Need a Family Reunion Venue That Offers RV Sites and Cabins in Texas?

Texas cottages | Mill Creek Ranch ResortIf you are looking for the perfect venue for your family reunion, you should check out what we have to offer here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.  We offer RV sites and Texas cottages to accommodate the whole family.  Now everyone has a place to stay in style – Texas style!  Here are some words from a couple of our family reunion guests this summer.  Check them out to learn more about why our RV sites and Texas cottages make Mill Creek Ranch Resort the place for your next family reunion!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, TX 75103
(877) 927-3439

 

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The State Fair and Our Vacation Cabins in Texas: a Winning Formula for Fun

texas vacation cabins | Mill Creek Ranch ResortThe weather here around Canton is gradually getting milder. That’s a sure sign that fall is on its way, and with it, the biggest event of the year in these parts: the East Texas State Fair. As you know, the campgrounds and hotels in Tyler are going to be packed, so why not stay with us in one of our comfortable, nicely furnished vacation cabins in Texas? We’re about 30 miles from the fairgrounds, giving you a chance to enjoy the fun while also taking advantage of everything Mill Creek has to offer.

A Sneak Peek of What’s In Store…

This year’s fair promises to be 10 days of non-stop good times for the whole family. Here’s a look at what to expect.

  • Tons of free concerts with great musicians like JB and the Moonshine Band, the Swon Brothers, the Folk Family Revival, and George Gee & Kindred.
  • Plenty of other events, including the Great American Frontier Show, the Wild West Show, sand sculpture exhibits, Wolves of the World, and horticulture shows.
  • Livestock shows and competitions. Including the Red & Gray Bantam Show, the Beefalo Show, and the Open Hereford Show.
  • Arts and crafts displays, photography contests, and auctions.
  • All the excitement of the midway, with rides, contests, and exhibits of all kinds. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel, ride a horse on the merry-go-round, or, for the ultimate in excitement, enjoy the thrilling ups-and-downs of the roller coaster or the tilt-a-whirl.
  • Plenty of classic carnival treats like cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, and other favorites.

Those are just a few of the fun and fascinating things to look forward to. For full details, visit the official fair web site.

You can experience all that this year’s fair has to offer, without the headaches, hassle, and noise of Tyler, by staying in one of our vacation cabins in Texas. Or, if you prefer, we also offer choice RV spots. Either way, we have a full range of guest amenities, including fun activities like these:

  • Catch and release fishing.
  • Swimming.
  • Horseshoes.
  • Campfires.
  • Nature walks.
  • Bicycling.
  • Paddle boating.
  • Bird watching.
  • Or, if you prefer, just kick back in our soothing hot tub and feel your cares melt away.

No matter how you slice it, the state fair plus our vacation cabins in Texas add up to the perfect getaway, either for the whole family or just the two of you. So make your reservations with us today and get ready for the time of your life.

Vacation Cabins in Texas
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

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TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR DALLAS SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM-BUILDING WORKSHOPS

dallas special events | Mill Creek Ranch ResortSometimes teams, whether co-workers, student government leaders, church group leaders,  etcetera aren’t quite functioning at their optimum level.  Or perhaps, there is a newly formed group who have not yet had the opportunity to get to know each other.  A Dallas special events team-building workshop might be just the ticket to get your group up and running at its best.

Following are some tips to assure that your Dallas special events team-building workshop is a success:

HAVE A PURPOSE IN MIND.  Mind Tools, an organization highly recommended as an important part of one’s professional leadership toolkit, suggests that, “Team-building exercises can be a powerful way to unite a group, develop strengths, and address weaknesses. However, only if the exercises are planned and carried out strategically.  In other words, there has to be a real purpose behind your decision to do the exercise – for example, improving the team’s problem-solving or creativity skills – rather than because you felt like giving your people a nice day out of the office.”

WHAT ARE YOUR TEAM’S CHALLENGES?  Mind Tools suggests that the very most important step in the process of planning a team-building event is figuring out what issues your team is facing.  Then you can select a team-building activities that will most effectively help them work through these challenges.

IDENTIFY THE ORIGIN OF THE PROBLEMS.  Mind Tools further suggests asking some questions to identify the source of the organizations troubles:

  • Do members of the team need to get to know one another?
  • Is there an issue with communication?  Do communication problems slow the advancement of the group?
  • Are some members seeking their own accomplishments to the detriment of the group?
  • Do group members need to learn how to work collectively, instead of individually?
  • Is there a morale problem among group members?
  • Are some individuals opposed to change?  Is this affecting the rest of the group?
  • Are there disagreements between certain people that generates divisiveness within the team?

