Pinegrove Ranch & Family Resort
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We stopped at a KOA so that we could get showers and laundry done in the morning. Most of the nicest parks in the Northeast are KOA's, so I renew my KOA membership every year. We also love the KOA in Santa Cruz, which is not far from my sister's house. The park in Santa Cruz was featured on Undercover Boss last year, and we watched the show and recognized it.
... to see how close all the other tall buildings are around it and to think that those really tall buildings fell right there. Kind of surreal. Our last stop was Central Park and even though we could only see a little bit it was fun to walk up 5th Ave.
All in all a long and tiring day but glad we did it. We didn't get a ride in a New York Cab but the subway was fun.
... that goes under the Hudson River. All in all it was a great day but very tiring.
We are thinking of taking the train in on Saturday to maybe see some things we didn't get to and experience riding a subway. The train station is about 12 miles from the park and takes us right to Grand Central Station. We were told it is a beautiful ride that goes right down the Hudson River.
Up early .. Shuttle to airport ..air train to Jamacia ..train to Penn station . Good time for train to Niagra .. ****** trip ... 6 hrs of rattling . Need up in dining car . Customs at Niagra .. Taxi to holiday inn . 6 pm . First night saw the lights on falls ....in ...
... the Statue but my camera battery died ..spewing . Bought about $50 photos . Saw some one jump off the Brooklyn bridge ... Drama . Do t know what happened .. Lots of cops. Didn't get back till 7 .. Damn good driver .. Nightmare traffic . What a concrete jungle. Planned next day to get train to Niagra .. Early start 5am .. Be ...
How has this ranch rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Pinegrove Ranch & Family Resort Kerhonkson
Pinegrove needs some spiffin' up
This place was a huge disappointment. Activities such as karaoke or square dancing were cancelled without explanation and nothing was substituted. The food was bad, as only mass-produced out-of-a can could be. Overcooked meats, tough, tasteless; soggy vegetables
We booked four rooms, one smelled strongly of chemicals and the sheets actually had sand in them! Were they even changed prior to our arrival?! One room had peeling wallpaper and a bathroom sink full of cracks. The bedding in that room had huge rips and tears. When these problems were brought to the attention of the management, nothing was done.
The place needs a major overhaul. There are indeed lots of activities, but everything is shop-worn.
A great family Vacation
I can not believe people wrote bad reviews. It is a Dude Ranch not a 5 Star Hotel. This was my 4th year there with my 3 children, ages 9, 13 and 17. Each year has been better than the one before. There is so much to do. David O'Halloran and his Staff were outstanding. Especially Cindy, Sandy, Skeeter, Judy, Arnie and Anthony. The children had a great time enjoying all of the activities.
The food was excellent. So many choices for each meal even for the children. The waiters were outstanding. In my opinion it is a great family value.
We look forward to next summer and year number 5.
Keep up the good work Pinegrove!!! See you next summer.
Wonderful, a great time for everyone!
What a wonderful family vacation. Things to do for everyone, all very enjoyable. There was so much to do we ended up staying an extra night. The kids didn't want to leave and frankly neither did we. I was very impressed with the teenage staff, always polite, they went out of their way to do more than just 'their job.' We look forward to going back again. The food was good, the rooms were clean, no not brand new, not first class, but clean and let's face it you were only in your room to rest up so you could get back to the great activities. I would highly recommend Pinegrove. Something for everyone and then some.
Room conditions are a health concern: the hallways smell like sewage, dirt piled on the radiatiors, mold in the rooms, ants roaming all over the room, run down carpets, disgusting bathroom conditions, dirty stained mattress, beat up furniture. Need I say more? The pool area is actually ia community bath, unkept area. A child vomited in the pool and no one closed the pool? Nothing a coat of paint cant help. If I didnt know better I would think this resort is headed for chapter 11.
Get a life/check into things
I have been to this ranch quite a few times. My family & I have not been there in a few years 'cause I went to other venues. I seen the few bad reviews and partially agree with them but you can always come check out this venue any weekend for a tour before booking. This place is run entirely by two families and they are very accommodated to new ideas.
A huge step down
have been going to Rocking Horse ranch for 8 years and just wanted to try this one. So we went to Rocking horse for 4 days then on to Pinegrove for 3 days during presidents week in February. We were there for one night and tried to go back to Rocking Horse but it was booked. I was even willing to lose my $1800 just to leave. It was unkept, no-one with any knowledge helping on ski hill (which ended right into the woods) and the whole place needed a face lift. Games and activities were unorganized and far and few between. If you can't get into Rocking Horse Ranch don't just book this one as a second resort. Find a different date and go to Rocking Horse Ranch.
I am shocked to see bad reviews here because I have been going to the Pinegrove since 1988. When I go there it's like visiting family. We are always welcomed by all the staff...old and new. The food is great with enough of a choice to keep everybody satisfied. And the free Chuck Wagon (french fries, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream etc.) is a treat for anyone...young and old. The facilities are great too. I have seen the Ranch transform itself since 1988....adding something new every time we go back. The pool is great and has a water slide feature tht the kids love. And when my daughter was younger she enjoyed the Day Camp.....giving me a little bit of down time for myself. I am a single mother with 2 kids...one who is disabled. The owner, David Tarantino, always took my needs into consideration. There was someone there to watch my daughter as I unpacked my car....always a friendly staff member who upon seeing me struggle at times...jumped right in to help. The rooms are more than adequate and there are plenty of activities for the kids. There is also the nighttime entertainment that the kids love and the disco. It's definitely a family friendly ranch.This is one of the many ranches I have been to in my lifetime but the only one I have returned to year after year. I highly recommend the Pinegrove.
If you love the ranch life
If you love horses and the ranch life you will love this place. If you are looking for clean and quite go someplace else.
Unfortunately Pinegrove is a huge disappointment. Our family went in August 2003. We stayed in the San Mateo house, a 3-bedroom cottage separate from the main lodge. It was dirty, severely outdated, and full of flies. Only on our 3rd day did we discover that the front door had a large gap at the top that allowed insects to come and go as they pleased.The food was horrible. We didn't expect gourmet, but sometimes it was barely edible. For example, one night they served "Prime Rib" that could have passed for bacon in appearance. There was little fresh; most food tasted like it came from institutional providers. Even the orange juice at breakfast was powdered.Programming was a bit better. The Ranch is geared to kids, and ours had a good time. The day camp was the best part. If you remember that you're there for your kids, it helps adults get through the stay.Ultimately, however, this is not enough. We were supposed to stay for 4 days, but we left after only 3 because we couldn't take it any longer. If you want to try Pinegrove, I suggest a short stay until you're sure you can stomach it.
Do Not Go!
Horrible is too nice of a word to describe this place it was more of a NIGHTMARE!! It is dirty, run down, and very expensive. The included meals are things like grilled cheese, frozen pizza, and hot dogs, all of which were freezing cold and not good. The petting zoo/baby animal farm consists of 2 goats and an ostrich! Also the staff are either rude, clueless, or a combination of the two. When we relised that there was no shampoo in the room and called the front desk we were told that shampoo is "not a service they provide"! All this for $800 for 2 days/2 people! I am ready to be sick at the amount of money we wasted in such a horrible place!! Save yourself a headache and a bunch of money and DO NOT GO!!!!