5 things to consider when looking at cabins for sale in Texas

cabins for sale in texas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortDeciding to buy a vacation home is incredibly exciting, but all too often being too excited can have you jumping into something you either don’t want or can’t afford. Here are five considerations when looking at cabins for sale in Texas.

  1. Location, location, location! Yes, being nestled in the woods away from all civilization sounds great. Until you realize it’s a pain to get to, with nothing nearby providing the basics (grocery stores, repair people, etc.). If you’re looking for quick weekend trips, it’s important to find something closer to the city that’s also closer to a small town, like Mill Creek Ranch Resort. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is nestled in the small town of Canton, Texas, but is also right smack dab in the East Texas Piney Woods so you kind of get the best of both worlds.

2. Affordability. Before buying a second home you have to crunch the numbers and make sure you can afford it. If you can pay cash we have some great deals for re-sales cabins and cottages. Need financing, we have options to accommodate on a new cabin.

3. Post-purchase costs. Buying a vacation home is one thing, but many people underestimate the cost of maintenance. Continued maintenance costs about 2% of the home’s value. If you plan on renting your vacation home, assume the management company will take up to 50% of the rent. If all of this sounds like a headache, consider buying a home on a resort. At Mill Creek Ranch Resort, all the maintenance and cleaning is taken care of, people are on the premises 24/7 year round, and there are no HOA or other hidden fees. They also already have an established business in renting and will do all the legwork to help you earn extra income by renting out your cabin.

4. What about taxes? A vacation home can and probably will affect you come April 15, for property taxes. At Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabins for sale in Texas there are no property taxes so that is one less headache to worry about during tax season.

5. Isn’t a timeshare a better deal? In short, no. A lot of timeshares these days are at resorts, so in addition to being somewhat expensive you also have relatively high annual maintenance fees. You can also expect to get less than the price you paid for it if you decide to sell, so it’s more like buying a boat than making an investment. Moreover, if you are looking for the intimate feel of having your very own vacation home the timeshare does not offer that.  For that resort-style ambiance any time you want, call Mill Creek Ranch Resort or visit us online for more information on our cabins for sale in Texas.

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Maximizing your fun at one of the top luxury RV parks Texas

texas rv park | Mill Creek Ranch ResortMill Creek Ranch Resort has long been heralded one of the best luxury RV parks Texas, because between our services, amenities, and 200 acres of nature and activities, we are in the business of having a good time. Here are a few tips for before, during and after to keep your vacation focused more on fun than any of those little annoyances that come with the summer vacation.

Double check everything before you leave. A thorough check of all the mechanics of your RV is always a good idea.  Check your oil, tires, etc etc and make sure your RV is in tip top shape before heading out. A breakdown on the way to our resort will cut into your vacation time!

 

Take advantage of our amenities and facilities. We have all the appropriate hook ups and services for all RV’s and pop ups, including pull-through sites, clean shower facilities, and even a fire ring at every site. We also have two resort-style pools, stocked fishing ponds, paddle boats, and nature trails to enjoy during your stay at one of the premiere luxury RV parks Texas.

 

Bring your friends. The more the merrier! We can accommodate up to 100 rigs, so rally up! Be sure to book ahead to take advantage of our summer rally special of $32 a night. Groups of 10 rigs or more get a special rate of $25 a night. Check online for details on our current rally specials.

 

Planned activities makes for happy kids. Luckily, at Mill Creek Ranch Resort we have loads of activities to keep kids too busy having fun to be bored. We have swimming, planned arts and crafts activities, nature trails, and disc golf, to name a few things. There are also some wonderful activities in the area, like Splash Kingdom Water Park and Mini Golf and the East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park to keep them active and excited during your whole stay.

 

Try to stay organized. Yes, we know it’s difficult, but trying to stay organized during your trip will help keep the post-vacay slump at bay. This will help keep your RV neat and clean so you have less of a headache when you return home.

 

Visit us online for more information about the RV facilities at one of the best luxury RV parks/resort Texas, or give us a call for any further questions. Have a happy summer!

