This Texas glamping site offers air-conditioned tents overlooking a river

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This summer is hectic for travel. And while getting to where you need to go can be stressful enough, hopefully the destination is as tranquil as a gently flowing river. A unique Texas retreat offers travelers peace and the river in the form of a Hill Country glamping experience.

Walden Retreats is reopening again this summer, and the Texas Hill Country getaway aims to “create a luxurious camping experience that promotes rest and provides an intimate connection to nature,” according to its website. The site sits on 96 acres of land just one hour west of Austin and one hour north of San Antonio.

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The retreat fits the definition of glamping perfectly with 15 safari-style air-conditioned tents on the grounds. But the glamping vibe of the tents doesn’t stop at the air conditioning. Seven of the 15 tents are suites that can accommodate two to four people. Suites feature a 400 square foot wraparound deck, private outdoor shower, king-size bed, kitchen, bathroom with a clawfoot tub, and a lounge with leather lounge chairs and a cast iron wood burner. The remaining eight tents are two-person studios with a 300-square-foot wraparound deck, private outdoor shower, king-size bed, kitchen, and bathroom with shower. a cast iron clawfoot tub.

Courtesy of Walden Retreats

Although the focus of the retreat is to stay offline and live in the moment, there are still tons of activities for guests to do. Because the retreat is on the Pedernales River, guests are encouraged to fish and boat. You can also experience one of 16 nearby wineries, hike, visit the local town of Fredericksburg for shopping and art, and see an enchanted rock.

Walden’s rates range from $250 to $500 per night. If you are interested in luxury camping, check out the Walden Retreats website for more information.

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