A handy tool that Mind Tools shares to investigate the issues facing your team is their Team Effectiveness Assessment.  Upon completion of the assessment you are directed to tools that will help improve the areas of team-working problems identified in the assessment. 

“Teamwork has a dramatic effect on organizational performance.  An effective team can help an organization achieve incredible results.  A team that is not working can cause unnecessary disruption, failed delivery and strategic failure.”

Sometimes in order to achieve the most successful Dallas special events team-building workshops, it is important to get away from the usual work environment.  Mill Creek Ranch Resort is perfect for your Dallas special events.  Offering: Corporate Meetings, Board Retreats, Seminars and Corporate Trainings.  The beauty and serenity of Mill Creek Ranch Resort allows your group to focus, relax and re-energize.  Less than an hour from Dallas in beautiful East Texas, we offer exceptional facilities, corporate amenities and state of the art technology.  Our meeting space accommodates groups of 5 to 150.  Theatre, conference, banquet and classroom-style seating arrangements are available.  Full catering is also available with budget friendly options.  Our Activities Director is available to coordinate all your team-building activities and desired entertainment, and our Corporate Sales Manager will handle every other detail for your group.  Overnight accommodations are available in our gorgeous cottages and cabins each equipped with a queen bed, sofa sleeper, WiFi, TV, full bath/shower and kitchen.  Executive cottages offering deluxe amenities are also available.  Let us help make your next Dallas special events Team-Building Workshop a success.

Dallas special events
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

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For Unforgettable Fun, Combine a Visit to Yesterland with Our Texas Vacation Rentals

Heroes are all around us, though we don’t always notice them. They teach our kids, patrol our streets, guard our country, and battle blazes. We owe these brave men and women a debt we can never fully repay. But there are things each of us can do to show them how much we appreciate their service.

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YesterLand Farms is doing its part by hosting a Hero’s Weekend September 21st and 22nd. Members of the teaching, law enforcement, military, and firefighting professions can get free admittance to the farm for themselves and up to three family members, simply by showing their work ID at the admission gate. The deal is a great way for public servants to save while stay at one of our Texas vacation rentals.

If you’ve never been to YesterLand, then you’re missing a treat. This special place is a real working farm that offers plenty of good times for every member of the family. Plus, its location makes it an ideal addition to our Texas vacation rentals.

Things to do at YesterLand include the following fun-filled activities:

  • Ride the YesterLand Express, a vintage train sized just right for both kids and adults to enjoy.
  • Enjoy fast-moving twists and turns on the Range, a classic roller coaster that takes passengers through an authentically-styled fort.
  • Take a trip on the Super Slide, a 65’ three-lane fiberglass slide that takes visitors over not one but two heart-pounding humps.
  • Go for a spin (literally!) on the Turbulence and Gyro-sphere attractions, both of which whizz visitors around in circles for some dizzying good fun.
  • Saturday nights in October are a treat! Bring your flashlight and an adventurous spirit to experience all of the fun YesterLand has to offer in a whole new light!

For those who prefer a more leisurely experience, YesterLand also offers wagon train rides, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and a mercantile filled with souvenirs and other fascinating merchandise. Plus, after you and your party have worked up a farm-sized appetite, you can enjoy a great meal at the Hog Wild Grill.

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YesterLand takes its role as a member of the Canton community very seriously. One way it gives back is by joining with local schools to host field trips. Students can tour the grounds and work areas and see what everyday life is like on an American farm. Each year YesterLand dedicates its corn maze to a charitable organization. This year the maze features the 100th Anniversary of the American Cancer Society, and proceeds from the annual corn maze go to the organization’s efforts to find a cure. So, when you visit, you’ll not only be having a great time. You’ll also be supporting a family-centered business that’s striving to make our world a better place.

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You can make your trip to YesterLand even more special by taking part in one of our Family Fall Fun Escape Packages. You’ll enjoy overnight accommodations in either a cabin or at one of our spacious RV sites. You’ll also get discounts on admission to YesterLand and full access to all the great amenities at Mill Creek Ranch Resort. You won’t find a better deal on Texas vacation rentals anywhere. So don’t settle for a bland, run-of-the-mill hotel room when you can stay with us. We look forward to having you and your loved ones as our honored guests.

