Roomy Cabins and Outdoor Recreation on Bluff Overlooking Lake Whitney
Lake Whitney was created to ease drought conditions in the early 1950s, but the reservoir quickly evolved into a popular vacation spot and was even the site of the very first bass-fishing tournament. Perched directly above Lake Whitney on a limestone bluff, Redwood Lodge was one of the lake's earliest retreats and is said to have once hosted movie cowboy Roy Rogers. The resort has expanded to more than 20 log cabins, but still maintains a rustic charm.
Most of the two- and three-bed cabins have cozy décor—from quilted bedding to knotted-wood walls—and many of boast views of Lake Whitney. But for all their rustic charm, the cabins still offer modern amenities such as free WiFi and cable TV.
You can exchange your resort credit for a paddleboat or sailboat rental and head out on the lake to shoot scenes for the Waterworld sequel. Back at the lodge, there's a fleet of rental mountain bikes tuned up and ready for the trail. Whether your day is full of activity or delightfully lazy, there are few better ways to top it off than with a dip in the hot tub and a session around the fire pit. At the Tiki Light Bar, weekly events include late-night dancing and open-mike nights, and the restaurant (open Thursday–Sunday) serves basics such as hamburgers ($4.99) and pizzas ($12–$15).
Whitney, Texas: Lakeside Town with Old-Fashioned Charm
The small city of Whitney, about 85 miles south of Dallas, is often referred to as "The Getaway Capital of Texas." But long before vacationers flocked to the area, Bonnie and Clyde were said to have frequented the town. Bank robberies are a thing of the past, but thankfully, Whitney has retained its old-school, small-town feel. In the quaint downtown area, you'll find several antique stores and an old-fashioned ice-cream shop.
Many of Whitney's visitors come for the massive lake, crisscrossed on the weekends by sailboats, bass boats, and jet skis. Lake Whitney is known for its bass fishing and also has plenty of flat, open water for skiing a handful of sandy beaches. There are about a dozen public parks around the lake, including Lake Whitney State Park, which boasts hiking trails, picnic areas, and a population of nearly 200 bird species.