The cold was not letting up and I was fortunate to get a break from winter in January to go to the Big Island of Hawaii but my husband was busy with work. By mid-February with a long weekend approaching Kent was very ready for warm weather and an adventure. We searched flights to various places as we looked at the weather forecasts in each location. We came up with leaving a couple days later to spend February long weekend in Texas!! We’ve had layovers in Houston with overnites there but this was a chance to see more of the Lone Star State.
We spent just shy of 4 days in the state and put a total of 938 miles on our little rental car. Gas is cheap and with the highest posted speed limit we saw being 85mph that sure helped us cruise around and see as much as possible! It was a highlight to visit friends that live around Austin, catching up over Texas barbecues and tacos. The Alamo in San Antonio was really interesting to learn about the history of that area. Then enjoyed walking along the riverwalk and had lunch by the river. Knowing it would be a few hours drive down to the Gulf of Mexico it quickly hit our list to head south to Corpus Christi and spend a nite on North Padre Island. It was foggy and cool but regardless it’s a nice feeling to be by the ocean and that salty air! Then we headed back north to the Austin area. On our last morning went to Magnolia Market in Waco.
It was a great little getaway! On that February long weekend many places in the southern States got snow. We made the right choice to visit Texas for a break from winter!!
Just over the bridge from Corpus Christi and you’re on the Gulf of Mexico with long stretches of sandy beaches.
All along the Texas Tropical Trail on North Padre Island were these little communities where each house is a different color. We liked the coastal vibe!
If you go to Corpus Christi give yourself a few hours to tour the USS Lexington aircraft carrier museum.
It was a nice, sunny Sunday afternoon in Austin to stop by the Capitol Building.
Chip + Joanna Gaines have definitely put Waco on the map with their Magnolia Market at the Silos. It seems like this stop was what intrigued people most about our trip to Texas. Of course everything there is very well thought out and designed. We liked the use of the historic buildings and old machinery.