Okay if you’re in the Texas Hill Country and planning on camping any where other than Boulderdash... my question is why? The campsites may not have bathrooms, but they are shaded and beautiful with a fire ring and picnic table - and there is a killer hill top view from your site.
The real attraction though is the Medina River. It’s covered in white rocks and varies from ankle deep to too deep to touch the bottom in front of Boulderdash and just a couple of hundred yards up stream. We saw beautiful perch and bass, and could see our feet everywhere we went because the water was clear and beautiful. There were places to jump off rocks, kayak, wade, or just sun bathe on the rock beach.
Perfect place to spend a weekend. It’s not just a home base so that you can go explore somewhere else - it is the place to explore. Best campsite I’ve found in the area so far! Plus, the hosts are super precious and kind, we felt so welcomed by them! I saw a previous review about dogs barking, so I brought a small bluetooth speaker and was not bothered by the dogs at all!
Located at the corner of 16 and 46, Al’s Hideaway is at the center of 3 cool, small Texas towns: Bandera, Boerne, and Helotes.
After spending the day swimming and fishing at Bandera City Park, we headed to Al’s.
We pulled right up to our TeePee and were impressed with how clean it was, and were grateful for the fan inside since summer is in full swing. We were totally comfortable in it and even got cool at night! We were told that in winter months, the propane fire pit is brought inside for warmth.
We got a tour of the land from Gordon and Jennifer. They told us all of the plans they had to develop their little piece of paradise (including a swimming pool), and showed us their 20 acres full of places to primitive camp away from the RVs and Cabins.
At the center of Al’s is a communal bathroom, kitchen and pavilion space with a sound system, tables and chairs, kitchen supplies, a giant custom built grill, and a griddle for cooking on. People definitely used this space and we got to know some of neighbors there!
We were so pleased with our stay at Al’s Hideaway, we felt rejuvenated after getting to spend some time in nature, and we are already planning our next trip out here!
Our stay at Merryvale exceeded our expectations! We slept under a canopy of trees, with a constant breeze, as fireflies lit up over our tent and we listened to the sound of crickets and cicadas. It was nothing short of magical.
The directions led us right to the property, and Sandy was waiting there to show us our campsite and the restrooms. Sandy and her son worked hard to clear out a private trail that led to a hillside camp and fire ring that were absolutely beautiful! And the bathrooms were super clean and had a toilet and sink.
Sandy also showed us her garden and invited us to take a tomato and some lettuce to go with our dinner. Close to her tiny house is her garden and her horse, mini horses and chickens! She does a great job taking care of her property and shared with us all of the dreams she has to get people connected to the little slice of Texas hill country she’s got.
We went swimming at Barton Springs in the morning, about 30 minutes from camp. We stopped at a great food truck park 5 minutes from Merryvale at FM 1626 and Bliss Spillar Rd - they’ve got hot dogs, gluten free desserts & ice cream, southern seafood, and BBQ. Definitely recommend both the Springs and the food trucks!! Sandy also told us about a dog boarding place right across the street for those who might need it.
Katz and her husband are passionate dreamers, who clearly wish to share not only their home, but their 38 acres with anyone who comes to stay with them. They have so many hopes and dreams for their property, and because of that it is always changing.
You come onto the property to a dirt drive that leads you right up to your parking spot by the house. The home houses 20+, and was perfect for even our small group.
While the house was nice, we enjoyed their property even more. The campsites are lovely, there are cedar trees, oaks, and various cacti. We saw lots of wildlife, but the foxes and birds were our favorite. The lake levels fluctuate, but we were still able to enjoy sunset over the cliffs! Be sure to ask about the water, but know that the property is just minutes away from lots of lakes, rivers, and parks!
Marble falls is about 5 minutes away and full of shops, coffee, and grub! About an hour or so from downtown Austin. The house is perfect for groups, and the primitive campsites/RV sites are incredible, and have car access.
After driving past a river and through a beautiful canopy of trees, it was clear that our hosts transforming their 100 acres into something where people could really come and experience luxury in the midst of their beautiful land. We were greeted by our host, who graciously showed us all three of the luxury safari tents and told us the vision that his family had for the place. The tent we got to stay in was designed by his parents, and the other two were designed by their children. Each tent showed us a little glimpse into their families personality, their passion for connecting people to the land they love, and their eye for design and luxury!
