We spent 3 very relaxing nights at the resort. The staff really make this a nice place to visit. Unfortunately, with Lake Buchanan being so low for so long, the resort itself misses some of its luster, but still remains very relaxing. Even without the lake there are still scenic views and nice Texas sunsets.
The staff really tries to go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and enjoy your stay. As we drove in they called offering a free upgrade to a hillside view room instead of our courtyard view. Even though we shared a patio (although we never saw the other occupants) we had a lovely view and were able to enjoy a bottle of wine and some cards outside one evening.
On our last evening (a Monday night) the bar and lounge wasn't open, but the staff happily made us cocktails since the restaurant only served beer and wine. They ended up making us one for before, during and after dinner.
I'd give the restaurant food a 4.5. Not top of the line but not off by much. We enjoyed their steaks our first evening, a nice lunch one day(which 2 entrees were enough to probably feed 4 hungry eaters!), the breakfast buffet and another decent dinner our last evening. I'd suggest the "sweetheart" package if available. It includes one dinner for 2 (appetizers, entrees and dessert), breakfast for 2 and 2 cocktails. With gratuity included, this turned out to be a nice deal.
We spent a couple hours at the pool. It's not very big, but plenty of room to hop in and cool off on a hot summer day. It has a cool "spa" overflowing into the pool that is surrounded by rock that feels more like a lake cove that was a nice area to sit.
Our only complaints were the delay in dinner service our first evening. Seems there was a mix up in who was our server so it took almost 2 hours for our entire meal. Not that big of a deal, only we missed a good part of the star observing. After it was all said and done, we had a great meal, saw a beautiful sunset and spent a nice evening with practically the entire room to ourselves at the end.
The other down side was the trails. Although there are approximately 14 miles or so of trails in the nature preserve, they are really more like wandering paths through the grounds. Not really any hills or terrain to traverse. We were hoping for something a little more rugged to hike, but still had a nice walk through the park.
All in all, the resort is rustic but clean, comfortable and relaxing, with a great staff wanting to make your stay as pleasant as possible. And it's close enough to Inks Lake and it's offerings to warrant another trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Leave your big city cares behind and immerse yourself in the serenity and natural beauty of this Texas Hill Country lodge. Enjoy the wildlife and the wonderful hiking trails.Take advantage of Canyon of the Eagles, many features and activities:* Home away from home. Check into one of our well-appointed guestrooms with all of the comforts of home and none of the distractions * Relax on your room porch's rocking chair, read a good book, take a nap,bask in a dazzling sunset or watch the moonlight reflect from the native fauna * Get back to nature in one of our 34 tent camping sites or 24 RV sites* Explore the outdoors. Meander the beautiful Bird and Butterfly Trailor hike some of the 14 miles of maintained trails (please be aware, some of the trails in the nature preserve area are closed through August for the nesting of our endangered and threatened bird species) * Indulge in gourmet Hill Country cuisine. The award-winning Overlook Restaurant with its panoramic view of Lake Buchanan, serves made from scratch breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts every day of the year (reservations are suggested for dinner)* A birdwatcher's dream. Spot a Black-Capped Vireo, Golden-CheekedWarbler or many other winged beauties that nest in the nature preserve * Lay by the pool. Bask in the sun and feel the Lake Buchanan breeze(Resort room guests only) * Vino. Sip a glass of Texas wine from local vineyards or yourfavorite vintner * Enjoy live music on Saturday nights (throughout the spring and summer) * Educational Programs including Guided Nature Hikes and Build yourown Terrarium or Humming Bird Feeder, will be offered throughout the summer *View the heavens and be awed at the Eagle Eye Observatory. Attend a Star Party which during the summer are also offered during the week! * Cruise the historic Colorado River on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise (which also offers kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals)* Cuddle up and watch a family friendly movie on the patio or in one ofour conference rooms * Let your mind wander. enjoy the quiet relaxation of the naturalsurroundings * Know why we say, "Canyon of the Eagles, where the road ends the adventure begins." ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Canyon Of The Eagles Lodge And Nature Park Hotel Burnet