When you think of visiting Texas for the first time, usually your head is filled with images of cowboys, cactus and armadillos. When you think of Austin, perhaps you also envision music and hipsters.... Read More
When you think of visiting Texas for the first time, usually your head is filled with images of cowboys, cactus and armadillos. When you think of Austin, perhaps you also envision music and hipsters. But it's probably a safe bet that you don't imagine sailing on a vast lake hundreds of feet deep. Surprisingly, just minutes from downtown Austin is the most beautiful and expansive lake, known as Lake Travis. At almost 64 miles long and up to 4.5 miles wide, Lake Travis is actually a reservoir on the Colorado River that was formed in 1942 by the construction of Mansfield Dam on the western edge of Austin by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Travelers and locals alike can take advantage of this gorgeous destination by chartering a luxury sailing yacht for the day or evening. Charter company Sailing Austin offers a variety of incredible pleasure cruises, including a full eight-hour daytrip, half-day trip, two-hour moonlight sail or two-hour sunset cruise. This 34-foot Catalina MKII luxury yacht – which is decked out with all the bells and whistles, including A/C in the cabin, a nice bathroom and a sun area on deck – is perfect for groups of two to six and ideal for couples looking for a romantic excursion or just a fun getaway.