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Consider the hassle free options at Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabins for sale in Texas

 

livingroom view from kitchen 92Once you have made the decision to invest in a vacation home the anticipation and excitement for the whole family starts. Finding just the right place can be tricky and can cause all kinds of headaches. What questions should you be asking?  Do you have all the right of way rights in place to access your cabin? Is it on the grid or off the grid, and if it’s off the grid, are you planning on providing off-the-grid electricity? How close is the cabin to necessities, like a grocery store or plumber/HVAC/handyman if the need arises?

The headaches can continue after you purchase your cabin. You have to think about winterizing, maintenance, what to do if something major happens while you are away, etc etc. Should you decide to rent your cabin as well, you will need housekeeping and property management if you do not live close enough or don’t have the time to manage renters on your own.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort, our cabins for sale in Texas offer all the perks of owning a cottage with none of the headaches. There are no property taxes, no HOA dues, and we take care of everything from water and utilities to cable, internet, and even landscaping. If something should happen to your cabin in your absence, our staff is there 24/7/365 to take care of it. You won’t be showing up to your vacation home only to find a pipe frozen and busted, ruining your vacation! If you’re looking for some extra income, we also help rent out your cabin while you are away. No dealing with sites like VRBO, property managers or the like. We even take care of the housekeeping.

All of our cabins for sale in Texas are located on our 200 acre resort that’s chock full of activities for the whole family, as well as a healthy dose of peace and quiet. We have pools, stocked fishing ponds, paddleboats, nature trails, and even live music every Friday night at the Grand Lodge. Forgot to pack something? No worries, we are nestled right in the East Texas town of Canton with anything you need just a hop, skip and a jump away. We even have handicap accessible rooms available for any of your family members that may need special accommodations.

For more information or a tour of the cabins for sale in Texas at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, call Stacy at 877-927-3439.

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Our corporate retreat venue is here to help avoid common corporate retreat mistakes

corporate retreat venue texas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortCorporate retreats can be a fun and relaxing way to increase company morale, energize your team, strategize, and strengthen your company’s values. However, they can also prove to decrease morale, de energize, and end up completely unproductive if not planned correctly. Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s team at our corporate retreat venue are always here to help you avoid those oft-made mistakes in corporate retreat planning. Here are some additional tips to make sure your corporate retreat is productive, successful, and a whole lot of fun.

1. Talk with your people, not at them. An involved discussion will insure that their eyes won’t glaze over while they start thinking about what’s for lunch. Involve everyone in attendance in a conversation. If your group is rather large (Mill Creek Ranch Resort can accommodate over 100 people), quickly introduce a topic and break everyone up into groups to discuss.

2. Don’t throw money at chintzy things. Sure, retreat t-shirts, monogrammed golf balls or hiring a semi-popular band seems like a good idea at the time of planning, but often it ends up just being a waste of money. Funnel all of that money into one nice thing that your employees will actually enjoy, even if it’s just a really nice dinner. This tells your employees that you do value them, and don’t value cheapness.

3. Let people choose things for themselves. Yes, the activities director here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort will help you plan group activities for team building during your stay, however, leave the rest and relaxation choices up to your employees. We have scores of fun activities on site, from nature walks to paddle boats. Don’t plan mandatory pool time, as you probably don’t want the mental image of your employees in a bathing suit any more than they do of you. Same goes for food. Don’t serve overly sugary or overly healthy options; have a good mix, your employees are adults and can choose for themselves.

4. A little education goes a long way, so try to include it in your retreat. This does not mean a Power Point presentation of clichés your employees already know. Take the time, before the retreat, to research some cutting edge ideas and discuss them with your people. TED Talks are a great place to start, as they are typically cutting edge, interesting and short enough to hold people’s attention throughout the whole thing. Find a good TED Talk that’s pertinent to your company strategy and hold a discussion afterwards. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is fully equipped with state of the art audio/visual equipment for online streaming, videos and presentations.

