Hotel at a Glance: Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay Resort has been named one of the best golf resorts in the country by Golf magazine. Its four championship courses each incorporate the lovely Texas Hill Country scenery. The Ram Rock course features 10 water hazards and deep bunkers, and the Apple Rock course—designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.—is set on 147 lakeside acres stretching from the water’s edge to the top of Cap Rock. The Whitewater putting course is adorned with rose gardens and habitats for exotic birds. Though golf is a big draw, there’s plenty more to do at the sprawling AAA Four Diamond resort.
- Home away from home: At more than 630 square feet, one-bedroom Paseo vacation apartments offer plenty of space. Most have private balconies or patios overlooking the grounds.
- Onsite marina: Rent pontoon boats, paddleboards, and tubes to explore Lake LBJ.
- Take your pick: The resort boasts six restaurants and bars, offering everything from bacon-wrapped beef fillets at Lantana Restaurant to frosty cocktails at the Café Del Sol poolside bar.
- Kick back: Float in the four swimming pools or lounge in one of the spa’s soothing eucalyptus-infused steam rooms.
- More than 30 wineries are located within a 90-minute drive of the property. The resort offers group wine tours (additional fees apply); when group tours aren’t scheduled, you can book a private excursion.
Horseshoe Bay, Texas: Tranquil Countryside Dotted with Recreation Lakes and Granite Mountains
Horseshoe Bay is a resort town located in Texas Hill Country, a region of rolling hills and valleys blanketed in beautiful bluebonnets. The area is nestled in a large cove on Lake LBJ, which is a popular place to take out ski boats, waverunners, and paddleboards.
You can find the natural springs at Marble Falls as well as Lake Marble Falls, which is part of the largest chain of lakes in Texas. Head to the town’s charming 19th-century Main Street for a day of shopping, or check out the mammoth cliffs in Llano Basin. In particular, the 640-acre pink-granite formation at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has great hiking and rock-climbing opportunities.