Never a Dull Moment

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Pack up your friends and family to escape from life for a bit! It’s not every day you get to take off, so when you do, we’ll be sure you make the most of it. Book with Rough Creek Lodge for an unforgettable getaway to the Texas Hill Country.

We think the sun rising over the lake serves as a better wake-up call than that pre-set alarm you dread every morning. Roll out of your deluxe hotel room, cabin, or suite and into our dining hall for Rough Creek’s signature breakfast. Delight in a full buffet that includes chef-made pastries, fresh fruit, sausage, and eggs made to order.

After you’ve fueled up, head outside to take advantage of the activities included in your package:
• Zip-lining
• Climbing Wall
• Catch and Release Fishing
• Petting Corral
• Swimming
• Kid’s ranch
• Hayrides
• S’mores
• Fossil Hunting
• Tomahawk Throwing
• Horseshoes and Washers
• Basketball
• Tennis and basketball
• Archery
• Disc Golf
• Biking
• Hiking
• Nature Trail
• Golf Driving Range
• Pools
• Rocket Launch
• Kite Flying

There’s never a dull moment at Rough Creek Lodge, even relaxation will be fun. Order a drink and delve into a good book under the cabana or turn on a baseball game in the lounge and challenge your friends to a game of poker.

End your evenings with our 3 course dinner. If you thought breakfast sounded great, just wait until you try our Zagat Award Winning dinners. Choose amongst a variety of seasonal appetizers, soups, and salads to start your meal experience followed by a delectable entrée. And no meal would be complete without a house-made dessert!
Call us now at 254-965-3700 to book your unforgettable stay!

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

rclodge_spaWhat vacation or getaway would be complete without a trip to the Spa? Kick back, relax, and let Rough Creek Lodge and Resort melt away any stress that you may have; muscle or mental! Treat yourself to any of our multitude of services, ranging from the classic Swedish massage to Facials and Pedicures. You can rest easy knowing that our therapists have been trained to make you feel completely comfortable.

Wanting to enjoy a nice, soothing Couple’s Massage with your significant other but you’re worried about the kids? We have you covered. Children of all ages are welcome at the spa, just keep in mind that anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We are proud to offer special youth services designed for those between the ages of 12 and 17.

Below is a brief list of a few of our Spa Services:
• Massage Therapy (Swedish, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone)
• Facials (featuring LAFACE products!)
• Youth Spa Services
• Nail Care (Manicures, Pedicures, Care & Color)
• Add-Ons (Scalp Massage & Oil Treatment, Eye Treatment)

Still have questions? Feel free to visit our FAQ section under the ‘Spa’ tab on our website or to contact us directly at 877-907-0754.

Signature Recipe Series: Duck and Black Bean Chili

rclodge_duckblackbean (2)The second Duck Season here at Rough Creek Lodge is nearly over, which means you’ve probably already had your fill of duck this year! But hold on just a minute before you hang up the rifle and take duck off the menu, because we can bet you’ve never had your catch prepared Rough Creek style.
Duck has always been quite the delectable dish, especially down here in the southern states. This means plenty of people have tried to come up with different ways to serve the bird. However, you have an advantage over the masses. With the help of Chef Gerard and his signature recipes, you don’t have to settle for the ‘usual’. You can turn your average duck dinner into a mouthwatering flavor-packed adventure!

The recipe is prepared as followed:

Rough Creek Lodge & Resort Duck and Black Bean Chili
¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Lb Diced Small Duck Thigh or Breast – No Skin
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Garlic
1 each Diced Onion
½ Cup Diced Red Pepper
½ Cup Diced Poblano Pepper
½ Cup Died Yellow Pepper
¼ Cup Masa Harina for thickening
½ Cup Shiner Bock Beer
1 Cup Cooked Black Beans
1 Cup *Ancho Chile Puree
1 Tablespoon Toasted Whole Cumin
3 Cups Duck Stock or Chicken Stock
Kosher Salt to Taste
1) Heat oil in large pot
2) Add Duck and Sear very well.
3) Add garlic, onion and peppers
4) Add The Masa, cook 2 -5 minutes until browned
5) Add Shiner Bock Beer
6) Add cooked black beans
7) Add Ancho chile puree and cumin.
8) Add chicken broth and bring to a boil
9) Season with Salt and let cook for 15 minutes.

Garnish with Goat Cheese Sour Cream, Scallions & Cilantro
*Ancho chile puree
Place 3-4 (seeded) ancho chilies in hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes. Place in blender with 1 cup of fresh hot water and puree until smooth.

Signature Recipe Series: Grilled Quail | Rough Creek Lodge

quail-recipeWith Texas having some of the most prolific lands for hunting, it’s no surprise that hunters from all over the nation end up at our front door. Whether you’re venturing out for sport alone or to bring home natural food for your favorite wild game recipe, Rough Creek Lodge & Resort provides both the means and the services to make your trip truly memorable.

After you’ve bagged your game and prepare to throw it on the grill, let us help to add some delectable flavor to your seasonal meal. One of our classic recipes prepared by Chef Gerard will turn your grilled Quail into an annual tradition with the family. This delicious rendition of a classic meal prepared by Chef Gerard was recently featured in Texas Monthly’s article “Ten of Texas’s Best Far-Flung Fine-Dining Establishments”.

