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Open Spaces, Bruised Shins and Happy Hearts

Updated: Mar 1

Nestled along the Colorado River, if you've ever stayed at Hyatt Lost Pines in Bastrop, you probably have the shins to show for it! One of our favorite close-to-home reprieves from the busy world, Lost Pines is a fantastic luxury resort with a focus on outdoor play and beautiful accommodations....alb-eight with low wooden bed frames that sneak up on ya!

(I usually take professional photos of properties, but this time the focus was on family so I left the big rig at home and shot with my iPhone :)

Beautiful, sneaky bed frames aside, Lost Pines in Bastrop, TX tops our list for family destinations, especially with friends. Truly the more the merrier, as the recreational elements of Lost Pines are fun for families but with friends will soar to a whole other level. Kids are little pack animals, and in a big open tucked away oasis like this, it's great to let them roam free! The property is contained enough that I felt safe giving my older kids a longer leash, so to speak, but there's plenty of room and long winding sidewalks for them to feel like they have all the freedom in the world. They would grab a bike and helmet off the rack, of which there are dozens for guests to borrow anytime, and zoom away to the far end to visit the goats and alpacas and back again to the fishing pond (stocked!) repeating these loops a hundred times until the sun went down!

Photo by Krickett Grimes.

Goat and alpaca visiting, and tractor and horse statue riding (although they do offer actual horseback riding as well) were among my 3yo's favorite things. And even in the winter in Texas, it was 75 degrees and sunny on our visit, so after exhausting themselves at the stables, the courtyard playground, and riding around, the kids went straight to the pool and lazy river. The water was COLD, but that didn't stop them from grabbing a tube, floating along and soaking up the sun and we had the place all to ourselves (if you've been here in the summer, this is hard to imagine!). The off season didn't offer the water slide option but that sure is fun in the summertime. It's just big enough for the kids to line up for it over and over but it's not over the top.

After a packed half day of playground, pool and bike riding, we grabbed lunch at the Firewheel Cafe, which we enjoyed picnic style on the big green lawn while playing yard games and chillin under the shade trees.

Wide open spaces! Photo by Selena Brickford

Although the opportunity for riverfront exploration, horseshoes and outdoor foosball existed, the kids unanimously chose the indoor game room for a game of pool, quickly followed by more lazy river and bike riding action.

Playing hard, feeling good and worry-free even if just for a day or two in this weird Covid year, was wrapped with fireside s'mores and full bellies! Nightly at 7PM, guests can grab a s'mores package at the front desk and cozy up to the fire outside Shellers Barrelhouse Bar and Restaurant. On weekends they offer movie night on the lawn too. Next time, we plan to check out the Zip Lost Pines and they also offer fishing, shotgun trap shooting, archery, and ax throwing, spa services and a golf course. Next door is LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park which we also love, so there are lots of options there as well. So grab your pack animals, I mean kiddos and friends and head on out for a day of play you won't regret!

They NEVER stopped moving! Photo by Krickett Grimes

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