Filed Under: It's like Disneyland and Las Vegas got together and made a baby Texas ranch playland.
Overview: Working South Texas ranch (near San Antonio) that doubles as a working South Texas luxury resort. Ideal for a reunion weekend with just the guys, or as a family spot if your buddies have other plans, or as an intimate retreat for couples if you have no family, or even if you have a family but need to get away from the kids. You get the point: Picosa Ranch Resort is a little of everything, for everyone, depending on the occasion
Appreciate: That you'll be exhausted (in a good way) at the end of each day. Available activities include riding ATV's; skeet or wobble trap shooting; fishing in any of the 8 stocked ponds; hunting; horseback riding; swimming in the pool (with swim up bar, and flat screen tv's); archery; tossing horseshoes or shooting pool or shuffling on the shuffleboard; tennis; volleyball; or sitting around the fire pit looking up "what is wobble trap shooting" on your iPad. You'll need energy for all of these activities, which is why they have a gourmet chef available to prepare meals for you. And if you're overwhelmed by all of these options, and just want to do nothing, you're sure to find a rocking chair somewhere. It's just a rocking chair kind of environment
Know: Picosa Ranch Resort has two separate accommodation areas (it's a big place): a main ranch house called The Oaks, and a newer, converted barn area called The South Range Lodge (pictured above). The South Range Lodge is probably best for a guy's weekend. For the ultimate luxury, or if you have a large group, consider renting the entire ranch. If you do, you'll have access to a private airstrip located on the property, free range of the entire 2,500 acres, and 24-hour concierge & food and beverage service. You'll also be shuttled about (if you go anywhere) in a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, or an Escalade if you have an entourage
Special Comments: Picosa Ranch is the former private ranch of past Texas Governor John Connally, who served as Secretary of the Navy under President Kennedy, and as Treasury Secretary for President Nixon. The Ranch therefore has a rich history of past visits by world leaders, celebrities, and other dignitaries. You'll have something on them, though: there were no outdoor 60" flat screen tv's by the pool back then
Cost: Varies depending on the nature of your stay; call for details, or complete a quote request using their online form
See it: Here.