Holland Ranch was unlike any other place I have ever stayed. In talking with the owners, Hans & Bianca, they told me they wanted to make the place “a little European and a little American” and I think they have succeeded. Hans and Bianca are from Holland and moved to Texas last December, although the ranch has only been open for business since April. They stopped by to visit as I was packing up to head out and they told me that in Europe, it is common to have a separate facility with running water where you shower, wash dishes, etc. Frankly, I thought the experience was kinda refreshing. As I walked to get water to make coffee, it occurred to me the simplicity of the place. No frills, but with no frills often comes less stress. The lack of frills is exactly what gives the place its charm! It was a peaceful balance of “roughing it” camping style, but with the amenity of just enough civilization to make you feel at home. In its own unique way, Holland Ranch offers the proverbial serenity seeker an opportunity for peace by surrendering a few material niceties in exchange for a little bonding with nature.
Definitely a must-stay to add to your list of cool places or even purposely plan in your route! They are pet-friendly and motorcycle-friendly, which scores some points with me, since I love both. Staying here inspired me to seek “off-the-beaten-path” lodging, usually at a fraction of the cost and with a lot more character. I think by nature, we motorcyclists have a sort-of free spirited, nomadic element about us that predisposes us to like places like this. Our innate urge to be free of constraints most certainly gets satisfied here.
It’s very easy to find located between Dallas and Austin. You can link to their site by clicking here.
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