We spent the early part of our trip enjoying the safari tents because it was raining outside, and we were so cozy as we were surrounded by windows as we watched the rain fall. Once things cleared up we enjoyed an incredible sunset in the field next to our tent, we took a hike on the trail that had been cleared and laid down with rocks, and spent some time swimming in the river which is just a short hike or drive away. The place was immaculate, and really allowed us to take in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country! Our hosts were full of recommendations for how to spend our time, and gave us plenty of privacy once they got us settled in.
Plus sides to glamping: we had a huge bath tub, a stand up indoor shower, a toilet, an outdoor shower, a microwave, a grill, a fire pit, and the most comfortable bed and pull-out bed known to man. I would recommend this place over and over again!
Our stay at Vineyard did not disappoint! As soon as we pulled up to our rustic cliffside cottage, we cozied up on the porch to read and take in the views. From the porch you can hear the creek trickling and can see the hill country roll on and on. We took some time to walk across the dam and explore different parts of the property and got to meet some of the animals running around - donkeys and a mini horse! We also saw cows, TONS of deer, different kinds of birds, and armadillos.
We loved having the hot tub on the porch to relax in after we spent some time walking around and exploring. From the hot tub, you can see the creek and at night you can see tons of stars!
The inside of the cabin is immaculate and full of windows so that you can take in the outdoors from the comfort of an air conditioned bed. There was a big bed, a comfy couch, a kitchen area and a spacious bathroom. We used the electric grill found on the porch to grill up some meat and enjoyed dinner on the porch. We got back in the hottub, and then came inside to play games and watch movies on the TV.
The Vineyard is only about 20 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg which is full of shops, wineries, fruit stands, and peach orchards. And about 40 minutes from the vineyard you can find Enchanted Rock, which is one of my all time favorite places to hike, rock climb, and crawl through caves - if the weather is nice be sure to show up early!
Definitely recommend spending an evening relaxing at the Vineyard.
Where to begin?! My group of 10 ladies absolutely LOVED Sue's barn. Everywhere we turned there were cool, quirky and thoughtful details. We had wonderful bedding, towels, and the whole place felt so clean. We flipped some of the beds over to make a long kitchen table and were so grateful for the thoughtful design of the whole place. There was a wonderful shower and kitchen area in the barn that we all utilized! The best part (of course) was the wonderful pond and pasture that is behind the barn. We spend HOURS playing with, petting, hugging and feeding the mini-horses and donkeys, as well as swinging and see-sawing. 100% recommend Sue's place. We had AC, options for heat if we needed it, and Sue was always a text away and was really good about checking up on us. We had lunch at Feed & Firewater in Round Top and it was DELICIOUS, and we had a great cappuccino at Espressions Coffee & Art. Round Top is a tiny town, but it's so full of character and charm, and we were only a 10 minute drive from the downtown area!
The Braun Oaks Campground in Helotes, TX is a little gem hidden right outside of San Antonio, TX just half a mile off of the main loop. When you come in, you immediately see a couple of more developed campsites fire rings and log seating, but if you go further into the quieter part of the property, you find other more primitive sites with the perk of getting to bring your car! The campsites closer to the entrance had a little more traffic noise than the back of the property.
I came with a group of 5 less experienced campers, so we chose a more developed site close to the entrance where the restroom facility is located. We set up camp, started a fire, and then spent about an hour putting our vehicle in 4WD and exploring the property. James has clearly taken time to make his land fun for dirt bikes and 4-wheelers as there were lots of cool jumps on his many trails that we really enjoyed! You can tell that James really prides himself in his little piece of paradise close to the city. His property was well maintained and pocketed all through out the property, you could find little collections of things like fencing, logs, and tires that gave us the impression that he had in mind to create something with all of it.
We saw rabbits, armadillos, and tons of birds on the property. At night we fell asleep to the sounds of crickets, rain drops falling, and the faint sound of traffic in the distance, which was worth it to us to be 10 minutes from Government Canyon Natural Area, Sea World, La Cantera Mall, Six Flags, and pretty much any restaurant, coffee shop, or San Antonio style raspa stand your heart could desire.
I highly recommend spending a night or two at Braun Oaks Campground!
Super cool place. Full of history and fun quirks. We stayed in bunker #2. Parked right next to it and set up our tent inside. Can never say that I've never slept in an old navy bunker again!! Host was great, instructions were great - everything was as advertised - including the docile rattlesnakes. We also saw a huge jackrabbit. Anywho - if you are adventurous and looking for something TOTALLY different and out of the norm, then this place is right up your alley. My husband and I loved it. Bring lights! It's dark inside and outside of the bunker. This place has a lot of potential to be improved over the years, so take it for what it is!