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Plan an East Texas Wedding at Mill Creek Ranch

There’s never an off-season for rustic weddings here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, one of the premier four-season wedding venues in East Texas. We have everything that you’re looking for in a wedding venue and so much more, including wilderness ceremony locales, breathtaking photo possibilities, an expansive reception space, and convenient, upscale cottages. Not only is Mill Creek Ranch Resort less than one hour from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Tyler, and several other large communities, but we provide couples with some of the most inexpensive wedding packages in East Texas.

A Heartfelt Ceremony and Lasting Photographs

First and foremost, Mill Creek Ranch Resort has an abundance of ceremony locale possibilities ranging from an elegant garden to a contemporary country pavilion. After reciting your heartwarming vows and saying “I do,” pose for photographs across several acres of lush East Texas woodlands. Unlike most wedding venues in East Texas, we provide newlyweds with countless natural photo opportunities. Most wedding parties gather along the water’s edge, in the garden, inside the rustic banquet hall, and along our peaceful, on-site hiking trails.

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First-Class Wedding Venues in East Texas

You don’t become one of the premier wedding venues in East Texas without providing newlyweds with expansive, utterly-charming reception venues that feature beautiful views of the surrounding forestry. We have a working relationship with the area’s top-rated caterers and DJs who specialize in making dreams come true! After a tear-jerking ceremony and an effortless photography session, join your guests for a delicious, catered dinner inside our Grand Lodge, RV Lodge, Cabana, or Pavilion. These multi-functional rooms double as a dining hall and a late-night dance floor for those who wish to celebrate the occasion by singing and dancing to popular country hits and love songs.

Convenient Overnight Accommodations

With 100 RV sites, dozens of upscale cottages, a tiny home, and a yurt to choose from, Mill Creek Ranch Resort unquestionably can host a small intimate wedding or a grand affair up to 150 guests. You and your guests can experience the allure of a tiny home, relax in a modern cottage, or park your RV in one of our oversized RV spots. Each overnight accommodation is a short walk from the Grand Lodge so that all guests can enjoy the weekend responsibly!

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Start Your Honeymoon in Canton, TX

After opening gifts with family and close friends on Sunday morning, start your long-overdue honeymoon right here in Canton, TX! Whether you’re hoping to spend another day or a whole week here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, you’ll be steps away from adventure, relaxation, and delicious East Texas home cooking. There are dozens of things to do in Canton, TX, but we recommend receiving spa treatments at Mill Creek Spa, paddling on serene Walden Pond, exploring our 200 acres of East Texas wilderness on a bicycle, and roasting marshmallows over your private fire pit. We pride ourselves in being one of the premier wedding venues in East Texas, which is why we created three unique packages! To inquire about a potential wedding, please fill out this online form, or call us today at 1-866-488-6020.

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Build the Perfect Campfire in Canton, TX

As we officially turn the page to spring and say goodbye to our friendly Winter Texans, we turn our attention to campfire season. There’s no better time to roast marshmallows and share stories of the day’s adventures than the springtime as the weather’s just right! Mill Creek Ranch Resort is one of the only RV resorts in Texas to provide seemingly countless complimentary on-site activities, including private campfires! Spend your days swimming, fishing, and birdwatching before gathering for a tasty barbecue and a relaxing campfire among family, friends, and new acquaintances.

Campfire Essentials

rv resorts in texasThere are dozens of fire rings located throughout our peaceful resort, so you’ll never be more than a few steps away from a potential campfire. Campfire attire varies depending on the location. Canton typically sits in the 60s and 70s during the springtime, so shorts and a light hooded sweatshirt should do the trick. Before you can roast marshmallows, build s’mores, and stargaze, you have to bring along the campfire essentials. Here is a complete list of campfire essentials, ranging from split wood to a beverage of choice:

  • Split wood
  • Tinder
  • Lighter fluid
  • Camping chairs
  • Pokers
  • Stick lighter (or matches)
  • Lantern
  • S’mores (graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate, and marshmallows)
  • Snacks (hot dogs, brats, buns, chips, etc.)
  • Condiments
  • Beverages
  • Wireless music player

Building the Perfect Fire

Most of our sizable, affordable RV park rentals include a fire ring, which is the perfect size for a late-night campfire. There are several methods of building the “perfect campfire.” Three of the most common types are teepee, log cabin, and lean-to. For rings and pits, teepee-style is the clear winner. Lay down a base of dry, split wood and top it with tinder. Construct a teepee-style structure on top of the base using approximately six pieces of wood. Sprinkle a small amount of lighter fluid into the interior of the teepee and set it ablaze with a match or stick lighter. Add a little extra tinder and lighter fluid sparingly if needed. Light wind or gentle blowing will speed up the process.

Award-Winning RV Resorts in Texas

Now that your campfire is healthily crackling, it’s time to sit back, relax, and open a beverage of choice. The kids can enjoy a hot chocolate or apple cider while the adults enjoy a craft beer from one of Tyler’s best breweries such as ETX and True Vine. Don’t forget to create a music playlist for your campfire, which should certainly include songs from Jason Isbell, Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlisle, Johnny Cash, Sturgill Simpson, Garth Brooks, and Chris Stapleton! Mill Creek Ranch Resort is one of the only award-winning RV resorts in Texas. We have the largest combination of RV sites, tiny house rentals, and charming cottages near the First Monday Trade Days in Canton. We are located less than an hour from Dallas. Book a well-deserved family getaway to our relaxing resort! Don’t let spring pass you by!

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7 Reasons to Visit Canton, TX, This Spring

family resorts in texasFor those of you who weren’t lucky enough to escape the most recent polar vortex, a family getaway to sunny East Texas surely sounds pretty heavenly right about now. It’s an ideal 75 degrees right now in Canton, TX, much to the delight of our visiting Winter Texans. The influx of Winter Texans here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort will slowly fade as we near spring’s arrival as they trek back north to their summer homes. Just as these lucky Winter Texans head home, we’ll welcome hundreds of new tourists who finally found the time to escape the frigid American North. Spring ushers in warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, diverse wildlife, and lush forestry here in East Texas. As one of the most affordable family resorts in Texas, we’re expecting a full house this spring. For those of you who don’t know much about our region, we’ve compiled seven unique reasons to visit Mill Creek Ranch Resort this spring:

Top Reasons to Visit Mill Creek Ranch Resort

  1. First Monday Trade Days – There will be three First Monday Trade Days this spring, per usual, landing on these dates: March 28-31, May 2-5, and May 30-June 2. This world-renowned flea market will welcome over 100,000 visitors each weekend. Read this detailed “survival guide” before strolling to the Canton Trade Days this spring.
  2. It’s warmer here than there – While much of the American North will enjoy upper-40s and low-50s this spring, we’ll be basking in sunny 70s and even low-80s in April and May.
  3. The Winter Texans have left – As our loyal Winter Texans return to their summer homes, a large number of our RV sites become available for the first time in months here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort. Make sure to book a springtime getaway to East Texas sooner rather than later, especially if you hope to stay in one of our tiny house rentals.
  4. The Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest – The Annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest returns in mid-May for yet another eye-popping extravaganza here in Canton, TX. This year’s festival will include a 5K glow run, a climbing wall, battle of the bands, pony rides, bounce houses, and a car show.
  5. Inexpensive spa treatments – We’re one of the only family resorts in Texas to have an on-site spa: Mill Creek Spa. You won’t find prices this low on massages, body wraps, aromatherapy, and reflexology anywhere else in East Texas.
  6. It’s cookout season! – You’ve been waiting for months to debut your new grill – don’t let snowstorms, freezing rain, or chilly winds ruin your next barbecue! Get a headstart on summer with a couple of weeks in our East Texas paradise filled with daily cookouts here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.
  7. On-site amenities galore! – There’s never a dull moment here at Mill Creek Ranch, one of the only award-winning family resorts in Texas. We have on-site fishing, swimming, disc golf, nature trails, a hot tub, campfires, and so much more! To learn more about our contemporary cottages, RV park rentals, and tiny homes for rent, please visit our website, or give us a call today at 1-877-927-3439.
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Mill Creek Ranch Resort: An Idyllic Haven for Winter Texans

Texas’ population grows exponentially every winter with the arrival of northerners seeking refuge from subzero temperatures and dangerous snowstorms. Whether you’re planning on spending a month in paradise here in Canton, TX, or you’re just passing through on your way to Austin, Houston, or Galveston, the on-site amenities at Mill Creek Ranch Resort are bound to wow your entire family. With New Year’s Eve in the rearview mirror, we’re already seeing an influx of Winter Texans here at one of the best RV parks in Texas.

best rv parks in texas 1What Is a “Winter Texan?”

