Giddy Up! Rocking Horse Ranch is a little slice of the West, and only 90 minutes from NYC! There is no better quality family time then that of the all-inclusive four-season Rocking Horse Ranch Resort provides. The non-stop activities range from their namesake horse back riding experiences, an indoor water park, rock climbing, bungee jumping, mini golf, paddle boats, and more – all on their beautiful 500-acre property that is just waiting to be explored. We recently visited, and had the most incredible experience.
Welcome to the Ranch
Rocking Horse Ranch is located in Highland, New York, a town of just over 5,000 residents located just southwest of the Catskills Mountains and east of the Hudson River. The ranch encompasses over 500 acres and sits in the heart of the scenic Hudson Valley. It’s on a private lake and gorgeous nature trails for horse rides.
The hotel itself is gorgeous. From the wood beamed ceilings, roaring fireplace, rustic decor and careful attention to ranch styling, each and every room looks straight from a Western Pinterest board. Everything is remarkably clean and well kept. There’s only 113 guestrooms on the property – which keeps the guest-count (and line time) virtually non-existent, even on the busiest of weekends.
A quick ferry ride from downtown Manhattan can now bring you to a peaceful glamping oasis that is nestled near the hills of historic Governors Island. Yes, you read that right – glamorous camping, otherwise known as GLAMPing, has made its way to New York City, These unique accommodations offered by Collective Retreats are more luxurious then most NYC apartments. (Seriously!) It’s a staycation retreat that feels 1,000 miles away from the city with a view unlike any other in the world. Welcome to Collective Retreats Governor’s Island.
Glamping in the City
Outside of these perfectly erected tents is something so spectacular a typical camper would never ever dream to expect: unparalleled, jaw-dropping views of the Statue of Liberty, and the twinkling lights of the Manhattan skyline, all from your tent! It is truly a bucket-list experience that everyone must witness – and the best part? It’s great for kids. Read on as we go behind the tents and highlight the entire experience of this amazing new island oasis.
Little Kid, Big Interview! So excited to announce that our feature interview with ABC News is now live! A few months ago we were contacted by the amazing team at ABC News. They asked if they could film us for a feature interview for Social Superstars, a segment that features social media stars such as Instagrammers and Youtubers. We of course jumped at the opportunity.
Find our feature video below! More on the interview, including the full text to the ABC article HERE.
With lavender stretched as far as your eye can see – visiting Lavender by the Bay is truly a dream. Located in the North Fork of Long Island, Lavender by the Bay offers its guests something one would expect on the South of France – endless, stunning, lavender fields of fragrant flowering plants. Rated by Country Living as one of the top six stunning lavender farms to visit, this awe inspiring, straight from a magazine scene (and only a few hours drive from the city!) is a place that you absolutely must visit with your family.
Planted in History
The family owned farm has been growing the highest quality lavender in Long Island for over 15 years. Lavender by the Bay is the work of Serge Rosenbaum and his family. While not the South of France, Rosenbaum did grow up in Paris, and knew of the popularity of lavender and its many varieties. When he and his wife moved to the area, they started growing lavender in their yard, and eventually started selling the blooms on a small bench outside of the house. The lavender became popular and sold quite well from the stand, so he continued to plant more lavender to keep up with the demand. In 2002 they expanded their home based business by purchasing 17 acres of farmland, making Lavender by the Bay one of the largest Lavender Farms in the USA.
Dare we say it – Summer is here? With 90 degree temps outside and plenty of lovely sunshine- the school year I fear is almost over. What to do during the summer months? How about an amazing family trip to fill the memory books! Here we list our inspiration to make it the best family summer vacation ever, with unforgettable experiences and fun for every member of your family, all within close reach of NYC!
Family Summer Vacation Inspiration
Photo courtesy of Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
This four-season family resort in the Hudson Valley offers endless fun and activities! There is no better quality family time then that of the all-inclusive Rocking Horse Ranch Resort provides. The non-stop activities range from their namesake horse back riding experiences, an indoor water park, rock climbing, bungee jumping, mini golf, paddle boats, and more – all on their beautiful 500-acre property that is just waiting to be explored. Delicious all-you-can-eat meals are prepared by celebrated chefs, and top of the line entertainment with magicians, jugglers, comedians, and character breakfasts, there’s something for everyone at this mega resort of fun. This resort is on the top of our must-visit summer list! Rocking Horse Ranch Resort. 600 State Route 44/55, Highland, NY. Apx 1 hr 45 mins from NYC. Rocking Horse Ranch is accessible by Metro North. More information on the resort HERE.