Situated within minutes of the charming town of Comanche, Texas, Ranches at Pecan Valley is centrally located among several major metropolitan areas, including Forth Worth and Austin – thus, the entertainment, attractions, and conveniences of the big city are never far away. Live surrounded by the peace and quiet of pure country living, while being close to modern conveniences that you family craves. There's no better place to experience a relaxed country lifestyle, close to the big city, than at the Ranches at Pecan Valley!
Nestled at the tip top of the Hill Country, Comanche is a town steeped in heritage and history, bustling with small town friendly folks, and boasting countless adventures. Comanche is a town where everything moves a little slower, but you'll be greeted with a warm smile. Residents and visitors can enjoy live music and local wine, shop for unique gifts, and support local makers and growers. Spend the day playing golf, relaxing at the lake, or sampling the town's finest at the local beer garden.
Great camping, fishing, horseback riding, hiking trails, and water sports can be found at nearby Proctor Lake. The town's 42-acre City Park, Twin Creek Hiking Trails, and Community Center attract many visitors and families throughout the year. Hunting is also ideal in Comanche, boasting a variety of opportunities. Take a stroll around the beautiful historical courthouse square and central business district. There are many shopping and dining opportunities to satisfy everyone's taste.
Proctor Lake is located in Comanche, Texas, an easy 51-minute drive from Ranches at Pecan Valley. This beautiful outdoor paradise offers a number of recreational opportunities including boating, swimming, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking trails, parks, playgrounds, and more. Not only does Proctor Lake provide enjoyment to families on and around the water, but it also helps with flood control and water conservation, through a resource management program by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, for the North Central Texas area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers focuses on conservation of natural resources to provide public recreational opportunities that contribute to an increased quality of American life, now and for the future.
Fort Worth – the city of Cowboys & Culture - is the 13th largest city in the United States and part of the #1 tourist desitation in Texas, welcoming 9.4 million visitors annually from around the world to experience the great American West and rich arts and culinary treasures. There are more than 92 attractions in a 10-mile radius of downtown. The city offers the #1 downtown in America and is located minutes from AT&T Stadium and DFW International Airport.
Fort Worth is filled with a unique mix of attractions for visitors—from cowboys to culture, from sports to shopping. Explore the world-class Cultural District, downtown's dazzling Sundance Square, the top-ranked Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Motor Speedway, and so much more. For fun things to explore, the Fort Worth Ale Trail provides a unique craft beer experience, or catch a competitive rodeo year-round!
Fort Worth Stockyards
The Stockyards National Historic District features Fort Worth's western heritage, including daily cattle drives, year-round rodeo and the world's largest honky-tonk. Watch a cattle drive or see the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. This museum pays tribute to over 70 cowboys and cowgirls with fun, interactive exhibits. Billy Bob's is a great place to see bull riding in person and along the way you can sit high atop a longhorn steer for pictures. The Stockyards Championship Rodeo is every Friday and Saturday night at the Cowtown Coliseum and the Fort Worth Stockyards Stables offers both trail and arena horseback riding. The Stockyards Museum has fun artifacts like the 103-year burning light bulb, the bad-luck wedding dress and the white buffalo skin! Walking the streets of the Stockyards, watch for the stars that make up the Texas Trail of Fame, the great murals and where the Chisholm Trail began. Finally, Stockyards Station has lots of fun shops to pick up a cowboy hat and great restaurants.
The Cultural District, located a few miles west of downtown, contains world-class museums in a walkable, beautifully landscaped area. It is home to the architecturally striking Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the Kimbell Art Museum. The Will Rogers Memorial Center one of the top equestrian show facilities, Dickies Arena the new home of the Annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and the acclaimed theater, Casa Mañana.
Downtown Fort Worth
The vibrant downtown of Fort Worth has wonderful nightlife, green spaces and public art. The city offers contemporary western cuisine, innovative breweries and distilleries and hosts the annual Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival. Spanning 35 blocks in Downtown Fort Worth, Sundance Square is one of the finest entertainment and shopping districts in the Southwest. Made up of over 40 buildings that house an array of entertainment, retail, and dining venues, the Square offers a variety of things to see and do. It features museums and art galleries and allows visitors to enjoy live music, live theater and other events that throughout the year. You can explore nature at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, The Fort Worth Zoo and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Nearby Trinity Park has wonderful paths for jogging or biking along the river.
Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," but that's just the beginning. This vibrant and eclectic city is not only home to amazing music, but also a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping, and beautiful outdoor spaces. You can just as easily spend your morning paddling the lake as you can strolling through a celebrated history museum. It is also home to unique attractions, world-class museums and beautiful outdoor spaces.
There's a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling - Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. With 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. The Austin Golf Trail has assembled some of Austin's finest golf courses. Combining diverse topography, big name designers like Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, Austin is the perfect setting for year-round golfers. GOLF Magazine has even deemed Austin as "The Best Golf City in America!" It's only fitting that the hometown of Lance Armstrong have some pretty killer bike trails, and Austin does not disappoint. The city was even ranked the 13th best city to bike in the United States by Bicycling Magazine. Austin's Parks and Recreation Department oversees more than 16,682 acres of land, which contains 206 parks, 12 preserves (sanctuaries for native plants, native animals, and unique natural features), and 26 greenbelts. These areas are open to the public daily and offer a great escape from the bustling city lifestyle.
Events, Food & Drink
Find something that speaks to you while browsing Austin's unique shops. Or make plans to partake in one of Austin's many events or festivals throughout the year. The Austin Marathon draws 20,000 runners from around the world. The Austin Food & Wine Festival showcases the best innovative cuisine. "Fun Fun Fun Fest" is known as the nation's best underground punk and alternative music festival; and Fantastic Fest, which features sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre films, has become a favorite of film buffs and celebrities alike. Even literary fans aren't left out with the Annual Austin Book Fair featuring over 100 renowned authors from around the globe. SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals expand every year and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park has performances by more than 100 bands. Our menus are memorable thanks to celebrated staples like breakfast tacos, as well as Tex-Mex treats paired with top shelf pitchers of margaritas at off the beaten path places. And let's not forget about the out of this world queso, which is a staple favorite of locals. Then there are the water-front locales on Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Or get yourself some BBQ at laid-back locales. And, no Austin visit is complete without a park-and-eat experience at any of our many personality-plus food truck and trailer venues.
Education & The Arts
The University of Texas at Austin offers continuing education degrees and opportunities, as one of the largest public universities in the United States and the largest institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university has grown to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students. More than 3,500 master's and doctor's degrees and 8,700 bachelor's degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors. Austin is not only home to some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation's largest University-owned collection on exhibit, and the Harry Ransom Center, featuring the First Photograph and Gutenberg Bible, it is also home to plenty of artists themselves. Austin has a growing art scene and is becoming more of a breeding ground for creative minds. You can explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, dancers and musicians here, at any time of year, any day of the week, in a variety of venues. With Oscar nominated filmmakers like Richard Linklater and blockbuster filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez calling the city home, Austin is even making its mark in the film industry. MovieMaker Magazine once ranked Austin #1 on their list of "Best Cities in the U.S. to Live, Work, and Make Movies."