Need a little Christmas now? Look no further than the Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, where the resort’s annual Hill Country Holiday festival is under way.
Snow is generated every evening, while a synthetic ice skating rink, Frost, is open day or night, no matter the temperature outside. The price is $10 a person for 45 minutes and includes skate rental.
Bandera cowboy Makin’ Dust leads the fun, which includes caroling and stories. Magik Theatre offers the children’s special, “Pirate’s Holiday,” and crafts galore are held. For a full schedule of events, click here.
On a recent visit, we encounter two special sources of fun that we took home with us. One was a decorate-your-own gingerbread man idea that is easily done with a few basic essentials: a gingerbread man, a cup of glaze and edible decorations, such as candy sprinkles and chocolate chips. Give each kid something safe to spread the glaze with and let them loose. They can eat the end result.
We also fell for pastry chef Henry Wesolowski’s dense hot chocolate, which felt like molten lava as it coated your throat with a dense unctuousness on its way down. We hadn’t had a cup of hot chocolate this rich or this good since the early days of Metropolitain at the Quarry.
The chef was kind enough to share the recipe.
Chef Henry’s Authentic Hot Chocolate
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
4 ounces 61% bittersweet chocolate, broken in small pieces
In a saucepan bring the water and milk to a boil. Add sugar, stir until dissolved. Add in chocolate pieces, stirring until dissolved.
Serve with your favorite homemade whip cream or marshmallows.
Makes about 3 cups.
From Henry Wesolowski/Westin La Cantera