by: Melanie Warner

I was born and raised in Texas and will always consider myself a Texan, even though I’ve lived in California for 20 years. So when I was invited to return to Texas and experience the comforts of a rustic resort in the quiet hills, I jumped on a plane and headed to Austin.

Canyon of the Eagles is on 940 acres nestled in the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes region. The resort (approximately one hour north of Austin, Texas) boasts 62 rooms with beautiful panoramic views, 14 miles of nature trails, campgrounds, a restaurant and an Observatory. Each room has its own stand alone structure for privacy, seclusion and unique views.

Owner Cindy Bower is a rock star in the natural parks communities (no pun intended) and has fiercely protected the land. 720 acres are dedicated as preserved acreage where no development or vehicles are allowed. There are over 350 bird species that can be observed throughout the year in their natural habitat. Eagles nest in the trees and share the land with coyotes, armadillos and various reptiles. Sitting on the porch in the oversize rocking chairs, drinking sweet tea, listening to the birds sing, inhaling the fresh cedar and juniper air, while viewing the breath-taking vista of a Texas sunset – is a rare spiritual joy that every soul should experience in their lifetime. Nothing in the world compares to a real Texas sunset!

The award-winning Overlook restaurant features unique creations from chef Sean Huitt and Frank Clawson, one of the best BBQ experts in Texas. The pulled pork enchilada is one of the best I’ve ever tasted.

USA Today ranked Eagle Eye Observatory one of the top 10 in the country. With their high-powered, specially crafted viewing scope, it’s the only known place you can actually view the crater on the moon where Neil Armstrong planted the US flag.

With roaring fires, perfect for s’mores and tall tales, fine wine, great conversation and quiet solitude, this resort delivers a diverse array of unique travel experiences from a wedding, corporate retreat, family camping trip, wellness retreat or romantic getaway. The cuisine, libations, splendor and peacefulness of the resort make it so popular, it is often booked every weekend. Most guests book their next visit before they leave. One thing is for sure, one visit is not enough.