The wonderful thing about living in Dripping Springs — besides its small-town charm — is that they have wonderful options within an hour or two for a Texas Hill Country getaway. And sometimes you just want a staycation that gets you out of the house. Or you’re searching for an idyllic place to hold a major family event. Camp Lucy fits the bill.
Camp Lucy isn’t a place for kids to take a break from their parents in the summer or over spring break. It’s a ranch on a bluff above Dripping Springs’s Onion Creek. Named for owner Whit Hank’s mother, the luxurious and serene place is one getaway every Dripping Springs resident will want to experience.
As you drive toward the property, a gate opens welcoming you. Many families spend the weekend here celebrating a wedding. Its four venues with picture-perfect settings include Ian’s Chapel, Sacred Oaks, Whit’s Inn, and the Vineyard.
The 19th century French Colonial chapel features a majestic events hall, and an open reception pavilion filled with ironwood timbers. A bride’s cottage and groom’s quarters give them a tranquil place to prepare for their big day.
An old-world brick-paved courtyard provides a breathtaking background for wedding photos. The roof of downtown San Antonio’s Bexar County courthouse is now the Ludowici tile roof on the chapel. The framework of the events hall comes from a repurposed 1800s Ohio Amish barn. An on-site catering kitchen allows the chef to prepare a feast to remember.
Sacred Oaks is another wedding or large event venue named for its beautiful setting. Guests can enjoy the Hill Country sunset and cocktails on the spacious porch. Like Ian’s chapel, Sacred Oaks offers a bride and groom retreat and chef-inspired catering kitchen.
The stars of this venue are the ancient oaks with their twisting branches that transform the place when string lights wrap around them. This venue can easily support more than 300 guests as well as parking.
You won’t want to leave Camp Lucy with Whit’s Inn right there serving thoughtfully crafted meals. This post could not do it justice. But the Whit’s Inn virtual tour comes close! If you’re planning a meeting or other event for up to 100 people, the tour includes a measuring tool to ensure your layout works.
The inn contains separate suites for the bride and groom. It has a rustic bar and plenty of parking for guests. A covered patio serves as a spot for a ceremony, live music, a cocktail party, or a keynote speech. They welcome companies looking for a place for a team-building event.
Occupying seven acres of the property, the vineyard produces Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Mourvèdre red wines. William Chris Winery in Hye, Texas produces the wines from the grapes on Camp Lucy.
Named for the grandmother of Camp Lucy’s founder, a big draw for Dripping Springs is Tillie’s. Many love to dine in this restaurant they describe as American Nouveau. Diners relish its innovative international flavors that reflect the melting pot of America. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Visit Tillie’s website for more information.
Camp Lucy offers guest rooms filled with the comforts of home with a plush pillow top mattress and fine cotton linens. Guests are sure to wake up feeling refreshed. You have a choice of three types of guest rooms, one of which is the property’s sole luxury suite.
The property also has two cottages. The Creekside Cottage has three bedrooms and two bathrooms that sleeps 10 people. Its deck overlooks Onion Creek. Lucy’s Cottage features three bedrooms and three bathrooms with room for 10 people. The cottage has a full outdoor kitchen, sunroom, and shuffleboard.
Whether you come to Camp Lucy for a weekend getaway, wedding, or other special events, you’ll experience the best of the Texas Hill Country and return home filled with memories.
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