Hotel at a Glance: The Inn at Circle T
The Inn at Circle T sits right next door to the Circle T Arena, a 1,600-seat venue used for rodeos, roping competitions, and extreme cowboy races. Cheer on your favorite competitor at the rodeo, grab a bite at the arena’s nearby steak house, and head back to The Inn at Circle T to relax. Inside the hotel, you’ll find Western-style touches everywhere you turn, from the hand-painted murals in the lobby to the rustic chandelier and trophy mounts on the wall.
- Wake up to a full hot breakfast each morning that includes biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, waffles, pastries, fresh fruit, and Starbucks coffee.
- Cool off with a swim in the outdoor pool or take a dip in the hot tub.
- In-room amenities include a flat-screen cable TV with HBO, a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffeemaker, and free WiFi.
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.