Davis Ranch Retreat
K: If you followed along through Instagram Stories, then you know that Brandon and I went to Davis Ranch Retreat just outside of Austin, Texas. Monica Davis is the owner of the property and was actually featured as the first client on Treehouse Masters, an Animal Plant show centered around building treehouses that are functional and fully equipped. Brandon and I jumped at the chance to visit a ranch, especially since we’re interested in owning property one day. We also jumped at the chance for an adventure in this magical treehouse and it did not disappoint at all. We’ve got so much to show and we’re splitting it into two posts on the property itself. Today, we’ll feature the treehouse and on Friday, we’ll feature more of the land and different amenities that Davis Ranch Retreat offers to guests.
*Thank. you to Davis Ranch Retreat for sponsoring today’s post*
Monica’s treehouse is very accessible and has a ramp leading towards the front entry. Inside this 200 square foot treehouse is a sleeping area, full bathroom (with running water and the greatest steam shower we’ve ever used), and an AC unit. It definitely isn’t “roughing it” if you decide to stay and although she has a tent area on the property for guests who want more of a camping experience, we were so content with the ease and amenities that the treehouse offered. Lots of windows bring in natural light and allow guests to look out among the trees and onto the surrounding land. One of our favorite features was the small balcony area on the backside of the treehouse, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of hot tea or coffee and watching the longhorns graze. There’s also a little keurig, coffee pods, and mugs so that you can easily get your caffeine fix in the morning. We just loved waking up, drawing back the curtains, and seeing the leaves and branches that surrounded us. For us, it was nothing short of magical and it was as if all of our childhood dreams came true with this little weekend getaway.
What To Do
Davis Ranch Retreat offered us so many activities during our weekend stay and we certainly didn’t run out of things to do. I think our favorite activity had to be riding around on the “Green Machine” as Monica called it. Essentially, it’s just a tough golf cart that’s “ranch proof” and allowed us to go on the different trails and through the back part of the property. We loved finding the longhorns, feeding them, and looking for the newborn baby calf. The baby longhorn was only three days old when we arrived and it was so much fun to watch her nurse from mama. The property also has a pool, rocking chairs, outdoor fire pit, fishing pond, and more that we’ll be showcasing in Friday’s post. For us, it was the simple act of being out in nature during the best time of the season that allowed us to have such a wonderful time. I’m sure you know by now that Brandon and I love anything that’s outside, and this location was pure heaven for the two of us.
What To Eat
The ranch is a good twenty to twenty five minutes from Bastrop, Texas and a few restaurant options. However, Monica is an amazing cook and made a hearty breakfast for us each morning, complete with fresh eggs from her hen house. She made a light lunch/snacks and then we brought our own steak to grill for dinner. She also made side dishes to go with the meal, but guests are welcome to bring anything they’d like. I think Brandon and I are in agreement that our favorite part of the food was the unbelievable peach cobbler made on a dutch oven over a hot coal fire. You can see our videos of that process over on IG Stories under “The Treehouse” highlight. Cobbler served over homemade bluebell ice cream felt like an authentic Texas summer night.
Be sure to check back here on Friday for the second installment of Davis Ranch Retreat! We can’t wait to share lots more of what this fabulous property has and tell you about our favorite parts.
On Katherine: Asos tank, STS Blue shorts, Steve Madden shoes (similar here), Brixton hat
On Brandon: Nordstrom shirt, J. Crew factory shorts, Sperry shoes