February is the year's second month and provides visitors to the Lone Star State an excellent opportunity to have a fun-filled vacation while the year is still young. Of course, much of February is dominated by Valentine's Day, and Texas offers visitors plenty of options for a romantic vacation.
This month is also time for a number of unique celebrations and festivals across the Lone Star State. Additionally, although it's the final month of winter, the weather in Texas in February is usually mild enough to allow for a variety of outdoor activities.
To prepare for your trip, you should pack a variety of clothing including long and short-sleeved shirts, sweaters, pants, shorts, comfortable walking shoes (waterproof preferable), a raincoat, and perhaps even a winter jacket if you plan to be outdoors at night when the temperatures drop.
Texas has a number of towns and cities that are perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day vacation. From the Gulf Coast to the Texas Hill Country, there is a Texas town to accommodate anyone's preferences and tastes. Major cities such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio also offer plenty of Valentine's Day, but so do more quaint locations such as Fredericksburg and Wimberley.
For a special treat, you can head to Galveston Island, where Victorian architecture and historic charm meal Gulf of Mexico leisure. The historic Hotel Galvez is a great destination if you don't mind spending a bit more for decadence, or you can head to the San Luis Resort and Spa for a full-service resort experience instead.
Many people don’t realize it, but the Texas Hill Country is one of the most romantic regions in the United States, even in the dead of winter. With scenic rolling hills, clear streams, and quaint small towns like Fredericksburg and Wimberley, the Hill Country is a perfect escape for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion with that someone special.
Like the Texas Hill Country, the Texas Coast is full of small towns and pleasant getaways perfect for a romantic Valentine's vacation (or winter getaway in general) this February. Although February is the dead of winter, there is usually mild enough weather for a walk on the beach or to go bird watching, and most Texas beach destinations offer a variety of quaint shops, restaurants, and other "all-weather" attractions throughout the winter season—often at discounted prices.
Corpus Christi offers a number of Mediterranean-style bed and breakfast resorts as well as a variety of attractions and entertainment options. While you're there, be sure to check out the Waterstreet Market for local produce and handmade goods and stop by the Harbor Playhouse to catch a performance of the Corpus Christi Ballet.
See the San Antonio Stock Show
Held each February, the San Antonio Rodeo and Stock Show is one of the largest and longest running annual rodeo and stock show events in the nation. PRCA Rodeo events are staged throughout the two weeks of the SA Rodeo and Stock Show, which takes place from February 7 to 24, 2019.
This annual stock show features show animals from both professional and amateur handlers, as well as a horse show, bull riding, and a variety of other rodeo events. The event also features a family fair and carnival, as well as nightly live entertainment from some of the country's top musical stars.
Celebrate Charro Days
Charro Days, the hugely popular “fiesta” staged in the border town of Brownsville each February, is one of Texas' most unique celebrations. Although Charro Days has been around in its current format since 1938, it is rumored that the first “unofficial” Charro Days took place in the early to mid-1800s, when citizens of Brownsville and Matamoros, just across the Rio Grande River in Mexico, came together to celebrate a cooperative climate between the two nations.
The traditions of this “two-nation fiesta” continue today; the 82nd Annual Charro Days Fiesta will take place from February 23 to March 3, 2019. Those in attendance at this year’s festival will have plenty of opportunity to “baile” as dances are scheduled for both weekends of the event. In addition, there will be a flour tortilla eating contest, folkloric dancing, a golf tournament, parades, and more.
Galveston’s Mardi Gras is a 12 day, 11-night party prior to Lent each year, which takes place from February 22 to March 5, 2019. While not as famous as the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans or Mobile, the Galveston event is nonetheless packed with tradition and, more importantly, packed with fun.
Of course, Mardi Gras revelers in Galveston will still be dressed in costume as they wander the streets, listening to the more than 30 bands which will perform on the two stages set up in the Entertainment District. Mardi Gras goers will also be treated to several parades and processions as well as drink and dinner specials at venues across the city.