Tres Lunas Resort — Photo courtesy of Tres Lunas Resort
Not far from San Antonio, the popular tourist town of Fredericksburg and the burgeoning art and wine scene in Mason lies an unexpected treasure known as Tres Lunas Resort. Tres Lunas is a boutique resort where you can truly find your way back to nature, but in sublime rustic elegance. Tres Lunas poses the question, "Is it in your nature?" If not, you’ll wish it was!
Tres Lunas is about more than just reconnecting with nature; it’s about completely decompressing in an environment that is cozy and utterly magical.
Owners Carol and Craig Conlee, who have an extensive background in the B&B and gourmet foods industries, have managed to artfully merge the personal care of a B&B with the luxuriousness and privacy of a five-star resort. They provide the kind of hill country getaway you'll find yourself daydreaming about at work and in the wee hours of the morning when sleep escapes you.
Private dinner in the chapel — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
Thankfully, Tres Lunas is no mirage. The Conlees have spent years cultivating the ultimate retreat for couples, newlyweds, writers, artists and girls groups as well as some hunting parties. The resort sits on over 100 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country covered in wild flowers, deer and other indigenous animals.
Imagine waking up to breakfast by a blazing fire or a homemade cowboy breakfast outside every Saturday morning, served from a genuine Texas chuckwagon!
You can easily while away an afternoon by the infinity pool, hypnotized by the stunning landscape. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can go for an invigorating hike or enjoy the many exciting activities in the area. This region, known as Loyal Valley, has a rich and tumultuous history with stories of Comanche Indians. It’s also a popular geological destination for their rare Texas topaz.
You can take in these unique surroundings by kayaking along the clear Llano River through ancient geological wonders of glinting pink granite outcroppings and giant fossil-filled boulders, pecan trees and cactus via local outfitter Llano River Region Adventures, or go horseback riding with Loyal Valley Horse Adventures.
Elopement at Tres Lunas Resort — Photo courtesy of Asher Creek Photography
In Mason, you’ll find a historic theatre called The Odeon; an exciting museum at the old Fort Mason, which was once an outpost for Robert E. Lee; and (soon) four new wineries. In fact, the Texas Hill Country appellation is the second most popular wine destination in the country, after Napa Valley.
Leading the pack in Mason is the award-winning Sandstone Cellars Winery, which has a charming storefront where you can enjoy a tasting of all of their latest creations, including a Vintage Port Style Wine and a Cider Dessert Wine. Currently, Sandstone also puts on a festival every October called Hollow-wine.
Sandstone Cellars Winery — Photo courtesy of Joshua Simmons
Next to the winery sits their restaurant of 16 years, Santos Taqueria Y Cantina and the newer wine bar, a hot spot for locals and celebrities alike. Before long, you can expect Mason to offer a preeminent wine tour.
For dinner, you don’t have to go far, as Tres Lunas is a bed, breakfast and dinner resort (or "hotelito," as Carol likes to call it), where you can enjoy a private dinner of exceptional cuisine in their gorgeous stone chapel at sunset.
Their four-course dinners include specialties such as Grand Marnier prawn, grilled pork tenderloin with Chimayo chipotle and raspberry sauce followed by their signature bread pudding. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic rendezvous, particularly if you’re taking advantage of their special elopement package.
Tres Lunas is indeed an ideal location for any wedding. They offer affordable comprehensive packages, which include their exceptional cuisine. For more information, visit TresLunasResort.com and get away!