July 27, 2012

Vacation Planning

As family and friends jet set around the nation and world to exotic locales, I am sitting in front of my computer comparing the rates at various chain hotels for a brief family getaway in a couple of weeks.

We hadn't been able to plan anything, as we were waiting on the dates for some of Boom's college related pre-term activities.  Now that we have the dates, it is late in the game, and we will have very little opportunity to do much before she reports to school on the 15th of August.

The youngest has been promised a trip to Schlitterbahn.  One day, that is all I can take of any water park.  From there, we have no requirements.  My kids want to see Bandera, as I wax poetic about it so often.   Boerne, Fredericksburg and Kerrville have come up as potential base locations.   Enchanted Rock is a maybe, as it will be freakin' August and none too cool.  San Antonio is okay, but we have been there and done that quite a bit.  No to Fiesta Texas and Sea World.  We would rather do activities around history, scenery and family time versus pay $50 per person to stand in line. 

At this point, the chances of finding a 'fun' place to stay that can accommodate a family of six are slim to none, so we most likely need a town with some major chain lodging.  The Princess saw a picture on the Kerrville website of some girls sitting on a little waterfall-ish river ledge and is very interested in going there.  To that exact spot.  Help me out Kerrcarto...



So, my Texas Hill Country friends, and those familiar with the area, any ideas for a short notice, 3 or 4 day, affordable Hill Country jaunt?  Our other option is a Texas BBQ trail trip, through Giddings, Luling, Lockhart, etc.  My ass really doesn't need the extra pounds, so, help a sister out with some ideas.

7 comments:

CenTexTim said...

Check out these ideas from Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. The first covers Blanco (Blanco State Park has a little dam just like the one in your picture). Also, Best Western has a pretty new hotel there.

The second has 30 cheap getaways divided by region - see #'s 21-30 for Central Texas. The Inks Lake canoe tour might tire out the kids - and the adults.

If you're so inclined after Schlitterbahn, there's tubing down either the Comal or Guadalupe in New Braunfels.

We leave next week for another trip (it's tough being me...). We'll be gone Aug. 2-12, but if you're in the area before/after those dates let me know.

Harper said...

Thanks, Tim! Good info. I have also been re-reading many 'best Texas trips' issues of Texas Monthly. I know of lots to do, but trying to coordinate for all ages, short time along with everything else, my brain is fried.

We have to be back here on the 13th. And then to College Station on the 15th for move in - but might take the rest of the kids somewhere from there for a few days.

kerrcarto said...

That exact spot looks like Shumachers Crossing.

kerrcarto said...

Damnit, I linked to the wrong page the first time. Better stuff here.

Harper said...

Thanks!

kerrcarto said...

BTW, those waterfalls give one hell of a back massage!

H2o said...

Hey we're taking Ali to Schlitterbahn in Galveston on the 9th if you guys can make it. Love to meet and greet with the family if possible.