Less than an hour from the hubbub of the city is an idyllic getaway, a gem of a bed and breakfast that offers the peace of the country in comfort and style. New owners Eric Goldreyer and John Banczak recently renovated the almost 20-year-old Inn Above Onion Creek, transforming the 14-room inn from country cozy to rustic luxury.
On a warm fall day, a rabble of butterflies greeted guests on the flower-lined path to the main building, hinting at the enchantment to follow. The large, well-appointed rooms and cottages include fireplaces to warm guests on cool country nights, cozy beds that invite sleeping in and spacious tubs for a long soak. Guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the Hill Country while lounging around the fire pit, refresh at the spa or work up an appetite exploring one of the three hiking trails.
Guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the Hill Country while lounging around the fire pit, refresh at the spa or work up an appetite exploring one of the three hiking trails.
For wine and food lovers, the Inn offers a Grapes & Olives package ($99) that includes lunch at nearby Trattoria Lisina and tastings at Duchman Family Winery, Driftwood Vineyards and Wimberley Valley Winery. The tour is a great opportunity to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner, as the Inn does not have a liquor license. With a budding brewery scene in nearby Dripping Springs, the staff is also organizing a companion beer tasting package.
Each stay includes a three-course dinner and hot breakfast to all guests and lunch upon request. Guests can enjoy dinner at community tables in the dining room or have a quiet meal in their rooms. The menu is posted weekly and features fresh herbs and vegetables from the extensive gardens, which are open for guests to peruse.
Chef Ryan Castille, part of the Inn’s kitchen team for over four years, enjoys the constantly changing menu based on what is in season. “We get to be really creative with our dishes since we don’t have a set menu,” says Castille. “We are always exploring something different and recently cooked a whole goat for a wedding. ”
A fall weeknight dinner showcased the end of summer crops with the last of the garden tomatoes and basil in a caprese salad, a creamy side of sautéed garden collard greens with the steelhead trout and a sweet and tangy apple tart. Breakfast offered an impressive buffet of baked goods and fruit, as well as a plate of eggs, housemade sausage and a steaming cup of coffee from Independence Coffee in Brenham.
Possibly the best-kept secret about the Inn is that packing a bag isn’t necessary to enjoy its comforts. The spa services and dinner are available for reservation without an overnight stay. With a larger spa facility in the final stages of construction, the Inn Above Onion Creek will be a perfect retreat on a hectic day.
Whether you are looking for a weekend escape or a quiet country afternoon, the Inn Above Onion Creek offers everything you need to slow down and savor the day.