At Rocking Lazy K Ranch, scrub grasses and evergreens bristle across 1,800 acres. Within this rustic backdrop, ranch owner Scott leads trail rides and teaches horseback-riding lessons. "I love teaching beginners about horses and watching them as they progress," he says. During lessons, students learn essential skills of horsemanship, from how to dress and mount a horse to how to gallop and parallel park.
On paths that wind along ancient roads and muddy creeks, Scott guides students and visitors on outings to the ranch's scenic corners. Whether on wooded or open land, Scott notes, there's "a good chance of seeing local wildlife." Afterward, Scott swaps his riding gear for a kitchen get-up and steps behind the grill to sear 6-ounce steaks. A hearty meal soon follows, incorporating Texas-style sides and freshly prepared pie.
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Towering Oaks Ranch Resort spreads across 40 acres of rolling, forested hills located about 60 miles north of Dallas and features rustic-inspired dining room decor. Most of the inn's activities center on its scenic environs, including hosted events such as reunions. Visitors go fishing in the two stocked ponds, take dips in the pool or at nearby Lake Ray Roberts, and explore the landscape on the resort's nature trails. A licensed massage therapist is on duty to work out muscle kinks, and expert nail techs dispense manicures and pedicures. At the end of the day, guests can swap tales around the campfire or craft marshmallow replicas of J. R. Ewing before retiring to plush king or queen rooms. In the morning, staff members lay out a complimentary breakfast spread of eggs, fruit, bacon, pastries, and coffee.