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Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kerhonkson
Staten Island, NY
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“Winter Wonderland”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

I have been going to Pinegrove Ranch for almost 25 years. It all started with my oldest daughter who adored the place and now with my younger ones (teens now). This was our first trip in the winter. We have been there for all the holidays throughout the years, so we decided to try New Year's weekend for a change. We were not disappointed. As usual, there were tons of daily activities and entertainment which, by the way, is all included in the price. You have Horseback riding, heated indoor pool, miniature golf, hay rides, snow tubing, ice skating and so much more (it would take up too much space to cover them all). The food is amazing. If anything, I think they over feed you. We tend to skip lunch so we can enjoy our breakfasts and Dinners that much more. Free cocktail hour (coketails for the kids), which also has snacks included. There is a snack bar that is open all day except during mealtimes. If you want to sleep late, you can always get something to eat from the snack bar. If you have kids, you don't have to worry about the kids getting bored. There is literally tons of things to do. My teens love going there also because it is a safe, fun place. They like to pretend they don't know us while we are there. They make friends fast and hang out with the other kids all day. I find it is also a beautiful place to take photos and go on nature walks (yes, even in the winter, as long as you bundle up). You will not be disappointed!!!

Room Tip: I personally prefer the Montana or the Dakota rooms. Santa Fe should be good too. It is far enough...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Owner-Pinegrove, Owner at Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you, 25 years of thank you! The joy of working at a ranch is see previous guest return. It makes each of us that work at the ranch feel a sense of pride. Our goal has always been the same- family fun, casual ranch vacation at affordable prices. Guest come the 1st time to experience something different, they return because its a good value.

Big Thanks,

David O'Halloran
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Albany, New York
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

I was glad I read many reviews before going here, it seemed that the older ones were particularly poor but some of the newer reviews were good so we gave it a chance and are happy we did. Our rooms in the Montana section were fine, very spacious for large families and somewhat updated, however my extended family stayed in the Nevada rooms and didn't have any positive things to say about the rooms there (pay the upgrade you'll be happy you did!)The activities kept us so busy we never even unpacked all the new Christmas games we brought along. The staff for the most part is friendly (the front desk may not seem it if you catch them at a busy time, but they were helpful). The food is pretty good with a lot of variety (if your looking for gourmet this is not the place for you! The snack bar that serves all day burgers, hot dogs and ice cream was a huge hit with everyone. Our party of 15 ranging from age 4-67 all had a really good time. If you keep in mind this is a Dude Ranch not a 5 star hotel and are OK with that, you'll have fun. I have been to Rocking Horse Ranch many times and tried Pinegrove because RHR prices are out of control (over $2000.00 for 2 nights for a family of 6) We had just as much fun here as we did there and the bill for all of us was still under $4000.00. I would have enjoyed staying an extra night just to have some down time in between all the fun activities and will probably do a 3 night stay if we return in the future.

Room Tip: Montana rooms are quieter and more updated. Nevada rooms need new beds, updating and a good cleaning...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Owner-Pinegrove, Owner at Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thanks for being our guest! Our maintenence staff has been busy renovating rooms. Dakota, Santa Fe & Wyoming have had nice work done in the last 12 months. Hopefully we will get to Nevada & Montana in the months ahead. Please ask for a Dakota room on your next visit; new beds, furnture, flat tv's & granit vanities.

Thanks again,

David O'Halloran
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Merrick, New York
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We are first time 'family ranchers' and my kids were so excited to go. Pinegrove's staff was so friendly and accommodating to each guest. Each day there was a list of activities such as Bingo, relay races, and archery which kept us busy all day long. Each night had a featured entertainer and a DJ for everyone to dance and have a blast. In addition, the horseriding trails and lessons were the highlight of my children's day. I cannot say enough positive things about this wonderful hotel. I really believe that we made great memories and bonded as a family. I KNOW we will be back and this may become a family tradition. Like my youngest daughter ( age7) said, " This is the best place in the whole world - I don't even want to go to Disney...let's come back to Pinegrove instead!"

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Owner-Pinegrove, Owner at Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Well, let's just say we are BIG fans of your youngest daughter. What an exceptional compliment! Please let her know that her kind words mean a lot to those of us that work at the Ranch.

THANK YOU,

David O'Halloran
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Branford, Florida
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

When you think of three meals (and good ones with great choices), the free snack bar, coctail party, and sooooo many activities, plus your hotel room,you can't afford not to go here - it would cost me more at home to feed 4 people and try and get to so many activites - especially for the kids!!! Would go back anytime!!! loved the atmosphere and friendly staff.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Owner-Pinegrove, Owner at Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
It's always fun to see our guest from Florida! We will always be your "home in the country", thank you.

David O'Halloran
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Island Park, New York
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

My husband and I were so happy to find out that Pine Grove was offering a FREE stay to displaced residents from Hurricane Sandy. What a treat! They could not do enough for us. When we had a problem in our room, Rob, the maintenance supervisor was so helpful, and had our room upgraded for us.

There are plenty of activities, if you want to take advantage of them. We chose to just have a relaxing three days, and it made having to cancel our Caribbean cruise a bit more bearable for us.

Thank you David ~ you're a wonderful man with a gracious heart!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Owner-Pinegrove, Owner at Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
It was a pleasure and very rewarding for all of us at the Ranch to be able to provide a little Holiday Cheer to families still without a home from Hurricane Sandy. FEMA helped to make this possible by paying the "motel" rate for each family, Pinegrove donated the "resort package". We wish all of you a speedy return to your home and hope to see you again at the Ranch.

