Travel Guide: A Weekend in South, Texas

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Back in April, I was lucky enough to get to travel to a little town outside San Antonio called Concan, Texas. I met a couple of other bloggers (Tori – A Stori Book, Emily – Something Blue, Something Gold, Aquila – Haute in TexasRamona – Fab Everyday Blog, and Amanda) down there for a weekend of fun, hiking and girl time. We were invited to come stay in the beautiful Vacation Frio River house. It is right on the river and it was gorgeous.

I have been to San Antonio before (see travel post here), and was really excited to travel down again to explore a new part I had never been to. I actually drove myself down too! Which if you know me, then you know I don’t really drive anywhere (especially long distances) alone. It was all those trips back and forth from Oklahoma State that made me hate driving so much. But, I am so glad I went. It was so nice to get out of Dallas and of course meet some other local Texas bloggers!

Something to keep in mind…cell service is hit or miss in this area. If you have AT&T it works pretty well. But, Verizon and T-Mobile have zero service out there. I relied on WiFi for the whole trip…which worked great!

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We stayed at the Vacation Frio River property. The pictures just don’t do this home justice. It is beautiful both on the inside and outside. There is plenty of room for family and friends. It sleeps 27 people…with a bunch of room to spare. There are also several smaller rooms available for smaller groups or couples.

They offer so many amenities at this property and some of the highlights are river access, tube rental, shuttle service to the river, option for an in home chef, family friendly, margarita machine and concierge service.

A little history about the property, it was bought back in the 1960s by Donny’s family (the owner). He quit his dry cleaning business a couple of years ago to build the properties you see today.


Garner State Park – Saturday morning after breakfast we headed to Garner State Park to see the sights. Unfortunately, it was raining pretty hard this day, so we didn’t get to do our hike that we planned. However, we still got to explore the park and take in the sights. They even have a gift shop and ice cream palour.

Float the Frio River – This river is the most family friendly one in Texas. The river was literally right outside our back door. So, right when we arrived we headed down to the river to dip our toes in. It was quite chilly, but the view was spectacular.

The Inn Between – Our tour guides (Jake & Leah) on Saturday also happen to own the CUTEST Inn called The Inn Between. Leah & Jake have converted tiny homes into the ultimate “glamping” experience. Leah has decorated each one differently and there are several options to chose from if you are interested in booking. I was blown away when we stopped by to visit!


Neal’s Dining Room – This spot is picturesque. It is the quintessential of Southern home cooking. I went for the biscuits and gravy and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend checking out this spot when you visit.

The Laurel Tree – This is a MUST visit. Be sure to book well in advance because it is only open on Saturdays and fills up quickly. We almost didn’t get a reservation except for the fact that someone had cancelled last minute. I am so glad we were able to eat here! If you happen to visit I would suggest going during the month of April-May when the poppies are blooming. It is stunning! We were actually really lucky because the poppies started blooming the day before we arrived. It was perfect for photos!

The menu also changes weekly, so every time you go it would be a new experience! Overall, this place exceeded my expectations!

Chef Robin – The first night we arrived Chef Robin was hard at work preparing our dinner. She is available to book while you stay at the property and totally worth it. The food she prepared was fantastic.


It is very casual in Concan, Texas. I only really brought one dress to wear to The Laurel Tree. Other than that I wore really casual looks which included a lot of workout wear! I would say jeans, t-shirts, shorts, leggings and maybe one dressier look are the way to go. We also did a lot of outdoor activities, so keep that in mind too! The weather was really rainy while we were there…but very warm during the day and cooled off at night.

11 thoughts on “Travel Guide: A Weekend in South, Texas

  1. I’m thinking of doing a road trip around Texas when I go visit my friend there next year so I’ll definitely add South to the list! It looks gorgeous!

  2. AH this is making me miss Texas and hanging out/ tubing on the river. Looks like a great getaway for friends or family

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