When I was a kid, we lived right next to a heavily wooded area. It would have been nice to have a treehouse, but seeing as how my dad was determined to keep us on the ground, we never got one lol. Since then, I could only imagine what it would be like to own a treehouse. Shows like Treehouse Masters peaked my interest and left me wishing on a star, so when I found out there were such things as treehouse cabins in New Braunfels I was all over it.
The initial staycation was planned for my hubby and I as well as 2 other couples. But word quickly got out and before I knew it, our party had doubled! No worries because the stay was amazing and totally worth the effort to plan.
River Road Treehouse Cabins are a fun alternative to a typical hotel stay. The cabins are technically built around the trees, not in them, but with an amazing view from the huge windows it feels like you’re in a tree! Each cabin can hold up to 8 people, but in my opinion 6 is really comfortable for all since there is only 1 bathroom and 3 queen sized beds. There was a connecting patio between the 2 cabins we rented so we could meet in a common area. We really only used it for grilling because, lets face it, it’s still hot in Texas, and no one wants to battle the bugs for outdoor space.
Friday night was really chill. We dined on home made spaghetti, sipped cocktails, and stayed up late laughing, talking, and playing games.
The next morning after a nice breakfast, we decided to start our adventures. First on the list was a trip to Dietz Gun Range. Our group was met with experts in the field and friendly attitudes from the guys who run the range. They set up our skeet shooting and everyone had a go firing at the clay pigeons.
After some coaching from the hubby, I shot 2 clay pigeons for the first time! It reminds me of that old nintendo game Duck Hunt (anyone else ever play that game???). Best game ever! Who knew Duck Hunt would prepare me for skeet shooting later in life lol!
I also got an opportunity to shoot a handgun on the other side of the range setup with targets. I didn’t really enjoy that part as much because unlike when firing the shotgun, we didn’t have protection from the shade. It was hot, my hands kept sweating, and not being in a gun cubby really made me uncomfortable. I fired a couple rounds and then got back under the shade.
After a full day of shooting, it was time to do something more relaxing. When googling activities to do near the cabins, taking a trip to Lake Canyon kept coming up as a number one thing to do so that was our next adventure. Once we parked and after a mini hike down through the woods we were met with a breathtaking horizon of the lake.
The water was just so pretty, I had to take a step in….we all did. It was VERY slippery, but so worth it to just stand in the water watching the sun peek through the clouds. We stayed out for a while watching wake boarders zoom past, skipping rocks, and appreciating the scenic views.
On Sunday we made the decision to go on a little wine tasting excursion at La Cruz de Comal Wines. The vineyard spans across 3 acres and has been around for 16 years. Owner, Lewis Dickson, was kind enough to not only greet us, but talk with us about his passion for wine and tell us the history behind how he got started.
For $15 we got to taste 5 wines and let me tell you, they did not disappoint! Among my favorites was a dry white Pétard Blanc nicknamed “The Firecracker” on account of it’s explosiveness on the palate. All of the wines taste so clean and none of them have sulfites which I really appreciate. The tasting room is packed with interesting details and quirky items to view and ask about. It was a wonderful time learning about wines and enjoying a few as well. If you’re ever in New Braunfels, I highly recommend making a stop here.
We didn’t need to do to much after leaving the wine tasting. It had got rather late in the day and everyone was pretty much ready to continue staying in chill mode. Once we got back to the cabin and gathered some drinks, a pack of cards, and our portable radio, we headed across the street to River Park to wind down. We stayed out for a while battling it out at Uno and listening to music.
Later that night, it was another fun time of eating, drinking, and enjoying family. We stayed up late playing Sniper and Scattegories…(and just a tip on Scattegories, get really descriptive if you want to stay unique). I didn’t win, but I totally should have lol!
Our final day we wanted to end our trip with brunch at Buttermilk Cafe. It’s a really cool spot offering some amazing breakfast options. I enjoyed the Shirred Eggs which is 3 brown eggs baked in heavy cream with bacon, tomatoes, chives, and cheese. Yum!!!!
After breakfast we said our farewells outside. Even though we live a few hours apart we know we will see each other soon for another group meet up. Overall the staycation was a fun time and everyone got to try something different for a change. And now when I watch Treehouse Masters I probably won’t be so jealous LOL!!!