Top Reasons to Stay at YO Ranch Hotel and Conference Center
- It’s located in Kerrville, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, where many cowboy legends get their origin. The hotel’s lobby reflects this history, with a H. Clay Dahlberg statue of a cowboy riding a bucking bronco and branding irons hang from the chandeliers.
- Guest rooms continue this theme with hardwood furnishings. These rooms also feature either a balcony or patio and a 32-inch flat-screen TV.
- The hotel is named after the neighboring YO Ranch, a great spot for hunting or horseback riding.
- There’s plenty to do nearby, including a visit to any of the neighborhing vineyards and wineries or the Museum of Western Art. Nearby Fredericksburg draws visitors for its boutique shops, German-inspired restaurants, and the National Museum of the Pacific War.
- Classic American fare is served in the Branding Iron Restaurant and its Old West-style dining room.
- The Elm Waterhole Saloon is modeled after 19th-century Old West bars. Here you can sip on whiskey, play a game of pool, or catch a game on the flat-screen TVs.
- Adults will enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tub, while children can play in the kids’ pool. There’s also basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball courts.
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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