7 Lakeside Vacations: Lake Austin

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Striking a pose at Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Lake Austin

Texas Hill Country terroir + wellness and wine.

Relax between services on the Treatment Porch.
A Premier Cabin.

By Becca Hensley
A Colorado River reservoir that winds more than 20 miles through Austin’s urban west side, this human-made swimming hole boasts jade-colored water and banks lined with luxury homes and casual dock-up eateries.
The Experience
The Lone Star State’s capital is as famous for its blistering heat as for its spirited festivals and music scene; join local hipsters and hippies alike for chill-out time in the water. Stand-up paddleboarding has taken this landlocked burg by storm, but dawn to dusk, you’ll find locals partaking in a plethora of other water sports as well: Kayakers and anglers share the watery expanse with skiers and wakeboarders. Luxury motor craft abound and can be rented. Party cruises and prettied-up tropical-themed rafts set a festive mood.
Tipple on the Texas Wine Trail, located about an hour away from the resort, near Fredericksburg.
Find farm-to-table fare at Whole Foods’ flagship store, home to a mélange of eateries, wine bars, and rows of locally made salsa and barbecue sauce—the perfect foodie souvenir. 525 N. Lamar Boulevard.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, June 2014.


Lake Austin Spa Resort
40 luxe cottages, three pools, and hammocks slung between oak trees make up this resort, a world-renowned wellness retreat. Get More Details
Mist on Lake Austin.