News and Views
We at Rocking M Ranch take pride in offering a great space for weddings, events and lodging. We like to think we fully embody the spirit of providing an upscale, rustic, Texan experience. Whether it's a formal affair or a "Do-It-Yourself" gathering of family and close friends, Rocking M Ranch can provide the perfect, customizable canvas to suit your needs and create the perfect day. That being said, there's always something happening at the ranch, so please enjoy our News and Views as we continue to share business ideas and "goings-on" at Rocking M Ranch and around our community. Please email or call if you have any questions!
The Heat is On
This summer brought the most rentals Rocking M Ranch has seen in it's long, illustrious, 10-year career! Lodging at Rocking M Ranch has been very popular for over a decade now, and yet we had the busiest summer we've ever had this year, with more rentals than ever before! In the last 5 months, Rocking M Ranch has hosted 18 different groups of renters, and was happy and ready for every single one! We continue to only have 5 star reviews, and we make every stride to ensure every guest leaves happy. This may include homemade brownies, salsa, bread, and other "shmoozables", as I like to call them, but that's southern hospitality for you! What can we say? Making folks happy and filling their bellies is what we're good at. We take so much pride in having expanded our rental property into doing more ambitious gatherings, having now hosted weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, graduation parties, business meetings, corporate retreats, and more! The list continues to grow, and so do our plans. In the coming years, and with our newfound success, we hope to expand our services by building a custom, enclosed pavilion where people can gather without worrying about the Texas weather, and maybe even a group of cabins on the back acreage, separate from the lodge, where even more folks can stay and enjoy themselves under the country night sky. Anyways, the future looks big and bright. And remember, there's a reason our motto is-
"Real Country, Real Close"
The Urban Cowboy Experience
If you've spent time in Smithville, then you know Jamboree is a BIG deal around here during spring time. The annual festival brings in tens of thousands of people every year, and 2022 was no exception. Well, this year's Jamboree turned out to be especially memorable for Rocking M Ranch. We were able to become sponsors for Jamboree for the first time! Let me tell you, it was surreal seeing our logo up on the banners and being mentioned by the emcee up on stage! Very exciting stuff. But there was one more thing that happened that really topped our sundae - Rocking M Ranch Weddings, Events, and Lodging was able to host Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, and the entire Urban Cowboy Tour crew at our venue! MICKEY GILLEY AND JOHNNY LEE!!! We were starstruck to say the least. Having them come out to the venue, seeing them perform at Jamboree, and getting to take photos and chat with them backstage afterward were some of those moments you know you'll never forget.
We were beyond saddened to learn later that that was going to be one of Mickey Gilley's last performances. The legend passed away May 7, 2022, just two weeks after lighting up the stage and the lives of small town folk in Smithville, TX. Rest in Peace, friend.
Walk This Way
A much needed addition to the venue, our new walkway enhances the outdoor venue space, extending from the back door of the lodge to the altar and ceremony area. This rustic but elegant path leads brides into the ceremony space for all to see and makes their grand entrance much more memorable. Made of crushed granite, the walkway is lined with cedar logs and allows for a more segmented venue space to separate formal dining tables from the more casual area dedicated to music, dancing, our pool and the fire pit area.