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If you’re like a lot of people out there, you may not ready for full on travel this summer. But there’s a good chance you’d like a change of scenery for a few days. We feel you. That’s why we went on the hunt for a few getaway options not too far from Austin. And since glamping is all the rage right now, we decided to give it a try!
In case you aren’t aware, glamping can best be described as upscale camping and usually includes comforts like running water and plumbing. Sometimes it’s in a tent, sometimes it’s in a teepee. In this case, we tried it in a yurt, a container, and a guest cottage.
Here’s a breakdown of our Central Texas glamping experiences!
Location: 135 Winn Ranch Road, Wimberley
At Yurtopia Wimberley, guests stay in yurts that are sand-carved and meticulously painted by an extended family in Mongolia. The architecture of the yurt and its sheep’s wool insulation means a warm home in the winter and a cool haven in the summer – though, there’s a heating/ cooling unit to do the heavy lifting when need be.
Outside of the yurt, each set up features a private patio that includes a fire pit, hot tub/ splash pool, kitchen, bathroom and upper deck that gives guests sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country. If you aren’t ready to unplug completely, the set up also includes an outdoor TV, WiFi, and electricity throughout. Oh, and let’s not forget the the best part… you have your own bathroom!
New for summer 2020, Yurtopia now offers a group glamping site that accommodates six people.
Location: 1132 W, Farm to Market Rd 1291, Round Top
Six container campers and two quaint guest houses are available at Flop Houze. Each Houze has the feel of a quaint artistic cabin, complete with a bedroom, full bath, and kitchen area consisting of a sink and mini fridge. Every container is slightly different since decor and details are original, as is the bed set up in each. While some include one large bed, others are able to accommodate small families. All have their own patio to kick back and enjoy the sunset, sweeping views, and roaming cattle.
In addition to your very own camping container, guests have access to the container pool, a grilling area, fire pits, and multiple hammocks throughout the property. No TVs are included but with the views they offer, it’s not needed. There is WiFi though, and a record player with a unique selection of LPs.
Location: 161 Smokehouse Road, Fredericksburg
Ololo is comprised of four guest cottages and is brand spankin’ new (it just opened at the beginning of June)! Of the three properties we’ve highlighted, this one is most like a luxurious hotel room and the most romantic option. There’s no kitchen set up, though there is a small bar with a microwave and mini fridge where you can stash your wine and leftovers from one of the fantastic restaurants in Fredericksburg.
As you would expect with a guest house, there is a TV and a bathroom – quite an impressive bathroom at that. Each house features a private back patio adorned with string lights that includes an outdoor shower and a hot tub. But the real highlight of the property is the massive tree in the center of it all, gorgeous both by day and night.