Texas, the lone star state is a place famous for black gold, so there is no shortage of money to throw around. Texans, therefore, like the best of everything and truly understand what sophisticated means. Something that makes Texas the perfect place for a super upscale vacation. In fact, within the state boundaries, you will find top-end hotels, cultural delights, and fine dining restaurants serving exotic and delicious food. All of which you can find out more about in the post below.

Getting there

Before you can enjoy the refined delights that Texas has to offer you have to get there, and what better way than to go and charter a private jet for the flight?

Luckily, there are five airports in Texas that have the facilities for private jets, ( the same ones as the cities detailed below) and this means you can travel in comfort from New York, Washington and many other US cities to your chosen Texan destination, something you can find out more about by clicking the link. Well, if you are going for sophisticated, why not go for a jet and start as you mean to go on?!

Dallas

Finding some high-end sophistication in Dallas isn’t too tall an order at all. In fact, you will be pleased with the wealth of top hotels and chic restaurants on offer.

In particular, why head on over to Main Street where you will find The Joule. The Joule is a hotel that understands chic to a tee and combines modern artwork on the walls with rich and opulent soft furnishings and interior decoration. The facilities aren’t too shabby either, with a sleek outdoor pool and sun deck, as well as an indoor dip pool in the spa that is lit from underneath.

Regarding things to do while in Dallas that are on the more sophisticated end of the spectrum why not treat yourself and your traveling companions to a meal at Five Sixty, Wolfgang Puck’s latest endeavor at the Reunion Tower on Reunion Blvd? There you can eat delicacies such as Wagyu Brisket Bao Buns and Spicy Tuna Tartare while looking out over views across the whole city.

When it comes to sophisticated activities with which to fill your time, there is the glorious Dallas Museum Of Art on N Harwood St, and what could be more sophisticated than taking a trip through history by touring its halls? Be sure to look out for The Power of Gold exhibition that is chocked full of royal regalia from Ghana and the, and the Eugene and Margaret McDermott collection cannot be missed either.  

Houston

Those searching for a sophisticated break in Texas should also consider the major metropolitan center that is Houston.

There are of course many hotels here of a high standard, and in particular, the Hotel Granduca gets rave reviews. You will find the Granduca on Uptown Park Blvd, and its well-decorated rooms replete with iron bedsteads are a delight to behold. Also, the rooms are spacious and air-conditioned and have a slightly rustic charm that will ensure you stay cool no matter how hot the temperature outside gets.

Once you have decided on the place you will be staying; you will be free to explore the city itself. Happily, for sophisticates, Houston will not disappoint, as there are many fine restaurants such as Brennan’s of Houston where you will find Southwestern and Creole fair on the menu. Of course, you shouldn’t miss Hugo’s on Westheimer road which is famous for its sophisticated Mexican cuisine.

Concerning things to do in this fine city, culture vultures will be well pleased by the abundance of museums and historical sites. If you are limited on time, be sure to stop by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Museum of Fine Arts. Although, if you have a little longer a visit to the San Jacinto Battleground is also an excellent choice.

El Paso

Staying in El Paso can be a real treat for those looking for a little sophistication in Texas, as you can choose from either Hotel Indigo El Paso, a modern minimalist building with rooftop pool or the Wyndham El Paso that has its very own waterpark. OK, so water parks aren’t that sophisticated, but they are fun especially in the El Paso heat!

Fans of classic architecture will want to make a pilgrimage to Old Ysleta Mission in the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. Alternatively, you may want to take a trip to the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, where it is possible to explore beautiful native wildlife, as well as see the remnants of a traditional village.

Regarding chic eats, Mesa Street Grill with a formal dining option is first on most travelers‘ lists. Go for fresh Ceviche or the Jala-Mari which is a delicious noodle dish with squid, jalapeno, and cashews.

San Antonio

If you’re planning on staying in San Antonio and you are searching for the chicest accommodation around then why not give the Mokara Hotel & Spa on Cocker Street a go? It has a rooftop pool, Forbes spa, as well as nicely appointed rooms. There is even an onsite restaurant there named Ostra where you can partake in the delights of the oyster bar with shellfish from around the US and Ceviche.

Once again, culture vultures will be pleased with the offering here including the Witte Museum, which is a particularly fun and interesting site to visit. Explore the prehistoric narrative of Texas there, and even take part in the Monday night meditation classes that are on offer.

You will find a lively culinary scene in San Antonio, and this translate to the high-end offerings as well as everything else that is on offer. With that in mind be sure to visit Restaurant Gwendolyn at least once and sample their dishes all made by hand using traditional methods.

 

Then there’s Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Resort which serves more Southwestern style food and is decorated in such a sophisticated manner that it would be a crime to miss. Their menu is full of many delights, but the Texas Spice Rubbed Elk, and the Venison Blaukraut stands out above all other dishes.

Austin

Last of all, but certainly not least comes Austin, a city located near to the center of Texas. When it comes to hotels with a little class Austin has plenty. Choose between the modern and chic Fairmont on Red River St, or The Westin Austin Downtown. Then there’s the famous Omni on 8th St, where you will find the most stylish rooftop pool with a view that looks out across the whole city.

Once you have rested and recuperated, you can spend some time cruising Lake Travis on a private hire boat, perusing the LBJ Presidential Library on Red River St, or exploring the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. A place where you can see swirling waterfalls and ethereal pools.  

Of course, such activities will help you work up an appetite, something you can satisfy by visiting Uchi on Lamar Blvd for slick decor and modern Japanese cuisine. They are well known for their sushi including the yellowtail and wagyu beef.

Of course, you cannot miss the Fonda San Miguel which offers high-end Mexican dishes in a hacienda-style space if you are looking for a truly sophisticated experience. One that you can find in Austin, right in the heart of Texas.


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