When I was a little girl every summer my family would rent a big house in Concan, TX for an entire week. Those summer weeks are filled with some of my most fond memories of my childhood. From tubing the river, painting rocks on the porch, campfires at night to visiting the famous Garner State Park Dance. They were truly special times in my life.

If your family is looking for a fun river vacation or perhaps a company retreat or girl’s getaway… Look no further than Vacation Frio River’s incredible riverfront homes – Porter’s Tree Haus and Axel’s Hideaway along the Comal River.

My company recently had the opportunity to host an influencers weekend with Vacation Frio River in their beautiful Porter’s Tree Haus and it was nothing short of spectacular! This large cabin features four rooms, loft, 5 bathrooms, 2 half baths and game room. This massive home is great for group getaways, family reunions, etc. and can sleep up to 24 people.

The large great room is perfect for visiting, playing cards, watching movies and more! There is lots of seating to accommodate everyone.

The kitchen is marvelous with custom cedar cabinets and solid pecan counter tops. While the spacious dining table in the grand room can seat up to 8 adults comfortably. Bringing along your friends? You’ll enjoy the 16-foot bar (made of solid pecan counter tops!) in the great room for entertaining your guests.

This rustic home is a dream, especially with all of its custom and King Ranch furniture throughout for you to enjoy. You can’t get any closer to the river with this beautiful property! You can book directly using VRBO or on the Vacation Frio River website here.

Have a larger party than 24 people? No problem! Vacation Frio River also offers Axel’s Hideaway directly behind Porter’s Tree Haus. Axel’s Hideaway is comprised of (5) individual mini-suite cabins with kitchenettes for only $199.00 to $239.00 per night. Each room has a full bath, mini fridge, microwave and bar sink. Rooms will have 1 set of queen bunk beds. Each mini suite sleeps 4 adults max and up to two children. These mini-suites are rented individually to compliment Porter’s Tree Haus and Tomahawk Lodge so your whole family can vacation together at the same time.

Vacation Frio River’s homes are located within walking distance from the river. You truly can’t get any closer to the water! The below photo is taken right in front of the house.

Tubing time!
All of the amazing influencers after breakfast at Neal’s Dining Room

As I mentioned, there are tons to do in the Concan area! For meals I highly recommend the famous Neal’s Dining Room! They have an awesome outdoor deck overlooking the river and the food is home cooking delicious! They were kind enough to host us for breakfast (THANK YOU!). The biscuits and gravy are a MUST and I also heard the fried chicken is to die for.

Outdoor Patio at Neal’s Dining Room
Aquila Mendez-Valdez from Haute In Texas and I
There are so many Instagram-worthy spots around Concan including this precious pink truck at Frios Dry Fifty.

From there we were off to Garner State Park with my cousin Leah and her husband, Jake, as our tour guides! Even though it was raining off and on we had a blast!

My cousin, Leah Foster! Love her!
One of the outlooks in Garner State Park
What a view!

I definitely recommend stopping by the Pavilion in Garner State Park where they host the dance in the summers. You can enjoy some yummy ice cream too!

Our group with the incredibly talented Owner and Chef, Laurel Waters

The last place I want to showcase from our trip is the INCREDIBLE hidden gem, Laurel Tree restaurant in Utopia just down the road. It was truly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. They were very gracious to host us for dinner and we had such a lovely evening.

Chef Laurel Waters earned her Le Grand Diplome in Cuisine, Pastry and Wine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. From there she went on to work at three of the finest restaurants in Provence: Le Moulin de Lourmarin for Chef Edouard Loubet (two Michelin stars), L’Oustau de Baumaniere for Jean-Andre Charial (two Michelin stars) and La Bastide de Moustiers (Alain Ducasse’s Provencal Farmhouse).

First, let me tell you… the Laurel Tree is more than just a meal. It’s an EXPERIENCE. You have your table for the entire night so you are encouraged to enjoy the grounds which are stunning. We got so lucky and the poppy field in front of the restaurant was beginning to bloom and it was so beautiful.

The restaurant obviously gets it’s name from the tree house in the back that was built by Master Treehouse, Pete Nelson, and you can even dine in it as it seats 2-6 people.

The restaurant is only open on Saturdays for lunch and dinner by reservation only so note it does book up very far in advance. The menu changes each week and features seasonal cuisine made with fresh herbs and vegetables from the adjoining “potager.”

As you can tell by the photos everything was divine! It was such a memorable experience. To learn more about the Laurel Tree visit:

It was such a special weekend and brought back so many fond memories that I hope to share with my children soon. To learn more about Vacation Frio River visit:
http://vacationfrioriver.com or call owner, Donny at 361.522.9222 for a reservation and to book your next getaway!

2 Responses

  1. gmaj

    Sweet!! So nice of Leah and Jake to be your tour guides.


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