I had no idea what a dude ranch was and stumbled across the Dixie Dude Ranch when doing internet searches for Texas. So glad I found it.
I have never felt so at home, so far from home.
The ranch is set in the most beautiful country, rolling hills, wildflowers, magnificent sunsets. From the moment you arrive you feel welcome, everyone says hi and introduces themselves.
The cabins are basic, no tv's, no mod cons - but that's what you're here for. Each cabin has a rustic feel, with a porch and a rocker - they all look homely and welcoming.
The main lodge has a tv (which was never turned on while we were there - kind of cool), it's decorated with photo's of guests from over the years, it's been welcoming visitors for over 60 years. The lodge also has the dining room, where all you meals are served, which by the way are awesome - all good home cooking and plenty of it. We never went hungry.
You can do two horse rides a day, the wranglers take the time to choose the right horse and to make you feel comfortable (I hadn't ridden since a child - now 40 and was very nervous). They also ensure that you don't go on the same trail twice. The views along the trails are unbeatable, such a beautiful peaceful place.
For the more experienced riders, you can also request extra horse time in the arena, where you can put one of the horses and you skills through their paces, a wrangler will be there to watch over you.
You can also do hikes of the property, we asked at the front desk and we were told to grab a map, a stick and a dog... we mentioned 'hike' to one of the friendly labradors on the front porch and she was away.... no leash required... off we went, the dog lead us all the way.
They also have various entertainment after dinner - while we were there, we had a cowboy come and sing for us around the campfire - may sound a little cheesy - but as the sun was setting, he told us stories and sang songs - it was awesome (and I don't even like country/cowboy music).
It's a great way to spend time with your family and also meet fellow travellers. I would go back in a heartbeat, it's a truly magical place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dixie Dude Ranch has been showing people all over the world true Texas hospitality for over 75 years. Our all-inclusive package is perfect for people of all ages, solo travelers, couples, and families alike. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dixie Dude Ranch Hotel Bandera
- Dixie Dude Ranch Texas/Bandera