Of Texas and Teepees

This fascination of wanting to sleep in a teepee has been around for awhile especially since  it first came out on Groupon a few months back. The only thing with these deals is that they have a time period and even at a steal I didn’t want to purchase the Groupon until I could find someone to come with me, Marco and Cassie. The deal ended and I wasn’t able to convince my family or even friends to go, a constant struggle for people who live in the US—finding a “common” vacation schedule for everyone in the party even if it’s just a day, besides the Groupon was date specific so we couldn’t just randomly purchase it and use it anytime in the future.

A few months later, we finally found a family who wanted to make the trip with us—Charles, Ann and Olivia, it was like a family date! We were just going to pick a date when everyone was free and still push through without the Groupon. Well what do you know, as soon as I got a “go” signal from the Garcias to book for specific date they were free, Groupon brought back the deal and we ended up making the reservations at a discounted rate. God’s on our side, yep..this trip was meant to happen.

Reservation on the Guadalupe is one of Best Texas Travel ‘s unique vacation properties and it literally did not disappoint. I mean really people visit the place because they want to try and sleep in some place “different”, or probably because it “looks cool” vacationing in a teepee or whatever reason they may have. And I’m not going to lie, I looked at the photos before booking, it looked amazing and I was aesthetically drawn to the place. This is one time where aesthetics surpassed comfort and I didn’t mind but you know what, the place was comfortable anyway and I felt at home. It kinda gave me that “province-feel”, at night it was pitch black and early morning it was calm and serene, it literally felt like I woke up in my Daddy Pakong’s bukid.

I can go into detail about their amenities but I’ll let you check out the links so you could see for yourself. The place sleeps 6; it has 3 queen beds and a kitchenette with pots, pans, stove, grill and all utensils to use during your stay. Parking is limited to two per teepee but arrangements can easily be made with management. The best part is checking in and checking out— everything was done electronically, they send you a link to their app and you have to download it, that app will contain all the instructions, map, directions, digital codes for access to the teepee, the rest room and the tree house. (YES, digital meaning no KEYS!).

BOTTOM LINE is this place was an amazing breather for all of us and it DEFINITELY was worth the drive. ( It was a 3-hour drive from Missouri City, TX where we live, just in case you were wondering). I can keep going but I’ll let the photos speak for itself.

Day 1

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Here’s a picture of our teepee, Teepee #8, Rising Moon, with no filter.

We arrived an hour early before check in time so we decided to check out the common area first since we already had the codes for treehouse anyway. I know it has its cons but it felt pretty good not having to go through a front desk to check in.

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What’s across—other teepees and the treehouse, a common area for the guests.

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There’s an indoor dining area, as well as outdoors but it was too hot to stay outside.

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And a very comfortable living/ game area. I forgot to take pictures of the pingpong table downstairs.

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Similar outfits again. Mommy bought fringe moccasins to match Cassie’s.

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Daddy’s little love.

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The view of the area from the tree house.

Finally got to check our place out at 3pm, 30 minutes before the actual check in time and this little baby approves. We settled down while waiting for the Garcias to get there.

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When the Garcias arrived, of course we checked out the tree house and took our fill of outfit photos. Thank God for stage moms who can relate. Haha.

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We then checked out their direct access to the river, how convenient for tubing season.

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Found an old wooden bench swing by the river

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The Ramas-Mendezonas

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The Almacen-Garcias

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We spent the rest of the afternoon outdoors, the mommies played with the babies while the daddies took care of dinner, grilling.

By the time dinner was ready, it was dark so we headed up to the tree house instead of eating outside to avoid the bugs and enjoy dinner indoors in the comforts of “civilization” a.k.a A/C. haha.

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Thanks for dinner boys, you guys are the best.

Day 2

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Good Morning, New Braunfels. It was a cool, misty morning, like waking up in the bukid.

