Boerne's Resorts, Ranches and Retreats Offer All Types of Getaways

Whether seeking to get in touch with your spiritual side‚ play a few rounds of golf or reel in some fish‚ there’s a getaway in Boerne for you.

As the area has grown in popularity both as a place to live and a vacation destination‚ Boerne’s tourism industry has responded accordingly. Historic buildings house hotels and spas‚ while the rich hills around town are dotted with retreats offering all manner of indoor and outdoor pleasures.

At the Namaste Creekside Retreat‚ the focus is inward. With room for groups or individuals who seek peace and serenity‚ the retreat is proving popular with a wide range of visitors‚ says owner Becky Zook.

“If anything‚ people come and say that it’s so much prettier than the Web site‚” Zook says. “When I started out I had in mind a retreat for women and women’s groups‚ but I’m getting church groups that have men and a group from San Antonio that works with young men on probation.”

Zook says one original goal‚ to bring yoga awareness to the community‚ remains unchanged.

“Several yoga practitioners use the space several times a week‚ as do some massage therapists‚” she says. “Some classes are getting started‚ and that’s really what I had in mind. I’d say things are working out really well.”

Over at Tapatio Springs‚ it’s the outdoors that beckons travelers. With a championship golf course attached to the resort and convention center‚ there are plenty of ways to unwind.

“We’re a Hill Country hideaway‚” says Doug Duncan‚ advertising director for the resort. “We’ve got 2‚300 acres with about 300 residential homes and a hotel with 112 rooms‚ with more coming. This place is really booming.”

Tapatio Springs is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2006‚ so many activities are planned to mark the occasion. And‚ as you might imagine‚ many of them involve golf. But that’s only fair‚ since the resort’s courses – The Lakes and The Valley‚ the original 18 holes‚ and The Ridge‚ nine additional holes – have been ranked among the state’s top 10 by the Dallas Morning News and were designed by award-winning course planner Bill Johnston.

But the hotel and convention center aren’t to be overlooked during the festivities. With 14‚000 square feet of meeting space‚ Tapatio Springs can handle anything from small groups to conventions that require the entire hotel‚ Duncan says.

“We’re not a giant inn‚ but people can come here and play golf‚ go riding‚ do all kinds of things‚” he says.

The hotel is currently being renovated‚ with each room getting upgrades and a new pool in the works. That project should end sometime around the end of 2006‚ Duncan says. The golf courses are getting enhanced as well‚ with newly sanded bunkers and new grass on the driving range. The goal‚ Duncan says‚ is to continue offering world-class facilities to guests.

“The way we’re talking about our anniversary is by telling people about the renovations‚ the amenities‚” he says. “We get a lot of people from around here‚ but also from out of state and even from Canada. So we want to make sure that people from all over know about us.”

If casting a line or stalking wild game holds more allure than teeing off‚ then consider the multiple offerings of Joshua Creek Ranch.

The ranch features 1‚200 acres devoted to bird hunters‚ with dove‚ quail‚ pheasant‚ chukar and Hungarian partridge available for hunting from October through March. There’s also year-round clay shooting‚ as well as Axis and Whitetail deer and Rio Grande turkey in season.

“We get people from all over the nation‚” says Cynthia Williams‚ marketing director. “We’re a pretty casual resort in the spring and summer‚ but that all changes once hunting season starts.”

There’s also plenty of fishing available at Joshua Creek‚ which is stocked with Rainbow trout for catch-and-release fly fishing. The resort’s sister property‚ the Lodge at River’s Edge‚ is also a destination for anglers‚ Williams says.

“We do a lot of conferences and retreats in the spring and summer‚ but once it’s fall‚ we’re pretty much all about hunting and fishing‚” she says. “Of course‚ if you’re a business or corporation whose employees or guests want to hunt‚ we can accommodate you during those seasons as well.”

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