A Hill Country resort The sun was setting across Lake Buchanan as I curved my way on FM 2341 about an hour northwest of Austin. This is the Texas Hill Country, and the rolling hills on the edge of the lake were a very welcome sight to this Houstonian.
I was on my way to visit Canyon of the Eagles (www.canyonoftheeagles.com), a resort that is located within a Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)-owned, 940-acre nature park (800 acres being a dedicated nature reserve.) After I completed the roughly 4-hour drive from Houston, I arrived to find a place that has made a wonderful balance between luxury and nature. The rooms themselves are interesting in that there are no televisions. The property has 16 structures that each house four well-appointed guest rooms. Guest rooms offer either one or two queen-size beds and Hill Country style décor. The guest rooms were arranged wonderfully, so you don’t see any other buildings while looking out of the window toward the lake. It really feels like you have the luxury of a private cabin. While they do have a recreation room on site with a TV, the point of Canyon of the Eagles is to get out and experience what the Hill Country has to offer. On one side of the resort is the 800-acre LCRA nature reserve featuring 14 miles of hiking trails and even a star observatory operated by the Austin Astronomical Society.
Lake Buchanan offers your normal water activities, and Canyon of the Eagles has partnered up with Buchanan Adventure Tours (www.buchananadventuretours.com)to offer several premium recreation experiences like canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. They also offer outdoor activities for kids like a night-time insect collecting tour and Geocaching, a type of treasure hunt using GPS. I was able to take advantage of the kayak service with Buchanan Adventure Tours and was very impressed with the service and quality of the kayaks. It is a short walk to the lake front and they met me there with the kayaks.
Canyon of the Eagles also offers several seasonal educational programs with some on a regular schedule like “Shake, Rattle & Coil,” a hands-on reptile program. Others are seasonal and can be booked in advance. I got to participate in the Owl Prowl which can be booked during late fall through the winter and Screech Owls are called into their outdoor amphitheater using recordings. They were able to successfully call in several Screech Owls during the program to the trees right around the amphitheater.
One of the gems of Canyon of the Eagles is The Overlook Restaurant, located a short walk from all of the guest rooms. The Overlook Restaurant serves all three meals every day, and it was truly a culinary delight. Breakfast is done from an a la carte menu every day with a buffet offered on the weekends as well. You can eat lunch either on site or it can be ordered for takeout to enjoy wherever that day adventures take you. The Overlook has a nice and balanced dinner menu that can be family friendly (Famous Canyon Burger and Fries, $9.95) or a little more debonaire (spinach and goat cheese salad, $7.95 with a 9 ounce Beef tenderloin filet with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables $25.95). The wine list features bottles mostly in the $20-$25 range with a prominent selection from the vineyard across the lake, Fall Creek Vineyards (www.fcv.com), is worth a few hours exploration on its own. And while the food was outstanding, the view is just as scrumptious as you take in the sun setting across Lake Buchanan. Another unique thing that Canyon of the Eagles allows is their pet friendly policy.
For a small charge, your dog is welcome to come with you and explore the 14 miles of hiking trails. The fee is sometimes waived if booking one of the special packages from Canyon of the Eagles website. (www.canyonoftheeagles.com). packages have included dinner at the Overlook Restaurant or even guided horseback riding at a nearby ranch. I was able to take advantage of the horseback riding and had a wonderful time. This was more of a beginners ride so everyone can have fun. Other opportunities offered at Canyon of the Eagles include nearly 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space with maximum single room capacity of 230. The beauty of the property is also great for hosting a wedding. Sunset Point provides a perfect place for a wedding ceremony with the beauty of Lake Buchanan behind you. The wonderful restaurant on site can cater your events as well.
Canyon of the Eagles truly offers something for everybody with the beautiful Texas Hill Country all around you. It has a great location that is an easy drive from Houston and is very affordable with rates starting from $159. It is highly recommended to check out package deals on their website or give them a call to schedule some special activities to turn your Hill Country retreat into a lifetime memorable experience. If you go: Where: 16942 RR 2341 | Burnet, TX 78611 phone number: 512-334-2070 website: www.canyonoftheeagles.com.
Canyon of the Eagles is great for a romantic getaway for two as well as providing family fun for all ages. The location is 1 hour northwest of Austin making it a easy drive from the Houston area. Photos (from top to bottom): Come see the beautiful Bluebonnets spring time in the Texas Hill County. Enjoy a romantic dinner at The Overlook Restaurant and enjoy a perfectly grilled steak over a glass of local wine from Fall Creek Vineyards. Guest rooms are well appointed with simple yet elegant Hill Country touches. They are arranged perfectly to give you the feel of being in a private cabin surrounded by nature. Lake Buchanan offers multiple inlets to explore with a kayak or canoe rental from Buchanan Adventure Tours.