Texas Vacation Rentals
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX 75103
877-927-3439

 

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UPCOMING FALL FUN ACTIVITIES WHILE STAYING IN OUR TEXAS COTTAGES

texas cottages | Mill Creek Ranch ResortStay in one of our attractive Texas Cottages in Canton TX where Fun Fall Activities abound!

Every Friday night you’ll have an opportunity to sample the musical talent of East Texas’ local singer/songwriters at The Creek in the Grand Lodge. Open to the public, enjoy your evening with a full cocktail venue along with some special comfort cuisine with an East Texas flair. Come prepared to relax and enjoy the live acoustic music along with a scenic view of the infinity pool and the beautiful 200 acre woodlands. Join us on your next Friday night in Canton at: 2102 N Trade Days Blvd, Canton, TX 75103 or for more information email glodge@millcreekranchresort.com or call 903-567-6020.

Canton is known as the Walking Capital of Texas. So if you’re staying at one of our Texas cottages on October 12th you and your canine companions are invited to attend the Mayor’s Walk at Cherry Creek Park starting at 8:30 a.m., working to promote good health. Participation is free, so join us at 1200 Cherry Creek in Canton. For more information call 903-567-1849 or go to www.visitcantontx.com.

You could even get a little extra practice in on one of our newly completed walking trails here at The Resort. The Yellow Trail is about 1.6 miles that goes around the cottages and along the north side of the resort. Be sure to check out our new 1.8 miles of Wilderness Trail we call the Red Trail. This new trail is located behind the new Southpointe development and is only for hikers and bikers, no golf carts allowed.

After your walk, have fun in town at the 13th Annual Autumn Stroll featuring live music, the Lone Star BBQ Society Sanctioned cook-off, downtown merchants’ sidewalk sales and window decorating contest, arts and crafts, a silent auction, and fun, fun, fun! Located in downtown Canton, N Buffalo Street off Hwy 64. Admission is free, contact Lynn Kitchens 903-567-1849 or 877-462-7467 or lkitchens@cantontex.com for more information.

Monday, October 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. plan to attend the Children’s Fall Festival. There will be candy, a costume contest with prizes and games galore. Located at the Canton Civic Center, 800 Flea Market Rd. Admission is the donation of one canned good to benefit Manna. For more information contact Brandy 903-873-8049.

Or plan your stay in our Texas cottages to coincide with the famous First Monday Trade Days. Known as the largest Trade Days in the USA with 7,000 vendor spaces on 450 acres including covered pavilions, indoor Antique and Collectibles, and clean restrooms. Upcoming dates: Thursday, August 29th through Sunday, September 1st; October 3rd through October 6th; October 31st through November 3rd. Held rain or shine! Free admission and $5 parking depending on location.

Book online now or call today, 877-927-3439, to learn more about a family Fall vacation in one of our Texas cottages!

Texas cottages
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

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TOP 6 ITEMS ON THE ‘MUST DO’ LIST WHEN NOT STAYING IN A HOTEL IN CANTON TX

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6. When not staying in a hotel in Canton TX visit the beautiful Edgewood Heritage Park historic outdoor museum and the Blackwell House, Canton’s oldest residence.   As described on their website, this outdoor museum encompasses 20 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas from the 1800′s to the 1920′s.

5 .  If golfing is your thing, you won’t want to miss visiting the championship Twin Lakes Golf Course.  Ranked by Texas Outside as one of the top 10 golf facilities in Texas.  Twin Lakes was designed to challenge serious players while still giving novices a great place to learn to play.  The picturesque course was designed around two beautiful lakes and a 1,000 acre tree farm giving the course a beautiful tranquility.

4.  When not staying in a hotel in Canton TX we recommend visiting theYesterland Farm for a nostalgic step back in time — it’s old-fashioned fun on the farm with a new twist! From Fall festivities to a holiday wonderland of Christmas trees and Santa, it’s all farm-tastic family entertainment.

3.  For a change of pace, visit the Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).  The TFFC website indicates they combine visitation and outdoor education with a production fish hatchery. The Center’s mission is to provide an educational, entertaining visitor experience that promotes freshwater sport fishing and the enhancement, conservation and stewardship of aquatic resources in Texas. 

2. TripAdvisor.com describes Canton’s First Monday Trade Days as the self-professed oldest and largest flea market in the United States including more than 7,000 vendors.  The event draws up to 500,000 people and is held each month on the Thursday through Sunday preceding the first Monday of the month.  If you want to visit First Monday Trade Days be sure to book your hotel in Canton TX far in advance, as accommodations fill fast!  

