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The Crystal River Inn
Side view of the lodge
Bandera Lodge Waterfall

Bandera Riverside Lodge

Physical location: 615 Highland Waters Rd., Bandera, Texas
Postal address: Cathy and Mike Dillon, 1000 Burleson San Marcos, Texas 78666
Email address: 512 353-3248/ fax 512 396-6311/mobile and emergency 512 787-6294 or 512 395-7035

The Bandera Riverside Lodge is our favorite place in the world, a charming but unapologetically rustic lodge located about 5 miles from the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, Bandera. The house is actually two comfortable vintage buildings, built in the early thirties and full of character.

The main house has central air/heat, and a master bedroom with king size bed, plus a sun porch with two trundle (i.e. four twin or two king) beds. The guest apartment—adjacent to the main house--features two bedrooms, one king and one queen, with another bath. In total, the property sleeps ten, although because of the unique floor plan, it's equally appropriate for just a single couple. It is perfect for family getaways and vacation weeks, or for several friends just getting "out of town" for the weekend. It can be rented for a month at a time, and during the Covid shutdown, a few city dwellers did just that. (As of November 2020, Bandera remains one of the most virus-free counties in Texas.) We prefer to limit occupancy to 6 at any given time, although we’re willing to discuss it.

The house is on three acres of land about 5 miles from town, on the edge of a hill sloping down to the clear and sparkling Medina River. Winding stone steps lead down to the water, so that tubing, canoeing, fishing, and swimming are truly right on the property. (Because of the river access stairs, the lodge isn’t ideal for the mobility-impaired, elderly, or for toddlers so ask for details before booking.) The three acres are flat except for the riverside hill--great for games, wildlife watching, and stargazing. It has fireplaces in both kitchen and living room, outdoor chimney-style barbecue pit, swing set and sandbox, and a magnificent view.

Nearby Bandera is pure Texas fun with its cowboy dance halls, rodeos, horses, hunting, and hayrides. It is only about an hour to any of the following popular tourist destinations: Garner State Park, Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, Schlitterbahn, Lost Maples, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, and San Antonio. There’s a LOT to do and see! Or, take heed of the patio plaque that says “On this site in 1893, nothing happened”--to just kick back and watch the river.

2020-21 prices are $175 per weekday, or $450 per weekend, or $950 per week, plus 12% hotel tax. Some surcharges (for occupancy in excess of 6 people, for pets, and for excess butane usage in the winter) may apply; and if available at all, holiday, hunting season, and bike rally periods are always higher. Please note, Bed and Breakfast services are not available at the river house; it is a vacation rental where household duties are all up to the renters. Guests with more time to spend in the Hill Country often enjoy the experience of staying in both the Crystal River Inn and the Riverside Lodge. Ask us for an itinerary quote that includes each property.

***Please note that Bandera Hideaway is not officially part of the Inn; it is Mike and Cathy's private residence. Many policies differ from the inn's, including payment and cancellation policies. To avoid problems, please be absolutely clear on these at the time of booking. The property cannot be booked online. Call Cathy directly at 512 787- 6294 to book or make inquiries.

Max 6 Guests

1 King Bed




The Crystal River Inn

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326 West Hopkins
San Marcos, Texas 78666