An Austin Escape
Published December 18, 2015
It is the dream of many to have a destination
wedding in some glamorous,
far-off locale. Vintage Villas, located
in the Hudson’s Bend area on Lake
Travis, strives to offer a destination
wedding feel without the destination
wedding travel hassles. Opened
in 2000, the 44-room hotel and events
center hosts about 150 weddings a year as
well as corporate meetings, team-building
retreats, sorority and fraternity balls and
company Christmas parties.
"We are a full-service conference, wedding and events hotel. We offer food, beverage, and audio visual service in a non-traditional hotel setting," said Thomas Porter, proprietor and general manager.
Porter came to Vintage Villas after many
years as a banquet manager and food and
beverage director at large hotels in Dallas
and Austin. He was hired to run the facility
and eventually purchased it in 2007. His goal
was to transform it from a bed and breakfast
into a boutique hotel, which he achieved
through expansion and remodeling.
For corporate gatherings, Porter asks the
clients what they are expecting their attendees
to learn or take away from the
event. “This allows us to assist in creating
an environment that exactly matches their
desired outcome,” he said.
For weddings, Vintage Villas’ main arbor
offers a sweeping, westward-facing view
of the lake, one that can be especially dramatic
at sunset. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony can be moved indoors to
one of their spacious rooms.
“We offer a classic and stylish look with
well-manicured grounds and can appeal
to each bride’s ideal wedding,” said Porter.
“We are often told that our cuisine was a
standout feature of their event. We are fortunate
to have such a great chef.”
Future plans call for an expansion of the
large Lakeview Room from its current capacity
of 180 to 270. Porter is also looking
to reconfigure the second wedding arbor
so that it, too, offers an ideal lake view. Designs
call for it to be covered, as well. A third
expansion project includes a 6,000-square
foot facility that may be a combination of
event facility and more guest rooms.
To finance these projects, Porter has
turned to Amplify Credit Union, because
they have been there for him in the past.
Earlier this year, he was looking to refinance
the business to take advantage of the
“When I went shopping for loans, I discovered
that most banks don’t consider weddings
to be an actual industry,” explained
Porter. “Amplify was willing to learn our
business model while the bigger banks
took no interest. Their convenient shared
banking arrangement with other credit
unions allows me to bank locally and their
mobile app lets me make deposits directly
from my desk here at the hotel.”
4209 Eck Ln
Austin, TX 78734