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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, and make sure you stop by to experience all this incredible event has to offer!

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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:

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

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.

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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!

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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:

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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Packing List for Weekend Getaways in Texas

weekend getaway in txYou’ll only be gone for two to three days. Packing should be a breeze, but no matter how careful you are, it always seems there’s something missing when you get to your vacation destination. Here are a few ideas to help you create a complete packing checklist.


Simple enough, until you forget to pack underwear and have to wear the same pair for the next few days. Here’s a list of things you may need:

  • Socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Underwear (2-3 pairs)
  • Shoes (if you plan on wearing different pairs)
  • Shirts (2-3)
  • Pants/shorts (2-3)
  • Dresses (optional)
  • Coats (if it’s cold)
  • Hats (particularly handy during the summer)
  • Sunglasses


Try to consider your daily routine to help you remember everything you’ll need. You may also want to get travel size items for easier packing.

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Shower supplies (soap, loofa, shampoo, conditioner, towel)
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties (for longer hair)
  • Hair dryer or curler
  • Makeup (foundation, blush, mascara, eyeliner, etc.)


While you probably don’t want to pack too heavily on the electronics side, there may be some things you just can’t live without.

  • Cell phone & charger
  • Camera & charger/batteries & film (or clear off your camera’s memory)
  • Laptop computer & charger
  • iPod or other music device & charger
  • Tablet or reader & charger

Check the Weather

Nothing ruins a weekend more than unexpected bad weather. And since it will also affect the kinds of activities you can participate in, it can help you plan what you’ll do over your weekend away. Based on the weather, you may need:

  • Sunscreen, hat, and water (hot and sunny)
  • Umbrella or raincoat and rain boots (rainy)
  • Coat, scarf, hat, gloves (cold)
  • Insect repellent

Consider Your Destination

Where you’re going matters. Check out the amenities where you’ll be staying, and scope out any attractions or events in the town you’ll be visiting to make sure your packing checklist is complete. Here are some items specific to your destination and activities:

  • Swimsuit and towel (for hot tubs, pools, and other water activities)
  • Waterproof bags (for boating trips or other water-based activities)
  • Various bags (backpack for hiking, tote bag for the beach, etc.)

Miscellaneous items

No matter where you go, you’ll need an ID, as well as money or some means of paying for things.

Resealable plastic baggies are great for carrying things, keeping snacks and toiletries from busting and coating your belongings with unwanted messes. It’s good to keep a handful of these little lifesavers with you.

You may want to have gum or mints on hand for a quick breath freshener.

If you need to carry medication, always keep it on you (for safety and ease of access), and set it up so it’s easy to carry and keep track of, like using a medication day planner.

And You’re All Set for Your Weekend Getaway in Texas

With this easy to follow packing guide, you should have everything you need for weekend getaways in Texas or wherever you may roam. And if you make your own custom list, keep it. When you’re packing up at the end of your trip, you can refer to the list to ensure you don’t leave anything behind.

We hope you’ll consider Mill Creek Ranch Resort when you’re making your plans for a Texas weekend getaway. It’s a beautiful and exciting place for a relaxing weekend retreat.

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Glamping in Texas: 5 Reasons to Love It

While the idea of glamping has been around for a while, the concept certainly hasn’t lost its appeal. The perfect blend of modern convenience and outdoor living, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your camping experience. Here’s five reasons to turn your next vacation into a glamping adventure.

1. It’s Convenient

That’s right, all the modern conveniences you could possibly want. Hot water and running toilets? Yes, please. Electricity and internet access at your fingertips? It’ll be like your home away from home. With glamping in Texas, you don’t have to sacrifice anything to enjoy the great outdoors.

2. It’s Comfortable

Who wants to sleep on the hard ground (or that one rock that just happens to show up wherever you place your sleeping bag)? Or how about pulling a warm beer from a cooler full of melted ice? Upgrade your camping with a fully equipped air conditioned cabin with full size appliances  to store and prepare your meals. Just because you’re headed out into the wild, doesn’t mean you have to live like an animal.

