Best Wine Country Resort near Austin - Camp Lucy
Updated: Apr 6
As an Austin newbie, I’ve been actively exploring some of the coolest places around the city. Today, I’m going to share a perfect getaway spot in Dripping Springs, TX - Camp Lucy.
Just 30-mins west from downtown Austin, Camp Lucy is located in a scenery and quiet area in Dripping Springs. The location is perfect for both tourists and locals who are looking for a mini getaway. This place is known as one of the best idyllic wedding venues around Austin (fun fact: Dripping Springs is recognized as the Wedding Capital in Texas), but I actually discovered the resort through their restaurant, Tillie’s, during a search for brunch places near Austin.
(pic source: Camp Lucy official site)
Camp Lucy features upscale luxury lodgings for guests who are looking for a nice retreat in the beautiful Nature. We did a two-day staycation and what I love about Camp Lucy is that they offer a wide variety of luxury lodging options. From the treetop rooms to the terrace suites, every room is uniquely decorated with treasures and antiques sourced from Camp Lucy owners (Kim and Whit Hanks’) private collection. For our very first stay, we picked the “Vista Room” as I’m obsessed with its interior designs. The triangular roof and the wood beams create a cute, homey atmosphere and the moment I walked into the room I felt “at home”. The Vista Rooms also has a step-down seating area separate from the bedroom plus a semi-private outdoor patio where we saw many animals including a family of deers and some rabbits. The French windows around the living room area provide great sunlight and a beautiful view of Camp Lucy’s rolling hillside - definitely one of the best views to wake up to in Central Texas.
Some of the few other perks about the Vista Room we stayed at include 1) the pleasant wood fragrance they use for the room: I LOVE the scent!! 2) a beautiful rustic Chandelier that matches the cabin theme and 3) little welcome gifts (a bottle of their house wine for our birthday celebration) plus 2 logo water bottles and 4) a spacious and beautiful bathroom.
In addition to the beautiful lodging, make sure you leave enough time to tour around the resort. There are plenty of outdoor spaces to explore and you could also book a tour guide in advance if you wish. On the first day, we spent most of our afternoon on the trails and made a quick stop in the vineyard (the tasting room was closed in winter) and their iconic landmark, Ian’s Chapel (a super cute Catholic church where most of their guests host weddings). The church is very beautiful and you could also pay it a visit as their restaurant guests.
On the night we had a reservation with their restaurant, Tillie’s (website link), which is now one of my favourite restaurants in Texas. Founded in 2018, Tillie’s is named after the founding lady of this family-owned resort. We love dinner menu, desserts and the exquisite interior design. If you’re planning to visit Lucy Camp, I highly recommend making a dinner reservation at Tillie’s. A separate article featuring this restaurant will follow.
The next day we started our morning with a nice brunch at Tillie’s, followed by some fun outdoor activities in the afternoon. Camp Lucy (link) offers several different add-on outdoor activities options and I highly recommend it to people who are visiting with a group and/or aim to experience a real Texan getaway. The activities we signed up for were archery and ax throwing and my favorite one was archery. The instructor was friendly and sweet, she brought a speaker into the woods so we were able to pick our favorite tunes as we mingled and learned to aim right.
Our very last stop was alpaca feeding. Camp Lucy offers free alpaca food at their front desk for resort guests. Feeding them was one of the cutest and weirdest things I’ve ever done and I couldn’t help but keep wondering where they got those sexy lashes!!? Llamma llama wine countryside drama!! Hope all the llamas had the same fun as I did…until next time, Camp Lucy!