The Creek Road homestead is home--home to those that have always lived there, to the traveler, to the new and long-time friend, to those in need of rejuvenation.
The homestead is well and honestly tended, which is to say it's rough patches are its charm.
It's a place to remember the relationship between land and humanity, to remember that our harvests are meant to be shared and occasionally abundant, but mostly any fruit or bloomed flower or sun-ripened tomato is a gift.
It is a place to honor creation, creating and the creator.
Bobby and DorRae purchased the land on Creek Road in 1992 from Ester Hatton Zimmerman and her second husband Charles, giving her a “Life Estate” in the home she had restored in 1939 with her first husband AR Hatton. They spent their first years clearing away dead and overgrown brush, paths to the spring, and dreaming of how their family would live on this land.
In 1996, after Ester could no longer live alone (at the age of 101) Bobby and DorRae moved their family into her little house, known today as The Hatton House, while building their home at the other end of the canyon.
Building, design, and landscaping comes naturally to Bobby. He started his company Seasha Pools, Inc in 1986 and continues to build custom swimming pools throughout Dripping Springs, Austin, and the Hill Country. When their kids were young, DorRae owned and operated Mama's Muffins, a bakery in Dripping Springs. Always in her heart was photography and as their kids grew, she spent time learning the camera, soon becoming a prominent portrait photographer in the area. With the kids gone, DorRae turned her interest back toward a less structured form of photography; her current work is featured widely in Hill Country galleries. Both Bobby and DorRae continue to create and part of their creative work includes offering their beloved home (and food) as a place for other creatives to work, rest, and rejuvenate.
To quote our Chamber of Commerce " Dripping Springs, is well-known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country.” Located just 20 minutes west of Austin, Dripping Springs is home to spectacular natural wonders, historic treasures, unique shopping, eclectic live music venues, exciting rodeos, a plethora of wineries, craft breweries and local distilleries and legendary hospitality. "
Here are a few of our favorite places and events: