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Man taking pictures of birdsThe Homer Martin Ranch offers a range of activities from mountain biking, to swimming, to horseback riding, to birding, to you-name-it. If you’re here for the weekend, there really isn’t an excuse to be bored. While you’re visiting, we’d recommend combining different sports or activities the ranch has to offer. Spend the first day on the Llano River, and the next climbing hills on your mountain bike. Or, in the springtime, listen to the birds in the fields, and meander through the ranch on a wildflower hike. For those of you who enjoy a game-plan, we’ve created a few suggested itineraries.

Suggested Itineraries:

The Weekend Warrior

Tearin it up.

Day 1: Mountain Man (or Lady)

Mountain biker on the ranch
  • 12:00 PM: You pop out of your car, ready for an adventure.
  • 2:00 PM: Bring out the mountain bikes, pump up the tires, and explore the numerous trails. See where you’ve landed.
  • 4:00 PM: Cool yourself! Jump in Bast Creek for a swim in our spring fed pool.
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner by fireside.
  • 9:00 PM: SMORES!

Day 2: River Riding

Boy kayaking on the Llano River
  • 8:00 AM: Cook a hearty breakfast in the Lodge
  • 10:00 AM: Pack a lunch and jump into the Llano River for a Kayak Trip from the James River to Martin’s Crossing. We can arrange for a pick-up and drop-off.
  • 12:00 PM: Give your arms a break by taking a reprieve on the Homer Martin Ranch’s Gravel Bar. Eat a sandwich. Take a swim in our favorite swimming hole. When your muscles feel revived, hit the river for the last leg of your trip. 1.5 miles to go!
  • 2:00 PM: Pull your kayaks ashore at the Martin’s River Crossing. Don’t worry. You’ll have seen it before. Someone will be there to pick you up.
  • 3:00 PM: You’re back at the cabins, taking a shower, and relaxing.
  • 5:00 PM: After a day of physical activity, you’re hungry, so heat up the grill, light the campsite fire, and enjoy some time with the ones you love.

Day 3: Hiking Hills

  • 8:00 AM: Last breakfast on the ranch. What will it be?
  • 9:00 AM: Take a hike and explore any pieces of the ranch you missed. You might find your favorite part!
  • 12:00 PM: You’re showered, and ready to hit the road.

Goldie Locks

Not too much. Not too little.

Day 1: Bats Outta Hell

  • 12:00 PM: After your drive, roll into camp and settle in. Anyone hungry for lunch?
  • 1:30 PM: Follow the ranch signs to the river and go for a swim.
  • 5:30 PM: Jump into the car and drive to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. It’s one of the largest bat nurseries in the country. About 4 million female bats inhabit the site from May through September. See them leave their cave at night!
  • 8:00 PM: Cooking dinner in the lodge.

Day 2: Topaz Hunt

Mason Topaz
  • 8:00 AM: Do I smell bacon and eggs?
  • 9:00 AM: Venture through the pastures & see what’s around you. The Homer Martin Ranch has excellent birding opportunities. What do you hear?
  • 12:00 PM: Lunchtime in Mason, Texas. Shall it be Mexican food at Santos Taqueria, barbeque at Cooper’s, or hamburgers at Northside Café?
  • 1:30 PM: It’s topaz-hunting time at the Garner Seaquist Ranch. Topaz, the state gem of Texas, is found within the borders of the state only in Mason County. It is usually found in streambeds and ravines but occasionally can be located atop the ground. Contact Mike Seaquist for your first hunt at (325) 347-5413. He’ll tell you all about it.
  • 5:00 PM: Take a nap. That hunt wore you out.
  • 7:00 PM: You shouldn’t be in the wilderness for too long without having a campfire. Get the logs burning. It’s dinnertime.

Day 3: Fly-Fishing

Fly fisher on the Llano River
  • 8:00 AM: Eat breakfast outside with the birds.
  • 9:00 AM: With only a few hours left on the ranch, head down to the river again for one last hurrah. Cast your line, and see if you catch anything. We’d be surprised if a Bass doesn’t bite.
  • 1:00 PM: Fueled-up and ready to go, you hit the road back home.

The Relaxing Respirator

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Day 1: River Respite

Man relaxing in the Llano River
  • 12:00 PM: Stroll on in.
  • 2:00 PM: Hang out at the Gravel Bar. Pop in your lawn chair, or float down the river on your back.
  • 5:00 PM: Chill in the hammock. Dinner will come when it comes.
  • 7:00 PM: Who’s cooking?

Day 2: Ladies' Day Out

  • 9:30 AM: Don’t get up too early for breakfast. It’s the weekend after all.
  • 10:30 AM: Head to Fredericksburg for some window-shopping.
  • 1:00 PM: Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants on Main Street, Fredericksburg’s chief thoroughfare. We like to eat at the The Fredericksburg Brewery, the Navajo Grill, or The Peach Tree Room.
  • 2:30 PM: An afternoon at the Spa. Fredericksburg has a few different Spas to choose from, but here’s what we’d recommend – The Herb Farm, The European Day Spa, or The Living Touch.
  • 6:00 PM: Refreshed and relaxed, you head back to the Homer Martin Ranch. On the way home, stop at The Hilltop Cafe for the best Greek Steak in the Hill Country. (You’re not cooking dinner. You’re on vacation. Let those who remained on the ranch meet you here.)

Day 3: Wildflower Watch

Field of Bluebonnets
  • 9:30 AM: It’s still the weekend. And you can still wake up late.
  • 10:00 AM: Wander through the fields and pastures to see the many wildflowers the Homer Martin Ranch have to offer. During the months of April & Many, you can see Paint Brush, Indian Blankets, Wine Cups, and of course Bluebonnets. Just to name a few.
  • 12:00 PM: Onward! Please come see us again!

* NOTE: Some Activities listed in our suggested itineraries, such as wildflower gazing or bat viewing, are seasonal. When planning your trip to the Homer Martin Ranch, please be sure to make necessary arrangements in advance. If you would like to kayak the river, please notify us prior to your arrival, so that we may accommodate. If you have any questions, please email at info@homermartinranch.com.