What better way to enjoy summer in Texas than at the lake? This week we take you to Cedar Creek Lake where we zero-in on two exceptional lake homes, each with fabulous amenities and waterfront views, but with price points that are miles apart. Whether you’re looking for a Texas lake home with all the bells and whistles, or a rustic charmer right on the water, our latest Splurge vs. Steal has you covered.

See it on SecondShelters.com now!

We all know and love pro golfer Hunter Mahan, who used to live in the Creeks of Preston Hollow, but sold his home to another well-loved, Texas-born and raised pro golfer, Jordan Spieth.

Hunter and his family moved to Highland Park. I knew they had built a gorgeous lake house out at Long Cove, our closest heart throb, vacation home nirvana only a couple hours east of Dallas on the deepest, coolest part of Cedar Creek Lake.

Long Cove rocks.

We have more details on CandysDirt.com.

This cottage at Long Cove would be a fabulous getaway for a family!

This cottage at Long Cove would be a fabulous getaway for a family!

Cedar Creek Lake is a popular go-to location for North Texans who need a little time by the water. It’s a perfect spot to while away a three-day weekend, take the boat out, maybe paddleboard a little. For us, you can’t do much better than Long Cove, a fantastic community of gorgeous luxury properties that make lakefront living a breeze.

“Long Cove was made with family in mind. Beyond the homes and amenities, the heart of our community is focused on reconnecting with those closest to you. Forge meaningful conversations and create lasting memories without any distractions,” said sales director Josh Ellis. “We wanted a place where you can escape close to home and build relationships with new families like yours. We’ve created a haven where you can be a kid with your kids and let the family feel safe to run free, as you once did.”

Doesn’t that sound dreamy?

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Is it just me, or is the Vegas all-you-can-drink uber-debauched stag/bachelorette party gone passe? Maybe I’ve watched “The Hangover” one too many times (OK, I watched it once, which may be one too many), I think so. Or maybe it’s just because I’m officially in my 30s, but what this dear CandysDirt.com reader is describing sounds just perfect.

Our dear reader is looking for some out-of-the-way bachelor party accommodations for eight guys to get their relaxing weekend on. Requirements: near a lake or river, within about an hour or two of Dallas, and plenty of room to get rowdy.

This sounds like someone who would really love a weekend stay at Long Cove, which is a perfect second home haven for lake lovers and weekenders on Cedar Creek Lake.

Read the full plea for help after the jump!

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I’m a writer in New York, early 30s, and planning a bachelor party for eight active, outgoing guys in the Dallas area, where I used to live.

The groom is well past the age of Vegas/Hangover-style antics and wants something more low-key. So, I’m looking for a nice house or cabin somewhere outside the city to plan a perfect weekend packed with core summer guy stuff — grilling, fishing, tubing, volleyball, you get the idea.

He’s having a destination wedding, so most of us have already invested quite a bit on his behalf. I could probably squeeze another $200 or so out of everyone—putting our budget around $1,600 to $2,000 for two nights, plus the inevitable extras like food, gas, etc. We’d probably be willing to drive 90 minutes, maybe 2 hours from downtown Dallas.

I’d like to find something truly special — a big, impressive, beautiful place with plenty of things to do on the property where eight guys could comfortably stretch out.

If there’s easy access to amenities like boat/jet ski rentals, golf, etc., even better. The more we can fit into two nights, the better.

Comment with suggestions, or if you have a rental offer, email candace@secondshelters.com!

Long Cove water view of LC

Cottage 19-7

It’s Thursday. Last week about this time we were getting ready to get off for a nice long weekend. Did you, like me, stay put in Big D? But did you vow to have a second home for the next long weekend? Long Cove and the delights of Cedar Creek Lake are only 45 minutes east of us.

I know, it totally looks like Seaside, but without the security check and delays on Southwest. Making my arrangements to visit Long Cove and kick the tires for you over on SecondShelters. Meantime, YOU should check out Long Cove… before I do!