A Winter Texan is someone who lives in the northern half of the U.S. (or Canada), travels south during the wintertime, and stays in the great state of Texas for an extended period. Winter Texans are typically retirees, business owners, or RV lifers. Many folks stay in Canton, TX, here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort because they sell merchandise at our famous First Monday Canton Trade Days. Yes, we’re close to the trade days, but we also have a prime location, unbeatable rates, and world-class amenities.

A Prime Location

Winter Texans come from all across the northern half of our great continent, including New York, Minnesota, and British Columbia. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is just a short detour outside of Dallas on nearly every southerly route to Texas’ beautiful coastal shores. We’re located in between the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and historic Tyler. Many of our wintertime guests are also traveling from the West Coast to New Orleans, Alabama’s Gulf Coast, and Florida because we’re perfectly situated near Interstate 20.

Unbeatable Rates

Mill Creek Ranch Resort, one of the best RV parks in Texas, has 100 sizable RV sites, elegant cottages, modern tiny homes, and a beautiful yurt. Our award-winning RV sites, as we detailed in October’s blog, can be rented daily, weekly, or even monthly. See our rates below, then keep reading to discover some of our best on-site amenities.

  • best rv parks in texas 1RV Winter Rates:
    • Daily: $30
    • Weekly: $210
    • Monthly: $500
  • Cottage, Yurt, and Tiny Home Winter Rates:
    • Nightly: $125

World-Class Amenities

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is the perfect place to start your wintertime travels through Texas because of our incredible on-site amenities. We provide relaxing spa treatments, catch-and-release fishing, disc golf, birdwatching, nature trails, and so much more! Many couples, especially those traveling in an RV, who plan on spending only a night or two often extend their stay – falling in love with our amenities, rates, and natural scenery is way too easy. Each RV site has free hook-ups for water, sewer, and electric, Wi-Fi, fire ring, and one bundle of firewood. Upon arrival, you’ll quickly discover why we’ve been named one of the best RV parks in Texas by several trusted travel sites. Give us a call at 1-903-567-6020 to learn more about our tiny house rentals, RV sites, and special offers.

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Best On-Site Activities at Mill Creek in Canton, TX

glamping in texasDespite the unseasonably cold temperatures in much of the United States lately, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is expecting a warm and dry winter here in Canton, TX. With winter hastily approaching, Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s holiday season availability is gradually shrinking, primarily because of our superb on-site amenities, charming cottages, and sizable RV sites. Surprisingly, glamping in Texas is a hot ticket during the wintertime. Our charming yurt fills fast every winter because it has pond-view, patio dining, a flatscreen television, queen-size bed, and alluring old-world charm. You can combine a unique glamping experience with several on-site amenities that all other RV resorts in Texas cannot offer. Here are four of our favorite onsite activities at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

Relaxing Spa Treatments

Many couples choose Mill Creek Ranch Resort because we provide exquisite, romantic weekend getaways in Texas. Couples love our Woodlands nature trail, live music on Friday nights, cozy accommodations, and, most importantly, our relaxing on-site spa! Not only will you be steps from a soothing, calming massage, but our prices simply cannot be beaten with massages starting at just $40. Our caring, professional masseuses provide Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, and sports massages.

Catch-and-Release Fishing

Our eight ponds are the perfect place to teach your children how to fish for catfish, crappie, and smallmouth bass. Many anglers love the privacy and tranquility of our ponds. While each pond is catch-and-release, you’ll still enjoy the thrill of the battle. The resort record currently sits at 9.5 pounds. You can bring your own gear, or visit the RV lodge for poles and bait. Red Tail Pond is a popular option because it’s our largest body of water, and it features a peaceful island.

Nine-Hole Disc Golf Course

Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s popular nine-hole disc golf course is steps from our RV sites, horseshoes, walking trail, and multi-sport court. With only two “frolf” courses in Canton, TX, guests from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and Tyler usually take full advantage of our meticulously-manicured grounds. You’ll notice almost immediately the gentle slopes, a tree-lined brook, and serene Walden Pond. The holes range from 150 to 275 feet.

Live Music at The Creek

Friday nights at Mill Creek Ranch Resort from 6-9 p.m., local musicians take center stage and entertain our eager guests. These talented singer/songwriters perform classics, favorites, and originals. The doors open at 5 p.m. in the Grand Lodge. Guests can also enjoy cocktails, East Texas comfort food, and ice-cold beer. Thank you to everyone who joined us for live music at the Creek every Friday this year! You’ll be able to tap, sway, and dance to East Texas’ best up-and-coming musicians starting again in early March.

Glamping in Texas

Our luxurious, cozy yurt is the perfect place to relax in style on a rare chilly afternoon. When the weather is warm, which is most days, you’ll have the opportunity to sip on a coffee on your pond-view deck, cook steaks on the propane grill, and make s’mores around your fire ring. You can cross “glamping in Texas” off your bucket list this winter by dialing 1-877-927-3439.

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Spend the Holidays at Mill Creek with a Monthly RV Site Rental

rv resorts in texasWith Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start looking ahead to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Each year, couples and families from across the country choose to spend the holidays at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX, because we proudly provide monthly RV site rentals here at one of the premier family resorts in Texas. With 100 spacious RV sites to choose from, you’re bound to find a spot that perfectly suits your family’s holiday needs. Mill Creek Ranch Resort has been named one of the best RV resorts in Texas by several publications, and we’re only an hour from downtown Dallas! Families choose RV life around the holidays here at Mill Creek because downsizing is liberating, family bonding is easier in East Texas, and the amenities are second-to-none.

Monthly RV Site Rentals

Monthly RV site rentals around the holidays are often utilized by retired couples, newlyweds, remote employees, and families with young children. Many families that spend a month (or longer) here in Canton, TX, frequently call their beloved RV home. With a substantial increase in online jobs in today’s modern age, we’ve seen hundreds of remote employees embrace the RV lifestyle. Mill Creek Ranch Resort has wifi for those of you who either work from your RV or need to check your email sporadically throughout your month-long holiday stay. Not only are Mill Creek’s 100 RV sites one hour from Dallas, but we offer complimentary shuttle rides to the ever-popular First Monday Canton Trade Days. Our monthly RV site rentals accommodate rigs up to 45 feet in length and include full hook-ups, fire ring, picnic table, and countless other on-site activities.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Canton, TX

Because Mill Creek Ranch Resort has monthly RV sites, an alluring yurt, and cozy cottages, we’re one of the most popular RV resorts in Texas around the holidays. With the Canton Trade Days beginning right after the new year, we’re expecting a full house around New Year’s Day. The downtown Canton Lighted Christmas Parade will also bring folks from across East Texas to Mill Creek. Leave the apron at home this holiday season by either preparing a simple meal inside your RV or gathering at a nearby restaurant for a hearty Christmas dinner. Our professional event planner is here to help you plan your holiday event, including catering and bar services.

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Our monthly RV site rentals in December and January sell fast due to the popularity around the holidays, so remember to inquire today before it’s too late! Open presents around an authentic fire this Christmas outside of your RV. Ring in the New Year under the stunning East Texas stars with a bottle of champagne, handful of fireworks, and your favorite people in the world. Give us a call at 1-877-927-3439 to learn about our monthly RV site rentals and other popular holiday traditions here in Canton, TX.

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100 Award-Winning RV Sites at Mill Creek Ranch

rv sitesNestled in the tranquil East Texas wilderness in the quintessential town of Canton rests Mill Creek Ranch Resort. Our neighborly city is only one hour from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and is home to the mega-popular First Monday Trade Days. Families, groups, and couples retreat to Mill Creek for a week of rest, rejuvenation, and bonding. We have tiny houses, cottages, yurts, and an award-winning RV park, all within minutes of the Trade Days and steps from fishing, swimming, disc golf, and spa treatments. The 100 RV sites on our expansive property are near the nine-hole disc golf course, serene Walden Pond, and Mill Creek Spa. Here are some of the reasons Mill Creek Ranch Resort is one of the top 10 RV parks in Texas.

