Hometown: New Braunfels
Filed Under: Why only float the river, when you can sleep there, too?
Overview: Eighteen-cabin resort located just steps from the scenic Guadalupe River and mere miles from historic Gruene, Texas, providing you and your tubing companions a comfortable, luxurious headquarters from which to launch a memorable weekend of floating and post-floating merriment
Appreciate: The ability to make an entire weekend out of what would otherwise be a day-trip to float the river. Tubing is usually a guaranteed good time with your friends. But the reality is, you'll be cooked by the end of the day. Rather than sit in a wet bathing suit in a hot car for a long ride home, retire instead to the well-appointed confines of your very own cabin at The Hideout, overlooking the cool green river from which you just emerged. Enjoy a hot shower, hill country and water views from your very own porch, a cold one pulled from a full-sized fridge, and just a few steps back out to the river in case you want to start the day all over again
Know: The Hideout is located on the downriver end of what's called the Horseshoe Loop, which is a u-shaped jaunt of The Guadalupe River north of New Braunfels and just east of Canyon Lake. Because it's outside the city limits, this stretch of river is not subject to the stricter new imbibement rules that apply to tubing further downstream. Just up and across the river from The Hideout is Whitewater Sports, where you can rent all the tubes you need and tailor just the right river trip to suit your style. And on the same property as Whitewater Sports is the Whitewater Amphitheater, where throughout the summer musical acts like like Willie Nelson, Reckless Kelly, and Ghostland Observatory perform riverside under the night sky. Is there a more perfect day than floating the river, napping in your cozy cabin, then listening to Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain while eating a Hat Creek burger (which are sold on site)? No. No, there is not. But be warned: if you want to stay at The Hideout as part of your concert plans, book early, as with only 18 cabins, they sell out quick for the summer
Special Comments: There is, of course, much more to do from your home base at The Hideout than float the river and listen to live music. Natural Bridge Caverns are nearby, as is the historic town of Gruene--where you can eat, shop, and hear even more live music. And if you are a total water rat, Schlitterbahn Waterpark is also just down the road from The Hideout, and will have you shaking water from your ears for days
Cost: In-season, weekend rates start at $299 per night for a standard cabin, and range to $369 for the luxury loft (sleeps 6 people), and $529 for a 3-bedroom (sleeps 8). Two-night minimum applies
See it: Here (*Caution: website plays automatic audio)