They say the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. But if you’re visiting Dallas, Austin, Houston, or any of the other big cities in the state, their bright lights can make those stars kinda hard to see. That’s why any trip to Texas should involve getting out into its vast countryside, where you can appreciate the big skies, endless rolling hills, and red-rock deserts without the crowds and lights of the cities. There’s no need to rough it too much though. The folks at Glamping Hub showcase some of the best glamping spots in Texas.
1. Dome with a hot tub in Austin hill country
Live the quirky Austin dream in this three-bedroom dome house, where the interior is done up in wood triangles and comes with a perfect view of the Austin skyline. The two-story home is full of bright, open space with plenty of windows and magically high ceilings. You’ll find two separate bedrooms plus an upstairs fold-out, as well as a tiled bathroom with a rain shower. Cool as the inside is — with a flat-screen TV and sleek Mac desktop — the outside may well be the highlight of the property. There, you can grill up your own Texas barbecue and enjoy it on the sunny wraparound patio before ending the night under the big Texas sky in your private hot tub.
2. Treetop yurt in Dripping Springs
After a long day exploring the Texas hill country, nothing will feel more welcoming than the plush queen beds and light wood at this yurt in the trees. Ascend a single flight of stairs and find yourself eye-to-beak with the birds that wake you in the morning, which may well then join you for breakfast on the Adirondack chairs atop the spacious wood patio. You’ll also get a bathroom with a stand-alone tub, a coffee maker, TV, and WiFi — amenities not always found in canvas yurts. But this is glamping, after all, so if you’re worn out from hiking or just had a few too many samples at the nearby Last Stand Brewery, you’ll have an exceptionally comfortable place to pass out.
3. Railcar rental near Glen Rose
Travel back to the golden age of rail travel with this decked-out boxcar from the Santa Fe Southern Railway. The inside feels more like a log cabin in the forest than a luxe rail car, though, offering a cozy, wood-lined interior done up in red plaids with rustic bunk beds. Though it may look remote, the boxcar comes with electricity, hot water, and WiFi, and the 40 acres it sits on are also home to a farm where you can pet and brush the animals. The car is a short walk to downtown Glen Rose, Texas, if you’d rather dine out than use the limited kitchen. And if you need a real change of scenery, Ft. Worth is about an hour’s drive and Dallas is just over 90 minutes.
4. Vintage Spartan airstream in Spicewood
Set just steps from the Colorado River in Spicewood, this bright silver Spartan Airstream has been fully updated with an interior that looks a little like a Hamptons beach house. But the surroundings are much the opposite, set deep in the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin. The trailer looks almost like a 1950s diner where inside you’ll find two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and another with bunks. You’ll also have access to the property’s swimming pool and gym, so if the confines get a little too cozy you’ll have plenty of options to blow off steam.
5. Fully modern teepees in New Braunfels
Cap off a long day of drinking beers and tubing down the Guadalupe River with . . . more beers around a campfire. The eight teepees on this property are perfect for large floating groups looking for a base, where the massive modern teepees all surround a fire pit ideal for late-night revelry. Each structure comes with two or three queen beds, a TV, and a small kitchen, plus a private separated bathroom. So while you might have to walk outside to do your late-night business, your walk won’t be far. The teepees have easy access to the river, where even if you’re not down for tubing you can still enjoy a waterfront breakfast or late-evening cocktail.
6. Majestic ranch near San Antonio
This old-style ranch house almost looks like it was created on a Hollywood backlot, with rickety wood steps and railings leading up to a log-pile lodge with a grand stone chimney. The inside is filled with more jagged-log furniture, from the massive main dining room to the spacious caterer’s kitchen. If you’re freaked out by animal heads, skulls, and mounted fish, this outdoorsman’s paradise isn’t for you, as nearly every room is adorned with some kind of hunting trophy.