A peaceful escape into the hill country exists just one hour from Austin – did you know that? I have to admit, I originally set out to The Alexander at Creek Road for solely business purposes. I was supposed to take photos of the property and write a blog, but what I got out of it was so much more.
Thank you so much, Michelle and Matt, for inviting me and Brian to stay in your new Treehouse Suites! While I did stay for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Brian and I drove out to Dripping Springs on Saturday afternoon, ready to stay at The Alexander’s new “Treehouse Suites.” Turning off Creek Road onto the property, we saw several horses and cattle – we clearly weren’t in Austin anymore. The Alexander has a beautiful barn event space for weddings up to 200 and several cottage-style lodging spaces. I can only imagine how beautiful weddings are out there! You could rent the whole complex out and have about 40 people staying overnight with you (family reunion, anyone?).
After meeting with Michelle and Matt at the main office, we checked into the “Charlie,” named after their granddaughter. Other Treehouse Suites are named after their daughters, son, and son-in-law. The Alexander is truly a family affair (more on that in a second). There are four Treehouse Suites in total and, typically, they are rented all together sleeping 10-12 people for at least two nights at a time. However, single reservations may be available shortly before your desired date.
All of the treehouses have incredible hill country views! We popped into a few of them to see the variety. In addition to the beautiful views, all the treehouses have restrooms, coffee bars, small TVs, refrigerators, and excellent air conditioning. They’re extremely comfortable – quiet, private, and cozy. It’s just you and the hill country.
Brian and I walked around the property a bit to see the other cottages. There are three small cabins that share a common fire pit ring in the center. They sleep 2-4 depending on the cabin. There’s also a larger modern farmhouse that sleeps 4-6. If you’re coming with a larger crew, the Country House is a full-sized house that sleeps 10 (3bed/3bath). If you’re interested in more information, I’m linking their lodging one-pager here.
Finally, there’s Windsong Barn, the focal point of the property. The barn was built by Matt and the rest of the family, one board at a time. It’s incredible to think that (besides framing, electrical, and plumbing), this barn was built by hand. It gives it such a personal feeling – like they’re opening up their home to you! There’s a beautiful grass area behind the barn, complete with tables, chairs, and a fire pit. The string lights really set the mood in the evening. Out the large barn doors, there’s a massive oak tree (the most popular wedding alter location). A short walk along the path leads you to the meadow alter space.
Inside, the barn is bright and airy. The wall-length windows bring the hill country in. Upstairs, there’s a bridal suite and downstairs, there’s a kitchen for catering.
The most magical times at The Alexander happen at sunset and sunrise. Brian and I brought some wine with us and sat on the treehouse deck whiles the sun went down. We used their Bluetooth speakers to put on some music and talked the night away. It was a rejuvenation I didn’t know I needed. I think the country has that effect. Yes, there’s wifi out there, but… maybe don’t use it? Once the sunset, we realized you could see stars! We laid on the cement by Windsong Barn and stargazed until bedtime. NOTE: There’s no food at The Alexander, so plan accordingly. Pack yourself a little picnic! We went into town for breakfast tacos the next morning.
In the morning, I snuck out to photograph the sunrise. It was incredibly beautiful. It’s so quiet out there, just you, the bugs humming, and the cows mooing.
To sum up my review, Michelle and Matt have created a beautiful hill country retreat perfect for:
- A wedding, family reunion, or any other gathering of up to 200 people. It would be so fun to rent out the whole space, light the fire pits, and enjoy the company of your favorite people. 40 can sleep overnight at The Alexander if the whole complex is rented out.
- A personal escape. Brian and I were able to unwind, relax, and just be in the moment with each other. With our crazy schedules, it was amazing to spend quality time together without distraction. It wasn’t said, but was mutually understood, “We have to do this more often.”
Thanks again for having us out, Michelle and Matt! We will for sure be back the next time we need a relaxing weekend.