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“Relaxing” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Canyon of the Eagles Resort

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Canyon of the Eagles Resort
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Burnet
Houston, Texas
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

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.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CanyonOftheEagles, Director of Guest Services at Canyon of the Eagles Resort, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Thank you for taking time to write a kind review of your stay. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and the opportunities our 940-acre nature park offers.

Again, we do apologize for the small snafu in our restaurant, but we thank you for giving us the opportunity to make it right for you during your stay.

We look forward to seeing you again soon, and want you to remember, that at the end of the road, the adventure begins.

Cordially,

Mance Bowden
Director of Guest Services
Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park & Resort
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Gause, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

We spent three nights at this resort and found it to be very relaxing and laid back. While it is on Lake Buchanan, and used to water up to the edge of the resort, you now have to look a long way to find water because the lake is so low! But, THAT IS nature, so you deal with it. The resort is very eco friendly and is a pleasant place to spend a few days.

The resort has a nice pool, miles and miles of hiking trails, nature programs by staff, star parties, and similar activities. But, above all else, it is a wonderful place to get back to nature and just enjoy it in a relaxed atmosphere. It has a relaxing fire pit if you want to make smokes, have a drink, or just enjoy the ambiance (even when it is hot during the summer).

The staff was excellent and very helpful. The rooms are not fancy, but not rustic either. They are nice and the bed was very comfortable --- too comfortable! Each room has a porch with some being for one room only and some are larger porches used by two rooms. The place is very quiet and peaceful. There are no TVs in the rooms which is a nice thing to do without for a few days. The grounds are well kept and are in a western style given the location of the resort.

One disappointment was the restaurant which I reviewed separately. While it was ok, it certainly is not great but unfortunately, the resort is about 20 miles or so from a town with restaurants or other shopping. So, either pack in the food you want, use the resort restaurant, do without, or drive about 30 minutes one way. We did a little of all of those options and it worked fine. There is plenty of parking and the rooms are all in small buildings scattered about the area. You are not crammed up right next to each other. I think the most rooms in any one building would be four.

If you are into astronomy, bring your scope because this is dark sky territory. The hiking trails are great with many to choose from ranging from .1 mile to several miles long. They entertwine with each other so there are many options of short, medium, or long hikes. I don't think any of the hikes are terribly difficult and many are very easy. All the ones we used were well marked and almost manicured. I do recommend hiking boots and a stick, but even tennis shoes are just fine. Just remember, you ARE out in nature.

They have several banquet facilities for meetings, reunions, etc. We did not use any, but they appeared to be more than sufficient.

If you are looking for a lot of activity like water parks, shooting ranges, amusement rides, then this is not your place, But, if you wish to commune with nature in a nice environment then this is a great place to kick back and relax. I highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dan F
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CanyonOftheEagles, Director of Guest Services at Canyon of the Eagles Resort, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Thank you for taking time to write a review of your trip, and we are glad that you enjoyed your time with us.

We do apologize that your meals in the restaurant were always to your liking, but we do hope that you come back and see us again soon so that we may show you that we do learn from our reviews.

Thank you again for your kind words, and we hope to see you again soon.

Cordially,

Mance Bowden
Director of Guest Services
Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park & Resort
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San Marcos, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

My boyfriend and I camped out here this past Saturday night with our dog. Because it is the off season for camping, it was just ours and one other campsite that were occupied in this campground. The office placed two campsites in between ours and the other couples' so we were able to have some privacy. This campground has its sites very, very close together so this was nice. I can't imagine camping here when all the sites are full. The only plus side I can see to having the sites this close together, is if you were camping with several other families and wanted to occupy more than one site. This campsite has a fire ring and running water which was nice. There are port-o-potties a short walk away. Major downside to this campsite is that it is right next to the road. Traffic can be heard at all hours of the day. As campers, we wanted to get away from such noises so this was a major disappointment.

Showers and restrooms can be found a short drive away near the RV campgrounds. These facilities were very nice. Decent sized private room with a shower, toilet, and sink. Very clean and well maintained and a great place to clean up after being out in the Texas heat. Be cautious of the shower heads, they have a lot of power to them. Only thing that I would have liked to have seen would have been benches or shelves to provide a place to set things down. There are hooks on the wall, though, which was semi-helpful.

