The Texas Hill Country lives up to its name, as it is full of stunning views of rolling hills. It is also famous for its many distilleries and wineries, making the “cHill” Country a popular weekend getaway destination.
Cuddle Up at Camp Comfort
I’ve been uncovering jewels around Texas, worthy of your visit, for years. I heard a tip about Camp Comfort from a friend, and learned it was named in the April 2021 issue of Southern Living Magazine as one of the South’s best places to visit, one of only two listed from Texas. I was immediately impressed with this property, tucked into a beautiful spot along Cypress Creek in the quiet small town of Comfort, a town that just sounds like somewhere you’d like to cuddle up.
A stylish take on a camping experience, Camp Comfort has so many aspects of Texas coolness that other places and states would love to emulate. Originally an athletic camp, Camp Comfort pays homage to the heyday of camp sports (you can view black and white images in their Social Hall of the good ol’ days). When you walk onto the property, you think “rustic,” seeing the vintage van mascot sitting in front. There are wooden structures throughout, from the aforementioned Social Hall, to the bandstand stage overlooking the large courtyard, and the refurbished two-lane bowling alley, dating to 1910, that’s been converted to four Alley Suites.
These Alley Suites boast a shabby chic interior featuring chandeliers made from wire and glass bottles and other fun and funky furnishings, a large motel-type room with sitting area and plenty of space for relaxing. They also offer a super unique Texan aura with the old Texas ghost town exterior and rooms filled with colorful modern furniture and luxuries, like air-jet tubs, that put the comfort in the name.
Camp Comfortable Amenities
Nearby, you’ll find 5 cabins offering beds of all sizes: Cabin 6 has a loft with two twins, Cabin 5 has two queens and there’s three Bunkie cabins with a queen and two bunks. And for an even more unique experience, there’s the Airstream Bambi with a full bed. Fire pits pepper the courtyard, putting the “camp” in Camp Comfort.
If you’ve got a group of 10, the 3-structure compound on the backside of Camp Comfort is absolutely ideal where you can create a thrill with your chill. Surrounded by a fence, there’s a house (531 Water Street) with three bedrooms: a king and two queens, a full kitchen with living room and one bathroom. In the backyard, there is a small cabin with a set of bunk beds and one small bathroom. The third structure is the Gypsy Rose Airstream with two twins. All three are fantastically accommodated with comfortable bedding (high thread-count sheets) and surround a large fire pit and a small concrete below-ground pool (for the Texas summer months). This courtyard overlooks the beautiful banks of Cypress Creek.
More to Do in the “cHill” Country
In warmer months, a swimming hole provided by Cypress Creek completes the summer-camp-fantasy aesthetic.
This is one of my favorite Texas spots to gather with friends and family for a very relaxing getaway, complete with a resounding Lone Star State vibe. ~ MF
Johnny Yurts, Johnson City
The newest glamping attraction in Texas Hill Country is Johnny Yurts, in Johnson City. The site opened in October 2021, but is already a hit with those visiting the Wine Country or wanting to escape under the stars for a night or two.
A True Getaway
Feel the complete privacy and solitude of the Texas Hill Country as you sit by the fire pit in the center of these eight large canvas yurts. Here, you can watch the sunset over the rolling hills and then see some of the most impressive stars. The stars at night truly are big and bright at Johnny Yurts.
The road to get there may be a bit confusing, but a welcome email from the owners will instruct you to follow the road, turning where you see a big red sign in the distance that says “Roost.” We suggest arriving before it gets too dark to avoid confusion. But once you find it, you may not want to leave this secluded spot.
Yurt in Style
The comfortable amenities will have you sleeping soundly under the Texas night sky. Enjoy one of eight private yurts with two queen beds, a full bathroom inside each and a fully stocked kitchenette. Outside the yurt there is also a hot tub and fire pit with incredible views on a spacious 10 acres of land.
Beyond the Yurt
If you do choose to venture outside of the Johnny Yurts area though, you are less than five minutes to downtown Johnson City and the 290 Wine Trail with wineries and restaurants galore. Other nearby local spots include Pecan Street Brewing, a local brewery and restaurant, Hometown Donuts for quick breakfast items of all kinds, Johnson City Coffee and Lowe’s Market and Grocery for basic items to stock your yurt.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are three state parks located within 15 minutes of the property — Pedernales Falls State Park, LBJ National Historical Park and Blanco State Park. The famous Enchanted Rock is also roughly a 50-minute drive from the property.
Escape from it all for a night or two in Johnny Yurts. ~ GW
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Cover photo courtesy Camp Comfort
Marika Flatt, named Outstanding Austin Communicator 2021, is the Travel Editor of Texas Lifestyle Magazine. She can be seen on TV shows across Texas offering travel tips, in addition to her long-running “Weekend Trip Tip” on NPR’s Texas Standard.
Gracie Watt is Editorial Assistant and contributing writer at Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a senior at St. Edward’s University in Austin, studying Journalism. When she’s not writing, Watt enjoys singing, playing the guitar and doing volunteer work. @graciethatgirl