Monthly RV Site Rentals

It’s challenging to find an RV park within one hour of Dallas that offers monthly site rentals, let alone a resort that offers free activities in one of the most popular small towns in Texas. Mill Creek Ranch Resort has 100 RV sites that can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet in length. Our monthly RV sites are quite popular for fulltime RVers, retired couples, and families during summer break, so remember to inquire well in advance!

Award-Winning RV Sites in Texas

The entire Mill Creek Ranch Resort family is extremely proud of our always improving, award-winning RV park. These awards didn’t happen overnight; they were earned thanks to the vision, dedication, and effort of our entire staff. We’ve received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the 2009 TACO “Park of the Year,” a perfect rating from Good Sams Parks, and so many more! We’ve also been shortlisted as one of the top 10 RV parks in Texas by RVshare and We continuously strive to be the best RV park in the nation.

The Best RV Park in Canton, TX

Mill Creek Ranch Resort has three types of RV sites: premium pull-through, standard pull-through, and standard back-in. The only difference between the standard pull-through and back-in is your ability to park with ease. Both standard sites accommodate side slide-outs and come with picnic tables and a fire ring. Many RV sites also have tree cover. The premium pull-through is also equipped with tables and chairs. No matter where you park, you’ll be near first-rate amenities, fun activities, and gorgeous East Texas wilderness.

Top-of-the-Line Amenities

It’s incredible how many complimentary amenities we offer here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort. Each RV site has free hook-ups for water, sewer, and electric, WiFi, fire ring, one bundle of firewood, and a seemingly endless amount of outdoor activities. Many guests who are merely passing through for a night or two are amazed at just how perfect our weather is here in Canton, TX. We have dozens of family-friendly activities such as fishing, swimming, horseshoes, disc golf, live entertainment, hayrides, and birdwatching. Visit, or dial 1-903-567-6020 to learn more about our beautiful East Texas resort!

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Vacation Homes for Sale in Canton TX

canton txSometimes it’s difficult to know when to start thinking about purchasing a much-deserved vacation home. Families are always growing, diversifying, and expanding their horizons – that’s why the friendly folks at Mill Creek Ranch Resort are continuously keeping our ears to the ground for the hottest trends in the vacation home market. Regardless if you’re looking for a build-your-own, previously-owned, or a move-in-ready cottage, Mill Creek has the ideal home-away-from-home the entire family can treasure for decades. We offer quaint cottages that are perfectly coupled with our peaceful, scenic, and upscale ranch-style resort. Canton TX is a short drive from the greater Dallas/Fort Worth metro area as well as historic Tyler, making our tranquil retreat an ideal weekend, winter, or summer getaway (especially during First Monday Trade Days).

Custom-Built Cottages

Most families who visit Mill Creek Ranch Resort in search of the perfect vacation home are pleasantly surprised to find out how affordable our custom-built cottages are. We love helping make families’ dreams come to life, that’s why we urge prospective buyers to choose the lot, floor plan, appliances, interior designs, furnishings, and colors. There are dozens of prime locations here in Canton TX near ponds and lush forestry. As a cottage owner, you have access to our many complimentary amenities and activities to complete your vacation home experience. The process is entirely stress-free because our skilled team handles every minute detail once you’ve selected your personal touches.

Previously-Owned Cottages

Much like buying a home, selecting the perfect previously-owned cottage usually takes a handful of tours before the light bulb turns on. At Mill Creek Ranch Resort, however, this vital process is alleviated and shortened by the fact that all of our cottages have been meticulously built, maintained, and modernized to please prospective vacation home buyers. The chief reason that families choose a pre-owned cottage is the reduced price tag, but there are many reasons that an established vacation home is the way to go:

  1. Start vacationing immediately.
  2. Pre-owned cottages come completely furnished.
  3. We provide a methodically-detailed rental history.
  4. Start earning rental income immediately.
  5. Pre-owned cottages have already flourishing landscaping.

A Family-Friendly Escape to Canton TX

Mill Creek Ranch Resort puts families first – that’s why we provide premier amenities and exciting on-site activities where you’ll make lifelong memories with family and friends. We’re conveniently located in Northeast Texas, a short drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, where you’ll spend leisurely days or weeks in your private cottage, far away from the stress of your modern lifestyle. Call our sales manager at 1-877-927-3439 to learn more about our excellent vacation homes here in peaceful Canton TX!

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Plan a Group Outing at Mill Creek

Whether you’re looking for a team-building corporate retreat from Dallas-Fort Worth or a quiet space for your next family reunion, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is the ideal year-round destination for family reunions and weekend getaways in Texas. Our award-winning resort features premium cottages, endless outdoor activities, and an onsite spa. The caring and experienced staff at Mill Creek Ranch Resort are always available to help create a memorable group outing that your family and friends will remember for years to come!

Church Retreats

Mill Creek Ranch Resort hosts church retreats with hands-on, personable planning and service throughout your stay. Whether you’re aiming to host a worship service, youth camp, or couples workshop, the resort has ample meeting space and full catering available. The Mill Creek Fellowship also holds a church service every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the Grand Lodge. All are welcome to join, and the dress code is casual.

Family Reunions

Large families in the surrounding region are always looking for perfect weekend getaways in Texas. Thanks to our seemingly endless outdoor amenities, Mill Creek Ranch Resort has become a prime family reunion destination for those aiming to escape the nearby crowded cities. Our outdoor pavilion can hold up to 150 guests. We also have a nine-hole disc golf course, hayrides, onsite spa, bird watching, ten fishing ponds, live entertainment Friday evenings, and two designer swimming pools.

Corporate Parties

Whether you’re rewarding your team for surpassing a lofty goal or aiming to inspire your group with a team-building retreat, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is one of the premier corporate getaways. We have conference rooms, meeting spaces, and banquet halls in the heart of northeast Texas. Test your skills with a game of basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, disc golf, or fishing. Our caring and experienced staff help create tailored corporate events that include overnight lodging in one of our cottages. For more information, reservations, and availability call 1-877-927-3439.

Weekend Getaways in Texas

Mill Creek Ranch Resort has onsite activities, spacious indoor facilities, premium cottages, tiny home, 99 RV sites, and a glamping yurt. When it comes to weekend getaways in Texas, Mill Creek Ranch Resort continues to set the standard. Start planning your next group outing by visiting our website at

First Monday Trade Days

First Monday Trade Days: A Texas Tradition

Tiny Houses East TexasWedged between the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis and the charming city of Tyler rests Canton, an unpretentious small town with a population of 3,836. On one weekend a month – Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday – Canton comes alive with over 100,000 eager visitors from all across the South. Why do over a million people flock to Canton every year? The answer is First Monday Trade Days, of course. This world-renowned flea market has transformed from a small-town trading expo to one of ten largest markets in the United States. Overnight lodging is at a premium during First Monday Trade Days. That’s why many Texans are sampling the latest housing craze: tiny homes. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is a short walk from First Monday, so don’t think twice and book one of our tiny homes today before it’s too late!

The History of First Monday

In theory, First Monday Trade Days’ creation was happenstance. It all started in the 1850s when local farmers would travel a short distance to Canton on the first Monday of each month to witness court proceedings and, occasionally, hangings. Naturally, city and country folk alike began selling and trading produce, livestock, and goods. Month by month and year by year the event grew. It eventually became evident that organizers needed to move the event to the weekend and quickly expand. This bustling flea market has survived tornados, zoning issues, and aggressive expansion. There is no end to what you may find in Canton, Texas at First Monday.

Important Insider Information

  • First Monday Trade Days take place on Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of each month.
  • Arrive at the break of dawn to avoid crowds.
  • There are over 450 acres of land to cover, so please dress according to the weather.
  • Plan on attending on Thursday or Friday to avoid massive crowds.
  • Rent a cart. Some large items are too good to pass up!
  • Bring cash.
  • Grab a map, so you don’t get lost.
  • It can take more than eight hours to walk the entire grounds, so plan on spending multiple nights in your tiny home or luxury cottage rental.
  • Consult our Complete Survival Guide to First Monday for more information.

Come Hungry!

