By: Terry Ward | From: AFAR

Fly into San Antonio for Texas-style surf and turf spring fun

With average March and April temperatures in the mid-70s and low 80s, San Antonio beckons for a spring break warm-up. Spend a day or two experiencing the cafés, bars, sculpture parks, and shaded areas. Or relax with a book along the city’s pedestrian-only 15-mile River Walk and the rooftop pool at Hotel Emma, an elegant address inside a former brewery in the city’s Pearl district. Then road-trip north into Hill Country for something more countrified.

Get a taste of the rarified ranch life at Camp Lucy, a luxe Hill Country outpost set atop a bluff in Dripping Springs with 41 rooms set on 289 acres. Spend time enjoying the rolling scenery, getting up early for sunrise hikes and yoga, trying a spot of archery or hatchet-throwing, or cavorting with the resident alpacas.

When you’re ready for the surf part of your Lone State spring break, it’s a four-hour drive south to reach Port Aransas on the Gulf of Mexico. Here, at the state’s fishing capital, you can head offshore on a deep-sea fishing adventure (April coincides with pompano and cobia season) or check out the incredible native sand works of art along the beach at April’s Texas Sandfest.