I appreciate the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors. I dream of getting away from it all and relaxing in the countryside; cuddling by the campfire and sleeping under the stars. But while communing with nature sounds dreamy, the realities of camping are not my cup of tea. Camping to me, means a hotel room with a treetop view or sharing a bathroom with only one sink. Roughing it, my friends, is not my idea of a voluntary vacation.
So, when the opportunity arose to spend the night at the Wahwahtaysee Resort, you could say, I was a bit nervous. Well, it turns out I am quite the camper, or shall we say “‘glamper.”
“Glamping” (short for glamorous camping) has become a growing trend that many vacationers are enthusiastically embracing. A quick search on Google, brings up endless options around the world for glamping experiences.
I’m happy to report Texas locals won’t need to travel far to experience glamping for themselves. Approximately 40 min outside of Austin,Texas, near the city of San Marcos and on the San Marcos River is The Wahwahtaysee Resort.
Off the highway and down a winding country road, we arrive at a discreet, gated entry with an unassuming sign. After punching in the proper security code, the gates open and lead us down a dirt road to the tents. Oddly, I don’t see another person in sight. And I’m not mad about it!
These “tents” are like nothing I’ve ever seen. As we walk up to “The Little Dipper”, I can hardly believe my eyes. It’s enormous! 650 sq. ft to be exact. Up a few stairs and onto a large, covered, front deck complete with lounge chairs and twinkling lights hung from above. So far, so good!
I head over to see what’s behind the French doors inside. As I enter, I’m greeted by a quaint sitting area with a comfy couch, matching chairs and even a record player. I’m pleased to discover Fleetwood Mac and Bob Marley records in the open dresser. It's little touches like this, that make me feel at home! Behind the couch is a four-poster bed with a beautiful, white antler chandelier dangling above. The luxurious linens feel straight out of the Four Seasons. Ahhhh..
To the right, I discover a kitchenette and breakfast bar that seats four. Sink, dishes, a French coffee press and (thank goodness) a small fridge for my breakfast smoothies and wine are all accounted for. There's even branded mugs for purchase, if you're so inclined to take a souvenir home.
Wahwahtaysee also offers optional dining services including a stocked Yeti cooler or dinner from a local chef, delivered right to your door. The private chefs they’ve partnered with specialize in locally sourced, organic fare, whenever possible. I love to indulge in the local cuisine whenever I'm traveling. Texas BBQ, anyone?
On the left of the sitting area, is a bathroom (quite possibly, larger than mine at home). And Plumbing! A working sink, a flushing toilet, and a shower that could fit a small family, are all here. Last, but certainly not least, a stand-alone, soaking tub. Heavenly…You know where you can find me all weekend. Now, THIS is my idea of camping!
Out the back door, is a wraparound deck with an outdoor dining table for six, an outdoor shower (yes please!) and a campfire pit. There is also a Green Egg for grilling. Note to self; "must return soon with a grill master friend!"
A quick change into our bathing suits and my new “water shoes”, and we’re off to explore. I fire up the golf cart (one is included with each tent) and follow the trail down through the trees. This is like something out of a movie! We cruise down, weaving through the woods, trees of all colors in every direction, and come to a large, rolling, grassy field with a real teepee and a large platform which we see has been lit up for a coming event. This is the perfect spot for a small wedding or a family reunion.
There is also a pecan grove hidden somewhere amongst the grounds, though I didn't get a chance to see it. There are numerous little rocky “beaches” along the San Marcos River, which winds right through the property, offering you a private swimming oasis. I'm glad I've got these water shoes on for the rocky beach. The water's just perfect; I jump right in!
For the adventurous, "Go Outside Expedition Company" offers kayaking and fly fishing expeditions which can be arranged prior to your arrival. There are also numerous places to rent tubes and "float" down the river, a very popular activity in the area.
In total the Wahwahtaysee Resort includes approx. 100 acres. You can hike, swim, kayak, tube, fish, run, jump, skip...whatever your heart desires. Or just spend all day lounging with your favorite book on the deck or a hammock near the river. It’s just stunning.
All in all, Wahwahtaysee knocks it out of the park with every essential glamping consideration. Some of the highlights for me were:
- The enormous, covered deck, strung with twinkling lights and the fantastic outdoor shower
- The fire pit for roasting marshmallows
- The beautiful four-poster king bed with scrumptious, soft pillows and linens
- The deep soaking tub, working plumbing, and complimentary Aveda bath products
- The cute kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator, French press and unique colorful dishes
- The record player for an, old-school, music-filled evening
- The golf cart which made it so easy to explore the complete grounds
This is a family owned resort, and it shows. The Dillards always go the extra mile. The smaller scale, lower impact, and minimal construction also make this a more responsible, eco-conscious choice for a vacation, which always feels good for the soul.
If you're looking to reconnect with nature and enjoy outdoor activities, without sacrificing comfort and leisure, this is the place. I will most certainly be back very soon.
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