Set in lush Texas Hill Country, the Inn of the Hills has the feel of an upscale lodge. Exposed timbers, native rocks, and a winding stone staircase in the main lobby form the backdrop for the inn’s soaring design, and giant floor-to-ceiling windows add to the sense of luxury. A five-minute drive from downtown Kerrville, the hotel is also close to Texas Hill Country’s restaurants and wineries.
Hints of home: Rooms are decorated in earth tones, using local rocks as wall accents. All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators.
Dig in: Stays include a continental breakfast, and select options come with a nightly $20 dining credit at the Alpine Lodge restaurant.
Dance to live music at the Inn Pub on the weekend.
Go swimming: The inn’s outdoor pool is ringed by a spacious patio with deck chairs and umbrellas.
Don’t miss: Hiking and swimming at the 517-acre Kerrville-Schreiner Park, where deer and wild turkeys roam free and there’s a butterfly garden for the kids.
Nearby diversions: The Guadalupe River, where you can rent kayaks and canoes (a short walk away); German-influenced Fredericksburg (25-minute drive); and Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World” (30-minute drive)
Drive to major cities: San Antonio is about one hour away, and Austin is about two hours away.
Texas Hill Country: Pastoral Landscape of Ranches, Rivers, and German-American Towns
A picturesque region of rolling hills and valleys covered in bluebonnets, the area of central Texas known as Texas Hill Country has been compared to the landscape of Tuscany by the New York Times. Texas Hill Country is a backyard playground for nearby cities, as it lies just west of Austin and northwest of San Antonio. Urbanites often escape here for the weekend to enjoy the slower pace and beat the heat—the region’s slightly higher elevation means it’s often less humid. With many state parks and spring-fed rivers, the Hill Country is also a haven for outdoorsy types; activities range from fishing and tubing to rock climbing. The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is popular thanks to its main attraction: a gigantic pink-granite dome in the middle of the park.
Among the Hill Country’s major towns, Bandera best captures its cowboy spirit. It’s not uncommon to catch an open rodeo in the summer or to see a ranch hand riding to the store on horseback. The town is also surrounded by dude ranches where you can get a taste of the local lifestyle. Just north of Bandera, the town of Fredericksburg is also worth exploring. Along with New Braunfels, it was one of the main settlements of local German immigrants in the 1840s—a heritage that visitors can still see today in the “Willkommen” signs hung on shop doors.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a king or double-queen room
Up to two kids 17 or younger stay free.
Select options include a $20 dining credit per night to the Alpine Lodge for two
Dates into October
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.
Five-minute drive from historical downtown Kerrville