I will describe Escondida as the best place to visit to do nothing, except to relax, or rest, meditate, reconnect with a loved one (romance is an option) and enjoy nature at its best.
The Property: Architecturally, the style is Mediterranean. There are 125 acres of South Texas Hill County raw and rugged land with lots of wildlife. A small steam runs thru the property and can be viewed from some of the rooms. A hike to the cliff house is an option if you can handle the elevation change. (Uphill all the way - you can see for miles from there) The hills rise above the buildings and make a wonderful setting to take pictures of the surrounding landscape and wildlife. (Take your camera)
The Staff: Very friendly, casual, and helpful. Dawn is the manager, cook and chief bottle washer. Pam was the jack of all trades and a master of many. You will probably not meet the people who take care of the property and maintenance, they stay in the background. Do not expect room service, it is not available. You will be left alone to do your own thing. I find this to be a good thing.
The Rooms: They are roomy. There is an area for sitting and reading or watching TV. The bed for me was good, slept like a log; although my wife felt that it was too soft for her. There are clerestory windows that you cannot cover up, so expect plenty of light in the mornings to wake up to. The bathroom area is spacious and has a large walk in shower – no tubs. Painted tiles adorn the vanity and shower. The flooring is somewhat uneven Saltillo tile. Bring a pair of house slippers to wear. The rooms have high ceilings with lots of windows and doors to outside terrace areas.
The Spa: On our first visit we opted for a massage package and were very pleased with the service provide. The spa, pool and hot tub are isolated away from the rooms and it takes a short walk to get over the stream by way of a bridge or drive like we did. The facility is not the fanciest that I have ever been to but I found it to be more than adequate.
The Meals: There are set time that the meals are served and if you’re late you miss out. No menu to select from. I classify the fare as down home cooking. Dawn is an excellent chef, and the meals are done to my personal taste. There are general two meals served, breakfast and dinner. You are on your own for lunch and a trip up the road to Kerrville or Fredericksburg will provide you with a wide selection of cafes or fast food places to choose from. This short trip offers an opportunity to do some shopping or antiquing at some unique stores.
I hope you find this helpful in deciding if this is the place for you to get away to. If you wish to continue reading about my wife’s and my experience during a special trip for the Thanksgiving Holiday, please do.
My wife and I had vacationed at the Escondida Resort in March of 2012 for our 35 wedding anniversary. We enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to return for the Thanksgiving holiday. We usually have the whole family over, about 16 people, to celebrate the holiday together. This year everyone was scattered far and wide and we opted to let someone else do all the work. We chose the Escondida Resort. I describe Escondida as the best place to do nothing, except to relax, or rest, meditate, reconnect with a loved one and enjoy nature at its best. Now if ants or other insects outside bug you, then maybe this is not the place you want to visit. There is an abundance of wildlife all around this place. It is located in the Texas Hill Country and is isolated in a valley surround by the hills. Mobile phones do not work well here; however my wife’s laptop did get connected by Wi-Fi and could check her e-mail and Facebook to see how the kids were doing.
We arrived at 3 pm on Wed. and if you expect someone in an over starched uniform to come out with hand out for a tip to carry your luggage to your room, it will not happen. You will need to carry your own luggage to your room. When you go to the office to check in, do not expect a grand foyer with a long desk and uniformed clerks who what your auto plate number and driver license I.D. Your credit card is good enough to get in. My advice is to arrive between 3 pm and 6 pm. If you arrive after 8 pm, you will find your room unlocked and you can go to it for a good night’s rest. Upon going to our room there was enough time to relax for a while before the Wine Share at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30. This was a time to meet others who were staying for the holiday and share some stories about why we chose to leave our homes and come to Escondida. Don’t expect to order from a menu. The meals are prepared and served at a table that you can share with another couple. If you are a picky eater and don’t like what is being served, then drive the 30 minutes to Kerrville or Media, the nearest towns, to get your Big Mac and fries. The meal was baked fish on a bed of rice with a green salad and broccoli and cauliflower. The desert was to die for, bread pudding with a caramel drizzle. After the meal we sat around the fireplace and enjoy some more conversation, and some more wine, with the other guest and retired to our room by 9.
The Thanksgiving morning, I got up before sun rise. I stepped out on the terrace and watched the wild life running around all over the place. White Tail deer and Big Horn sheep are abundant and I was greeted with the song birds announcing the sunrise. As the sun rose, it was a great time for a walk down by the creek (a small stream) and observed the fish lazily swimming around waiting to be fed. Returning to the room my wife and I got ready and moseyed over to the dining room for the morning meal. Because it was Thanksgiving Day the morning fare was a typical continental meal with pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit and the usual items. Since the staff was preparing the Thanksgiving meal to be served at 2 pm, they did not prepare the usual breakfast. On our previous visit, breakfast included a variety of well-prepared items including an excellent eggs Benedict. By 11:30 a few of the men where in the TV room to watch the Texans play football while the some of the ladies gathered in the fireplace pit area to discuss the men watching football. At 2 pm the feast was served and wow, what a spread. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, corn w/ cheese and jalapenos, homemade rolls, and a selection of sumptuous deserts; Strawberry Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Pecan and Pumpkin pies, yum. The nice thing was I didn't have to do the dishes. Back to the TV room to watch the Cowboys play. Go and take a nap and back for leftovers at 6:30. After the evening meal we once again sat in the Family Room and had some more chit chat with other guest. We retire back to our room, full of turkey, ham and more deserts, for a great night’s sleep. Upon waking up on Friday morning, I once again was entertained by the wildlife from the terrace. We went to the dining area for a breakfast of homemade biscuits and country gravy with scrambled eggs and more. We finished breakfast, said our goodbyes to the friend that we had make, packed up for our trip back to the old homestead.
One of the great things about this place that I like the most is the opportunity to meet and converse with people from all over the country. A cross section of the middle class, don’t expect Donald Trump to show up, working people who take the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday life.
This is what Escondida is all about.
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