Our stay at RHR was very nice. It is clean, very well maintained and there is lots to do. When our family arrived we were graciously greeted by the front desk staff who were courteous and friendly. We arrived a bit early and they allowed us to check in (which was a huge plus traveling with kids eager to start their vacation.) Rooms were nice, ours had a bunk bed with two queens and a decent bathroom. We weren't in the room that much anyway because there was so much to do.
As soon as the kids saw the indoor pool (as we walked past the front desk) they wanted to get in. We started off in the indoor pool, which was nice and then we headed to the splash zone and indoor water slide which the kids liked too. Indoor pool area was open til 9:30pm. The outdoor pool area was nice too, had a water slide, splash area for little ones and a snack/bar stand. Free ice water station at the pool was nice, in fact their were several around the whole resort which was a plus on hot days. Plenty of seating by the pool and some cabana like tents for shade. They had live music at the pool which was great, and one day we had free tasting of cheeses, chips, salsa and jalapeno poppers etc. Also, we were provided with free pina coladas (alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions). BTW, the pool temperature was perfect, no "cold shock" while getting in. Outside pool closed at 7pm, which I thought is a bit early.
The lake was nice, a little bit small though. None the less, we enjoyed some kayaking, paddle boats, water skiing, fishing and the banana boat rides. I Wish the boat house at the dock carried/sold bait for fishing. Also, the cane poles they had for fishing did not work that well. (could have brought the kid's poles but didn't think of it). Amenities around the lake area were fun too. Mini golf, bungee bouncing for the kids and the fun barn. I Wish the activities by the lake stayed open a little longer. Fun barn had table tennis, moon bounces etc., but was really loud because of air cannons shooting foam balls. Tennis/Basketball courts were in good shape. We roasted marshmallows one night by the lake, with some campfire songs performed by a gentleman hired by the resort. He was great, but I must say that the resort person overseeing the campfire was a little crabby and condescending. Maybe he was having a bad day, I don't know. The shooting range was o.k., could have been a little better for archery. Gem mining was really cool for the kids, you buy a small sack of dirt with gems in it and use the moving water to mine the gems out. We went horseback riding which was really cool. My horse Otis was a great horse who was patient and I thank him for the nice trip on the trails. My kids enjoyed the horses so much we went back for a second ride the next day.
The dining was well above average, breakfast and lunch was help yourself buffet style. It was kind of hectic, typical feeding frenzy with people running around to shovel food onto their plates (a common theme at most buffet style meals). Tons of quality choices at both meals, decent quality breakfast foods like eggs, sausage, bacon, bagels, cereals, pancakes, french toast etc., as well as burgers, fries, bbq chicken, pulled pork and such for lunch. Outdoor lunch picnic was great. Fantastic assortment of fresh fruit was offered at both meals along with many drink choices. I probably would have preferred OJ without the pulp (just me) and a reduced fat milk choice instead of whole milk (1% or 2% would be good). Maybe I could have asked, but really not a big deal. Dinner was a sit down occasion, starting off with soup and salad with breadsticks. Main courses consisted of good choices such as pasta, steak, pork chops, ribs, fish or chicken breast. I would have liked to see more variety pertaining to kids meals. I know I could have asked for more kid friendly meals, but I feel that a small section on the menu should be dedicated to a variety of kids meals so you know what is available. My kids tend to be a little picky when they get grilled cheese made with giant pieces of texas toast and mac n' cheese that comes out made with baked penne and topped with crushed crackers and real melted cheese. These foods looked great to me, but my kids don't prefer a fancy take on such foods. Lastly, desserts were pretty good, choices of cakes and pies were good but by the last night it had the "same old choices feel" so I preferred the make your own ice cream cone station. Good idea for dessert.
The entertainment was good, the juggling show was excellent. The kids enjoyed that show greatly.
Overall, our stay at the resort was really nice. Very family oriented and well organized. I would certainly recommend RHR to other families.
- Also Known As:
- Rocking Horse Ranch Hotel Highland
- Rocking Horse Hotel
- Rocking Horse Resort
- Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Highland, New York