As much as I love Austin, it’s nice to have a weekend away every now and then. So, pack up the car (I’d suggest a convertible like this Mazda Miata) and check out these six getaway spots just a short road trip away.

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Fredericksburg Known for its wineries, Fredericksburg, Texas, is a great weekend-getaway spot. With its 150-plus boutiques, great restaurants and rich history, this charming town has something for everyone. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a hike up Enchanted Rock. 

Salado Salado, Texas, is a quaint little town located about an hour north of the city. Check out the old-school candy shop, browse through the boutiques on Main Street or enjoy a delicious meal at Ramble. Plus, the newly renovated Stagecoach Inn is a great place to stay. 

Wimberley Forty minutes southwest of Austin, Wimberley, Texas, is the perfect weekend escape from the city. From numerous boutiques in the city square to a nature lover’s dream at Jacob’s Well, you can’t go wrong in Wimberley. 

New Braunfels Continuing down a little more south, New Braunfels, Texas, is a great place to visit, with rich, historic German roots. Do you need a break from the Texas summer heat? Take a dip at Landa Park or float down the Comal and Guadalupe rivers (Roger Beasley Rewards members get 20 percent off at Rockin’ R River Rides). And no New Braunfels trip is complete without a visit to the Gruene Historic District. 

Lockhart Calling all barbecue lovers! Lockhart, Texas, is nicknamed the Barbecue Capital of Texas and is home to three of the best barbecue joints in the state: Black’s Barbecue, Smitty’s Market and Kreuz Market. The town is also a great place to spend time outdoors, with several different parks and many creeks running through. 

Canyon Lake One of my favorite places to get away is Canyon Lake, Texas. It has countless homes to rent with amazing views of the lake. Rent a boat from Canyon Lake Marina and spend a day relaxing on the water. 

Chelsea Bancroft is the strategic-partnerships and social-media manager at Roger Beasley Mazda and a blogger at


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