Visiting Texas Hill Country: Canyon Lakeview Resort Review

Visiting Texas Hill Country: Canyon Lakeview Resort Review

When #CanyonLake is your back drop, your on to a win already and this is an ideal resort if your looking for a combination of a thriving city and a #relaxing retreat. Hill Country resort is an #affordable option, with all the amenities you will need, providing hiking trails and #active excursions.


The Texas Hill Country is one of the most popular areas in the state to visit. The large swath of land that makes up Hill Country sits north of San Antonio and east of Austin. It’s a big area, encompassing twenty-five counties total.

The Texas Hill Country is one of the most popular areas in the state to visit

from  $129

Hotel Canyon Lake Resort Inn

 31820 Railroad Canyon Road, Sun, CA, United States

With such a large area, it can be hard to figure out where exactly you want to go. New Braunfels and San Marcos are popular, but if you want access to these bigger towns while experiencing some quiet, rustic charm, I recommend Canyon Lake. It’s well-located, but still quiet, and offers plenty of activities.

I recommend Canyon Lake. It’s well-located, but still quiet, and offers plenty of activities

The terrace over looking Canyon Lake Resort Inn The exterior at Canyon Lake Resort Inn The kitchen at Canyon Lake Resort Inn Dining table at Canyon Lake Resort InnThe balcony at Canyon Lake Resort Inn
The terrace over looking Canyon Lake Resort Inn 
The terrace over looking Canyon Lake Resort Inn The exterior at Canyon Lake Resort Inn The kitchen at Canyon Lake Resort Inn Dining table at Canyon Lake Resort InnThe balcony at Canyon Lake Resort Inn
The exterior at Canyon Lake Resort Inn 

Visiting the Canyon Lakeview Resort

While the summer months can be busy, the Canyon Lakeview Resort is situated just far enough out of the way that it retains a sense of relative isolation. There are a number of different lodges, and visitors have a choice of staying in a suite or a cabin. All of the lodging options include a full kitchen, which is a definite advantage when looking to save money.

visitors have a choice of staying in a suite or a cabin

The cabins can hold as many as ten people, which makes this a great option for group trips. Since I was not in a large group, I opted for one of the lodge suites, which was still plenty large. It included the full kitchen, a living room, indoor dining area, bedroom with king bed, and a shared outdoor patio space.

Not too shabby.

Here are a few images from our suite. Please excuse the picture quality, I only had my phone on-hand!

The terrace over looking Canyon Lake Resort Inn The exterior at Canyon Lake Resort Inn The kitchen at Canyon Lake Resort Inn Dining table at Canyon Lake Resort InnThe balcony at Canyon Lake Resort Inn
The kitchen at Canyon Lake Resort Inn 
The terrace over looking Canyon Lake Resort Inn The exterior at Canyon Lake Resort Inn The kitchen at Canyon Lake Resort Inn Dining table at Canyon Lake Resort InnThe balcony at Canyon Lake Resort Inn
Dining table at Canyon Lake Resort Inn
The terrace over looking Canyon Lake Resort Inn The exterior at Canyon Lake Resort Inn The kitchen at Canyon Lake Resort Inn Dining table at Canyon Lake Resort InnThe balcony at Canyon Lake Resort Inn
The balcony at Canyon Lake Resort Inn

Streamlined, Keyless Entry

I know a lot of hotels are moving this direction, but being the introvert I am, I just loved the fact that I didn’t need to actually talk to anyone to check in. The Canyon Lake Resort was my first experience with keyless entry, and I loved it.

Canyon Lake Resort was my first experience with keyless entry, and I loved it

The day of my arrival I received a text message, which had the code that would grant me entry to my room as well as general parking instructions. When we arrived all we had to do was walk up to our room and claim it.

The nice thing about this (in addition to not needing to talk to anyone) was that we didn’t have to arrive at a specific time. If we were later than expected, no one was being held up.

A Quiet Retreat

One of the highlights of a stay along Canyon Lake is the huge deer population. The Canyon Lake Resort provides its visitors with deer feed, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see these beautiful creatures up close and personal. Keep an eye out right around dusk and you won’t be disappointed.

A deer spotted at Canyon Lake Resort The view from Canyon Lake Resort was my first experience with keyless entry, and I loved it
A deer spotted at Canyon Lake Resort 

Nearby Activities

The Canyon Lake area is well-situated, almost exactly between Austin and San Antonio, near New Braunfels. This leaves you with a lot of different options.

The biggest draw of Canyon Lake itself is of course, the lake. It offers boating and fishing, swimming and hiking. You could easily spend a weekend exploring its shores.

It offers boating and fishing, swimming and hiking

The view from Canyon Lake Resort.
The view from Canyon Lake Resort.

If you find yourself wanting to explore a bit more, though it’s not a far drive to New Braunfels, San Marcos, or Gruene, all of which have a lot to do. There are plenty of restaurants, caves to explore, and even a drive-through safari wildlife park. You can check out my write-up about things to do in Gruene, Texas for more information on all of these options.

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