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Baby Shennanigans

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My little boho baby and her little boho outfit. Her little feather head dress c/o mommy of course. #PipandTumbleweed

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One last family picture with our teepee before leaving.

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Yay for camera timers and making group photos possible.

Look at Cassie and Olivia having a private conversation. Awww…

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The Garcias knew of a perfect place to have lunch before heading back to Houston but first, the outlet mall at San Marcos. It was hard to resist especially since it was on our way home.

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It was hard not to take a stroll after lunch especially when you find yourself in old Luling, Texas. Thank you for the lunch treat Garcias! It was a first for us to have barbecue at City Market and you’re right, they aren’t pricey and are one of the best.

This overnight trip was definitely a much needed R&R for all of us. Texas, you continue to surprise me with your hidden vineyards and unheard of teepees. Which part of Texas are we off to next? Can’t wait for my next family adventure.

~Rhea

 

 

 

Local Vineyards, Quiet Birthdays

Local vineyards— who would have thought decent ones existed here in Texas especially since we’re known to have shady weather forecasts especially in our area, imagine experiencing all four seasons in one day. I know there are hundreds here in the US but for some reason when you say “US vineyards”, the first thing that comes to my mind is Napa Valley. I know its very small-town of me to think that way but its the truth.

And I’m not going to lie by saying that I did consider making a trip to Napa Valley, California for this year’s birthday trip (Haha, Marco didn’t even know) but as parents we do have to prioritize our children (especially since Cassie is celebrating her 1st birthday next month) so we came to a compromise by going to a vineyard that’s apparently a 45-minute drive from where we live. Wow, not bad at all.

The expectations weren’t high just because Texas isn’t really known for its wine but I’d have to say Marco and I were both impressed with Haak Winery and Vineyards. I’m glad Groupon brought back its $21 Haak Winery promo, wine tasting, vineyard tour and $20 deli credit for two people, it was definitely worth it and more.

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Driving to the vineyard was no trouble at all. From where we live, we literally just drove down highway 6 going to the Galveston area and turned right and just like that we reached our destination.

We called them in advance to ask if we could bring Cassie and they said they take pride in making their place family friendly and baby-friendly so we were able to take our stroller in and yes, they did have ramps.

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Once you walk in, you’ll find yourself in the deli/ souvenir area and at the very end of the room is the reception/ receiving desk.

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Vineyards wouldn’t be vineyards if they didn’t have any of these wine barrels-turned-to-deli-tables.

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This is what it looked like once you walked out of that room going towards the cellar and the actual vineyard.

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Daddy and Cassie posing right before our tour guide took us down to their cellar.

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Cream of the crop, all locked down in a special area.

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Spot the patron saint of the winery, they say you have to rub his tummy for good luck.

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Barrels and barrels of the good stuff.

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Starting them young…haha, don’t worry Cassie stuck to her milk when we did the wine tasting.

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These things have wine that can fill up hundreds if not thousands of wine bottles

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More wine machinery behind the scenes.

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The part that we were all waiting for—wine tasting.

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 We get to try 5 different ones including the Madeira that they’re known for.

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My mister insisted he take a picture of me.

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I thought he’d wear his usual shorts, shirt and sneakers but he tidied up, not bad Mr. Mendezona.

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Parenting 101. Wine tasting.

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Cassie tried to entertain herself. Awww good job baby!

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Family picture on our family date.

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We headed out again after the wine tasting to explore the vineyard by ourselves and take some pictures.

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A beautiful day for a visit to the vineyard, Thank you Lord for clear skies.

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I’m glad  that this little one is having so much fun as well.

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Stage mom in action.

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My little angel soaking up Mr. Sun.

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Daddy about to swing Cassie around.

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Mandatory vineyard solo 😀

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Who says you can’t take babies to a vineyard and have fun? I don’t know about y’all but this bunch did.

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Here’s my Cassie’s OOTD for our trip to the vineyard. She’s growing up too fast…

~Rhea