Equestrian Lodge

Texas USA: (GRTX01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/tx_equestrian_lodge.aspx

Introduction
Texas USA
Located in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country near Bandera, the Equestrian Lodge offers first-class accommodations and quality horseback riding - hacking or clinics!
The lodge lies on the northeast boundary of the Hill Country State Natural Area - a 5,400 acre primitive area, which boasts two live streams and 35 plus miles of riding and hiking trails. An ideal place for horseback riders as well as a peaceful retreat for bird-watchers and nature-lovers of all types. Guests of all ages and skill levels will find the Lodge's specialized horseback riding program rewarding. Unlike many guest ranches, the Lodge's horses are not de-sensitized "dude string" horses, but rather gentle, responsive mounts. Group rides are kept small- no more than 5 riders- to allow guests to ride according to the group's skill level. Less experienced riders are tutored before and during the rides, making it a rewarding learning experience. Skilled riders will appreciate the lodge's well-trained and athletic mounts. The Equestrian Lodge features daily trail rides and specialized instructions in its equestrian facilities - offering private and group instruction to it's guests, in such disciplines as Western Horsemanship, English Equitation, Reining, Cutting, Dressage, and Combined Training.

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a stationary ride where all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You will sleep in authentic pioneer-style cabins, built of limestone and cedar, which provide guests with comfort and sanctuary from the rigors of modern-day life. Strategically nestled among the oaks in the valley, and perched among the junipers along the hillsides, each accommodation welcomes guests with oak floors, central air and heat, and abundant wood-sash windows and spacious porches from which to take in views of the surrounding countryside and wildlife.
When you're ready to take it easy, slip off to the Cowboy Cool Pool, or the Jacuzzi Under the Stars, or schedule yourself a massage, facial, or other spa service in the privacy of your accommodation. Or simply sit and watch the horses graze from the porch of your very own cabin or suite, read by your fireplace, or count the stars as you sit by a glowing campfire.
All accommodations have a fire ring and outdoor seating area, with firewood provided for evening campfires. All accommodations are non-smoking, except for the exterior front porches.
Pets are permitted only with the prior permission of the owners, and in accordance with the rules of the ranch's pet policy, available upon request.
WIFI is available at the office and dining room. Laundry is available at no extra cost.

Room Options



Suites (1 pax)
Our suites consist of a bedroom with queen bed, sunroom, kitchenette, and bathroom with tub/ shower combination.  A spacious front porch is shared with the suite next door. No interior space is shared (bathrooms are private).

Cabins (2+ pax)
Each of our private cabins has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living/ kitchen/ dining area with floor to ceiling limestone fireplace, and a spacious front porch. The entire cabin is reserved for a single party.

Room Occupancy

No single supplement fee.



Meals
All meals are included from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on the last day.

Please have dinner on your way in as the kitchen is closed on Sundays. The packages include breakfast foods, stocked in your accommodation.
All other meals are served in the dining room of the ranch house headquarters. Meals feature fresh, home-cooked dishes mixing the casual gourmet and traditional Texas style of cuisine.

Beer and/ or wine are included with dinner but guests are also welcome to bring their own alcohol if they want.

Dietary Restrictions
If you have special dietary requests, please let us know in advance, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
Guests of all ages and skill levels will find the Lodge's specialized horseback riding program rewarding. Less experienced riders are tutored before and during the rides, making it a rewarding learning experience. Skilled riders will appreciate the lodge's well-trained and athletic mounts. Each guest usually rides the same horse throughout their stay, and everyone is invited to help with grooming, feeding, and care of the horses. The Lodge's excellent horseback riding program makes equestrian activities a favorite pastime. Guests may take lessons, clinics, or private guided rides on the lodge's well-trained horses, or bring their own horses and ride at will through the hills, canyons, and streams of the ranch and the adjoining state park.

Pace
The ranch holiday package includes a leisure trail ride of 2 hours per day (not including arrival and departure days). Alternatively you can chose 1 instruction session in trade for the 2 hrs of trail (on availability only, so best to order in advance).
Multi-day Private Cutting and Roping Clinics are now available by reservation. This is a fabulous opportunity to receive private instruction, and lots of time with the cattle while enjoying a great vacation! Reservations in advance are required.

