The chores are done, your life is in order, and you are ready for and deserving of a quick road trip. Or, you simply want a brief respite the your chaotic but productive workday life.
Living in the Dallas area affords you the proximity via both expansive highways and endearing country roads to some intriguing escapes that will appeal to each of the five senses. Realtor Judi Wright is pleased to share four such destinations, and she will offer several more in the weeks to come.
Now that the weather is trending warmer and – eventually – hotter, you can enjoy a break from the Texas heat in the massive Possum Kingdom Lake that provides a refreshing oasis and the closest thing there is to a beach in north Texas. Located 140 miles from Dallas (2:45 driving time), the surrounding, enormous park provides nature lovers with lush vegetation and invigorating hiking experiences. You can rough it on the campgrounds, or rent a four-person cabin for $75 per night.
Information: www.possumkingdomlake.com (888 779-8330)
Yummy chocolates and refreshing soda await those of you whose taste buds are primed for a treat in the Texas towns of Hico and Dublin, located 145 miles from Dallas (2:25 driving time). You can visit the renowned Weisman House Chocolatier storefront in Hico to immerse yourself in their mouth-watering dark chocolate truffles. Then pick up Texas Highway 6 for a short shot to the Dublin Bottling Works (Dr. Pepper was bottled there for more than 87 years) where you can choose from their flavorful line of soda pop. Dublin is also the Irish capital of Texas – Erin Go Pop?
Information: www.weismanhousechocolates.com (866 460-3571)
www.dublinbottlingworks.com (888 398-1024)
Just south of Amarillo in the renowned Texas Panhandle is the town of Canyon, where you can take in the beauty of the elegant canyons and rock formations of West Texas. Located 376 miles from Dallas (5:45 driving time), Palo Duro Canyon will command your camera’s attention. Local lore includes stories of how artist Georgia O’Keeffe was inspired by the surroundings here.
Information: www.canyontx.com (806 655-5000)
Your star search begins at the McDonald (astronomical) Observatory located 470 miles from Dallas (6:30 drive time) on Mount Locke in the Davis Mountains of west Texas. Originally endowed to the University of Texas in Austin by Texas banker William Johnson McDonald, the observatory conducts daily live solar viewings in a large theater and tours of the observatory’s largest telescopes. The facility also hosts star parties every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening which allow visitors to look through a wide variety of instrumentation providing compelling views of the lofty, dry peaks and dark, clear nighttime vistas.
Information: www.mcdonaldobservatory.com (432 426-3640)
Realtor Judi Wright hopes that you will enjoy visiting some of these exciting destinations. Please feel free to Email Ms. Wright at email@example.com, or call her at (214) 597-2985 if you are in the market for a new home or selling your current property.