A non-comprehensive guide to places to visit and things to see in the Lake Travis-Westlake area.
Hippie Hollow’s policy states that entry to the park is restricted to people 18 years of age and older. This is largely because the destination is known as the only clothing-optional public park in Texas. The park is open rain or shine, but several activities are prohibited, including camping, fireworks, glass containers, ground fires and public display consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. Hippie Hollow generally reaches capacity during holiday weekends, and once critical mass is reached the park closes. Pets are not allowed, but Hippie Hollow includes habitat for federally protected species, including the black-capped vireo and the golden-cheeked warbler. The cost to visit is $5-$15 per vehicle
7000 Comanche Trail, Austin
Hamilton Pool preserve
Despite its popularity, Hamilton Pool Preserve remains a pristine swimming and hiking spot. It takes about 30 minutes to hike to the pool from the parking lot, so sturdy shoes are recommended because of the steep and rugged quarter-mile trail that leads to the water. Due to the volume of people wanting to swim at Hamilton Pool, reservations must be made in advance, and time slots include a morning reservation period from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and an afternoon slot from 2-6 p.m. Reservations must be made online and include an $11 credit card charge plus a $15-per-vehicle charge in cash for an entrance permit upon arrival at the preserve.
24300 Hamilton Pool Road,
The Oasis on lake travis
Given its unique architecture, lakeside views and general vacation vibe, The Oasis on Lake Travis remains a popular destination in western Travis County. The facility is massive and contains restaurants and live music concerts. While waiting for a table, patrons can grab a drink from one of many bars on location, play some games at the arcade or walk through an on-site sculpture garden. The Oasis bills itself as the “Sunset Capital of Texas,” which is supported by the fact that the top of every page on its website lists the exact minute the sun will set. The Oasis also contains space that is available to book for private events. Call or check out the website for costs for various events and promotions.
6550 Comanche Trail, Austin
“No Bad Days”: That’s the catchphrase for Poodie’s Roadhouse in Spicewood. A look at the Poodie’s calendar shows the establishment features live music pretty much every day of the week, and most days has more than one show on the bill. Since its inception Poodie’s has hosted some legendary acts, including Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker and Asleep at the Wheel. Check online or call for cover charges for live music.
22308 W. Hwy. 71, Spicewood