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How to Glamp! Tiny Houses vs. RVs vs. Cabins for Sale in Texas

cabins for sale in texasSpending time in nature can be a wonderful way to relax, but which means of vacationing is best for you? Here are the pros and cons of tiny houses, RVs, and cabin rentals so you can decide for yourself.

Tiny Houses

No doubt you’ve at least heard about tiny houses, thanks to shows like HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters, but have you ever lived in one? It can be a big step going from a big house to a tiny one, but you could give it a try before making a commitment. Here are some pros and cons of living small:

Pros

  • Easier to keep clean.
  • Forces you to think and pack light.
  • Encourages more exploration of the great outdoors.
  • Keeps everything you need in easy reach.

Plus, here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we have tiny houses that you can rent or buy, so a simple vacation can lead to a downsized house and upsized freedom.

Cons

  • Tiny houses will only accommodate 2, 3 if you squeeze (comfortable with being in close spaces) people, so not ideal for families.
  • Living light and in such a small space is not for everyone.
  • It is difficult to find a place to have you tiny home.

RVs

The golden dream of life on the open road draws many to RVing. Whether you plan on taking one around the country or you just want to enjoy the luxury for a short vacation, there are some things to consider.

Pros

  • Whenever you’re ready to go, it’s easy to pick up and move.
  • They’re especially convenient for touring large areas.
  • From pop up trailers to fully loaded motorhomes, you can choose the cost and comfort of your trip.

Cons

  • Rentals can be relatively expensive, and you’ll need to factor in gas for your trip.
  • You’ll have to make sure the site you choose can accommodate an RV.
  • If you plan to own the RV, licensing, insurance, maintenance, and storage will need to factor into your costs.
  • You’ll need to inquire about and obtain the proper licensing to legally operate your RV.
  • There will always be some maintenance issues and or breakdowns.

Cabins for Sale in Texas

For those wanting a vacation that is a little more stress free and convenient, cabins are a great option. You can rent one or own one, and still find yourself in the middle of an incredible natural environment. Here are a few things to think about.

Pros

  • Cabins provide all the creature comforts of a real house while still dropping you in the middle of a beautiful natural environment.
  • Rent a cabin for a few days, or purchase one that you can come back to again and again.
  • Owned cabins can be rented out when not in use, and the added income can help pay for the expenses associated with owning.
  • Like renting a hotel room, you only have to bring the essentials, and that’s all you’ll need to pack when you’re done.

Cons

  • Your cabin is affixed to one location.
  • There are some added expenses in renting or owning a cabin.

Tiny Houses, RVs, and Cabins, oh my!

No matter what option you go with, there’s room at Mill Creek Ranch Resort to accommodate your wants and needs. Give us a call any time to find out more.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | Cabins for Sale in Texas | 877-927-3439

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Why Take Weekend Getaways in Texas? It’s easy!

weekend getaways in texasWe idealize vacations, looking forward to that week long or more respite as the culmination of a year’s hard work, but is there a better way? Perhaps. There are a few advantages to taking smaller vacations. Let’s examine them.

Weekend getaways are less stressful.

You plan, you plot, you order plane tickets and catch rides and rent cars, all in search of an escape. But all that planning and plotting can become stressful. The plane gets delayed, or you don’t make the connecting flight. The room you booked isn’t there. Weather ruins all your plans.

Any number of things can go wrong, and if you’re relying on those plans to guide your fun, any hitch can feed that stress level. Which is what you’re trying to escape.

At two to three days in length, a weekend getaway doesn’t have much room for problems, and you may find it easier to go with the flow when they do occur.

They’re less expensive.

Since most grand scale vacations aim for grand scale destinations, you’ll spend a lot more on travel. Planes, gas, and all the extra food and lodging means you’ll be spending more to do it.

But a weekend getaway can’t accommodate as much travel, which means you have a little more wiggle room to splurge on food and entertainment. Plus, less time spent in a plane or car means more time to enjoy your mini vacation.

They’re less work.

