7 Charming Glamping Spots in Texas Hill Country

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Cindy Brzostowski
May 11, 2023
Updated October 15, 2023

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From its namesake hills to expansive lakes, twisting rivers, and even numerous caverns, why not embrace the Hill Country’s epic nature with a glamping stay?

Even if you love a good old-fashioned backcountry camping trip, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a bit more comfort and convenience every now and then. Sometimes you just want to surround yourself with nature without having to lug your tent, sleeping bag, and other camping supplies along.

To kickstart your wanderlust into high gear, here are some of the best glamping destinations in the Texas Hill Country, including a geodesic dome, safari tents, quaint cabins, and more.

Related read: 9 Incredible Places to Camp in the Texas Hill Country

1. Marula

marula hill country glamping
Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: It’s a romantic Texas safari with the opportunity for lots of rare animal spotting.

  • Nearest town: Kerrville
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $395/night

Taking inspiration from African safaris, Marula gives you the chance to stay in an authentic safari tent. Of course, what’s a safari without the chance to see wild animals in their natural habitat? Perfect for a romantic getaway, this stay is situated on an actual 800-acre game preserve (the area for the rental is over 50 acres of that).

Grab a comfortable seat on the front porch and see what kind of wildlife appears. And no, it’s not just a bunch of cows roaming these parts — there are rare and endangered species on the grounds. With a fire pit and far-reaching vistas, the outdoor sitting area is also a lovely place to catch the sunset or roast some s’mores.

The safari continues inside the tent with animal prints and mounted animal skulls. But remember, it’s glamping so there’s plenty of luxury to be found too like the canopied king-sized bed, gorgeous soaking tub, and full kitchen.

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2. Off-Grid Tiny Cabin

Hill Country Nature Retreat
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Why you should stay: Get a digital detox and 360-degree views at this cozy, beautifully designed cabin.

  • Nearest town: Blanco
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $145/night

Give up WiFi and get incredible views at this sustainably built off-grid tiny cabin. With every design detail thoughtfully chosen, the whole place may only be 400 square feet, but it feels bigger given the stunning array of floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the cabin.

You also have extra outdoor spaces to enjoy, from a front patio to a little rooftop deck and even a screened porch (which has a cool swinging bench). The first two are particularly great spots to watch those stunning Hill Country sunrises and sunsets.

Don’t be shy to roam around the property a little bit either. There’s a hammock perfect for taking afternoon naps, a fire pit to gather ‘round for late-night chats, and a private trail that leads to a beautiful centuries-old oak tree.

You may be hesitant to hear that this cabin doesn’t have A/C, but the big windows let in a lovely breeze and if you’re here during a chillier time of the year, just light up the wood stove. It’s all a little bit cozier that way anyways.

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Related read: 12 Unique Places to Stay in Texas

3. Cute Off-Grid Cabin

Cabin at the Ranch - Harper, TX
Photo: Hipcamp

Why you should stay: It’s the simple life at this off-grid stay surrounded by wildlife.

  • Nearest town: Harper
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $139/night

This cute off-grid cabin sits on an 84-acre wildlife refuge with lots of trails to wander (really, feel free to explore the property). The area is specifically managed for native songbirds and wild turkeys, and the owners even provide birdseed. Not into birds but still an animal lover? Well, say hello to the mini donkeys, mini longhorns, and deer that live on the property.

As you’re enjoying your Hill Country surroundings, you can’t miss seeing a sunset from the front porch. Once nighttime hits, head to the firepit for s’mores and stargazing. Inside the cabin, things are pretty basic but you do have the option to either sleep on the comfy futon or on the lofted mattress.

There’s no electricity, running water, or toilets here, so you should pack your supplies accordingly. Remember, glamping still involves some level of camping! But you won’t be totally on your own since there’s a small solar generator and a two-burner range (propane tank not included).

Plus, the hosts are always there to help if you need advice on what to bring.

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4. NDotto, Resort Glamping @ FireSong Ranch

Ndotto, Resort Glamping @ FireSong Ranch
Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: It’s glamping at its finest in this lavish, romantic tent.

  • Nearest town: Spicewood
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $450/night

From the outside, NDotto looks like it could be your basic safari tent, but step inside and you’ll discover a truly glamorous glamping experience. On top of conveniences like A/C, heating, and a full kitchen, you get plenty of extra amenities like an electric indoor fireplace, a SONOS sound system, a Nespresso machine, and a spa-like soaking tub…ooh la la.

So, what does the outside have going on? Well, there’s a large stone fireplace, a grilling area, a shower, and a hot tub perfect for those romantic evenings under the stars.

There’s also a large deck where you can soak in all the far-reaching Hill Country views and relax on a well-cushioned hammock. It’s the kind of place that’s hard to say goodbye to when your trip is over.

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5. The Barons Wagon @ Barons CreekSide

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Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: You get the unique opportunity to sleep in a settler’s wagon.

  • Nearest town: Fredericksburg
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $192/night

How often do you get the chance to see, let alone stay, in a covered wagon like the settlers used to use? That’s what you get with The Barons Wagon. It’s not a real Conestoga wagon, but it is a replica of the historic wagons people used to travel to Texas centuries ago.

Though there’s no A/C or heat, the wagon is incredibly charming and fun and is actually quite roomy. There’s enough space for a small family between the king-sized bed and bunk beds and even more space for a little seating area. For all your private business, there’s a separate wagon that’s outfitted with a shower and toilet — and this one does have A/C and heat.

While here, you’ll still probably want to spend most of your time outdoors, and that’s easy to do with your private fire pit and picnic table. You’re also right in the town of Fredericksburg, so you can enjoy an evening out too.

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6. The Disco Dome

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Why you should stay: It’s a party for two at this stylish, modern dome that looks like a fancy hotel inside.

  • Nearest town: Fischer
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $385/night

The Disco Dome is the kind of glamping destination you remember long after your visit. Inside the geodesic dome, you can make yourself at home thanks to the high-end furnishings and amenities like the fluffy spa robes and French press. The luxury continues outside with the outdoor rain shower, private pool, and soaking tub.

Getting the party going here is as easy as flipping a switch…literally. The so-called “party switch” gets the big disco ball over the bed spinning.

The disco ball and good music go together like peanut butter and jelly, and that base is covered with the built-in sound system. There are even DJ mixes already loaded in if you need some help figuring out your perfect playlist.

To level up your experience even more, ask the hosts for some farm-fresh eggs for breakfast or request one of their bath packages available in the cooler months.

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7. Romantic Yurts So Good

yurt glamping hill country
Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: Let your worries wash away at this private yurt escape with a great deck.

  • Nearest town: Austin
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $162/night

Put the personality of a hip Austin boutique hotel into a yurt and what you get is Yurts So Good. From the comfortable king-sized bed, you can enjoy a movie on the 50-inch flatscreen TV.

Inside, there’s also a full bathroom with a beautifully tiled walk-in shower plus a kitchenette with a retro mini fridge, freezer, and microwave so you can store away some snacks. And don’t worry coffee drinkers, there’s a Keurig machine to get your day going too.

Out on the deck, you can cook up a meal on the propane grill, eat alfresco in the dining area, and go for a dip in the soaking tub. Whatever you’re doing, you’ll be treated to great views of the surrounding Hill Country since you’re on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful vistas.

While you’re out and about roaming around the property, pay a visit to the horses on the other side of the fence. They’re friendly and always happy to get some attention.

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