It’s easy to immerse yourself in nature at Travaasa Austin, nestled in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve of the Texas Hill Country. Try sunrise yoga, take a Texas two-step lesson, try your hand at a mechanical bullriding class or sample the award-winning spa. You’ll have worked up an appetite for the gourmet food like seared quail with fennel-shallot confit or a poblano pepper stuffed with achitoe quinoa. Travaasa, which translates to the word “travel” merged with the Sanskrit word “pravaasa,” meaning journey, bills itself as an experiential resort, and we wholeheartedly agree. Just a half-hour from Austin proper, guests feel as if they’ve been transported to a luxuriously secluded retreat that is anything but ordinary.