Packing for a long trip requires a lot. Big suitcases are needed to accommodate the clothes and toiletries you’ll be bringing with you.

Compare that to a vacation where you only need to pack for a few days. One suitcase may be enough for the whole family, or you can pack in backpacks that are easier to store and lug around.

Weekend Getaways are less draining.

They’re less draining on your finances, less draining on your time, and less draining on your schedule. Think about it. You can take one big vacation a year, or one small vacation every couple of months.

In addition, you might find a small vacation is more effective in relaxing and reenergizing you, which is what they’re supposed to do.

Choose wisely.

Whether you decide to go big or small, do what’s best for you. And if you’re nearby, consider checking out Mill Creek Ranch Resort. We have plenty of amenities, fully equipped cabins to make packing a breeze and a beautiful environment to perfect for kicking back in the hammock and truly escaping.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | Weekend Getaways in Texas | 877-927-3439

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RV Parks, East Texas Are Great for the Grand Saline Salt Festival

rv parks in texas Grand Saline, Texas, is home to one of the Morton salt mines, and the town that grew up around it was created for those working the mines. You can learn more about their history at the Salt Palace Museum.  Did you know that the Grand Saline Salt Mine provide ⅓ of the WORLD’S salt!

In the Texas tradition, we like to mix some revelry into our reminiscing.  We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Grand Saline Salt Festival. This 43rd annual event will be held on Thursday, June 8th through Saturday the 10th.

More info will become available as the time for the event approaches. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to learn more.

 

What are the Events for the Salt Festival?

Music

You can catch live music throughout the event. Main attractions feature local up and coming artists in the country and southern rock genres.

Friday night:

One act that will be back this year is The Wesley Pruitt Band. Their motto is “One Mind, One Band, One Goal – Playing Texas Music with Soul,” and they offer both covers and originals, such as the “Poor Man Blues,” which made it onto the Texas Country Music charts. Head to their website to get a sampling of their music, which ranges from Soul to Blues to Southern Rock, all with a Texas flare.

 

Saturday night get ready for Rodney Atkins!!  Case McClanahan will be opening for Rodney and start at 9pm Need more info here..

Car Show

Nothing’s prettier on a sunny day than a shiny car show. Another annual part of the festivities, the car show this year will be happening on Saturday, June 10th. There is a $20 entry fee for those wanting to show off their classics, but there are trophies, cash, and prizes to be won. Check out the flyer for more info.

And More

Additional details to come, but you can look forward to the food, bingo and horseshoe contests, a parade, Kiddie Kapers, and so much more. It’s a great time for the whole family, and a fun way to celebrate the community built on the salt mines and the household staple, Morton Salt.

Afterward, Relax in the RV Parks, East Texas

If you’re venturing here from afar or just want to make the most of the festival, there are plenty of fantastic places to stay. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is just one, and with RV Sites, cabins to rent, and plenty of amenities to take advantage of in your down time, it’s a great location to kick back.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | RV Parks, East Texas | 877-927-3439

Hope Amid Disaster in East Texas – How to Help

Saturday, April 29th was a difficult day for many in east Texas. A series of 7 tornadoes hit the area, the worst being an EF-4 that lasted for 40 minutes, covering a 22 mile path in the Van Zandt County. The ensuing 48 or more hours without power deepened losses. Our hearts go out to those who lost life, or sustained damages to their health, home, or business.

But in the midst of disaster, there is hope. Our thanks go out to the many workers who helped get the power back on, and those working to clean up the debris and rebuild.

And you can help, too!

