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Charming Guest House at Canyon Lake!
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Entire guesthouse · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

Charming Guest House at Canyon Lake!Two bedroom connected by one bathroom guest house located at Canyon Lake and near the Guadalupe river.

Cozy Treehouse overlooking Wimberley Valley
Entire cabin · 4 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Cozy Treehouse overlooking Wimberley ValleyFind a place of peace and calmness here at the Mustard Seed Treehouse. Our cozy treehouse was built at the top of the hill overlooking the Wimberly Valley and brings you incredible sunrises to enjoy with your coffee and sunsets to enjoy with a good glass of wine or hot tea. We are just a 5 min walk from the Blanco River and River Road and a 3 min drive to the Wimberley Square. The house is well stocked with your kitchen essentials and bath goodies to soak the day away.

Beautiful hilltop lake house
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Entire cottage · 4 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Beautiful hilltop lake houseBeautiful hilltop lake house

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Gennaro's Trattoria
Italian Restaurant · 47 locals recommend
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Our favorite restaurant-- classy and delicious food. Salad and garlic knots served with every meal-- I have yet to try something I didn't like, but my go to meal is the Eggplant Parmesan.

Michelle
Michelle· Spring Branch, TX
    1. Entire residential home
    2. Canyon Lake
    Hill Country Hideaway at peaceful Canyon Lake
    $300 per night
    1. Entire residential home
    2. Canyon Lake
    NEW! Indoor And Outdoor Retreat Close To The Lake
    $228 per night
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    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Canyon Lake
    Canyon Lake Log Cabin Treehouse w/Hot Tub
    $100 per night
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    1. Entire residential home
    2. Canyon Lake
    Romantic Tiny Texas House-Private hot tub
    $205 per night
Granny D's
Breakfast Spot · 35 locals recommend
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Great, down home cooking! Their pancakes are as big as a pizza! Great place for a great breakfast!

Melissa
Melissa· Canyon Lake, TX
    1. Entire loft
    2. Canyon Lake
    Cozy Canyon Lake Cottage: 1 Mi to Guadalupe River!
    $136 per night
    1. Entire cabin
    2. Canyon Lake
    Lux Cabin ON Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake Dam
    $341 per night
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    1. Tiny house
    2. New Braunfels
    Modern Tiny Home Near Lake & River in Hill Country
    $172 per night
    1. Entire cottage
    2. Canyon Lake
    NEW! Pet-Friendly Canyon Lake Cottage: Fish & Boat
    $118 per night
Whitewater Amphitheater
Entertainment · 40 locals recommend
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Outdoor concert venue in typical Texas Hill Country style! Many big names such as ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, as well as well known local favorites.

Linda
Linda· Spring Branch, TX
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    1. Entire residential home
    2. Canyon Lake
    ⭐Get away and relax here! Gorgeous views
    $158 per night
    1. Entire residential home
    2. Canyon Lake
    River and Lake HQ (entire home)
    $275 per night
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    1. Tiny house
    2. Canyon Lake
    Hill Country Tiny House
    $195 per night
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    1. Entire cabin
    2. New Braunfels
    Canyon View Cabins
    $175 per night

