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Son’s Island: Glamping on a Tropical Oasis Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Looking to get away from it all for a while without the hassle of a long trip far from home? Put Son’s Island at Lake Placid on your shortlist. Located minutes from Seguin off of I-10, Son’s Island is an island paradise right in the heart of Texas.

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Drive through an established neighborhood to a dead-end road. Take a left through a gate and cross a 100-foot wooden bridge into another world, a world of relaxation and peace. Once a privately-owned vacation retreat, Son’s Island was sold and transformed from a property thick with overgrown vegetation into a tropical oasis three years ago.

Situated on Lake Placid, the three-and-a-half-acre island boasts 4,000 feet of lakefront. A stealthy blue heron strolls the shoreline searching for the next catch. Turtle families sun themselves on exposed fallen trees. The water glistens in the sunlight as kayakers and paddleboarders glide by.

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A multitude of birds calls to each other from feathery-leafed cypress trees and broader leafed pecan trees which tower throughout the island providing ample shade. Lush grassy patches and native flora mix well with thoughtfully cared for tropical plants. Canna lilies add splashes of color amongst the rich layers of green. The breeze rustles palm fronds, songbirds call to each other, and woodpeckers tick away at tree trunks. Can you feel your shoulders ease, your eyes droop, tension slipping away yet?

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A stage set in a park-like area in the middle of the property showcases live music at night. Some nights, families gather in the park for an outdoor movie or around fire pits for s’mores. Challenge some friends to a game of sand volleyball, or pitch some horseshoes. Kayaks, paddle boards, hydro-bikes, rope swings, a water trampoline and iFloats wait at the ready making it impossible to get bored on the water.

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Open air Hawaiian-style cabanas with thatched palm-leafed roofs dot the perimeter of the island. Each cabana offers enough space to host up to 15 people complete with high-quality wicker style furniture, picnic tables, and a barbecue grill. The cabanas come equipped with electricity, water, and a ceiling fan. The best features of these lovely waterfront hangouts are the hammocks and the private docks, not to mention the view of the silvery blue water.

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Rent cabanas for the day, or for a reduced fee, for three hours at night. After spending the day relaxing on the island, the thought of climbing back into the car and heading for home may be too much. Not to worry. This year, Son’s Island is introducing glamour camping, otherwise known as glamping. It’s tent camping with two queen-sized cots gussied up with Tempurpedic-like mattress toppers. Two nightstands and circular fans come with the tent, and for those unable to unplug, electricity is also provided.

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Rent a cluster of cabanas side by side for a work retreat, birthday party, graduation party, family reunion, or even a wedding. Grab the kids for a lakeside playday or stay for a weekend. Heck, you can even rent the whole island. Whether for a day, an evening, or a weekend, do yourself a favor and plan a stay at Son’s Island.