While in Austin before Easter, my sister and I wanted to hike at Enchanted Rock State Park and see bluebonnets-- so we checked for cabins near Fredericksburg on TripAdvisor. I was attracted to the Walnut Canyon Guest Cabins by the two things: (1) these cabins are more than a stones throw "out of town" (ie, likely to feel like you are "in the country") and (2) every person who has reviewed these cabins has rated them as "excellent". So I called the number, and talked with David -- typically Texan -- a gracious man who says only what needs to be said. He had one cabin vacant for that evening - the Tree House- and if we wanted it, all we needed to do was pay with credit card or paypal on the Cabins website. We did that. Then we used GoogleMaps to figure out the way there from Austin. It was a very nice drive down the Old San Antonio Road -- which used to be the main road for wagons going between Fredericksburg and San Antonio in the late 1800s. The road passes a well-preserved old German Farmstead with a Texas Historical marker that describes the family that once lived there from mid 1850s to early 1900s. They had a thriving business, driving wagons of freight between Indianola and San Antonio. (Indianola was once a thriving Texas Gulf port where immigrants from Germany arrived, until a hurricane destroyed it). The Old San Antonio roadbed was, at one point, converted into a train track bed (and then eventually the tracks were removed when the train stopped running). To reach the cabins, you go down Old San Antonio Road until you eventually turn left on Alamo Rd just at one of Texas´s tiniest state parks - 5 acres surrounding the entrance to the abandoned railroad tunnel which is now summer home to thousands of Mexican bats. Tourists come here on summer evenings to watch the clouds of bats leave the tunnel at sunset, and then enjoy a cool drink and burger at the Alamo Springs Cafe next door. This cafe is also the "eating out" option if you are going to the cabins which are on down the road. Cabins were exactly as advertised - isolated enough from each other to feel private, and rustic and practical but with some luxurious touches, and neat as a pin. The refrigerator held the much-mentioned farm fresh eggs (they were really good!) as well as other items for making ones own hearty breakfast, including orange juice and biscuits. A small sign reminds you that "it´s fine to use the washer as a hamper for your used towels and linens"-- ie gently reminding you to strip the beds before you leave. One nice touch - in the upstairs loft , next to the balcony porch of the Tree House, there is a pair of binoculours and a small telescope for watching the hawks that soar over the Texas Hill Country trees that extending to the horizon behind the cabins. There was an AC in the wall for the summer, and an electric heater for winter cold. As in many modern Texas ranches, there is an electric gate - good to close it when you leave so the herd of miniature horses don´t get loose -- nice Texas touch. In the morning, after enjoying those fresh eggs, it took us just under an hour to drive to Enchanted Rock State Park via Fredericksburg, where we enjoyed hiking until late afternoon, with enough time to get back to Austin for an evening of music!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded, fully furnished guest cabins with a magnificent hilltop view. All the peace and quiet you can stand. Totally self contained. You won't want to leave!! ... more less