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DFW's Most Comfortable Wilderness Retreats

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Do you enjoy the outdoors but not the pesky nuisances of camping? Glamping is taking over nature-enthusiasts who still enjoy modern amenities. There are many places that combine these two worlds around the metroplex, from lakeside resorts to cabins to homes in the trees. Nature is calling you and, at these locales, it will have indoor plumbing. 

Cedar Mountain Lodge
6950 Shady Lane
Scurry, TX 75158
(972) 452-3273

Cedar Mountain Lodge is large enough for corporate events and adventures; however, what makes this site twinkle amongst the other country stars is the weekend-worthy tree house. Accessible by zip line or golf cart, the tree house, also known as "The Eagle's Nest," provides views of a wildlife sanctuary between the countless pecan and oak trees. This cabin in the sky has plentiful views of the great outdoors and standard amenities that one would find on the ground.

Loyd Park Cabins-Joe Pool Lake

3401 Ragland Road
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(817) 467-2104

For those who want the lakeside view without waking up next to a family of insects, Joe Pool Lake's Loyd Park has several cabins to rent out. Each cabin has its own regional Texas theme including Piney Woods, Panhandle, Prairies and Lakes and South Texas Plains. One and two bedroom options are available and if the timing is right, the price could be as low as $100 per night. All cabins have central heating and air, making year-round comfortable dozing by the lake possible and probable.

Inn On Lake Granbury 

205 W. Doyle St.
Granbury, TX 76048
(817) 573-0046

About an hour southwest of Dallas, Granbury awaits those who enjoy small town fun. However Lake Granbury is for those who enjoy big shorelines. Since 2005, the luxurious Inn on Lake Granbury resort has catered to both the high-maintenance guest who needs some pampering and those who just appreciate the view. A waterfall, garden and saltwater pool add to the landscape, and are just a short stroll away from the water. With extras like jetted tubs, balconies, and specially-made breakfasts, the Inn on Lake Granbury is high-class in the country. This site is for adults only to ensure a peaceful and romantic stay.

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River Of Love Cabins

Thackerville, OK 73459
(580) 276-9981

Just an hour north of DFW, the River of Love Cabins in Love County, Thakerville, are a unique destination and worth the short excursion. Near a few thousand acres of wildlife preserve, these cabins allow the birds to sing and the springs to flow. Typical cabin setups are available in the Green Briar Cabin and Red Bud Cabin, albeit beefed up with Jacuzzi's and other cozy features; however, there is one option that won't be found anywhere else, the Love Train Caboose. This 1949 Union Pacific Caboose-turned-cabin sleeps two and guarantees sweet dreams about travels near and far. Upon arrival in Thackerville, call the management and they will show you to your cabin.

Arrowhead Resort At Lake Whitney

P.O. Box 1802
Lake Whitney, TX 76692
(888) 412-3044

Arrowhead at Lake Whitney resort boasts 20 cabins and rooms, making it a fitting and fun locale for family gatherings and friendly reunions. A family business, this site also has its own restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, lake swimming, and games. All rooms are just a 150 brisk walk to the edge of Lake Whitney. Free wi-fi, a concierge and even on-site boat and canoe rentals will keep the most restless souls busy, along with those who take pleasure in the natural settings, wildlife watching and clean, fresh air.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at

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