IMG_2691As my husband and I gazed out from our perch at the Sage Inn & Spa, we spotted the glittering downtown Austin skyline.  Amidst the 88-acre backdrop, we saw a leaping deer, curious rabbit and a couple of flittering butterflies along the ancient oak trees.

The expansive view of the Texas Hill Country gave the illusion that Austin was miles away, even though it was actually a short drive from the Kyle, Texas, boutique inn.  While Central Texas is booming, this special piece of land has managed to maintain its peaceful innocence.

The Inn offers three miles of hiking trails and a magical view of the sunset along the overlook, situated atop an 80-foot cliff above Onion Creek.  After hiking, we lounged around Poolthe 25-yard-long swimming pool.  More relaxing opportunities abound with hammocks, a library, an outdoor fire pit and treatments at the Garden Spa at Sage Hill Inn.

Later, we spent time in the Hays King Room.  Each of the Inn’s 16 rooms has a namesake story that reveals how the historical person impacted the Hill Country.  Our room was named for Jack Hays who was a captain in the Texas Rangers and how Hay County got its name.

Hays-Low-Tub-to-Sink-940x400I almost heard a cowboy’s boots footsteps echoing along the porch.  While I felt transported in time, the room’s amenities brought me back to the modern world with a comfortable king-sized bed, expansive living space and an bathroom with a luxurious bathtub and a shower overlooking the acreage.

unspecified-1Properly famished, we visited the Restaurant at Sage Hill and sipped sangrias and craft beers from Spicewood.  The restaurant prides itself on serving farm-to-table ingredients with a prix-fix menu.  Breakfast was more casual, serving a variety of muffins, scones and fruits, as well as a full menu.

After dinner, we wandered into the Inn’s garden, which contributes tIMG_4161o the restaurant’s menu.  It also houses happy butterflies and bees.  We left feeling more connected with nature. Who knew a rabbit sighting and respite in a room named after a Texas Ranger was all it took?

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Photos by Autumn Rhea Carpenter and Sage Hill Inn & Spa