Abundant Recreation on the Shores of Lake Texoma
In the blue waters of Lake Texoma, more than 70 species of fish, including striped bass, largemouth bass, and catfish, dart among submerged logs above a rocky floor. Both locals and out-of-towners flock to the 89,000-acre lake, which spreads across the Oklahoma border, in order to sail, fish, and otherwise disport themselves in, on, and around its placid waters. Only a few steps away sits the Tanglewood Resort, whose guest rooms offer sweeping views of the picturesque aquatic scene. At check-in, each pair of adults in the party receives a complimentary bottle of wine. Upstairs, lakeview rooms are outfitted with either a king-size bed or two queens and a 25-inch TV.
Recreation abounds at the Tanglewood Resort, where guests can play ping-pong in the arcade or refine their hand-eye coordination on the volleyball, basketball, horseshoe, and tennis courts. Renowned golfer Arnold Palmer and architect Ralph Plummer designed the resort's 18-hole championship golf course, which sports a unique, eco-friendly grass hybrid that relies on less water and fewer caddy tears for irrigation. An outdoor hot tub lets sojourners steep themselves in bubbling warmth on cool Texas nights.
At Tanglewood Resort's two on-site restaurants, guests nosh on upscale dinner dishes such as an 8-ounce fillet of pepper steak ($32) at the Commodore Room, which overlooks Lake Texoma, or shoot the breeze over pizza and brews at Barnacle Sports Bar and Pizzeria. In the morning, a breakfast buffet fuels the day's activity with a spread of eggs, sausage, bacon, make-your-own waffles, fruit, and muffins. The Tranquility Spa's aestheticians are on-hand to massage muscles ($50+), administer manicures ($30+), or depilate overripe strawberries with waxing services ($10+).
Pottsboro, Texas: Desert Oasis North of Dallas
The massive Lake Texoma supplies Pottsboro, which lies just over an hour's drive north of Dallas, with both its picturesque scenery and outdoorsy, recreational spirit. Boat cruises aboard the 55-foot Last Call take a two-hour tour of the lake, skirting sandy islands and providing a closer look at wildlife. Alternatively, the 80-foot party boat Oasis boasts an expansive upper deck that holds more than 40 people. Adjacent to the hotel, the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal spot for hiking, fishing, and bird-heckling, with more than 11,000 acres populated by native flora and fauna, including deer, turkeys, bobcats, hawks, and songbirds.