In the clear water cradle of the Paluxy River is Glen Rose, Texas. The small town is well known for its nature parks, the historic city center, the swimming holes known only to the locals and, above all, the dinosaur tracks. The owners of the Skybox Cabins, Yvan and Kristin, have also decided to build their personal paradise here – because life is too short to postpone dreams.
Skybox Cabins is a modern holiday oasis camouflaged with rustic elements. A selection of small, custom treehouse cottages are located on 50 acres of prime Texas Hill Country. The small resort was supposed to be just a cabin built out of cedar wood that was nothing more than a retreat for a family to relax on the weekends, surrounded by the twittering of birds and Texan skies. Today the family takes care of four huts, a glamping site and a campsite by the stream.
The property is quiet and swaps the city lights for naturally growing live oak and cedar trees, as well as a stream – when it rains. Three horses, two cows, a couple of dogs, and a cat are freely exploring the property and may come to visit.
The beehive | Courtesy Skybox Cabins
Your original cabin is The Birdhouse, built in 2017 and accessible via a bridge on the second floor. Next up was the La Tour, inspired by 17th century French pigeons, and then the Nest, a tree house / bungalow with a cedar observatory. But their newest cabin is a classic A-frame tree house called The Hive that sleeps two. The huge veranda nestles against the tree trunks, and a hammock cut into the floor invites you to enjoy the perfect view of the stars in summer.
While staying at the Skybox Cabins, most tourists go to Glen Rose to eat. You’ll visit places like the Shoo Fly Soda Fountain, an ice cream parlor where time stood still, or the Riverhouse Grill for their spectacular Sunday brunch. For recreation, Dinosaur Valley State Park is less than 1 mile away. Visitors gather there to swim and marvel at the dinosaur tracks that have survived to this day in the river bed. But some of the best hours can be spent simply wandering the river or hunted for treasure in Glen Rose’s antique shops before retiring to a glass of wine on a cedar balcony near the stars.
Originally published as part of the May / June 2021 Weekend Getaways edition. For those who long for starlight, beaches, and summer breezes, the Texas freeways are calling you. From rugged rocky canyons or sun-drenched beaches to the comfort of a hill country, these six Texas destinations are ready to welcome weary travelers. If you feel cooped up this year, it’s time to run free.