3. It’s Beautiful

Nature is wonderful and captivating, but unless you live somewhere rural, chances are you won’t see it at home. Immerse yourself in the wilds, and you may find yourself energized and refreshed. Explore hiking trails or take a dip in luxury pools. Grab your binoculars and go bird watching, or just grab a book and soak up the sun. There are so many ways to enjoy nature, and with a full night’s rest on a comfortable bed, you’re sure to enjoy it even more. Take a little time to unplug and relax on the porch as you listen to the nearby creek.

4. It’s Sociable

Part of the appeal of RVing  is meeting new friends. Share s’mores over open fires. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows while telling ghost stories or singing songs. Nature has a way of bringing out the camaraderie spirit, and when you’re surrounded by so many nature lovers, you’re sure to find a new friend or two.

5.  It’s Romantic

Staring up at the starry sky with your significant other or relaxing in a hot tub is a great way to strengthen your bond or reconnect. Find a glamping resort that offers spa services and enjoy a couples massage or aromatherapy treatments. Day or night, staying together in close quarters and getting in touch with nature can heighten the romance in any relationship. And you won’t have to worry about not looking or feeling your best.

Glamping in Texas is just as fabulous as it sounds.

Here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we have all the modern conveniences and amenities you could want. With rv sites or cabins for rent, and plenty to do, we can accommodate even the pickiest of glampers. Give us a call today!

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | GLAMPING IN TEXAS | 877-927-3439

First Monday Trade Days RV Park: What You Need to Know

canton rv parkTrade Days shopping in Canton is one of the most exciting times of the month, but if you plan on going, there are a few things you should know first.  

It’s not on Monday!

The country’s largest flea market may be called “First Monday” Trade Days, but it’s not actually on Monday anymore. As the event has expanded, so has the time frame. The flea market is open the Thursday through Sunday prior to the first Monday. So, if you show up on the first Monday of the month, you’ll be too late.

Cash may put you ahead of the game.

While most vendors now carry card readers, having cash may help you get a better deal. That’s because cash doesn’t carry any fees, and it’s immediately usable.

If you do decide to bring cash, think big. You never know what you’re going to find. From food to trinkets to furniture, the Trade Days have it all. Having enough money on hand to haggle for that incredible coffee table or one of a kind painting will make it easier to snag the things you really want.

And if you happen to be in the market for furniture, you might want to consider how you’ll be taking it home.

How will you carry what your buy?  Make sure to purchase a rolling bag/cart.  They are cheap and make it so much easier to shop without having to hold onto your purchases.

Watch the weather.

There are some air conditioned venues, but for the most part, you’ll be perusing the various wares outside.

Don’t worry if the forecast calls for rain. Just bring an umbrella or rain poncho and come check things out. Bad weather can result in better deals, as vendors consider the size of the crowds and how likely they are to sell their wares if you walk away.

Think comfortable clothes to deal with potentially old and dirty items and shoes ideal for walking long distances. Layering up can be a great way to combat dirt and weather, as you can peel the layers off as you go. For the warm summer months, pack sunscreen and water to prevent burns and dehydration.

With 450 acres to cover, you’ll probably be there for a while, so make sure you dress accordingly.

Stay In a First Monday Trade Days RV Park

With so much to see, there’s a good chance you’ll want to stay in town. You’ll have the advantage of getting an early start on that dawn opening, making it easier to find the best deals first. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is only ¼ of a mile from the marketplace, and we even provide a shuttle service to the main pavilions. When you’re done, you can come back to the resort and relax, taking advantage of our many amenities.

But plan ahead! The town books up fast, so you’ll want to reserve your spot if you want to stay close to the action. Give us a call or book your stay online.

