BY CHRISTY WINK / PHOTOS COURTESY OF BILL RECORDS

Lake Travis winds like a stunning, cerulean snake through the rolling hills of Central Texas, offering year-round recreation. The subtropical latitude means Lake Travis is a haven from the long, fiery summers and an accessible retreat, even throughout the mild winters.

Water levels are up throughout the state, which means public boat ramps are open and outdoor dining can sit close to the lovely water’s edge.

You can enjoy dockside access and gorgeous sunset dinners at many restaurants around the lake. If patios are your thing, don’t miss THE OASIS, a local favorite and famous tourist spot that seats 450 feet above Lake Travis on a cliff and offers the best sunset views a diner could anticipate. The OASIS is far more than just a restaurant—it’s an attraction—with live music and dancing on most nights. Besides epic sunset views and delicious food, you’ll find a Texas-inspired gift shop, a multi-level art gallery, a brewery, and lots of photo opportunities in hidden nooks and crannies.

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If you’re looking for fun in the sun, BEACHSIDE BILLY’S has great dining and its own volleyball court, all right next to a waterpark. Whatever your favorite type of dining experience, Lake Travis has something for everyone. There are many rental facilities on Lake Travis to fulfill every aquatic desire you may have. Local favorites include VIP MARINA and AQUAHOLICS. VIP Marina has it all, from houseboats to party barges, to rent; and plenty of slips available for docking. Aquaholics offers jet skis, pontoon boats, ski boats, and so much more.

For more information, visit laketravis.com, tpwd.state.tx.us, and laketravischamber.com.