Texas: the word conjures images of wide open spaces, both flat and dry, and skies as far as the eye can see. The Hill Country lies in the central region of Texas and is a surprisingly varied landscape when compared to surrounding areas on all sides. Green junipers and Texas live oak spring from the rugged hills of limestone and granite, shading the many natural aquifers and rivers. The lush landscape and abundance of water create an unspoiled oasis that is both removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet still convenient to modern amenities. Today, countless acres of rolling scenery serve as an unparalleled playground for outdoor adventures of every kind. Come experience the best area in Texas at the best Hill Country venue, The Retreat at Balcones Springs.
A Destination for All Seasons
The Texas Hill Country in Central Texas is a place of majesty, serenity, natural beauty and comfort in all four seasons. In spring, the meadows are alive with bluebonnets and the air is fresh with new beginnings. Guests can enjoy warm days and mild evenings. In summer, the heat-filled days are perfect for horseback riding, fishing, zip lining, canoeing, and swimming. Our summertime campers are treated to air-conditioned cabins and indoor spaces, providing a nice respite during the hottest times of the day – or skip the AC and take a dip in Lake Ted!
The summer heat fades as fall draws near, and once again the days become warm and evenings are cool enough for guests to enjoy bonfires under the stars. Our often-mild winters are refreshing, with cooler temperatures rarely dropping below freezing even at night. There are many adventures to be had throughout all seasons.
Sightseeing in Central Texas
Should guests choose to venture out and explore Texas, the Hill Country and Central Texas have much to offer. The local flora and fauna are a photographer’s dream. The Retreat is near the Balcones Wildlife Refuge and is home to a native species of Warblers and several scenic hikes. Short drives away, the following activities await: Wine & Brewery Tastings, ATV rentals, motor boat rentals, target shooting, strawberry picking, and more.
For guests interested in the local history and geography, the following places make a wonderful day drive from The Retreat at Balcones Springs. Upon request, the kitchen will pack a gourmet pack lunch for you to enjoy while you’re out exploring.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (1.5 hr drive) – a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area includes 1,644 acres and features a pink granite mountain or monadnock, that rises approximately 425 feet in the air. Enjoy unobstructed 360 degree views after a short (yet steep) hike to the top, or explore one of many hiking trails around the park.
Fredericksburg Wine Country (1.5 hr drive) – A charming German town about 17 miles from Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg is a Recorded Historic Landmark. Also known as the Peach Capital of Texas, the fruit ripens May-August. If visiting outside of peach season, Fredericksburg is home to over 20 wineries, some of which feature tasting rooms located among the charming shops downtown.
Pedernales Falls State Park (1 hr drive) – Enjoy fishing, hiking, swimming, or bring your tube and float along the Pedernales River.
Hamilton Pool Preserve (1 hr drive) – Located just outside the growing town of Dripping Springs, Hamilton Pool Preserve consists of 232 acres of protected natural habitat featuring a jade green pool which a 50-foot waterfall flows. We recommend making your plans to visit Hamilton Pool in advance, as reservations are required during the popular swimming months.
Luckenbach, Texas (1.25 hr drive) – Only 13 miles from Fredericksburg, Luckenbach is a charming small town established in 1849 as a trading post. Today, you can still visit the oldest building in town – a combination general store, post office, and saloon. Luckenbach occasionally hosts classic Texas live music and is the subject of several famous country songs.
Longhorn Cavern State Park (45 min drive) – The park is named for Longhorn Cavern, a limestone cave that was used over the years by indigenous Indians, Confederate soldiers, and even outlaws. Once the location of a 1920’s speakeasy, the cave is now open to visitors and remains a cool 68 degrees year round.
Animals & Wildlife at The Retreat
In addition to ranch horses grazing in the pasture, donkeys, lambs, goats, chickens, a scarlet Macaw, and a friendly llama make their home at The Retreat. You may also spot deer, wild turkeys, and a variety of birds and hawks at The Retreat so be sure to pack your camera. One of the best ways to meet our fur family is to schedule a guided trail ride, one of the many activities available to you. Set forth on your noble steed, led by your knowledgable guide, and observe the natural beauty of the property. For your safety, when you do come into contact with animals during your vacation, remember to respect their space and please do not enter the pasture or paddocks without the permission and guidance of a Retreat employee.