Saturday night we felt like true Texans. We got out of the big city and spent an evening under the stars at the Inn Above Onion Creek. After 11 hours on the road we were thrilled to drive up the mile-long driveway to such a beautiful, yet rustic, home. We had planned to eat, get dolled up and head into Austin for a night on the town, but after 5 minutes of being at the Inn the decision was unanimous to spend the evening sipping tea and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Our two bedroom suite was adorable! Amanda commented, "I feel like I stepped into a page from Restoration Hardware." The Texas hill country accommodations and rustic décor fit the culture of the area perfectly. We had our own private deck off the back of our room which was perfect for Sid to run and play.
Starved from the road, we went into the kitchen where Marcus and Daniel had saved us dinner trays. Dinner is served nightly at the Inn and is included in your stay! It begins at 6pm and unfortunately Amanda and I did not make it in time, so we appreciated that they were willing to save us a tray. We decided it would be nice to take our food and go sit on our private deck. The pork chops with peach salsa and brussels sprouts (another of our favorite foods) was so satisfying and reminded us of meals from home, and, of course, they served us chocolate cake with raspberries. Seems like word of our dessert love is traveling fast.
After dinner we took Sid for a walk around the grounds and he was in heaven! There are several walking trails to scenic overlooks and the creek. We were also very impressed with the Inn garden, where grow herbs and veggies for their home-cooked dinners. The Inn Above Onion Creek is so peaceful and romantic. I would highly recommend any couple add this destination to their list. What a great place to get away, spend time in nature and reconnect with your love. Amanda and I immediately felt the calm the Inn provokes, which left us feeling fully recharged for the day ahead.
We spent Sunday morning enjoying more of the Inn. Once again, we woke up and went for a run and then headed to the dining room for breakfast. The open dining structure of the Inn only adds to the country feel of this place. We filled up on banana pancakes, bacon, eggs, fruit and scones -- we were stuffed! After breakfast, Amy, the Innkeeper, was so kind and helped us print out maps for our drive today. She also gave us a great suggestion to check out Lady Bird Lake in the city of Austin, which is exactly what we did when we reluctantly pulled out of the Inn.
Austin is so freaking cool! We walked Sid around the lake and got a great a view of the city. The people there are so active. It seemed like hundreds were out walking their dogs, going for runs or paddle-boarding in the lake. Amanda and I drove into the city and down Congress Street where we saw the capital building. Restaurants, clothing stores and coffee shops lined the streets and once again we wished we had more time... a constant theme of this trip so far!
Santa Fe, here we come!