Imagine all the amenities of a charter cruise: days of scuba diving and nights of wine-paired dinners overlooking a sunset, crystal stemware and marble bars. Now, imagine this experience for just your family or a few close friends. Lake Travis’ river-rock bottom means clear waters, quiet coves, and dozens of waterfront restaurants with dock access—an environment that seems custom-made for luxurious vacations on yacht-style houseboats. When event planning begins with renting a houseboat, the evening (or week) is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
Vacationing via houseboat is one way that people from nearby Steiner Ranch to Travis Country can experience a bit of decadence and relaxation while staying close to home. On board a luxury houseboat, there are amenities that will please everyone. Most offer satellite TVs, internet radios, whirlpool baths and barbeque pits—some even include snorkeling equipment, fishing reels, and water skis with rentals. Luxury houseboats often can sleep 10 or more guests, depending on preference, offering queen and king-sized beds with high thread count and style. Spacious decks invite guests to languid afternoons of tanning or rowdy, late-night Hold ‘Em tournaments (no neighbors to disturb here).
Houseboats enable guests to satisfy their itch for adventuring, as well. With over 300 miles of coastline, Lake Travis’ shores are dotted with upscale marinas, restaurants, waterparks, and country clubs that turn a satisfying cruise into a rewarding quest.
Cast off for the adventure at Emerald Point Marina, traveling a few miles before an afternoon break at The Reserve Country Club. Spend the afternoon at their swim-up bar or sally forth to Windy Point Scuba Park, where sunken boats, underwater sculptures, and pecan groves will captivate visitors for hours. Wind down the evening with a home-cooked dinner and icy beers, or dock at a lakeside restaurant like Carlos and Charlie’s or The Oasis before calling it a night.
All things considered, a luxury houseboat is much like an Austin luxury home on the water. Those who appreciate a refined lifestyle – or who want a weekend away from it all – will do well showing their friends the very best of Austin from the docks of a private houseboat.
Talk to the following local companies about renting a houseboat on Lake Travis this summer. Or, talk to Austin Realtor Brian Talley about this area’s best homes if interested in starting an Austin home search near Lake Travis.