One side effect we never expected from the pandemic: Our previously dormant inner hermit came out of the closet in a big way—and then ran back inside for cover.
We’ve never been keen on large crowds in any situation, but Covid really solidified our stance.
Cases in point: The only way we’ll see a concert is from a private suite and not (only) because we’re bougie. Waiting in line at an amusement park or any similar facility lands at the top of our cringe-inducing experiences list. Hell, even being on completely booked airplanes these days makes us rethink our life choices from take-off until our first Bloody Mary. (Then we’re generally OK.)
So you’d think camping would be the ideal solution for avoiding crowds and scratching our vacation itch.
Well, think again.
Sure, we love the great outdoors—but only if we can experience them on our terms and have the ability to retreat into an air-conditioned space with high-thread-count linens and a clawfoot bathtub when the bugs start to get annoying.
Luckily for us (and you), such a magical Utopia exists. And it’s only a four-hour drive from Dallas. (Or about a 90-minute drive from Austin if you want to extend a getaway there.)
This wild wilderness wonderland is Walden Retreats.
The luxury camping experience features gorgeous, roomy tents that can be your home base as you head out for day trips in the surrounding areas. Walden Retreats is close to Fredericksburg, the 290 Wine Trail, the bustling metropolis of Luchenbach, Enchanted Rock and Pedernales Falls State Park, so you can get in some adventure, wine drinking or a combination of the two.
Walden Retreats offers a pet-friendly escape (we took our new puppy last year and she loved it) and an ideal way to get in touch with Mother Nature without having to get too handsy with the old gal.
In addition to the well-appointed sleeping accommodations, you’ll enjoy luxe bath products, an indoor fireplace in many of the tents, a private outdoor fire pit, an (also private) outdoor shower and a gas grill for cooking up a feast in time for sunset dining.
Of course, you can also choose to remain right on-property during your stay, with hiking and everything from fishing to canoeing available on the Pedernales River just down the (steep) hill.
Book your escape to Walden Retreats before it gets too hot in the hill country. But remember, there’s air conditioning in them thar tents, so even in the heat of July you’ll be able to chill.
Chill in style.
Walden RetreatsAll photos courtesy of Walden Retreats unless otherwise indicated
388 Gipson Rd, Johnson City