This trip was over Memorial Day weekend. My friend and I arrived Friday. We stayed in one of the inn rooms: room 119. The room comes with a decent sized mini refrigerator, a microwave, and sink area outside of the bathroom. I suggest taking some supplies for food unless you plan on spending money on the breakfast buffet and dinner buffet every night with the exception of the General Stores pizza and small items that are sold there. The bathroom was a decent size as well. Our bathtub stopped up as I showered and was in standing water; however, the maintenance man came right away and fixed it completely. The inn rooms are right in the middle of everything. They are close to the saloon, pool and main office. It is just a little walk to the Smokehouse Grill, Marina, Stables, etc.
Many people seemed to rent the many golf carts that are available to ride around on those opposed to walking. My friend and I didn't rent them and just walked to everything as it really isn't that far.
The Smokehouse Grill had good food. The breakfast buffet was very adequate with selection of fruits, pancakes, french toast sticks, biscuits, gravy, eggs, omelet station, potatoes, cottage cheese, sausage, etc. The buffet at night also had good selections. At night I was also available to order something off the regular menu and just got the grilled chicken/bleu cheese salad which was excellent. The waitresses there were absolutely the best. They made us feel extremely welcome every day and remembered us and actually gave us the same table every day as well.
The General Store contains many grocery items that are great for those that may be camping out there in their RV's, etc. There is pizza and a small menu of items there at the deli inside. At the back of the store, there is icecream and they do sell liquor, tobacco products, 2 liter sodas, etc as well as a few souvenir items. There is also lotto in there as I did do some scratch tickets and broke even with my $20 worth.
Next to the General Store is a Western Store that contains more souvenirs, country clothing, hats, boots, etc. I did buy a black cowboy hat at a really great price in there.
They even have a post office and fitness center in the area by the General Store and the Western Store. You can also buy bags of ice in the General Store. Note that there are NO ice machines here. If you need ice, there were trays in the freezer portion of the room refrigerator but I just went ahead and bought a bag to have ice right away for my 2 liter drinks in the room. I didn't visit the Fitness Center at all.
I missed on Friday night where they held a barbeque dinner and hayride. I didn't know it was only that night and it was held up at East Corral I believe it was called which has an area of picnic tables outside, long tables in an area inside, and something that looks like a show stage as well.
Saturday nights they have a rodeo in which you have to buy tickets. I did not attend as I had been to many rodeos in the past so I just hung out around the outside which was close to the Saloon. They had a campfire outside the saloon that night with a DJ stage and an area set up for a dance floor outside there as well for all the kids to enjoy. In the saloon of course, only adults are allowed and there was good music but it didn't get that many people in there really. This is definitely not a place for singles really.
My friend and I did the 1 hour trail ride on the horses. I rode "Bo" and she rode "AJ". I was positioned behind the horse named "Patrick" which I call "Pokey Patrick" as he is a stubborn one that does not like to go...hahahh! I had to stop many times because of that stubborn horse being in front of me; but I enjoyed the trail ride. It was nice as it went in and out of the shaded areas and around a pond area in which a bull was soaking. This bull slowly came out of the water and into the area where we were riding but he was tame and didn't bother us at all. I took pictures of him because I couldn't believe I was that close to a bull! There were also bison around as well. The cutest thing was that there was a mother and baby horse there. The baby horse turned one week old on Sunday. It was the cutest thing. It stayed right up under mama until that Sunday when it was a little more independant dancing around and being frisky. Too cute! That was the youngest horse I've seen. Zachary was one of the leaders of the trail ride and he was really good. In fact, all the employees at the stable areas were wonderful. My friend did do a private barrel lesson as well and I can't remember the ladies name that taught her but she was awesome. She taught my friend a whole lot, had some great stories and actually was a barrel racing champion in 2002 and showed us one hard run doing the barrels that impressed me to the fullest!
A petting zoo is there as well. It contained sheep, emu, turkey, rabbits, goats, pigs, etc. The riding age for the trail rides starts at 8 years old. For those children that are not old enough, they can do the horses/mules in the ring that spin around in a circle. In the place where you book the trail rides, they do sell childrens cowboy hats, stuffed animals, ropes, keychains, etc.
The marina provides airboat tours and swamp buggy tours. There are also boats to rent out for going fishing. On the property is also a fishing pond that is catch and release but if you boat, you can keep what you catch from out there. My friend and I did the swamp buggy tour which was a first for us both. It glides over many lily pads, etc. It lasted an hour and we saw two aligator, a cow, and many gorgeous birds. It was a neat experience. The guy that ran the tour was funny and he spotted the aligator for us. We didn't get to see them long as it was a hot day and they were in the water and then plunged below the surface as we got near.
There is a nature trail out there that can go up to 30 some miles away. My friend and I walked part of it. It was hard to figure out where the trail began at first as we were told to go past all the RVs and then it would start but it was not like that. It was close to the Corral where the trail began. There is an orange tree not too far down the trail and an area of trees that are shaped spookily that would be great in some movie!
It was really nice back in the RV areas with the landscaping, shaded areas, and those on the Kissimmee River.
Also on the property is a miniature golf course, tennis courts, basketball court, archery, skeet shooting range, swimming pool, etc. I did the archery, It was only around $4 for however long you wanted to be out there but I must say that the targets were round bales of hay with faded red spray paint as the target which is so low that it would accomodate an aim of children more than that of an adult as I would squat down to try to aim straight.
All in all, my friend and I had a great time. I think this resort is perfect for families of teens all the way down to babies. There are plenty of outdoor things to do and such there. For just two traveling adults, it was just fine for us but I imagine singles in particular would be wishing for a little more especially in the nightlife area of the saloon. I did suggest this resort to my boss which has a child turning 8 soon. That age is perfect in that you can at least do the trail ride starting at that age.
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