There’s a (growing) handful of restaurants around town that bring the farm-to-table experience into their dinning rooms by buying fresh, locally grown produce from various farmers to make their delightful seasonal menus. Out of that number of said restaurants, there is a small group that takes this idea one step further and actually grows food themselves and one such place is the farmed-run dinning room at Travaasa Hill Country Spa & Resort. Hidden amongst the oak tree-lined pathway, zen blooms, and sunset horseback riding trail you will find this magical oasis that offers daily yoga classes, guided archery & adventures, culinary classes, cultural encounters, healing spa treatments, and fitness and wellness workshops to help you embrace nature and relaxation.
On a recent invite to this dream-worthy sanctuary, I enjoyed a tour of the farm, located just down the hill from the resort, and was able to dine on the delicious goods grown on the hyper-farm-to-table campus. Farm fresh eggs, carrots, squashes, tomatoes, eggplants, herbs, and so much more are succeeding here. Farmer Kim Grabosky gave us a tour and a little insight to her (amazing) job. “We are becoming more sustainable everyday –– from harvesting our own crops, maintaining a rich, healthy soil, raising our own chickens, beehive-ing and saving our seeds for seasons to come,” she said. You can feel the passion among the employees and it radiates throughout the complex and into the guests experience. While Farmer Kim harvests things like honey, lavender, and chamomile for the spa, Chef Benjamin Baker is busy creating a menu with the just-pulled-from-the-ground crops for the restaurant located on top of the hill. Amidst the menu you’ll find things like; House-made Veggie Burgers, Tamales Carnitas, Grilled Fish Wraps and a Root Vegetable Trio. One of my favorite things to try while I was there was Chef Baker’s Chilled Peach Soup –– a rich, flavor-packed, cold soup with a hint of habenero heat on the finish, AND lucky for me, Chef Baker kindly shared his wonderful recipe. Thank you so much Travaasa (& team) for a deliciously, amazing day –– I will be back.
Go for the experience, stay for the food!
Travaasa Hill Country Resort & Spa
13500 Farm to Market Road 2769, Austin, TX 78726