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Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a premier year-around guest ranch, horse farm, and bed & breakfast conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland in Madison, GA , and within an hour drive from Atlanta. Home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting. We welcome you to experience our delightful accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and southern hospitality. Southern Cross Ranch - a wonderful All-Inclusive vacation in a horse lover's paradise.
"One of America's Best Dude Ranches" - Travel + Leisure Magazine
If you haven't figured it out already, Southern Cross Ranch is, at its core, a family-owned and operated horse farm that values its animals. We have been raising quality Paint and Quarter horses for over 25 years. For more than 10 years, we have been welcoming guests to visit and share the indescribable joy of being around these magnificent creatures. Over two dozen foals are born on the ranch from March - June each year. Occasionally, guests may get a unique opportunity to see a mare giving birth. Everyone has virtually unlimited opportunities to touch, photograph, and interact with many of the foals and other horses. One of the most popular comments from guests is that our horses--especially the foals--are exceptionally gentle and docile, making for an unforgettable experience.
If you are a horse lover or are simply curious about horses, you've come to the right place. You'll be able to watch horses grazing from every porch, deck, dining room, and even from the pool area. Our philosophy is simple: it can't be a horse lover's paradise if it's not a horse's paradise first.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Inge Wendling for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most come to enjoy our equestrian activities and fine food.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We’re best known for our flexible horseback riding options and our collections of horses (more than 200 on site). We’re unique in that we sit in the grey area between traditional B&Bs and dude ranches… a B&B experience with horses. The thing that I love most about our inn is the fact that we have guests from all over the world come to enjoy our rooms, horses, and food.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Madison, GA is the only city between Atlanta and Savannah that General Sherman’s forces did not burn to the ground during the March to the Sea during the Civil War. There is plenty of beautiful architecture and history here.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
I would say that the compliment that most frequently comes to mind is a German gentleman guest that kept saying that he believed that he was in “Paradise!”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Strangely enough, we’re probably the best kept secret in the area… some of the locals don’t even know we exist.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
The majority of our guests spend all their time here at the Ranch… if they choose to spend time off the Ranch, they’ll usually spend it in Madison or Atlanta (one hour west by car).
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
While guests have walked into town from our ranch, it’s about seven miles… most go by car or use one of our bikes.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We’re one of the top-rated restaurants in the area… if folks want to eat in town, we often suggest Ricardo’s.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 16 total guest rooms, in five categories (all the rooms are different), some can accommodate up to four people.
Do you accept pets?
We do not allow pets in our guest rooms, but we do board dogs in stalls in our barn for $15 per night (we suggest that smaller dogs be crated). Otherwise, there are a few animal boarding places in the area.
Our rooms are divided into 5 categories; 1-5 with 5 being the highest. Each room category is pleasantly appointed featuring a King-sized bed, A/C, TV, DVD, phone and private bath. Premium rooms offer whirlpools, fireplaces, and unmatched views. Rooms are available with a rustic, western theme or one of more traditional Southern dÃ©cor. Some rooms may have a King and Queen or King and twin bed arrangement.
All guests are able to enjoy ccomplimentary breakfast, unlimited soft drinks, tea, coffee, fresh lemonade, snacks, fruit and fresh baked desserts available 24 hours per day.
Our meals are served buffet style 3 times daily and feature a delicious mix of international cuisine as well as local favorites. Lunch and Supper are included for guests staying on the All-Inclusive (AI) and All-Inclusive Non-Riding Plan (AINR) and may be purchased separately by all others. Serving times are 8am, 1pm, and 6pm. Lunch and supper reservations are required for walk-ins or patrons staying on our B&B plan. Please contact us for reservations. All guests are able to enjoy complimentary breakfast, unlimited soft drinks, tea, coffee, fresh lemonade, snacks, fruit and fresh baked desserts available 24 hours per day.
Our newest amenity is an aqua massage bed. This is a very unique and highly specialized machine. A spray bar traveling shoulder to toe shoots heated, pulsating water from your center line around to your sides. Rest assured - you remain clothed and dry for your privacy and comfort. Our aqua massages are a perfect way to ease those sore muscles from time spent in the saddle or the trip here. It is reported that 10-15 minutes on the aqua bed is therapeutically equivalent to a 60-minute personal massage. Aqua massages are not included in our packages, but are quite reasonable on an a la carte basis.
- Free wifi internet service
- Complimentary internet terminal
- Pool & hot tub
- Fire pit
- Game room
- TV room
- Sunroom/Reading room
- DVD library
- Hiking trails
- Courtesy refrigerator (centrally located)
- Fax service
- Laundry facilities
Horseback riding in Georgia - it is the featured activity at Southern Cross. If you're a beginner, don't worry - riding lessons are available and horses are personally assigned based on your riding experience and preferences. We'll supply all the equipment you'll need to ride, but you're welcome to bring your own if you choose. The climate in Georgia is great for horseback riding year around. The relaxed riding program even allows guests the unique opportunity to ride on their own if they desire, but small guided groups are always available. You'll be encouraged to groom and help tack the horses for a true hands-on and bonding experience. Whether you want to ride lazily across beautiful open pastures or trot through lush wooded trails, Southern Cross Ranch can accommodate your needs. If you're not into horseback riding and don't wish to start, there are non-riding plans with reduced rates to meet your needs.
Horseback riding is also available to non-guests at 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. daily on a space-available basis with reservations. If you are looking for horseback riding in Georgia, you've come to the right place.
After your daily horseback riding, you'll find many ways to relax and unwind at Southern Cross Ranch. You can enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or a soak in the hot tub. Seasonal flowers and beautiful landscaping adorn the ranch. Enjoy a good book in the shade next to the pool and water fountain. Guests also enjoy playing pool, darts, or foosball in the game room, riding mountain bikes, throwing horseshoes, shooting basketball, or catching a nap after a meal. The beauty of Southern Cross is that you can make every minute of your stay as active or restful as you may desire.
You can also use the ranch's convenient location to visit many of Georgia's local attractions including golf, shopping, fishing, skeet shooting, museums, and more.