Everything is bigger in Texas, which means you’ll need as much vacation time as possible to explore its cities, landmarks and natural spaces. The best cottages in Texas are those which keep you close to the best sites, yet still offer that laid-back vibe you need to truly relax. Discover some of the State of Lone Star’s quieter accommodations and feel at home sweet home on the range in the best cottages in Texas – bookable on Culture Trip.
If you’ve got more kids than luggage joining you on holiday, then this Woodlands home is one of the best cottages in Texas for you and your family. Play Street Museum and Forest Oasis Waterpark are just two of the family-friendly attractions nearby. Four bedrooms give all of the kids their own space, leaving you and your spouse to curl up by the fireplace or enjoy a cocktail in the garden with zero interruptions – for a few moments, at least.
See what everyday life is like in the best cottages in Texas with a few nights at this one-bedroom abode. 1,200sqft (111sqm) offers ample room for four and the three bathrooms make the close quarters even more comfortable. Throttle down your pace and relax at Belton Lake nearby. With restaurants a short drive away and a balcony fit for late-night cocktails and conversation, this cozy townhome will make you feel right at home.
There’s more to Austin than just the barbeque, craft beer and an awesome downtown. This three-bedroom cottage – 8mi (12.8km) south of the Texas Capitol – invites you to come swing under pecan trees and take it as easy as the Texas breeze. Your seven-person crew can explore the hip boutiques and clubs around South Congress on foot. Every night, you’ll return home to a full kitchen for cooking up munchies and an outdoor space where you can see how many stars fill the Lone Star sky.
Need a place for your caravan to crash on a road trip through Texas? Pull over at the Bradley Inn and let all eight of your group get some much-needed leg stretching. Splitting the distance between Waco and Austin, this three-two has laundry facilities and a nearby grocery store that will help you put the full kitchen to use. Feel free to save some cash and enjoy being off the road with a barbeque cookout in the garden.
Downtown San Antonio is yours to explore from this two-two – within walking distance of the Alamodome. All seven of your crew can share the space without feeling cramped, especially since the garden will convince you that afternoon beers taste better under the Texan sun. Cafes, fast food joints and dine-in restaurants are within a few blocks if you’d rather not dirty up the kitchen. Bring it back, pull a few chairs out onto the porch and sit for a spell before heading downtown for the night.
Lace up your walking shoes, pack a swimsuit and don’t forget the leash – this Port Aransas cottage is pet-friendly and within a 20-minute walk to the beach. Three bedrooms are plenty for the whole family or provide extra space for you and your dog to kick back without a care in the world. The pooch will jump between the porch and the balcony, following the warm spots as the sun moves across the sky, leaving you to nap in the cool A/C.
Get ready to rock the week away at SXSW at this Crestview cottage. A two-bedroom house offers just enough space for your four-piece. The festivities are only 10mi (16km) away, but when the music festival isn’t in town, you’ll still be able to party it up by walking to La La’s Little Nugget dive bar. You won’t need a few drinks to appreciate the cottage’s aesthetic, though – Edison bulbs hang over the kitchen island, stained concrete floors run throughout the space and a unique wooden entry door keeps the mood funky yet refined.
It’s not just the Alamo that you’ll be remembering after your stay in this San Antonio cottage. Less than a 10-minute drive from the historic Spanish compound, this Arena District cottage is ideal for a two-person getaway. This single-room unit is completely self-contained with a full kitchen, en-suite bathroom and living space included. The quiet location in an older neighborhood of San Antonio retains the charm that recently developed areas may lack – all within a 2mi (3.2km) radius of the Riverwalk.
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