And FINALLY and most importantly:

1. Don’t stay in a hotel in Canton TX!  Instead, stay in the fabulous resort at Mill Creek Ranch Resort where not only will you have beautiful and relaxing accommodations, you’ll enjoy our fabulous amenities including: concierge service; stocked fishing ponds; paddle boats; live music, full bar and great food every Friday night at “The Creek” in the Grand Lodge; swimming pools; hot tub; beautiful playground; disc golf course; places for bike riding; a dog park; volleyball; basketball; horse shoes; etc.  You get the idea, there’s truly something for everyone at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

 

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Benefits of Staying at Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s Texas Vacation Rentals Vs. Hotel Rooms

When it’s time to get away from it all how do you decide where to stay and what to do? There are always those ‘vanilla’ hotel rooms that we tend to lean towards because it’s what we’re used to doing…OR you can spice up your vacation experience by staying in one of many Texas vacation rentals at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

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What ARE the differences between Texas vacation rentals versus hotel rooms? There are some similarities: both commonly have televisions, coffee pots, comfortable beds, a community pool and a number of ADA units available for the enjoyment of their guests. But the differences are numerous and remarkable!

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Although hotel rooms generally have room for a bed to sleep in and a television to watch, Texas vacation rentals at Mill Creek Ranch Resort are upscale fully furnished cottage units with a fully equipped kitchen where all you need bring is the food! We also have a great living space where you can relax, much better than making that bed your sofa and recliner!texas vacation rentals | Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Hotels are usually surrounded by…more hotels! Texas vacation rentals at Mill Creek Ranch Resort on the other hand are surrounded by the peaceful great outdoors of Texas. Other outdoor amenities offered at Mill Creek Ranch Resort Texas vacation rentals that aren’t usually found at hotels are private covered patios and decks, many times with outdoor grills, to relax and enjoy your evening meal or to just sit and enjoy listening to the serene sounds of nature. Additional common outdoor amenities include fishing in nearby ponds, nature trails, picnic tables, playgrounds, bike rentals and outdoor games including horseshoes, lifesize checkerboard and disc golf.

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If you want to enjoy an extended vacation at a hotel you’ll need to pack your whole wardrobe or plan on spending substantial down time at a local laundromat. At Mill Creek Ranch Resort Texas vacation rentals you won’t have to place your vacation plans on hold in order to get your laundry done. You’ll find a private washer and dryer in your unit so you can start the laundry in the morning on your way out the door to enjoy some fun, and finish the laundry when you come back in the evening.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort Texas vacation rentals provide privacy. There will be no maid knocking on your door first thing in the morning. You won’t hear annoying neighbor noise coming through the walls or from the hallway because you don’t have shared walls in a vacation rental unit. Unlike the cramped quarters of a hotel room you’ll have space to stretch out in your vacation rental unit enjoying a wonderfully modern and beautifully appointed living room, kitchen and bedroom(s). It is truly an upscale home away from home.

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Rental rates of Mill Creek Ranch Resort Texas vacation rentals are comparable or in many cases better than hotel rates. So what are you waiting for? Book your vacation rental today so you can enjoy the peacefulness of that charming cabin in the woods along with luxury resort living!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

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Things to Look For in A Venue When Planning your Dallas Special Events Wedding

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LOCATION

Getting ready to plan your wedding? What should you look for to find the perfect location to host your Dallas special events? If it’s a wedding you’re planning, on your special day, you want something unique, something extraordinary. You can choose to settle for the lackluster mediocrity of the standard hotel or banquet hall wedding and reception or you can search for someplace different, someplace exceptional. The location of your wedding and reception sets the tone for your special day and is the single most important factor in making your wedding and reception uniquely YOU!

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort our goal is to make your dream wedding a reality! Nestled in the East Texas Woodlands, nothing about your wedding will be humdrum or common when the helpful and friendly staff at Mill Creek Ranch Resort help you plan your Dallas special events wedding. The resort is magical, with a stunning collection of wedding reception settings and a plethora of services from which to choose.

Looking for a rustic lodge or country pavilion for your wedding ceremony and reception? Or how about a romantic garden wedding? You’ll find them all at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

DECORATIONS & DETAILS

Once you’ve determined the location of your wedding ceremony and reception, what decorations will you use? Does the venue provide decorations and if so, will they add to the special feeling that you’re trying to create? If not, can you provide your own? What about other planning details, like photography & videography, cakes, etc? This can be the most tedious, stressful and frustrating part of the venue planning process.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort besides surrounding yourself in beautiful scenery, we provide superior amenities that will define a truly remarkable wedding day. We know there are many planning details the go into your beautiful day, including photographers, disc jockeys, cakes, horse drawn carriage, catering, hosted or cash bar, groomsmen golf packages, bridesmaids spa packages, etc. We have a variety of vendors with proven success that we feel confident in referring to our brides.

