We stayed at the Woodside Ranch over the 4th of July for 4 nights and 5 days. We had a wonderful time. It was an old-fashioned family vacation--we felt like we had gone back in time to our own childhoods. We stayed in a 2-bedroom cabin called Fireside. It was very clean, beds were comfortable, and it was definitely roomy enough for 2 adults and 3 active kids. There are no tvs or phones in the cabins (a plus for us).
The horseback riding was excellent. All of the staff at the corrall and stable were knowledeable, helpful and professional. Children must be 8 years old or older to go on the trail ride. Our daughter (age 8) had never ridden before but the staff instruction was excellent and she was able to ride with the adults and loved it! Younger children can ride the ponies and stay at the "Little Red Schoolhouse" for supervised play while the adults and older children are on the trail.
The food was not gourmet. It was basic, but plentiful. Lots of meat and potatoes. This would not be a great place for vegetarians. The breakfast (eaten in the woods after riding the trail) was fantastic. Homestyle eggs, bacon, pancakes etc.
We loved the pool and the fishiing pond also. The game room and activities made us all feel like we were at summer camp again. Our family loved our stay at Woodside Ranch and can't wait to go back. We're going to make it a yearly tradition.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Woodside Ranch Hotel Mauston