Horseshoe Bay, Texas
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Lovely by the Lake
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What it is
A 400-room gem on Lake LBJ with three award-winning golf courses (one by Jack Nicklaus, no less) and a glamorous shoreside spa.
What it isn't
Small. The resort’s footprint is some 7,000 acres.
What we think
For anyone who believes everything’s bigger in Texas, here’s proof. Take the seemingly bottomless well of activities on offer, whether you want to take a bespoke wine tour of some of any 50 nearby wineries or rent a 22-foot pontoon boat with your besties. There are equally plentiful dining options, including a brand new Hill Country barbecue restaurant and a waterside Yacht Club where the signature dish is chicken fried lobster (swoon). Each night, you’ll retreat to a just-revamped guest room with a private balcony and windows that span from floor to ceiling; book a roomy condo for a gourmet-level kitchen Julia Child herself would be happy with.
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The spa also has a full salon, so you can get a fresh blowout after your Himalayan salt stone massage.
You’ve got a thing for just-caught seafood, so the resort’s brand new Waterfront Bar & Grill is an edible elysian. Among the dishes just pulled out of the Texas Gulf Coast? Grilled shrimp, served atop the freshest Caesar salad you’ve ever tasted.
Restaurants & Bars
The Yacht Club - Sophisticated dining surrounded by sweeping lake views
Lantana - Texas comfort food classics served in a refined setting
Waterfront Bar & Grill - Serving fresh seafood with waterfront views
Café Del Sol - Light fare served poolside
Slick Rock Grill & Bar - Casual clubhouse
About an hour’s drive from downtown Austin, Texas, on glimmering Lake Lyndon B. Johnson. Just 8 miles away, the Falls on the Colorado Museum is housed in an 1891 building and the place to see artifacts of indigenous peoples and a 700-year-old bison named Rockie.