Driving from San Antonio to Austin four years ago, I experienced the famous Texas Hill Country for the first time. Texas Hill Country spans across Central and South Texas, encompassing a number of small Texas towns and over 50 wineries. Connecting the towns are miles of highways and backroads winding through hilly terrain characterized by diverse vegetation, caverns, and rivers. Whether seeking out authentic small-town Texas experiences, award-winning wineries, or pristine nature, Texas Hill Country offers a memorable getaway for everyone. On my most recent trip back to Austin, I escaped the big city to stay at Sage Hill Inn & Spa.
An Escape to Texas Hill Country
Sage Hill Inn & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel situated in the heart of Texas Hill Country. About 25 miles from Austin, Sage Hill Inn & Spa is remarkably convenient from the city, yet feels worlds away.
Set atop a hill and offering unmatched views of Texas Hill Country, the boutique hotel overlooks 88 acres of nearly untouched nature, plus hiking and biking trails. Sage Hill Inn & Spa also welcomes guests with a year-round outdoor pool, a fire pit with Adirondack chairs, and an on-site restaurant.
With only 16 rooms, Sage Hill Inn & Spa aims to create a tranquil retreat that still meets the diverse needs of its guests. The majority of the rooms are King, with two of the rooms expanding into Suites with a living room. Every room is exceptionally unique. Luxury amenities might include a fireplace, whirlpool tub, walk-in rain shower and more. For larger groups wishing to stay together, Sage Hill Inn & Spa has 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom cottages near the main Inn.
The Ranch House
During my visit, I stayed at The Ranch House, a 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home that exceeded all my expectations. Although I was anticipating a kitchen, the state-of-the-art appliances and stocked fridge full of complimentary local Texas beverages were a pleasant surprise.
The house also featured a dining room and living room, divided by a wood-burning fireplace that could be seen from both sides. Outside, I had access to an outdoor fireplace and private cedar hot tub. I also appreciated the private driveway to park my car.
Dining at Sage Hill Inn & Spa
Even though The Ranch House provided me with a gourmet kitchen, I didn’t end up using it once. The on-site dining was an experience in and of itself. Serving nearly 100% farm-to-table, the restaurant chefs source fresh ingredients from the Inn garden, as well as local, ethical farms. I thoroughly enjoyed the extensive wine list and Texas craft beers.
The Garden Spa
Adjacent to the main Inn garden is the Garden Spa (of course). Wanting to embrace all the luxurious amenities at Sage Hill Inn & Spa, I indulged in a therapeutic deep tissue massage. The masseuse provided much-needed tension relief for my ever-stressed out muscles. In addition to a range of massage therapies, the Garden Spa menu includes body treatments, facials, and combination spa packages.
Activities at the Inn
Sage Hill Inn & Spa is a boutique hotel, but with all the activities available it should be considered a resort. Explore the endless hiking and biking trails or swim in the pool surrounded by live oaks. A short walk from the main Inn is a cliff-top overlook serving even more stunning views of Texas Hill Country. Afterward, relax by the open outdoor fire pit, unwind in the hot tub, and play lawn games.
Things to Do Nearby
Should you wish to venture out a bit, drive about 15 minutes to get to the quaint town of Wimberley. Explore the galleries, shops, and taste local Texas Hill Country wine. If you’re looking for more wine, check out the Duchman Family Winery. Only 8 minutes from Sage Hill Inn, Duchman Family Winery is one of the top wine destinations in Texas. HGTV even announced Duchman Family Winery as one of the 20 most picturesque wineries in the country.
A bit further away, but well worth the drive, is Hamilton Pool Preserve. The quarter-mile hike down into the canyon is very easy. At the bottom of the well-maintained trail, a 50-foot waterfall feeds into Hamilton Pool.
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