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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
877-927-3439

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Planning a Reunion Near Dallas? Special Events Are Even More Special at Mill Creek Ranch Resort

special events dallasReunions can be a great way to gather your family and catch up with family members you haven’t seen in a while (or new ones you might not have met yet!). If you have a large group you’re trying to gather, the planning process can seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help smooth the process from the reunion planning pros at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, a Dallas special events venue.

First, if several families are involved, you will need to start talking to them early to gauge their interest and availability. You may want to start this up to six months to a year in advance, depending on how many people will be involved. While you’re talking to them, be alert for any signs that they might be willing to help! The more help, the better. Gather email addresses or start a facebook group for easier communication.

When you’ve got a good idea of when and how many people will be interested in attending, you can pick a venue. Keep in mind that Dallas special events venues can require plenty of advance notice for large groups, so call as soon as you can to make reservations for your 2014 weekend reunion. You will also want to be sure you are aware of any family members with special needs and make sure the venue you have chosen can accommodate them (wheelchair accessibility, etc). Mill Creek Ranch Resorts has kept our guests with special needs in mind in our facility designs from cabins to meeting spaces.

Once you have reservations, it’s time to plan meals and activities. Remember everybody who said they’d be willing to help? Put them to work! Some tasks to delegate could include ordering T-shirts, handling the money, organizing menus (or talking to the caterer), planning games for the kids or scheduling activities, games and prizes, handling presentations or acting as Master of Ceremonies. If you have a photographer in the family, see if they’ll take pictures. Keep everybody up to date on who’s doing what. If you’ve got an email or facebook group going, posting updates will not only keep everyone informed, it’ll keep everyone excited about the upcoming reunion. If you find that some of these things cannot be handled in the family, remember that our Dallas special events venue can help you with the planning.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort, event planning is a big part of what we do. Don’t hesitate to call us and see what we can help with. Whether it’s ideas for activities, information about fun things to do in the area, catering services, or questions about our amenities, we love to help!

Call 877-927-3439 now to book your 2014 weekend reunion. Still want to give 2013 a whirl?? We are offering special rates for 2013 reunion events held on a weekday, or if your family prefers a cooler Fall weekend reunion we still have availability then too!

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2102 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439

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Stay at one of our RV Sites or Vacation Cabins in Texas for The Salt Festival

vacation cabins in texasThe 39th Annual Grand Saline Salt Festival is happening this weekend! Come out for a stay in one of our beautiful Texas cabins or bring the RV, and enjoy all the festivities of the Salt Festival!

The Salt Festival celebrates the heritage of Grand Saline as the home of Morton Salt. Festivities are mainly focused on the Morton Salt mines and will also include car shows, family activities and of course plenty of local musical talent. Be sure to come out to support “The Creek” regular and local favorite, Matt Bradshaw, on Saturday night!

If you are into shopping, there will be vendors galore displaying their wares! We heard there will be some Duck Dynasty items for sale as well.

Here are the calendar of events for the weekend:

Friday, June 7th

Luncheon: Chicken Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert – (11am-1pm, All noon lunches $6 )- Sponsored by Country Trails Nursing Center

Entertainment during lunch

Concert and Street Dance- Featuring “The Wesley Pruitt Band”- 9pm-12am- Admission $15, Children 12 and under $5

Saturday, June 8th

Arts & Crafts Vendors Downtown 8am-5pm

Pet Show Downtown at the stage 9am

Classic & Antique Car Show on the grass behind Citizen’s Bank 300 W Frank 9am-2pm

Kiddie Kapers Downtown at the stage 10am

Horseshoe games for adults (set up next to the car show) 9am

Luncheon: Hamburgers and all the fixings and dessert – (11am-1pm, All noon lunches $6) – Sponsored by Azalea Trails Nursing Home

Star Search Contest on Stage 7 pm-8:30 pm – Winner received CASH PRIZE

Concert & Street Dance Downtown – Entertainment begins at 9:00 with Matt Bradshaw opening up for Deryl Dodd live on stage

Admission Tickets in advance $15 in advance $20 at the gate, Children 12 and under $5

If you are need more information on the The Salt Festival, check out the event website at saltfest.net.