There is a seemingly never-ending line of delicious fair food at First Monday Trade Days. Think outside the box by avoiding typical treats and eats. Some of the area’s best vendors, restaurants, and catering companies plant their food trucks and carts to feed hungry flea market flippers. Keep your eyes peeled for boiled crawfish, catfish tacos, roasted corn, barbecue brisket, pecan pie, and hand-squeezed lemonade.

Tiny Homes Near First Monday

Mill Creek Ranch Resort has Texas’ most extensive fleet of tiny homes. We also have 100 award-winning RV sites, luxury cottage rentals, and luxury glamping yurts. Mill Creek Ranch Resort even offers free shuttles to the main pavilions! All rooms in Canton are usually booked solid weeks in advance of the First Monday Trade Days. Don’t delay – book a tiny home for your upcoming visit to one-of-a-kind Canton!

Top four reasons to rent a tiny house TX for the weekend

tiny house txTiny homes and small space living have gone from a tiny niche to a bustling movement in recent years. Have you ever wondered what all the fuss was about? Are you intrigued, but think, “Oh, I could never do that.” Don’t knock it ‘til you try it! Here are four amazing reasons to rent a tiny house in TX for a little weekend getaway.


  • See what all the fuss is about! What better way to experience tiny living than by trying it yourself? If it’s not your permanent living solution so no worries – it’s just a weekend! Renting a tiny house for vacation gives the ultimate experience in minimal living – but on a temporary basis. You can go back to all your stuff once the weekend is over.
  • It’s not just an RV in cuter clothes. While tiny homes and RV’s are similar in a lot of ways, bear in mind a tiny house isn’t just an RV that’s shaped like a cottage. A lot of people like to try the tiny house and do a little comparison. While tiny homes do generally look like a small regular home (or extra-large dollhouse), there are some fundamental differences, like multiple stories, better weatherproofing, and more options for customization.
  • Try it before you buy it! Renting a tiny house in TX for a short period of time is a great way to give it a test run if you are considering chucking the stuff and going with a more minimal living situation. It’s also a great way to get ideas for what you like and what you don’t like so that if/when you take on tiny living you have a better idea of how everything works and fits together in such a small space. It’s also helpful to know if you can stand sleeping in a loft where the ceiling is not quite as far away from you as you’re used to.
  • Recognize there’s a takeaway, even if tiny living isn’t for you. Fact: tiny living isn’t for everyone. Also a fact: most of us have too much stuff! There is a little lesson to be learned from tiny and minimal living; even without all the stuff, life still goes on. And, quite comfortably!


Looking for a tiny house to try on for size? Check out The Maple at Mill Creek Ranch Resort! The Maple sleeps three with a queen bed in the loft and 2nd sleeping area downstairs. It also features a full bath, a fully-equipped kitchen, and even air conditioning! At Mill Creek Ranch Resort, you also get to enjoy all the resort-amenities we have to offer.

For more information on special pricing, availability, and booking, call 877-927-3439.

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Best appliances for Camper life

Best appliances for your RV or Tiny House when stopping at a Canton Trade Days RV Park

Canton Trade Days RV ParkWhen headed to a Canton Trade Days RV park, your camper is quite literally your home away from home. For the most part, you’d probably like to be able to do most of the things in your home-away, even if it is in a somewhat reduced fashion.

In other words, you will need some small kitchen appliances for your RV or tiny house but space is, of course, limited. While a lot of these decisions boil down to personal preference, here are a few considerations. What should you bring and what should you leave behind??

Microwave or toaster oven? Most RV’s and tiny homes alike have some kind of oven/stove installed in them. This means you can leave your toaster oven at home (unless of course, you have no oven/stovetop). Microwaves are a different story. If you have a penchant for popcorn, best make some room. Otherwise, reheat everything in the oven and call it a day. Do keep in mind the gross majority of RV ovens and stovetops use propane.

Egg steamer. Wait, what? If you’re really not into elaborate cooking and don’t want to mess with a bunch of pots and pans but do like eggs in the morning, consider an egg steamer. They are extremely tiny, inexpensive and can hard, medium or soft boil your eggs lickety-split. Many of them also come with extra trays for poached or scrambled eggs. You don’t have to use a pot, pan, the stove or its propane.

Multi-tasking blender. Blenders are so versatile these days, aren’t they? A Ninja operates as a blender, shake maker and all-around food processor. The worst part is keeping all the parts together.

Dishwasher: yay or nay? Some people just HATE washing dishes. If this is you, consider a countertop dishwasher.

What about the Instant Pot? If your question is the Instant Pot, the answer is yes. It is just too versatile to leave behind. An instant pot is especially useful if you do not have a cooking range in your RV. 

Coffee pot or an electric kettle? Pour-over coffee is not only popular these days, it’s super easy. This makes the electric kettle much more versatile (and typically smaller!) than a coffee pot. It also reduces your reliance on propane to boil water on your RV stove.

Do keep power in mind when using your road-friendly appliances and remember to not use everything all at once!

Looking for a great Canton Trade Days RV Park? Come by Mill Creek Ranch Resort! In addition to full hookups, we have resort-style amenities and activities for the whole family. For more information and availability about booking a stay at our Canton Trade Days RV Park, call Mill Creek Ranch Resort today at 877-927-3439.

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Come, Stay, and Play at Our Cabins in Texas!

cabins in texas image of a cabin with a graphic on itMill Creek Ranch Resort is the perfect place for a summer getaway to enjoy nature in our cabins in Texas. Whether you’re looking for a quick trip or more extended stay, a place over First Monday Trade Days or an easy place to wile away the afternoons, Mill Creek Ranch Resort has it all!

Enjoy all the amenities Mill Creek Ranch Resort has to offer for a fun-filled time. What’s summer without swimming? Have a splash in our resort-style pool. We also have paddle boating, catch-and-release fishing, and nature trails. We also have continued on-going activities for the whole family all summer long! The fun doesn’t stop once the sun sets, either. We also offer s’mores by the campfire, and we have live music every Friday at our Grand Lodge.

Additionally, the City of Canton, TX and the greater East Texas area has scores of activities for the whole family, from world-class bass fishing to world-class dining. Visit a water park, learn about animals at a local rescue, or shop in one of the many quaint boutiques in Canton’s downtown. In town for the flea market? No problem! We are just ¼ mile from Canton’s First Monday Trade Days so you can shop ‘til you drop, then come home and relax after a long day of shopping.

Our featured cabin in Texas this month is cottage 60. This executive cottage features one bedroom, a sleeper sofa and a loft – so bring the whole family, it sleeps up to six! The cottage also has a full-kitchen, so whether you want to eat out or eat in, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy the sunrise and cooler mornings with coffee on the patio, grill out for lunch or dinner and spend your summer appreciating the great outdoors.

Looking for a place to keep coming back too? Don’t worry; cottage 60 is for sale! Our vacation homes offer very little maintenance or support, minimal ongoing expenses, and we even promote it for rent while you’re away. With us doing all the work, you don’t have to manage an online vacation rental account. It’s genuinely a headache-free vacation home experience. All you do is show up, stay, and play!

For more information on staying in cottage 60, or if you’re interested in purchasing a vacation home with us, call us at 877-927-3439. Alternatively, you can check availability or book online. You can also fill out our online questionnaire if you’re interested in our cabins in Texas for sale and a representative will contact you shortly.  

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

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Summer activities for kids right by Canton’s best cabin rentals in Texas!

cabin rentals in texasSchool’s out for the summer, and it’s time to start planning that summer vacay! At Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabin rentals in Texas, there’s so much to do you’ll never hear those dreaded two words from your kids: “I’m bored!”

In and around Canton, TX is a myriad of activities for summertime fun. What are some of the best activities for kids this summer?