David O'Halloran
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We were affected by Hurricane Sandy and heard about a wonderful offer from Pinegrove Ranch & Family Resort where they were accepting FEMA's motel rate and donating the rest of the resort package (meals and activities). We thought it was too good to be true, but we called and it was the real deal! I booked the reservation with Rebecca who was sweet and helpful and she followed through with making all the arrangements through FEMA for us.

We were delighted when we arrived. The staff was incredibly warm and friendly and they made us feel like family. The rooms were very clean, spacious and very comfortable. The kids LOVED the bunk beds! We were thrilled to discover how much there was for the kids to enjoy. Outdoors, there were tractor rides, a petting zoo, and the kids took pony rides and got to pet the horses. They enjoyed a bounce pillow, a rock climbing wall, an adorable playground, and campfires. Although my kids were too young to participate, horseback riding and paintball were also offered. Indoors, the kids had a blast playing games in the arcade, swimming in the heated indoor pool, playing mini golf, air hockey and shooting pool. They also loved dancing in the adorable and kid-friendly nightclub! There were also scheduled activities offered all day and night for those wanting to participate. There were scavenger hunts, bingo games, egg tosses, country line dancing, lazer tag, arts & crafts and much, much more. Also, Pinegrove offers a day camp for kids. We did not participate this time, however, it is a program that offers parents an opportunity to enjoy activities on their own for a few hours (such as horseback riding, if your kids are too young for a trail ride, a workout in the clean and modern fitness center or a relaxing spa treatment) while the kids enjoy supervised activities such as arts & crafts, story time, the petting zoo, swimming and more! Each night there was a complementary cocktail hour with appetizers. The kids even got a visit from Santa!

Breakfast and dinner were delicious with plenty of choices! For lunch, there is a food court that offers delicious pizza and pasta, sandwiches and FANTASTIC chili! My husband and I could not get enough of the chili topped with cheddar and onions. Also for lunch, there was a sit-down option at Tapaderos which offered delicious salad and panini sandwiches. Snacks were offered all day at the snack bar with yummy burgers, hot dogs, fries, ice cream and slushies! Perfect for kids!

The entire experience was wonderful! The decor was stunning! You really get the feeling you are at a beautiful horse ranch or in a cozy log cabin, especially by the gorgeous fireplace area in the main lobby. It is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a hot chocolate while enjoying watching the kids play!

We had a blast watching our kids have a blast!! It was so nice to be able to wisk them away from the devastation they have been seeing around them since the storm and this would not have been possible had it not been for the kind and extremely generous offer from Pinegrove's owner, Mr. O'Halloran. He even took the time to come out and meet with us and gave the kids toys from the gift shop!

I would highly recommend this beautiful resort vacation! If you enjoy watching your kids be happy and creating fond memories for them, then this is the place to go. We were under special circumstances, but have priced the resort because we do plan on going back once we are back on our feet, and what a fantastic value for a family! These rates cannot be beat for all the food and activities that are included! We have paid more in the past for vacations that include much less and we travel a lot. This is the type of vacation that gets the kids away from the xbox and away from the TV and out into nature and physical activities such as swimming, playing mini golf, dancing, etc. My children have now developed a love of horses after discovering the beautiful, friendly horses at Pinegrove. They are begging to go back and we are excited to go back too!

Thank you Pinegrove! We will be forever grateful!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Owner-Pinegrove, Owner at Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
It was a pleasure and very rewarding for all of us at the Ranch to be able to provide a little Holiday Cheer to families still without a home from Hurricane Sandy. FEMA helped to make this possible by paying the "motel" rate for each family, Pinegrove donated the "resort package". We wish all of you a speedy return to your home and hope to see you again at the Ranch.

David O'Halloran
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Belmar, New Jersey
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is the second time in three months that we went to Pine grove because the first experience was so positive!! We were displaced by the hurricane and the staff at Pinegrove was wonderfully cooperative in changing our reservation so we could come early. So we went back again for the weekend before Xmas, and it was even better than before! The staff is wonderfully friendly, I really felt like we were part of a huge family!! They remembered us and asked how everything had gone after the hurricane-really nice!!
The food is not gourmet food, but is perfect for the clientele-kids! My kids love the menu with meals catered to families-not food critics. Hearty breakfasts, friendly wait staff, never felt rushed-
One thing I would say-if you want something from the staff- just ask!!! We made some requests and I was amazed how hard the staff worked to get what we wanted.
Rooms were fine-albeit older but clean and spacious. Kids loved the bunk beds and the staff worked hard at making sure that the people in my group had rooms close by-thanks for that!!
Horseback riding was great-beautiful and well organized by wranglers. Lobby was awesome with central fireplace and snack bar nearby-open most of the day and night-
The thing about Pine grove is this- it is a family resort and should be seen as such. The food, the activities, the staff...all perfect for families. Get a group of families together and book together and you will have a great time!!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Owner-Pinegrove, Owner at Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thank you, the employees at the Ranch really care about each guest. The more you come, the more you will find that we are one big family. This Holiday week was extra special being able to open our doors to those without a home from Hurricane Sandy. There were so many guests, enjoying the mountains and activities.

Thanks again for your kind words and we look forward to seeing yoy again!

David O'Halloran
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Property: Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch
Address: 30 Cherrytown Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446-2148 (Formerly Pinegrove Ranch & Family Resort)
Location: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Kerhonkson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kerhonkson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family Dude Ranch. Packages include Room, Meals, Activities & Entertainment. Choice from Restaurants plus a Food Court for lunch and Free Snack Bar from 11am to 11pm. Horseback Riding, Hayrides, Indoor & Outdoor Pools with Doubleflume Waterslides, Kids Playground, Bouncing Pillow, Mini-Golf & More. Family Fun at Afforable Rates! ... more   less 
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