Volunteer

If you plan on working to help clean up, it’s important that you register your hours with the county. Registration is happening at the Van Zandt County Fairgrounds, on Highway 64 in Canton, and they can direct you to where the most help is needed. Sign-in is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Donate Money

Perhaps the easiest way to help is to donate money towards recovery efforts. The First State Bank Ben Wheeler has set up a relief fund account. Check payments should be made out to the “Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund,” and payments can be mailed to:

First State Bank Ben Wheeler
Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund
14269 State Hwy 64
Ben Wheeler, TX 75754

Supply Needs

There are many things you can supply to help the area recover. The most current list includes:

  • Ready to eat meals
  • Non perishables and canned goods
  • Food for dogs and cats
  • Baby items
  • First aid supplies
  • Garden rakes
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Tarps
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Large shipping boxes
  • Packing Tape
  • Markers
  • Air mattresses
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Wash cloths
  • Towels
  • Cleaning Supplies

Fun with a Cause

If you’d like to combine a little fun with your assistance, then check out these benefit events:

BalloonFest

Originally a full weekend event, the BalloonFest has been scaled back to one day, Friday, May 12th to allow their volunteers to work on the tornado cleanup. They’ll be accepting donations, and all funds will go directly to the victims in Van Zandt County.

Learn more on the BalloonFest website.

Benefit Concert

On Sunday, May 28th at the Pickin’ Porch in Ben Wheeler (right behind the local fire station) will be the Van Zandt County Twister Relief Concert. Starting at 12:30 p.m. and continuing until midnight, the concert will feature some incredible local talents. Children’s attractions will also be available until 8 p.m.

Learn More on the event’s Facebook page.

Ridin’ for Relief Rodeo

Friday and Saturday, June 16th-17th will feature an action packed rodeo to benefit Van Zandt tornado victims. Events include a silent auction, bounce houses, face painting, live music and featuring The Texas Greasepaint Tour.

Learn more on the Canton Trailriders website.

Stay Tuned

The Official Van Zandt Tornado 2017 facebook page has more information for anyone, whether you’re looking to help or you’re in need of help, yourself. Like the page and share with friends and family to help spread the word about relief efforts.

And thank you for taking a moment to find out how you can be a part of the restoring and rebuilding efforts. We’re so proud of our incredible community, and look forward to creating a brighter future together.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | 877-927-3439

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A Resort in Texas Gives 4 Tips to Improve Your Golf Game

At our resort in Texas, we see our share of golf players.  Some good, some not so good so we thought we would give you a few pointers on how to improve your golf game.

The mind is a powerful thing, and that applies to any area of life, including golfing. Athletic performance is only as important as mindset. Whether you’re a high handicap player or a virtual pro, allowing creativity into your game can help you overcome even significant swing flaws. Here are a few ways you can adjust your mindset.

Identify your strengths and weaknesses and play to them.

Every hole holds new challenges, and every player wants to beat par. But taking chances and trying to hit the longest or most daring drives won’t necessarily yield the results you’re looking for.

Take a moment to consider the hole. What strategy is the most likely to get you the lowest score? Ignore your ego and play to strategy, and you’re much more likely to hit a score you can be happy with.

Play with pictures.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to remind yourself of the technical aspects of golf. Straighten, rotate, calculate degrees, and seconds.

But for all the technicality of the sport, visualizing what you intend to do can give your body a much clearer idea of what you’re trying to accomplish. So, go ahead and run through the specifics, and then tap into the feeling, touch, and tempo of the game and let your mind soar.

Talk through your strategy.

Verbalizing your strategy can help make it real. And try to focus on positives. No, it’s not necessary to live in an ideal world, but focusing on your weaknesses won’t help your game. Acknowledge your weakness, focus on a strategy that plays to your strengths, and talk about what a good game (for you) might look like.

Understand it takes both mind and body.

You can improve your technical game, practicing your swing over and over, but in the end, what really takes your swing over the top is your mind. By improving your mental game, you’ll see an improvement in your physical game. Mindset truly is the key.

A Resort in Texas: Perfect for Golfing

You can golf anywhere in the world, but Texas is some beautiful country. And if you happen to be in the Canton area, you’ll want to check out Mill Creek Ranch Resort. We have several incredible courses nearby, and you can relax at the resort when you’re not chasing a ball.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | A Resort in Texas | 877-927-3439

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Things to Do in Canton, TX in May – Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest 2017

events in canton tx balloon festOne of the best things to do in Canton, TX is the Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest is gearing up for its 6th annual event, and it’s a real treat. The first of its kind in the county, the fest began in 2012, after a series of balloon appearances at different events created a desire for something more focused. The fest has been growing from year to year, and had to be moved to its current location at the First Monday Trade Days park back in 2015.

