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Five Date Spots in the Highland Lakes

Two-steppin' at a local dance hall is a classic date idea for anyone. Don't worry: Our five Highland Lakes date ideas offer plenty of variety if boot-scootin' isn't your thing.

Seize the day and bond with the person you love — or with whom you are falling in love. Looking to take your special someone on a romantic date? Here are five date spots in the Texas Hill Country that are sure to impress.

1. Romantic boat ride with waterfalls and bald eagles

Take a ride up Lake Buchanan to see rock formations, a waterfall, and wildlife on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Head up the Colorado River and into Lake Buchanan on a Vanishing Texas River Cruise. The ride will take you and your honey along to see waterfalls in the summer, bald eagles nesting in the winter, and beautiful rock formations year-round. You’ll also see the historical town of Old Bluffton — a town that is at the bottom of the lake.

Go to vtrc.com or call (512) 756-6986 for more information.

2. Two-step all night at a dance hall

Pick a place where you can dance, dip, and spin into the night. From concert venues to historic dance halls, the boot-scootin’ choices are nearly limitless. Visit places such as Albert Dance Hall, Cadillac Dance Hall, Luckenbach, Twin Sisters Dance Hall, and numerous other bars, stages, and venues.

View our list of Highland Lakes venues HERE for a complete list of two- steppin’ locations.

3. Fine dining with a fine view for two

Take your date out for a nice dinner with a view. Overlook Restaurant at Canyon of the Eagles Nature Resort has unmatched views of Lake Buchanan. Enjoy a five-star steak dinner paired with a local wine. Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner — the 360-degree view of the lake truly can’t be beat.

Overlook Restaurant at Canyon of the Eagles Resort is located at 16942 RR 2341 in Burnet. Go to canyonoftheeagles.com or call (512) 334-2070.

4. Tour a vineyard while sipping wine at Flat Creek Estate

Try local wine and tour the vineyards at Flat Creek Estate. Photo courtesy of Flat Creek Estate

Flat Creek Estate has a stunning property and features homegrown wines. See (and taste) the beauty of the Hill Country with a romantic walk through Flat Creek’s vineyard. The estate also has a fine-dining bistro on site with charcuterie boards and entrees prepared in the wood-fired oven. Take the next step and make a reservation to wine and dine your date.

Flat Creek Estate is located at 24912 Singleton Bend East in Marble Falls. Call (512) 267-6310 or visit flatcreekestate.com to make your reservation.

5. Stand-up paddleboard on the lake

Bond with your partner by getting active together. Spend the day paddleboarding on Lake Marble Falls. The low-impact workout is relaxing and allows you to enjoy the sun and the water while having fun. Visit Jolly Rodgers Paddle Co. to rent a stand-up paddleboard by the hour.

Jolly Rodgers Paddle Co. is located at 120 S. Main in Marbe Falls. Visit jollyrodgerstx.com or call (830) 385-3819 for rental information.


These suggestions are good any time of the year. For more, take a look at our Locals Love Us guide for extra date ideas — from restaurant recommendations and community events to professional services — voted the BEST of the Highland Lakes by The Picayune and 101HighlandLakes.com readers and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune listeners.

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