Photos Courtesy of Vendor

Partner Content

This Family-Friendly Texas Resort is the Weekend Escape You Need This Spring

From kayaking to trail riding, here's what to do and where to stay for the ultimate springtime lake trip.

As spring days get longer and the Texas heat returns, it’s time for a lake escape. Get away from city life with a weekend trip to Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort, right on the shore of Lake Palestine. Want to pack in the most fun possible? Follow our guide for an unforgettable three-day stay.


After a quick drive (just 2 hours!) you’ll arrive at the lake as the sun starts to set on the horizon. Check in to your spacious two-bedroom villa, complete with living room, full kitchen, and dining area. Take a walk down to the marina and kick off the weekend with burgers at Harbour Grille.

Not tired yet? No problem. Hit the arcade or movie theater as the night winds down, or play a round on the 18-hole mini golf course. (Avid golfers, rejoice: guests are also free to visit nearby Eagle’s Bluff Country Club, the private, #1 ranked course in East Texas.)


Rise and shine for an activity-packed day. Lake Palestine is best enjoyed by boat, and the marina offers every type of rental you could want: kayaks, rowboats, paddle boats, pontoon boats, motorboats… the choice is yours. Don’t forget fishing poles–the lake is known for its bass fishing.

Then, spend the afternoon riding horses on the resort’s trails, or playing basketball, tennis, or volleyball on the outdoor courts. End the day with a swim–choose from four outdoor pools and two hot tubs–or step into the sauna for spa-like relaxation.


Your trip isn’t complete until you visit the resort’s water park. The rustic, woodsy indoor playground features slides, a wave pool, and plenty of features to explore and climb, all shaded from the sun.

You may not want to pack up and leave, but the weekend isn’t over yet. On your way home, take a detour and visit Tyler to stroll through the famous Rose Garden with thousands of blooming flowers, visit the Caldwell Zoo and pay a visit to the lions and tigers, or experience the hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Place.

Ready to book your villa? Click here to take advantage of an exclusive rate for Texas residents.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations are more than just hotels; each resort offers a home-away-from-home experience. Enjoy the luxury of a family-sized space, and take advantage of amenities like laundry facilities, in-suite kitchens, free parking, fitness centers, and Wi-Fi. With five properties across Texas, guests can wake up to waves in Galveston, explore the Hill Country at Canyon Lake, or escape to a serene shoreside resort in Conroe. Best of all? Exclusive offers for Texas residents. Get the best rates possible and explore even more of the Lone Star State.


Keep me up to date on the latest happenings and all that D Magazine has to offer.