All is right on the range

Glamping at Westgate

Article by Rob Hannon

Photography by Rob Hannon and Westgate

Originally published in Naples Lifestyle

After a full day on the range and following a chef-driven barbecue and front row seats at the professional rodeo on the ranch, mosey on back to your own luxurious covered glamping wagon but don’t forget to look up. Stars for miles!

Located on a sprawling 1700-acre working ranch, an easy three-hour drive north,  on the Kissimmee River, is the largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi River -- Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo. The River Ranch specializes in providing guests a one-of-a-kind glamping experience, with premium accommodations ranging from a luxury glamping tent, a 650 square ft. Luxe Teepee to a spacious Luxe Conestoga Wagon, each including a personal concierge. Days at the Ranch are spent disconnecting from daily stress and diving into nature riding horses and careening around the property in swamp buggies, and airboats. Guests may take advantage of a wide range of outdoor activities such as archery, fishing, and the adventure park – with ziplining and bungee jumping.   Saturdays are special, with a hayride dinner serenaded by a crooning cowboy and the Westgate Rodeo. River Ranch Saloon is a great place to grab a drink, and Westgate Smokehouse Grill offers BBQ.

The recent multimillion-dollar accommodation expansion project takes the resort to offer the next evolution in all-inclusive glamping experiences overlooking a vibrant stream where buffalo graze on the property. Each 495-square foot wagon features bespoke luxury décor and sleeps up to six guests. The Wagons feature a king bed, twin bunk beds, a queen sleeper sofa, a private en suite luxury bathroom, kitchenette, electrical outlets, heating, and air conditioning, plus a private porch with patio furnishings. A stay in a Luxe Conestoga Wagon includes private VIP concierge services and all-inclusive and unlimited activities.

Covered wagons that have all the amenities of a luxury suite are perched on the banks of a lake. This place takes glamping to a new level including delivery of incredible meals directly to your cover wagon…John Wayne never had it so good!

Meals are presented by the executive chef and team, from incredible barbecue to a low country boil with crawfish and sausage to mouth-watering surf and turf you’d expect to find in the big city. The breakfasts and lunches were of the same caliber including a complete fajita experience for lunch one day that was incredible.

Each Wagon also comes with a complimentary six-person golf cart to explore the ranch in comfort and style.

One of the most memorable activities comes after the rodeo and is free for the gazing. Stargazing takes center stage since you are out in the country and all of nature’s finest promise a lullaby each night.


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