Horses
Unlike many guest ranches, the Lodge's horses are not de-sensitized "dude string" horses, but rather gentle, responsive mounts.
We’re proud of our horses! And no wonder! Every individual in our herd has been selected for his or her beauty, athleticism, training, and disposition. And that makes your riding experience here one you will find no place else. From show records to pedigrees, to exceptional versatility, every one of them has something very special to offer its lucky rider. And you needn’t worry that this is a “bait and switch” routine. These are the actual horses on whom our guests take their lessons or clinics and enjoy their rides

Non Riders
Non-riders are welcome on this trip and can take part in many non-riding activities such as fossil hunting, hiking or birding. In addition, many activities can be done in the area nearby such as cycling, golfing and fishing.

Itinerary


The Lodge's riding program is superior, with appropriate mounts for riders of all skill levels:
- Experienced riders will appreciate the Lodge's well-bred Quarter Horses which have been individually selected for their excellent dispositions, responsiveness, beauty, and athleticism.
- Beginners will appreciate the brief instruction given before and during each ride, so that they, too may learn to feel and connect with their horse.

Group rides are small and caringly lead by knowledgeable guides at a pace appropriate to each group. Riders experience a wide variety of terrain, and trail routes change each day.
You may take lessons, clinics, or private guided rides on the lodge's well-trained horses, or bring your own horses and ride at will through the hills, canyons, and streams of the ranch and the adjoining state park. Private lessons are always available for riders of all ages 7 and over. While we do not offer a separate children's program, families find this the perfect place to spend quality time together.

When you're ready to take it easy, slip off to the Cowboy Cool Pool, or the Jacuzzi Under the Stars, or schedule yourself a massage, facial, or other spa service in the privacy of your accommodation. Or simply sit and watch the horses graze from the porch of your very own cabin or suite, read by your fireplace, or count the stars as you sit by a glowing campfire. 



Non-Riding Activities
For your hours out-of-the-saddle, hiking, biking, birding, and wildlife watching are great ways to pass the time. Feel free to hunt fossils on the ranch, or fish in its stocked watering hole. Golf is available nearby, as is swimming, tubing, and kayaking in the spring-fed waters of the Medina River. The legendary town of Bandera, which marked the beginning of the Great Western Cattle Trail in the mid-1800's, offers a historical driving tour, shopping, dining, and Western-style night life. Colorful weekly rodeos take place from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. The historic towns of Comfort and Fredericksburg offer a glimpse into German Pioneer Culture and History, and ample antiquing within an hour's drive. San Antonio, with its famous 18th and 19th century Spanish Missions, River Walk, the Alamo, Sea World, and Fiesta Texas are also about an hour away.

Non-riding activities included in the package:
- Swimming in the non-heated pool and use of the hot tub
- Fossil hunting
- Hiking
- Birding
- Star-gazing

Non-riding activities with extra charges:
- Bike rentals
- Fishing (seasonal) for $50 per day.
- Tubing and/ or kayaking (seasonal) for about $25 per person for a 2 to 3 hours.
- Golfing for $36 weekdays or $45 weekends including a cart. Clubs are available to lend.

We recommend non-riders to rent a car so that they can go explore the area. There is a second beautiful state park 25 miles from the ranch which also has ample hiking, in addition to the one next door to the ranch.


Rates and Dates for Equestrian Lodge

Rates include:

Lodging, Most meals (from Dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6) & 4 riding days
Non Riding Activities: Fossil hunting, Hiking, Birding & Star gazing

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20216 days Ranch, AP$1625

Tax 1: 81 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 81 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2021 Additional day, per adult $365
2021 Single supplement $65
2021 Child rate - please inquire $0
2021 Non-rider rate, dbl, pp $1,225

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 days Ranch, AP 1 /4 Reserve

Dates Note: arrival can be any day of the week

Rates do not include:

Meals on Sunday (kitchen is closed), Alcoholic Drinks, Transfers, Gratuities & Taxes
Non Riding Activities: Bike rental, Fishing, Tubing/kayaking & Golfing

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Equestrian Lodge (GRTX01):

We are taking bookings on a limited basis - no more than 2 parties, at a time, and no more than 10 total guests at one time. We are leaving 8 days between parties in each cabin. We are delivering meals to individual cabins, in order to preserve social distancing, and we are wearing masks when mounting up riders, and anytime we are closer to them than 10 feet.

