Family-Friendly Resort on Sprawling Working Ranch
As horses and miniature donkeys graze the green pastures of a 37-acre working ranch, an American buffalo noshes on leftovers from a homemade breakfast—a tradition that has earned him the name Biscuit. Beyond the stables and pens, a hammock and old-fashioned tree swings sway in the open fields of MD Resort Bed and Breakfast. There’s a rustic, tranquil feel that permeates the premises of this Texas guest ranch.
Downstairs in the main lodge, the pet-friendly German room enchants with quirky European accents including clusters of colorful nutcrackers and oil paintings of medieval villages. In the Victorian Lace room, a sun hat decorated with pastel ribbons sits on the textured linens of the queen-size four-poster bed. Porcelain china dolls and wooden period pieces—like a kazoo solo in a Babyface song—add a quirky twist to the romantic ambiance. There’s a tinge of Lone Star State style in the Texas Sweetheart lodgings, where steer horns hover above a Texas star headboard and a mounted decorative western vest.
In the morning, a bountiful homemade breakfast is served in a wood-furnished dining room next to a stone fireplace. After nibbling on fresh-baked cookies, lovebirds may choose to play the part of the massage therapist in the massage room, where a massage table, oils, body towels, and a soothing soundtrack are provided for lodgers to administer their own body treatments.
Fort Worth: Cultural Hub of the American West with Bustling Downtown
The smell of smoked meats and barbecue marinades wafts from rowdy honky-tonks and wooden porch patios at the Fort Worth Stockyards, located 25 miles south of the MD Resort. It’s an authentic Texas experience, where drovers on horseback parade herds of cattle down the historical center's main drag en route to a live auction. Live country music inspires line dancing at the site of a famous 19th-century gunfight, and at a nearby rodeo center, modern-day cowboys rouse patrons with bull riding, barrel racing, and tie-down roping during two-hour exhibitions.
About 35 minutes south in the cultural district, world-class museums stand tall along the tree-lined brick boulevards. Acclaimed as one of the most striking architectural designs of the modern era, the Kimbell Art Museum houses artifacts dating back to third millennium BC, major works by Rembrandt and Bernini, Michelangelo's first painting, and early Ninja Turtles sketches. Free to the public, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art dazzles with a survey of American art including masterpieces from the Hudson River School artists of the 19th century.