Lost Pines, Texas
Pamper score: 8
Just east of Austin, this sprawling, luxe ranch hotel on the lower banks of the Colorado River is also the site of an all-women’s triathlon, so the ladies can race hard, then get pampered poolside. The Lost Pines edition of the Spa Girl Tri series (Spagirltri.com, 2017 race date is Sept. 23) entails a 300-meter swim in the resort’s lazy river, a mellow 10-mile ride along winding country roads, and a two-mile run around the gorgeous 400-acre property, which is also home to longhorns and alpacas. (There are also two- and three-person relay options, making this a smart event option for first timers.) The race ends at a pavilion on the river’s edge, where finishers sip mimosas and savor the view. All finishers also receive a 15 percent discount at the property’s 18,000-square foot Spa Django—we’re partial to the locally inspired Colorado River rock massage. And while you’re racing and relaxing, the rest of the family will have plenty to do. The resort has its own water park, a large recreational area with games, and tons of organized activities like hayrides and horseback riding.