When people hear “Texas” and “summer” in the same sentence, they often move on to the next sentence. Maybe to “poolside” and “margarita.” But if you’re checking out places to stay in Texas this summer, be sure to check out Glamper 7 at Casita Blu in Ingram.
I stayed here in October 2017, and for a place to call home for a few nights, and a place that is self-contained during a time when we’re supposed to keep our distance, Glamper 7 is a deal at $91/night.
[NOTE: I’m not being compensated by the owner of Glamper 7 in any fashion; this is an independent review. I’m simply a booster of my area, and want to help you find places to stay here or elsewhere in Texas.]
Places to stay in Texas | Hill Country
If you’re coming to the Hill Country, you’re probably here to enjoy:
- The shopping in or wines of Fredericksburg (or Comfort or Centerpoint)
- The scenic country drives,
- Crider’s Rodeo in Hunt
- Historic Downtown Kerrville
- The Guadalupe River
Glamper 7 at Casita Blu is one of the few places to stay in the Texas Hill Country that puts you near all of these.
Near Crider’s & Other attractions
One of the most fun activities on summertime Saturday nights is Crider’s Rodeo and Dance Hall in Hunt, just 15 minutes or so away from Glamper 7. There’s something special about putting on your boots and snap shirt and heading out there, perhaps stopping at The Hunt Store for dinner.
The rodeo starts of course with the presentation of the flag, national anthem and a prayer for the riders and the animals. Coming from New York City, I was impressed with how respectful those running the rodeo, especially local rodeos like Crider’s, are with the animals.
A visitor could expect to see most of the following events:
- bull riding (including at the junior bull level)
- bronco riding
- barrel racing
- calf roping
- mutton bustin’ — a crowd favorite, where kids up to a certain age compete to see who can get the longest ride on a small sheep. Cash prizes go to the winners. There is an entry fee.
- Calf scramble — another favorite with kids, where all kids under 12 or so are let into the ring and have to chase 5 calves, two of which have a ribbon tied to their tail. Prizes go to the winners.
After the rodeo, you can saunter 100 yards over to the dance hall and two-step your partner under the stars to live music.
THE POINT THEATER
Currently playing at The Point Theater is Steel Magnolias (as of July 17). It’s an open-air theater near the river, and showcases performances that are good for all levels of theater-goers.
Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and mysterious Celtic sites are no different. In Ingram, again just a short hop from Glamper 7, is this fun place for kids and adults to take pictures in and also visit during the summer solstice.
OLD INGRAM LOOP
There are some lodging options here as well, including some funky spaces that have been renovated and are fascinating to no end.
Last but certainly not least is THE GUADALUPE RIVER itself. You are steps away when you stay at Glamper 7, and in the summer, it’s the perfect temperature for bathing in for hours on end.
If you drive south to Kerrville, you can rent kayaks and canoes through Kerrville Kayak & Canoe. You can visit the shop on Broadway, or you can rent right near the river at either Louise Hays Park under the Sidney Baker bridge, or south of town at Kerrville-Schreiner Park. (There is a small entry and parking fee there; Louise Hays Park is free.)
Glamper 7’s interior
You probably would like to see more of the interior.
My one stay was for a not-too-pleasant visit to the area before moving here, but if I had to choose a perfect place to stay near Kerrville, I couldn’t have picked better.
First, and one of the few two slight negatives, was the comfort of the mattress. It was decent but not great. It may have been upgraded since I was there 2-1/2 years ago. But all things considered, I got a good night’s sleep. The other slight negative was that nuts from the pecan tree occasionally fell on the roof of the camper, but the owner had installed netting above, so this was kept to a minimum.
The rest of the glamper was awesome.
I brought food in and cooked and enjoyed morning coffee out on the small deck.
I read and journaled at the kitchen table.
Even the small and rugged stand-up shower made the stay special.
This would be the perfect getaway place for that couple looking to enjoy the Texas Hill Country.
Best restaurants: Liberty Burger and Shake
I couldn’t have an article about lodging in Ingram and not mention Liberty Kitchen. Now called “Liberty Burger and Shake,” this place has burgers that require a mouth like a forklift to eat, and shakes that require intensive care after finishing. (“Intensive care” being a long nap on a comfy couch with a tired-out dog.)
Glamper 7 is about 5 minutes north of this newly rebranded restaurant, owned and operated by Navy vet Chef Matt Lopez.
If you’re driving south from the cabin, it’s on your right just before the light and intersection of the two highways.
(Remember, I’m totally independent here; I just loved the place and wanted to let you know about it, too.)
Out of the way, but not totally
Glamper 7 at Casita Blu is 20 minutes north of Kerrville and maybe 10-15 south of Hunt. It feels secluded but it’s not.
A guest has the advantages of near-total privacy and quiet, yet you can reach town or go further into the Hill Country in a few minutes either way.
North of you there are several river crossings that make for great lounging.
But whatever your reasons for getting away, Glamper 7 at Casita Blu makes a great place to get to.