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You could say that The Inn at Dos Brisas, a 300-acre luxury Texas ranch, is actually one big park. The landscape includes sprawling horse pastures, rolling meadows and tree-lined groves, as well as a lake and several ponds complete with romantic benches. During a stay in one of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s Spanish mission-style casita guest rooms, borrow mountain bikes or use the complimentary golf carts to cruise around the resort’s lined pathways. The grounds also include a 10-acre organic garden and rose garden, so you can enjoy the scenery while drinking a cocktail on the infinity pool’s patio.
If all this nature isn’t enough for you, head to the nearby town of Brenham (a 20-minute drive). There you’ll find the Antique Rose Emporium, a rose garden and shop full of beautiful native plants, herbs, wildflowers and antique rose varieties. The nearby Chappell Hill Lavender Farm also offers bucolic views and aromatic, lush fields that are perfect for a picnic.
Old Baylor Parks, also in Brenham, is the site of the original Baylor University. The park includes a marked walking trail whose 19 interpretive signs tell the history of the birthplace of the Lone Star State (Texas first declared independence from Mexico in this town in 1836). For a taste of more history, check out Seward Plantation, a 1,000-acre cotton farm built in the 1850s that still contains many of the original fixtures and furnishing today.