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Fly Away to the Monarch – A Dreamy Nature Escape Near Austin

For respite among the trees, these unique getaway cabins offer stunning architecture in quiet naturescapes

The Monarch at Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Jeri Atkins)
The Monarch at Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Jeri Atkins)

With no shortage of unique lodging options in the Texas Hill Country, you can plan a restful weekend in any sort of yurt, teepee, cozy cabin, or glamping tent you please, but for something that truly stands apart from the rest, the Monarch dwelling located at luxury nature compound Onera lured us in with magical wonderment. Set amidst a peaceful wooded landscape in Fredericksburg, we found a home fancifully shaped like a butterfly in flight for a night’s getaway. 

An Instagram darling for its captivating photos and videos, Onera offers unique structures that vary from the cozy Cocoon, to the barrel-shaped Spyglass, to the Lantana geodescent dome, but it’s the Monarch treehouse that set our hearts aflutter. 

The Monarch at Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Jeri Atkins)
The Monarch at Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Jeri Atkins)

The Monarch cabin

Designed by Artistree, the Monarch is elevated to be 10 feet off the ground, which provides a sense of enchantment and offers incredible views of leafy trees above and the waters of Barons Creek below. Ample decking provides an ideal outdoor perch to enjoy the sounds of birds and wildlife, but even when inside, the floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights let the outside in for a seamless connection to nature’s beauty. Below the deck, the luxurious cabin offers a private, open-air rock tub for a sensational soak. Inside the Monarch, the irresistible indoor lofted hammock will have you resting peacefully under views of the treetops by day and stars by night. 

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Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Jeri Atkins)
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Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Jeri Atkins)

Cocoon, Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Graham Butler)
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Cocoon, Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Graham Butler)

Spyglass, Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Graham Butler)
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The Spyglass, Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Graham Butler)

Luxury amenities in nature

A shaded communal area features a swimming pool and a barrel sauna that offers just the right level of elevated experience to soothe any needs for R&R, but if you’re seeking more customized enhancements for your vacation, you can schedule an in-room massage, a roomside chef-prepared dinner, a guided stargazing opportunity, and more. The Fredericksburg location is just blocks away from Main Street activities, along with many wonderful nearby wineries and fruit orchards. The Wimberley location is set to open this summer, bringing more whimsical luxury lodging opportunities just a short drive from Austin. 

The Monarch at Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Graham Butler)
The Monarch at Onera Fredericksburg (photo by Graham Butler)

“Onera,” which translates to “dreams” in Greek, successfully presents a dreamlike ambience, fit for intimate getaways that celebrate the beauty of the outdoors. 

“We transformed a whimsical forest into an intimate dream-like escape to inspire our guests and reconnect them to nature, their loved ones and themselves.” — Ben Wolff, founder of Onera

Learn more and book your stay at stayonera.com.