If you follow @topknots_and_takeout on Instagram, you got a glimpse of a. our sibling/spouse love for each other (in a non-creepy way) and b. the adorable place we took a couples trip for a weekend vacay. We called this trip our “Sibling Bash”… because we’re super wild, so ‘bash’ is only appropriate. Or something. Our brother Daniel and his wife Kristen got married in Dripping Springs several years ago. Their schedules did not allow them to honeymoon for an extended period immediately following their wedding, so they found Sage Hill Inn & Spa as the perfect place to relax and recharge to close out their wedding weekend. Fast forward a couple of years, Christiane planned a visit with her husband, followed by Daniel and Kristen deciding to join in on the fun, so naturally Keith and I were not going to miss out!
We loved our stay here and would definitely recommend it to others and will consider a return visit!
Sage Hill Inn & Spa. Located in the Texas Hill Country south of Austin and north of San Marcos (hello outlet malls!) on nearly 90 acres of land. Their website has all the info you need, so while I’ll point out some of the amenities we enjoyed, I’ll let their website fill you in on the rest.
This boutique hotel with bed and breakfast feel serves breakfast and dinner, included in the cost of your stay. They rotate a seasonal menu, and everything we had was on point. Much of the veggies and herbs used to cook with are grown in their gardens on the property – you don’t get much more fresh than that!
There is a central dining area where all the guests eat. Since we had a larger party, our group was seated in the adjacent library for dinner each night, which was such a nice touch that we had our own area. You can BYOB to dinner or purchase there. I enjoyed being able to bring out own wine and share with the group.
And as a nice snack, Sage Hill Inn offers fresh baked cookies every day and make peanut butter energy bites… which are my jam!
While breakfast and dinner are included in your stay, you can also add on things like a picnic for lunch, cheese board, etc. Or you could bring in your own food to eat between meals. But for many, since breakfast and dinner are both fairly large meals, you would probably be fine just snacking between.
If you want to venture out, I would definitely recommend The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood. It’s seriously LEGIT BBQ and won’t disappoint! You could venture into Wimberley, San Marcos or even Austin for more options.
You could seriously park yourself here and not leave all weekend. Between the spa and attractions on site, you would definitely have enough to do for a long weekend if you wanted to err on the side of relaxation. On site, there’s a spa, pool and hot tub, horseshoes, bocce court, washers, hammock, fire pit and hiking trails. The community library has board games, books and more for guest use.
Keith and I started our trip off on the right foot with a massage as soon as we arrived. It was so relaxing after the drive in. Additionally, we got facials together which included a wonderful hand and foot massage as well. The services at the spa were great. I will note that since this is a small property, the spa is pretty much only used for services, so there’s no steam room and other add-ons that you might find at a larger spa.
We opted to get out on Saturday. Part of the group enjoyed some shopping in the cute little town of Wimberley in the morning, and we all met up for BBQ at The Salt Lick for lunch. After BBQ, we went to Twisted X Brewing Co, which has great craft beer and some games such a corn hole. Side note, don’t ever challenge Kristen to a game of corn hole. #beastmode
We didn’t get as much trail walking in as I would have liked due to time and it being rainy a lot of the time we were there. But we did take the quick walk down to see Onion Creek.
Dinner was more of an event for us with a group, so we took our time and enjoyed the company. Each night after dinner, we sat around the fire pit with wine and more laughs.
There are other recommendation on Sage Hill’s website for things to do, but as mentioned, if you’re into shopping and have the time, I would suggest checking out the San Marcos Outlet Mall.
Just think weekend clothes. You can get by on the more casual side. I wanted to dress up for dinners a bit, but jeans dressed up for women and jeans for men with a golf shirt or button down work just fine. You’ll want comfortable clothes that you can walk the trails in, wear to/from spa. Daytime activities are mostly casual. We went in mid-October and it was HOT and raining. So check the weather, as it might not be what you would think for the season.
- Speaker – this is a very chill place, but we usually bring a bluetooth speaker with us when traveling. Keep the vol low.
- Swimsuit – there is a pool and hot tub (that we got to enjoy in October!)
As Texas locals not too far away, we drove here. Closest commercial airport is Austin-Bergstrom Airport less than 30 miles away. If you plan to drive around to near-by shopping or activities, I would recommend having a car. But if you plan to visit wineries with much zest, you might seek alternative plans. 😉
NOTE: this is not a sponsored post by Sage Hill & Spa, just our review of a paid weekend here.