A Boerne Getaway: Rock Harbor Hill Country Lodge & A Tour de Sisterdale
Last weekend, my husband and I were lucky enough to get away from home for an epic date night and overnight stay BY OURSELVES! My husband’s wonderful parents kept the kids at our house and we traveled a short distance up the road to the oh-so-serene Rock Harbor Hill Country Lodge. Rock Harbor is only about 20 minutes from downtown Boerne, but honestly feels like a world away. I was lucky enough to win this overnight stay in a social media giveaway (which never happens!), so this is NOT a sponsored post, but I do feel that that should be disclosed. Now, on to the good stuff!
The drive in from Boerne was super easy; Main Street to Sisterdale Cutoff/Sisterdale Road, to Marquardt Road, and we were there! It was a beautiful drive up Sisterdale Road and once on Marquardt, we had a nice view of a bit of the Guadalupe River and a cute little herd of goats lounging on the river bank. We come upon Rock Harbor on the right and it was hard to miss thanks to the Christmas lights strung along the fence line. We entered the gate code provided to us by Amanda, our wonderful hostess, then arrived at our accommodations for the night: The Lotus Belle glamping tent! A piece of advice: YES, do park on the grass in front of the Lotus Belle deck. We weren’t sure if we were supposed to do that and ended up driving along what we thought was a driveway, but was actually a walking trail. Oops. Sorry, Amanda! We were first greeted by Sadie Mae, the lodge’s resident bullmastiff, who was just as sweet as can be. Then Amanda came down from the main house to greet us herself and gave us a thorough tour of the Lotus Belle.
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about “glamping”. I’ve never done it before, but I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. Even so, camping is just NOT my thing and I was all, “Will there be some way to straighten my hair in the morning?” (because I wake up looking like an electrocuted cat EVERY MORNING) and “It’s going to be cold tonight…is it heated?” and “Where’s the BATHROOM?” Yeah, I’m that kind of girl. But this place was warm, cozy, and we really couldn’t have been more comfortable. We always book places with outdoor living space when we travel, because we’re porch-sitting people, and this was perfect. There was a deck with loungers for stargazing and a bistro table for enjoying that morning cup of coffee; a hammock; a chimenea and chairs with a coffee table and a nice stack of firewood (which lasted us for HOURS); a full-sized patio table and chairs; a BBQ grill; and a HOT TUB.
We had access to an outhouse (literally a home-made porta potty) right next to the Lotus Belle for those middle of the night/half asleep trips, AND we had a private bath house just a short walk from the tent. We were given a key to access this adorable space and it had everything we needed, including a shower, and was of course climate controlled. Can we just take a minute to appreciate the fact that Amanda designed all of the spaces at the lodge herself? As Melissa Rae stated in her wonderful blog post about Rock Harbor, “it’s like getting lost in a Pinterest board”, boy was she right!
We also managed to steal a bit of Amanda’s time for a tour of the property when we first checked in and she showed us the Tussie tiny cabin (made from an old goat shed!) and the cute little travel trailer that she’s currently refurbishing for future guests. There’s also another cabin on site and two guest spaces inside the main house (the Master and Jr. Suites). I didn’t get photos of all of the lodging spaces, because there were other guests, but you can find photo tours at Melissa Rae’s post, the Rock Harbor Hill Country Lodge website, and Amanda's Airbnb booking sites for the Master Suite, Jr. Suite, Cabin, and Lotus Belle. The entire lodge can sleep 16 total and would be perfect for bridal parties, bachelorette parties, craft parties, etc. Did I mention she also hosts elopements? Yup, there’s an arbor for that…complete with adorable vintage doors that swing open for the gorgeous bride to enter through!
After we finally let Amanda get back to her busy day, we did a bit of exploring of our own. There were so many adorable finds, places to sit and relax, and the attention to detail all over the property was just amazing.
After exploring the property, we started to get hungry. We knew exactly where we wanted to have dinner, but we also knew that Sister Creek Vineyards would be closing in an hour and we didn’t want to miss it (priorities, right?)! So off we went to the vineyards and we took a self-guided tour and enjoyed a full wine tasting while we were at it. We ended up leaving with a half dozen bottles of wine and had such a great time chatting with the great folks while we were there. Something we didn’t know until it came time to pay, you get a 15% discount if you’re staying at Rock Harbor! Woohoo!
After our stop at the vineyards, we moved right on over to BlackBoard Bar B Q. This place has been on our bucket list for FOREVER and we were so excited to finally try it out! We were greeted at the door by Chef Jo (half of the dynamic duo of owner/chefs Jake and Jo) and told to sit wherever we pleased. Our lovely server was super friendly and took a good bit of time to walk us through the menu options and make suggestions (although I’m convinced there are no WRONG choices on that menu). We had the brisket (which was so tender it was hard to get it onto the fork for eating), the Wild Boar Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage with house-made mustard, the Luckenbach Lollipops (fall-off-the-bone good!), and HOLY COW, amazing mac and cheese and Asian slaw for sides (NOTE: the photo with the food in the gallery below is courtesy of BlackBoard Bar B Q). Don’t ask me how we managed to do it, but we finished up our meal with the Pecan Cobbler a la Mode which is NOT to be missed. Throughout our meal, chefs Jake and Jo were milling about the restaurant, occasionally stopping to sit and chat with the locals. I don’t generally like to claim that any establishment is “The best in Boerne” because I just don’t feel qualified to do so and because there’s no way I’ve tried them all, but this place might just change that for me. I’ve got a few more to try on my bucket list though, so stay tuned. 😉
Once we were sufficiently stuffed to the brim with amazing BBQ, we drove maybe a minute up the road to try out the bar, Sisterdale Line (mainly because we needed a place to watch the football game, HA!). It was a quaint little place with a jukebox, a couple of tv’s, and a courtyard where folks were having fun playing a game of giant Jenga. There were maybe a dozen people in the entire place while we were there, but I'm pretty sure all of the rest of Sisterdale was at the Fire Department for the annual Hunter's Supper (small town life, y'all!). It was a perfect place for sipping our Texas-brewed beer and watching the game. Friendly bartender, friendly locals, a nice little spot.
Eventually it was time to head back to the Lotus Belle where we fired up the chimenea and sipped on our Sisterdale wine into the wee hours of the morning. It was quiet, it was cozy, it was comfortable, the temperature was great (even if we did get drizzled on a bit); it was PERFECT.
Then in the morning, we were awakened with a delicious home-cooked breakfast of waffles with a maple pecan syrup, bacon, and fresh fruit from Amanda’s kitchen. What an amazing little unplanned date night and staycation this turned out to be!
Sisterdale is a tiny town, which is still technically part of Boerne, so it’s not necessarily a party spot but rather a great place to relax and unwind. However, there is a lot of fun to be found at Sister Creek Vineyards, BlackBoard Bar B Q, and Sisterdale Line as they often have live music and special events. Keep an eye on their social media pages for information on those!
Have you been to any of these little Sisterdale gems? Did I miss any others that you’d recommend? When was your last Hill Country getaway and where did you go? You know we’re always looking for new amazing places to explore!
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