This holiday season, as you traverse the roads of Texas, you’ll no doubt consume a dangerous amount of Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets and Whataburger What-a-Meals. Even a sit-down meal at a small-town cafe—which we love as much as the next Texan—could leave you wanting for something a little different than burgers and chicken-fried steaks.

So before you hit the highways, pick up a copy of our December issue, which features our list of ten far-flung destinations whose impressive food and memorable settings are not only worth traveling for, but deserve an overnight stay. This exhaustively researched list comes from a small but stalwart band of our writers who traveled several thousand miles to uncover ten places where the food is so tempting, the beds so Goldilocks-worthy, and the sights so seeable that you could easily make them a weekend’s destination. Our choices range from a gracious Victorian manse in East Texas to a stylishly rehabilitated railroad hotel in West Texas.

To help you get a jump on reservations, we’ve provided the list below. But if you want to know what makes them worth the visit, pick up our December issue, on newsstands Thursday: 
  • Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, in Glen Rose
  • Fire Oak Grill, in Weatherford
  • Stillwater Inn, in Jefferson
  • Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek, in Kyle
  • Rancho Loma, in Talpa
  • Vaudeville, in Fredericksburg
  • Inn at Dos Brisas, in Washington
  • Gage Hotel, in Marathon
  • The Turtle, in Brownwood
  • Maiya’s, in Marfa