I chose the Silver Spur Ranch for our Dude Ranch experience based on earlier TripAdvisor reviews, and the experience exceeded all expectations.
Jay, Maria, Bubba, Tom, Kidd and all the other crew members went out of their way to make our two days stay at the ranch a fun, authentic experience. In fact, we marveled at the way they made every family or group with whom our stay overlapped feel equally special and welcome. Hats off to their southern-living hospitality and country charm!! Our positive interaction with each of these people really set the tone for a memorable experience.
We arrived at the ranch during a lovely 85 degree time of year, and opted for daily horseback rides, swimming in the enormous pool, looking for fossils, playing billiards, fussball, ping pong and tether ball, the nightly hayride and the marshmallow roasts. Bubba even taught us how to toss a lasso!
With regard to every detail, the crew made the difference...
Our cabin accommodations were serviceable, certainly not luxurious, but clean and clearly adequate. We spent little time in the cabin but when my son threw up all over and I hastily cleaned what I could, the crew members graciously came to my rescue, with a smile!
My City Slicker boys initially resolved not to ride horses. However, with some appropriate encouragement, the wranglers (Jay, Kidd and Tom) got the boys onto the trail. My younger son's horse liked to mosey through the bushes, and at one point my son got tangled. He was in not danger, and Tom could not have handled it better. He untangled my son, gave him positive encouragement and a little laughter, and set the horse going before my son could register any fear. Both kids came home telling their friends how much they liked horseback riding and asking when we could go again.
Meals, served cafeteria-style, were substantial and quite delicious. When the staff discovered one of my children is lactose intolerant, they went out of their way to cook another meal for him. We hadn't asked ahead for it, and I didn't expect such thoughtful attention.
Both my boys ranked Silver Spur Ranch the #1 thing they did in Texas on Spring Break -- beating out NASA, the Alamo, Fiesta Days and JFK's assassination location (all pretty cool in and of themselves).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Want to get away to a relaxing place you'll always remember? A special place where families come together and new friends are made? A unique ranch where you'll find a real Western cowboy experience? Then take a trip out to one of the finest dude ranches in Bandera, Texas: The Silver Spur Guest Ranch is waiting for you. This historic guest ranch is a perfect place to trade in your tie for a red bandana, your skirt for blue jeans, and your worries for the peace of a Western sunset. Relax, have fun, make unforgettable memories, and enjoy your surroundings. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Silver Spur Ranch Hotel Bandera
- Silver Spur Ranch Texas/Bandera