Get Lost In The Pines Of Central Texas

A 400-acre resort provides a respite from city living, a unique getaway among the loblollies.

By Haven LindseyFebruary 13, 2020 1:19 pm,

Isolated on a 13-mile stretch of land in Central Texas, stands a forest of pine trees known as loblollies. Because this unique trees are located more than 100 miles away from their closest genetic match, the loblolly pines are often referred to as ‘the lost pines.’

One way to lose yourself in the pines is to stand on a wooden platform more than 100 feet over the forest and jump off – with a harness and helmet of course. Zip Lost Pines has an intricate system of pulleys and weights. And you’ll grow more enthusiastic and confident after each zip.

With an 18-hole championship golf course, full spa, tennis courts, swimming pools and a lazy river, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is a popular respite from city living. The resort does a great job of embodying the Texas spirit without being kitschy. Country music plays on the speakers and a portion of its more than 400 acres is dedicated to a small sampling of Texas livestock.

The immensely popular Lost Pines Corral provides guests the opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with the two longhorn steers who live on the property along with alpacas, minihorses, goats and a pig named Beans – who loves belly rubs.

The resort has a number of places to eat, and due to the temperate climate, it’s almost always possible to eat al fresco. The standout among the resort’s restaurants is its signature steakhous,e Stories Fine Dining. It also offers some of the finest fish and seafood and delicious homemade bread and sweet butter with truffle oil.

Before heading home, be sure to make a stop at the Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Company located nearby on Texas-71. The family-owned operation produces and sells five varieties of pecans that are the highest quality you’ll find anywhere. On the off-chance Berdoll is closed, you can buy pecans and homemade pies from the customized vending machine that sits on the front porch.

You can learn more about these and other Texas destinations in the travel issue of Texas Lifestyle magazine.