Denton, TX, USA

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Denton, TX, USA

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Denton’s a part of Texas that’s both quaint and hip

At first glance, Denton looks every inch a quaint Texas prairie town, surrounded by horse farms, and featuring mom-and-pop stores around the city center. Yet there’s another, edgier, hipper side to this college town 40 miles north of Dallas. Its burgeoning music scene has earned praise from the international press, who’ve dubbed it a fresher, more independent alternative to Austin’s scene. Denton vacation rentals, which include ranch homes with acres of pastures and ponds, will let you explore both sides of this fascinating region – from the rustic splendor to hedonistic nights out that quite literally hit all the right notes.

Horse farms and hip bars in Denton

If you have a love of horses, this one’s a no-brainer. Head out on a self-guided driving tour of the North Texas horse country, which surrounds the urban core, and you’ll find yourself amid over 300 horse farms. These are working ranches, though some welcome drop-in visitors. Meanwhile, back in town, you can go for an amble around the main square, which is dotted with quirky, independent shops selling clothes and antiques, as well as places to chill out with a coffee and watch buskers doing their thing. Then, come nightfall, you can experience the celebrated music scene in one of the buzzing dive bars, before flopping into bed at your nearby Denton vacation rental.

Pretty, historic landmarks in Denton

There’s history around every corner in Denton. One standout structure is the Bayless-Selby House Museum. This Victorian, Queen Anne-style house was built back in the late 19th century, and is today preserved as a portal to the past. The immaculate, antique furnishings inside give you a glimpse of a bygone era in Texan life. Meanwhile, it’s always worth checking out what’s showing at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center – an exhibition space set within a 1929 building that was once a steam power plant. The most iconic building in Denton, however, is the Courthouse-on-the-Square, which was built in in 1896 and now features a cozy museum on the history of the town.

Putting a spring in your step in Denton

If you had to pick just one season to come book your Denton vacation rental, spring would be it. This is when the weather is warm, yet always comfortable, and the sun-dappled surroundings just beg to be explored. It’s also when a number of festivals bring locals and visitors together, including the 35 Denton music festival, which draws in rock bands and country stars, and the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, which will have you tapping and nodding along to the live performances.

Water and wilderness near Denton

To the southeast of Denton lies Lewisville Lake, one of the largest bodies of water in the state. On a hot day, there’s no better way to cool down than going for a dip here, while others may prefer to find one of the sandy sections of the shore to bask and relax on. Meanwhile, to the north of Denton, you’ll find Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, which encompasses almost 3,000 acres of hardwood forests and wildlife-filled wetlands. Bring your binoculars to seek out the local birds and really get back to nature.