Family-Friendly Resort on Expansive Working Ranch
At MD Resort Bed & Breakfast, horses and miniature donkeys graze the green pastures of a 37-acre working ranch. Each morning, an American buffalo noshes on leftovers from a housemade breakfast—a tradition that’s earned him the name Biscuit. Beyond the stables and pens, a hammock and old-fashioned tree swings hang in the open fields, adding to the rustic, tranquil feel that permeates this Texas guest ranch.
Downstairs in the main lodge, the pet-friendly German room features 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 other playful touches put a quirky twist on the romantic ambiance, much like a kazoo solo in a Babyface song. There’s a tinge of Lone Star State style in the Texas Sweetheart lodgings, where steer horns are mounted above a Texas star headboard.
In the morning, a housemade breakfast is served next to a stone fireplace in the wood-furnished dining room. Later, you can nibble on an assortment of fresh-baked cookies. There are lots of activities on the ranch to keep you occupied both indoors and outdoors. Ping-pong and pool tables can be found in the main lodge, and outside, there are areas for playing horseshoes, frisbee, and badminton.
Fort Worth: Cultural Hub of the American West with Bustling Downtown
The smell of smoked meats and barbecue marinades pervades the rowdy honky-tonks and wooden porch patios of the Fort Worth Stockyards area of the city, located 25 miles south of the MD Resort. It’s the place to go for an authentic Texas experience. You can still watch drovers on horseback parade herds of cattle down the historical center's main drag en route to a live auction. Live country music accompanies line dancing at the site of a famous 19th-century gunfight, and at a nearby rodeo center, modern-day cowboys demonstrate bull riding and barrel racing during two-hour exhibitions.
About 35 minutes south in the cultural district, world-class museums stand tall along tree-lined brick boulevards. Acclaimed as one of the most striking architectural designs of the modern era, the Kimbell Art Museum houses ancient artifacts, 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 supplies a survey of American works, including masterpieces from the Hudson River School painters of the 19th century.