You have probably seen some of the TV shows or magazine articles that report on day trips from San Antonio. Well, we decided to do that very thing and chose the Frio River area around Concan and Leaky as our destination. With the summer drawing to an end, school beginning and the river tubing crowd having dwindled, we thought it was a perfect time to do so. It's a two hour drive or so from San Antonio through the little towns of Castroville, Hondo, D'Hanis and Sabinal, but a very relaxing junket with much less traffic than the usual IH 10 or I35 traffic.
Among the numerous resorts, camps, and cabins that line the Frio, we chose the 7 Bluff Cabins in Concan after seeing their web site and reading about their gorgeous location. Driving down the river road and passing resort after resort, we finally approached 7 Bluff and could see one of the picturesque cliffs for which the property was named, towering over the campground reminding one a bit of Devil's Tower in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. To get to the entrance of the property, you actually ford the Frio River on a paved road / "dam" with a couple of inches of water flowing across it . . . too cool!!
We checked in with the main office which is also a quaint little store. There we met Bree. She and her husband Brian, two UT grads who could not have been any more cordial and accommodating, manage the property. After a few purchases and obtaining directions and our visitor wrist bands, we set about exploring the campground.
There are numerous well kept cabins on the grounds with their own fire pits and porches in back nestled among the pecan tree grove and numerous spaces for RVs to park. There is also a restroom with showers for general use close to the RV area. Overlooking the river are some wonderful picture windowed "lodges" than can sleep several families with no problem. The setting is very serene and relaxing with the feel of your favorite childhood summer camp but accommodations that would meet the requirements of most discerning adults.
With a short walk from the campground down to the banks of the Frio, we found the water to be perfectly cold for a refreshing dip; very shallow in places, but also pockets of deeper water if you seek them out. Shade from the huge cypress trees bordering the banks provided a nice respite from the sun and a chance to sip a cold one.
After a couple of hours enjoying the water and beautiful river setting, we sloshed over to the newly installed swimming pool; a medium sized pool with fountains, waterfalls, and a bath house; very nicely done. The very gregarious grounds keeper, Scott, informed us of future landscaping plans and development of the area. As we enjoyed a bit more swimming and soaking, we watched the deer that ran back and forth to a feeder that was located only a short distance from the pool. We admired the spectacular view of the bluff above us and the heavily wooded grounds below the bluff in front of us - nature at its finest!
As shadows grew longer, we realized we would have to leave this little bit of utopia. We still had a stop "scheduled" in Leakey for a burger with the bikers, but that's another review. In the end, we left the resort totally relaxed and refreshed vowing that we would have to return soon and for a much longer stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet and comfortable Frio River cabins with modern conveniences located in a pecan orchard next to the beautiful Frio River in Concan, Texas. Our store is the best place on the river for all your summer apparel needs. We have top of the line swimwear, sandals, dresses, cover-ups, custom T's and much more! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seven Bluff Cabins On The Frio Hotel Concan
- 7 Bluff Cabins On The Frio