Family, spa and golf--La Cantera Style!

LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | 8/31/2011, 2:50 p.m.
In the first part of our Texas Hill Country adventure at the Westin La Cantera...
Family, spa and golf--La Cantera Style!

I oohed and aahed during my lavender vanilla sugar body scrub. Other spa menu items include the Texas herb body polish, cactus hydration body wrap, Hill Country hydrotherapy massage, Castle Rock stone works and full pedicures and manicures, as well as a variety of refreshing and cleansing facials.

To keep up my home workout routine-and to keep the pounds at bay from all the delicious cuisine and cocktails I was enjoying-I started each day at the resort's fitness center. This 7,600-square-foot cardio and weight training fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment, free weights, balls, mats, flat-screen TVs and panoramic views of the pool area and golf courses.

If you'd rather exercise your muscles alfresco, try the La Cantera Nature Experience. Winding around a portion of the resort and designed to highlight but not disturb the natural landscape, the 1.5-mile trail features a variety of plant habitats, rock formations, wildlife and pathways, with trailhead markers and descriptive signage along the way.


Ranked as one of the "Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S." by Conde Nast Traveler and included among the "Top 75 Golf Resorts in America by Golf Digest, it is no wonder that golf is one of the resort's biggest draws.

Avid golfers here will find two exceptional courses: the Resort Course at La Cantera and the Palmer Course at La Cantera. Set amidst limestone rock outcroppings, natural water features, magnificent live oak trees, rippling streams and 75 dramatic, white sand bunkers, the Resort Course at La Cantera includes five sets of tees on each hole to accommodate every player's skill level.

Designed by golf legend and award-winning course designer Arnold Palmer and the Arnold Palmer Design Company, the Palmer Course at La Cantera is a stunning championship course. Featuring a majestic landscape and beautiful views, the course is widely recognized for one of the course's signature holes, No. 4, which features a long carry over a lake and waterfalls along the front of the green. Hole No. 18, according to the resort, "is a spectacular finale that plays slightly up and then to an 80-foot downhill slope, providing incredible views of the clubhouse and a lake fed by waterfalls."

To strengthen your game there is the Academy at La Cantera, a custom-designed learning center with a variety of entities to help you take your skills to the next level.

In between all of the action on the greens, golfers and resort guests can dine at one of two delightful restaurants. Overlooking the 18th green, the Palmer Grille offers a continental breakfast and lunch daily. For a uniquely Texan culinary experience with a contemporary Southwestern flair, try the La Cantera Grille. The cuisine there is amazing, including their special barbecue lunch from the pit (brisket, ribs, smoked turkey and chicken, "borracho beans," homemade potato salad and the like). Whether enjoying a pre-golf breakfast, leisurely or business lunch or an intimate dinner for two, the La Cantera Grille fits the bill either indoors or on their inviting patio with magnificent views of the manicured practice area.

In our next foray, we're checking out what to see and do in and around the La Cantera Resort.