Location: Burnet, Texas
Size: 61 rooms
Meeting Space: More than 5,000 square feet
Access: Located an hour from Austin, 90 minutes from San Antonio, 2.5 hours from Dallas, and 3.5 hours from Houston
There’s a noticeable change in the air when you make the final turn in the windy road leading up to the Canyon of the Eagles in Burnet, Texas. It’s not a change in temperature nor a change in pressure, but there is a refreshing air of relaxation and peace surrounding this expansive resort.
Set among the rolling plains of Texas’ Hill Country on the banks of Lake Buchanan, the Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort invites guests into a world where modern amenities and little luxuries meet natural beauty and raw wilderness experiences. More than 940 acres of preserved land are a welcome sight for visitors who make the journey from other corners of the state; the resort is an hour from Austin, 90 minutes from San Antonio, 2.5 hours from Dallas and 3.5 hours from Houston.
All 61 guest rooms at the resort are eco-friendly, and sustainable amenities and linens have been chosen to help protect the resort’s natural landscape. Modern stained concrete floors set the stage for hardwood furnishings and cozy sitting areas, and a pair of rocking chairs await on the porch outside the room where guests can relax for a day and take in the sights, sounds and smells of nature.
Days are best spent outdoors at the resort; guests can kayak on the lake, cruise the canyon, hike to waterfalls or even venture out past sunset for a twilight hike with a guide. Often regarded as one of the best astronomic viewing sites in Texas, the resort sits on land that’s been designated as a dark-sky location and is home to the Eagle Eye Observatory. Programs start at dusk at the observatory, where qualified astronomers offer interactive stargazing experiences for guests and are available for private star parties.
Groups can also take advantage of the resort’s more than 5,000 square feet of function space, with indoor and outdoor meeting venues suitable for religious events, corporate outings, association gatherings, educational retreats, family reunions and more.
Canyon of the Eagles offers more than 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The Live Oak Conference Center, for up to 300 guests, can be used as either one large ballroom or three 38-by-19-foot soundproof sections. The Bluebonnet Room, for up to 150 guests, is a multifunction space for smaller gatherings with private indoor and outdoor entrances and a service bar for easy catering. The outdoor meeting spaces shine at the resort: The circular Sunset Point, for up to 225 guests, overlooks Lake Buchanan; the Main Patio, for up to 150 guests, features a cozy fireplace; and the Overlook Deck, for up to 50 guests, offers the best sunset views.
The resort features a full-service restaurant and bar and can cater events with its extensive group buffet menus. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Choose from a continental breakfast or a full breakfast for early meetings, grab a boxed lunch for on-the-go events, or book the Tailgater or Mediterranean menus for a rounded experience. Snack options include healthy choices or light nibbles. Dinners can be served in any space, but are memorable when enjoyed in the Overlook Restaurant or on the Overlook Deck with a lake view. Alcohol is available.
Take any event or meeting to the next level with on-site teambuilding activities or educational programs. The meetings and events staff at the resort can arrange for reptile shows, nature-themed arts and craft activities, or movies under the stars with s’mores and popcorn, or it can coordinate a range of challenges to promote teambuilding. Favorites include the marshmallow challenge, culinary competitions, resort scavenger hunts and simulations on the water, in the meeting room, in front of a roaring fire or while viewing the night sky. Active groups can book a guided tour on Lake Buchanan by kayak or pontoon boat, or take to the hiking trails around the resort on a guided nature walk.
At the Resort
With more than 940 acres of lakefront property, there is no shortage of adventure while staying at Canyon of the Eagles. The resort sits on a nature park and offers guests access to 14 miles of groomed trails, 200 species of birds, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and a World-Wide Labyrinth Society-registered Seventh Circuit Labyrinth. Every day is a new experience, where guided canyon cruises or naturalist-led wildlife encounters fill the schedule, and nights are spent with a professional astronomer who conducts a dark-sky and twilight program at the resort’s own observatory.