If you're looking to stay in San Antonio, and you don't mind going that extra mile, a supremely delightful Texas Hill Country oasis exists just a stone's throw from the city, and it's called Paniolo Ranch. Paniolo Ranch is a romantic bed and breakfast that makes a popular destination for those looking to reconnect with each other and with nature, whether for a wedding or a general getaway.
Paniolo Ranch is located near the well-known antiquing towns of Comfort, Boerne and Fredericksburg, and you can expect to be greeted by the friendly guinea. Owner Judy Kennell originally started Paniolo as a bed and breakfast in 2002, but folks kept wanting to know if it was possible if they could take advantage of the gorgeous surroundings for their wedding.
"There's something special about Paniolo Ranch," says Kennell, who speaks warmly and proudly about her property. "I think that it's the gift of nature."
Paniolo Ranch in Texas — Photo courtesy of Paniolo Ranch
She finally realized that a wedding venue was a great idea and partnered with her son to build an additional reception hall overlooking the stunning property.
For the actual ceremony, there's a beautiful outdoor stone alter that makes the event feel equally rustic and elegant. The outdoor reception area is flush with all sorts of flowers, greenery and beloved pieces of artwork.
Whether you're looking for a wedding spot or just a place to relax, Paniolo Ranch is an exceptional choice. They have four separate accommodations as well as a bridal suite in the wedding venue. They offer a multitude of packages from Girls' Night Out to special romantic options, including dinner with champagne and chocolates!
Paniolo Ranch is also one of the only Texas B&B resorts that has a full-service spa. Guests can enjoy a variety of spa treatments, such as stress-relieving body massage, hot stone therapy, soothing scalp treatment with essential oils, raindrop therapy, reflexology, herbal baths, moor mud body masque, facials and mani-pedis.
Those looking to feel like Aphrodite in a Garden of Eden can partake of their spa treatments inside the greenhouse.
Another unique amenity is the Art Studio. Also an artist, Kennell opens up her studio to groups and other artists looking to take advantage of the local inspirations. You can even set up an easel on your own private porch in one of your casitas and paint in utter privacy.
While taking in a swim in the beautiful pool, you're more than likely to find a few deer walking around in search of something good to eat. You, too, should not miss out on Kennell's superb cooking.
Take advantage of the opportunity to truly get away and decompress from the day-to-day grind. Undoubtedly, you deserve it!