Just got back from a Great Escape Weekend – awesome food, awesome accommodations and awesome staff. Roll on to next year, ladies!
– Wendy Freaney
Had the best time ever at the November Ladies' getaway weekend. The place is looking terrific and the food – yummy!
– Susan Sessums Flores
What memories RRR holds for me! Anyone would be blessed by spending a weekend in such an enchanted place. It is so far removed from the city that many of us have to learn to relax and breathe at the slow pace of such a natural environment! How refreshing!
– Debbie | Pasadena, Texas
Rocky River Ranch is a lovely rustic haven in Wimberley, Texas – a little bit of Heaven in the Texas Hill Country. There’s lots to do: read a book, talk, play board games, play ping pong, go on a trail ride, go down to the Blanco River to canoe, swim, sunbathe, or just put your toes in the clear water, go to Market Days, shop in the Town Square, sleep, eat, make new friends, get a massage, facial, or manicure – etc., etc., etc. Remember your bedroll and linens and your appetite!
– Jackie | Houston, Texas
What I learned from my Great Escape: You can escape to the simplest of surroundings and they can turn out to be the most luxurious in the world; that trees and rocks and wet leaves are there not only for the boys to romp about in; that the river, with its aura of peace and tranquility, can flood your mind with long forgotten, submerged, girlhood memories; that raindrops and the chill of the fall air cleanses your spirit down to the soul without you ever knowing; that spending time talking to a friend on a porch swing is better than talking on the internet; that something as simple as card games with plastic spoons can produce tremendous belly laughter; that, as always, music brings life to any party and it diminishes one’s inhibitions about dancing alone; that singing old camp songs in the dark still has a calming effect and helps you to fall asleep.
– Patti Evans
My friends and I loved our Great Escape! We enjoyed the great shopping, the beautiful surroundings, the massages and even had our own little campfire one evening, where we reverted to children again, singing songs and doing our old high school cheers. Every woman needs a “great escape!”
– Cheri | Austin, Texas
There’s nothing better than a Great Escape at RRR! If you were a camper as a kid you can relive your youth complete with s’mores. There are always new and interesting women to meet from a professor to a novelist. This is not a bed and breakfast! Come prepared for a camp experience. Leave your troubles behind and bring your bug spray!
– Betty | Great Escaper
My daughter Lucy and I have been participating in Mother-Daughter weekends for three years. The counselors and staff make this a wonderful experience every year -- campfires, outdoor movie night, silly songs and games, talent shows, arts and crafts, cooking, horseback riding, delicious home-cooked meals, and wading, kayaking, and fishing in the Blanco River. We look forward to our time away together so much and can’t wait for next year!
– Mary Mitchem
We completely loved Mother/Daughter weekend. For my second-grader, it was a great way to get a sneak peek into the fun of summer camp. She adored every second of singing, archery, horseback riding, swimming in the creek, and playing WAHHHH! on the sport court. For me, it was a lovely way to travel back in time to my own camp days, singing songs and doing stuff I’d forgotten I loved so much. The entire weekend was excellently planned. All of the counselors were extremely helpful, enthusiastic and genuinely engaged with the moms and kids. I even climbed that crazy wall! We can’t wait to come back.
– Martha (and Vivian) | Austin, Texas
My seven-year-old and I attended the fall 2013 mother-daughter weekend. We had been eyeing RRR for summer camp for our daughter. However, she has never been to an overnight camp so we thought this would be a great opportunity to check things out before signing her up. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcome. The grounds of the camp are amazing! The staff is very committed to the camp. They were so excited to tell us about their days as campers there. The weekend activities gave the two of us a lot of time to work together, talk, and play. My daughter loved the weekend so much, she cried when we had to leave. We have already signed our her up for summer camp and she cannot wait! We feel very comfortable and excited for her to be able to attend. I imagine this will turn into an every summer event for her!
– Jolyn Murrin
The RRR Mother/Daughter experience is one of a kind! We have attended the last three years in a row since both of my daughters have been old enough and plan to continue just as long as they want to! The staff and counselors are wonderful and are always so welcoming and helpful. I truly cherish the time with my daughters that weekend as well as the time with my friends and their daughters ~ it is amazing to see our girls building relationships with each other that will last a life time! The cabins are always clean and well kept, the food is always fresh and delicious and the activities are changed up every year so there is always something new to experience. If you are looking for an amazing bonding experience with your daughter(s) this is the place to be…simply wonderful!
– Holly (Abby and Kendall) | San Antonio, Texas
The perfect summer is waiting for your daughter aged 5 to 14 at Rocky River— filled to the brim with new friendships, challenging activities and, most importantly, lots of fun! Check out our day camp and resident camp options.
In the hot summer months, we’re an all-girls camp, but the rest of the year, we offer year ‘round fun at our Great Escapes for women and Mother-Daughter weekends!
Rocky River Ranch is the perfect solution for your special event! We host family reunions, church retreats, teacher work days, company picnics, Girl Scout groups, and more with lodging for up to 150 guests.
The truth is I would not have become the person I am today without RRR! Making decisions for classes at 7 years old (with the help of a big sister and Rue as my counselor), remembering to wear your bathing suit under your jeans so you could go from the barn to the pool without the dreaded trip back to your cabin, remembering not to sign up for your pool class right before horseback … I could go on and on. The mistakes we made there were safe and there was a support system to catch you if you fell. Later I enjoyed working with the campers younger than me. First in WE as a big sister myself and later as a CIT Mom. In 14 years I grew and strengthened my commitment to myself. I felt loved unconditionally and I formed everlasting friendships. Some of them recently re-kindled after a 15-20 year gap as if no time had passed at all. In the last year I received a letter from a former CIT that spoke of my influence on her life. How it made her a better mother and a better woman. I have saved that letter for my children to read one day. I will always feel like Skeet and Sandy helped raise me and they always saw the person I could be! I can never thank them enough for that.
We still can't believe it has been 50 years since my mother, Mama Knolk, started RRR. We are so proud that it is still the same as she built it and still has the same spirit upon which it was founded. Our children and grandchildren have had the wonderful opportunity to attend camp and we all can still sing some of the songs when we get together. May the spirit of Mama Knolk stay with all that have attended RRR.
Another favorite camp memory that lives on is the camp songs. I have sung them to my kids when they were babies … and still sing to them to wake them up in the morning ("Good morning to You!"). Last summer my daughter went to camp for the first time (at age 6). She had a great time and is looking forward to going again this summer. She sings camp songs almost daily (I'm ready for her to learn a few new ones other than "Boom Boom, Ain't it Great to be Crazy?" and "I Wish I Were a Little Bar of Soap")!
I honestly believe that I wouldn't be the same person if not for my many years at Rocky River, and each year that passes makes me more aware of the grace I found here and the gift of the chance to become one of the few ... a Rocky River girl. To the land of the triple R, I pledge my heart to you!
I think camp was very beneficial for my daughter last year. She came home with new experiences that she will never forget. It's something that she is able to share with her friends and schoolmates too. It made a huge impact on her and I hope by going again this year that she continues to grow and mature as a thoughtful young lady.
My years at Rocky River were some of the most wonderful times in my life. My sister (Laura) and I still spend hours talking about our fun times there. We still remember our days of swimming in the river, riding horses and water skiing. I can't wait until my little girl can experience all the joy and fun I had as a child for herself.