Good evening, Susan!
Horseshoe Bay is a bit more remote than Lakeway/Lake Travis. The small town feel, with big city conveniences, is alive and well in Horseshoe Bay. There are small eateries outside of the resort and local shopping. The nearest full-scale shopping is a few minutes away, in Marble Falls. The same goes with additional restaurants, including many major chains.
Lakeway is closer to Austin and minutes away from The Hill Country Galleria, mall shopping. Lakeway is approximately 30 minutes from Horseshoe Bay. It, as well, has several restaurants in the vicinity, including several national chains.
Horseshoe Bay is serviced by the SCOTT & White Clinic, coupled with additional practices, pharmacy, and the new Scott & White Hospital, now in ground stages. Lakeway is also serviced by several independent offices, with major medical care in Austin and Round Rock.
Another major difference in the two areas is the difference between Lake LBJ and Lake Travis. Both are part of the chain of lakes, known as The Highland Lakes, controlled by LCRA. Lake Travis, however, is at the end of the chain, and is dependent on rainfall. Lake LBJ is one of the few constant level lakes in the State, allowing for year-round enjoyment.
If you have any additional questions, please let me know, and I would be happy to send you additional information on both areas.
The Hill Country and Highland Lakes is a great place to call home!