Kicking Off Summer With a Bang…and Puke

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I’ll admit, while my heart loves summer time, it also brings more stress than I wish along with the bountiful servings of shave ice, sun tans, and pool days. I want to be all-in on summer time fun with the kids, but our work doesn’t stop because the calendar has turned to June, so it isn’t as simple as logging off for three months. The summer months are a constance balance (or attempt at balance) of fun, play, summer camps, work, and of course my favorite part, summer family trips.


To celebrate the beginning of summer we decided to leave work and chores behind and take a bit of a road trip to San Antonio to go all-in on family fun for the weekend at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort. We usually go to the similar Hyatt Lost Pines Resort near Austin for our points-fueled weekend getaways, but this property is an amazing points value as a Category 4 Hyatt where you can use your Category 1-4 Hyatt nights or just 15,000 points per night for an award stay, so we decided to switch things up a bit and head here instead. It has been about four years since our last visit, so we were excited to play in their shady lazy river, sandy beach area, and on their FlowRider and big water slide.

The only problem with this otherwise solid plan was getting to the resort. Hyatt Lost Pines is a very doable three hour drive from our home, but this trip rang in at close to six hours…which is very different with two young girls than three hours. Let’s just say that between the painful traffic, the baby puking all over herself in the car seat, and logging the longest stretch of time we have all had in the car at once since the littlest was born, getting here was not pleasant. If you want to see what that experience was like….(no puke photos I promise), head to my Instastory.

Otherwise, here is a sneak peek at our time at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort. I promise lots more details to come soon in case you are considering a similar summer trip.

Now we just have to decide if we are going to cross our fingers that the toddler doesn’t again get car sick on the way home, or have her and I burn miles to jump on a plane tomorrow and meet the rest of the crew back in Houston!

I’d love to know how your family is kicking off summer!?

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  1. Nice oversharing. Glad to see you can get away. Summer is our off season as we prefer to travel to Europe and well overcrowded Euro sites aren’t that much fun. Between business travels that my wife and I do so much of we managed to fit in a visit to Las Vegas this last weekend. It’s interesting to travel and fly on “amateur days” and adding Vegas to the mix is even more interesting. Good news is we got upgraded (even as a lowly AA Gold) so maybe travel on holidays isn’t all bad since the big elites are at home 🙂
    Not being a huge casino fan we stayed at a Holiday Inn Express near the strip. We spent most of the late afternoons sleeping by the pool in the sun. Visited a bunch of tourist sites like Hoover Dam, Pinball Hall of Fame, Shelby Heritage center, etc. Not a bad get away.

  2. Six hours from Houston to SA is crazy! We live in SA and although traffic here has gotten worse, it must of been getting out of H-town. 😉 Never have stayed at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort, might have to do a stay-cation when our almost 1 year gets a tad older. She did great on her first flight to North Carolina at 9 months, but the return was tough 🙁

    • It was crazy! I didn’t come from Houston exactly. Dropped the dog at her “resort” off 105 and came that way. Took forever getting through little towns like Giddings and then traffic was bad starting just south of New Braunfels. Had to also pick husband up at SAT, too. The last 30 miles took close to two hours. It was crazy! Will go home I-10 and pray it is much faster.

      • Well kick up your heels and enjoy that lazy river. Next time just stay on toll road to Seguin, and backtrack to SAT. Probably faster if anywhere near rush hour. They really screwed up not making the toll road a straight shot from ATX to SA.

        • I thought strongly about toll but gps kept saying it was slower. I’m not so sure….worst part was SAT to Hyatt, but we are here now and weather has mostly cooperated so all good!

  3. In the middle of vacation right now, it’s 5 am in Osaka and can’t sleep but kids are down! Left 30 minutes after school ended last Friday, stayed in LA and hit up Disneyland, then went to Tokyo for several days and another Disneyland. Also saw pandas at the zoo. (Plus all types of other cool stuff and lots of food in Tokyo.) Going to Universal studios Osaka on Monday.

  4. Better luck on the drive home. Oh, the puking in a car. Can’t say I miss those days!

    We’re on a road trip from our home in Colorado to Wyoming, Idaho (following the Oregon Trail in great detail), California (including Lake Tahoe and Lassen Volcanic National Park), Nevada (including Great Basin National Park) and Utah. This is without any children, as ours are grown. As I typed this, I am thinking it’s a trip Grandpa and Grandma Points would enjoy!

    Not much travel hacking here, other than trying to optimize current hotel promotions and strategize elite stays where we can, and staying at Best Westerns and LaQuintas when that’s the only game in town.

    However, I am going to Hong Kong in July on a quasi-mileage run, and will also be using my free Hyatt and IHG credit card nights!

  5. 6 hours!! Wow. Looking forward to your review especially differences between the 2 hotels for us Texas people. We are in Cypress and are staying Lost Pines again this summer – its an easy 2 hours for us. I really thought about Hill Country since it is Cat 4 but they don’t open the CL lounge as often as Hill Country (I think only July), and they don’t have a ping pong or pool table which the kids love. Funny I saw your pic first of the Flow Rider before reading anything and thought “she must be at Hyatt Hill Country” :).

    • There is actually a couple of pool tables in one of the bars. It’s on the second floor of the building that has the buffet restaurant in it, so it is somewhat hidden. Our kids (and many others) have been in there in the early evening, maybe 5pm-7pm, with no issues.

      We usually hit both Lost Pines and Hill Country Hyatt a couple of times each summer. We love Lost Pines, but once you are there, it isn’t easy to leave. The pool and lazy river get really hot in July/August. We were there mid-July last year and it wasn’t refreshing. Hyatt Hill Country is more shaded, so nicer for mid-summer. We also like that there are restaurants within a 5 minute drive of the resort.

      • Yes, the location of the Hill Country Resort is MUCH better if you don’t want to stay on property the whole time. That said, the food at Hill Country is not very good, so it isn’t ideal if you want to just stay there and not leave for a few days. All depends what you are looking for. Great water park area though!

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