Thanksgiving Away from Home
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and with it the endless to-do list of party prep, invitations, recipe planning and one too many grocery store trips. After you’ve smashed enough potatoes to feed a whole village and scrubbed the cranberry stains out of the carpet, you might be feeling most thankful that the holiday is over. But what if you could trade meal prep for paddle boarding? Stain scrubbing for sun bathing? Here at Willow Point Resort, this is what our Texas Thanksgiving looks like. And it’s exactly the dream we bring to our guests.
When you’re searching for things to do over Thanksgiving Break, Willow Point Resort has got you covered in the realms of relaxation, quality family time, and memorable experiences. We do the hard work for you, so you can sit back, unwind and feel thankful for what really matters.
The following benefits of spending the holidays away from home will have you ditching the grocery list and packing your suitcase instead.
Enjoy holiday convenience
It’s not every day you find the words holiday and convenience used in the same sentence. But yes, it’s possible!
The key to enjoying a relaxing holiday without the stress is to get out of your home. By spending your Texas Thanksgiving at Willow Point Resort, you get to enjoy the following holiday conveniences:
1) Easy drive from Austin
At just over an hour’s drive from Austin, Willow Point Resort is an easy trip. We know you’ll appreciate this with how hectic traveling around the holidays can be.
Throughout Thanksgiving week, the costs of flights increase, the airport turns into a madhouse, and organizing the whole family to make a flight on time can be an arduous task. When your only commute is one hour in the car, you can organize the family to leave the house whenever is most convenient for you. You avoid the cost of rising flight tickets. And, best of all, you don’t have to wait in any lines at the airport and further delay your holiday. Your vacation begins from the moment you pull out of the driveway.
As if those points weren’t enticing enough, the drive to Willow Point Resort from Austin is very scenic. Around the end of November, you’ll catch the last of the leaves changing into their beautiful autumnal colors. The festive Thanksgiving mood will be set as you pull up to Willow Point Resort.
2) No need to cook or clean
Cornbread, crescent rolls, squash casserole, roasted turkey, pumpkin pie… we love to eat it, but we hate to clean it up. There are few things worse on Thanksgiving Day than the towering stack of dishes that await you once the festivities have ended.
Now imagine enjoying all these delectable dishes and rolling straight into bed afterwards. No need to clean. Just you, your full stomach, and your soft sheets. What a dream!
How do you make this happen? Make a reservation for a Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant instead of cooking at home.
At Willow Point Resort, our guests are just a short drive from many small towns with wonderful dining options. In nearby Llano, world-class barbecue, Mexican, and traditional Texan restaurants attract people from across the state. The cute town is located on the Llano River and is ideal for a large Thanksgiving meal followed by a riverside stroll.
More so, Burnet is also home to a selection of restaurants, ranging from cafes to fine dining. You’re guaranteed to find one that suits your Thanksgiving needs. Many locations offer special holiday menus around Thanksgiving as well, so you’ll likely find a big turkey feast on the menu.
Enjoying your Texas Thanksgiving at Willow Point Resort not only means that nobody needs to clean the dishes, but no one needs to fight over who is stuck in the kitchen cooking. Instead, all the family can sit together and enjoy each other’s company. Rather than spend all morning with the oven, you can spend it with your in-laws.
3) Keep your home clean and tidy
To go along with not cooking or cleaning, spending your Thanksgiving at Willow Point Resort also means your house stays clean and tidy.
Everyone knows that no matter how many table cloths you put down, plastic cups you use, or guest rules you set, the carpet still gets stained, a glass dish breaks, or a trouble maker eats his melting cone of ice cream on the new couch. It’s nearly impossible to avoid these messes around the holidays.
Treating yourself to a Thanksgiving away from home means you find your house exactly how you left it. When you return from the vacation, you can immediately get back into the groove of day-to-day life instead of scrubbing the carpets for a whole week.
At Willow Point Resort, we take care of the mess so that you can focus on quality family time.
Gather the entire family at the peaceful lakeside
Thanksgiving is often associated with food, football and family gatherings. The family gets together at someone’s home, the parents catch up over wine and the kids escape to someone’s room to play the newest release of Madden NFL. No one sees them again until someone calls out “who wants pumpkin pie?”. If this sounds a lot like your Thanksgiving, then you’ll appreciate how Willow Point Resort can change this tradition.
Willow Point Resort is located on the beautiful Lake Buchanan. This 22,000-acre body of water is the largest in the Texas Hill Country and offers an array of activities to visitors.
A few of the most popular ones include fishing, boating, jet skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Willow Point Resort rents a wide range of equipment so that guests can enjoy all that Lake Buchanan has to offer.
If you’re searching for things to do over your Texas Thanksgiving Break, instead of sitting inside all day, get the whole family around a peaceful lake where you can take advantage of the following benefits:
1) Enjoy quality time
It’s easy to get stuck in front of the TV on Thanksgiving. Not only are the football games exciting, but the post-turkey-coma has got you curled up in a ball on the couch. Maybe it feels like there’s just nothing better to do around the house. Regardless of the reasoning, you miss out on quality time that could be spent getting active with the family.
You need a change of setting. By spending your Texas Thanksgiving Break on a peaceful lake, you open yourself up to countless activities that will get you off the couch and out laughing with your family.
Whether it’s a father-son fishing date, a sibling canoe race around the lake, or a sharing of stories around the campfire, we provide numerous settings that foster deep connections with your loved ones.
2) Kids can play outside instead of using technology
At Willow Point Resort, kids can roam and play outside in a safe and fun environment. Not only do we offer a handful of lake activities, but kids can play soccer, basketball, volleyball or tetherball at one of our outdoor courts. More so, our Club House has ping pong, foosball, a pool table, and board games.
With all the options, no one will be asking where their cellphone or game console is. Instead of staring at a screen all week, the family will be outside playing together and making lasting memories.
Start of new traditions
Most of us have many traditions we associate with Thanksgiving. Whether its driving the whole family to Grandma’s house for a big feast, watching the Dallas Cowboys beat their competition, or making that world-famous pecan pie, it can feel weird to make other plans.
However, starting new traditions allows your family to strengthen their bond in different ways. Out with the old, in with the new. These fresh experiences will stand out in your memory and offer your family something to reminisce on and laugh about for years to come.
Plus, if you love the sound of zero dishes, no cooking, and paddle boarding with your family every morning, you’ve got to let go of certain traditions and make room for new (even better) ones.
When you can’t fathom Thanksgiving without your homemade turkey dinner…
If your first thought after reading all the amazing perks of a Texas Thanksgiving away from home was I want all that relaxation, but I also need my homemade turkey and mashed potatoes—don’t worry, you can have it all!
Our private lake cabin rentals offer the same amenities of a home. They come fully equipped to cook dinner with a stove/oven, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, refrigerator, sharp knives, cooking utensils, dishes and tableware. More so, each cabin comes with a picnic table and charcoal grill out front and BBQ tools.
If you’re Texas Thanksgiving plans include a big family reunion, our Crockett Meeting Hall is also available to rent and seats up to 100 people. The room includes a full kitchen, private bathroom, and AC/heat. You can cook your Grandma’s famous turkey recipe for all the in-laws and enjoy the lakeside perks too.
How to book your Thanksgiving away from home
Give us a call at (512) 793-5000 or use our online booking system to reserve your spot at Willow Point Resort.
We look forward to celebrating a perfect Texas Thanksgiving with you soon!
Gwen & Bryan Carpenter