My girlfriend and I stayed for a weekend in Sept' 08. Overall, we made the best of it, and tried to stay positive throughout our stay. I have stayed at Roseland Ranch before, but because of the recent developments there, we booked a trip here instead.
I will give you an honest evaluation of the Resort. From the outside, the property is pretty nice. The area surrounding the pool is probably the best kept, when you walk elsewhere (Rock Climbing or Playground/Outside Mini Golf) they seem to be in need of some cleaning and landscaping.
The lobby when I walked in had a musky odor that was pretty strong, I understand this is a horse ranch and there is a difference between "rustic" and "musky" and this was definitely the latter. The check in staff was nice, had a smile, worked fast and gave you descent instruction on how to go to your room, and the events, as well as signing up for horseback rides.
When we went to the room, it seemed ok. We had a nevada room which was enough for the two of us. The room was renovated (more on that later) recently, and was fairly clean (some carpet stains, a little dust here and there) beds were a little on the saggy side, but not terrible. The bathroom was very basic, clean though.
The overall facility is a weird set up with different levels for each area. It is kind of a trek to get where you want to go, but not terrible. We did do some exploring, but it was to become more familiar with the property, for the misguided, finding the stables or the lake, could be a challenge.
We'll here it goes, started off descent and got worse from there. As others have said, you don't get served soda, You get water at dinner, but you have to ask for ice tea or juice. It almost seems like they don't want to serve you drinks.
The first night you started off with a small bowl of salad. I chose London broil served with gravy and mashed potato, small portion though, but it tasted good, a little salty but not terrible, came as cooked. Dessert was a choice of various puddings or brownie sundae. I chose the pudding which was kind of pathetic and the waiter brought me out a sundae instead which was ok. Brownie was a little bland and has a strange texture.
Breakfast was ok, pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, fruit and other sorts of items are served. Typical breakfast foods, nothing special.
Lunch was horrible, the area gets crowded quickly. You had a choice of hotdogs and hamburgers, which were ok, kind of tasted like mcdonalds. Another place called angelo's pizza and pasta served up frozen mini pizzas and overcooked pasta with a bland sauce. The sandwich shop was ok, but only served two types of sandwiches.
Dinner the second night was a joke! Like the other person said, we had the riblet dinner too, which my girlfriend ordered. It was a small piece of rib with happy face fries on a tiny plate. I ordered the chicken parm. Chicken Parm was a descent size and tasted ok, I asked the waiter to bring my girlfriend chicken parm instead and she gave her dinner to the other guest at our table who ordered the riblet. Its almost as if the waiter knew what he was serving was terrible.
We didn't bother going to breakfast the next day, we were both kind of feeling the effects of bad- cafeteria style food. One more thing, they say it's all you can eat, but they never ask you if you want seconds, and try to avoid you a bit.
The wranglers were very nice and cordial, explained basics to each rider before you got on. I am an advanced rider and they had an advanced ride. The horses were well kept, and seemed to be happy for the most part, although they didn't have great control over the horses. One horse was up in the woods and was running through the horses on the beginner trail, while a wrangler shouted "shes gonna kill herself"(the horse) not what you want to say around children on a horse for the first time. They screen you before you go on your ride, which consists of you kicking your horse into the correct gait, if you fail, you try again. My horse wouldn't get into a cantor until the second evaluation. The wrangler told me, the horses tend to be stubborn through the evaluations, so it was typical for that to happen. The rides were short. You only did about maybe 20 minutes of riding. If a ride Started at 2pm by the time everyone was on their horse its was 2:20-2:30 and you rode out and came back by 3. You saw the same trail everytime and you did have to trek over some poor terrain.
The other activities were pretty poor. We played paintball, and that was a great time. Probably because it is done by an outside company and it was extra. Rock Climbing was worn, and small. The outdoor minigolf needed to be swept of tree debris. The playground and pool seemed to be in nice shape. Inside, lazer tag was flooded and on, and the indoor minigolf by the pool looked pathetic. The basement pool was so dark and poorly lit I didn't know how people were swimming in it.
Overall, I wouldn't go back. The place has potential, but needs a facelift.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pinegrove Ranch And Family Resort
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