Innovative Fitness hosts a broad curriculum of fitness classes and personal-training options that allow individuals to tailor their experience to personal preference, whether its to lose weight, build muscle, or just have fun. Functional fitness lies at the core of the trainers' approach. Functional exercises performed at shortened intensities build greater muscle fitness and performance levels, and the staff design specialized regimens that accommodate each client's competency. Guests looking for a balanced approach to fitness may opt for boot camps that stress a mix a cardiovascular work and resistance training, whereas fun-seekers can inject some liveliness into workouts with Zumba dance classes. Through a personal-training regimen, individuals can consult an experienced trainer during weekly training sessions that provide much quicker feedback than writing to a fitness pen pal.
Featured in the New York Times, Texas Ranch Life teases the inner cowpoke out of city folk on the 1,800-acre Lonesome Pine Ranch, one of the only working ranches in the Lone Star State and home to more than 15 fully stocked lakes spanning up to 13 acres in size. Lasso a buddy and hit the ranch with fishing gear, bait, and a cowboy hat full of tartar sauce for up to seven hours (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) of fishing, catching and releasing schools of bass, crappie, and bluegill. After a few hours of angling, activate the pole's safety and break for a lunch of barbecue meat (your choice of ribs, brisket, sausage, chicken, a brisket sandwich, or a baked potato stuffed with either brisket or chicken), sides, desserts, and drinks for two simmered up by the nearby Silver Saddle Smokehouse. Fishermen wrestle with scaly foes amid the peace and grandeur of the 188-year-old ranch, home to century-old houses, the largest Longhorn herd in the country, and bands of free-range banjo players.
Pecan Lakes' par 72 course, designed by Houston golf architect Jay Riviere, challenges and delights cart-equipped golfers with over 200 scenic acres speckled with trees, waterways, and more than 50 strategically placed bunkers. Linksters will bandy through a tall grove of pecan, elm, and water oaks on the front nine before sending dimpled orbs off into the formidable, 560-yard abyss of the 11th hole with a yodeled "fore." Athletes also face-off against the elements at multiple holes where water, wind, and ball-thieving carbon molecules can come into play. Golfers can conclude an afternoon on the green by navigating the dog-leg left turn and water-flanked right side of the 18th hole.
The resident chefs at Sengelmann Hall infuse their European-inspired offerings with tastes and techniques channeled from Texan culinary traditions. European-inspired entrees include german ribs and sauerkraut ($15), which piles repurposed Wagner records with slow-cooked pork ribs and tangy sauerkraut. Schnitzer's chicken schnitzel ($16) sets deep-fried chicken breast afloat on a sea of lemon-butter sauce next to potatoes and vegetables. American fare stakes its own claim to table space, helping diners oil rusty jaw hinges with meal-prefacing portions of house-made queso or salsa cradled in hand-cut tortilla chips ($3.50) or bite into the Two Brothers burger’s six-ounce angus beef patty brushed with house mayonnaise and mustard ($8.50).
A historical village located between Chappell Hill and Brenham, Texas northwest of Houston. Two private cottages include a Greek Revival Farmhouse and Saltbox Cottage. Also fully restored is a Rosenwald School/Event Center to function as a meeting place for events and activities. All are centered around a swimming pool!
The ranch is situated in Cat Spring, one of the first German-American settlements in Texas. Nearby Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site preserves Independence Hall, the site of the 1836 signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Barrington Living History Farm, located in the park, gives visitors a peek into the day-to-day life of rural Texans living in the area more than 150 years ago, and the five-pointed Star of the Republic Museum spans 10,000-square-feet of all things Texas, including historical artifacts and the Alamo's original shag carpeting.