Sonesta Bee Cave | A Fantastic Hotel Stay In Austin, Texas
We’ve always wanted to explore the Texas wineries close to Austin, Texas and last weekend we finally had the chance to. When Sonesta Bee Cave reached out to us asking if we’d like to partner with them in an effort to share all of the fun and exciting things to do in the Bee Cave area, we were 100% in!
Austin is one of our favorite cities and we’re always excited to spend a weekend there exploring all that it has to offer. That being said, besides eating at Blue Dahlia (love!) we haven’t spent much time in Bee Cave and the surrounding area.
We’re always up for a weekend road trip, especially ones that include winery visits, so we booked our stay and started our research right away!
Bee Cave is close to Dripping Springs and Driftwood, which both have fantastic Texas wineries and breweries. We decided to go the Driftwood route since our parents were joining in on the fun and driving up from San Antonio. We visited Duchman Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, and Jester King Brewery. All worth going to again!
While driving up to Sonesta Bee Cave we were surrounded with the most beautiful views of the Texas Hill Country! We were greeted by a very nice doorman and the checkin process was a breeze. Also, we must note how fantastic their lobby is. We love the modern Texas aesthetic, which was very warm and inviting and even boasts a beautiful grand piano!
Our room on the 4th floor was a nice size for just the two of us and we really liked the Texas artwork adorning the walls. Our window overlooked the pool and showcased stunning views of the Texas Hill Country. Within walking distance, there’s Hill Country Galleria, a huge complex of more than 100 stores and restaurants and an outdoor amphitheater. Our favorites at Hill Country Galleria include Milk & Honey Spa, LOFT for shopping, and everyone was talking about how awesome the food is at Cafe Blue.
When traveling, we like to pack our own toiletries and LATHER all natural toiletries are some of our favorites and come in the perfect travel pack. Nice to note the hotel also had L’occitane toiletries along with Aqua Panna water bottles.
Meridian 98 | Sonesta Bee Cave
After taking a couple of pictures and changing into our dinner outfits we headed to Meridian 98 – a farm to table restaurant that’s at the top of the hotel and offers panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country along with seasonal dishes that are locally sourced from Texas farmers and fishermen. No worries if you aren’t staying at the hotel because Meridian 98 is open to everyone and the views alone make the drive to Sonesta Bee Cave worth the trip!
We invited some of our best friends who live in Austin to join us and they absolutely loved it saying the views at Meridian 98 are definitely some of the best in Austin! It’s a beautiful, romantic setting and little did we know then when we were toasting to our friendship Ben was going to ask his sweet girlfriend Shannon to marry him the very next day! Speaking of celebrations, Meridian 98 has a fantastic wine list, many of our favorites were on the menu.
If you’re traveling for business, with family or friends and are looking for a nice, comfortable hotel close to the Texas Hill Country where you’re able to visit award-winning Texas wineries just a short drive away, Sonesta Bee Cave Austin is a fantastic choice! It’s also only 20 minutes from downtown Austin.
Wineries Near Austin
- Bell Springs Winery (on our list of wineries to visit next time!)
- Stone House Vineyard
- Hawk’s shadow
- West Cave Cellars
- Solara Estate
- El Gaucho
- Fall Creek Winery (review coming soon!)
- Duchman Winery
- Driftwood Estate Winery
What To Do Around Bee Cave Austin
- Eat at The Oasis (amazing view of the lake and there’s a brewery next door) or Steiner Ranch Steakhouse has amazing views, great food, and an awesome patio with live music
- Visit Jester King Brewery
- Have fun on Lake Travis and take a boat out on the water
- Shop, dine, workout and spa at the Hill Country Galleria
- Visit the nearby award-winning wineries
While checking out, we were happy to see a selection of fresh hot coffee to wake us up before driving down to San Antonio. But if it’s a coffeeshop you’re looking for, they also have Bee Cave Coffee Company right next door within walking distance at the Hill Country Galleria.
Have any favorite wineries, breweries or restaurants in the area? Let us know in the comments below!
Emily & Barbara
Many thanks to Sonesta Bee Cave for hosting us!