Road Trip to Texas with our favorite couple
I’ve always wanted to travel the world…but my husband doesn’t like planes and honestly I don’t really either…so it’s been difficult for us trying to find new places to go to. We also don’t like to spend a lot of money, or have the fancy jobs to afford such nice trips so we don’t take a lot of trips on our own. One of my best friends and her fiance decided we should all go somewhere together. We decided a road trip to a state none of us had been to was perfect. -Texas- With the use of Airbnb’s, Ubers, and low traveling expenses (gas split between both couples) we were able to have a fun 5 day trip all under $500 a couple (including food!)
We were a little skeptical of using Aribnb’s but I will mention that I felt safe at each place we stayed. We looked at the reviews and found places that were centrally located in nice areas that saved us on gas and parking as we were closer to downtown.
The Rocky Start
There’s not much worse then planning a trip to find out there’s going to be bad weather the entire time your there! Winter storm Jupiter had decided to hit the States on the exact day we planned to leave. There was snow north of us, freezing rain around us and rain and thunderstorms south of us. We had to decide if we wanted to leave a night before to beat the freezing rain, or risk it and leave the morning of… we risked it and left early Thursday morning literally just as the freezing rain began. Now being the type A person that I am, my anxiety was through the roof and I was all ready to stay in bed for the next five days and avoid a trip of rain and storms. (What were gonna do everyday if it rained?!?!) My husband and the couple we were going with are far more care free and it’s a good thing they are or I would’ve missed out on an amazing trip! Though the weather wasn’t perfect, we had just managed to avoid most of the rain/storms while traveling.
Since we live in Missouri we decided to drive to Dallas first, stay there, then stay a night at San Antonio, Houston, and back up to Memphis, TN for our final night for a total of 1800+ miles of driving!
Our first stop! We didn’t get to see much but our favorite thing about Dallas was there food! We had lunch at Velvet Taco. My husband (Austin) got a Buffalo Chicken Taco and I got the Rotisserie Chicken Taco. And the red velvet cake was AMAZING! I enjoyed the food options because they forced us to try new foods and drinks. We had dinner at the Pecan Lodge. Both places had a bit of a wait but both were worth it. While we waited at the pecan lodge, we took turns and went across the street to Rocket Fizz candy shop. The nightlife was fun and in a walk-able distance.
Our biggest recommendation would be to go to Method Coffee. There Lavender Latte was the best latte I had ever had, unfortunately their syrups are made in house so I couldn’t buy any to take home. I will definitely go back for that drink alone one day.
So we didn’t stay a night here but we did stop through as it was along the way from Dallas to San Antonio. I am a big fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines form the HGTV show Fixer Upper, so this was a must stop place for me! Chip and Joanna own Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas. They also have a market and a B&B. We visited the Magnolia Market at the silos. Not only is there a market, but a bakery, a garden shop, swings, and an outdoor grassy area for corn-hole, or playing catch. There are different food trucks and tables to sit at along the edge of the property to relax and enjoy the day. Its a perfect place to visit with a family.
This was one of our more favorite places to visit because of all the history. Although we didn’t have time to see the Alamo, we did get to visit and take a tour of the Riverwalk. There was such beauty in the architecture of the buildings along the river. The river was lined with small shops, restaurants, and even a mall. We enjoyed walking around and looking at the small trinkets people were selling, and visiting the mall that had chocolate shops and tea shops.
We visited the Japanese Tea Gardens on our visit as well. This place was a little out of the way but was definitely worth the visit. It was very beautiful and peaceful. I only wish we could have visited it in the spring when the flowers had bloomed. It was still beautiful regardless.
Our first stop in Houston was at the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. The waterfall like wall is 64 feet high! We also walked along the many parks along the Buffalo Bayou. The parks provided a lot of entertainment through restaurants, sculptures, dog parks, bicycling and more. We spent a majority of our time walking the park and enjoying the view of the big city around it. Near Minute Maid Park, we enjoyed Discovery Green which was a small park with lights, food, and outdoor ice skating. And if you’re a fan of french macarons, a small bakery Petite Sweets offered several wonderful flavors!
Macarons can be rather expensive, $2 a cookie, so we decided to purchase a box of 16 broken “Non Instagram Worthy” macarons for $5 a box! We enjoyed this option because the flavors were already picked for us and allowed us to try different ones!
We had all been to Memphis before but it was a nice stop after a long drive from Houston before we headed home. We enjoyed our time at dinner at Huey’s nearby and on Beale Street with adult slushies at Wet Willies.This night we experienced the most of our rain, so we stayed in at the Airbnb and watched Netflix that they had so kindly provided! Our morning breakfast before we left was at The Arcade Restaurant, the oldest dinner in Memphis. We were finally done with our trip and headed home.
Overall, Texas was a great first road trip. It was a lot of driving and I know my husband would rather do a drivecation next time (drive to your vacation spot and stay) but I enjoyed seeing so much of Texas in such a small amount of time. We have already picked our favorite places from the trip (Waco, San Antonio, & Houston) and we can’t wait to plan a longer trip for just those cities. Let us know your favorite things to do in each or your favorite place to drive to!
-The Simple Average Wife –