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All Good Things…

As a Star Trek: Next Gen fan, I lamented the end of the program (oh, so many years ago.)  The title of the last TV episode said it well.  The same is true now, of Red Corral Ranch.  Red Corral Ranch is closing its doors at the end of November, 2017.  All good things come to an end.

The yard at night is big and bright

Red Corral Ranch has served wedding guests, vacation guests, retreat guests, corporate guests and more for many years – rumor has it at 20 years.  I’ve been here almost 10 of those years.  I estimate that we’ve had somewhere around 400-500 weddings here.  With our standard being 2-night wedding weekends, that comes to somewhere around 1000 parties.  (I can hear the Ranch itself saying, “No wonder I’m tired.”   Maybe that’s me.)

All things that have a beginning have an ending.  Will there ever be a Red Corral Ranch venue again in the future?  I would venture one day there will.  But, not for a while.  The owners, James and Colleen Reeves, want to retire for real, and not do weddings anymore.  At around 500 weddings, it’s understandable.

The reason why I think one day something new will come is because of a dream I had years ago.  In the dream, the year was 2200.  I was traveling in an “airport-like” station, of sorts.  As I was waiting for my transport (plane?), I overheard two women talk about this wonderful place in Central Texas one of them had visited, but couldn’t quite remember the name right off.  I turned around and asked her, “Do you mean Red Corral Ranch?”  She excitedly said, “Yes, that’s the place!”  And I woke up.

With so many thousands of people coming and going here, I estimate that there have been over 100,000 smiles from all the people over the years.  I could be underestimating.  The number of good memories could be uncountable.  The number of stories are also too numerous to count – oh, the books I could write.

Perhaps my dream comes from a wish (as well as many others’ wish) that Red Corral Ranch live on in some future time, but for now, we’re closing the doors for a much needed retirement.  God bless everyone who has passed through these gates and doors.  God bless everyone who has helped serve our guests.  Thank you to every person who has worked in any role here – you have been invaluable as part of the Red Corral team.  You helped us look good.  Thank you to every Bride and Groom who chose us to be their wedding location.

And perhaps, God willing, one day, in the years ahead, the dream will spark something new, because all new good things also have a beginning.

From Red Corral Ranch, thank you, and God bless everyone.

Jodie, the Red Corral Ranch Site Manager

Happy Trails to you until we meet again.

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It’s All Good

We have major news for Red Corral Ranch supporters, guests and fans. Red Corral Ranch is scheduled to close at the end of November, 2017. We will be ending our wedding business. At the same time, the main grounds will be available for leasing to any group, person or company that would like to host retreats and reunions.

While this is a big change for Red Corral Ranch, we can look back at the last 20 years with good feelings, fantastic memories and more than a few stories. We’ve been able to help over 400 couples, along with their families and friends, to have wonderful weekend wedding events. We have been host to many family reunions, groups, vacationers and retreats.   We are also glad that we’ve been able to help the local economy and support so many local people and companies.

We are grateful to the couples and all our guests for choosing us as their venue location. We are equally grateful to all the people who have joined with us to become teams who have served these 400 couples with their guests that have attended their events. We celebrate gaining many friends as well as having wonderful opportunities to share this beautiful ranch with tens of thousands of visitors. through all the years.

For the future, as I mention, we are open to anyone who wishes to lease the main grounds for retreats. Thank you to everyone who has shown their appreciation. We are glad that we could offer all that we have.

Jodie, the Innkeeper and Site Manager at Red Corral Ranch

Had Enough Politics?

Are you finally tired of all the politics we’ve had to deal with?  Are you ready to forget about it all?  Are you fed up with the bs that we’ve had to deal with on TV?  Had enough?  Do you want something better?  More restful?  Relaxing?  With no politics?

The rocking chair is ready.

Ahhh, yes. The rocking chair is ready.

Then it’s time to come to Red Corral Ranch.  We got secluded cabins, tremendous scenery, restful porches, super-comfortable beds, spacious accommodations, birds, wildlife, hot tubs, a big night sky full of stars, and lots and lots of peace and quiet – with no politics happening anywhere near your cabin.  Did I mention the peace and quiet of nature – and NO POLITICS?

