Boot Ranch

Boot Ranch is everything I love about Texas all rolled up into one big beautiful package.

It’s easy to get caught up in big city living and lose sight of the innate beauty of Texas until you hit the backroads. The minute you take that right turn at Evant, and head towards Fredericksburg, the Texas Hill Country rolls out before your eyes. Suddenly nothing matters but the view. You turn a corner, and Enchanted Rock looms up like a stone spaceship. As you wind around the road to Boot Ranch, the clubhouse rises out of the stone cropping’s like a cowboy’s version of a castle and simply takes your breath away.

See how Boot Ranch honors the heritage of the Texas Hill Country on SecondShelters.com.

As if it was even possible, Boot Ranch’s award-winning Hal Sutton-designed course just got better. The 18-hole golf mecca in the Texas Hill Country now offers improved playability with an enormous, tailor-made practice area. We got a chance to preview the completely redesigned links at this incredible resort just outside of Fredericksburg last weekend, and we came away absolutely impressed.

To find out more about the impressive upgrades this already phenomenal facility, we chatted with Barbara Koenig of Boot Ranch, who took me on a quick tour of the still under-construction course as the resort graciously hosted us for our editorial retreat Sept. 15-17. 

Read the full story on SecondShelters.com now.

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We just returned from a lovely weekend editorial retreat at Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. I can safely say the entire CandysDirt.com staff fell in love with not just the beauty of the landscape, but also with the stunning homes.

If you can’t move to the Hill Country, but are longing for the lifestyle, we’ve found the perfect place in what has to be one of the best locations in Dallas. (more…)

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More news from Boot Ranch, the luxe private golf club and residential community we’ve been following in the Texas Hill Country: a new toque in the kitchen. Boot Ranch chef (and Abacus alum) chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier left the ranch in October to return to Dallas to join Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing in Lovers Seafood and Market which opens in the next few weeks. Fredericksburg pastry queen Rebecca Rather filled in during the transition while Boot Ranch management sought out their new executive chef – Casey McQueen. McQueen is now at the helm of the Boot Ranch kitchens, overseeing the clubhouse dining room, outdoor bar and grill and catering activities.

Click through to SecondShelters.com for the low down on what this new face brings to the table.

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We can’t imagine a more fabulous long weekend than sipping wine produced right here in Texas at one of the Hill Country’s best spots, Boot Ranch. Not only does this luxury second home development have a fabulous Hal Sutton-designed golf course and fully equipped spa, but it also has the daring and creative executive chef Aaron Staudenmaier who ready to wow you with novel food and wine pairings.

And that’s just a fraction of what guests and journalists enjoyed during the Wine Workshop at Boot Ranch. Oenophiles enjoyed discussions with some of the best wine critics and insiders in Texas, too. See what you are missing right here on SecondShelters.com.

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Staying true to Vacation Home Week, we had to find a phenomenal property that would make a great spot to run to should you get the itch to get out of town.

And of course, we love Boot Ranch, a gorgeous community in the Texas Hill Country with golf, scenery, and luxury accommodations.

“Here you’ll find a delicious tension between rural and refined,” writes Jeannie Ralston for The New York Times. “With the vineyards and boutique farms (lavender, olives), some people make comparisons to Napa Valley or even Provence (France). But those assessments ignore something fundamental: The Hill Country – being Texas at its finest – is like nowhere else in the world.”

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We’re living in high cotton now!

Well, I got to tour Belk Friday, the new, hip, and oh so southern department store at the old Marshall Fields/Saks Fifth Avenue store at the Dallas Galleria. You recall how we interviewed the store’s (hot) manager, Salem Boohaker, he’s finer than frog hair split four ways. We helped him find a place to roost in Uptown. And he found me plenty of places to roost in his new store, from the custom designs by Cynthia Rowley to the Kate Spade department. (more…)

Boot Ranch Chef Aaron StreitmaterBoot Ranch Executive Chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier wasn’t always counting bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country. Aaron began working the graveyard shift at a truck stop at age 14 and eventually made it to The Mansion in Dallas, working under Chef Dean Fearing. For the 13 years prior to his escape to Boot Ranch, he worked under Chef Kent Rathbun at Abacus, Jasper’s and at the farm-to-table concept, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen in Preston Center. Now ensconced in the hills of Fredericksburg, he says nothing announces the change of farm season in Texas and the hint of warmer weather like that first delivery of creamy, nutty English peas just waiting to be cooked up. And so, over on SecondShelters.com, we are offering up his recipes…for vacation home “inner peas”…