Lakeside residents don’t have to go far to find a getaway close to home. And Texas Hill Country may be an optimal option. With warm weather, sprawling views of rolling hills spotted with bluebonnets, and luxuries like over one hundred wineries, a staycation after a strenuous move to Austin may be just what the doctor ordered.
From upscale spa retreats to family-friendly hotels, there’s a Hill Country resort to suit every taste and budget. Explore our five favorite resorts to help you plan your Texas retreat.
Canyon of the Eagles
Canyon of the Eagles is a nature-based resort located on the shores of Lake Buchanan in Burnet, Texas. Featuring comfortable accommodations, a restaurant with panoramic views, and live music at the Eagles Nest Lounge, this location caters to both couples and families. Birders and casual nature lovers alike should keep their eyes peeled for the bald eagles that gave the resort its name and nest in the area seasonally.
The resort’s eco-friendly, self-contained cabins are built for sustainability, and fitted with one or two queen-sized bed(s), secluded porches with chairs, and a private bathroom with a tub/shower. If you’d rather sleep under the stars, Canyon of the Eagles also offers three unique campsites and an RV Park.
Guests can traverse the resort’s nature trails, cast a line from the shores of Lake Buchanan, or look to the stars at the Eagle Eye Observatory. If you’re in search of a quiet afternoon, sunsets by the Seventh Circuit Labyrinth are a must see.
Savor uniquely Texan cuisine like venison sausage, pan-seared snapper, or chicken fried wild boar surrounded by stunning views of the park from the Overlook Restaurant.
There is also bar food available at the Eagles Nest Lounge, a perfect spot to catch live music and sports over a beer or craft cocktail.
The Antlers Inn
The Antlers Inn is a historic hotel located in Kingsland, Texas, featuring charming accommodations with modern amenities. Originally built in the early 1900s, the inn has been beautifully restored and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
To ensure guests have an enjoyable stay, the Inn offers a variety of unique lodging options, including outfitted train cabooses and cabins. Guests can also relax and unwind on the inn’s front porch or take a stroll across its spacious lawns.
Guests can kayak or fish on Lake LBJ, sample the wine at the nearby Perissos Vineyard and Winery, or enjoy a round of golf on the Legends Golf Course. For a thrilling subterranean adventure, visit the Longhorn Cavern State Park and enjoy a guided cave tour.
Movie buffs might recognize the Grand Central Cafe from the classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre, although the restaurant has recently been renamed Hooper’s in honor of the film’s late director. Swing by the bar and coffee shop for a warm cup of joe or an ice-cold beverage. Don’t worry though, chainsaws aren’t allowed.
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay Resort is an upscale getaway nestled along the shores of LBJ Lake. With its picturesque setting and exceptional service, Horseshoe Bay Resort is a popular destination for leisurely stays, weddings, and business events.
Horseshoe Bay is known for its golf courses. The “Texas Triangle” courses Slick Rock, Apple Rock, and Ram Rock were all designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. Summit Rock was rated #61 in the Top 100 Resort Courses in America by Golfweek 2018.
The resort also boasts a full-service spa and fitness center, and three swimming pools. An extensive range of luxurious rooms, condos, and private homes are available to rent.
There is plenty to experience at Horseshoe Bay besides golf. Take a Hill Country wine tour, a sunset lake cruise, or choose from an ever-changing calendar of seasonal events.
Enjoy Texas barbecue at J’s Restaurant and Bar, poolside cocktails at Café del Sol, or fine steak and seafood at the flagship Yacht Club restaurant.
Miraval Austin is a luxurious wellness resort designed for people looking to unwind, rejuvenate, and reconnect with themselves and nature. This cool, creative location is great for people seeking an inner sigh of relief.
Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa offers renewal treatments, Ayurveda, and a selection of Eastern treatments including acupuncture and Thai massage. Elegant rooms come complete with Tibetan singing bowls and meditation cushions.
The resort has the expected wellness activities like daily yoga, pilates, and exercise classes, but Miraval’s guests can also try horseback riding, beekeeping, try their hand at managing a chicken coop, and culinary classes.
With ingredients sourced from the resort’s own farm, food at Miraval is an exercise in mindfulness and appreciation. The Hilltop Crossings Kitchen offers a luxurious dining space, while The Nook is available to hire for private events.
Lakeway Resort and Spa
Lakeway Resort and Spa is a family-friendly retreat overlooking Lake Travis. With a variety of activities, this is a staycation the entire family can enjoy. Lakeway has all the beauty of a Texas Hill Country resort, but is right on Austin’s doorstep.
Lakeway’s rooms are styled with comfort in mind, while the resort itself is designed to incorporate the surrounding terrain. The resort contains a boutique spa, a kids’ pool with a lifeguard, and an adult pool with a swim-up bar.
Guests can sail, fish, and swim in Lake Travis, tackle a range of aquatic obstacles at Waterloo Adventures, or play one of the three exceptional golf courses.
Besides a range of bars and poolside cafes, the dining highlight of Lakeway is the TR Restaurant & Bar Lounge, serving an ever-changing menu of traditional Southwest and Texas cuisine.
Here at Lakeside at Tessera
When you’re a resident of Lakeside at Tessera, you never need to leave home to experience the amenities of a resort. We bring the staycation right to your doorstep.
Lakeside offers its residents a wide range of amenities, including a stunning infinity pool, a community pavilion for gatherings, and access to miles of hiking and biking trails. Additionally, residents can enjoy water activities such as kayaking and fishing on the lake or relax by the communal fire pits with friends and family.
When you live in Hill Country, you don’t need to hop on a plane to experience a relaxing weekend. The Texas Hill Country offers a variety of resorts to help you and your family unwind. If you want every day to feel like you’re living at a luxury retreat, contact us to explore the range of homes for sale at Tessera on Lake Travis.