FOOD & BEVERAGES

Many Dallas special events venues have restrictions on the food and beverages served. Before booking your event you’ll want to be sure that your food and beverage desires can be accommodated.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort we’d love to help you to create the menus and services that exceed your expectations and fit your budget. Our goal is to make sure that your Dallas special events wedding truly is everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

BUDGET

Of course all the dreaming and planning in the world will not come to fruition unless it fits within your budget!

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort we have many affordable wedding package choices. Our wedding packages always include a minimum 4 hours for the wedding ceremony and reception, wedding in the gardens and white garden chairs for the ceremony, our beautiful white lantern centerpieces and choice of Grand Lodge or Pavilion for the reception, and tables, chairs and linens for the reception and more.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Where do you plan to stay on your wedding night? Included in our wedding package we have a beautiful honeymoon cottage for your first night as husband and wife. Do you have out of town guests that will need accommodations? Let us set up a group block to keep your family and friends close on your special day.

Unlike traditional hotel rooms, Mill Creek Ranch Resort offers upscale cottages that have a modern feel with rustic charm. Our beautiful cottages are fully equipped with kitchens, microwaves, living rooms with sofa sleepers, full sized baths, TV and sound systems and a wonderfully comfortable queen sized bed in the bedroom. We also offer executive cottages equipped with upgraded amenities. Enjoy the peacefulness of that charming cabin in the woods, but with the luxury of a 5 star resort! We also have RV sites to accommodate the cross-country traveller in your family. Just let us know what you need, and we will make it happen.

We’d love it if you’d take a look at pictures from some of our previous contented Dallas special event wedding customers, then contact our Social Events Manager today at 877-927-3439 ext: 261 to schedule a tour of our facilities, and be prepared to fall in love! Our goal is to create the perfect Dallas special events wedding, for each and every special couple!

Dallas special events
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

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Another Great Texas RV Park Recipe!

What goes along with summer fun while vacationing with family at a Texas RV Park? Great food of course!  If you’ve done much camping at Texas RV parks maybe you’re already a pro at dutch oven cooking, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at it, but have been a bit too intimidated to get started.

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Roger L Beattie of the Backwoods Home Magazine describes dutch ovens: “squatting heavily in dank basements, drafty attics, and dusty, cluttered garages, these three-legged hulks from a bygone era wait impatiently to release their treasures.  Until then, they are pitted by time and tarnished by neglect.  For those who will uncover the mystery, their gaping caverns can once again be brimming with magic.

“From the birth of our nation, Dutch ovens have been an integral and versatile part of Americana.  Sadly today’s high-tech hustle-and-bustle lifestyle has all but forgotten the art of “leather-glove cuisine.”  The coal-black cast iron ovens appear outdated, unfriendly, and forbidding.  Interestingly however, with seven simple secrets revealed, the beginning camp cook and the consummate backyard chef can utilize these forgotten friends to produce a marvelous and unforgettable variety of succulent delicacies.”

Here is a helpful link for beginners and expert dutch oven cooks alike with Roger’s seven secrets of dutch oven cooking.

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dutch oven cooking is dump cake, think again!  Virtually anything you can cook in the oven, on the stove top, or in the microwave can be cooked in a dutch oven.  Dutch ovens are one of the most versatile pans you can own!  For those that are new to the art, here is a link to some handy tips from WikiHow on how to use a dutch oven.  

And for those of you who are ready for your next trip, take advantage of the RV specials  here at our beautiful RV resort, a top rated Good Sam Park for 2012 and who many call the best East Texas RV Park.  And while you’re doing your meal planning to decide what delicious food you’ll enjoy while you’re here, here’s a great dutch oven recipe for you to put on your menu list, Campfire Jambalaya, the grand-prize winning recipe from Scouting magazine’s national contest.  Complements of Kevin Young and Jim Brown, Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 44, in Heyburn, Idaho:

 

SEAFOOD JAMBALAYA

1 pound boneless chicken breast, cubed

1 pound mild Italian sausage, chunked

1 pound mixed seafood (shrimp, crab, crawfish)

1/3 cup oil

1 large onion, sliced and chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 small red or green peppers, quartered and sliced

2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 14-oz. can chicken broth

3 cups okra, sliced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon gumbo filé (powdered sassafras leaves)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup orange juice

2 to 3 cups long-grained white rice 

* Option: Replace cayenne with crushed and dried hot red peppers.