Top-rated things to do in Canyon Lake

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  • Glass Bottom Kayaking Eco Tour or Glow
    Join us for a one of a kind tour of the San Marcos River! You will be learning about kayaking from an Olympian on a clear springs starting at the source and floating down to my house on the river. Our clear kayaks create a totally unique view of the river that you CANNOT miss! We will meet at 602 North Interstate 35 in San Marcos and get geared up. We will then travel together to our put in location on the upper San Marcos River. As we kayak back down, you will be given paddling tips and tricks, information about our unique river, along with an amazing view! Other things to note This is a moderately physical activity. It includes wading in the river, optional swimming, and kayaking!
    From Price:$40 / person
  • Wine and chocolate pairing
    Five wines paired with five chocolates. Each paired to create it's own taste and experience. Guests will be encouraged to relate their experience of each pairing. Also, we will discuss some of the history and details of cacao.
    From Price:$30 / person
  • Explore the Hill Country on Horseback
    At Southern Trails you will enjoy a genuine Texas experience! There's no better way to explore the Hill Country than on horseback. Misti and I will take you on a scenic, guided horseback ride, show you the reins, and ensure you have a fun experience. First, we will pair you with one of our highly trained and lovable horses! (Whiskey, Bear, Mississippi, Comanche, or Dolly!). Next, we will have a brief lesson where you will learn to stop, turn and ride the proper way on the trails. Then we will head out and take an hour trail ride through the beautiful hill country. We will ride through trees, up hills, down hills. We will pass some creeks and ponds and even a graveyard dating back to the 1700’s! The graveyard is said to hold the relatives of Davy Crockett as well as some other heroes from Texas history! We will stop to take a couple pictures along the way! If you have younger children please call and ask about "Little Dude Ride." It is perfect for kids and families that aren’t quite ready for the hour trail ride. We want everyone to be able to have an awesome horseback riding experience. Other things to note Once you have booked we will send you an email with gate code, instructions and address. If you would like to tip please use cash to do so! Thanks!
    From Price:$125 / person
  • Strings in the Woods
    I'll take you on the only nature and acoustic music immersion experience know of in the U.S. We'll continue to a trailhead at a nearby greenbelt or nature spot. The experience will include a private guided walk with music played by your host along the way. You'll learn a few fun and interesting facts about history, nature, and scenery. Acoustic music interludes along the route will be provided by Will Taylor like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkkC-f-vSZw&feature=youtu.be There will be 30-minute or longer concert at the end—usually below a cliff, in a large field under the sky, or natural amphitheater-like feature. See more here: https://goo.gl/cvapAh If there's a date you'd like, but it's not available on our calendar, reach out to me. Most of the time we can accommodate your preferred date. See StringsintheWoods.com for more photos, videos and testimonials about the event. Other things to note This experience will require some physical ability to hike over moderate terrain. You can see photos and videos of what it looks like at StringintheWoods.com
    From Price:$30 / person
  • Painting in the Guadalupe river.
    We will meet at Cypress Bend Park where I will have all materials and set up for a relaxing immersive painting experience. I will provide chairs, all art supplies and some light snacks and drinks. We will set up in the water, the river at this place is low enough to come right to the seat of a chair, the painting kits which I created are comfortable in your lap so that you can enjoy the cool of the water as you work on a painting of the beautiful cypress lined Guadalupe river. (For the winter months added, we will set up on the bank). I will provide art instructions as much as you like or as little and all ages and skill levels are invited. May also bring children or pets to play in the water during the session as long as you keep an eye on them for no extra charge. As well, may bring your own supplies or snacks if you like. The Guadalupe river is a source of endless inspiration; with the gentle shadows of clouds and cypress trees reflecting of the water, frequent birds and tubers can add splashes of life to your painting composition. Other things to note Please let me know of any concerns, I will always be available to communicate and want to make this a family friendly great experience.
    From Price:$50 / person

Your guide to Canyon Lake

All About Canyon Lake

Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country on the Guadalupe River, Canyon Lake is all about water sports. Folks flock here to boat, swim, sail, parasail, scuba dive, fish, and more. No boat? No problem: Marinas and boat rental shops around the lake offer all manner of watercraft, including pontoon boats, ski boats, jet skis, and kayaks. Families and college students come to go tubing on the Guadalupe River, and anglers enjoy fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, and, at certain times of year, rainbow trout.

With 80 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty to do on land here as well. Picnic at one of the nine parks around the lake, three of which have beaches; tee off at a lakeside golf course; or hike some of the 31 trails in the area.


How do I get around Canyon Lake?

Canyon Lake is about halfway between Austin and San Antonio and just 20 miles west of New Braunfels. Fly into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) or San Antonio International Airport (SAT), then rent a car to drive the final leg of your journey. San Antonio is a slightly closer city, 35 miles away, but the additional 21 miles from Austin won’t add much to your driving time.

Most GPS maps will bring you along the most direct route, but it’s worth going a little out of your way to arrive at Canyon Lake via the scenic River Road, which winds along the Guadalupe River and is canopied by cypress trees. Access River Road from Texas State Highway 337, which is off Interstate 35 just outside New Braunfels.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Canyon Lake?

It gets hot in Hill Country! The summer months of June, July, and August are regularly around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the weather can get muggy. Since you’ll want to spend most of your time cooling off in and around the lake, be sure to pack your bathing suit, sunscreen, a hat, and a refillable water bottle. Spring and fall are drier and much more comfortable but can still be warm enough for water sports, with temperatures in the 70s and into the 80s. Winters are short, windy, and cool, with temperatures in the high 60s that can drop down into the high 30s, and you can expect regular, partly cloudy skies throughout the year.


What are the top things to do in Canyon Lake?

Canyon Lake Gorge

Believe it or not, the Canyon Lake Gorge was created only about 20 years ago. A major flood in 2002 caused the lake to spill over its dam and into the Guadalupe River, creating the 64-acre gorge. Book a spot on a guided tour to visit the area’s waterfalls, lagoons, geologic formations, fossils, and dinosaur tracks.

Scuba dive

Canyon Lake may be a few hundred miles from the nearest ocean, but scuba divers still love to swim along the limestone bottom in search of fish and the occasional submerged car or boat. Rumor has it there’s an underwater ghost town here, complete with a church, post office, and cemetery. And while there were two small towns here before the lake was built, no diver has yet found a trace of them.

Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country

Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs — literally — at the Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country on the southern shores of Canyon Lake. The museum displays around 350 dinosaur footprints in indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as exhibits highlighting Native American artifacts and antique farming equipment from early pioneers.

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