Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about visiting the CRC.
When planning your wellness retreat, it’s good to know what to expect, what to bring, and what to leave at home. Consider us your caring country concierge! If the answer to your question isn’t included below, please reach out to us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Do you have Wi-Fi and internet service?
Yes and no. Wi-Fi is available in the lodge and the main office, but the cabins and the cottage do not currently offer internet service. While we understand the need to stay connected, we also want to support your efforts to unplug, unwind and connect with yourself and nature. Phone service is also patchy in some areas, depending on your service provider. Prepare for a digital detox during your visit, knowing that our staff will help you in every way possible.
Will I be able to watch television?
In keeping with our desire to support guests in their quest to connect with the natural world, there are no televisions in the cabins, or the cottage. However, the television in the lodge is available for your viewing entertainment.
What kind of clothing should I bring?
We recommend that you check the weather forecast the week before your visit, as Texas Hill Country weather can be a bit unpredictable. We enjoy a mild Mediterranean climate, with Spring and Fall being the most popular times to visit. Generally speaking, the summers are hot and muggy; the winters are short, cold, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year-round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 95°F and it is rarely below 30°F or above 100°F. Please dress accordingly!
Do I need to bring linens?
There is no need to bring any linens or towels with you; we provide everything you need.
What do I do about food? Is there a grocery store nearby?
We provide a big country breakfast, which is included in the price of your room. We do not provide lunch or dinner, but the downtown Bandera area is a short 10-minute drive. There you will find a nice selection of restaurants and a grocery store. Every room has a mini fridge where you can store perishable items for your stay. You are also free to bring food to grill and there is a microwave in the centrally-located lodge for your convenience.
Is firewood included (for the fire pit)?
Our general manager, Eileen, is a retired Houston firefighter, so she is the queen of all things fire-related on the property. You may bring firewood if you like, but please do not start a fire for any purpose without discussing it with Eileen first.
What about bug spray, sunscreen and hats?
The ranch is, well, a ranch! So please bring your favorite bug repellant, sunscreen and hat. If you forget, these items are easy to find in the local downtown area.
Is there a swimming pool?
Yes, we have a swimming pool and lounge area—and we encourage our guests to enjoy it, weather permitting—so please pack your bathing suit. There is no lifeguard on duty, however, so please swim and play responsibly.
What do I need to pack to be comfortable?
After you review the weather forecast prior to your visit, pack accordingly, based on your personal preferences. If you plan on going horseback riding, please bring a pair of pants and closed-toe shoes. You may also want to bring hiking boots or athletic shoes for exploring our 230 acres.
Do I need to book activities prior to arriving?
There are many wonderful, fun activities for the entire family to enjoy here at the CRC and nearby area, including river rafting, wine tasting, mountain biking and horseback riding. We do recommend that you book your experience beforehand, just in case. Let us know how we can help.
If I’m attending a meditation or yoga retreat, do I need to bring my own sitting cushions and yoga mats or are these available?
Please check with the program advisor for your specific event, as the answer to this question will vary.
What are you doing to address COVID-19?
We follow all state-mandated rules related to the current pandemic and book rooms to ensure social distancing is built in.
Do you have a question that isn’t on our list? Please let us know!