Travaasa Austin Experiences
You want to embark on a journey without living out of a suitcase. You want to taste real Texas flavors, learn a few new things about yourself, and dance the night away under a banner of stars. Why not stay at a resort that allows you to have all of these things? At Travaasa Austin, we get it, and that’s why we created a menu of custom, personalized and authentic experiences just for you. Situated on the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Travaasa Austin offers an extensive selection of guided activities set amidst — and inspired by — the rugged yet hospitable nature of Texas Hill Country.
Experiences are offered through all-inclusive packages as well as a la carte pricing, depending on the path you choose. See our rates and packages for details.
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December's Featured Experiences
Prickly Pear Challenge Course
Ever picked a prickly pear? If you have, you know the importance of each foot and hand placement as you find your way between the cactus needles. The same focus on movement is required as you navigate the space above the trees on our challenge course. Our state-of-the-art course was designed in partnership with Outward Bound Professional, and incorporates vertical climbing elements for a wide range of physical ability. Begin at the Cob Web, progress over Raider Bridge, through the Flying V, to navigate Double Trouble. The linear progression of the course culminates with a fantastic flight of over 250 feet long, soaring over the tree tops.
Riding properly requires constant physical activity and a focus on core strength. While riding, you'll also want to act as more than just a passenger by forming a bond with your horse. Lead by one of our expert cowboys, a one-hour riding lesson in the Travaasa Arena will focus on developing strength while connecting with your horse. Each lesson is tailored to the individual's level of skill and interest.
*Horseback Riding lessons are subject to an additional charge. Total Travaasa resort credits may be used toward this activity.
Develop your self-awareness through close interaction with this intelligent creature and allow our equine team to guide you on a journey of heightened personal understanding. Learn to lead and project your intentions as you are guided by our equine team. With no previous horse experience needed, this experience that will teach you how to establish communication with another being through respect, sensitivity and awareness.
Bike Pump Track
Built for all skill levels—from limited experience to advanced bike riders—the pump bike track offers something for everyone. Focus on the fundamentals and have fun challenging yourself to get all the way around without having to pedal, or take it to the next level by riding high and fast into the berms. For the really adventurous and skilled rider, see how high you can go on the wall. No matter your skill level, you're sure to get a full-body workout while honing your ability to focus and break out of your shell.
Mountain Biking & Private Bike Sessions
Come experience a bite-size piece of Austin Hill Country on our cross-country mountain bike trail. Whether you’re an experienced rider or new to the sport, our expert instructor will guide you along our single track based on your skill level and preference. Designed for a few quick laps, our short track is sure to leave you re-energized and ready to take on your next activity.
Looking for something specific? Private Bike Sessions may cover anything from maintenance education to in-depth pump track or mountain bike instruction. Led by our resident bike mechanic, maintenance classes range from basic education to high-end repair. Private riding lessons cater to first-timers as well as seasoned riders.
Learn the fundamentals that create the foundation of archery while boosting your mental attention and connecting your breath to physical performance. Experience techniques to develop your focus, patience, flexibility, concentration, and attention skills and understand why great archers continually exercise these simple concepts to heighten all aspects of their lives.
Hill Country Hike
Even if you don’t think you’re into hiking, you’ll change your mind after you explore our rich and extensive trail system. If you take a guided tour, you’ll learn about local flora, fauna and the history and ecology of the area. Hikes are open to all and accommodate a wide range of interests and abilities. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring water.
There's something magical about starting your day with a sunrise hike. Your body is refreshed from sleep and mind open to experiencing new and vital things. Feel the fresh morning air on your face and watch the sun rise over the breathtaking landscape of the Balcones Canyonlands and waterscape of Lake Travis.
Geocaching, an outdoor sporting activity often described as a "game of high-tech hide & seek," involves the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver (or other navigational technique) to hide and search out containers, called "geocaches," anywhere in the world. And in your case, you’ll have the entire spectacular Travaasa property to explore while discovering and hiding your own caches.
Basic Culinary Skills
Our hands-on cooking demos will teach you culinary skills and techniques while showcasing Travaasa house recipes. Let our gourmet culinary team delight you with ways to prepare, cook and present the cuisine you savor.
Group Cooking Demo
You know those people who make entertaining and preparing recipes look so effortless? After this culinary adventure, you’ll be one of them. Whip up tempting appetizers, perfect the art of the cocktail and learn how to create a memorable meal.
If you've ever given up on juicing due to the complicated prep and messy clean-up, this is the class for you. We bring you an interactive meal-making program focused on the use of a blender and fresh, whole food. This is a hands-on, experiential class that provides a novel way to discover the exciting possibilities of food. We use whole foods to blend, juice and mix into fresh whole juices, hot soups, ice cream, salsas, dips, spreads and desserts—all from scratch and all delicious.
Sip. Surrender. Savor. Join us for a class that “undaunts” and underscores all the important things you need to know and understand about enjoying wine. First of all, wine is not just about knowing what you like. There is a difference between objective quality and subjective enjoyment. Let yourself surrender to different tastes you may never get to experience again.
*Additional fee applies.
The Texas Two-Step includes three steps: a quick step, a quick step and then a slow step. It can be danced to music with either a 2/4 or 4/4 time signature. Show off your new dance moves at a local Austin dance hall or take a little Texas home to teach family and friends your new skills.