We hope you will enjoy the weekend festivities while staying in one of our vacation cabins or camped out in one of our 5 star RV sites. Contact us today to make reservations for one of our beautiful vacation cabins in Texas at 877-927-3439 or book online!

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

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Our Vacation Cabins in Texas: the Perfect Place to Take a Break from it All

vacation cabins texasIf you have children at home, they probably can’t wait until school is out for the year. As summer vacation nears, they might even be able to tell you how many more days until the break! Have you reserved your Mill Creek Ranch Resort vacation cabin in Texas yet?
It’s a widely accepted truth that after a long school year, kids need a break from homework. But several studies show that grown-ups need vacations from work too — but we don’t always take them when we need them. That’s a shame, since according to CNN Money, Americans collectively leave 226 million vacation days unused, amounting to $34.3 billion of our vacation time wasted. Aside from the financial waste, consider the health benefits of taking time to recharge, reconnect with friends and family members, and enjoy life.

According to an article from CNN, taking just a few days of vacation every year results in better sleep quality, reduced job stress, and better reaction time. Women who take vacations regularly are three times less likely to be depressed and eight times less likely to develop heart disease. Men who regularly take vacations are 32 percent less likely to die of heart attacks, and 21 percent less likely to die early of any cause. Vacations reduce your body’s production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can age you prematurely.

Taking a vacation is good for our productivity, our blood pressure, and our relationships.
Getting away from it all can be as simple as loading the car with a few changes of clothes and our loved ones. Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s fully equipped vacation cabins in Texas are a great option for hassle-free, convenient getaways. There are activities and amenities for everybody, whether it’s playing a round of golf, riding bikes, paddleboats on Walden Pond, teaching the kids to fish in the stocked fishing ponds, or swimming, or relaxing in the hot tub without the kids. What could be better than just taking a nap in peace and quiet? Our vacation cabins in Texas are the perfect place for a vacation that’s as active or as restful as you want it to be.
Contact us today to make reservations for one of our beautiful vacation cabins in Texas at 877-927-3439 or book online!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
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Looking for a Hotel in Canton, TX? Come Stay in Luxury at Mill Creek Ranch Resort

canton tx hotelFor four days every month, Canton, TX hosts up to 400,000 visitors, which means that our charming, small town temporarily becomes the seventh most populated city in the state! World Famous First Monday Trade Days, held the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the first Monday of each month, is an outdoor market so big that shoppers can’t possibly take it all in in one day. Of course, Canton has shopping, events and fun things to do all month long, but Trade Days deserve every bit of attention that they get. With over 7,000 vendors selling everything from antiques and hand-crafted furniture to shoes, jewelry and salsa, there is simply something for everyone. Visitors love Canton, and Canton loves its visitors.

Because First Monday Trade Days are so popular, a hotel in Canton, TX is in high demand. If you really want to make your stay special, Mill Creek Ranch is your best option with amenities that go above and beyond what you would expect from the average hotel room. We have resort pools, stocked ponds, a playground, live music, paddle boats, and the list goes on and on! Since Trade Days are so popular, you will want to call ahead if you plan to visit Mill Creek Ranch on a Trade Days weekend. Along with making reservations early and ditching that hotel in Canton idea, here are some other tips that will help you have the most First Monday Fun:

  • Go early. Most vendors open at 8am and close at 6pm The least crowded time of day is just as it opens. Especially if you are staying for several days, consider that going early each day may allow you to leave early, which leaves you free time to enjoy our resort pool, relax in the jacuzzi or even go fishing while others fight the later crowds.
  • Don’t worry about a little rain. The market is open rain or shine (and a little rain can actually work to your advantage since it can clear out the crowds).
  • Dress in comfortable layers. Remember that Texas weather can change in the blink of an eye. A chilly morning can become a very warm afternoon. Also, you’ll be doing a lot of walking, so wear good walking shoes. Don’t forget to rent or buy a cart to carry your purchased items, you will be glad you did.
  • Bring cash and a checkbook, because not all vendors will take a credit card.
  • Have fun!

Next time you are looking for a hotel in Canton, TX, make the better choice, and choose Mill Creek Ranch Resort. Just minutes from First Monday Trade Days, and we will even give you a ride, so you don’t have to deal with parking! We love our guests and want them to truly enjoy all that Canton has to offer. Call today to make reservations in one of our beautiful Texas cottages or to pick your RV site.

