You could rent a beach house this summer. But that’s so … expected. Especially when you could rent Picosa Ranch Resort — a 2,500-acre working ranch just outside San Antonio that was once the home of former Texas Governor John Connally and which is now run by his grandson Bubba Ammann. This is luxury ranching at its finest, as experienced in years prior by various presidents, including Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford, as well as other glitterati.
Today, the property caters to families and groups who seek a customized itinerary with five-star service and amenities. A doting staff is at your beck and call, from cooking gourmet meals (barbecue and fried chicken count as gourmet in these parts, but they’ll also serve up fine French cuisine) to taking you on a photo safari, where you’ll see a zebra, an addax, elk, roadrunners and, of course, Texas longhorns. Other activities abound — fishing, skeet shooting, canoeing, horseback riding or just lounging by one of the two pools — and you’ll be challenged to fit it all in.
Rates start at $7,500 per night to rent the South Range Lodge, and the cost is all-inclusive for groups of up to 18 people.