A Big Disappointment A review of Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch
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 It was dirty, severely outdated, and full of flies.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.