  • Splash Kingdom is located just a half mile from our resort and boasts a lazy river, numerous waterslides, and even a 3D glow in the dark mini golf course! The park opens Memorial Day weekend. Looking for a deal? Ask about our Family Fun Splash package that includes accommodations, four tickets to Splash Kingdom, and meal tickets.
  • The East Texas Zoo and Gator Park is a great place to pique your kid’s curiosity in the natural world. The biggest draw to the zoo is their community of alligators. Look at and learn about alligators from hatchlings up to 14 footers!  Be sure to show up for a feeding, which happens daily at 10, 12 and 2.
  • Love animals but are reptiles not your thing? Head a little further out to the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge! This preserve houses over 35 rescued wild cats, both big and small. Learn about these majestic creatures and help foster awareness for tiger conservation.
  • Explore the sweeter side of summer at Blueberry Hills Farms, open seven days a week in June and July. Have fun “picking your own” blueberries and blackberries right off the bush! Don’t forget to pop into our country store and bakery for delicious treats like preserves, muffins, fro-yo and our famous blueberries ‘n cream pie!
  • Stay at Mill Creek Ranch Resort! Mill Creek Ranch Resort has all you need for fun in the sun, from a resort-style swimming pool to nature trails and even paddle boats. Take advantage of our many family-friendly summer activities and enjoy some rest and relaxation in the serenity of the quaint wooded area in and around Canton, TX. Additionally, on-site we have catch and release fishing, sports facilities, nature trails, board games and even live entertainment every Friday night! Make this year’s summer vacation one your kids will never forget!


For more information and availability about booking a stay at our cabin rentals in Texas, call Mill Creek Ranch Resort today at 877-927-3439. Our cottages sleep up to 6 people and come fully equipped with a full kitchen, bathroom, and even wifi. Alternatively, you can check availability and book online.


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Welcome gifts for guests at destination wedding venues East Texas

wedding venues east texasBooking your big day at destination wedding venues in East Texas is a ton of fun because it’s like a mini vacation with all your closest friends and family. A destination wedding, however, always begs the question: What do you put in the welcome bags?

Provide a guide. Many of your wedding guests will either come early or stay late for an extended vacation. Be sure to include a card with area restaurants, nightlife and sights. Don’t forget to include a good map and possibly a link to a good resource for local goings on in the area.

Essentials to better handle the environment. If your destination wedding is at the beach, provide sunblock and sunglasses. If you’re getting married during summertime in the south, consider bug spray, cute little fans and possibly some lemonade.

Cover the snack attack. Everybody loves snacks. They can help keep your guests from being too hungry during a longer ceremony or satisfy the munchies back in the room after the drinking and festivities. Snacks are a must! These will also help your guests avoid raiding the mini bar while hanging around the rooms.

Embrace the local charm. Include some treats from local businesses, like an area bakery or popcorn shop. If you’re unable to coordinate with a local business, provide some of you and your partner’s favorite candy or snacks.

Totes! When it comes to welcome gifts, totes are trending. Get totes custom screen printed with something related to your destination (like a palm tree or a mountain). Alternatively, use an appropriate saying, like “The adventure begins” or simply put your names and the wedding date on it.

A parting gift. A welcome bag is a great place to also leave your wedding favors. Be sure your gift is something relevant to the couple and to the destination. For example, if you’re getting married at a winery, a corkscrew with your names on it would be an obvious option.

Keep your wedding venues East Texas in mind. If you’re having a photo booth, include different props. If craft beer is a theme, include a bottle opener. You get the picture. Just be sure note they should bring them to the reception!

Looking for great wedding venues in East Texas? Mill Creek Ranch Resort is the best place for your perfect country wedding with rustic charm! Visit us online or call 877-927-3439 for a quote, to schedule a tour, or inquire about available dates.

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Buy land, find a community or stay on the road? Where to park your tiny house.

tiny houseThere’s so much versatility in owning a tiny house, deciding to minimize your lifestyle is only the first step. Deciding what to do with the tiny house once you get it (most importantly, where to park it) is probably the second biggest decision after deciding to turn tiny in the first place. There is a lot of gray area when it comes to the legalities of parking your tiny home. What are the options for tiny house living?

• Stay on the road. Many people choose a tiny house as an alternative to an RV. In this case, the tiny house will be on wheels and you have the freedom to roll where the wind blows you. This is popular amongst families with young children, families willing to homeschool, and digital nomads. Keep in mind that if you plan on parking for an extended period of time, you need to make sure you can do so legally.

• Buy Land. Buying land and then building a tiny house is another popular option for tiny home dwellers. While more expensive than the “RV” tiny home, this is a less expensive alternative to buying a standard home. An advantage to buying your own land is that if you’re not planning on ever being roadbound, you can lay foundation and plumbing and have a more traditional (albeit smaller) set up like a regular home. This is great for people that already have an idea of where they want to hang their forever hats. Alternatively, owning land means you will always have a place to park your tiny-home-on-wheels while you’re not traveling. Do be conscious of any city or neighborhood zoning regulations before buying land.


Build it in a Friend or Family Member’s Back Yard. A tiny home can be an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU. If you know someone that’s willing to let you live on their property, go for it.

Find a Tiny House Community. Finding a tiny house community is a pretty easy way to plop right into a place that you know is both legal and appreciates tiny living. Additionally, you are surrounded by people that are also tiny living.

• Live in your tiny home recreationally. If you want to join the movement but aren’t wanting to commit full-time, consider it a vacation home. Many cities will let you park a tiny home if it’s only lived-in temporarily. Alternatively, you could find a community or resort that specializes in part-time vacation rentals and even make money renting out your tiny home while you are away.

For more information on parking your tiny house in East Texas, call Mill Creek Ranch Resort today! We have RV slots (perfect for tiny dwellers on the go), or, rent or purchase one of our tiny homes on location! Call us at 877-927-3439.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort | Tiny House | 877-927-3439

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s cabin rentals in Texas combine resort amenities with hometown charm

cabin rentals in texasWhere to take a family vacation is a constant conundrum; do you want a resort with a pool and all the amenities or a quiet cottage in the woods where the family can enjoy the splendors of nature?

The cabin rentals in Texas at Mill Creek Ranch Resort give you the best of both worlds! Despite being a quick one hour drive from Dallas, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is set amongst the beautiful wooded backdrop of Canton, TX. Our on-site nature trails and ponds create that wonderful outdoor experience of flora and fauna, but without having to “rough it.”

While you’re not out exploring nature, enjoy the resort-style amenities! Have some fun in the sun in our large pool, relax in one of our hot tubs, take advantage of our on-site spa and enjoy dinner or a drink at our Grand Lodge. In the evenings, we feature live music every Friday night at the Grand Lodge. After sunset, you can also enjoy s’mores at one of our many campfire rings.

One of the best benefits of Mill Creek Ranch Resort is getting to experience nature without having to set up a tent. All of our cottages are ready to go with AC and real beds. Our featured cabin rental this month is cabin 60. Cabin 60 is a full-sized one bedroom cabin with a loft and a sleeper sofa, so bring your friends, it sleeps six! The kitchen boasts granite countertops and is fully equipped with everything from appliances to dishes. The cozy living room, complete with a TV, is perfect for winding down at night.

The cabin also features two patios with relaxing porch views, so watch the sunrise or the sunset over our serene landscape. The porch also features patio furniture and a grill so you can enjoy mealtime inside or out!

Mill Creek Ranch Resort also features on-site activities for the whole family both over the summer and holiday weekends! This Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy American Flag-themed crafts and games as well as activities like paddle boat racing and scavenger hunts. We will even have a Hawaiian shaved ice truck (Kona Ice) on-site on Saturday just for the holiday weekend.

For more information on booking and availability of Cabin 60, or any of our cabin rentals in Texas, call 877-927-3439. Looking to plan a quick getaway for Memorial Day? Call right away, as availability is going fast!

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

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Find the perfect weekend getaways in Texas for Mother’s Day

This year, make Mother’s Day extra special for the super mom in your life with one of the best weekend getaways in Texas. She deserves it! What’s a great getaway for mom this Mother’s Day?

Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX is the perfect getaway with all the trimmings for a weekend of pampering and fun!

Breakfast in Bed

The cabins in Texas at Mill Creek Ranch Resort provide the perfect refuge for a busy mom to take a load off. Each cabin comes fully equipped with a full bed, bath and even a kitchen so you can cook her breakfast in bed!

Rest and Relaxation

Give mom her much needed R&R with some sun by our resort style pool. After the sun sets, she can ease into our hot tub for a nice, long soak.

The Full 9

Do mom’s sore muscles need a little more than a quick dip in the hot tub? Take advantage of our on-site spa for a massage. Choose from our many spa packages, from Swedish to hot stone to ease away any tension.

