Spend a Night in a Tree House
Having recently recovered from two moves, one across town and the other across an ocean, my family needed a break. So I plotted to get my husband and me, our two boys and my parents together during spring break.
Our remedy came in the least likely place: the Geronimo Creek Retreat in Seguin. We rented its Singing Cloud Cabin—basically, a tree house available for rent. What better place to escape the daily drudgery than a cabin in the clouds?
A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Houston, Seguin isn't a bad spot if you’re doing what I call the Tour de Central Texas. It’s nestled among the area's greatest hits—New Braunfels, San Marcos and Gruene—so there's plenty for interested travelers to see.
We stopped for lunch at the town's Power Plant Texas Grill, which sits beside the Guadalupe River. As the name suggests, the restaurant is a converted former hydroelectric plant. You can eat inside the engine or turbine rooms, or outside on the deck overlooking the dam.
The weather was overcast but warm when we arrived to Geronimo Creek that afternoon. Kids and adults alike were playing outside at the creek—canoeing, tubing and swinging into the water from a rope.
Retreaters have their choice of four stilted cabins (or tree houses), four luxury teepees complete with heating and air conditioning, and a larger stand-alone cabin. The Singing Cloud offers plenty of space, with a great view of the creek. With room for six to eight people between its master bedroom and loft space, plus a full kitchen, the place worked great for my family.
My husband and I enjoyed a romantic canoe trip down the creek whily my 9-year-old son fished for the first time with his grandfather. The toddler tore around the property, took up residence in a playground swing, and toed the creek water with his grandmother. Later that evening, the family celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a pot of my mother’s Irish stout beef stew and marshmallows roasted over the fire pit. The cabin took a few hours to cool off with its wall A/C units and fans, but we slept comfortably in the spring weather.
One night here over spring break cost $175. The accommodations and the experience were well worth the price. And no matter where you're traveling, if you're given the choice between a regular, old cabin and one on stilts, take the stilts. Trust me.