Every now and again, when you don’t get exactly what you want, you end up with something better. I love it when that happens.
When I’m in Austin, I usually like to camp at Pecan Grove RV Park on Barton Springs Road very close to downtown. If that’s not available, I’ll head over to McKinney Falls State Park. For this month’s trip, however, neither one had space available for the full week. So I reluctantly started researching other alternatives.
What I found was LaHacienda RV Resort and Cottages.
It’s near Lake Travis (or what’s left of the lake given the ongoing drought conditions) on Hudson Bend Road. And, it’s probably the nicest park I’ve visited in the four years since I bought my first Airstream.
It’s friendly, super clean, and has huge parking spaces. There are plenty of pull-throughs, and the back-in spaces are so large that it’s a breeze to park in those as well. And, I could go on and on about the grounds and amenities: a dog park, family pool, separate hot tub and pool reserved for adults, lots of shade under huge oak trees, a hiking trail, daily curbside trash pickup, wi-fi, and great restaurants nearby. There are even cabins on site for the more “reluctant” campers in your family.
1) If you need to get into Austin during commuter hours, prepare yourself for a long drive. Once upon a time, I lived in Volente just northwest of Austin and not far from the park. I could drive to south Austin in 35 minutes. No more. Plan to spend at least an hour in traffic if you’re driving between the hours of 7:30 – 10 am, or 3:30 – 7 pm. Yikes.
2) At a minimum of $44 per night, it’s on the pricey side. This is where that Good Sam discount comes in handy.
Tonight, I took one last stroll on Shiner Bock Way – something I’d have missed if I’d gotten exactly what I wanted in the first place.