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Relaxing Ranch Retreat Just Outside of Houston

 I just love spending time in Houston, a great city with its own vibrant energy. There are a ton of things to do and see here and it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our largest city. But, if ya'll are like me, sometimes you just need a break from the urban pace for a while. Well, if you’re in Houston you’re in luck, because there's a restful respite a quick hour's drive west of the city at Texas Ranch Life.

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This is where you’ll find the peaceful, quiet setting of Lonesome Pine Ranch, a working ranch that is home to quarter horses, bison, Texas Longhorns, and all sorts of wildlife.You can come up just for the day and do some riding yourself, or you can just chill out, have a beer and watch the resident cowboys do all the work!

If you need a little more time to recharge your batteries, you can do what I did and spend a couple of days here. The Ranch has 8 homes dating back to the 1850’s that you can stay in, all fully restored with modern amenities. I stayed at The Creekside House, and it was great. I especially loved hanging out on the porch in the mornings, drinking my coffee and basking in the beautiful scenery. One morning I had the privilege of seeing a herd of buffalo across the road. Ah yes…now this is Texas!

Texas ranch vacationWhile you can come to Lonesome Pine just to relax, this cowboy-wannabe wanted to get out and experience some ranch living. With 1800 acres of open-range riding through miles of rolling hills and incredible vistas it was just too amazing an experience to pass up, so Tommy, my beautiful (and patient!) mount and I spent many hours exploring. But as my sore legs and butt will testify, you can easily overdo it when the experience is as spectacular as it is here! And if you do, there are plenty of other things to keep you occupied.  There are wonderful hiking trails, fishing, skeet shooting, you can try your hand at tossing a tomahawk (a lot harder than it looks in the movies!), watch the resident cowboys roping, working cattle, cutting and team penning. Or, you can do nothing at all.

So, the next time you’re in Houston and you need a break from it all, remember the Lonesome Pine Ranch. It may only be a short drive from the big city, but you’ll feel like you're worlds away!

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