The recipe is prepared as followed:

Grilled Quail with Sherry Maple Glaze

For the Marinade – Serves 8
8 ea Texas Quail
1 ea Lemon – zested
1 ea. Shallot – finely chopped
2 ea. Garlic clove finely chopped
1 T. Chopped fresh thyme
½ Cup Grapeseed oil
Rough Creek Chili Seasoning

Add quail and Marinate for up to 4 hours. Remove from Marinade, season with salt and pepper. Grill over hot fire until cooked through

For the Glaze
½ cup 100% Pure Maple Syrup
½ cup Sherry vinegar

Reduce until syrup consistency

Poblano Pepper Cheddar Cheese Grits
1 Qt Water or Lite Chicken Broth
1 Cup Homestead Grits Mills Stone Ground Grits
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tbl Unsalted Butter
2 Fresh Grilled Poblano Peppers (Diced & Seeded)
½ Cup Diced Tasso Ham
½ Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

1) Heat Water or Chicken Broth. Season with salt, pepper and butter.
2) Wisk in grits.
3) Cook for 20-30 minutes stirring constantly.
4) Add Poblano peppers, Tasso Ham & cheddar cheese.
5) Continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
6) Adjust with salt & pepper as needed.

Place Quail on plate & drizzle with a little of the glaze.

Rustic Elegance… A Texas Wedding Venue

We just very recently hosted a wedding here at Rough Creek Lodge. It was perfect…just approaching the entry of the Lodge the wildflowers are in full swing, which really set the tone and mood for a wonderful event!

Friday night’s rehearsal dinner kicked-off the weekend’s festivities. Following dinner everyone convened by the Back Terrace fire pit to enjoy cocktails and s’Mores. After a good night’s rest, it was the “big day”… the ceremony itself was held at our beautiful country Chapel, complete with succulent wreaths adorning the front doors to two adorable flower girls who adeptly carried out their duties. Afterward, the wedding party once again chose the Back Terrace for the reception, complete with band, gorgeous floral arrangements and off-the-chain cuisine.

It’s Spring! It’s the perfect time to begin the search for a venue for your special day. Why not Rough Creek Lodge? Our rustic elegance offers an indelible experience: we promise your wedding will be stylishly unique, beautifully done and impeccably executed—yours.

Our own in-house wedding planner can help you make it happen. Contact us at 254-918-2542 or email at kathryn@roughcreek.com discuss your special day!

Ducks and Deer and Upland Birds, Oh My!

We are in full hunting mode here Rough Creek Lodge. The “2nd Season” for ducks starts again on December 8th and runs through January 27… if the First Season is any indication, 2nd Season promises to be crazy great!

In the meantime, Deer Season is in full force and will go through January 6th…and did we mention that the Upland Bird Season is out of control? Whew! The birds are flying and really beautiful; season ends March 31st.

Time’s a wastin’, so get your gun and reserve your spot now! (Oh yeah, a weekend hunt would be a FABULOUS Christmas gift!)

Weddings at Rough Creek (Video)

We have touted how wonderful our weddings are here at Rough Creek, but rather than tell you again, let us show you!

Allison and Ryan were married in our chapel just two weeks ago and had a fantastic reception in the Great Room. Austin-based videographer Mason Jar Films captured the big day and shared a little teaser of this special occasion.

At Rough Creek Lodge, each wedding celebration is as unique and special as the couple it represents. So if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your future spouse, say “I do!” to Rough Creek Lodge.

Rough Creek Featured in Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine included Rough Creek Lodge as one of there favorite places to “Retreat…Relax…Rebound” in their May 2012 issue. Put out by the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Highways promotes travel and tourism in the State of Texas. We’re excited to be reviewed so wonderfully by this respected and vibrant advocate for Texas destinations! If you’ve never visited us, this short review speaks for itself… and if you have been our guest before… you know it’s all true!

Texas Highways is available in print and online at texashighways.com.

Click here to read the article

Raves & Reviews From Our Corporate Guests

It’s no secret that we pride ourselves on the level of service, accommodations, and activities we provide here at Rough Creek. It is particularly gratifying to hear from our corporate guests that we are living up to and often exceeding their expectations when they choose us for their meeting or retreat. 

Here’s just a few of the comments that we received from February corporate guests about their retreat experience:


“Great food and accommodations”
“Fantastic venue and the service is second to none”
“Great service, unique venue”
“Great place for people who love outdoors”
“Great place to combine work and play”
“Awesome people and awesome guest service”

Great. Fantastic. Awesome. These are words we like to hear! We like nothing more than knowing that we have been able to create memorable experiences for our guests—comments like these bring a smile to our faces and fuel us to keep going. And don’t think we’re about to rest on our laurels: our philosophy is to make sure our guests are satisfied as we’re serving them. While we ask if you enjoyed your stay as your leaving, we make sure you’re happy at every point of interaction during your stay. 

Why not host your next corporate meeting or retreat at Rough Creek Lodge and experience our excellent, personal service? 

To book your next corporate meeting retreat, contact Brooke Gray at conference2@roughcreek.com or Christy Lemons at conference@roughcreek.com.