If you're looking for a quiet cabin in the country, then this place is great. I ended up staying here at the last minute after my favorite cabin was booked in Colorado (and since I live in Austin, I saved all that airfare.) The five cabins were all charming and well-decorated, and clean as could be. It's about a 10 minute drive to Lost Maples, which was just beginning to change colors when we were there on October 2-4. Jeralyn, the Lodges owner, was super friendly and helpful, although not having an office on-site for intermittent questions is the only small drawback that I can think of (and without phones in the cabins or working cell phones, you're pretty much on your own.) But Jeralyn does come by daily to drop off the wonderful breakfasts and can answer questions at that time. We stayed in the Tree House, which was farthest from the road and quiet and peaceful. Having read prior reviews, we brought groceries, which was a must because there really isn't much to eat nearby (although the Motorcyle Museum near Lost Maples has great burgers.) Plus, you traverse a winding road to get anywhere, so I wouldn't have wanted to drive after dark just for dinner. But the kitchen was well-stocked (microwave, oven, range, outdoor grills, pots, pans, etc.) so that cooking was easy and enjoyable. The cabin was stocked with DVD's and VHS tapes (but bring your own just in case they don't have what you like) and the VCR and DVD player worked well, but again, there is no tv reception so be aware. It would have been nice to have a CD player for a little music, but next time we'll just bring IPOD speakers. All in all, this is a great place to get away for a quiet weekend. If you're looking for action and fine dining, then this is not the place for you, but if you want a quiet place to read, hike, relax and spend quality time with friends and loved ones, then this is a wonderful choice. We will definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private cabins located between Lost Maples and Garner state parks offering private porches with mountain views, fully-equipped kitchens and central air/heat. Linens provided. Close to Utopia, Vanderpool, Leakey, Medina and Bandera. Nearby activities include horseback riding, river tubing, and hiking. On-site activities include stargazing, wildlife viewing, birding, campfire rings and BBQ grills. Spa,romance and birthday packages available. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Lodges At Lost Maples Hotel Vanderpool