Comfort in Texas cHill Country at Camp Comfort and Johnny Yurts

by Marika Flatt and Gracie Watt on January 11, 2022 in Travels,

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.

Camp Comfort and Johnny Yurts are two destinations that are sure to make your getaway an unforgettable one.

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. 

Camp Comfort is the perfect getaway destination for any group of friends, couple, or individual needing some reconnecting or alone time to escape all the hustle and bustle. Before it was a boutique inn, the main building was a bowling alley built in early 1860. Courtesy photo

Original Texas

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.

In addition to getting in touch with the outdoors, there are plenty of workshops offered to find inspiration and rejuvenate. Head over to the Camp Comfort Blog to get started, and learn more. Photo courtesy Camp Comfort

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. 

Experiencing the rustic, vintage, yet colorful setting is easy at Camp Comfort, and now you can add on continental breakfast for room delivery to upgrade the relaxing atmosphere. Courtesy photo

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 

This is not your ordinary campsite — you’re glamping! Basic amenities and toiletries (and a private bathroom!) are provided to make your stay comfortable in these canvas tents. Photo Gracie Watt

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. 

These yurts, located on 10 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country, have an interior sure to keep you comfortable, complete with luxury beds, a small kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and a small dining area. Photo Gracie Watt

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.

There is a heated tub available to you during your Johnny Yurts stay. Disclaimer though, we did attempt to use the hot tub but it was a bit too chilly on our particular night. Photo Gracie Watt

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 

It may seem like you are off the beaten path, but you are in the heart of the Texas Wine Country. Take a day trip and explore the hundreds of wineries and distilleries down the 290 corridor. Courtesy photo

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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