We have been a timeshare owner for the last 10 years at this beautiful location (Westgate River Ranch) and we are so glad that we hung on to our investment because it is really starting to pay off for us. The staff is quickly ironing out the early on glitches that we use to face when we first purchased here.
We just spent the last 2 weeks on property and we were thrilled to see so many improvements and happy families enjoying all of the amenities. Because I am a female veteran (and I represent veteran families in the Sarasota/Manatee and surrounding areas), we are always so proud when we attend their fabulous rodeo and see that our military veterans and God are both honored and recognized!
But please understand that a dude ranch is NOT for everyone! If you need to constantly be going somewhere and doing something to keep you occupied, and you need to be plugged into a network at every moment of every day, than you need to go somewhere like NYC for your vacation.
Here at the Ranch, you will encounter God's beauty at His finest. In the morning, you will see and hear the sounds of the Ranch waking up (the buffalo, the horses with foals, sand hill cranes, cows, peacocks, steer, etc.) and then begin to see activity unfold as the guests and the employees begin their different activities for the day. For some tourists; that might be on the golf course, in a boat on the River, or on the back of a horse. :) But it's all there for you, right on site. Remember to bring whatever you need because you are 30 miles away from the nearest Walmart. :)
At dusk, you will see the magnificent skies rolling towards the west where the sun is just beginning to gently set on the horizon to signal the end of another River Ranch day. The quietness was so very comforting to us as we prepared to bed down for the night in the luxurious cabins...our home away from home.
We took over 1,000 pictures during these 2 weeks and each one is more beautiful than the next. We checked out all of the various lodging choices and we loved the idea of the "glam camping". We'll have to try that next but each night, they were already filled to capacity. And they are going to add tee-pees to the Ranch this fall. How cool is that? Who has ever gotten to sleep in a tee pee?
Please keep up the good work West Gate, and we would be remiss is we didn't say "thank you" to the Ranch's wonderful GM (and Pastor) Mr. Ray Duncan and his beautiful wife Jodi for taking care of our family's every need.
To Terri in the General Store...you are an asset to the property. The cowgirls at the front desk were very pleasant and a real hoot. To their sales and marketing department (Lisa, Dottie, etc.) thank you for your knowledge and cooperation to help us to reach out to all of our military veterans...and to Miss Camille (Glam Camping Concierge Services) you are the bomb!!!!
Our only suggestion we have is to "better open up the lines of communicate between all of your various departments". We would hate to see you GROW too fast and not continue to give great services to your visitors and owners. And please bring back the owners lounge/breakfast so that we can hang out together and share stories of where we are from and how we are going to spend the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on 1,700 beautiful acres in Central Florida and just an hour from Orlando, Westgate River Ranch provides fun and adventure for the entire family! The perfect backdrop for your vacation getaway, Westgate River Ranch boasts Western-themed accommodations, an abundance of recreational activities, and unique opportunities for families and friends to spend quality time with each other. The wide range of recreational activities at Westgate River Ranch include horseback riding, nature hikes, fishing, swimming, boating, airboat and swamp buggy rides, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, cookouts, a petting farm and more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westgate River Ranch Hotel Lake Wales
- Westgate River Hotel
- Hotel Westgate River