We just returned from our third visit to C Lazy U and we had a wonderful time. This is without a doubt my two girls favorite vacation spot.
Accommodations: Comfortable and homey. Loved the warmed tile floors in the bathroom. The rooms are stocked daily with munchies for after-ride hunger pangs.
Atmosphere: The ranch is done in the "old West" style so no phones or TVs in the room. Many families return to the ranch, including us. It was nice to meet with families went had met on previous trips, but we met many new families as well. Dinner attire is dressier than riding clothes, but nowhere near coat and tie. No need to bring high heels, but they aren't out of place if you like to dress for dinner.
Programs: My kids love the kids programs. This was the first year for my 13-yr-old to be in the teen program. The ranch does a great job of having additional activities for this active age - white water rafting, go karts, and campouts were well received. The younger play capture the flag, find the counselor and do skits for the talent show. My kids love the time with their new friends. The kids go on two rides each day with some downtime after lunch to recoup. On our first trip we wondered if we would have enough time with the girls, but there's plenty of time after the afternoon ride to swim in the pool, do archery, trap shooting, ropes course or go fishing in the stocked pond. You can also opt out of rides. Do as much or as little as you like. The Shodeo at the end of the week is a great way for the kids, and adults, to show off their new riding skills.
For the adults, two rides are offered daily. You can choose from, slow scenic, instructional, medium or fast rides depending on your skills and preferences. The scenery and terrain around the ranch are wonderful. You can also ride in the indoor arena if you just want to brush up on your riding skills in a more controlled environment. The ranch offers cattle pushing clinics - a total hoot.
Service: Connie, Paul, Bill, et al. do a spectacular job. Bill Fisher, the head wrangler, works hard to pair the right horse and rider. The staff is friendly. The kids loved all of their counselors. One of them was a college student who was a guest himself when he was a kid. The wranglers were knowledgable and competent. My daughters have been riding since they were little and Jaime, the head of kids programs, made sure they were on horses that matched their abilities.
A few times we had a special request with respect to a ride and Bill and Jamie did their best to accommodate us.
Food: Easy to gain weight on this trip! Breakfast is family style in the lodge. Lunches are on the patio with a salad bar, 2 entrees, multiple sides, house-made soup and dessert. The ice cream bar opens at 4 for scoops and shakes. Dinner is in the lodge or at the patio house. Wine pairing are always offered. The ranch features locally grown meats and produce. Meals are tasty and served family style - with plenty for seconds or thirds. Desserts are tasty.
Overall, this is a wonderful place for families. It's the perfect blend of summer camp (with horses!) and a family vacation. There's lots of family time as well as time to spend as a couple. Hang out with other families or just by yourselves. You can be we'll be back again!