We went and checked out the observatory. Great place to go and I highly recommend checking it out. We looked through two telescopes. One was pointed at the moon and one at Saturn. We went when it was about to be a full moon, so we were unable to see most of the stars... Still a very cool experience. The man that was managing the site was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions.

We hiked the more challenging trails on Sunday. Great hike and a beautiful view at the highest point of elevation. It was hot and there's not a lot of shade, so be sure to bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen and a hat. There is one small area of shade nearest the observatory where there is a small spring bubbling up and draining into a tank. Nice and cool place to rest.

Keep in mind that Texas is experiencing a major drought so the lake is way down. We drove down the road a short distance to Vanishing Texas River Cruise in order to kayak. Wonderful experience!

Overall this was a fun experience for us and the dog, but I don't think we would use this campsite again if we went back. We might try the primitive camping next.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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CanyonOftheEagles, Director of Guest Services at Canyon of the Eagles Resort, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write a review of your stay.

We appreciate the kind words and are glad you enjoyed your camping experience with us.

We hope to see you again in the near future.

Cordially,

Mance Bowden
Director of Guest Services
Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park & Resort
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We booked a weekend trip here kid free as we are typically outdoor people, and enjoy the hill country immensely. The web site looked amazing, and I appreciated that there was no television to aid in getting us outside. Upon check-in, we were given a map of the trails and resort. The front desk lady told us the more difficult trails (near the observatory) were open. They let us go to our room, despite the fact that we were an hour earlier than typical check-in time. Our room was-rustic. We got a lake view with a private porch with rocking chairs. It was pretty bare bones. There is nothing on the wall, no rugs on the stained concrete floor, and our ceiling fan light pull kept flying off when we pulled it. The positive was the view. Even with the extreme drought that central Texas is going through-we still had a great view, and enjoyed the window seat that we both could comfortably fit in and read, or watch the numerous wildlife friends. These are window unit cooled, and there is no closet. It was clean, and smelled that way. The window units were nice in the end, as our neighbors sat on their porch very late, and the unit, when blowing, drowned out the noise.
We made reservations prior to arrival to eat in the restaurant on site that overlooks the sunset. The view was beautiful. The food was okay, but overpriced. Service was fine, but not anything to write home about. We shared apple pie for dessert, and it was served cold-like fresh from the refrigerator cold.
That evening we went to the observatory to see the stars. We arrived around 8:45, and were the first people there, along with the presenter. I HIGHLY recommend your bug spray, as we were literally eaten alive. You might also want some closed toed/high socked shoes. It is inside a sliding roof building, but you may not use any light, and getting back to the car in tall grass can be tricky. The man was a wealth of information, and was so helpful in answering many questions. We were able to see clearly Mars, and Saturn (including the rings). We left rather early, which was unfortunate as this turned out to be the best thing we did. I would mention that he has a presentation, and if your kiddos are tired at this hour, they may not be able to sit still for the presentation. There really was a large field to play in, but no light, so you are kind of stuck sitting.

We slept well, then woke up the next morning to hike. We decided since we were kid free, to attempt the harder trails while we could. We spotted a coyote about twenty feet from us with an animal in its mouth. Luckily, it was terrified of us, and ran away. We walked for a bit, and were put off by how they could call this a trail-the grass was up to out knees (but still noticeably shorter than the field). We were concerned about snakes, so we started looking at out map the front desk woman provided us. It turns out that trail was closed due to wildlife activity through August (it was June). Thankful we didn't run into anything else! We took four miles of easier trails on the other side of the resort. They were basically overgrown fields, with very little actual trail. It was disappointing. We did see over twenty bunnies on the trail and lots of little lizards of different varieties.

We caught the tail end of a reptile presentation, and I really enjoyed that. The man was very informative, and you had an opportunity to touch snakes, turtles, and frogs.

The pool was small, but so is the resort. We finally went at about 8:45 our second night, but it closed at 9. It stayed fairly crowded.

We didn't see the movie shown at dusk, but both nights I could tell what they were playing: The Incredibles, and Despicable Me 2. They also sell smores kits to roast on a fire pit.

