Are the winter blues starting to kick in? You may be thinking I have a dream…to escape from my job and take a relaxing vacation with my family over a long weekend. Well, you’re in luck! Just when the days feel like they couldn’t get any shorter. And the temperatures continue to drop, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend appears like an angel in a shining halo. An excuse to escape the city, spend time with the family, and disconnect for three days- what could be better?
January 21st, 2019 celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday. The American federal holiday was first observed by all 50 states in 2000 and has since become a popular time for family weekend getaways in Texas. Cedar Lodge continues to be a popular choice for kid-friendly resorts in Texas, and this 3-day weekend is no exception. Find out why families love our Texas Hill Country resort for celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
You Can Avoid the Chaotic and Expensive 3-day Weekend Commute
While we know you love the idea of a 3-day weekend, the problem is: so does everyone else. Therefore, ticket prices tend to skyrocket around this time in January. Flights and bus tickets are more expensive; not to mention, traffic to reach the airport on Friday evening or Monday afternoon can be a nightmare.
After you’ve waited an hour+ in line to get through airport security, you’ll probably start asking yourself what happened to that beautiful dream of enjoying a relaxing weekend. We’re sure Martin Luther King Jr. would support us in saying: the dream hasn’t died! Instead of spending all your monthly savings on plane tickets for the family, pile into the car and head for the Texas Hill Country.
Cedar Lodge Texas is located just over an hour from Austin and only two hours from San Antonio. That means you can hop in the car after enjoying a family breakfast, take a relaxing ride through the Hill Country, see some sights and check into your Texas family cabin rental right after lunch.
No waiting in line, no airport security, and no unspeakably expensive tickets. Best yet, you’re far enough from the city to feel like it’s a true weekend getaway. Nestled into the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country, Cedar Lodge is a quiet and tranquil oasis. Nothing like the bustling city streets of Austin or San Antonio. What? Convenient and relaxing? You’re probably already sold. But wait… There are still more reasons why family weekend getaways in Texas are better at Cedar Lodge!
The Whole Family Can Disconnect and Enjoy Quality Time
One of the biggest problems with staying at home for a 3-day weekend is entertaining the whole family. More specifically, keeping the children off their electronics (or even allowing yourself to disconnect) is always a challenge. Instead of staying in a place where the temptations lurk around every corner, take the whole family to a lake resort where technology rarely even crosses the mind.
Cedar Lodge offers a wide range of outdoor activities that will keep everyone busy and happy. We’re located near the shores of beautiful Lake Buchanan, the second largest of the Highlands Lakes in Central Texas. 30 miles long and five miles wide, Lake Buchanan is a water lover’s paradise. To take advantage of this amazing location! We offer on-site rentals for kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing.
When your family isn’t hanging out on the lake, you can take advantage of our basketball and volleyball courts on our private grounds. More so, we offer cornhole and ladder ball- the perfect accompaniments to an outdoor barbecue. And for the briskest of winter days, our Club House is complete with free movies, popcorn, and a selection of games. We have board games, but feel free to bring your own from home and keep the family game tradition alive.
With all the distractions, no one will be begging for their Xbox or computer. The whole family will be focused on spending quality time with one another. And of course, this applies to you too. There’s no better excuse to leave the work emails behind than three whole days of laughter and smiles with the family.
Take Advantage of the Nearby Outdoor Activities
As if the activities at Cedar Lodge Texas aren’t enough to keep you entertained. There’s even more for your family to enjoy just minutes from our front doors. For the family who loves adventure, take advantage of the multiple nearby hiking and biking trails. Inks Lake State Park, just a 15-minute drive from Cedar Lodge Texas, offers nine miles of hiking trails through forests and rocky hills plus volleyball courts, picnic tables, and beaches.
Also, don’t miss the underground cave tour at Longhorn Caverns State Park, just 15 minutes from Cedar Lodge. You can try your hand at fishing for sunfish, catfish or bass – no need for a license for kids under 17!
For families who love golf, there’s no better time to visit Delaware Springs Golf Course. Located in the neighboring town of Burnet. The temperatures around January are ideal for spending the day on a golf course. The kids can run around and enjoy the rolling scenery while the parents cruise around in golf carts. When the sun is shining, a light coat is enough to enjoy the crisp winter weather.
Delaware Springs Golf Course includes both an 18-hole professionally engineered course and driving range. After the family has worked up an appetite, enjoy some authentic Texas cuisine from the golf course restaurant, The 19th Hole. And in light of it being a 3-day weekend, we encourage you to treat yourself to a cocktail from the fully stocked bar.
Speaking of treating yourself. No long weekend is complete without a tall glass of wine from one of Texas Hill Country’s award-winning vineyards. Cedar Lodge Texas is within a fifteen-minute drive of three highly-rated vineyards- Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery, Perissos Vineyards, and Fall Creek Vineyards. While you’re sipping on rosé or cabernet, the kids can snack on crackers and cheese. All with rolling hills and grazing cattle in the background. Perissos Vineyards even allows guests to pack a picnic! So, the kids can have their peanut butter sandwiches while the adults enjoy your French brie.
It’s the Perfect Time for Fishing on Lake Buchanan
January is one of the best times of year to go fishing on Lake Buchanan. The area is renowned for its excellent striped bass and white bass fishing. However, you’ll also find largemouth bass and catfish. And thanks to the lower temperatures in January, there is hardly any traffic on the water around MLK weekend. The setting is tranquil and calm- the perfect components for prime fish catching.
At Cedar Lodge Texas, not only do we have our own private sandy beach, but each cabin is just a one-minute walk to the water. This means your family can wake up to the sound of birds chirping, throw on some clothes, and head for the fishing poles first thing in the morning!
While you’re visiting kid-friendly resorts in Texas, there’s nothing better than a father-son chat over a peaceful hour of fishing or a friendly children’s competition of who can catch a fish first. No matter the goal, your family will love the setting without distractions or disturbances. And of course, the peaceful scenery while fishing is best enjoyed without noise from fellow tourists.
Catch the Bald Eagles During Their Winter Migration
From November 15th until the end of February, the bald eagles return to Lake Buchanan and the Colorado River for winter feeding and breeding. Don’t miss this opportunity to observe the country’s national bird in its natural habitat. With a seven-foot wingspan, it’s one of the largest birds in North America. The massive creatures are truly a wonder to catch in real life. We’re lucky to call their winter feeding and breeding ground our local lake.
We highly recommend an Eagle Season Cruise with Vanishing Texas Cruises. For 35 years, the company has been taking locals and tourists on a quest to find the bald eagles around both Lake Buchanan and the Colorado River. You can opt for either a two-hour cruise around both the river and lake, a three-hour enhanced cruise on the river, or the ultimate four-hour tour with a complimentary lunch.
Ready to Cure Those Winter Blues with a Peaceful Lake Vacation?
When it comes to family weekend getaways in Texas, Cedar Lodge Texas ticks all the boxes. Don’t let this opportunity to enjoy a relaxing 3-day weekend with your family slip by.
Give us a call at (512) 793-2820 or use our online booking system to reserve your spot at Cedar Lodge Texas during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, or any other weekend you’re searching for family weekend getaways in Texas.
This post has been edited since its original publication. Updated 1/8/2020