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“Great family vacation, booked for next year before we left.”

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Woodside Ranch Resort
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great family vacation, booked for next year before we left.”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

This is the second year that we have gone to Woodside and will be going back next year.
This is not a 5 star hotel. Expect to get dirty. No Tv, phones in rooms. Cabins have not been remolded since the 60's but clean. You will not spend much time in the cabins because of all there is to do. The main attraction is the horses, pool and daily actives.
Food is good comfort food like meatloaf, lasagna, spaghetti, fried chicken, and cowboy BBQ ect..

Also the horses were not eaten alive, and I asked why they don't use the fly spray. It is made with a diesel fuel base that is not good for the horses on the long term.
Thanks Brian and Greg for the great job you do with the horses. Also thank you to Adam for the trail rides. Hope to see you all next year.

To those of you that want a 5 star hotel go some were else. For those of you that want a great time with the family this is your place.

One thing that they could do to update the cabins is get new furniture.

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin east of the post and pool they are newer.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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MILWAUKEE WI
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

I am a lifelong Wisconsinite raised not too far from Mauston WI. I had never heard of the Woodside Ranch but went to a family reunion there in June 2012. I was appalled at the room conditions I found. My lodge room was so dated that I did not even turn lights on for very long as I was afraid to get too good a look at it. I noticed a lack of any documentation in the room attesting to inspection, etc. The tub was multicolored from rust, and old age and dripping water from the faucet. Although meals were included, as were all the horse and animal activities, we did not partake of any of those--meals yes, activities no. The two nights we spent there were so expensive that I asked to be removed from the mailing list and never wish to return. The food was nothing special --school hot lunch variety. This is not a place for couples without kids or for couples not interested in animal activities. Truly the four legged creatures had better accommodations-new barns and updated plumbing and sleeping quarters than did we two legged creatures. Don't be fooled by the website. The highway that runs through it is very noisy and very close to the lodge. You ride a hay wagon thru the woods to get to breakfast every morning. Don't miss the bell or you miss your meal. No tvs, no radios, no amenities in the rooms in the lodge.

Room Tip: AVOID too costly and too barren
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Long Lake, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

We have been going to Woodside Ranch for many years until our last visit. We were on a trail ride and the bugs were awful, the poor horses were eaten alive. I ask one of the employees who were trail riding with us and he said the new owner, who is from LA, is pretty cheap and wouldn't buy fly spray for the horses. We will never return to Woodside until they atleast give those poor horses so fly spray. They were being eaten alive and it was terrible to see them like that. It's too bad because the horses are the main reason most of us go there.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

my wife and me just left the ranch last Friday, we were there for our honeymoon.All I can say is that we LOVED it there, the staff were so nice to us and the food was out of this world. Thanks woodside for a great week and we WILL be back next year.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

I love the ranch, leave the electronics at home because you wont have time to use them here nor will you miss them either. Stay in a rustic cabin and let your stresses of the world fade away as you horse back ride whenever you want care free.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

We've been going to Woodside Ranch for years now...my kids love the horseback riding, activities and friends they've met over the years. The staff is friendly, funny and we look forward to seeing fellow guests year after year. The food is more comfort then gourmet and be sure to bring your own pillows towels. Woodside Ranch is frozen in time from the 60s so it's charming; but the beds aren't too comfortable and the cabins/ranch is looking a little tired.

Room Tip: cabins; not suites per se
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Burlington WI
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

5 years ago we took our whole family here for an anniversary long weekend. This year we repeated this wonderful adventure. The good news and bad news was that nothing had changed. The meals are tasty and hearty - but a bit like 1955. Delicious! But not reflecting modern preferences for fresh vegetables and fruits. The rustic decor remains authentic. Staff is friendly and accomodating. Opportunities to enjoy riding good and family friendly horses are extensive. My favorite thing is still riding (horseback or in the wagon) through the woods to an outdoor wonderful breakfast being cooked. Nothing like trotting through the woods and beginning to smell the coffee and bacon!

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Property: Woodside Ranch Resort
Address: State Highway 82, Mauston, WI 53948
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Mauston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Mauston
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Woodside Ranch invites you to experience the ultimate family vacation in legendary western hospitality. Located close to the famous Wisconsin Dells, among the pristine woodlands of Mauston, Wisconsin, come enjoy our Horseback Riding on over 1400 acres of trails. From beginners to experts, Woodside Ranch offers something for everyone, from old-fashioned covered wagon rides, pulled by our Majestic Percherons, to the famous Woodside Breakfast Ride, beautiful heated pool, private stocked lake, a modern fitness facility and fun daily activities, if horseback riding is not your saddle. Experience Chef Jaaffar's Down Home Fixins and of course- Uncle Z's Famous Fried Chicken! We promise you won't leave hungry! We offer Cozy Log Cabins, Ranch House Rooms, or the newly remodeled Lake House to accommodate large-kin families and/or groups of any size. Here at Woodside Ranch, we're happy to customize your vacation as active or relaxed as you choose to be!Come, Discover a Wisconsin Legend - 100 years in the Making!!!! ... more   less 
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