Pricing for Tailwinds Regional Balloon Fest in Canton

This year, the Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest will take place on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Cost for entry is $10 per car, $20 per van (carrying 8-15 passengers), or $50 for buses. Following are some of the events they’ll be featuring.

Tethered Balloon Rides

Tethered balloon rides are a great opportunity to experience the grandeur of a hot air balloon ride without all the commitment. Rides begin at 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

Live Music in Canton

A favorite at The Creek, The Brian Grace band will be playing on Friday at 6 p.m. Their soulful, acoustic, southern rock style thrives in the old, storytelling tradition. Featuring both original and cover songs, they play to the crowd and bring an energy that shows in their performances.

Brian Grace recently won the 2016 Vocalist of the Year at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN. You can learn more about them and get a sampling of their sound on the Brian Grace Band website.

Battle of the Bands and Songwriter competition begins at noon on Saturday, and will feature more local talent as they compete for cash prizes.

Get Out & Run

The 5K Glow Run starts at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, and participants should expect a dazzling experience. Glow stations are located throughout the course, lighting up participants. Come early to put on your glow “war paint” and, of course, enjoy the festivities. 5K Glow Run t-shirts available for purchase. You can learn more  about the 5 k on the Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest website.

For the more serious runners, the Half Marathon/10K starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and awards for the event will be given out at 11 a.m. For more info, check out the Half Marathon page of the Balloon Fest’s website.

Fun for Kids and Adults

The festival has a great area for the kids to enjoy a tons of activities that include a petting Zoo, Pony rides, bounce houses and much more.  Don’t worry we have fun for the ones who want to adult.  The festival will feature an Art show with artists displaying and selling their works.  The guys will love the car show and of course all the great vendors and food.

 

Balloon Glow

The Balloon Glow, or if weather is not permitting, the candlestick or oilfield burn, is a spectacular sight. Watch the flames light up the balloons or shoot 30 feet into the air for a nighttime display like no other. The Balloon Glow starts at 8:30 p.m. both nights.

And there are more things to do at the Canton, TX Balloon Fest

With a car show, vendors to browse, and different ways to participate, there is no end of fun at the Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest. Find out more about how you can participate and what you can do at http://balloonfestcanton.com/, and make sure you stop by to experience all this incredible event has to offer!

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | Things to Do in Canton TX | 877-927-3439

Cabins in Canton, TX & Other Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 

cabins in canton txCabins in Canton, TX are, of course, our first choice for any gift!  With Mother’s Day coming up fast, we are offering 5 ideas so that you’ll be ready to make your mom smile on May 14th!

1. Visit the Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest.

The annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest is happening on the same weekend as Mother’s Day, and it’s truly a spectacular experience. Take her for a tethered balloon ride, let her soak in the sounds of local musicians, or take her to witness the Balloon Glow. There’s no end of fun at the fest. You can learn more about the Balloon Fest on this blog post.

2. Treat her to a spa day.

When it comes to pampering your mother, we can’t recommend Janice Shaver’s services enough. This master masseuse offers an array of massage packages with add-ons like hot or cold stones and paraffin. She also offers body wraps, body scrubs, and aroma sessions for the total mom-pampering package. Call 903-920-7090 to set up an appointment while there are still slots available.

3. Rent a cabin in Canton, TX.

Here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we pride ourselves in creating an environment that appeals to the whole family. Let mom relax in the hot tub or by the pool while the kids play, or take a hike as a family. Whether mom wants some time to herself, or just wants the whole family together, the resort is the perfect spot to accommodate her needs.