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

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Planning Your Texas RV Park Vacation? There’s an app for that!

With RV camping growing in popularity, there are more resources than ever available to help you plan a great RV park vacation in Texas.  Here are a few websites, apps and ideas to get you started.

Guestrated.com is a website where RV Park guests leave reviews and ratings of parks they’ve visited.  You can click the “plan a trip” button and a menu will take you to a search feature that will allow you to find a park and any amenities you would like.  For instance, to find a Texas RV park, one would click on the type of park (RV), the state/province (TX), and then below, “add amenities and lifestyle options.”  Included are options to search for RV parks with internet access, firewood, playgrounds, cable TV, pets welcome…it’s all there. There is even an option to search by highest rated park (Mill Creek Ranch Resort earns an A grade and enthusiastic feedback from reviewers there).

Smartphone apps can make vacation travel so much easier!  Here are a few to try on your next Texas RV park adventure:  

  •  Good Sam Campground Directory helps you find and RV park anywhere you travel.
  •   Gasbuddy finds the cheapest gas in the area
  •   iHandy level iPhone app, to you get your RV level while camping
  •  Google Sky Map is great for stargazing while you’re away from the city lights
  •   OffMaps for iPhone lets you download maps and view them even without a data connection
  •  RV Dumps finds the closest dump station for your septic

Pinterest has many, many boards dedicated to RV camping tips and ideas and is the perfect way to visually plan a vacation. Just search for boards or pins with the words “RV Camping” in them and you’ll instantly have access to recipes, ideas for organizing small spaces, fun recipes, cool RV remodels…you name it.  With a couple of more specific search terms like “Texas hiking trails” or “Canton TX” and you’ll find more specific ideas you may be able to use on your Texas RV park vacation. Create your own board and watch your RV trip take shape before your eyes!

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

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A Texas Vacation Cabin Guest Favorite – Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos!

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There’s no surer sign of warm weather in Texas than the smell of delicious food being cooked over an open fire. The days are getting longer, and you’ll find yourself enjoying the mild days and evenings outside cooking and eating while warm breezes carry the aroma from the grill to passersby. While you relax and unwind on your vacation, try a laid-back outdoor meal or two during your stay at Mill Creek Ranch Resort. It’s so easy to do, whether you stay in one of our Texas vacation cabins with a grill or you’ve bought a cottage with an outdoor hearth. Isn’t it amazing how simple food can taste so good when you cook it outdoors? No restaurant needed, just bring a few ingredients and keep them in your fully-equipped kitchen during your stay. Here’s a favorite recipe of our Texas vacation cabins guests:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

You’ll need:

6 fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced in half lengthwise and seeded
1 package cream cheese (8 ounces) (strawberry flavor is fantastic)
12 slices bacon

Preheat your grill to high heat. Spread the cream cheese onto the pepper halves. Wrap the bacon around the cheese-stuffed peppers and secure with a toothpick. Place them on the grill and cook until the bacon is crispy. Enjoy!

Note: You may want to wear gloves when slicing and seeding the peppers to avoid burning your hands.

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

 

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What Will You Do With Your Vacation Cabin in Texas?

vacation cabin in texasWhether you enjoy outdoor activities and wildlife, lounging around the pool, or an adventure in zip lining, owning your own vacation cabin in Texas will get you there.  Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, Texas is filled with fun for everyone, from museums, shopping, and dining, to fishing, swimming, and outdoor adventure.

Vacation cabin owners at Mill Creek Ranch Resort have found that no matter what their interests are, there is something for everyone.  Many families enjoy spending time at local water parks, animal parks, and playground areas.  And for the outdoor enthusiasts, the surrounding lakes and local gun shops provide ample fishing, target practice, and all the gear you might need for your next adventure.

If considering purchasing a vacation cabin in Texas, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is the place to go.  Beautiful accommodations and a wide array of activities attract regular renters and help make vacation cabin ownership a great investment.  When you need a break from your hectic everyday life, your cabin is ready.  And when you don’t need it, your vacation cabin in Texas is quickly rented out to the many people eager to experience all that Mill Creek Ranch Resort and Canton, Texas have to offer.