Overall: this place would be awesome if the lake was up, and had all the water activities to aid in keeping cool in the Texas sun. It forces you into nature, and away from electronics, but maybe nothing extraordinary to see on sight except for the receding lake. When we checked out, we waited fifteen minutes and no one ever came to the front desk after many bell ringing attempts. Customer service is sub-par. Food is ok. I think if you were coming to camp/RV this could be a fun weekend, for very little money. I will not be coming back to the cabins. I just didn't feel it was worth the money.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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CanyonOftheEagles, Director of Guest Services at Canyon of the Eagles Resort, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our nature park and resort, and we apologize that you did not completely enjoy your time with us.

As you are aware, we are a 940-acre nature park and do have 14-miles of hiking trails. The young lady at the front desk was correct when she said all 14-miles of the trials were open. In the past, certain trails have been closed at certain times of the year, however, this year we were given permission by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to keep all trails open.

The customer service that you received is not typical for our resort, and we apologize if you felt It was sub-par. I cannot explain why there was not someone at the desk while you were checking out, but that is not a normal occurrence, and again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Again, we apologize that you did not enjoy yourself as much as we should, and we hope that in the future you will return and give us another chance.

Cordially,

Mance Bowden
Director of Guest Services
Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park & Resort
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Austin, Texas, United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

Just got back from a 2 day stay. We had a great time! This is not a fancy resort, but it is very nice. It's rustic and cabin feeling, but was well planned out and everything felt clean and well kept. We had the Deluxe room with 2 beds and a great view! Loved our huge deck and it wasn't a problem sharing with the neighbors. The building itself had great architecture and it fascinated us. It was built like an old settler's cabins to make the most of what breeze there is. We loved the pool--felt great after hiking. While they don't have tvs in the room (which I loved!--gave us a chance to read!) there is wifi though we had to go the Perch (the tv and game room) to use it. That's ok, we didn't go there to play on devices. My 8 year old loved counting all the animals especially the bunnies (I think he got 21). He also enjoyed the guided nature walk they had at the amphitheater. I enjoyed exploring the area and finding some geocaches. Everyone was very friendly and it was a great time for my family. We were disappointed they didn't have the outdoor movie while we were there (not enough people so had it in the tv room, but I can do that at home) and some bikes to ride or rent would be a nice touch. There isn't much to do as far as activities, but there is a lot of car-free open area where you can play lawn type games if you bring your own. I give 5 stars because it lived up to my expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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USA
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

I thought I should write a feedback of this place since I read others at this website before we went. We just had a weekend gateway on June 21 and 22. It was relaxing. The restaurant service was excellent and food were really good. We loved our mini tip there and will go back again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cedar Park, Texas
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

We camped here Easter weekend. We did not use any of the facilities, so I can't comment on those. We camped with 2 other families, so we had 3 sites side-by-side and the kids ran from one to the other, so we really didn't need to go anywhere, they kept themselves entertained. It was dry and it was cool, so we didn't miss that there wasn't any water at the lake. I probably won't go back anytime soon, tho, especially not tent camping, it just wasn't worth it. The porta-potty was overfilled by the end of the weekend and was disgusting and the quiet hours were not enforced, so my kids really struggled to fall asleep. Other campers were yelling at the offending party to quiet down, but they just laughed. They finally did quiet down enough for my kids to fall asleep, but it was around 11:30 pm. I did call the office, not sure if they came out, but it was finally "quiet" past midnight.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank WanderingMonica
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CanyonOftheEagles, Director of Guest Services at Canyon of the Eagles Resort, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
Thank you for your review and let me apologize that you did not completely enjoy your time with us over Easter.

You are correct, we do have quiet hours from 10pm until 8am. We apologize that some of your fellow guests did not respect those hours, however, as soon as we were notified that there was a problem, our management did step in to speak with the offending guests.

Again, we apologize that you did not completely enjoy your time with is, and we hope that when you are next in our area, that you come back and give us another chance.

Most cordially,


Mance Bowden
Director of Guest Services
Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park & Resort
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Property: Canyon of the Eagles Resort
Address: 16942 Ranch Road 2341, Burnet, TX 78611-3168
Region: United States > Texas > Burnet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Burnet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 61
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 
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