Imagine an eternally sun-kissed landscape blanketed by delicate bluebonnets and colorful and abundant wildflowers. A place where, for a moment, you feel as though you’re living in a painting brought to life.
Picture an environment surrounded by the warm and calming waters of rivers and lakes, where the pace of life is less rushed, and it feels like you’re on a never-ending holiday. Beyond a place, Kingsland, Texas, is a way of life where leisure and relaxation reign supreme.
Kingsland is nestled in the breathtaking Texas Hill Country in eastern Llano County. Found at the confluence of the Colorado River and the Llano River, which combine to form Lake LBJ, this hidden gem is brimming with exceptional opportunities to experience memorable outdoor adventures.
Fun in the sun at Lake LBJ
As a top vacation destination in Texas, Lake LBJ allows visitors to enjoy various fun and exciting water activities. Dating back to 1950, the lake is located just 45 miles northwest of Austin and serves as a reservoir on the Colorado River within the Texas Hill Country.
Lake LBJ begins in Kingsland and follows the river for 21 miles into Horseshoe Bay. Once known as Lake Granite Shoals, the lake’s name was changed in 1965 to honor President Lyndon B. Johnson, who once owned a ranch on the lake.
One top thing to do on your visit to the lake is to stop by Sunrise Beach, a shallow sandbar in the middle of Lake LBJ. Ideal for boaters, this is a great spot to relax and enjoy the Texas sun. In the shallow waters, it’s not uncommon to see friends and families playing water games and sports.
You can’t visit Lake LBJ without taking in some fishing. You can catch largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and catfish. Each year, the lake hosts several bass-fishing tournaments. Visitors can hire fishing guides to help guide them toward catching trophy bass at any of the secret fishing holes found throughout the lake.
Enjoy learning about the lake’s history and admire the nearby wildlife with a custom cruise aboard a 21-foot pontoon boat courtesy of WorryBGone Cruises. Or, for a more personalized experience, visitors can rent a boat at Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina in nearby Granite Beach in Horseshoe Bay. Amenities include boat rentals, boat slip rentals, cabin rentals, and a bar and grill. You also can enjoy admiring many of the waterfront estates located nearby.
Golf in Kingsland
Photo courtesy of The Lighthouse Country Club
Set against a backdrop of sunshine and clear blue skies, Kingsland and Texas hill country are ideal locales for a round of golf. Here visitors can choose among two premier golf courses.
Legends at Lake LBJ is within a stunning lakeside community on Lake LBJ, and guests here can play rounds of golf on a course designed by Tom Kite, Roy Bechtol, and Randy Russell. Guests at Legends can also plan their visit around a stay at The Legends Villas, a property designed with everything needed to enjoy some rest while in Kingsland.
The Lighthouse Country Club is another option for golf enthusiasts. It features an 18-hole course on the shores of Lake LBJ and overlooks Texas hill country. Guests here also have a spectacular view of Packsaddle Mountain, one of Texas’ landmarks, commemorating the region's last major Native American battle. Another appeal of this majestic landscape is the opportunity to enjoy spectacular sunrises and awe-inspiring sunsets.
Recharge at The Antler's Inn
Photo courtesy of The Antler’s Inn
A visit to Kingsland wouldn’t be complete without a stay at The Antlers Inn. They offer historic and luxurious accommodations where guests can enjoy traditional hotel rooms with private baths, one- or two-room cabins and cottages, or train cars fully updated to accommodate overnight stays.
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Antlers Inn was built to provide passengers of the Northwestern Railroad an elegant retreat on the river. The building has wrap-around porches surrounding the hotel. Guests are free to relax and enjoy a slice of Texas history.
Guests can stroll along spacious lawns and meditative gardens while enjoying shady wooded areas nearby. The complex includes picnic tables, a fishing pier, a kayak launch, and a generally open area ideal for setting a picnic and relaxing in Kingsland.
Enjoy unique Texas treats and eats
You can’t spend a day adventure-seeking in Kingsland without working up an appetite. This hill country jewel has a variety of great spots to stop in and enjoy a cooling beverage or an energizing meal.
Whether you’re looking for a simple iced coffee and pastry or want to enjoy a hearty breakfast to conquer the day, there’s much to try in Kingsland. Start at The Place Downtown. Once known as a quaint coffee shop for the local church, this establishment has become a popular and thriving business known as an ideal spot for breakfast. Be sure not to miss their famous and delicious handmade fried pies.
You should also make time in your day to visit Lazy Heron Coffee House. This family-friendly and cozy coffee shop serves a variety of delicious brews and combinations to try. Sit back and enjoy a pastry and comforting cup of coffee as you plan your next exciting adventure in Kingsland.
Boat Town Burger Bar is a Kingsland favorite overlooking beautiful Lake LBJ. It serves delicious pub-style food and craft cocktails. Boat Town is a local favorite and hosts various events throughout the year. Its vibrant atmosphere and live music make Boat Town a great place to meet new friends and neighbors.