by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
Not all of us can say we'll be spending a week in the Caribbean this summer but that doesn't mean you can't plan a getaway near Houston for at least a weekend. Trips to Austin and San Antonio are always solid options, but great vacations exist even closer to home. We've got the deets on how to catch your breath away from the daily grind, with adventures that include berry picking, a brewery tour and more.
Updated: August 11, 2010
Since a trip to Big Bend won't fit into your weekend plans, the Sam Houston National Forest is the best alternative, clocking in at only 80 miles away. All manner of outdoorsy activities including fishing, hiking and running from bears can be enjoyed here.
Sometimes getting down and dirty with nature is just what the doctor ordered. Beautiful rows of blackberries and fleshy peaches ripe for the plucking are only about an hour outside of Houston. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the shaded picnic table.
Even closer to town in Tomball, this orchard has a wider variety of fruits for the picking, including figs and Asian pears. That means you and the family can make trips during more months in the year for the different growing seasons.
If a romantic weekend getaway is in order, a trip to this 100-acre estate and vineyard is a must. With a cozy bed and breakfast on the premises, a variety of activities from a low-key stroll to a moonlight harvest, not to mention unlimited wine, the place practically screams second honeymoon.
If you get a chance to call in sick on a Friday, take the opportunity to visit the home of Texas? favorite creamery, which is only open on weekdays. A tour of the facilities, including a glance at the lightening-fast ice cream sandwich machine, and a scoop are only $5.