Glen Rose, Texas is precious. It really is. There is enough to do to keep you busy, but the pacing and sights of the small town and surrounding area will lower your blood pressure and refresh your spirit. It would be ideal for a girlfriend getaway or a romantic long weekend with your love. It’s easy to get to, and easy to get around in. You can stay in a chain hotel, a quaint Bed & Breakfast, or a fancy schmancy rustic resort. You will love this place.
Go– Only 1 ½ hours outside of Dallas; Glen Rose is readily accessible from either DFW or Love Field airports.
Stay– Glen Rose is home to Rough Creek Lodge, one of the loveliest ranch-style resorts I’ve seen. (I stayed there at Spring Break this year with our 19-year-old and we had a wonderful girl’s trip!) With luxury-rustic style décor, two gourmet meals a day, and countless activities included in your package; this place is truly special. A B&B more your style? Try the Inn on the River, located on the Paluxy River and just a stone’s throw away from Historic Downtown Glen Rose. (I’ve stayed there with my husband several times!) It is romantic and the food is incredible! Feeling adventurous? Stay at The Lodge at Fossil Rim, a B&B located on the grounds of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. You’ll be sharing the grounds with herds of Desert Addax and Gemsbok, as well as resident deer and wild turkey! If a chain hotel is more your style, there are several major chains nearby as well.
Eat – For burgers and BBQ, as well as live music some nights, try Loco Coyote. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the food is outstanding. It gets crowded, so go early. The Riverhouse Grill is a good choice (and near the Inn on the River) for comfort food served in a plantation-style dining room that simply oozes charm and history. If you are a BBQ aficionado, don’t miss Hammond’s BBQ. If you’re exploring the Historic Glen Rose Town Square, be sure to stop in at Pie Peddlers for coffee, ice cream, and some of the best homemade pie you’ve ever tasted.
Do – Anchored by the Historic Somervell County Courthouse, which was built in 1893; this adorable town square will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time Check out the shops, eateries, and places to learn more about Glen Rose’s past. Not to be missed is Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Set amidst live oaks and juniper trees, with limestone outcroppings everywhere you look, you will find a wildlife sanctuary for endangered species. The 9 ½ mile scenic drive give you an up close and personal opportunity to feed and interact with the animals. It is located about 3 miles west of Glen Rose and is open rain or shine. The riverbed at Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. This park is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, river swimming, fishing, picnicking, or even camping. Be sure to call ahead for river conditions, as the dinosaur tracks can be difficult to see if it has rained recently. Just outside the State Park, you’ll find Dinosaur World, an outdoor museum with life-sized models of these incredible creatures.
See – On Friday and Saturday nights from September 2-October 29, head to the 3250 seat Texas Amphitheater to see The Promise, billed as a “musical experience of the life of Christ.” This outstanding production features a cast and crew of over 200 people, a 45,000 moat and rain curtain, and breathtaking light and sound effects. The production celebrates its 28th season in 2016. Nearby, the historic Granbury Opera House is home to the Granbury Theatre Company, and in 2016 is featuring musicals such as Hello Dolly!, Singin’ in the Rain, and Oliver! as well as special engagements by recording artists, comedy acts, and illusionists.
Taste – Most people don’t think “wine country” when they think about the Texas Hill Country, but the Glen Rose area is actually home to three wineries that are a part of the 46 winery Texas Hill Country Winery Trail. Bluff Dale Vineyards is known for its porch, where you can sit and enjoy a glass while overlooking the vineyards. Red Caboose Winery is a sustainable winery. That’s right; their wines are “green.” – in the sense that they utilize energy efficient technology to create their wines. Barking Rocks Winery handcrafts their wines in an old rock barn located between Granbury and Thorp Springs. See the websites or call for tasting appointments.
Play – Glen Rose is home to 36 holes of golf that are consistently rated as some of the best in Texas. Featuring beautiful old Oak trees and meandering Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley Golf Course is a unique golf experience. Tee times are accepted five days in advance.
Whether you are with your family, your girl squad, your hubs, or a few couples, Glen Rose is ideal for a long weekend – or two! You’ll drink in the scenery of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and the combination of relaxation and activities will restore your soul and refresh your heart.