Get the Cook Outta the Kitchen

With all the wonderful eateries in and around Canton, TX, mom won’t have to lift a finger come dinner time. Get some home-cookin’ away from home at local favorite Buttermilk’s, or take it up a notch and wine and dine her with a reservation at Four Winds Steakhouse. Or, pick up some pizza and eat-out, but stay in! 

A night out

Give mom a night out without even having to Uber. Every Friday night at Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s Grand Lodge, the resort hosts “The Creek,” a weekly music showcase with live local music. The Grand Lodge also has a full bar so you can have a few drinks and dancing and you’re just a hop skip and a jump from your cottage.

Shop ‘til you drop

Take advantages of the many boutiques in Downtown Canton, whether mom wants to window shop or is shopping for something specific. Find everything from jewelry, elegant antiques or specialty shops!

Family First

Ultimately, mom’s best Mother’s Day is always quality time spent with the fam. From horseshoes to paddle boats, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is jam-packed full of family-friendly activities. Bring the family together for an extra memorable Mother’s Day!

For more information on availability and booking a cottage at Mill Creek Ranch Resort for weekend getaways in Texas over Mother’s Day, give us a call! Call 877-927-3439 or book online!

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Small space hacks for tiny house kitchens

tiny house kitchensTiny living teaches us that less is more, but there is one area of the tiny home that often takes a little more creativity to sort out. Tiny house kitchens can require a little extra attention because they still carry many of the challenges of even the most extensive kitchen. Namely, counter space, dining space, and storage space. Here are some small-space kitchen hacks to add to your tiny kitchen.

Use every inch of space you do have.

Including the walls. Installing towel hooks, a knife magnet strip or hanging dividers (large or small) will free up oodles of drawer space. You don’t even have to break the bank; IKEA has a whole section dedicated specifically to kitchen wall storage.

Seriously, all the space. Floor to ceiling.

Don’t forget about all the usable space on the ceiling or up underneath any cabinetry to hang mugs, utensils or even pots and pans. If your tiny house is on the move, do be sure to look for hardware that will keep everything secure.

Organize and layer.

Organizing is key when it comes to keeping a small space full of the necessities without using its functionality. Use drawer trays, organizers and cabinet shelf inserts to layer and stack, maximizing your storage space.

Give everything the gift of multitasking.

When it comes to tiny houses, nothing gets to do just one job. Your stairs are also storage cabinets, and your dining table is also your prep area and possibly your desk in between meals (and possibly even your impromptu ironing board). Any time you can, add a hinge to a surface area to stow away when not in use.

Put it in the garage.

The hottest trend in tiny house kitchens is an appliance garage. It’s mostly an apt name for your appliances (like the toaster, coffee pot, or microwave) stowed away in an easily accessible cabinet to save on counter space. Put them on roller shelves that pull out for easy access.

Tuck and roll.

Another great space saving hack is to have individual pieces on rollers so you can tuck them away. Tuck stools under a countertop so it can be used for food prep; until you eat. Then roll them back out and eat on your counter space.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort marries tiny house living with resort amenities. For more information on our available tiny houses, call us at 877-927-3439. Want to try before you buy? No worries! We also rent our tiny house cottages! Call for reservations and availability!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort Features Cabins in Texas For Sale: Cottage 103

cabins in texasMill Creek Ranch Resort combines the best of both vacation worlds: a cabin in the woods and resort activities and amenities! Their cabins in Texas are located just about an hour east of Dallas in the quaint little town of Canton, TX. (You may have heard of their monthly flea market – First Monday Trade Days!) A little getaway at Mill Creek Ranch Resort will satisfy your craving for both the outdoors and a resort vacation.

Whether you want to while away the days with a good book and some R&R or get the whole family together with games and activities, Mill Creek Ranch Resort has it all. While the property has over 200 acres of woodlands and nature trails, it’s also right in Canton, TX so you’re never too far from civilization. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is also only ¼ mile from First Monday

Our featured cabin for sale this month is cottage 103. This cozy red cabin is situated with views of both Red Tail Pond and South Pointe Pond, making it a prime location surrounded by beautiful water and scenery. The cabin features an extended deck with chairs and a grill so you can enjoy your time relaxing outdoors.

Inside, cottage 103 is fully loaded! This is a one bedroom, one bath with a loft. Including a sleeper sofa, the cabin sleeps a total of six people so there’s plenty of room for the whole family and friends! The full kitchen includes a microwave, coffee maker, stove, oven and a full-sized refrigerator so you can fully-stock your weekend with everything you need to cook and grill! The cabin also comes with a variety of cookware and dishes, so you don’t have to bring any supplies.

The living area features a sofa, television and electric fireplace so you can cozy up on chillier evenings or enjoy a midnight movie! Additionally, this cabin is dog-friendly so don’t leave your family pet at home!

Cottage 103 is pre-owned, which means it’s currently priced to sell at $62,000. Our pre-owned cabins are a great way to become part of our vacation community without breaking the bank! Wanna try before you buy? No problem! Call us to book a stay!

For more information on cottage 103, other preowned or new cabins in Texas for sale, call us at 877-927-3439. Feel free to schedule a stay with us or a tour to check out all the great cabins and amenities at Mill Creek Ranch Resort!

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Should We Serve Alcohol at Our Corporate Events in Texas? Tips to Keeping it Classy

corporate events in texasIt’s time to start planning company picnics and other team building corporate events in Texas, but there is always one thing that party planners tend to be on the fence about. Should we have alcohol?

Everybody has heard of or seen nightmare scenarios involving alcohol and company events, resulting in embarrassment or even a firing. At the same time, taking your employees on a company retreat is time you are taking away from them at home. They should be able to kick back and relax. Not to mention the fact that alcohol does tend to help break the ice and get everyone to loosen up a little. Is it worth the risk? Here are five tips for having your drinks and keeping it classy.

Provide limitations

Sticking with beer and wine only is one way to help people self-monitor and to keep everyone from getting too drunk too fast. Liquor is, after all, quicker. If you’re still concerned with an open bar, go to a drink ticket system or just provide a cash bar. People tend to drink less when it’s on their dime.

Evaluate the Company Culture

If the majority of the attendees are going to be in their early 20’s, it will be helpful to let everyone know what the expectations are and providing limitations (see above) might be something to think hard about. If your employees are more mature, they will be more likely to self-moderate. This is also a good idea to remind team members of the current company policies regarding alcohol and general expectations when it comes to behavior.

Lead by Example

If your manager is passing around shots, it sets a precedent. Speak with the managers and other leaders in the company and make sure they know that they are expected to lead by example and not get out of hand themselves.

Serve Food

Nothing starts an embarrassing moment like four glasses of wine and a salad. Make sure there is plenty of hearty food available when alcohol is served so that nobody is drinking on an empty stomach.

Include an Activity

Never make drinking the sole activity or focus of any corporate retreat. Drinking can accompany dinner, but make sure there are plenty of games, speakers and other team-building activities to keep everyone engaged throughout the day and evening.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort has exceptional facilities for productive yet fun corporate events in Texas. We have a variety of meeting rooms, packages, and on-site cottages for your employees. (This will keep everyone safe if you do have alcohol at your next event!) For more information on a classy venue for your next company retreat, contact Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX, for pricing and availability at (877) 927-3439

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Texas resort featured in tiny house best-seller

texas resortTiny living may have started as a small community, but it’s turned into a minimalist revolution. As more and more people decide to eschew “the stuff” for a simpler approach to home and life, more stories are coming out from industry visionaries, including stories from one Texas Resort

Turning Tiny: The Small Living Paradigm That’s Reshaping the Way We Work, Live and Dream is an anthology consisting of stories from the movement’s top visionaries and tiny dwellers. Compiled and edited by Darin Zaruba, creator of the Tiny House Jamboree and a manufacturer of tiny homes.

In addition to sharing stories of those that have “turned tiny,” Zaruba aims to redefine the tiny movement beyond 400 sq ft cottages on wheels by incorporating and including all small spaces, from RV’s to treehouses. The book encompasses over 60 stories from all aspects of the tiny living community.

One of their features is on Mill Creek Ranch Resort, an East Texas resort that moves beyond the landscape of one person or family chunking all their stuff for small space living hacks and life on the move. Mill Creek Ranch Resort has really taken to tiny, but not in a way you may expect. 

