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How to Spend an Ideal Weekend in Dripping Springs

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The perfect travel time for a three-day weekend getaway is four hours. More, and you waste your vacation. Less, and you’re still near home. Hence our series, The 4-Hour Rule, dedicated to revealing the best destinations that are far away, yet still close to home.

We have no idea how your week’s going, but we feel confident that you deserve a long weekend away. And long weekends are always made better when you have a comfortable place to stay, plenty to do, and an embarrassment of locally made drinks at your disposal. That’s why we’re sending you to Dripping Springs in the Texas Hill Country.

Depending on where you live, travel time obviously varies, so let’s consider this a loose four-hour rule. Dripping Springs is less than an hour from Austin and just under two from San Antonio, but it approaches four when traveling from DFW and Houston. All that to say, we’re counting it. Now, here’s what to know before you go.

Lucky Arrow Retreat

Lucky Arrow Retreat

Lucky Arrow Retreat


WHERE TO STAY

Dripping Springs has a few chain hotels and roadside lodges, but that’s not where you’ll be staying. Head directly to Lucky Arrow Retreat. They throw around the word “glamping” liberally here, but don’t worry, you’ll like it. The 15-acre property has multiple options to rest your head, including cabins, houses, and yurts. 

The 364-square-foot Courtyard Cabins have queen-sized beds, vaulted ceilings, and private bathrooms, plus all the amenities you expect from a nice hotel. The slightly larger Breezeway Cabins separate the kitchen and living space from the bedroom with a spacious breezeway patio. There are five Porch Houses, which join a 372-square-foot interior with a large, wraparound covered porch. And then you’ve got 10 climate-controlled yurts nestled in the surrounding woods. 

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Lucky Arrow also has a BYOB beer garden, a pool, and fire pits on site, so you’re bound to make some friends during your stay. Or stack the deck and bring a few with you. 

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