By Erin Jackson
This charming boutique hotel on the shores of Lake San Marcos is a fun option for a laid-back weekend getaway with convenient access to quality dining and entertainment.
With rooms starting at $119 a night, Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is priced right for locals looking to rest and recharge on a budget. To make the most of the scenery, upgrade to a lakeside lounge room with a balcony or patio overlooking the water. The two spacious cottages with patios and fire pits are another great option for guests seeking more privacy.
On-site dining means you won’t have to take one step off the property to get a top-notch meal. Helmed by Executive Chef David Warner, Decoy—the resort’s dockside dining destination—stars a host of crowd-pleasing options for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Warner’s favorite new dishes include Airline Chicken Breast with butternut squash and scallops with sweet potato purée and Rainbow Trout, featuring wild rice, parsnip, apple gastrique, and almond-brown butter crumble. On Sundays, don’t miss the brunch buffet stocked with all the early morning favorites: carving and omelet stations, fresh seafood, assorted pastries, and bottomless Champagne.
Stroll over to the marina to rent a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or oversized water trike. Aspiring anglers can rent an aluminum fishing boat and fishing poles to try their luck at catching a bass, catfish, or bluegill. Other nearby entertainment options include the Mighty Awesome Escape Room (with two different adventures to test your detective skills) and St. Mark Golf Club, a serene 18-hole golf course that hosts live music acts on select Friday evenings. Beer lovers will appreciate the seven breweries within easy driving distance, including The Lost Abbey, which has 42 taps dispensing up to two-dozen beers. For additional information, visit lakehousehotelandresort.com.