Nestled in a broad valley deep in western Austria sits the picturesque town of Innsbrück, with its many church spires, medieval buildings and bucolic gardens, sitting in the shadow of two massive snow-capped mountains. It's a lovely place, really. If you have the means, you should drop by for a visit.
If, on the other hand, your calendar and budget don't allow you to jet off to the Alps for a quick holiday, the St. Louis area is home to its very own — very American version — of Innsbrück, right down its Americanized spelling: Innsbrook Resort.
Located near Wright City, an hour or so west of downtown St. Louis, Innsbrook Resort has been a top getaway for local families for more than 40 years. And while it may not boast the same kind of magnificent mountain peaks as its Austrian namesake, the local version does feature miles of rolling hills, wooded forests, bubbling brooks, several large lakes, including the 150-acre Lake Aspen, and dozens of tiny ponds.
There is no shortage of family activities at Innsbrook. For those who crave outdoor action, options include hiking, swimming, cycling, fishing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing and more. Innsbrook has also become a destination for endurance runners and triathletes, competing in grueling races at the resort, summiting massive hills and trekking through rugged trails.
For those who prefer a more relaxing getaway, Innsbrook's sandy beaches and large pool area offer great locales to wile away an afternoon with a good book. During the summer months, the resort hosts frequent evening concerts by popular local artists at its large bandshell. It also puts on an Easter egg hunt and an impressive fireworks display each 4th of July.
For kids, a range of craft and education activities are held throughout the year ranging from one-off workshops to weeklong summer camps where moms and dads get in on the camp activities, too.
With all these activities, your family is sure to work up an appetite, and Innsbrook is home to Hanneken's, a large family-friendly restaurant with a wide-ranging menu featuring everything from typical pub fare to fine-dining options. A kids' menu provides some comforting options for small ones with finicky tastes.
Innsbrook was founded as a gated community and throughout most of its history, the resort and its many splendors were enjoyed almost exclusively by the owners of the 400-or-so rustic A-frame cabins on the property, as well as any friends and family members fortunate enough to snag an invitation. In recent years, though, the resort has undergone a significant expansion with the addition of more modern cabins, as well as larger homes, villas and condos.
This expansion has helped open the door to families who had previously been unable to experience Innsbrook's many offerings. A number of recently built condos on the property are now available for vacation rentals for both families seeking a little R&R and for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Rental rates range from $160 a night for a one-bedroom villa to $390 a night for deluxe three-bedroom condos during peak season (April through October) and from $130 to $365 during the off-season (November through March). Innsbrook requires a two-night minimum rental during the peak season. Learn more about condo rentals at Innsbrook.
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