My husband and I were looking for a weekend getaway that was unique yet incorporated several factors: B&B, Horses, and a place we could fly to with our plane from SW Florida. Southern Cross had it all, and then some. The staff was wonderful from Tom, who picked us up at the charming Madison Airport, to Monica, who checked us in to Inge, the talented German chef, to Floyd, Megan, Lance, and Conny, who put up with us City Slickers as we rode around the ranch to Noel who took us back to the airport. For those interested in quality riding and horses, this is the place to go. They rotate their Livery horses every few weeks so you never get a tired nag. The staff at the stables matched us up with appropriate mounts and it was one of our best riding experiences. The ranch had over 200 horses so there was a suitable horse for any level of rider. The ranch also offers a “bring your own horse program” so if you have your own horse you can vacation together – in separate buildings! The rooms were impeccably clean and larger than your average B&B, beautifully furnished and very comfortable. The food had a German flair, yet there were Southern Biscuits and Gravy, pizza, burritos, Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and fresh fruit and vegetables, all homemade by the incomparable Inge and her staff. There was always something to suit the pickiest eaters and other than fresh vegetables, I did not see anything re-cycled or heavily salted as previously mentioned. Desserts were plentiful and included cakes, sorbets in natural fruit shells, pie, and cookies. The dining room was open 24/7 so you could have coffee, hot chocolate or milk and cookies and cake anytime. Inge surprised us Friday evening with “Gluvine” a hot, spiced, mulled wine just like they serve in the German and Austrian ski slopes. Yummo! If you and your family love horses, then head down (or in our case up) to the Southern Cross Ranch. We plan to be back soon and this time we are bringing friends to enjoy the Southern Hospitality and Horses.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southern Cross Ranch is a new breed of dude-ranch experience that combines a working ranch with the comfort of a cozy bed-and-breakfast inn. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Southern Cross Ranch Hotel Madison