Weekend getaways are the best. They’re usually closeby, so no need for a plane ticket. They’re short, so you don’t get homesick. And they’re inexpensive, so you can do them more often! To celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary, I planned a two-night stay for me and the hubby in the Texas Hill Country at Sage Hill Inn & Spa. It was so much fun!! I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting (or needing) some relaxation time with their significant other, friends, or even by themselves.
I put together the usual itinerary in Excel with a lot of activities planned, but we ended up not following most of it. There was really no need to leave the inn except for lunch, which is not provided in-house unless you book certain spa packages. However, some rooms have a full kitchen so you can get away with not leaving at all! The itinerary is still available here if staying in is not your thing and you need some planning inspiration.
We reserved Maurice’s Guest Room for $316.94 per night (including tax). I think this is reasonable considering two delicious meals are included in this rate. Keep in mind that this is also the weekday rate (Sunday – Thursday). Weekend rates (Friday – Saturday) are $100 more per night and have a minimum two-night stay.
It sits across from Maurice’s Cottage and is about 5-7 minute walk from the main section of the inn. I loved this. No wall neighbors! We got lucky and no one was staying at Maurice’s Cottage while we were there, so it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
The room itself is spacious and includes a comfy king-size bed, Nespresso machine, small refrigerator with bottled water, and a microwave. My favorite thing was the remote controlled fireplace! We had it on whenever we were in the room. There was also a small TV (compatible with Chromecast) and a DVD player with movies available in the Library to borrow.
Around the Inn
There’s a nice spa and a heated swimming pool, but my favorite spots were the library and the gardens. The library is very cozy and is equipped with tons of books, board games, and DVDs to borrow for a movie night. Water, coffee, tea, and microwave popcorn are available to enjoy there or take back to your room as well. The garden is well kept and they use a lot of what they grow here for the restaurant.
A full breakfast and a three-course dinner is provided daily during your stay. We were very happy with the food and service. The breakfast menu is different every day and the dinner menu is seasonal. For some reason we were expecting the dinner menu to change daily as well, but nope! It’s ok since there were enough options for two nights. Another nice thing is you don’t need to bring a purse or wallet. If you choose to order extra items or leave gratuity for the dinner service, it will get charged to the credit card on file.
Below is the main dining area during breakfast. There is a small coffee station and a table with cookies to snack on throughout the day. Morning spread of fresh fruit and granola.
Day 1 Breakfast – Haystack, Toasted English Muffin, Honey Orange Butter, Housemade Applesauce
Day 2 Breakfast – Vegetable Quiche, Smoked Bacon, Yogurt with Spiced Berries
I honestly enjoyed breakfast more than dinner, but it could be because I love breakfast food in general. I could eat breakfast food and drink coffee all day! Dinner was really good too though. Our favorites were the crab cake, duck breast, mushroom risotto, and the chocolate budino dessert (omgah so good). The snapper could have used a little more seasoning, but it was cooked perfectly.
Dinner Menu Items (Left to Right) – Chocolate Almond Torte, Crispy Snapper with Kosho + Lemon Puree, Crab Cake with Frisee Slaw + Citrus Aioli, Bread + Butter, Duck Breast with Huckleberry Gastrique, Chocolate Budino with Pecan Toffee Crunch, Wild Mushroom Risotto
As I mentioned earlier, we pretty much threw the itinerary out the window. Instead, we took time to appreciate being outside and being together. That’s what a getaway is about right?? I didn’t even have to make an appointment to the spa! I might check it out next time though. Below is a list of everything we enjoyed during our stay.
- Hiking. There are about 3 miles of hiking trails around the inn. When you check in, they will provide you with a laminated color-coded map that shows all the different trails. The trails are not difficult, so it’s more of a nice long walk (my kind of hike). Hiking sticks, bug spray, and bottled water are available at the main entrance to the trails and also outside of your room. This was awesome, because well.. we did not come prepared with any of these things. They also provide binoculars for bird watching opportunities.
- Games. There is an outdoor Bocce court and separate sections to play Horseshoe and Washers. We had to Google what Bocce is and how to play. It basically involves throwing four balls towards a tinier ball, and whoever gets the closest to it wins. I was very bad at all of these games, so I rage quit.
- Porch Swinging + Tree Climbing. Each guest room that is separate from the main inn has its own porch swing nearby. We hung out around here for awhile. The weather was nice so we just sat on the swing talking, laughing, and taking pictures. Then, someone had the urge to climb a tree. He was on his own for that one.
- Napping. Yessss. We had our very own hammock. A CLEAN hammock. So obviously, we took a nap on the clean hammock. I’ve never done that before. Let me tell you, it’s not easy getting two people on one of those things. But we did it! And then we took a selfie to commemorate this moment.
- Warming up by the Firepit. Not only do you get your own porch swing and hammock, you also get your own outdoor firepit! Doesn’t it look so inviting? Just grab the firepit key and lighter in your room and you’re good to go. Be careful not to burn the hairs off your knuckles while lighting it. Yea, that happened.
- Binge-watching shows on Netflix. That’s right. When you get tired of being outside, you watch TV! We brought our Chromecast and started watching Stranger, a Korean crime drama currently available on Netflix. It was really interesting. But watch whatever you like. I’m a sucker for Korean dramas.
And that was our trip. I enjoyed it so much I plan on taking my sister there for her birthday this year. I can’t wait!!