Wide Open Spaces
Head to Cíbolo Creek Ranch, a 30,000-acre West Texas ranch where the buffalo—and elk, javelinas, and bobcats—really roam. Three restored adobe forts from the 1850s house 22 guestrooms with hacienda-style furnishings and Mexican antiques. Explore the rugged Chinati and Ciénego mountains expanse on horseback or by Humvee tour, or look for ghost town remains and Native American rock art. This part of the state has some of the darkest night skies in the contiguous United States, so snag a view through the twelve-inch Meade telescope and study vivid constellations. Tip: Birders, bring your binoculars. More than 500 species of birds have been spotted in the Big Bend region, including roadrunners and bald eagles.
Cíbolo Creek Ranch, 34 miles south of Marfa on Highway 67; 866-496-9460; cibolocreekranch.com; rooms from $250.
At 330 acres, the Inn at Dos Brisas, near Brenham, may be smaller than some of its neighboring ranches, but it’s plenty spacious to urbanites looking for a high-end country escape. A bottle of wine greets guests in one of nine accommodation options, where the plush casitas have beds with Egyptian cotton linens, L’Occitane bath products, well-stocked pantries, and French doors leading to expansive patios. Upgrade to a new 2,900-square-foot hacienda for screened-in porches and private plunge pools. Everything from fresh Hakurei turnips to lacinato kale makes its way from the ranch’s thirty-acre organic farm to its restaurant, where Raj Dixit, the executive chef, artfully