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Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

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Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

Hi guys,

I've been toying for ages to go on a ranching/cowboy holiday in the USA & texas obviously came straight to mind.

Thinking perhaps something on the lines of staying on a ranch 5-7days.......lassoes, cattle drives.......really the whole "city slickers" thing &/or a little bit of travelling.... (few more days- 10days altogether) around on a proper cowboy holiday seeing rodeos etc Don't really want to spend the entire time on a ranch & want to do a bit of exploring ourselves.

Where would you guys recommend for the best overall fun & authentic experience? Somewhere we can actually go all out in cowboy hats, boots etc everyday.

Mimi.

Edited: 18 January 2011, 20:31
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1. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

There are actually 2 places in Texas that I know of.

The first is Bandera, west of the San Antonio area. This is a really popular place and lots of ranches to choose from. Check the Bandera forum for more info here.

The other is northwest of Ft. Worth, called Wildcatter Ranch, more of an upscale ranch and spa. http://www.wildcatterranch.com/

Bandera though would get my vote!

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2. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

The Dixie Dude ranch outside of San Antonio in Bandera has an overnight trail ride.

http://www.dixieduderanch.com/overnight.html

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3. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

Cibolo Creek Ranch in S TX will let you wear your boots and cowboy hat. They will feed you good food and give you a massage after a long day on the trail.

Cibolo Creek Ranch @ HCR 67, Box 44, Marfa, TX 432 - 229 - 3737/

http://www.cibolocreekranch.com/

Edited: 18 January 2011, 21:52
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4. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

Lajitas is a good cowboy resort also.

Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa @ HC 70, Box 400, Lajitas, TX 432 - 424 - 5180.

http://www.lajitasgolfresort.com/

The Inn at Dos Brisas will provide cowboy activities also.

The Inn at Dos Brisas @ 10000 Champion Drive, Washington, TX 979 - 277 - 7750.

http://www.dosbrisas.com/

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5. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

Hi Mimi,

Let's do a reality check.

Do you have horseback riding experience? Perhaps you do, but I ask because folks without time in the saddle don't know how their bodies can react to being astride a moving horse for awhile. Personally, it isn't the backside but the knees that complain the most as the round shape of a horse's mid-section at the stirrups creates a strain on my legs. After a recent ride, it was so bad that I thought I should go directly from the corral to the orthopedist's office, but as I had been riding with my orthopedist who seemed to be in as much pain as me, I decided to just grin and bear it. Unless you've spent enough time on a horse to know you can handle it, I advise you to cut the time on a ranch to about three days and go to one with different activities like swimming, trail biking, skeet shooting, etc. in case riding proves not as rewarding as you imagine it to be.

What are the ages of your companions and what time of year will you visit? If possible, you'll want to avoid July through mid-September in Texas as the heat will affect your outdoor activity, but access to a pool and air-conditioning, which is essential during Summer, mitigates that somewhat. If you have very young or old folks traveling with you, be especially aware of the heat factor.

The options mentioned by the Texas advisors should suit you. The ranch at Graham is about a 2 hour drive from DFW airport and around 1.5 hours from Ft. Worth which has the Stockyards historic district and its Old West flavor as well as lively Sundance Square and excellent museums. Bandera dude ranches are about an hour from San Antonio which has the Riverwalk, the Alamo and many other attractions. The scenic Texas Hill Country is also nearby.

Lajitas resort is absolutely nothing like what you seek, so ignore that recommendation. The Marfa ranch is in West Texas, not South. It looks attractive, however, it is around 3.5 hours' drive from a commercial airport.

For rodeos, check the right side of the page under Top Questions for links to informative threads.

Edited: 19 January 2011, 03:55
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6. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

if you've got some pocket change there is the infamous YO Ranch near Kerrville

http://www.yoranch.com/

I didn't check the current schedule but there are gourmet raft trips offered by Crumpets of San Antonio. I've done this and pretty nice experience..enjoying crème brûlée on the banks of the Rio Grande..not more citified than that

http://www.crumpetsa.com/rafting.html

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7. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. Well there are 3 of us - around 26/28yrs girls.

I'm really the only experienced rider however i understand its kinda different from the european riding style. The other girls want to give it a try & other activities so perhaps then would a dude ranch be the best??

We're kinda up for giving everything a try & the livelier the area/town the better.

Bandera & san antonio sound like good suggestions!!

Mimi.

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8. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

as another choice, you might want to visit Fort Worth....Cowtown!

If you visit the Texas Hill Country you could also enjoy the LBJ working ranch. http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/index.htm

IMHO, I would not focus too much on finding a place to ride...I prefer a genuine Texas dance hall for live music and dancing.

http://www.sisterdaledancehall.com/

Luckenbach TX..famous dance hall a small but very famous place...great to drop in and have a beer and listen to the impromptu music

http://www.luckenbachtexas.com/

in betwen Austin and San Antonio is Gruene Hall

www.gruenehall.com

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Bandera would be a great choice

. http://www.banderacowboycapital.com/index.cfm

a great drinkin' hole/dive is Arky Blues on main street Bandera

http://www.arkeyblue.com/

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March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28:

Cowboys on Main

(BANDERA )

Phone: (800)364-3833

www.banderacowboycapital.com

Features a cowboy display in front of the Bandera County Courthouse and strolling Western entertainers on Main Street. Sponsored by the Frontier Times Museum Living History Project. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Main Street.

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also, you might be interested in Tejano Rodeo north of San Antonio

http://www.tejasrodeo.com/

Edited: 20 January 2011, 07:51
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9. Re: Where to go for 10days "City slickers" experience.....

You could check with the Dude Ranchers Association- http:www.duderanch.org

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