First look: Upscale wedding venue The Arlo coming to Texas Hill Country

The 15,000 square-foot building is located on Signal Hill Road. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)
The 15,000 square-foot building is located on Signal Hill Road. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)

The 15,000 square-foot building is located on Signal Hill Road. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)

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The 15,000 square-foot building is located on Signal Hill Road. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)
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The Arlo's large gathering room can seat up to 300 people. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)
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The Arlo's courtyard includes a fireplace and west-facing views. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)
A large white home situated at the highest point along Signal Hill Road in Southwest Austin is poised to become the newest wedding and event venue in the Texas Hill Country.••The Arlo will open in March and is booking for the 2021 and 2022 wedding season. Owned by Ron and Lisa McGuire, the couple purchased the 9-acre property in 2004, and after waiting for the right time to launch and years of planning officially broke ground in January 2020 on the new project.

McGuire, who is a Dripping Springs-based commercial and residential developer, said The Arlo offers a new kind of space for the area. While most venues in the”Wedding Capital of Texas” are rustic, he said making The Arlo feel comfortable and upscale was part of the goal.

The new construction features tall ceilings, wall-to-wall windows to let in ample natural light, and modern amenities including catering spaces and private dressing areas. “This is so different from anything else in Dripping Springs,” he said. “Most venues here are these converted old barns or houses with a rustic or industrial look. This is a more French country with a clean, contemporary twist on it.”

Although The Arlo will primarily be a wedding venue, manager Melony Rodwell said the space was built with a variety of different-sized events in mind. The 15,000-square-foot venue includes three different-sized gathering rooms, two outdoor courtyards, a large bridal suite, and a separate house for groomsmen or guests. Individual spaces can be rented for corporate events or other formal get-togethers, she said.

“The idea is really just to make the space as multifunctional as possible and to let people do with it what they want,” she said.


The mix of indoor and outdoor spaces also allows couples to adjust their events depending on the weather or the current climate with the coronavirus pandemic. Rodwell said the outdoor courtyard will be a go-to for groups hoping to social distance in the open air instead of inside.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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