Plan Your Perfect Retreat With These Hill Country Getaway Spots!

Little girl enjoying the San Marcos river in the Hill Country Getaway

It’s frequently said that you can’t care for others before you take care of yourself. Sometimes, the best way to refill your proverbial cup is to plan a getaway from your daily routine, allowing you to experience something new and focus on yourself! For those of us in the Houston area, the Texas Hill Country is the perfect spot for a retreat, just far away enough that you won’t run into neighbors and coworkers but also within a reasonable driving distance from home. I’ve compiled this list of some of my favorite spots for an indulgent Hill Country Getaway!

4 Spots for A Hill Country Getaway You’ll Always Remember

Joshua Creek Ranch

About a three-and-a-half-hour drive west of Houston is a hunting and sporting oasis known as Joshua Creek Ranch. With beautiful Texas Hill Country beauty, the Ranch provides guests with a prime wildlife habitat for hunting quail, pheasant, mallard ducks, deer, and turkeys. 

There’s also fly fishing for Rainbow Trout and plenty of opportunities for water sports like kayaking and tubing. Stay in their onsite luxury accommodations and enjoy gourmet dining for a secluded, private getaway. Don’t forget to take advantage of their legendary outdoor fire pits for a beautiful send-off to another gorgeous day in the Texas countryside. 

Treehouse Utopia

There’s no getaway quite like spending a few days tucked into the canopy of a beautiful, ancient Bald Cypress tree. Treehouse Utopia in Utopia, Texas, has four magical, luxury treehouses that provide an adults-only escape. Each has its own theme and personality but includes a bedroom, sitting room, full bathroom with a tile shower, and expansive sitting decks. 

They’re also decked out with heating and air conditioning for a consistently comfortable stay. Treehouse Utopia is about a four-hour drive west of Houston. Still, you’ll feel worlds away as you nestle into the treetops, reconnecting with nature.


Beautiful teenager girl wearing a blue dress by the Guadalupe river in the Hill Country getaway from Houston, Texas.

Paniolo Ranch

“Paniolo” is the Hawaiian word for cowboy. Moreover, Paniolo Ranch perfectly blends “Hawaiian Aloha spirit and Lonestar traditions.” The property is nestled amidst gorgeous Texas Hill Country, overlooking a sparkling lake and breathtaking views. They have five private guest houses, each of which includes luxury amenities to make your stay as comfortable as can be. 

Each stay also includes an indulgent breakfast in bed, the perfect precursor to a rejuvenating massage at their in-house spa. Paniolo Ranch also offers packages for various celebrations, whether a girl’s weekend away or a romantic getaway. Just under four hours from Houston, it’s an ideal escape with all the beauty of Texas and the spirit of a Hawaiian vacation.

Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort allows you to experience the best of Texas Hill Country in one convenient location. With luxury accommodations, multiple world-class dining experiences, a glorious waterfront spa, and award-winning golf courses, you don’t have to leave the resort to feel totally rejuvenated. And it’s only about three and a half hours from Houston! 

Splurge and rent an Insta-worthy waterfront lounger to enjoy the views and get a little sun, or learn about the resort’s exotic parrots at their Breakfast with the Birds event! However you choose to spend your time, you’ll feel mentally and physically rested and renewed coming home from a stay at Horseshoe Bay.

Little girl wearing a pink dress floating on the river in one of the best Hill Country Getaway from Houston.

Hill Country Getaway

I hope you’re feeling inspired to plan your next Texas Hill Country getaway at one of these fabulous spots! Whether you’re looking for romance, peace and quiet, or a relaxing spa treatment, there’s something in Hill Country for you. It’s time to take a break!! 

Once you’re feeling well-rested, why not schedule some pictures to celebrate? I’m a Houston photographer as well as a mother myself. I know how hectic this season can be, and I want to ensure you have gorgeous memories you can cherish forever. If you’ve been considering booking some pictures for your family, I’d love to connect! Contact me today to find out more.

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