Memorial Day weekend may not be the official start of summer, but it sure feels like it. Here’s your ideal three-day opportunity to start the season off right—under the sun, on a boat, in the water or high above the city—and raise the bar for the rest of your summer excursions. Get hot in these haute 5 outer-city locales, sure to rank above par for your party.
Party Cove on Lake Lewisville
The equivalent to boating on Bourbon Street, Lake Lewisville’s “Party Cove” is an all-summer hotspot for good looking people wanting to have a good time. Yacht and boat owners leave the 121 pier and head out to the cove congregation, tethering up to one another so party goers can traipse from one floating venue to the next, sipping champagne and meeting new people. Note to newcomers: always a good idea to keep the onboard bathroom a private luxury.
Lake Lewisville/Pier 121 is located approx. 20 miles from Dallas at 1481 East Hill Park Road in Lewsiville, Texas
La Buena Vida Vineyards in Grapevine
Not surprisingly, Grapevine, Texas in a huge spot for vineyards and wineries. For the last ten years, La Buena Vida has cultivated some of the finest local wines from their vineyard out back, while hosting tastings and events in their Mediterranean-inspired courtyard (complete with misters, for those hot Texas days.) Listen to some live music while sipping on your Merlot, and watch the sun go down. Looking for a mid-week romp? On Wednesday, May 26th La Buena Vida is hosting a Latin Experience evening, with a Latin American style buffet, South American wine tastings and salsa lessons.
La Buena Vida Vineyards is located approx 30 miles from Dallas at 416 E College Street in Grapevine, Texas
Wise Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn in Jefferson City, Texas
Jefferson City, an East Texas gem known as the “Riverport to the Southwest,” is also known as the bed and breakfast capitol of Texas, so feel free to explore your options. The Wise Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, however, is one of the oldest and most nostalgic homes in the city, a perfect backdrop while enjoying a ride on an open air riverboat, steam engine train or horse drawn carriage. Feeling lucky? With only 30 miles separating you from Shreveport, Louisiana, you can easily get some gambling in too.
The Wise Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn is located approx. 145 miles from Dallas at 312 Houston Street in Jefferson City, Texas
Texas Hill Country/Austin
The Texas Hill Country is possibly our best kept secret. Centrally nestled in the heart of our state, the area is full of rolling hills and steep vantage points, not to mention plenty of river space for tubing in New Braunfels (try the Comal, the horseshoe-shaped stretch of river that only takes about three hours to tube, versus the Guadalupe.) For a quaint, in-the-thick-of-it experience, stay in Fredericksburg at one of their numerous B&B’s, or for a more metropolitan stay choose the bright lights of Austin, also a stone’s throw from plenty of places to swim, fish, hike and hunt. It’s all a bit of a drive, but totally worth it.
For more information on the Texas Hill Country, visit www.texashillcountry.com
Echo Canyon Resort and Day Spa in Sulphur, Oklahoma
Close to Turner Falls, Texas, this luxury Oklahoma retreat has everything a body needs to do some serious relaxing. Choose from a huge selection of specialty massages at the Aloha Spa, enjoy accommodations in private cabin suites throughout the grounds (most include large Jacuzzi tubs,) all while surrounded by the lush greenery and waterfalls of the area.
Echo Canyon Resort and Day Spa is located approx. 130 miles from Dallas at 350 Lawton Avenue in Sulphur, Oklahoma