4. Take her out for a nice meal.

We highly recommend Four Winds Steakhouse! The upscale rustic atmosphere is topped only by their incredible steaks and seafood. Treat her to a nice meal and thank her for all those times she’s done the same for you.

If steak or seafood is not her thing, you can find a full list of Canton restaurants here: https://millcreekranchresort.com/guide-to-canton/complete-guide-canton/.

5. Help her find her zen.

If your mom is into yoga, or has ever wanted to try, the Yama Yoga Studio is the ideal retreat. Get her a class, or a whole bunch of them to get her a gift that will keep on giving. To learn more about the studio and what they offer, go to http://yamayoga.net/.

It’s all about mom.

We hope you find the perfect gift for your incredible mom! And if you’d like more information about the resort and it’s many amenities, feel free to give us a call.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | Cabins in Canton TX | 877-927-3439

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Cabins in Texas for Sale: An Investment in Your Happiness

texas cabin rentals for saleOur cabins in Texas for sale are the answer to your dreams of owning a vacation home without the hassle.  If  you’re looking for a retreat vacation rental in Canton TX, we provide you the perfect vacation spot with resort amenities and fun planned activities and no management headaches.  

Custom, premade, and resale cabins in Texas are for Sale!

You want options? We have options!

Custom cabins are an excellent way to create your dream cabin. Choose from location to positioning to all the little details that make a cabin feel like home, like paint colors and furnishings. These take a little more time to construct, but good things come to those who wait.

Short on time? No problem. We have pre made homes that are perfectly optimized for great views and comfortable accommodations. There are two models to select from, and they are the ultimate in fast track vacationing.

The ultimate economic choice is our resale cabins. For one reason or another, an owner may have to sell their cabin. We hate to see them go, but there are advantages to purchasing resale cabins, such as reduced pricing and established landscaping. You can see our current resale cabins  here.

Vacation at your leisure.

Owning a cabin means you have greater control over vacation time. Setting up a weekend retreat is a breeze, making it easy to escape your ordinary life whenever you want. Your cabin is your home away from home and you can visit anytime. And unlike your home, you don’t have to worry about the headache of maintenance. Plus, you get access to all the amenities the resort has to offer.

Get a return on your investment.

The cherry on top of owning a scrumptious vacation home is being able to rent it out for additional income. We can take care of all the details for you, booking rentals, arranging for guests and cleaning up afterward. And that bit of extra income can help you pay off your sweet little home away from home.

If you’re interested in owning your own fabulous vacation spot, give our director of sales a call today. Or if you’d prefer, you can send us an email with any questions you may have. Life is short, but you can make every moment count with a vacation home at your fingertips.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | CABINS IN TEXAS FOR SALE | 877-927-3439

 

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Where are the Best Weekend Getaways in Texas? 

best weekend getaways in texasThe best weekend getaways should involve, food, fun and unique accommodations.  While Texas holds plenty of beautiful country and cuisine, Canton is certainly a jewel. Here are ten reasons to choose Canton for your next weekend excursion.

1. Winery tours in Henderson County

If you love your spirits, check out Tara Vineyard & Winery. It’s the oldest winery in Henderson County, and in addition to a tasting room and winery tours, they offer a full restaurant and beer via their Athens Brewing Company.

2. First Monday Trade Days Weekends in Canton, TX

Every Thursday through Sunday preceding the first Monday of every month is the First Monday Trade Days. This enormous flea market brings quite the crowd, searching for the next exciting find, and with plenty to choose from, there’s something for just about anyone.

If you decide to hit up the First Monday Trade Days, you’ll want to read our survival guide.

And swing by the First Monday website to make sure you’re fully prepared for the adventure ahead: 

3. Live Music in East Texas

If music’s your thing, you’ll love the live music in and around Canton. Every Friday night at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we open the grounds for food and the sweet tunes of local musicians. Check our events calendar regularly to see who we’re featuring!