For more information on the corporate retreat venue amenities at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, contact our corporate events manager at 877-927-3439 or look for more information online.

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How to stay organized while camping: small space organizing tips before visiting luxury RV parks Texas

luxury rv parks texas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortStaying organized can be trying even on a day to day basis, especially with kids hanging around. These difficulties can be magnified when you are working with incredibly small spaces (like an RV). Here are a few tips to help keep you organized along the way so that you’re not pulling your hair out or yelling at the kids the whole time, but spending a fun time relaxing at one of the best luxury RV parks Texas during your family vacation.

Creatively utilize every last inch of space you do have. This seems obvious, but look beyond shelving, cabinets and drawers. There is a lot of usable space for hanging organizing racks/pockets on the back of doors or on empty wall space. Over the door pockets and racks, like the ones that are often used for shoes, are great for toiletries and just about anything else that needs a home.

Label everything. Of course you know where everything goes, because you organized it. Your family, however, does not know where things are kept and honestly, they probably don’t care. If you label where everything goes, then there is no question about where it belongs. This is best done with a label maker, but if you really don’t want to buy one of those things scotch tape and a sharpie works just as well. (Just write legibly.)

Keep everything in place while moving. It’s really easy for things to get jostled around in your RV while you are driving from place to place. Tackle this by adding non-slip liners to the bottoms of drawers and cabinets, and by securing anything on rollers (like those wonderful in-cabinet sliding drawer things you installed) with bungee cords. It’s also helpful to put sharp knives in a container (an old Pringles can works wonderfully) so if things do get a little shuffled, you aren’t reaching into a drawer with a wayward knife floating around.

Pre-pack and re-pack. Take all of your gear for camping and pack it ahead of time in your RV storage spaces (or put extras in a big plastic rubbermaid). After your trip is finished, clean everything (if need be) and put it all back where it belongs so it’s all ready to go for your next trip. You can even make a list of everything that goes in the different spaces and leave it on the top, just so you’re sure what’s in there next time. This also makes it easier to leave on a whim.

Staying organized while camping at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, one of the best luxury RV parks Texas, will help keep you focused on the real task: relaxing, enjoying all the wonderful amenities at our luxury resort facilities, and having a stress-free vacation.

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Take your employees some place fun! Make Mill Creek Ranch Resort your corporate retreat venue

Corporate Event Texas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortOh, the corporate retreat. One mention of it, and employees start to grumble about being stuffed into a boring hotel for more forced time with coworkers and cheesy team-building activities and sometimes it’s even on the weekend. The horror! What people (when we say “people” we mean “corporations”) tend to forget is that half of the team building experience happens just in having fun together after the meetings and with corporate sponsored/ approved team-building workshops.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s corporate retreat venue, we have so many activities that your team will have fun the whole time.How about an archery class with team driven activities or and fun day of Olympic style events that is fun for all employees.  We also have meeting rooms and spaces to accommodate groups from 10 to 100. We can take care of all your business needs for meetings, seminars and activities. After you are done taking care of business, your team can take advantage of all the amenities of our luxury resort.  We also have a Corporate Sales Manager and Activities Coordinator to help you plan out team-building activities and entertainment.

Our business rooms have all the technology you need for your seminars, meetings and gatherings, from projectors and screens to wifi and all the necessary hook ups. We can even assist you with lunch/catering during your meetings. Be sure to talk to our specialists about your specific needs so we can make sure we have everything ready for your arrival.

For overnight retreats, stay in our luxury cottages complete with a queen bed and sleeper sofa, full kitchens, modern appliances, and we even have executive cottages with deluxe amenities. Our luxury resort is chalk full of activities, from nature walks and paddle boats to swimming and disc golf. There are also scores of nearby attractions, like a winery, golf course, and zipline challenge course. Let our tranquil environment provide your team with a little rest and relaxation so they can regroup and refocus. This can especially helpful after those busy times that create stressful bursts of hard work and overtime, or even work as a motivational tool to get your team geared up and raring to go just before your business gets a big rush.

