The Lone Star State. If it's true that there's only one star in all of Texas, it's gotta be Austin. Sure, the state capital has always been marked on maps with an astral symbol, but Austin's trendsetting food and music scenes, not to mention its desirable locale amid Texas Hill Country, have earned it celebrity status of late.
It's only natural, then, that the state's newest destination resort—Travaasa Austin, about 30 minutes from downtown—would set up shop here. And not just anywhere. In the thick of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, this rustic resort and spa offers the city's best, with guided outdoor adventures, culinary classes, and cultural exploration all available on-site.
Get a one- ($249) or two-night stay ($399) for two, Sundays through Thursdays, in an upgraded Canyon Room at TripAdvisor's #1 recommended hotel in Austin. Or, opt for a weekend stay through August 31: one night in an upgraded Canyon Room on Friday or Saturday ($339) or two nights in an upgraded Canyon Room, Fridays through Sundays ($589).
As an eco-minded property and winner of Treehugger's 2010 Best of Green Award, the boutique 70-room resort is one with its surroundings, with gnarled oak trees lining the dirt paths that crisscross the property. Canyon Rooms, dressed in brown and cream earth tones, are equipped with balconies overlooking the surrounding hills and appointed with queen-size beds draped in organic cotton linens.
For the full Travaasa experience, you'll have $25 per guest to spend on private or semi-private activities. Channel the Old West with a horseback adventure, or spice up your stay during a salsa dancing lesson. Whip up some regional cuisine with a hands-on cooking class, or center your chi with a yoga or meditation session. There are literally dozens of activities to choose from each week.
Break for a meal at Jean's Kitchen, where you'll have $25 to spend on lunch or dinner. Executive Chef Ben Baker combines his roots in San Francisco with the bounty at Travaasa (an on-site garden yields much of the restaurant's herbs and vegetables) to create an international lineup of seasonal cuisine.
And to round out your stay, each guest will have $25 to spend toward a 50-minute treatment at The Spa. Its 11 rooms, including a hot tub and sauna, sit next to the infinity pool overlooking the rolling landscape, and treatments run the gamut from massages, wraps, and facials to holistic healing.
Star in your own capital-city getaway with this week's Escape to Travaasa—it's an all-in-one Austin experience you won't find downtown.
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One- ($249) or Two-Night Stay ($399) for Two, Sundays through Thursdays, in a Canyon Room; or One- ($339) or Two-Night Stay ($589) for Two, Fridays through Sundays, in a Canyon Room; with Activity, Meal, and Spa Credits
- from $249