Staying with Fay and her team at Mimosa Ranch was one of the luckiest--and most enjoyable--experiences my family and I can remember!
My business partnership tasked me with finding a place conveniently located somewhere between our offices in Houston and Austin for our year-end business retreat. I came across Fay's Airbnb listing, which looked great.
Little did I realize that we'd be staying at a full-service ranch, complete with amazing homemade meals and a skilled, fun, and incredibly warm staff ready to teach us how to rope cattle, ride horses, fish, shoot skeet, and do just about anything else you can imagine on a ranch. Fortunately, I took my family to the ranch the day before my partnership meeting began--and my boys (ages 17, 15, and 10) absolutely fell in love with Fay's family and her staff, whom she treats as family. They'd thought of everything, stocking the fridge and pantry with snacks and filling the house with all the comforts of home.
Meals can be served in a summer kitchen or right in the gate house, which is where my group stayed. We had an impressive number of menu options, and Fay's team kindly accommodated my dietary restrictions (food allergies). The ranch itself is a beautiful piece of land: 90 acres with ponds, cattle, and over 20 riding horses. We were able to learn roping and riding at night under the lights of an impressive covered arena. And the next morning we went on a fun ride around the ranch.
In recent years, my wife and boys have spent entire months hiking volcanoes in Costa Rica, skiing in Utah, and surfing in northern Spain. But two of our boys said that their two-day stay at Mimosa Ranch was their favorite. (The third says it's a toss-up between Spain and the ranch.) The best part is that Fay's ranch is not so far away; it's just two hours from Austin and San Antonio and a little over an hour from Houston. My family and I can't wait to go back! My business partners feel the same way, too.
My only concern is that it may be tough to find room on Mimosa Ranch's dance card once this incredible secret gets out.