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is a nature lover’s vacation destination complete with resort amenities and the whole nine, and they have turned tiny in a big way. When you stay at the resort, you’ll likely be sleeping in a tiny house. They have nearly 50 tiny cottages available for rent, each equipped with full kitchens and bathrooms. It’s a full-service tiny house park that’s more like half-way between a really nice Airbnb and a wooded resort. They feature scores of amenities from pools (of course) and a spa to dozens of family-friendly games and on-site activities.

This Texas Resort embraces another facet of tiny living by doubling as an RV Park. Resort amenities are also available to RV’s complete with concierge and full hook-ups. They further embrace the RV/camper community with seasonal specials RV Rally packages.

For more information, check out Turning Tiny online or you can purchase a digital version of the book on Amazon. The book is also available in the camp store at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

Interested in seeing what tiny living is all about? Or, just looking for a place to get away? Book a stay at Mill Creek Ranch Resort! Located in the beautiful East Texas town of Canton, TX, their tiny cottages sleep 4-6 people, offer first-class amenities and gracious Southern hospitality. Call 877-927-3439 for reservations and availability.

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Tiny House in Texas lands at Tailwind Balloon Festival

tiny house in texasTiny houses are all the rage lately, but it’s hard to imagine tiny living without seeing a tiny house in Texas up close and personal. That’s why Mill Creek Ranch Resort has teamed up with the Tailwind Balloon Festival to put one of their latest and greatest tiny houses on display.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is a glamping and RV resort in Canton, TX that has become a beacon for tiny house rental and ownership in the area. One of their favorite cabins, The Maple, is air-conditioned and features a full kitchen and bath, a lofted bedroom and sleeps three. While not the biggest tiny home at the resort, it’s a perfect example how to maximize small spaces with features like under-stair storage and gives a sneak peek into the tiny living phenomenon. Take a peak and walk around this tiny home. Do you think you can downsize?

Interested in seeing The Maple? Head to the Tailwind Balloon Festival in Canton, TX May 18-19th. The 7th annual Tailwind Balloon Festival is not just a regular balloon festival. On Friday and Saturday night enjoy live music and balloon glows, where flames light up the balloons at night in a spectacular feast for the eyes. The festival also features a 5k glow run, a car show and a battle of the bands. The event begins at 5 pm Friday, May 18th and gates open again Saturday, May 19th at 2 pm. The event will also feature a 10k and half marathon on the grounds starting at 8 am on May 14th. The Tailwind Balloon Festival is located on the West Side of the First Monday Grounds.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort boasts acres of wooded lands and nature trails, ponds, and resort-style amenities for both cottage renters and RVers alike. It has won several awards, including County Line Magazine’s award for “Best RV Park” in upper East Texas. In addition to ample RV sites, Mill Creek Ranch Resort has dozens of tiny house cottages both for rent and for purchase. Guests can enjoy the serene scenery, walk miles of nature trails, fish or paddle boat in their area ponds or simply relax by the pool. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is also only ¼ mile for the area’s biggest draw, Canton’s First Monday Trade Days flea market. Guests enjoy easy access to the flea market and a relaxing respite after a day full of walking and shopping.

For more information on RV site rental, tiny house rental or tiny house purchase in Texas, call Mill Creek Ranch Resort at (877) 927-3439. Ask about seasonal and holiday specials.

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Tips on finding the perfect company picnic venue

company picnic venueWith spring and early summer on the horizon, it’s not too early to start looking for a great company picnic venue to spend an afternoon with your work family. However, you can’t just show up at any old park with a sack of peanut butter sandwiches. Any annual company picnic is supposed to show appreciation for employees by having a good time, not to be some afterthought that employees bemoan attending. So where to start? Before selecting a venue willy-nilly, here are a few tips:


Make sure the venue is an appropriate size. You don’t need a football stadium for a company of 50 employees. At the same time, too small of a venue and people don’t have room for outdoor activities.


It is a “picnic,” after all, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat finger sandwiches. Does the venue have catering options? If not, are there restaurant or catering options nearby? Be sure to consider the company culture; if your company has Friday fajitas for lunch, you know that option will please everyone.


Catering a company picnic is great – people like to eat. However, once everyone is done eating they need something to do. This is a great time to incorporate team-building games that are fun for both your employees and their kids, like tug-o-war or scavenger hunts.


Nobody wants to drive all day, go to a company picnic, then drive all the way home. Keep your venue within an about an hour or so of your office. Alternatively, you can book a place with options to stay a night.

Pick a Theme

If you’re worried that despite your best efforts your picnic may still be a drag for your employees to attend, consider a theme. A theme can be anything from cultural (like a Hawaiian shirt Luau or caribbean theme) to a sports theme (like “Ballpark” theme with hot dogs and a softball game). The possibilities are endless!

Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX is a great company picnic venue to host your annual affair. In addition to ample space, catering options, and scores of games and activities, we have and on-site activity director to help you plan your engagement. We even have cottages on-site available to rent for participants (or planners) to stay an extra night before or after! For more information on booking a company picnic and for seasonal specials, call us at (877) 927-3439.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort wins “Best RV Park” on the Upper East Side of Texas

canton cabinsCounty Line Magazine has released its Best of “Upper East Side” of Texas awards for 2018, revealing more and more hidden gems in East Texas. The awards feature everything from the best area restaurants and live music events to the best sign and best town motto in East Texas. A nice touch with County Line Mag’s 14th annual Best Of awards is that several categories include two awards to give a nod to the area’s small-town charm. Most restaurant categories have an award for both under and over a population of 50,000.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort, already part of County Line Magazine’s Hall of Fame, has won this year’s award for Best RV Park. The resort features ample RV sites with full hook-ups, both back-in and pull-through capable of handling up to 45-foot rigs with two side slide outs. Each site features a grill, a fire ring with complimentary wood and a picnic table or table and chairs. They accommodate stays up to 28 days and have seasonal specials and specials for RV rallies. (Call to inquire about specials and pricing.)

Adding extra charm to this resort is a large network of Canton cabins, cottages, tiny homes and even a yurt to rent. Tiny homes and cottages are also available for purchase. What really makes this RV park an award-winning destination is the amenities. Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s extended amenities for guests include a pool, games, paddle boarding, nature trails, and more. They also feature free Wi-Fi, complimentary concierge service and even daily trash pick up. Their grand lodge is a local destination in its own right with a Friday night event featuring live local musicians (in addition to a restaurant and full bar). The resort is great for kids and families and even pet-friendly. The resort is also equipped to host family reunions, corporate retreats and weddings.

As an added bonus, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is located just ¼ mile from the Canton, Texas First Monday Trade Days flea market. The flea market is one of the biggest in the nation, attracting up to 100,000 visitors in a weekend, depending on the season and weather.

For more information on booking an RV site or Canton Cabins, call Mill Creek Ranch Resort at  (877 )927-3439 for availability, pricing and any seasonal specials. Not a phone person? No problem! Check RV site and cottage availability and book online!

Family Vacations in Texas: Stress Free Planning Tips

family vacations texasFor better or worse, you probably remember taking family vacations as a child. Whether it was the most fun in the world or a perceived disaster, at the end of the day the result was, indeed, family togetherness and bonding. Now it’s your turn to take your family on a vacation, but what happened in that generation gap? Why does something so simple suddenly seem so stressful?

Here are a few common trip-planning stressors, and how to help ease your anxiety so that your kids will remember those times of family togetherness with fondness, too.

Is it worth it to upend my kid’s routines?

Going on vacation is disruptive to your child’s day-to-day routine. Do what you can to keep elements of their routine on the road (like storytime and other bedtime routines no matter where you are). It’s also helpful to remember that learning how to handle unfamiliar situations is important, as is having new experiences to create curiosity within the world. In other words, yes, it’s worth it.

Great – let’s upend their routine. Now how do I keep my kids from driving me nuts?

A long road trip is no time to remind your kids how little technology you had when you were their age. Entertainment is key. Make sure your kids have lots of movies and games loaded up on their tablets for travel and bring along books, games and toys to fill any downtime once you arrive at your destination. Make sure you have activities that work without wi-fi should you experience any disruption in service.

Give yourself plenty of time to plan.

