If the stress of the year is weighing on your family, you’re not alone — but you can be, with the privacy and remote luxury of JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa in Texas Hill Country. Families, couples and city-dwellers seeking a retreat with vast open landscape and touches of pampering and exclusivity throughout, can head to Texas for the post-holiday destressing season and beyond.
With accommodations for only 32 and 13,000 acres of wide-open space, this might be the 2020 retreat of your dreams — and if flying private is your travel speed, the resort boasts its own FBO Airport.
Picture your crew tucked away amid ancient oak trees and a rolling Texas landscape with a luxury ranch to call home. The resort and spa includes 16 cabins sleeping two. Cozy up by the fireplace or reconnect over some friendly competition in the game room. Adults can unwind with a wine tasting or the whole family can bask in the flow of the stars overhead by the fire pits. Don’t forget to pack for the on-site pool, hot tub, spa and maybe even a theme night dinner on the weekends, including Saturday BBQ or nightly karaoke at the main lodge.
If getting out in nature is more your speed, expect hiking trails and equestrian experiences like horseback riding tours and equine psychology. Pick up the pace even faster and go for a thrill ride on an ATV/UTV adventure. Guests can also channel their inner Katniss with 3-D archery, or unwind with some yoga, among many other activities offered at the ranch.
Families seeking the ultimate escape from reality, opt for a stay at the new Archer’s Nest Villa. This private ranch includes six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a full gourmet kitchen, home theater, outdoor kitchen, swimming pool with slide and much more, including a private butler and chef upon request. You can hide away with your pod and enjoy a real home-away experience, but with the added luxury of a resort.
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