4. Splash Kingdom Waterpark & Miniature Golf in Canton

Summer heat is hard to beat—unless you’re headed for a water park! Splash Kingdom has loads of fun that’s great at keeping the whole family cool. With food on site, and additional activities for those inclined to stay dry, you could spend all day at the park. And beginning in May, check the Splash Kingdom calendar to see what exciting events are planned.

5. Canton Main Street 

Strolling through historic downtown Canton is a great way to relax. Check out the shops, and stop for a bite to eat in the beautiful restored 19th century architecture. With a variety of food and wares to choose from, and even a museum to explore, you can spend all day uncovering the beauty of downtown.

6. East Texas Zoo and Gator Park in Grand Saline

There are so many animals to see and touch at the East Texas Zoo and Gator Park. Learn the truth about gators, tour the exhibits, and stop for a bite to eat at the Grill.

7. Golfing in Van Zandt County

If golfing is your idea of a good time, then you’ve come to the right place. Twin Lakes Golf Course is one of our favorites, and Texas Outside agrees! This course caters to both the newcomers and the experienced, and the scenery in and around the twin lakes it’s named for is stunning.

8. Canton Cuisine

With everything from steak houses to Mexican, home cooking to pizza, and everything in between, Canton has dining for any taste.

See more of what’s available on our complete guide to Canton.

9. The Downtown Movie Series in Canton

Cap off your day with a under the stars. Every first or second Friday this summer, set up a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy free movies downtown. Concessions are available to round out your movie experience.  Check the flyer for dates and movies.

10. Museums in East Texas

Canton has plenty of museums to explore, but one of our favorites is the Salt Palace Museum. The only building in North America made entirely of salt rock, the museum features the area’s history in the salt industry, dating back to 1845, as well as Grand Saline and its citizens. Come take a lick, and grab your t-shirt!

Is Canton the best weekend getaway in Texas?

We think so, but don’t take our word for it. Come see, experience, and taste all Canton has to offer for yourself!

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | Best Weekend Getaways in Texas | 877-927-3439

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Family Cabin Rentals, Texas & Other Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 

family cabins in txWith Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good idea to begin brainstorming ideas. You don’t want to end up with a last minute necktie again, do you? Here are five fantastic ideas to get you started.

1. Fishing

There are plenty of lakes to choose from in and around Canton. Just be sure to check for rules regarding fish species and sizes. You can find a great guide to fishing spots at the Hook and Bullet website.

If catch and release is more your thing, we have eight ponds to choose from here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort. Sit on the dock or rent a paddle boat and let the fish bite. The current record is 9.5 pounds – think you can beat it? Poles and bait are available at the RV Lodge, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

2. Golfing

There are are nearby courses to choose from,  Twin Lakes Golf Course and Van Zandt County Country Club are both excellent courses.. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the game of golf, or if you’ve been at it for years. Twin Lakes’ course features a beautiful landscape, with holes that weave through the twin lakes it’s named for. Head to their website for more information, or check out our guide to Canton for more options.  Van Zandt Country Club is a par 72 course.  It is perfect for families, with it’s restaurant and pool in addition to a fabulous game of golf.  Check out their tee times to get the best time with Dad!

3. East Texas Zoo and Gator Park

This is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy. Tour the facility, grab a bite to eat, and see what the gators and other critters are up to. For more information, head to the East Texas Zoo and Gator Park website.

4. Family Cabin Rentals

With so much to do at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, you may just want to make a weekend of it. Get a cabin and enjoy hiking trails, swimming pools, fishing ponds, and so much more. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

5. Buffalo Creek Motocross Park

Perhaps your dad wants more of an adventure. We think Buffalo Creek Motocross Park might be just the ticket. Head out to one of the motocross tracks, boasting a variety of courses, jumps, obstacles, and soil types to experience. A four wheeler track is also available. You can learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/buffalocreekmx/.

Whether renting a family cabin or heading for a destination spot, Canton has it all.

You can see our list of most recommended spots, or browse through our full guide to Canton. No matter what your needs are for Father’s Day, you’re sure to find something he’ll love.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | Family Cabin Rentals Texas | 877-927-3439

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