Owning a vacation cabin at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, Texas is a smart and hassle-free investment.  Unlike traditional vacation homes, your custom designed vacation cabin comes without property taxes or homeowner association fees, which makes your monthly expenses virtually nothing!

But don’t take our word for it – see what Andrew Stewart, one of our happy vacation cabin owners in Texas said:

“We have purchased our cottage as an investment. I can say that since we have purchased the cottage, we have never had to write a check; however, we have received one. It is a vacation home that pays for itself. We don’t even have to pay TV, internet, or property taxes. We just have to go to the bank to deposit our checks. It has been a solid financial investment. We look forward to many more trips to the bank, thanks to MCR!”

If you are ready to enjoy all of the benefits of being a vacation cabin owner at Mill Creek Ranch Resort – give us a call at (877) 927-3439, or stop by to take a tour, 2102 N. Trade Days Blvd. Canton, TX 75103.  Your vacation cabin is waiting.

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

www.millcreekranchresort.oskydev.com

 

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How to Choose an Outdoor Wedding Venue for Dallas Weddings

dallas wedding venuesOf all the choices a bride makes for her wedding day, one of the most important decisions is where to have the wedding?  If you have chosen an outdoor setting for your Dallas wedding, you should keep a few of these tips in mind.

Consider the Weather – Dallas weddings are usually blessed with beautiful weather.  However, the heat from our Texas Summers could be just a bit too much for Dallas wedding guests.  Offering your guests cool refreshments and a decorative fan is a sure way to help them stay comfortable throughout the ceremony.

Scenery – Pick a place that will look as lovely as you on your wedding day.  You want to make sure the grass is green and the flowers are in bloom for your Spring and Summer Dallas weddings.  The piney woods of East Texas are a perfect backdrop throughout the year at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.  

Have a Backup Plan – When the weather is unpredictable you will need to make sure your Dallas wedding venue offers alternate space.  We have a variety of venue spaces at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.  Just ask our Wedding Coordinator, Carole, to help you find the right space for your wedding.

Lighting – Having an afternoon wedding is an ideal time to enjoy the sunset as the party comes to a close.   There will be plenty of light, and a romantic atmosphere created naturally at dusk.  Incredible pictures are to be had with a gorgeous Texas sky as the backdrop!  If you choose an evening wedding we have plenty of outdoor lighting to create the perfect ambiance for Dallas weddings.

Weddings at Mill Creek Ranch Resort are a bride’s dream come true, whether she chooses an indoor venue or prefers all the outdoor beauty of this resort location for her Dallas wedding.  Contact us for more information on Dallas weddings at 877-927-3439.

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

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Many guests of our vacation cabins in Texas love to take advantage of the excellent fishing opportunities in the Canton area.  

Lake Fork is just 30 miles away from our vacation cabins and is known as the trophy bass fishing lake of Texas, holding 15 of the top 20 Texas State Record Largemouth Bass.

Canton, TX has two city lakes that offer fishing. The larger of the two has a boat ramp (permit required for boaters) and a fishing pier. The smaller of the two allows boats without mechanical power. It also offers park amenities such as playgrounds and a hiking trail.

Old City Lake has pier and bank fishing, swimming (no lifeguard on duty), picnic areas, playground, lighted tennis and volleyball courts, baseball and soccer fields. Call City Hall 903-567-2826 to reserve for group events. Located on Old Kaufman Road, off Hwy. 64 west, main entrance beside Free State Storage.

Canton City Lake “Mill Creek Reservoir” features a boat ramp for fishing and sailboats, swimming (no lifeguard on duty). Call City Hall 903-567-2826 for night fishing permits and to reserve for group events. Located on Arnold Paul Road off Hwy. 243 north of Wal-Mart Superstore.

If you want to stay close to the cabin, stocked ponds here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort have catfish, crappie, and smallmouth bass for catch and release fun.

If you brought home a haul, you can prepare your fish in our fully equipped vacation cabins, or enjoy it grilled using the outdoor kitchen.  Our vacation cabins in Texas have many options for enjoying your Texas fishing trip!

Let us know when you are ready to schedule your next fishing trip.  Our vacation cabins in Texas are the ideal place for a family vacation or a trip out with the guys. Call now to make your reservations 877-927-3439!  

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439
www.millcreekranchresort.oskydev.com