Where to stay:
Jacobs Creek Cabins: Super cute log cabins with a Texas twist. Be warned, if you are on the bottom floor you can hear every step the people above you make. So as a courtesy, stick to the bottom floor if you're there to party. Overall, the cute, homey, woodsy feel of the cabins had me at hello, so I didn't mind the occasional squeaky footsteps at 5am in the morning.
What to eat:
Sweeties Donuts: a girl on this trip swears that the kolaches here are Heaven sent. It might have just been because she has been living California for the past few years and forgot what kolaches tasted like. They seemed pretty normal to me but there's nothing better to fuel a float than the bloating capabilities of sausage, bread, and cheese.
Villanova's Pizza: They have a pizza here that is the size of a small human called "The Belt Buster". Pretty sure that the pieces of that pizza where the size of my arm. The lady who helped us said she had only sold one before. Unfortunately we had already ordered before this masterpiece was shown to us or I am pretty sure we would have attempted to bust some belts.
Whitewater Amphitheater Float hot dogs: I don't know if you know what it's like to float on an empty stomach but it's draining. At the Whitewater drop off location they give you a ticket per person floating for a free hot dog. Probably home to the best hot dogs in the whole world, and I hate hot dogs.
Daisy's: Great food but not so great service. They sell their parking spots to people who are attending the concert next door leaving no space for their customers to park. I swear we were like the only people there and it took forever to get drinks or food. I can comment on crappy service because I used to be a server. Serving isn't for everyone. It isn't for me, and it definitely wasn't for our waitress. But seriously, they did have good food.
What to do:
Float the river: We started our float at Whitewater Amphitheater at 11am and each tube cost $20. We waited for over an hour in the sun to get our tubes BUT they did offer us free lunch if we were hungry so that was pretty legit. The float lasted 3 hours and we only really had to get out and move once...but this is Texas so what do you expect. There were a lot of people on the river but nowhere near the amount of people at the Frio. There was however some jerk on a kayak trying to run me over so I wasn't too thrilled about that. My favorite thing about Whitewater's float, other than the **FREE** worlds best hotdogs, was that if we made it back before 4:00pm we could float the short float again. I mean we REALLLLLY got our moneys worth and I would recommend starting here to anyone. The only advice I have would be to start around 10 and maybe the line would be shorter.
Attend a concert: The whole reason we even came to the river was to see Ryan Bingham at Whitewater Amphitheater. My fiance and all his friends are obsessed so we spent the night in some luxury box seats, something I swear we aren't accustomed to. They were pretty awesome and Ryan Bingham put on the best show I've ever seen.
Ya'll, I had such a fun time this weekend. Take me back, like right now.