Carl's Cleaners' textile technicians expunge filth from fabrics and clear away gunk from treasured threads with a bevy of garment treatments. Reinvigorate soiled shirts ($2.05), purify pants ($4.95), or launder a manly suit ($10.45) after engaging in under-the-table negotiations in particularly dusty boardrooms.
Spectators flock to BR Lightning Ranch’s rodeo competitions for a series of summery showdowns between macho men and brawny beasts. After the books close at 7:45 p.m., crowds settle into open seating areas, jostling for superior vantage points within the dust-flecked arena. At 8 p.m., brave riders clamber atop bulls and steers, attempting to hang on with one hand for eight seconds while writing haikus about Wyatt Earp with the other. Horseback riders trace cloverleaves in the dirt during barrel racing heats, while muscle-bound cowboys wrestle, or "dog," steers to the ground using only their strength during chute-dogging tussles. Kids join the action with calf scrambles and mutton busting, which mimics bull riding by substituting sheep and pint-sized cowboys. Aqua mules make a splash amid the dust-kicking festivities, clambering up to a high-dive platform before leaping into the watery embrace of the large pool below.
Though it's only about 25 minutes outside of San Antonio, Enchanted Springs Ranch transports its guests to a totally different world—and to a totally different century, for that matter. Considered an enchanted place by early Native Americans for its rolling hills and flowing rivers, the 86-acre working ranch serves as a living, breathing reincarnation of the Old West. It bustles with activity and has been recognized by Oprah as one of the country's best "Wacky Family Attractions."
Rugged structures, lush pastures, and trickling springs surround guests while they explore the property. Perhaps the best way to do that is not by tossing a saddle on a rocking horse, but by climbing aboard tractor-pulled wagon rides. These tractor tours tote passengers across the premises and past a collection of wildlife that includes longhorns, buffalo, deer, and zebras. On foot, guests may encounter pistol twirlers, bull whip champions, trick ropers, and real cowboys and cowgirls that populate the ranch. Such an authentic experience hasn't been overlooked by film creators or party planners, either: the ranch doubles as a movie set, and can also be rented for wedding receptions, birthdays, and other special events.
Located on 12 acres of Texas hill country, Hill Country Pet Ranch is a pet resort offering doggy daycare, dog training, grooming, and pet boarding. The experienced, pet-loving staff provides everything from mealtimes to exercise time for each clients’ pet. Outdoor spaces, nature trails for romping, and a dock for swimming and diving make this pet hotel a doggy heaven.