Winter Texans Reception
49th Annual New Braunfels Winter Visitors appreciation reception is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 South Castell Ave.
Free event includes light o’redeurves, refreshments and live entertainment.
For more information, call 830-625-7973.
Hundreds of out-of-staters migrate to the warmer climes of Canyon Lake and New Braunfels areas for the winter. Scenery, unique culture, proximity to other Texas destinations, and Canyon Lake’s hospitality are the major attractions.
“What attracts them to the Canyon Lake area? I think that it’s the hills, the beauty, the Canyon Lake friendliness that we have here,” says Kim Collora, administrator of Canyon Lake’s Chamber of Commerce. “Every year, the same groups of people stop by to see what’s new and check on coupons we might have.”
According to a June 2016 report by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the combination of Texas’ warm winter weather, many outdoor activities, numerous RV and mobile home parks, friendly people, and a low cost-of-living are powerful incentives in attracting wintering visitors.
So what do Winter Texans in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels like about our area’s amenities? Where do they stay?
Shane Wolf, general manager of Rockin’ R, says the Guadalupe River is a major draw for Winter Texans who lodge at his resort’s campgrounds, RV park and cabins.
“We’re located right on one of the largest rapids on the river — and offer the only campground that has a natural spring-fed pool going through the campground itself,” he says. “It makes for a very pleasurable stay, to say the least.”
Rockin’ R’s Camp Huaco Springs stunning RV park features 75 full hook-up sites along the Guadalupe, with both 30-amp and 50-amp service and two 110-amp-service sites. Barbeque grills and picnic tables are located at each site.
Fees range from $175/week and $30/night to $40/night and $225/week. Fees include RV, tow vehicles, up to four people over the age of eight and pets under 20 pounds.
Rockin’ R also features a first-come first-serve wilderness tent camp area along the river from Huaco Falls to Slumber Falls, two of the most-popular rapids on the Guadalupe.
“Forty-nine tent sites with electric are located on the northern-most part of the property, where the river’s a tad more tranquil and the fishing is great,” Wolf says. Cabins also are available.
Log Cabins at Jacobs Creek
Like the woods? Love the smell of oak and cedar?
For more than 25 years, this vacation from the 21st century’s awaited Winter Texans. Located on five heavily wooded acres, the cabins at Log Cabins at Jacobs Creek are constructed of white cedar logs and feature all-wood interiors, according to Manager Ciria Rybicki.
Log Cabins at Jacob’s Creek are just two blocks away … from Little Jacobs Creek Park, four miles to the Horseshoe portion of the Guadalupe River, and close to Overlook Park, Canyon Park, Potters Creek Park, and two Join Base Military recreational parks.
The property features two-bedroom/two-bath, one-bedroom/one-bath, efficiency cabins-for-two and one standalone “tiny house”-style cabin. Call for weekly rates.
Kuebler Waldrip Haus & Danville Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast
Winter Texans who prefer a little history with their winter can stay with historic, 1847 Kuebler Waldrip Haus & Danville Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast located on 43 acres in New Braunfels. Although it’s packed during high season, there’s high availability in January and February. Rates start at $1,000 a month.
The historic Kuebler Waldrip Haus is an original 1847 German pioneer limestone and hand-hewn timber home with five bedrooms. Deer Haven Cottage is a single-story unit with three bedrooms, a living room, full kitchen and private jacuzzi and shower/bath combination. Danville Schoolhouse is an original, one-room Comal County school house with five bedrooms and five baths.
Darrell Waldrip, who purchased the property in 1974, says he and his other two brothers grew up on the site, which has had only three owners since 1847.
Visitors also can enjoy five working cats — Buddy, Missy, Mittens, Sylvester and Socks, charged with chasing anything that moves outside.
River Run Condos
Floating probably isn’t the first thing that comes to the minds of Winter Texans — but River Run Condos features the longest float on the Comal River, which is a constant 72 degrees year-round.
Each condo is individually owned, but has onsite property management.
“Our owners take very good care of their condos,” says Property Manager Beth Holland. “All Winter Texans need to do is come on in, put a deposit down, and pay monthly rent. We provide linens and cookware and feature two small laundromats.”
