City Social Magazine

MAR 2013

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Lake Austin Spa Resort fronts Lake Austin in the Texas Hill Country, a dammed section of the Colorado River that always remains 68 degrees. Lake Austin Spa Resort is owned by Louisiana natives Michael W. McAdams, who lives in the Dallas area, and William W. Rucks IV of Lafayette. The men met at LSU, and staff will quickly point out the antique sugar kettle used as the garden's centerpiece, brought to the spa from the Bayou State as a token of the owners' roots. While most visitors to the spa are from Texas, Louisiana visitors are a close second, said Darlene Fiske of The Fiske Group, the spa's public relations firm. Lake Austin Spa Resort classes include everything from intense Pilates to simple yoga poses. Night classes run the gamut of subjects, from cooking classes in the demonstration kitchen to aromatherapy workshops with the spa's master gardener. The week we visited, we learned how to access our "inner wisdom," performed improv, sampled fine chocolates, swam in the pool, toured the massive garden full of blooming flowers, and explored the lake in the early morning, when our kayak blades dipping in the peaceful waters were the only sound. 56 Read us online at

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