I took my 10 year old daughter and 7 year old son to Sugar & Spice Ranch. When we arrived at the ranch I was a little nervous wondering if there was enough for us to do. But keep in mind. we had already been in San Antonio for 8 days, in 5 star hotels, doing all the "tourist' stuff. After about 5 minutes at the ranch and meeting Leigh (the owner), I took a deep breath and realized this was going to be a very special part of our trip. No distractions, no electronics...just uninterrupted time with my kids. If you find yourself lucky enough to visit this ranch, do so with an open heart and allow yourself to be still and appreciate all that the ranch has to offer. My family pushed boundaries, overcame fears (thank you Winston!!), stayed up late talking (REALLY talking), shared a table for three meals a day with total strangers who, at the end of the weekend, we considered friends. The accomodations make you feel like you're at camp (we loved it!!) and the food is not the "all you can eat gourmet buffet", but what I'd expect if I went to my sister's house; homecooked, very good, and more than enough. In the end, our weekend felt like we had just spent a weekend with family but we also learned to ride horses, gather eggs from the chickens, threatened to steal their dogs (because we fell in love with them all), and left knowing we'd come back to visit again. I am a little disturbed at some of the posts that talk about the different "moods" of the family...what part about FAMILY don't those people understand?? Again, go with an open mind and allow each experience to shape you in some way and don't be afraid to extend a little grace to a well-deserving family. My children got much more by experiencing the life of another family, as opposed to stepford personalites, than they would staying at the Ritz-Carlton. This family works hard and we LOVED the fact that they could be both "real" and professional at the same time (even around strangers) and run a business together. I hope to gain more riding experience and have the opportunity to do a girls weekend in Wyoming someday! Leigh, it was a pleasure staying and getting to know you and your girls. I wish you ALL the best and we will see you again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sugar and Spice Ranch is exclusively for mothers and daughters who want to spend a week having the best bonding experience of a lifetime. Imagine bunking with other moms and daughters in a real bunkhouse and riding your very own horse for the week. You'll learn how to care for your horse by learning to tack up, groom, bathe, feed, turn out, and of course ride. Moms will feel like kids again, and your daughters will get the camping experience while still having the security of being with mom. You'll do virtually everything together including riding, swimming and on the last day of camp you will even participate in a team horse show. Our summer camp sessions run from Saturday through the following Friday every week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Camp tuition is for TWO PEOPLE and is all-inclusive (lodging, all meals, tack, horses, lessons, etc.) We can't wait to share our ranch with you all. Be one of our guests and experience what happens when moms and daughters come together!!!! Ask about our Women's Only Weekends that run September through May. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Sugar & Spice Ranch Bandera, Texas