We drove up from Houston (4 hours) to attend a wine and food pairing held at the ranch. Representatives from five area wineries presented two selections each paired with food prepared by the ranch chef. The wines were all from Texas, and we ended up buying several bottles of the wines we tasted. The food was outstanding, including game dishes (pheasant and duck sausage, venison soup) to Tri Tip steak and desserts of peaches and figs in excellent reduction served with ice cream and accompanies by two sweet Muscat wines.
The ranch has hosted wine pairing dinners in the past, and plans to do a boubon and cigar night in the fall.
The ranch is best known for its axis deer, dove, and upland game hunting. They also have some ponds and the creek, which can be fished. There were many people taking advantage of the public sporting clays courses.
Since we were far from home, we stayed overnight. The rooms were on the small side, but well furnished and very comfortable. There is also a common room stocked with coffee, soft drinks, and water. There are several buildings on the property, including the conference center, where the wine and food pairing was held, a breakfast room, which served a hearty eggs, bacon and biscuit meal in the morning, and a well equipped pro and gift shop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Joshua Creek Ranch is an exclusive Texas Hill Country resort situated where the Guadalupe River and the Joshua Creek meet. We offer a number of shotgun shooting opportunities which include upland bird hunting with guides & dogs, European style Driven Pheasant Shoots, Mallard Duck hunts and two scenic 10-station sporting clays courses. We also have in-season Whitetail deer and turkey hunting, as well as, year round hunting for trophy Axis deer. Also enjoy fly-fishing and water recreation in the pristine waters of Joshua Creek. We have a variety of first-class accommodations ranging from lodge-style rooms and suites to four private ranch houses, including a 5,000 square foot house on the Guadalupe River that sleeps up to 18 guests. We can sleep anywhere from 30 single occupancy guests up to 90 people maximizing all beds. Great arrangements for a variety of needs including corporate retreats, hill country getaways and special occasions. Our facility also includes a helicopter landing site. ... more less
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