Cook in a deep, 14-inch Dutch oven. Heat chicken and Italian sausage until cooked through, but not browned. In a separate pot, steam seafood mixture until done (shrimp will turn pink).

In the Dutch-oven lid or another pan, sauté onions, celery, and red or green peppers until tender. Add the sautéed mixture, along with the tomatoes, broth, okra, and mushrooms to the chicken and sausage. Mix thoroughly.

Add dry peppers, gumbo filé, and rice. Mix thoroughly.

Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add Worcestershire sauce and orange juice. Add water as necessary to cook rice. Add steamed seafood mixture. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

 Serves 8 to 10.

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2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
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Finding The Best of East Texas on the Piney Woods Wine Trail While Staying in our Texas Cottages

texas cottages | Mill Creek Ranch Resort Canton TXOnce known only for its wild grape species growing naturally for thousands of years along lakes, rivers and streams, Texas has matured to become a full-bodied and rich wine country.  No longer must you spend a fortune traveling to France or California, great tasting wine is made in our own backyard.
 One needn’t spend hours formulating a self guided wine tour in East Texas, the work’s already been done and for your next weekend getaway all you need do is follow the Piney Woods Wine Trail .  May we suggest an enjoyable afternoon trip, or a tranquil weekend tasting wine and then relaxing in one of the beautiful Texas cottages along your route?  But which route?

How about beginning in the beautiful highlands of the Sabine Valley at the Fairhaven Winery located just north of US 80 at 5340 South FM 2369, Hawkins, TX 75765?The folks at Fairhaven Winery pride themselves in fine grade handmade wines produced from hand picked estate grapes.  

Upon leaving Hawkins our recommended second stop is the unique Miranda Lambert Store and Red 55 Winery located at 100 E Hubbard St, Lindale, TX 75771.     Many folks enjoy the winery store’s gifts and products from Miranda’s merchandise line, but the Belle of the ball is the wonderful wine.  The Lambert family partnered with Lou Vinery Vineyards to produce an amazingly diverse wine offering with Miranda’s signature names.

Next stop we suggest visiting the Crump Valley Vineyards (127 Crump Lane, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482)  where you’ll enjoy great wine at a great price and a whole lot of great home grown entertainment to go along with it!

Finally head to Canton, Texas where the town of 3,581’s claim to fame is it’s tremendous growth once a month of up to 400,000 shoppers converging for the World Famous Trade Days which they tout as the oldest and largest continuously operating outdoor market in the United States.

But Canton is much more than a 4 day a month shopping mecca, it’s home to two of the areas’ superb wineries, Savannah Winery & Bistro and Texas Roads Winery & Roadhouse.  The Savannah Winery & Bistro  located at 574 E Dallas St, Canton, TX 75103 offers wine tasting any time.  If you agree that variety is the spice of life then Savannah Winery is the stop for you.  They carry wines from Brushy Creek Vineyards, Homestead Winery, Landon Winery, Los Pinos Ranch, Lou Viney Cellars and Messina Hof.

The Texas Roads Winery & Roadhouse is a short hop skip and a jump down the road at 124 W Dallas St in Canton.  Offering over 30 local Texas wines with signature wines by winemaker Michael Ramsey.   

After you’ve shared your self guided wine tour with that special someone, why not give your trip the perfect ending by enjoying the rest of the weekend at a beautiful Texas cottage?  A short mile and a half away is the ideal place to relax with a fantastic Romance Package at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.     There’s no need to rush home when you can enjoy one of Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s peaceful Texas cottages.  Pull out the wine glasses and your newly acquired spirits and enjoy overnight accommodations for two in a luxurious Texas cottage, with a dozen roses awaiting your arrival.  The special package includes a $100 dinner credit at Four Winds Steakhouse , full use of the wonderful Mill Creek Ranch Resort amenities and a special 2 p.m. late check-out.

If you feel you must visit  just one more vineyard before your trip is complete, head South to Athens, TX to Tara Vineyard and Winery.  They have a unique bottle shaped bar and fine cuisine that perfectly pair with their signature wines .  You can have a pleasant reminder of your adventure each month when you join the Tara wine club.   The winemakers choose a special wine to share each month with the club members.  You can choose from 1-3 bottles per month.

Make plans today for your next weekend getaway enjoying the finest wines and Texas cottages that East Texas has to offer!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
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