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 shaded hammock and old-fashioned tree swings sway in the open fields of the MD Resort Bed and Breakfast, which resides among pecan orchards. There’s a rustic, tranquil feel that permeates the premises. As a waterfall feeds the swimming pool stationed in front of the ranch-style main lodge, a basketball hoop near the edge awaits fade-away jumpers just a few feet away, exemplifying the recreational spirit that distinguishes the family-owned resort.
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. A jetted garden tub gargles bubbles in the private bathroom. In the Victorian Lace room, a sunhat 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 to fortify patrons before they flock to the fields for a countryside scavenger hunt. After being equipped with a series of printed clues, parties scour the estate for hidden landmarks before retreating to their suites for hand-dipped chocolates or to the massage room for one hour of relaxation on a massage table; oils, body towels, and a soothing soundtrack are provided for lodgers to administer luxurious massages.
Fort Worth: Cultural Trailblazer 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.
A host of world-class museums inspirits guests 35 minutes south in the cultural district, a park-like center bordered by tree-lined brick boulevards and charming shops. Acclaimed as one of the most epic architectural structures of the modern era, the Kimbell Art Museum houses work 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 painters of the 19th century.