Deer Hunting Season – Still on target at Rough Creek Lodge


The last hunt of the season can be as sweet as the first – we are here to make sure of it!Deer hunting season doesn’t officially wind down until February 28th at Rough Creek Lodge, so we invite you to wrap it up in style and indulge.

Our Managed Lands Deer Permit gives you extended season access to 11,000 acres of prime whitetail deer hunting land, making Rough Creek one of Texas’ premier extended-season hunting destinations. Pair this season’s blissfully mild weather with our free range white tail deer population and the grand finale hunt for 2015 is ready for the taking.

Experience what our recent guest Adam K. reviewed as the “Best hunting vacation ever”!

“I don’t take the time to rate many vacations, but I felt compelled to let everyone know how incredible Rough Creek Lodge is for an upscale hunting-sportsman’s vacation… Where the gold medal lies with RCL is the guest service and especially our guide, Allan Huffman, made the experience truly fantastic from the spacious suite with the working fireplace and balcony with rocking chairs to the incredible food, the accommodations were simply perfect… From the wait staff to the bartenders, to the front desk staff, to the groundskeepers, RCL had arguably the best customer service I’ve experienced. The food was phenomenal. The menu included classic dishes and excellent game. All-in-all, I can’t possibly recommend Rough Creek Lodge any higher. If you go with your family, there will be opportunities for your kids of all ages. I can’t wait to book next year’s trip with Dad.”

From the moment you enter Rough Creek Lodge, it is clear your final hunt of deer season will be unlike any other around. Highlighted with our picturesque Texas Hill Country ambiance, unsurpassed dining, and 5-star accommodations, an unforgettable deer season escape awaits.

Individual, group, and family hunts are available but won’t last long, so please call soon for information: Toll Free: 877-907-0754 or Local: 254-965-3700.

*All hunts will go out early am and late pm. Field Dressing is available with a harvest at no charge. Guns, ammunition and venison processing are also available at an additional cost.

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.

Trophy Bucks and a Lot of Ducks

rclodge-trophypackages‘Tis the season! The hunting season that is. And just in case you didn’t quite get your fill of Duck this year, Dec. 20th marked the start of the second regular Duck Season. This second season has been highly anticipated after such a bountiful first half, and with the weather cooling down there is promise for an even better showing as the ducks begin to get pushed into Texas territory.

But you aren’t here just for the ducks, why not knock out two birds with one stone and stick around for a chance at bagging a Trophy Buck? We’re in the middle of a great Deer Season here at Rough Creek Lodge, and offer special hunting packages for both deer and duck hunts. Our specials are geared toward providing you with everything you’ll need for a successful hunt. And yes, these packages do make the perfect Christmas present for that special hunter in your life… Nothing say’s “I love you” like a professional guided hunt and relaxing weekend!

For your convenience we have listed the season dates below:

Duck Regular Gun 2nd Season: Dec. 20 – Jan. 25th
Deer Regular Season: Sept. 27- Feb. 28th

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 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!

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