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6 Ultimate Summer Staycations Close to Home

Summer is here and while we may not have been able to plan an exciting trip to Europe or a getaway to a private island in the Caribbean, there is no need to sulk. San Antonio and the surrounding hill country offer plenty of ways to spend a relaxing weekend solo or surrounded by family and friends. So, without airfare or jet lag, here are a few of our favorite staycations close to home.


Hotel Emma

136 E. Grayson Street, San Antonio, TX 78215

Once a 19th century brewhouse, Hotel Emma is authentic and welcoming with its comfortable and unconventional atmosphere that is reminiscent of far-flung locales and hotels of eras past. Located in the Pearl Brewery on the river, Hotel Emma features a stylish bar and club room, a distinguished restaurant, and 146 rooms divided between the original Brewhouse and contemporary River Cellars. The seven penthouse suites offer additional luxuries such as two-story terraces, original stonework and private dining areas. Guests can choose to bask in the sunshine surrounding the rooftop pool, take in the river views while exercising in the third-floor fitness center, browse the library and check out books using a vintage card system, or recharge with an in-room spa treatment by Hiatus Spa + Retreat. For more fun, venture outside the hotel walls and discover everything the Pearl Plaza and Park have to offer. Wherever you choose to spend your time in and around Hotel Emma, you can be assured a unique blend of historical elements with modern references and a fine balance between past and future.


La Cantera Resort & Spa

16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256

Overlooking 550 acres of the serene Texas hill country, complete relaxation is a way of life at La Cantera Resort & Spa. While the rooms and suites are comfortable and sophisticated with warm color palettes and interesting textures like rich cherry wood and rustic linen, the resort’s true allure might just lie in the amenities available on-site. Guests can practice their swing on two championship 18-hole golf courses, indulge in a treatment at the 25,000 square foot destination spa, Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness, reserve a luxurious cabana near a poolside bar, or dive into one of the resort’s heated, infinity-style pools. With numerous activities and nine bars and restaurants that offer premiere dining, you may never need or want to leave the resort.

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX 78006

Situated amongst the tall, rugged hills of limestone and granite, crystal clear rivers and abundant wildflowers awaits peace, relaxation, exploration and adventure. A retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort spans hundreds of acres and offers plenty of ways to decompress. Reconnect with nature through horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, hiking and biking, golfing and more. Reinvigorate your body at the state-of-the-art Fitness Center through group classes, personal training, yoga and more, or rejuvenate the mind at Puresólspa that features a Salt Cave and full menu of treatments including couple’s massages, body scrubs and more.


Thompson San Antonio

115 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78205

For a trendy stay in the heart of San Antonio’s north River Walk, Thompson San Antonio is a modern oasis. With stunning suites, a buzz-worthy restaurant, tasteful interior and a rooftop bar that features skyline views, guests are ensured ample space to unwind and relax. For those seeking excitement and lively entertainment, exploring everything downtown has to offer is just a short walk away. Surrounded by charming riverfront restaurants and cafes, bustling bars and boutiques, and iconic institutions like the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Alamo, there is plenty to keep visitors entertained.


The Kendall Hill Country Inn

128 W Blanco Rd, Boerne, TX 78006

Where history meets charm and service, The Kendall has been offering luxurious experiences for more than 160 years. Intimately placed in the heart of Boerne’s downtown historic district, this inn features 34 uniquely designed rooms, suites and cottages that have been beautifully restored and exquisitely appointed. Guests can enjoy Cibolo Trail, located just outside the front doors of the hotel, as well as south-inspired American cuisine at Peggy’s on the Green, charming shops on the Hill Country Mile, and the Dienger Trading Co., a modern lifestyle boutique and vintage bistro.


Camp Lucy

3509 Creek Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Located in the idyllic Hill Country, Camp Lucy is the ultimate luxury getaway at the mouth of the Texas Wine Trail. With world-class services, a gorgeous atmosphere and ambiance, and luxury accommodations, guests can enjoy sophisticated style and warm hospitality. Just minutes from west Austin, this full-scale resort is not only close to wineries, breweries and shopping, but features its own resort amenities including upscale dining, a sparkling pool, onsite yoga classes, guided sunrise hikes, archery, and hatchet-throwing courses. Our very own Tanner Nelson even hosted his wedding here and their family frequently makes trips back since their stays have always been so enjoyable.

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