Checking In: Canyon Lakeview
The first trip my fiance and I took together was a romantic stay at Canyon Lakeview Resort in Canyon Lake, Texas. We squeezed in some exploring nearby - downtown San Antonio and New Braunfels, though you could just as well enjoy a weekend staying in at the cabins.
I wouldn't call myself a cabin kinda gal, but the cathedral cabins at Canyon Lakeview (the kind we stayed in, pictured above) each have a full kitchen, two decks, a hot tub, and plenty of privacy. Needless to say, it's a great place for a romantic night in. And the beautiful sunrise makes for a lovely, relaxing morning as well. Another fun option in the area is the Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, though this time we stuck with the San Antonio Riverwalk so we could see it lit up with Christmas lights. It's absolutely beautiful that time of year, and there is an AMC and plenty of nice restaurants off the river walk for a fun date. You can see my travel pics and tips from the river walk here >.
While it's a great place to stay as a couple, we also couldn't help but notice how great it would be for a family trip as well. Each of the cathedral cabins have a master bed and bath downstairs and two bedrooms and an extra bathroom upstairs. The upstairs bedrooms each have two beds in them - plenty of sleeping space for a big family.
The one downside I suppose would be that the downstairs bedroom is in an open floor plan with the living space and kitchen, so if you have kids or another couple sharing the cabin, whoever sleeps downstairs wouldn't have a completely private bedroom. Though there is a good amount of separation between the upstairs and downstairs bedrooms.
With the full kitchen and plenty of dining space, I'm picturing a yummy family breakfast filled with pancakes and bacon next time...and early-morning coffee on the deck, with the sunrise and my love.
On the lower-level deck, just outside the living / dining space, there is the hot tub and a table for dining outside, and a set of stairs that lead to the outdoor area. Just out back, there is the lake and a beautiful wooded area with a walking trail.
When we set off for a walk, we noticed a grill and fire pit outside each of the large cabins. This also had me picturing a fun family trip - grilling out for dinner and roasting marshmallows around a fire.
Perhaps the coolest things about Canyon Lakeview was all of the deer. Upon arriving, we saw a container of what looked like dog food on top of the fridge. I just assumed a previous guest had left it. Then we remembered that part of the resort's attraction is feeding the deer...the container was full of deer food. We filled up our pockets and headed out back.
The deer came right up to us...lots and lots of deer. There was a baby that was a little skiddish, but most of them were very friendly (and hungry).
My fiance, the deer whisperer.:) A few of them actually let him pet them. He's the only person I know who animals like more than me. Of course, he is quite lovable.
FYI: These cacti are very, very sharp ha! I loved how they were all shaped like hearts, and as I bent down to get just the right shot, I got stuck. It took quite a bit of pulling to get the needles out of my leg. But hey...at least I got the shot.
To be honest, we had a few travel-related hiccups on the way down, but when we woke up the next morning to the sunrise and the view, we were recharged and ready for an amazing time.
The lake was the icing on top that made for such a beautiful and relaxing view. If my fiance and I were the type to unplug, this would be the place. But smart phones and tablets and cameras in hand, we had a very beautiful and relaxing getaway that definitely left us wanting to go back.
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