The resort is beautiful, very family friendly. The cowboys are great and so are the riding trails. After just one visit, you'll go back year after year. It's the only resort that we've ever gone to that we didn't just use the lobby to 'check in' It's so much more of a hang around relax and enjoy yourself! We can't wait to go back!
Just returned from the weekend. Things people should know. The guests seemed to be very mixed between the NASCAR type ATV riders and families for horse riding. 3 meals a day are included and in 8 meals, there was fruit and canned green beans at one and cooked carrots at another. Otherwise no fruits a veg. Internet only available via wifi in the lodge. Smokers stand outside the front door so everyone has to walk by and if you sit on the front porch. Lastly, no refrigerators in the rooms, so if you wanted to bring your own food/drink nowhere to put them.
My family has been going here even before i was born. As a little kid.... i remember that as soon as we arived i would run over to the park area while everyone else unpacked. As i got older i would ride my bike all around, do scavenger hunts, go horseback riding, feed the horses, go swimming and fishing, playing bingo, and we even saw the amazing fireworks every year for the 4th of July. I also remember Cowboy Mike who first taught me how to ride a horse. This is a great place for families. This ranch is one of the best places of my childhood and holds many many many of my favorite memories and stories.
My family started visiting Ridin Hy back in the mid 70's. We originally rented cabins near Lake George for a family reunion but looking for something more led us to Ridin Hy. We visited "The Ranch" on Columbus Day weekend every year but different family members also visited in the Summer and Winter. For 25 years our family reunion was the highlight of my year. From the time I was 5 years old until I was married and my wife pregnant with twins. After 10 years of family building, I am FINALLY bringing my children to the place I loved most as a child, teen and young adult. The fact that I am going back in November and writing about it now, in May, says something. I CANT WAIT.
I am the type of person that likes variety and prefers to explore new things rather than return to the same place over and over. I have Skiid in Lake Tahoe, Traveled the Pacific Coast Highway from SF to LA, I have been to Europe a few times, Disney, the Carribean and countless other places but NO OTHER PLACE ON EARTH has the same effect on me. Maybe I am partial because I spent so much time there as a kid or maybe because the group we went with (some years over 60 people) was so fun to be around. I dont know. I just know that I have just read all 77 reviews on here and the common theme in all of them is that people that go to Ridin Hy rarely go just one time.
I remember the old lodge, the one before the current one with the indoor pool, the temporary lodge at the bottom of the ski hill, and I remember when the "old motel units" were the nicest ones they had. The ranch has evolved over the years but some things never changed. The food is tasty and plentiful (and you cant beat the view from the dining room). The service is personal and friendly. The rooms are clean and the activities are endless.
Over the years I have fished, skiid, skated (on the tennis courts in winter), enjoyed boating (row, peddal and pontoon rides), swimming, riding, hiking, ping pong, tennis, softball, volley ball, archery, snow tubing. Rode quads, snow mobiles and even brought my own dirt bike and mountain bikes. At one time they even used to let the guests compete in barrel races at the rodeo (though I dont think they allow that anymore)
One advantage of going with a big group is that you can kind of take turns watching each others kids. If someone is going to the barn to see the animals you can send your kids with them, You want to go on the hike to the castle but your kids are too small someone else can watch them. I basically ran around this place by myself from the time I was 7 or 8 years old. I always caught up with my parents at meal times and even as a kid you know when meal times are because you see the people walking toward the lodge from every direction.
If you are looking for a safe, affordable, relaxing but not boring, family vacation this is the place.
I just returned from the annual scrapbooking weekend at Ridin-Hy, wow it gets better and better, I have been goin to the ranch sence 05 and I can't wait to go back next year. It can be hard to return to the same place and make the same memories, but when you go to a place like Ridin-Hy you make new memories, meet new people, and have different experiences that make you regret having to drive by that old covered wagon. One more year and I can go back to my "Home away from home"
Ridin Hy Ranch is highly recommended, the staff is friendly and helpful, and very professional, the food was excellent, plenty of activites, horseback riding for me was the best! Excellent value for the price paid.
the family absolutely loved the ranch,my 2 kids met so many wonderfull friends and so did we over the five or six years we went,so many memories. the food was awsome,the cowboys new our names every year,especially my son,jon from ireland,the directer he was the best,so many people that worked there were awsome.the baseball games between workers and visiters were so much fun,all the activities were great.my kids wanted to go there instead of disney world and we gave them the choice.we don't go now because my kids are so involved in sports,but we will go back some day,they keep asking or they will go back on their own
Ridin Hy Ranch was so much fun. We got to ride atleast twice a day sometimes 3, and had so many laughs. The best part was the welcoming and hilarious staff. From cowboys kevin, dave, ryan and mike. From the great food served by chris. And the adventures that Hoffy led us on like the castle and pontoon boatrides. We had a blast and cant wait to go back!! =)
The staff couldn't be any better!!! I went to the ranch this summer with my family and we had the best time!!! There was a young couple working in the barn- Mindy and Chad, they were the sweetest young adults I have ever met. Mindy was so great with our kids, from pony rides to letting out my con wear her cowboy hat while Dave and her taught him how to rope a dummy at the weekely cowboy carnival. Chad was always very helpful and made sure that my son was on his favorite horse thumper! Mike was great too, and always put a smile on my sons face!! the cowboys and cowgirls at Ridin Hy are the best!!!! GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!!!!
i have been going to ridin hy since i was 4 years old(now 15). i even learned how to ski here. i come up every year with a group of about 18. the expierience is amazing and i will be going here until i die.i have absolutley nothing bad to say. in the winter they have skiing tubing snowmobiling ice skating horseback riding and even ice fishing every night we go and get ready for dinner come to the lodge for thewine and cheese party have dinner go upstairs and just hang out come downstairs for bingo and then watch the cute game they have for the kids; like hot potato and even bowling for prizes then they have a hot dog roast or home made pizza; after that we are free to do whatever we want
its a place that parents dont have to constantly worry about the kids.. and kids enjoy the freedom of being able to do whatever they want... i wouldnt change a thing about ridin hy ranch it is perfect for people of all ages!!!