For more information on how you can customize your event at our corporate retreat venue, or for a tour of our grounds and facilities, reservations and availability, contact Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s Corporate Events Manager.

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How to avoid buying a money pit when looking at cabins for sale in Texas

cabins for sale in texas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortWhen you start looking into cabins for sale in Texas for a vacation home, you want to make sure you aren’t buying into a money pit. It’s similar to buying a residential property; you will need to get the property inspected by an experienced contractor before buying anything, especially if you see some of the classic warning signs like water damage or cracks in the walls.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort, our cabins for sale in Texas are on the property of our luxury wooded resort in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. All of the cabins are regularly maintained, so things don’t typically go wrong, and if they do there is always someone on hand to take care of it. We even take care of the housekeeping and lawn/garden maintenance. At Mill Creek Ranch Resort we take care of everything.

If you’re planning on renting your property out while you are away, there are a lot of hidden costs and considerations. To start, you will need insurance and you will need to draw up contracts for renters. There is also marketing, property management and housekeeping to consider. The little things add up, and it all could not be worth the money you put into it in the long run if you just don’t get renters very often. At Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabins for sale in Texas, we cover all of that for you. We do all the work to rent out your cabin while you are away so you can earn some extra income on your property, but you don’t have to deal with contracts or even the renters at all. All you have to do is let us know when you’re coming, and the cabin will be all ready for your arrival. Shouldn’t a vacation home be more about the vacation than the residual responsibilities?

Additionally, as a cabin owner at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, you have access to all of our luxury resort amenities, like our infinity pool, hot tub, nature trails, and Grand Lodge. If you’re interested in more information or a tour of Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabins for sale in Texas, give us call. Don’t get stuck with a money pit – check out the beautiful property and cottages at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in East Texas for a hassle free vacation home.

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The advantages of buying cabins for sale in Texas attached to a luxury resort

cabins for sale in texas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortWhen buying a vacation home, a little cottage in the woods always seems like a good idea in theory, until you realize that a vacation home in the boonies can be more work than play. Being super secluded has its peaceful advantages, but also means that you’re far away from important things like grocery stores, attractions, and even plumbers. There’s nothing worse than showing up to your vacation home only to find out that something has gone awry in your absence that needs immediate attention. As a result, when looking for cabins for sale in Texas, finding something located on a luxury resort (without losing that woodsy feel, of course) has been a growing trend. Shouldn’t your vacation home be all play and no work?

Buying a vacation home associated with a resort, like the cabins for sale in Texas at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, means a number of advantages. The resort takes care of everything related to maintenance and accessibility and can even provide accommodations for the handicapped. There are no property taxes, no lease fee and they do the smaller things like lawn/garden maintenance and maid service. You also never have to worry about winterizing your cabin, because a resort is always open.

Another advantage to buying through a resort is in those three little words: location, location, location! You typically want to be somewhat secluded in your vacation home, but you don’t want to be too far from civilization. Resorts tend to have optimal locations so homebuyers are close to local attractions and activities as well as facilities that offer the basics, like gas and groceries. It’s also nice to have the option of community areas (should you choose to take advantage it) for the kids and social butterflies alike.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabins for sale in Texas, we offer the best of three worlds: a cabin in the woods, a luxury resort and proximity to all the wonderful local attractions East Texas and Canton has to offer. When we say “hassle free” we mean it. We take care of everything; this means no HOA fees or property taxes. All you have to do is show up and start relaxing. All of our cabins for sale are fully updated with modern amenities and appliances and finishings. Give us a call for more information in purchasing a cottage at Mill Creek Ranch Resort or to schedule a tour.

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Quick tricks and recipes to snazz up your burgers while visiting luxury RV parks Texas

Texas RV Park | Mill Creek Ranch Resort One of the favorites on the grill for regulars and newbies alike that come to Mill Creek Ranch Resort, one of the best luxury RV parks Texas, is the good ‘ol American hamburger. Hamburgers are practically standard for camping trips, because they are easy to whip up, grill and eat. The “same old, same old,” however, can get, well, a little old. Here are a few tips and a recipe to help you snazz up your burgers on your next resort getaway!

