• Ashley M.

Canyon of the Eagles

During this last weekend, my family and I enjoyed a quick getaway to Canyon of the Eagles. We were really eager to escape the chaos of work, school and the general business of life to really spend time with one another. Since we afre not vaccinated, the safety precautions and COVID policies the resort has in place, made the property attractive to us.

On our way to Canyon of the Eagles resort, we stopped at Longhorn Cavern State Park for a cave tour. We booked the tour in advance as the weekends do get quite busy. The cave tour was an hour and a half long and we all enjoyed learning the history of the cave as well as walking the many underground rooms. During the part of the tour where our guide turned off every light for us to experience true total darkness, our toddler, Max, yelloed, "Oh no, we need some lights!" and that gave us all a good giggle. On our next trip to Longhorn Cavern State Park, I would like to be prepared with a picnic lunch and more time to explore the trails.

From Longhorn Cavern State Park, it took us about half an hour to get to Canyon of the Eagles. During check in, we were presented with two room keys that had little flashlights attached (I thought this was a thoughtful touch). The rooms are clean, spacious, cozy and include a mini fridge, coffeemaker and microwave. Our favorite part of the room was the view and of course, the rocking chairs.

Once we unloaded the kiddos, the dog and all of our stuff (classic over packer right here!), we toured the property. We got to see the beach, various trails, pool, recreation room (there is a TV in this room should you have that itch during your visit), restaurant and campsites. The resort has 62 guest rooms within the 16 different buildings, meeting and banquet space, plus 25 full hook RV sites and 33 campsites.

We enjoyed our evening dinner at Overlook Restaurant. The chef has incorporated some wild game menu items in addition to traditional steakhouse fare. Our view during dinner overlooking (hence the name) Lake Buchanan was absolutely spectacular and the server was incredibly thoughtful when it came to bringing drinks and food to the kiddos. Of course, immediately following dinner, we cuddled up by the bonfire and roasted marshmallows for s'mores before heading back to our room for the evening.

*Dinner reservations are required and activities such as kayak rental, private guided hikes and private boat cruises can also be booked in advance.

My biggest reccomendation while staying at COTE, is to look up. The night sky is insanely gorgeous and in fact, you can book time with the astronomer at their Eagle Eye Observatory. We could not stop staring at the sky. It's hard to beat an evening in a rocking chair, stargazing with wine in hand!

The next morning, I ran about 6 miles on the trails and would have run longer if I wouldn't have been so anxious to get back to my crew. Canyon of the Eagles houses 14 miles of trails that are clean and really well marked which is perfect for someone like me that lacks general navigation skills. We walked over to the Overlook restaurant for breakfast which can either be taken to go or consumed at the restaurant itself. We opted to enjoy that view again while we dined and we all devoured our breakfast before heading out for the day's activities.

We took the kiddos on a small hike and then drove the short drive down to the beach on property. There, we found our kayak and life vests were ready and waiting for us. We were lucky to get out on the water before the wind picked up that afternoon and the views while out on the water were even more spectacular. Once we were back to shore, the kiddos ran around on the beach collecting treasure. It felt so amazing to have space for the kiddos to run freely and to have the time to allow such unscheduled play.

Once the car was loaded, we grabbed our takeout lunch orders from Overlook restaurant and brought them with us to Perissos Vineyard & Winery. Perissos is a small, family- run vineyard and boutique winery located in Hill Country. The tasting room is large and outside has tons of picnic tables. Hubs and I enjoyed our tasting while the kiddos ate their lunch and ran around the vineyard.

I highly recommend making the visit to Canyon of the Eagles with family or even as a romantic getaway. I definitely would love to visit during when Bluebonnets are in bloom!

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