Last-minute luxury

AS SUMMER HAS SIZZLED ON, with all the relaxing or working, you may have forgotten to take a diversionary detour. There is much of Texas that needs to be explored when it comes to finding fun, tranquility and romance. Simply spin the compass and seek out these locations.

If you enjoy the picturesque Texas Hill Country, visit the Marriott Horseshoe Bay Resort. This establishment is spectacularly placed overlooking Lake LBJ. The Bayside Spa is waiting to soothe and deliver decadent rejuvenation for those in need of pampering. If you desire your getaway to involve floating on or flying across tranquil waters, the Marriott is ideal.

A top-notch “full-service marina” is before you. Everything from luxury cabin cruisers and jet skis to kayaks ski such delights as the River Walk Foot Fix and the Texas Tingle Body Wrap, the Mokara is nothing short of a magical experience.

If you desire romance and relaxation after a scorching summer, the Inn Above Onion Creek will be your oasis. Keeping love alive at this bed and breakfast is effortless. Radiant review after radiant review sings the praises of this dreamy, yet down-home getaway.

Foodies will swoon over the gourmet breakfasts and multi-course dinners. Love the vino? Take your loved one to the nearby Texas Wine Trails and take in gorgeous Hill Country views while sipping delectable wine. Biking and hiking trails will afford you beautiful scenic views of the fabulous flora and fauna. And of course, finish your day with a relaxing massage at their spa. The Inn Above Onion Creek is the splendid site for renewing a romance or just keeping the flame burning in the toasty Texas summer.

To continue to stoke the fires of amour, Texas also has the Blair House Inn. Located in Wimberley, this elegant dining and lodging locality is matchless in its amenities, accommodations and atmosphere. The Blair House Inn has distinct and unique cot-tages for romantic retreats, delicious meals and indulging in the lush and plush. Whether it is the soothing spa and swimming pool or a picnic basket lunch overlooking the celebrated Texas Hill Country, affection will flow freely in this heavenly hiatus.

A summer in Texas wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the coast. The San Luis Resort in Galveston will make checking off your summer “bucket list” a delight. The San Luis and its superior restaurant, The Steakhouse, will cure your coastal cravings in one magnificent swoop. All of the rooms have private balconies that provide unsurpassed, brilliant views of the radiant Gulf of Mexico. This four-star institution of comfort will have you sighing by the sea.

Spa treatments, the adult swim-up bar, the tropical heated swimming pool and the grotto spa ensure that relaxation settles into your every pore. Kids, both young and old, will be stoked about the waterslide and plunge pool. And everyone will be keyed up about cooling down in the private cabanas. These little havens from heat are complete with food and beverage service, ceiling fans and flat-screen televisions. Life is good at the San Luis resort, no doubt.

Summer in Texas may be coming to an end, but there is still plenty of the Lone Star State to taste, explore, enjoy and experience. Texas hospitality, no matter which direction you go, is alive and well.

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