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Tucked in the serene Balcones Canyonlands Preserve in Austin, Texas, the Travaasa Austin resort envelops its guests in nature. But a visit to this quiet, calm resort is anything but boring. Its daily menu of activities includes yoga, hiking, equine, zip-lining, core fitness classes on a mechanical bull, and a challenge course. And for those who want to not only taste hill country cuisine but learn how to prepare it, chef Ben Baker’s classes — themes and topics change daily — will have you whipping up (and sampling, of course) flourless chocolate chipotle cake and other Texas treasures in no time. travaasa.com/austin