Travaasa Austin is situated within 210 acres of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve—a migratory landing spot for two federally endangered migratory species: the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. It’s also home to plants only native to the area. In this series, you’ll learn about native flora and fauna as well as the many healing properties of plants.
Not just for cowhands, the harmonica allows the musically challenged to begin enjoying the benefits of music within just a few hours. You do not have to know how to read music to begin playing the harmonica. All you need is a tune in your head, because in some ways it is much like humming or whistling. In just a short time, everything clicks and it becomes as natural as whistling. You just sing your music through your harmonica without thinking about the numbered holes and whether you blow or draw.
Sketch & Draw
It’s been said that within each of us is a creative being just longing to get out. At Travaasa, we believe that. That’s why we offer you pressure-free ways to release your inner creative and focus your soul through your choice of artistic outlet. Best of all? No experience or talent is needed to create something amazing that you can bring home to remind you of your Travaasa journey.
Do you have a vision? Or a dream? This is the workshop that can help you make it happen. A vision board is a simple yet powerful visualization tool that uses the universal law of attraction to begin manifesting your dreams into reality. This is an exercise in putting energy toward what you DO want in life, not what you don’t want. Do this exercise and see what happens. You’ll be surprised by the results.
Evening Fireside Chats
At Travaasa Austin, we want to offer you a comforting and convivial way to end the evening. Find a seat around our firepit (outside) or fireside (inside) for a nightly gathering as fellow guests talk, laugh and share the day’s memories. It’s a friendly environment that allows you to get to know your fellow guests and the staff a little bit better. Whatever we do, whether it’s sharing stories, roasting marshmallows or an impromptu music jam, every night will be a little different and a whole lot of fun.
Yoga for Mind and Body
Yoga is a wonderful technique to heal, detoxify and unify your mind and body. It can help fortify your awareness of movement, balance and intention, in addition to strengthening your body (through vinyasa yoga). No matter your age, strength or flexibility level, anyone can do yoga with the right attitude and the right teacher. If new to yoga, you’ll find a physical path that harmonizes the mind, body and soul. Yoga combines physical activity with breath to reduce stress, control weight, relieve lower back pain, and enhance focus. Our yoga classes include various styles and routines that create a dynamic, challenging program that combines strength, spirituality and a healthy dose of sweat.
Mechanical Bull Workout
You probably didn’t see this one coming, but you are in Austin after all. After you’ve gotten your muscles primed with pilates or our core conditioning class, graduate to our mechanical bull for a core workout unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Riding the bull will help to increase your strength and improve your flexibility as it continually moves up, down, right and left. By keeping you off balance, the bull forces you to use your leg muscles to grip its sides and core muscles to flex as you move forward and back. And lastly, form does count. Don’t forget to raise one arm up in the air to maintain balance (bonus points if you have a cowboy hat).
Spice up your workouts with an outdoor circuit workout sure to get your heart rate soaring. Circuit training is a refreshing exercise that provides excellent, all-around fitness, tone and strength. Best of all, you get maximum results in a minimum amount of time. By mixing up the moves and changing the intensity throughout the workout, you’ll keep your body challenged and mind interested—half the battle when you’re trying to motivate yourself to exercise.
Not your grandmother's pink foam hair rollers, this body rolling exercise helps release muscular tension with a rolling massage that feels great and helps increase flexibility. As you move and stabilize the roller on different planes, you'll improve balance, core muscles, stability and total body function.
There’s nothing else like Pilates to make you feel like you’ve gained five inches in height or have the poise of a ballerina. Pilates is designed to transform the way your body looks, feels and performs, building strength without excess bulk. This basic all-level mat Pilates class teaches awareness, good posture and graceful movement, while improving flexibility and agility.
Ditch the weights and machines and join us for an intense program using only your body’s resistance and the earth’s gravity. Learn tips and tricks that will allow you to work out anywhere at anytime.Travelers for both business and pleasure love this "portable" workout.
For a non-traditional workout, try our dance fitness classes. Tone and tighten muscles as you move to the beats of various music genres, from salsa and hiphop to fast-paced pop tunes. You will leave feeling not only more energized, but also more confident inside and out.
There’s nothing like core work to make you feel like you can conquer the world, one muscle group at a time. Tone your abs, lower back and glutes in this intense 30-minute class. We’ll help you improve core strength, balance and total body function using stability balls and gravity-resistant exercises.
SPA & WELLNESS
The Spa at Travaasa Austin
Our Austin Spa classes focus on mind, body and spirit with meditation offerings to help you decompress and recharge. Take something from each for a well-rounded Travaasa experience. For spa treatments, visit The Spa at Travaasa Austin. more
Who knew that focusing on something we do unconsciously all da long could do so much more for us? This class works with the breath, following its movements through the body. Restorative sequencing moves us slowly into a deep somatic experience to release stress and anxiety and bring about a calmer, more relaxed state (great for type-A personalities who have trouble relaxing). As we turn the lens inward, we will learn more about the asana, the breath and ourselves.
Meditation is a wonderful way to decompress after a stressful day—or to start your day in a calming state of mind. We offer three different points of view on meditation, all easy to learn and incorporate into your daily life.