The only full-service paddling and tubing outfitter on the Colorado River in the Lower Colorado River Basin, Bastrop River Company boasts great gear and a great river – and it ultimately serves as the perfect go-to for brides, grooms, family and friends looking for a safe, convenient and good-timin’ adventure for bachelor/bachelorette parties, wedding weekend activity and more. In addition to paddling and tubing, Bastrop River Company curates unique and creative recreational opportunities with leisure outings, retreat packages and other splashy options such as SUP, kayaking, canoeing, camp/overnight paddle trips, down river island parties, moonlight paddling and more. Plus, the company docks on the river’s edge of downtown Bastrop, making it easy to find and within ideal reach of the region’s accommodations, restaurants and bars.
Special Wedding Activities
Looking for a fun outing for a bachelor or bachelorette weekend? Or a cool pre- or post-rehearsal excursion? Bone Spirits is a destination where the happy couple, friends and family can make merry and raise a glass – a shot glass or sipping glass, that is. This farm-to-bottle distillery is unique to the Lost Pines Region, roosting in the small town of Smithville, the place where hope floats eternally thanks to the film of the same name that was shot here years ago. Launched in 2010, Bones serves bliss from a bottle, whetting whistles of locals and visitors with its spirited list of spirits: Smith’s Premium Vodka, Fitch’s Goat Moonshine, Fitch’s Goal Corn Whiskey and Moody June American Gin. The distillery is a one-of-a-kind attraction – one that wedding parties and guests will both enjoy and remember (assuming they pace themselves).
Longhorns, Percheron draft horses, alpacas, mini donkeys and mini horses bring fuzzy photo ops into focus as well as four-legged fun to rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions and other happily-ever-after happenings at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. Guided by a team of mascot handlers, these creatures clean up nicely for fancy affairs – also knowing when it’s appropriate to sport something downhome but dapper. Whether it’s a longhorn meet-and-greet with photo ops in the saddle, wagon rides or hamming it up with one of our mini horses – the resort’s Lost Pines Corral crew adds a wild component to an event that’s under control, a bit unusual and a lot extraordinary. All told, when it comes to events, the Hooves and Horns team creates a whole new meaning to the idea of creature comforts for weddings.
The hustle and bustle of the big day can get overwhelming, so why not pull over and park – in a park? McKinney Roughs Nature Park offers the ideal opportunity to do just that. Located between Austin and Bastrop, the 1,100-acre park lays claim to a savvy staff of naturalists who can curate any number of nature-inspired experiences for brides, grooms, family and friends – including interpretive tours; all-ages adventure activities such as team-building, geocaching, rock climbing, zip-lining and a ropes course; and a myriad of other selections specific to flora, fauna, the land and even birds. There’s also the option to put a best foot forward with an easy, moderate or hardy hike on the park’s 18-mile trail system, which plays hide-and-seek with the Lower Colorado River and connects with Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort’s spacious backyard. McKinney Roughs is also home to a visitor’s center and diverse facility space that lends itself well to educational endeavors and catered meals before or after group activities.
When in Texas, many folks wish to enjoy all things Texas! Renegade Trailhead offers good-timin’ opportunities to embrace the many “yee haw” activities associated with the Lone Star State, among them trail rides, archery, trap shooting, bass fishing and more. The rustic, lodgelike Renegade Trailhead is located along the winding entry drive of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, and a guest shuttle is available from the resort lobby – making it easy for resort guests to come and go from their outings. Additionally, the Renegade team is happy to customize experiences for brides, grooms and their adventurous near and dear – tailoring the tried-and-true Texas experiences to the many and the few.
Spa Django at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is a destination inspired by the word django (meaning “I awake”), legendary gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the diverse musical heritage of Texas. With 18 treatment rooms and more than 50 treatments and services, Spa Django is a place designed to renew and restore the body, mind and spirit and awaken to new possibilities – perfect for brides, grooms and their guests looking to de-stress and be delighted in time for happily-ever-after hoopla. And while little ones don’t likely need de-stressing, they may welcome a distraction that can be sweetly delivered by the Wild Hare Youth Spa. Other spa-licious amenities to be enjoyed include a full-service salon, boutique, heated swimming pool, men’s and women’s locker rooms and fitness center – as well as a love lock fence, which gives couples – as well as groups of friends – the delightful and charitable way to celebrate milestones and moments.
Taking its name from both its lofty perch on the second story overlooking stands of pecan trees and the impressive literary history of Bastrop, Stories at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa features a succulent menu showcasing gourmet Texas flavors and fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that are complemented by an extensive wine list with quality selections by the bottle and by the glass. With a rich color palette, wildwood tables and vaulted ceilings, this handsome venue provides a picturesque backdrop for celebrating life’s special moments – in the restaurant’s interior space, on the roomy-and-scenic outdoor porch and inside the cozy 14-person private dining space, The Builders Room. Every aspect of Stories lends itself well to celebrating love stories (even the restaurant’s name), with options for chef’s dinners, tastings, private events and other tasteful wedding-related experiences.
The nose knows, which is why the scent of leather is often what leads folks to this Bastrop boot shop. This Lone Star boot boutique provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with a knowing staff that can help brides and grooms boot up for their wedding day with a Texas-size selection of brawny, blingy and cowboy-inspired kicks. The store also boasts a lot of custom designs, with a lineup that’s 30 percent custom-designed and made. Shoppers can call the store to let them know they’re coming, and the hospitable staff will have a cup of coffee or a frosty beverage ready to greet them. That’s just the kind of outfit they are – well-heeled with a heaping helping of giddy-up and a goal of making sure folks find boots, belts and hats that are perfect for the walk down the aisle or the forever life journey that lies beyond “I do.”
The award-winning Wolfdancer Golf Club is seriously all fun and games, which makes it a great addition to a wedding weekend agenda or a bachelor or bachelorette party getaway. The par-72 golf course takes its name from a tribal dance performed in wolf skins by the Tonkawa tribe that once inhabited the region. Wolfdancer does its own kind of dance across the landscape, lending well to individual rounds, foursomes and creative tournaments that mix in a little music, archery, trap shooting and other good-humored hoopla (including a little glow-in-the-dark putt-putt). But that’s not all: activities such as kick ball, flag football, croquet and other yard games are right at home on the Wolfdancer driving range. Not to mention the fact that the driving range and the 12th hole are popular spaces for weddings and receptions – both scenic backdrops with evergreen appeal.