Three-Day Weekend at a Texas Hill Country Oasis

Stipulated: weekend getaways deserve three days. Longer, and… it’s not really a weekend. Hence our series, Three Day Weekend, dedicated to revealing the best destinations in the state.

Going away for a long weekend is supposed to be relaxing, but with all the necessary planning and coordination, that tranquility can wear off before it even begins. Especially if you are traveling with a partner or a group and no one can decide on a destination. A person wants to lay by a swimming pool sipping umbrella drinks. Someone wants to post at a spa. And another just wants to play golf all day. Problem? No. Just go to Horseshoe Bay.

Horseshoe Bay is an accessible resort located on Lake LBJ in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It’s just over an hour from Austin, two hours from San Antonio, and four hours from Dallas and Houston. The sprawling 7,000-acre property has 400 rooms and suites, four golf courses (five if you count the 18-hole course), multiple pools, and multiple bars and restaurants, so you’re always within easy reach of a great steak, a stiff drink, or a chance for a birdie. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

Bed and breakfast in Horseshoe Bay

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Where you are staying

These 400 rooms range from standard to non-standard. The Hotel Tower is where you will find traditional rooms, ideal for solo travelers, couples and those on a budget. They are very comfortable, if a little plain, with one king bed or two double beds, a desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the property. If you’re traveling with a crowd, Palm Villas feature one, two, or three bedrooms, separate living areas and kitchens, and private balconies and patios. Horseshoe Bay also offers private home rentals, so you can get that residential feel while enjoying all the amenities. And if you really like here, you might consider buying one of the condos on the property. However, when it comes to impulse buying, it’s a bit more extreme than raiding your mini-bar.

Yacht Club at Horseshoe Bay

Yacht Club at Horseshoe Bay

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What you eat and drink

Whether you’re at a mega-casino in Vegas or an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, one of the undeniable best benefits of staying at a massive resort is that no matter what time of day, you’re always one step away. short request for a cold beer and a shrimp cocktail. Same deal here.

Yacht Club sits on the water and is the flagship restaurant. This is the best dinner option and serves a classic menu of steaks and chops, fresh seafood, and all the trimmings you’d expect, like French onion soup, wedge salad, and beignets. of crab.

The J’s restaurant and bar is more relaxed, decorated in wood and leather. It opens early so if you have a morning tee time go for it. Breakfast includes smoked salmon bagels and avocado omelettes, lunch brings salads and sandwiches, and dinner moves on to bigger plates, like fried chicken steak and fish-crusted trout. pecan nuts.

The Waterfront Bar & Grill is a casual spot for seafood and tacos. The Whitewater 360 Sports Club is where you’ll go to watch a game complete with pizza and beer. There’s a pool bar, of course, for all your aquatic drinks and snacks needs. And golf courses have clubhouses serving food and drink. So you have options.

Pools at Horseshoe Bay

Pools at Horseshoe Bay

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Play golf. Or Tennis. Or nothing.

Horseshoe Bay is known for golf. You can tell because of all the guys walking around in brightly colored polo shirts. But also because the site is flush with the fairways and greens. The three courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. are known as the Texas Triangle and regularly make local and national top lists.

All three courses feature significant elevation changes from tee to green. Slick Rock is famous for its “million dollar” 14th hole, in which golfers drive their carts through a 35-meter-long stepped waterfall. Apple Rock was renovated and reopened in 2019 and is one of the most scenic courses in Texas, with fairways that stretch along Lake LBJ. And Ram Rock is the toughest of the trio, with narrow fairways and an island green on the par-three fourth hole.

There’s also the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, Summit Rock, which was named “America’s Best New Course” by golf summary when it opened in 2012. It’s for members only, but you’re probably the type of person they’d like as a member. Alternatively, you can skip all that serious golf and head to Whitewater Golf Course. It’s 18 holes of manicured greens, rose gardens and water hazards, so it’s not your typical putt-putt.

If golf isn’t your thing, or you just want to mix things up during your stay, Horseshoe Bay also has tennis courts and pickleball courts. And when you’ve had enough activity, the spa offers sports massages and soothing treatments, like hot stone massages and Himalayan salt scrubs. Although, to be clear, you don’t have to do anything to win a trip to the spa.

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