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Some Benefits of Owning Texas Cottages at Mill Creek Ranch Resort

texas cottages | Mill Creek Ranch ResortIf you are looking for a vacation home, the Texas cottages at Mill Creek Ranch Resort offer more than just a nice vacation.  Owners of our Texas cottages enjoy a maintenance free vacation home.  No lawncare, landscaping costs, no worrying about putting up the furniture for storms!

Our Texas cottages are custom designed to suit your tastes.  You pick the lot, the style, the flooring, and the color!  The financial side of things is just as easy!  There are no lease fees, no HOA fees, and NO property tax.  Come visit our Texas cottages at our lovely East Texas resort in Canton, TX.  Check out this video from one of our cottage owners, Dave Aungst, and see just what he loves about owning a cottage here 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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Visiting Canton for First Monday Trade Days? Stay in our Texas cottages at Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Texas Cottages | Mill Creek Ranch ResortOne of the big draws for Canton is the First Monday Trade Days flea market that takes place on the weekend preceding the first Monday of every month. People come from far and wide to look at (and purchase) oozits and whatzits galore. While Canton is a mere 60 miles from Dallas and many people from DFW day-trip it for the Trade Days event, coming to Trade Days is a great excuse to get away for a night and stay in our quaint Texas town at one of our cozy upscale Texas cottages.

Today, First Monday Trade Days is one of the oldest and largest flea markets in the country, but its roots lay in the mid 1850’s when the circuit judge would come to Canton to hold court (as this was Canton’s designated day). People naturally gathered at this time to watch the court and conduct business, and thus “First Monday” was born.

Today, “First Monday” takes place on the four days preceding the first Monday of every month (no doubt to better accommodate our busy weekday schedules and to help with crowds). It occupies about 450 acres and consists of over 7,000 vendors, so saying this once little flea market has grown is a bit of an understatement. The vendors prices and products can variety from low end to high and so can the prices. Some are stingy with the bartering, but haggling is still always welcome and it doesn’t hurt to give it ago. The event’s Wikipedia page also offers some great tips to first-timers, like coming on a Thursday or Friday for a better selection and to avoid crowds.

Seeing most of the booths and vendors can take more than a few days  (especially if you count on getting a little lost if you are not familiar with the market and pavilions). After a long day of window shopping, haggling and buying, the last thing you want to do is drive over an hour back home. Luckily, our resort and cozy Texas cottages are a mere quarter of a mile from the Canton Marketplace (the northernmost building in the Trade Days complex). Not only is this convenient, it also means you don’t have to deal with parking (and, of course, don’t have to pay for parking). You can come and go from the market as you wish, or power through the whole thing and come back to the resort for some rest and relaxation.OUr cottages have a fully furnished kitchen and several cottages have grills on the back patios for grilling.  Why fight the crowds at the restaurants, grill a steak and drink you favorite beverage, all at the comfort of your very own cottage.  We suggest the hot tub to soothe tired legs! We also offer complimentary shuttle service.  So, come out and stay in our beautiful Texas cottages and enjoy a great First Monday weekend.

Texas Cottages
Mill Creek Ranch Resort

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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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.oskydev.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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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!

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

 

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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!

texas cottages
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.

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

 

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Spring Break at Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s Texas Vacation Rentals

Are you still looking for the best place to spend Spring Break?  Well, look no further, you have found the best kept secret in East Texas!  Mill Creek Ranch Resort is offering some fantastic activities for Spring Break!  Whether you are traveling in your RV or looking for a bit of R&R in one of our Texas vacation rental cottages, we have planned the best Spring Break you could ask for!  The best part of a Spring Break vacation at Mill Creek is that we have taken all the guesswork out of what to do to entertain the family!

Check out our Schedule of Events for Spring Break 2013!
Vacation Rental in Texas
Vacationing in one of our Texas vacation rental cottages is easy for families!  We have fully equipped cottages!  All you need to do is bring the food!  If your vacation includes a vacation from the kitchen, there are plenty of places to enjoy nearby.  We offer a comprehensive guide of local attractions and restaurants here on our website.

Take a minute to check out the schedule and give us a call to reserve your RV site or Texas vacation rental cottage today!  903-567-6020

Texas Vacation Rental
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439
http://millcreekranchresort.com/