Luxurious Texas Ranch Getaways
As the second largest state in the United States, Texas has a lot to offer those who are seeking to add a bit of adventure and natural wonder to their lives. A wide variety of ranches offer just the ticket for an exciting and relaxing getaway. The typical Texas dude ranch is commonly stereotyped as a rough and dirty experience, but today’s travelers actually have the option of choosing authentic working ranches that provide luxury accommodations. Guests can savor the best of both worlds; a satisfying cowboy lifestyle experience combined with fine dining and pampering. Some of these establishments have even been honored with five-star ratings for their exquisite cuisine, accommodations, and amenities. As such, luxury tour operators are now meeting the demands of their clientele who are seeking authentic, but luxurious Western vacations.
Guests often enjoy accommodations that retain the vibe and rustic atmosphere of the Old West. Travelers may choose deluxe private cabins, or beautiful, individually decorated lodges. Today’s premium ranches provide amenities that match or exceed those of some of the top hotels and resorts in the country. Guests will experience gourmet meals prepared by talented on-site chefs using only the most premium ingredients, including organic meats and vegetables. The cuisine ranges from many international styles to a more casual, down-home ranch food menu.
People seeking the pleasures of the great outdoors can enjoy the thrill of horseback riding, often along trails which span mountains or prairies. For those who prefer their own two feet, hiking is also an option. Sportsmen can enjoy fishing or hunting. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, which gives guests many excellent opportunities to take amazing photographs to remember their experiences. Mountains ranches typically offer some breathtaking slopes for skiing. The variety of fun experiences are as numerous as the state of Texas is large.
Here are details about two of the finest Texas resorts, which are also renowned worldwide:
Picosa Ranch (Floresville, Texas)
Picosa is 600 acre ranch which is surrounded by ancient groves of oak trees, and enveloped by the beauty of the Texas landscape as far as the eye can see. As the top-of-the-line premiere ranch in the nation, Picosa was once the home of Governor John Connally, and features historical artifacts about his life and working relationship with President John Kennedy. Accommodations include the main house, a guest house, and a six-suite lodge; these all eloquently blend into the surrounding Texas environment. The well-trained staff is available to meet any need of their guests. Guests have use of the private airstrip for their planes, and it once even hosted Air Force One. The all-inclusive price for the magnificent and elegant place is $31,2000 per night, with a three-night minimum required. This covers the entire party. Learn more…
Cibolo Creek Ranch (Marfa, Texas)
Guests will experience a truly authentic Old West feel at this impeccable restored 19th century ranch which is nestled in the Chinati Mountains near the Mexico border. The owner hired restoration specialists to revamp the adobe buildings, and he had many modern anachronisms—such as electrical conduits, phones, and televisions—removed. Even so, this twenty suite ranch doesn’t skimp on amenities. It features Kobe steaks, delicious espresso, and generous rooms with velvet-draped king size beds. Décor is heavily influenced by traditional and Mexican/Spanish architectural techniques and antique accoutrements. Frequent celebrity guests include Mick Jagger and his long-term partner, Jerry Hall. Guests can create their own custom packages that combine their desired overnight lodging with the activities that they want to enjoy during their sure-to-be-enjoyable stay. Standard rooms are $325 per night, while the more expansive suites are $500 per night. Most activities are an extra $75 per participant. Learn more…
Vacationing at one of Texas’ luxury ranches allows the harried professional an opportunity to unplug from the hectic business world for a while, and to indulge in the wonders of nature. One does not have to sacrifice comfort for some of the best natural experiences available.