Glamping in a Safari Tent at Wahwahtaysee Resort

We started camping out of the back of a '67 Mustang, then a pup tent for two, followed by a red Chevy Utility Van when the kids arrived, and then the first of 5 motor homes! The whole goal of that progression was to eliminate the pain of camping. When we heard about glamping ("Glamping, also known as luxury camping or glamorous camping, is an experience-based kind of travel that allows guests to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, but without the hassle of traditional camping.") we had to give it a try.

Glamping Safari Tent at Wahwahtaysee Resort

So, one weekend we headed out to in Fentress which is located an hour south of Austin and an hour northeast of San Antonio. Seems strange but we were going way back in time to experience camping in a tent! Wahwahtaysee means "firefly" in the Chippewa language and the three glamping tents at Wahwahtaysee sit on over 100 acres of pristine wilderness, some of which is along a beautiful stretch of the San Marcos River and is loaded with fireflies. Wahwahtaysee Resort has quickly gained a reputation as a luxury glamping retreat - and from our perspective, it is well deserving of that reputation! As soon as we walked into our safari tent, our jaws dropped, and simultaneously a "wow" popped out of our mouths - we immediately knew why this is considered luxury camping!

According to the Dillards, the owners of Wahwahtaysee Resort, "Our family has built Wahwahtaysee to allow you to revel in the beauty of the star filled Texas sky with the sound of the San Marcos river at your door, all while surrounded by the comforts of a luxury hotel. We built this resort as a family, so that you and your family might get to experience the magic of the Texas country."

Safari Tents at Wahwahtaysee Resort

According to Glamping.com "we no longer just want to simply witness nature - we want to live in it." And Wahwahtaysee Resort lets you do just that. Wahwahtaysee Resort is home to three Bushtec Safari Tents ("designed to last and built to impress") each of which is 650 square feet and can accommodate 4 or 5 guests. Each tent has a large wrap around deck with an outside shower, picnic table, wood coffee table, sofa and two chairs, two outdoor recliners, a Yeti cooler and two extra Yeti folding chairs for the beach, and a picnic table. Step off the back deck and there is a Big Green Egg, two chairs and a table, and a fire pit as well a cooking mitt, charcoal, and utensils. And best of all, sitting on the kitchen counter were marshmallows, grand crackers, and Hershey chocolate bars for s'mores! Let's see you find all of that in a luxury hotel!

Front Patio of Little Dipper at Wahwahtaysee ResortOutdoor shower at Wahwahtaysee ResortBig Green Egg at Wahwahtaysee Resort

When we opened the double doors to our Little Dipper tent, we were greeted by a small beautiful wood coffee table fronting a white very comfortable sleeper sofa and two bamboo chairs. In back of the sofa is a four poster queen bed with an extra soft mattress, deluxe sheets, and a thick comforter plus two wood end tables. The bed is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows that make you feel like you're sleeping outdoors. Also in the living area was a large TV, two shelves holding two hammocks, a blue tooth speaker, and binoculars. All of the floors were beautiful wood with areas rugs, except for tile in the bathroom.

Little Dipper Bedroom at Wahwahtaysee ResortKitchen at Wahwahtaysee ResortLittle Dipper bedroom at Wahwahtaysee Resort

Off to one side of the living area, in what appears like a separate, but attached tent we had a:

  • day bed
  • Yeti Mugs Yeti wine cups, drink cups and coffee cups - you won't find these an any luxury resort!
  • beautiful wood counter and four stools in front of large picture window overlooking the front patio
  • French Press coffee machine and tea maker
  • microwave, small fridge, and small sink
  • utensils, silverware,  cutlery, plates, bowls, cast iron skillet, strainer, and even an ice cream scooper - ever had one of those in your last luxury resort?
  • basic cooking needs such as salt, pepper, Pam, olive oil, and sugar
  • a door to the patio and outdoor shower

