A Texan's Dream A review of Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Texas is a big state and for those of us who live in the Lone Star state we look for fantastic places to go, without long drives (from Dallas to El Paso 10 hour drive, Amarillo to McAllen 16 hours). Austin is a pearl of a place. Unique and relaxed. My first experience at Barton Creek was for a business meeting in September. Texas has these beautiful fall days. Imagine clear blue sky, light breeze and 80 degrees. So while the others on my team played golf I took advantage of the spa. I only received a manicure and pedicure, but I felt as if I had a full body massage. I went back to my room, opened the window (the windows really open) and let the breeze blow into my room. I was over the pool and could hear the variety and well selected music. I took the best nap of my life that afternoon. Then, later went down to the near deserted pool. Listened to the music and took in the hill country. Another favorite was the long porch with rocking chairs, which over looks the beautiful golf courses and the hills of Austin. There were so many places around the hotel to curl up in big overstuffed chairs and escape. Although a large resort, the quaintness of this place makes any nook feel like home. Jim's bar is a great place to get a drink. Breakfast and Breaks were plentiful. One dinner our team had surf and turf by the pool. Originally, we were to have the dinner in the restaurant, but we were having a good time by the pool, the staff had no problem moving the set-up. An elegant set-up, by the pool. Not a cook-out, but silver and china. Overall, I love this place. It was a great experience. We're going back for the Christmas holidays. Their spa is open on Christmas Day. What a perfect present to yourself.