I just went for Labor Day weekend to the Rocking Horse Ranch with my husband and teenaged son. This was our second time here, and we had the most relaxing, fun-filled time. The place is a little expensive, however, I think you get value for your dollar (just add up what you might pay for all the different activities you do -- meals, entertainment, water park, horseback riding, etc.). The resort also gave us a substantial discount for staying three nights and I loved that everything was included. You need no additional money during your stay (though we each did buy a souvenir at the end of our trip at their gift shop).
My husband and I were really impressed with the staff (the resort employs many people which in itself is good in this economy) and they provide great service. For example, the grounds of the resort were immaculate with flower gardens and hanging flowers. The grounds crew takes such good care of the place that after a brief shower, they were out blowing the pathways clear of any stray leaves or other debris, and after an evening of fireworks over the lake, all debris (from people and the fireworks) were gone by early morning (including any stray balloons and glowsticks that they gave the guests the prior night). Then there are the lifeguards who keep the pool areas neat and clean, the staff running group activities (such as bingo, blackjack, or other competitions), staff providing boats and sports equipment to individual guests, staff running water sports activities (water skiing and rides on a banana boat), staff cleaning the rooms, staff running the archery and riflery ranges, staff running the reception desk, staff running the bar in the lobby (with free popcorn and cold water with lemon), and the bar by the pool (which had free food and drinks during the afternoon cocktail hour).
And of course, I can’t forget the dining room staff. The food was really good. It was self-serve buffet for breakfast and lunch, and table-service for dinner (with dessert buffet tables, including a chocolate fountain). Food was plentiful and the service was very fast and efficient. (And the character lunch was cute with all the picture taking.)
Lastly, there was the great staff working with the horses and taking good care of the riders. There are 105 horses there (plus a zebra, donkeys, camel and a couple of cats). My husband went horseback riding 2 to 3 times a day (people rode anywhere from zero to five times a day). I just rode once and decided to use that time with other activities such as taking a horse-drawn carriage through the woods, taking the hiking trail around the property, and kayaking. We had plenty to keep us busy after riding too – such as playing miniature golf, tennis, ping pong, billiards, air hockey, Wii games, jumping in the bounce house, and of course, sliding down the water slides into the pools. And I should note there were many other activities that we didn’t do (such as bungee jumping), and services we didn’t use (such as the spa and child care programs). Each night, there was also entertainment such as an illusionist David Haines and his wife. Thus, we had full days but they were enjoyable and relaxing.
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