Take a good old-fashioned hayride from our Main Retreat back through the wide open spaces at the heart of the Ranch and enjoy the endless, uninterrupted views from the rise at our eighteen-acre Big Lake.
Star Brand Ranch is blessed with over 100 bodies of water within its boundaries and many of those lakes and ponds are teeming with big-mouthed bass, catfish, and crappie. Let our guides take you out to some of our best fishing holes and spend the afternoon with your friends and coworkers under the lazy sun reeling in big fish and bigger fish stories.
During September and October, Star Brand Ranch offers some of the best dove hunting found anywhere throughout East Texas. Our regular guests may elect to include dove hunting as part of their retreat, but we also are happy to book dedicated hunting retreats as well.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Star Brand Ranch offers target clay-shooting experiences that both experts and novices alike will find challenging and enjoyable. With equipment and instruction provided by our experienced staff, you’ll be able to enjoy an exhilarating experience in a beautiful, fun, and safe environment.
Team Building with Group Dynamix
Star Brand Ranch has teamed together with Group Dynamix to offer our guests their wide range of collaborative and creative team-building activities. Considered by many to best program in the industry, Group Dynamix will bring their “teamologists” and equipment to the Ranch and can provide both outcome driven activities that explore and improve your group’s productivity and relationships or fun and casual experiences to foster stronger, more collaborative and cohesive team bonds.
Wine and Beer Tastings
While our bar is well-stocked with local craft beer and Texas wine, Star Brand Ranch can also arrange private, exclusive tastings with local artisans such as Kiepersol Estates winery, Tara Winery, and Cedar Creek Brewery, which can also be accompanied by expertly-paired hors d’oeuvres or dining from our own kitchen.
Since Star Brand Ranch remains a working cattle ranch, horseback riding through the pastures is not possible, however we have an ongoing relationship with our neighbors, the Lovell Family, who provide horseback trail riding, riding lessons, and other western activities for our guests to enjoy.
Sometimes a shared endeavor done well can bind people together more closely than anything else. If you’d like your group to share an adventure together, we can arrange for Group Dynamix to organize a “smart” group scavenger hunt to test your guests acumen and give them a fun goal to reach together.
DJ / Karaoke
At Star Brand Ranch, we strive to provide ample relaxation, comfort, and focus, but the Wynne family also has a long tradition of not taking itself too seriously and just having fun. For those times when our guests are of the same mind, our vendors can provide a DJ and live karaoke, so that whether you want to live out your pop idol fantasy or just enjoy some music and dancing, you can end your evening happily.
Team Painting Lessons
If your group is looking for a rewarding, different experience that can provide rich memories and a beautiful keepsake, Artworks Texas will bring painting lessons to you. Certified Art Instructor Carrie Stevens will bring to the Retreat all your necessary supplies and closely guide your group through a fun painting adventure that can be customized to any theme, and at the end of your painting party, each guest will have a 16×20” work of art of their very own.
Star Brand Ranch is more than just an executive retreat or event center; it has a rich history that stretches back generations and holds a collection of art and heirlooms that have their own special stories. At your request, our managing partner will take you on an intimate guided tour of the Main Retreat and the Big House, pointing out some of the more interesting items in the Ranch’s collection, and filling you in on the interesting roles Star Brand Ranch and the Wynne family have played in the history of Texas.
Hiking and Biking
Grab a bike and explore the back roads of the Ranch by yourself or tag along with one of our ranch hands as they show you the breathtaking views that the distant four corners of our 8,000 acres provide.
Other Outside Vendors
If your group would like to participate in an activity Star Brand Ranch does not offer, we will happily try to find an outside vendor and arrange for their services at your event.