By the numbers, the Wildcatter Ranch has become a leader of Lake Country Tourism since it first opened a decade ago. Since 2008, the ranch and overall “Texas experience” has drawn over 12,000 guests per year, many of them from outside of the contiguous U.S. Of those guests, 50 percent constitute large weddings and company retreats. Out of the rest of its annual guests, 70 percent are international, hailing from countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Japan and China. 

Its original creators envisioned a tourist spot that provided travellers with an authentic Texas experience. The plan was set in motion right around the turn of the 21st Century, and by 2004, its doors opened.

The ranch has seen substantial growth over the past ten years. According to a press release put out by the Wildcatter, “in 2004 the restaurant, saloon and main reception building was complete along with the equestrian center. Wildcatter Ranch now includes sixteen high-end cabin-suites, with décor depicting local Texas history and views of the hill country.”

This was also accompanied In 2008 by completed construction of a conference center with over 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space. On top of the addition of other guest accommodations and an award-wining restaurant, the Wildcatter also offers activities such as horseback riding, skeet shooting, archery, Jeep tours and an infinity-edged pool and hot tub.

 “We knew this was going to be our biggest Wildcatter,” said Anne Street Skipper, one of the primary figures who helped the establishment come to fruition. “Building a guest ranch in the middle of rural Texas was certainly a risk and presented challenges, but I couldn't imagine this ranch anywhere besides my hometown. Besides the beautiful land, I knew our guests would fall in love with the community.”

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.