• Room with a View: Montesino Ranch

     
    POSTED July 12, 2018
     

    Collective Hill Country

  • Room with a View: Montesino Ranch

     
    POSTED July 12, 2018
     

    Collective Hill Country

The newest Collective Retreats property, Collective Hill Country, a Retreat & Mountain Ranch, is located on the Montesino Ranch along the Blanco River in the heart of Texas Hill Country outside of Wimberley. The ranch is about 45 minutes from Austin and an hour from San Antonio. Collective Hill Country features 12 luxury canvas tents equipped with high-end amenities that include soft beds with 1,500-thread count linens, a French press coffee bar, an in-tent bathroom, in-tent dining and private decks. Meals at the retreat are prepared by executive chef William Howell, who offers a menu of “farm to flame” items, including Hill Country breakfast tacos, Wimberly smoked chicken, wild boar osso bucco, BBQ shrimp and grits, and Gulf-caught redfish. Meals are offered alfresco or guests can customize their own fajitas for a BBQ-in-a-box option. The retreat site is nestled on a ridge overlooking a sprawling valley on the 225-acre working ranch and organic farm. Collective Hill Country is the brand’s first winter retreat and offers a variety of both onand off-site activities, including swimming, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and many others. Collective Retreats currently operates locations in Big Sky, Montana; Vail, Colorado; and Hudson, New York.  

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.