Texas Travel: Summer Stay at Hyatt Lost Pines
You know it’s been a fabulous vacation when your kids don’t want to come home, but even adults who spend a few days unwinding at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa will find it difficult to leave. This 405-acre luxury-meets-wilderness retreat is nestled between Austin and Bastrop along the banks of the Lower Colorado River. From one of the expansive property’s 491 guest rooms, I awake to a sunny morning and sip my coffee on the balcony surrounded by undisturbed tranquility, savoring the few moments of silence before our junior suite transforms into a circus of chattering, giggling little boys. On the first official weekend of summer break, we spent our mornings riding bikes around the property and hiking to nearby McKinney Roughs Nature Park, a 1,100-acre protected natural area boasting 18 miles of trails and opportunities for rafting, zip lining, rock wall climbing and stargazing. Afternoons were inevitably spent cooling off in the resort’s Crooked River Water Park and taking advantage of a lengthy lineup of free recreational activities. Nighttime highlights were s’mores roasts and family-friendly movies on the lawn. Guests can also swing clubs at the resort’s 18-hole Wolfdancer Golf Course, book a horseback ride at Renegade Trailhead and get papered at Spa Django. When you travel as often as we do, returning from a quick getaway usually leaves us feeling as if we are in need of another vacation. But we came home from this family-friendly wilderness escape well-rested.
By Mauri Elbel
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575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612, USA