Nearly equidistant from Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, Christian retreat center Camp Tejas welcomes guests who gather to make new friends and explore different facets of their faith. Bunkhouses and private rooms accommodate overnight guests, while conference rooms and recreational facilities offer a chance to work, play, sing, study, and celebrate. Then there's the green, flower-dotted expanse of land that's home to these buildings. Trees, grass, and lakes abound, offering plenty of opportunities to kayak, climb, and appreciate nature. In November and December, this refreshing slice of the outdoors becomes even brighter, as the annual Lights of Tejas show organizes Christmas-light displays and family activities right along the water's edge.
Sweets are elevated to an art form at That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition. Bringing together expert bakers and sugar artists from across the country, the two-day event lets visitors stalk through an armada of colorful pastry masterpieces shaped like dragons, cheetahs, or cartoon characters. The competition breaks down its entrants into dozens of divisions and styles, all of which are judged according to creativity, theme, and artistry. A separate tasting competition includes entrants in the categories of time twisted cakes, pastries, canned fruits, cookies, and candies..
Admirers of the sucrose arts can also learn at the feet of celebrity bakers by purchasing one of several group lessons in subjects such as fondant inlay, figure modeling, and how best to conceal a hacksaw inside a bundt cake.