Love in the HillsWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Omni Barton Creek
Austin: Down-Home Luxury
When choosing a destination for your wedding away, one important factor that might not immediately come to mind is overall vibe. Frequent travelers know it’s possible to form a special connection to a particular place and its people. Finding a destination wedding location where you feel at home and at ease with your surroundings and the wedding professionals on-site is invaluable. One such destination that boasts a unique and powerful vibe, is Austin, Texas.
Creative types have flocked to the “Live Music Capital of the World” for years, but Austin has more than just music. There’s a strong culinary scene, quintessential Southern hospitality and, of course, the locals’ sense of pride in their city. Austinites’ creative drive and desire to uphold their city’s reputation carries over into everything they do – including hosting special events like destination weddings. If you’re a couple who is looking for these key characteristics (great food, friendly people and world-class entertainment) but still like to enjoy the finer things in life, then Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa may be just the ticket.
This high-end, Hill Country resort reopened in spring 2019 after a complete renovation. The property was purchased by Omni Hotels & Resorts in 2013 with the intention of Barton Creek being the new flagship location for the brand. As a result, no expense was spared in the total overhaul of the resort, its clubhouse, fitness facilities and event spaces. Located 20-minutes outside downtown Austin, Omni Barton Creek guests will find 493 guest rooms and suites, four pools, four championship golf courses, a state-of-the-art spa, and over 76,000 square-feet of event space – all spread across 4,000 scenic, sprawling acres.
In the past, Barton Creek has been primarily known for its world-class golf and booming real estate market. Omni sought to bring the resort up-to-snuff…to be worthy of its golf courses and ritzy zip code. The resort’s décor embraces the locale (a’la Austin limestone at every turn), but maintains an upscale, neutral palette – perfect for any wedding backdrop. The event spaces run the gamut, both in size and style. The chic Brazos Ballroom caters to very large events, the indoor/outdoor Hill Country Pavilion is picture-perfect in the heart of the resort, and The Rock House is a private, rustic option. It’s not surprising Omni Barton Creek’s events calendar is competitive, and it’s important you book your wedding well in advance.
The Texas Hill Country outside of Austin and Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa really do offer the best of both worlds – access to one of the country’s entertainment capitals and a scenic backdrop with Southern service worthy of even the most high-end of events.
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