Spice it up: If you typically don’t season your meat, it’s time to start. Salt and pepper go a long way, but feel free to throw pretty much any spice or seasoning you like in the ground meat. A few popular options are season salt, grill seasoning, garlic powder (or garlic salt – just don’t salt it twice if you use this!), cayenne and/or chili powder if you like some spice or a little curry powder for a good flavor whallop.

Switch it up: Yes, beef is the classic meat of choice when it comes to hamburgers, however, switching up the ground meat you use is a pretty easy way to make something different. Experiment with ground chicken or turkey,some East Texas venison or even go a little fancier and use lamb. With lamb, you can even mix it with ground beef.

Stuff it!: Stuffed burgers are all the rage these days, so much that there is even a special tool to help you with the process (it’s not really necessary though). The idea is pretty basic: make double the patties with your meat, but flatten them somewhat thin. Mound some cheese, bacon, wilted greens, mushrooms or really anything you can think of on one of the patties, cover with another patty and squish and mold the ends together. Then grill as usual and enjoy! Check out our recipe for greek stuffed lamburgers below!

There is nothing like fancying up a meal or two while camping at one of the best luxury RV Parks Texas. Contact Mill Creek Ranch Resort for more information or to book your luxury RV site.

 

Greek Stuffed Lamburgers

Makes 4 large burgers
1 ½ pounds ground lamb, or a mix of ground beef and lamb
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Crumbled feta cheese
½-1 cup wilted spinach (or frozen spinach, thawed)

1. Mix the ground meat with lemon zest, oregano and salt and pepper. Separate the meat into 8 balls of about equal size, and flatten into large patties.

2. Place some crumbled feta and wilted spinach into the center of four of the patties. Top each with another patty and press together at the edges, somewhat sealing the stuffed burger.

3. Grill to your desired doneness. Serve on a bun, between cibatta bread, or in a pita pocket.

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Rustic design ideas when considering cabins for sale in Texas

cabins for sale in texas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortMill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabins for sale in Texas do come fully furnished and outfitted with modern appliances and rustic yet modern finishings, but the interiors and decorating aesthetic are entirely left up to you. The biggest trend in design for cottages is definitely to take it rustic all the way. To make your cottage a cozy rustic getaway, here are a few design and decor tips.

Consider your materials: When it comes to rustic design, think au naturale, and go for a lot of wood. There are tons of creative uses for wood, old or new, unpolished or reclaimed. This is also a wonderful way to go green and recycle. A little sandpaper and paint on an old door can make a charming coffee table top or headboard. When it comes to fabrics, consider natural fibers like linen, cotton or burlap.

Pick your palette: A rustic design usually centers around a palette of neutrals, especially those that reflect your surroundings, like browns, beiges, grays and sometimes green. If you are a color hound and find neutrals a yawn, definitely add some character with color. An otherwise neutral palette makes one or two accent colors really pop. Pick an accent wall to paint, or use bright colors in your linens (bed and/or table), throw pillows, etc. and you can even change them out seasonally.

Fine found finishings: A wonderful way to snazz up your rustic getaway, especially in the kitchen, is with those one-off unique bowls, vases and bottles that never seem to have the right place in your permanent residence (but often hold sentimental value). If you don’t have any items of this nature, never fear. Just come down during First Monday and find something unique at the nation’s biggest flea market, or take advantage of the numerous antique stores in Canton. If all else fails, invest in a few different sizes of mason jars to use as glassware, vases, cotton ball/toiletry holders, or anything else you can think of! Then send the kids on a flower and foliage hunt when you arrive to display inside or on the patio during your stay.

Remember that at Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabins for sale in Texas, we take care of all the maintenance inside and out, both while you visit and when you’re away. You won’t even have dust-on-arrival. Contact us for more information on purchasing a vacation cottage or to schedule a tour.

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