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Our Labyrinth among the trees

You can walk our labyrinth, ranch roads and trails, or sit on the porches and watch the wildlife, letting the breeze blow the trees, leaves and grass in a gentle motion as if the Earth itself was rocking you to a rest-filled relaxing state of mind.

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Leading to the secluded Pecan Grove alongside the creek

You deserve this.  You’ve put up with a lot these past months.  Give yourself a break from the weariness of being bombarded by politics.  Bring your friends or family.  Or not.  We’ve got just what you need.  It’s time.  Come rest.  You won’t be sorry you did.  I guarantee it.

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Come and rest your feet and your soul.

Jodie, the Innkeeper/Site Manager

One of our wedding guests told me she was on a treadmill at a gym, talking to another woman, telling her that they were coming to their wedding at Red Corral Ranch.  It turns out the other woman’s son got married at Red Corral Ranch.  It’s a small world sometimes.

Another story:  in the New York City Hard Rock Café, another one of our wedding guests mentioned to friends that he was coming to a wedding in Texas.  They asked where.  He told them, “Red Corral Ranch.”  “Oh, I went to a wedding there several months back” replies one of the people with him (in the New York City Hard Rock Café !)  True story.  He told me this when he arrived here.

I’d love to hear how you heard about Red Corral Ranch or if anything like this has happened to you.  Please, add your story in the comments below.

Jodie, the Site Manager and Innkeeper

Another Reason

I recycle at home and also here at work  – at Red Corral Ranch for the weddings and events that we host.  I do so, not because it’s convenient and easy, because it’s not that convenient and requires some work.  I do so, because everyone of us from time to time takes on a task that we know will benefit us and others.  Everyone of us from time to time will take on a task that we know is worth doing – has value in our own and our children’s lives – and we will add something better into our own and our families’ lives.

Here’s another reason that I recycle.

Jodie, the Innkeeper, Site Manager and Recycling Guru at Red Corral Ranch

Having helped with around 350 or more weddings while an Inn Keeper/Site Manager at Red Corral Ranch, I’ve seen so much variety and so much similarity.  In reality, I don’t know what to expect when a new family group comes in to the ranch readying themselves to have a wonderful celebration.  However, I do see some patterns with the families and groups.

Those who don’t hire a Wedding Coordinator tend to spend a lot of time working, preparing, setting up, cooking, putting things together – doing all the hundreds if not thousands of tasks needed to make the event happen.  Those that do hire a Wedding Coordinator tend to spend a lot of time relaxing, resting, taking it easy, hiking, checking out the ranch’s acreage, and doing last minute tasks.  It is what I see.

I like to see our guests enjoying themselves, but I do have to acknowledge that the whole event is theirs to decide how to do it.   For some, all the work involved – the hundreds of details – setting up, planning, working out the details – can be how they are enjoying themselves.  Still, it is many of the one’s who don’t hire a wedding coordinator that have mentioned to me – “I’m never doing this, again.”

In other words, “It seemed to be a good idea at the time.”seemedlikeagoodidea

Jodie, The Innkeeper and Site Manager

Some of the best things about Red Corral Ranch are that we can cool down the heat and warm up the cold.  No, I’m not really talking about the weather, but now that you  mention it, we are Texans.  As Texans, we have that ‘can do’ attitude.

I’m really talking about the Air Conditioning we have inside the Big Red Barn.  3 massive units turn a sweltering event into a comfortable, enjoyable and cool event for yourself and your guests.  I’m also talking about the fact that we have AC inside the Celebration Hall.  Of course, we have AC in the cabins, but anyone who doesn’t better change that.

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What every adult becomes when in a pool

We also have a very nice swimming pool to cool down during even the hottest of hot days.  I think there’s even a song that goes, “There is nothing like a pool! Nothing in the world!”  I agree.

If you’ve been wondering if Red Corral Ranch can handle your event and the heat at the same time.  Our answer is not just ‘yes’, but rather – YES! Come see for yourselves.  Come schedule your event on the hottest of days and watch  your guests as they relax comfortably, enjoying your event, and glad they came to it..

Meanwhile, with regards to doing something about the weather – as I tell my guests when they give me a challenge to try and work out for their comfortable and relaxing stay at Red Corral Ranch – “Let me see what I can do.”

When you’re at Red Corral Ranch, you’re home.

Jodie, the Innkeeper and Site Manager