Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in a vacation getaway on Lake Austin, one of seven Highland Lakes on the Colorado River. Make it your perfect escape year round amid the beautiful rolling hills and temperate climate of Texas Hill Country. Choose from a menu of boutique cabins, sophisticated lake homes, quaint bed-and-breakfast inns, luxury hotels, and even quirky, stylish tree houses in Lake Austin Vacation Rental. Live large in a five-star resort or kick back in a simple bungalow. Here is a list of the best places to stay to help you decide.

1. Mansfield Dam Area

Mansfield Dam

Taking your vacation inside city limits need not put limits on your fun and relaxation when you hole-up near the Mansfield Dam where Lake Austin begins. Check into a pet-friendly Caribbean-style bungalow or relax in style in a luxurious condo. Enjoy a lake tour on the Commodore Paddle Boat or pamper yourself with a spa day at Lake Austin Spa.

2. Tom Miller Dam Area

 Tom Miller Dam

Find a lakefront luxury home or a hotel near the southern end of the lake in the Tom Miller Dam area. Swim, fish, and unwind with majestic Texas Hill County views in the distance. Experience Tex-Mex dining in a Polynesian setting at the Hula Hut, right around the corner from the dam. Watch the kids’ eyes light up as they enjoy the tiki torches, grass-thatched bars, and thousands of colored lights.

3. Bridge Point Parkway Area

Bridge Point Parkway

Make the Bridge Point Parkway area your vacation destination for fishing, boating, hiking, and biking. Don’t miss the view from the bike lane on the Pennybacker Bridge, also called the 360 Bridge, suspended over the lake. Park on the paved lot beneath the bridge to launch your boat for a day of cruising the lake.

4. South Lamar Neighborhood

South Lamar

Express your eccentric side by vacationing in a tree house, revel in the comfort of a cozy bed-and-breakfast inn, or choose a hotel with modern amenities in the South Lamar neighborhood area that leads straight to the lake. Sip your coffee and take in the breathtaking view of the Austin skyline reflected in the lake’s smooth waters when the morning fog lifts.

5. Lakeshore Drive Neighborhood

 Lakeshore Drive

Find private condos and lake homes in the Lakeshore Drive neighborhood near the lake. Visit Red Bud Isle, a leash-free dog park in the middle of Town Lake just below Lake Austin, for a great view of the Tom Miller Dam. This is how Fluffy rolls on her vacation.

6. West Rim Neighborhood

 WakeBoarding

Looking for seclusion and privacy? Find your nirvana in the West Rim neighborhood where privacy rules and the rentals are not necessarily lined up in a row. Pick up the wakeboard, grab the towels, and head on down to the West Lake Beach, a fee-based lakeside marina with a swimming area and picnic tables.

7. Shepherd Mountain Neighborhood

 Peter Pan Mini Golf

Tuck your family away in a cozy bungalow in the Shepherd Mountain area with beautiful views of the Texas hills surrounding the city. With this as your vacation adventure epi-center, enjoy days paddleboarding on the lake or walking scenic nature trails. A must-do for the kids includes a trip to Peter Pan Mini Golf course, with 18 fun-filled holes.

8. Mt. Bonnell Road Area

 Peacock

Look for lake homes, apartments, and condos in the Mt. Bonnell Road area along the east side of the lake. Give the kids a thrill of a lifetime by taking them to nearby Mayfield park and Nature Preserve right on Lake Austin. Enjoy 21 acres of peaceful walking trails in this wildlife habitat that features free-range peacocks.

9. Glenlake Neighborhood

Glenlake

Check into a waterfront bungalow in the Glenlake area near the Emma Long Metropolitan Park for an outdoor adventure that feels like being out in the country. The park features a boat dock, BBQ pits, numerous swimming areas and 12 miles of wooded hiking trails on the lake.

10. Tarrytown Neighborhood

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Click your heels three times and say that you never want to go back home once you stay in a luxury lake home in the Tarrytown neighborhood. Picture your child and her dog relaxing on your private dock while you relax with a cold beverage. Sweet dreams make sweeter memories.