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ydoc Oct 27th, 2005 09:38 AM

resort with lodge and condo options
I have been trying to decide where we should go on our Christmas vacation this year. The hill country of Texas seems very interesting but might be too cold? Does anyone have a good recommendation for a nice resort with condo options if we decided not to rent a hotel room. Looking for a festive atmosphere with many ammenities as well as possible hunting packages for my husband and son.

ChristieP Oct 27th, 2005 02:28 PM

Texas Hill Country would be nice, but it's hard to say whether it will be chilly at Christmas or not. Some years I've been able to wear a T-shirt at Christmas, and other years, I've needed my coat. This year has been pretty hot and dry across the state, but it can always change!

Most of the places that do hunting "packages" are game ranches, not resorts, and most of those are fairly expensive. Some offer exotic game, while others are whitetail deer/turkey. Is this what they'd be interested in?

ydoc Oct 31st, 2005 07:47 AM

I looked at the game ranches.. Boy are they expensive. I was really looking for a great resort, kid friendly, with condo options. And hopefully the resort could find them a day of bird hunting or something not so extravagent. There doesn't seem to be an upscale resort except for the Spa near Austin.

pepper131 Oct 31st, 2005 08:16 AM

I may not have these names completely right...but here are a couple of upscale places:
Barton Creek Resort - Austin
Hyatt Hill Country - San Antonio
La Canterra (Westin) - San Antonio

Or this place in Glen Rose - not the Hill Country - but still nice.
Rough Creek Lodge

ChristieP Oct 31st, 2005 08:57 AM

Pepper's suggestions are great. I've heard wonderful things about Rough Creek Lodge.

Day hunts will be really expensive wherever you go. Texas requires a $50 hunting license for all species and prior completion of a Hunter Safety Course. Unless you're able to bring your own firearms, you'll have to arrange for those, too. Here's the website with all of the info for Texas:

wsoxrebel Oct 31st, 2005 09:10 AM

San Antonio's Hyatt Hill Country - San Antonio would be my choice. They have condos next door and you can use the hotel's restaurants and spa to charge to your room. The Riverwalk will be nicely lit for the holidays. The Hyatt could easily set the men up for a hunting trip in the nearby Hill Country.

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