Little Dipper bathroom at Wahwahtaysee ResortOn the other side of the sleeper sofa behind a beautiful sliding barn door on black iron hardware with a mirror on both sides is a stunning bathroom! The all tile bathroom has a stand-a-lone tub with old fashion fixtures, a large rimless glass shower stall with a rainfall shower head, a gray vanity with a sink sitting on a marble top, and like all the other rooms there are big windows overlooking the front and back deck and bringing the outdoors into the bathroom. Of course, the bathroom also has all of the staples: hair dryer, steamer, bath soaps, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion, Q-tips, large soft bath towels, beach towels, plus two fluffy bath robes.

Everything inside our Little Dipper Safari Tent was top notch and very well done and deserving of the title of "luxury glamping!" All the windows really bring the outdoors in and immerse you in nature! Really cool!

Things To See and Do at Wahwahtaysee Resort

After settling into our tent, we jumped in the golf cart with big off road tires that comes with each Safari tent, to explore the 100 acres of Wahwahtaysee Resort, and take a dip in the San Marcos River. We rode the cart about five minutes down a twisting and turning narrow tree lined path with some glimpses of the San Marcos River. All of a sudden we arrive at the 150 year old Pecan orchard! And bordering one edge of the orchard is the San Marcos River. Wahwahtaysee Resort has set up a hammock, a couple swings, some lounge chairs, and a corn hole game next to a nice beach. The River was cool and clear, flowing nicely, and this stretch of the River is perfect for fishing, tubing, swimming, or just relaxing in a hammock listening to the babble and bubble of the San Marcos River!

San Marcos River at Wahwahtaysee ResortTrail to the river San Marcos River

Kayaking the San Marcos River We rode some of the trails around the property and stopped at sunset pasture to watch a beautiful sunset before heading out to dinner. On the way to the river we spotted a couple kayakers paddling the river. If you're interested in kayaking the San Marcos River during your visit you can rent kayaks and canoes at Spencer's Canoes in Martindale. Or Go Outside Expeditions will meet you at the Wahwahtaysee Resort beach and take you paddling on a half to a full day trip. They can also take you on a private guided fly fishing trip to catch some largemouth, Guadalupe bass, carp, gar, smallmouth, Rio Grande perch, or various types of Sunfish. They will pick you up on the Wahwahtaysee Resort beach and all the gear that's needed is provided including drinks on half days and lunch and drinks for full days. Then you can take your catch and grill it on the Big Green Egg!

Luling TexasWe didn't bring any food to cook at our tent, so we went to nearby Luling (15 minutes away) for a good breakfast at L & S Mexican Restaurant and lunch at Blake's. For our first dinner we drove into Lockhart (20 miles north) and although Lockhart is the BBQ capital of Texas we had a delicious dinner at Lockhart Bistro. The next night was dinner at Joe's Tacos in Luling, which was a pleasant surprise.

If you don't bring your own food for dinner, for a fee Wahwahtaysee can arrange to have a chef come out and cook you a delicious meal on your Big Green Egg. The local private chefs specialize in gourmet farm-to-table style foods. For a fee, Wahwahtaysee Resort can also provide you with a "Yeti Dinner" - your Yeti cooler at your tent will be stocked with the groceries necessary to make your meal, along with a recipe card.

Luling Golf CourseAfter breakfast in Luling, since it was a cool morning we decided to play golf at the 9 hole Luling Golf Club. The course is in average condition, has some fun holes, and the rates are very reasonable - check out our review of Luling Golf Club. If you like golf, there are several great courses in nearby Bastrop, San Marcos, and New Braunfels.

If you're not into golf, kayaking, or tubing and want an exciting and thrilling adventure, why not try sky diving. Just down the road from Wahwahtaysee Resort is Skydive Spaceman San Marcos.

If you're looking for a new, unusual, and fun experience, you need to give glamping at Wahwahtaysee Resort a try! Have fun.

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