy beaches and theme parks are always brimming with tourists. Be it college students eager for scary roller coaster rides or newlyweds looking for a romantic dinner on a moonlit beach, everyone’s dream place is Florida. But you’ll be surprised that there’s more to Florida than that.

Here are some facts and magical places in Florida which I bet this is no one told you about:

1. Florida has a rich cultural heritage: Florida is home to America’s oldest city – St. Augustine and the Native American Seminole tribe. Guess where the Kennedy Space Center is? Florida! “The Greatest Show on Earth” – the Ringling Circus is also based in Florida. St. Augustine has an alligator farm which opened in 1893!

2. Is summer the best time to be in Florida? Turns out, it’s the worst time to do touristy things in Florida. May to September is really hot and humid but unfortunately, that’s where everyone heads to Florida. What’s the best time, you ask? The ideal weather is either mid-October to late November or March to early May. So plan your trip over Thanksgiving or spring break.

3. Wild Life, anyone? Here’s a safari park with walking and cycling trails. Spend time with alligators and bisons and head onwards to an introspective stroll. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy (near Gainesville) is a National Natural Landmark.

4. What can one man do? Visit Solomon’s Castle in Ona, FL to witness a legendary architecture created single-handedly by one man. Great place to find some inspiration to follow your own dreams.

5. Floridan etiquette: Along with your dirving license, don’t forget to carry your rental car contract to avoid running into police. If you’re taking a taxi or dining out, don’t the tip fall below 15%.

6. Looking for friends? Good news is that Florida is one of the friendliest states in America. Odds are against rude encounters and unhelpful passersby.

7. In search of spirituality? Visit the 12th-century Spanish monastery with a very interesting history. In the 1920s, it was purchased by William Randolph Hearst who tried to move it to California but failed because of shipping complications. A successful attempt was made again in the ’60s when the monestry was moved piece by piece to North Miami Beach.

8. Forget the beach, let’s explore some caves: Explore some air-filled caves in the Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna. The limestone caverns were formed over time, as water seeped into and dissolved local bedrock. Once you’re done with the caves, the park also offers hiking and horse trails, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping and dancing to the tz anthem! It’s like hitting a holiday jackpot.

9. Swimming underground? Everyone swims in lakes and pools but few venture to swim underground. This underground swimming hole in Williston, is a gift of nature. Best part: it’s open for scuba diving and snorkeling.

The Reasons Why We Love Beach Resorts

Beach resorts are the ultimate destination for families of all ages seeking fun in the sun. We all love a beach holiday for reasons more than one. We list out a few.

A Perfect Getaway From The City

A beach resort is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. You get to enjoy some calm and quiet, far away from the mad rush of daily life.

Indulge in Fun Activities

You also get to indulge in a lot of fun activities. Most beach resorts organises a number of sports activities on the beach as well as within the resort.

The Ultimate in Luxury

Some of the top-notch beach resorts are the ultimate in luxury. They will have luxurious rooms and suites, with all the modern amenities to pamper you to the fullest.

Beach Resorts Are For The Entire Family

Kids too love them as they also get to have fun engaging in a whole lot of wonderfully exhilarating activities. They even offer vacation package deals targeting the family crowd.

Unwind on the Beach or Near The Pool

At the beach resort, you can unwind on the beach or near the pool at the resort. You can enjoy a swim with your friends at the swimming pool and have a few good drinks at the pool bar. If you love the beach more than the pool, take a dip and then relax on the beach, soaking in the soothing scenery.

Catch Your Fish and Eat It Too

You can also go fishing as most resorts offer this facility to their guests. There’s nothing better than the taste of a freshly caught fish. Some of the resorts offer this facility where you get to catch your fish and eat it, too. The chefs at the resort will prepare your catch, seasoned to perfection.

Adventure Junkies’ Delight

At beach resorts you get to indulge in all kinds of adventure sports activities like snorkelling, river rafting, parasailing, and more.

The Ultimate Romantic Holiday

For a totally stress-free and sublimely relaxing honeymoon, there is nothing better than this. The romantic beaches, sunset cruises, and short distance boat rides make it as the ultimate destination for honeymooners.

Gourmets’ Choice

From unlimited land and water sports to gourmet dining choices for every palate, you get it all at one place.

Unleash the Explorer in You

If you love to have some fun during your stay at the resort you can go for day trips to explore the place and then come back to the beach for relaxation.