Sometimes the most exciting and accessible destinations manifest themselves in your own backyard. Such is currently the case with Ker & Downey and our home state of Texas. For years, we have been laying the groundwork for operations in the United States, meticulously handcrafting itineraries and experiences that effectively impart our signature experiential footprint on this place we call home.
We have achieved that goal and now offer our clients a mix of both luxury and adventure in Alaska, California, and the breathtaking National Parks of the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest. It was especially important for us to incorporate Texas into that mix as well, to have the chance to show you “our” Texas. For these reasons and more, we are so excited to share what we now have in store in the Lone Star State.
Texas encompasses a multifaceted menu of features that go into creating a fruitful and fulfilling lifestyle: cultural vibrancy, delicious food, friendly people, and a certain ease of living that can only be described as wholesomely gratifying. Ker & Downey employees get it, and they come equipped with an arsenal of luxury-infused, uniquely Texan experiences to help you get to the big, charismatic heart of their home state.
A truly once-in-a-lifetime Texas journey pairs modern trendiness with timeless natural beauty, the likes of which can only be found by traveling westward from the capital magnetism of Austin. The Live Music Capital of the World, Austin exists within its own little bubble of trendsetting entertainment, and The Driskill—the city’s most iconic and supposedly most haunted hotel—offers an exclusive downtown address that puts you close to some of Ker & Downey’s favorite spots like the SoCo food trucks and the renowned 6th Street music halls.
Just west of Austin, the eclectic buzz of the city is traded in for the rolling Texas Hill Country, a region known for its dance halls, antique saloons, and authentic charm. I can’t visit here without a stop in Dripping Springs for some of Salt Lick’s barbecue feasts or a drive down Highway 290 for tastings at some great little wineries. Don’t miss a sunset on top of Enchanted Rock, whose 425 feet offer a 360-degree glimpse of the epic size and beauty of Texas.
Probably the most unexpected surprise Texas has to offer is hidden out west, where the minimalist sculpture of Marfa collides with the mountainous expanse of Big Bend National Park—a meeting of natural and man made beauty. This is one of the hottest up-and-coming U.S. destinations for its offerings of bygone adventure and unique creativity. You can’t say you have been here without a photo in front of the lone Prada Store sitting amid the desert landscape or a dinosaur fossil souvenir from your hike through Big Bend National Park. This is a place where you can still feel the impressions of pioneers, miners, ranchers, and Native Americans … where television only exists around a campfire … and where the stars truly are as big and bright as our famous song suggests.