For more tips and tricks on surviving First Monday Trade Days, check out our complete survival guide.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | First Monday Trade Days RV Park | 877-927-3439

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Cabin Rentals: An Ideal Family Reunion

cabin rentals texas family reunionsFamily reunions are a great way to catch up, bringing family together to laugh, eat, play and reminisce. They can also become incredibly stressful if you don’t have enough help. Here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we want to make it easy for you to enjoy your time with your loved ones.

Cabin rentals and RV sites keep everyone close.

The resort is a great way to get everyone together in one place. We can accommodate up to 150 people in the entertainment pavilion. Hang out, swap stories, and reminisce over all the times you’ve shared together.

Focus on the family.

It’s always a good idea to throw specific family activities into the mix. Slideshows and home movies, family award ceremonies, chili cook off and family history storytelling are great ways to include everyone and remind them why they are here.

We have audio/visual equipment at the resort to help facilitate these types of activities.

There’s plenty to do.

There are nature trails to explore, water for swimming, paddle boating, and catch-and-release fishing, and basketball and volleyball courts, to name just a few. There’s literally something for everyone, including a playground for the kids and a dog park for your four-legged family members.

When weather drives everyone indoors, there’s a library, board games, video games, computers, and plenty of internet access.

Check out our Amenities page to see the top 24 available activities.

Cabin rentals make it easy to find time to relax.

At the end of the day, all that activity can leave you feeling wiped out. You can relax in our hot tub to melt the stress of the day away, or curl up with a good book. We even have an on-site masseuse for those hard to reach aches and pains.

Not sure what to do?

We have an activities coordinator! If you’re struggling with ideas to keep everyone busy, or just having a hard time narrowing down your options, contact us, and we can help you create the perfect schedule.

We will even cater!

Planning menus can take the fun out of an event, and coordinating mealtimes can be a pain with so many people. We have plenty of space for cooking, if you’d like, but we’d be happy to cater your event so that all you have to do is come and enjoy.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort really has it all. It’s the kind of family reunion location that’s sure to bring you back year after year.

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Canton Cabins are Where It’s At for Spring Break

Spring Break – the time of year when you can shake off the winter blues and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. All that time off can be fantastic… or it can lead to too much free time.

There are so many places you can go to make the most of your vacation, but whether you’re planning on traveling or sticking close to home, Canton, Texas is a fantastic place to vacation during your time off. Here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we have a full itinerary of activities to keep the whole family happy all week long.

Locals: Experience Canton through a fresh perspective.

Staycations are all the rage these days, and we’re lucky to live in such a beautiful area. Here at the resort, we have tons of activities planned. Come stay with us to get out of the house, gain fresh perspective, and visit the Canton like a tourist. You’ll save tons on travel, and you might find yourself a new favorite thing to do in the town you love.

Out-of-Towners: We have the best places to visit.

Whether you want to take advantage of the activities we have planned, or you want to explore the resort or town, we have everything you’ll need. Canton is such a beautiful place to be, and we’re confident that you’ll love it here.

If you’re interested in exploring the town, check out this list of our favorite places to go.

Everyone: Activities, activities, activities.

From crafts like string art and magic bottles, to movies, to three-legged races and water balloon volleyball, there are so many fun things to do. We have events planned every day from Friday the 10th through Sunday the 19th. Between activities, all our regular amenities are available as well. With all our offerings, you’ll never get bored.

Click to see all of the activities we have planned or check out our amenities.

Find time to rest (Canton cabins are great for this).

There’s something for every member of the family, and with so much going on, you won’t want to leave – and you don’t have to! Rent a cabin or RV site so you can stay close to the fun. Take time to relax between activities in your own private area, soak in the hot tub, or schedule a session with our on-site masseuse. Keeping the family entertained while keeping your sanity has never been easier.

Book Your Canton Cabin Now

Don’t wait until the last minute! Call us at the number below with questions and bookings, and ensure you get a prime spot on the resort so you can take advantage of all Canton has to offer this Spring Break.

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

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