If you have trip anxiety, chances are you’re not the type to go on a spontaneous weekend getaway. And you know what? That’s okay! Not everybody has to be spontaneous, and planning ahead doesn’t mean you won’t have fun. Make your lists, check them twice, then go out there and have a great time. If you still forget something, bear in mind there are very few things you can forget that won’t be available once you arrive.

Do something the kids will enjoy.

Part of keeping your kids entertained, happy, and appreciative of the family vacation is making sure to plan something they will actually enjoy doing. This means maybe wine country isn’t the best option. Choose a kid-friendly resort or a destination with family-friendly options.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX has oodles of family-friendly activities to keep your kids engaged in both nature and family time. The beautiful forested area of Canton, TX is a great backdrop to help them appreciate nature and our resort has all the amenities for a fun weekend or week. For more information on stress-free family vacations in Texas at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, call (877) 927-3439.


Family Vacations in Texas
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
1880 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX 75103


Find great cabin rentals in Texas for Spring Break!

cabin rentals in texasSpring Break is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to find cabin rentals in Texas for a week of fun and R&R! Get your kids to put down their screens and enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful pine forests of East Texas.

Take the whole family to Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX for a weekend or week of family-friendly fun. Take advantage of the warm days and cool nights of East Texas in the springtime! Get some sun laying out by our resort style pool and then roast marshmallows around one of our campfires by night. Our resort amenities also include a hot tub, volleyball and basketball courts, ample nature trails, paddle boating and even a spa.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort will be your home away from home in one of our cabin rentals. Our cabins sleep 4-6 people and have all the amenities and creature comforts to make you feel at home. Each cabin comes equipped with a full kitchen, washer-dryer, full bath, and outdoor patio and grilling area. They also all have a TV and fireplace so you can wind down and relax in the evenings! Don’t feel like cooking every night? No problem! Our lodge has a full restaurant and bar, or, you can dine at any of Canton’s local eateries.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX celebrates Spring Break in style with a jam-packed schedule of family-friendly activities. Our Spring Break schedule of activities runs March 9-18th, so whether you’re looking for a long weekend or a long week, the fun never ends at Mill Creek Ranch Resort. Each day boasts a slew of activities including crafts, games, races and more. Try your hand at paddle boat races, water balloons and learn how to make slime. Each day offers something new, different and fun for quality time with the whole family. And don’t forget your costumes! Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character (Monday, March 12) or Super Hero (Wednesday, March 14) with activities to match! We even have some off-property outings planned to the East Texas zoo (inquire at the front desk). Check our calendar for more in-depth details about our daily activities over the Spring Break holiday.

For more information or if you have any questions about the activities at Mill Creek Ranch Resort during Spring Break, call (877)927-3439. Or, visit us online to book today.

Great ideas for Mother Daughter weekend getaways in Texas!

weekend getaways in texasIt’s always a great time for you and your daughter to take a girls’ trip together! No matter your ages or stages in life, your mother/daughter relationship can use a little TLC to keep you closer than ever. Check out our great ideas for a weekend getaway to remember!

When your daughter is school-aged, simple and slow-paced may be best. Plan a car trip to a nearby resort, load her up with fresh paper and colors, and hit the road. You can also keep her screen time to a minimum by playing road games as you drive. Choose a letter and take turns thinking of all the words you know that begin with that letter. Choose a short word such a “cat” and come up with all the rhyming words you can think of; up the skill level by seeing who can come up with the longest, funniest sentence using rhyming words. “The fat cat sat in a vat that was on a mat near a bat and a rat.”

Once you arrive at your destination,  prioritize time for each of you to enjoy a favorite activity, perhaps by taking turns choosing. You might follow a brisk swim with fishing, then a leisurely nature walk followed by a yummy meal. The slower pace of a trip affords you ample time to talk, share family traditions, gently probe for any things she’s been wanting to talk about or do.

A trip with your teenage daughter might be similar to a trip with a younger child, with the addition of more mature pastimes such as a visit to the spa for a mani/pedi or a shopping trip to dig for treasures. Challenge her to a game of disc golf and be prepared to laugh a lot! It’s always a good idea to show your daughter that you can try new things. Try a bike ride with her, followed by an episode or two of your favorite TV series as you wind down your day.

Make sure you use your time together to share stories of your own teenage days–the triumphs and the tragedies–and how you learned from it all. Encourage her budding independence and praise her decision-making skills. Focus on the positives she brings to your relationship so she knows you are a safe relationship with her, and both she and your relationship can bloom.

As your daughter enters her adult years, her relationship with you will become ever more important. Although you’ll always be her mom, you can plan your getaways more as equals and friends. What a treat to spend time with your adult daughter!


Much like when she was younger, you might want to take turns choosing the next activity, or perhaps your interests totally line up and you want to make a schedule; either way, do what works best for your personalities and relationship. If you’re bookish types, read a fun novel before you go and spend some time talking about it. If you’re outdoorsy, make sure to hike or bike or go fishing, then end the evening making s’mores around the camp fire. No matter your type, add some good-natured fun by playing classic board games together.


When you’re ready to book the perfect spot for your Mother/Daughter getaway, look no further than Mill Creek Ranch Resort. We have all the activities you and your daughter will love, whether she’s six or 36. Against the backdrop of the charming town of Canton, you’ll find yourself returning again and again to enjoy your most special relationship.

Weekend Getaways in Canton TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
1880 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX 75103


Road construction at Mill Creek Ranch Resort paves the way for Spring Break 2018.

Texas Resort Paves the Way to Spring Break Fun!

Our Texas resort is doing a little Spring Cleaning

If you have visited our Texas resort this winter you might have noticed a large section of our RV resort undergoing a makeover.  We are paving the way to make our resort the best Spring Break destination in East Texas.  New roads are almost complete and soon you will enjoy a smooth concrete path to your RV site. We  look forward to seeing you and your family this traveling season, and hope you will be sure to tell us what you think of our new roads!  Here’s a little preview of the work so far.

Texas Resort is ready for Spring Break in Canton

We have a fun week planned for our Texas resort guests this Spring Break.  Check out our schedule of Spring break activities and see how much fun and relaxation you can squeeze into 7 days!  Our activities coordinator is ready for your family to come enjoy all our Texas resort has to offer.  From old-fashioned family activities to relaxing movie nights, we have made Spring Break 2018 easy for you!

Call today or book online to get your cabin rental or RV site for Spring Break.

Texas Resort
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
1880 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX 75103

cabin being installed on the lot

We’re growing! The process of building cabins in Texas with Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Executive Cabin - RV Park Canton TexasMill Creek Ranch Resort is growing! We are currently working on the installation of Cabin 45, a fully-updated executive cabin that sleeps 6. Ask about when Cabin 45 will be available for rent so you can try-before-you-buy and spend some time with the tiny house experience. People often love visiting the cabins in Texas at Mill Creek Ranch Resort so much, they want to stay forever! Here is a little window into the process of purchasing and setting up your own tiny home.

Whether you are considering purchasing a cottage at Mill Creek Ranch Resort as a part-time vacation home or full-time investment, the process is simple and we are here to help you every step of the way. Check out our process for Cabin 45!

1. Pick your lot. Mill Creek Ranch Resort has a lot of available lots waiting for your perfect cottage. Decide whether you prefer a more wooded setting or something by one of our area ponds. You will also want to pick your view. How do you want your cottage to face on the lot? Do you want the front windows or the back patio to have the better view?cabins in texas

2. Choose your home and floor plan. All of our cottages have custom floor plans so you can pick out the configuration that works best for you! Choose your interiors. This is the fun part! What’s your aesthetic? BOHO chic or French country? We provide custom interiors for all of our cottages, from the color palette inside and out to the appliances and furnishings.

3. Construction begins. Once you have selected your tiny home model and interiors we begin construction and take care of the rest! We lay the slab and driveways for easy access to your cottage.

4. Cabin installation. We lay the slab and completely take care of all installation and setup of your cottage. Just before you get your keys, we even put on the final touches by completing any landscaping around the exterior of your cottage.

Once you have your cottage, you can stay at Mill Creek Ranch Resort as often as you want and can appreciate our beautiful surroundings and resort amenities all from the comfort of your very own adorable cottage.

If you’re interested in our resort community and thinking of investing or have any questions regarding building a cabin, call 877-927-3439. Or, visit us online and fill out our request for more information and someone will quickly get in touch with you to schedule a tour.

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