So far, we have had no issues with the covid-19 virus here at the ranch, and we definitely want to keep it that way. To that end, we are implementing the following practices and policies. Please read them carefully, and share them with your family and party members. 
  
Before you come:
1) Make certain that no one within your party has run a temperature above 98.7 degrees F, had a persistent, dry cough, had difficulty breathing, nor exhibited any other symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, within the two weeks previous to your arrival date. 
2) If anyone in your party has been in contact with a person who has had Covid-19 symptoms, or who has tested positive for the virus during the 14 days previous to your arrival date, contact us immediately.
3) if anyone in your party has been infected with the Covid-19 virus, or tested positive for it, they must be symptom-free, and must have received 2 negative test results on 2 consecutive days 20 or more days prior to your arrival date in order for you to be allowed to come to the ranch. If you must cancel your reservation for any Covid-19 related reason, you will not be charged any fees.

Upon your arrival:
•  Sanitize your hands before and after opening and closing our front gate, since it is manually operated. There is a bottle of sanitizer hanging on the gate post.
•  All guests are required to wear masks anytime they are closer than 6 feet to a person from another party, or to one of our staff members. Of course, guests do not have to do so when with members of their own family or party members. Our staff members are doing the same.
• We are asking our guests to sanitize their hand before entering the barn, and to wear masks when inside the barn or the round pen, during the mounting-up and dis-mounting processes, and anytime they are with in 6 feet of our staff member, or within 6 feet of a guest from a party other than their own. Our staff members are also wearing masks during the mounting up and dis-mounting processes, and any other time that they are within 6 feet of a guest.
• The State Natural Area is open, and our guests are welcome to access its 5500 acres and 40 miles of trails for free, through our private entrance. Their safety protocols regarding Covid-19 are the same as those described above, and our guests are required to abide by them while in the park.
•  Our pool is open, as we maintain internationally recognized practices for maintaining pool sanitation and safety. Politely maintain social distancing from members of other parties while at the pool, or put on a mask, if you intend to come closer than 6 feet to someone outside of your own party.

In addition to the measures described above, we and our staff are implementing the following safety procedures:
• We are implementing check-in and check-out procedures with minimal physical contact. Upon your arrival, a disclaimer will be on the white settee on the front porch of our ranch house/ office for each of you. Each adult, please sign it, print your children's names on the bottom line, and leave it there on the settee. Additionally, there will be a welcome folder for your accommodation there with your party's name on it. Open it and take it with you to your cabin or suite. The map and key to your accommodation will be inside of it.
• We are sanitizing each accommodation thoroughly, and leaving each accommodation vacant for at least 24 hours before allowing another party to occupy it.
• We are taking no more than 15 total guests at any one time, and allowing groups of no more than 10 people to congregate in any one area, unless they are all within the same family or booking group.
• Our staff members are frequently washing and/ or sanitizing or hands.
• We are asking our guests to sanitize their hand before entering the barn, and to wear masks when inside the barn or the round pen, during the mounting-up and dis-mounting processes, and anytime they are with in 6 feet of our staff member, or within 6 feet of a guest from a party other than their own. Our staff members are also wearing masks during the mounting up and dis-mounting processes, and any other time that they are within 6 feet of a guest.
 
By following these procedures and our other precautionary measures, we feel that we can maintain the safety of our beautiful ranch environment, while offering guests a place to escape the stress of these times. Please rest assured that in spite of us having minimal physical contact with our guests, we will welcome you and provide each of you with the utmost personal attention and care.  


For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch near Bandera
Airport: San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
Transfer: --

Climate:
                                            Bandera area


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Average High Temperature (°F)

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Average Low Temperature (°F)

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

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Source: NOAA


Seasons

The weather is fairly mild year-around. Rain is more common in the springtime.

The best time to visit is in Spring and Fall with the weather typically resting between 21 and 26 degrees Celsius (70 to 80°F). Abundant wildflowers dot the countryside in the Spring, (dependent upon rainfall), while Fall color decorates the hills and canyons by late October or November.

Summer is usually hot with high humidity.
Winter weather is generally temperate, full of crisp days perfect for outdoor activities.

What To Bring:  
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + Mini chaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pajama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films and batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm