Like a heartbeat from the past echoing in the present, the rhythmic clip clop of horses hooves will serenade soul mates as bibliophiles and TV buffs alike relive the romance of the Old West during Wildcatter Ranch and Resort’s Lonesome Dove Weekend, which takes place September 23 to 25, 2011.
The Western retreat near Graham, Texas will pay homage to Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry’s epic tale of the lives and loves of retired Texas Rangers on the Goodnight-Loving Trail cattle drive from Texas to Wyoming with a special package and themed activities.
“Lonesome Dove is truly one of the great classic novels of our time and will always be an important part of the history of this part of Texas,” Anne Street Skipper, the proprietor of Wildcatter Ranch who traces her lineage back to Oliver Loving, the man who inspired the character of Gus McCrae in the beloved novel. “We want our guests to fully experience the magic of this work of literary art. With that in mind, we invite everyone coming for this special weekend to dress as characters from Lonesome Dove!”
Guests, who will lodge in one of 16 ranch-style cabin suites on the property, will get a taste of life on the range with a Cowboy Breakfast at the Barn before stepping into the saddle for a horseback trail ride along the Brazos river. In the afternoon, two resident historians will introduce the present to the past during a bus tour of Lonesome Dove locations, such as Box Canyon near Possum Kingdom Lake in Palo Pinto County, where the cattle were held until the trail drive started; the actual trailhead near Fort Belknap in Young County; Loving Ranch in Loving, Texas; and Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford (Parker County), where Charles Goodnight (Woodrow Call), Oliver Loving (Augustus McCrae), and Bose Ikard (Deets) were laid to rest.
Priced at $989 per couple, the Wildcatter Ranch & Resort Lonesome Dove Weekend package includes:
- two nights’ accommodations
- Cowboy Breakfast for two on both Saturday and Sunday
- Horseback riding
- Two admissions to the trail ride historic bus tour
- A Lonesome Dove DVD in each room
For more information:
- visit www.wildcatterranch.com
Photos courtesy Wildcatter Ranch