One owner, she says, is a Winter Texan himself who organizes outings and activities for other seasonal guests. Winter Texans are especially fond of the outdoor gazebo, which serves as a frequent gathering spot. River Run’s beautiful grounds include a pool and hot tub.
“We’re pretty secluded and private,” she says. “That’s a big draw for our guests, who appreciate the fact that we’re also a gated community.”
Winter Texan monthly rates start at $1,125 per month.
River City Resorts
“Hang with us for the winter,” says Georgia Naumann, general manager of River City Resorts. “There’s lots of charm in our historic town, and lots of things to do and good food and even better people.”
Scheduled for November and December alone are Fesstage, Wassailfest and Weihnachtsmarkt, she says.
River City Resorts features three “haus”-es, villas and the River Town Retreat, a newly renovated and graceful historic home with two separate and beautifully decorated units.
“We’re a family run company that cares deeply about our guests,” she says. “We try to figure out what our Winter Texans need then determine which accommodation best fits their requirements.”
She says Winter Texans are drawn to River City Resort’s sense of community. Many enjoy fun gatherings like bunko nights and afternoon cocktails on the patio.
“It’s a given that you know where to find them because they’re all communing together,” Naumann says. “They come here and catch up with all of their friends from other states.”
Guests come from northern climes including Canada, North Dakota, Wyoming and Wisconsin.
Rates start at $1,400 a month. Units are fully furnished and include cookware, linens and towels.
Landa RV & Campground
If full-service amenities for recreational vehicles, motor homes, campers and tents aren’t enough — grab a tube and take a plunge into the Comal River, aka the “longest, shortest river in the world.”
Landa RV & Campground is an approved quiet zone and the only property of its kind along the banks of the Comal River.
The 2.5-mile-long river rises from Comal Springs in New Braunfels’ Landa Park, where it fuels a swimming pool, passes the Schlitterbahn and meets the Guadalupe.
Rates vary. The property includes shady areas, restrooms and showers; full hookups for 90 sites with electricity and water to other sites; free Wi-Fi where available, laundry, disposal station and tube rentals.
Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort
This resort is a favorite due to its special feeling of community, wonderful friends and endless array of things to do.
“We take great pride in the amenities at Hill Country,” according to Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort’s website. “Our amenities include newly renovated indoor heated pools and spas, saunas, fitness center, game room, playground with jumping pillow and pad, sand volleyball and much more.”
Returning guests comment on how the resort offers a comfortable and fun alternative to staying in a hotel suite, apartment or condo.
Modern cabins and cottages — also known as park models –are fully furnished, clean and well-maintained.
There are more than 250 RV sites on the 32-acre resort, which also feature an outdoor community fire pit, big rig-friendly sites, ATM machine, group kitchen facilities and three events centers.
Canyon Lake Ranch
Just a few miles away from the busy tourist scene on the area’s lake and rivers lies a slower way of life, where Winter Texans can hand feed Longhorn cattle, stargaze, and bird watch while enjoying three of the top bed-and-breakfasts in Central Texas.
Canyon Lake Ranch offers a leisurely respite from hot days on the water and adventures to top tourist sites in nearby Gruene, New Braunfels, Wimberley, Blanco and San Marcos.
“We invite visitors to Canyon Lake to make our spacious country cottages their vacation home,” says Robbi Boone, who manages the properties with husband Dan and daughter Carrie. “We meet the standards of the finest bed and breakfasts except you get the whole house — and we don’t serve breakfast. Join us and experience luxury at our Texas Hill Country lodging.”
The family owns and manages vacation accommodations at their Canyon Lake Ranch – Starview Lodge, Longhorn Lodge, and The Retreat.
The lodges are frequently booked for getaways, honeymoons, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, vacations, corporate retreats and business meetings.
Commented one guest: “Of the many places my wife and I have stayed this by far the nicest. The owners and staff were very accommodating when we may a special request. I highly recommend the Canyon Lake Ranch as a place to stay and just relax or use as a base location for the sights of the Texas Hill country and Austin and San Antonio.”