What a wonderful experience. Gary and Alisa were excellent hosts. The property is magnificent and the food blew us away. The campfire cowboy dinner was amazing.
This is a must do for anyone wanting to escape the hustle a d bustle of everyday life. The mornings watching the sunrise, followed by the day activities ( ax throwing or shooting).
Our favorite activity was the horse riding and horse care 101. A wonderful way to get to know the horse before riding. The rides were amazing and fun. Once confidence is gained the rides increase in level. Wow amazing views riding up the mountains.
This is truly a must do. We will be back
“Gary & Alisa were welcoming from the moment we messaged them. So responsive and clear in communication. Upon arrival, we were greeted by their friendly dogs and all their horses in from the pasture. Their ranch is truly magical--sprawling fields butted up against a beautiful mountain range, so much to explore. My friend and I booked their three hour horse back riding offer, including tacking yourself. Gary was very informative and patient. Both hosts were so inclusive and patient. All their animals looked very well-taken care of--from the dogs, to the cattle, to the horses, to the chickens! After our trail ride we were invited inside for cookies a la mode--a delicious way to end the day. Thank you so much Gary & Alisa for a ride we won't forget anytime soon.”
“The entire experience was AMAZING. I've done many guided horseback or trail rides rides in the past which all all super scripted and geared toward beginners. Gary really customized the experience for Sarah and I at our own levels of working with horses. I LOVE that we got to brush, saddle, and clean the shoes of our horses, and really learn about each horse and their story. Gary takes such amazing care of each of the horses and his love & passion are palpable. I love, love that we were able to choose who we wanted to ride. I felt that I built such a deep connection with Jack (I already miss him) which will definitely bring me back to ride again in the future. If you are in this area - DEFINITELY stop in for a horseback ride. You won't regret it.”
Just spent another fabulous day out on the ranch with Gary and Alisa. Have a new found appreciation for bow hunting and ax throwing. Try their target shooting it’s so much fun. Of course I’ll always enjoy those trail rides, nothing like being in the mountains on the best of horses. Topping it off with a fabulous meal with Alisa’s famous dessert sharing good conversation makes for a pretty perfect day. Life is short enjoy the ride! Elite Frontiers is one adventure we will keep coming back to. Thanks for all the memories laughter and fun!!
I had a wonderful time. I had not been on a horse since I was 13 and im 52! Gary is an awesome instructor and had me on a horse and riding with in an hr! My horses name was Cherokee Jack and was a slow and gentle horse. After the trail ride we were invited back in their house for a dessert and good conversation. Gary and Alisa are wonderful hosts! I highly recommend you pay them a visit! I'm sure we will be back again!
Awesome time we've had. Gary has amazing skills as a horse handler and trainer. Had my girlfriend on a horse and on the trail with in an hour, after years of being afraid of horses all her life. amazing. I recommend this place
Gary and Alisa were the most amazing hosts. I felt welcomed and at home as soon as I got out of my vehicle. The whole experience had me very nervous and even more excited; I loved every second of it. Next time I am in this area, I will be back.
If you are on the fence about the Horseback Trail ride….DO IT! You won’t regret it.
Where to begin?!? Gary and Alisa are amazing!!! My friend and I booked an evening of horseback riding at the ranch which by far exceeded my expectations. It's not your typical jump on a horse and ride in circles. You really get to enjoy riding up and down the mountains while soaking up the scenery and experience. Gary and Alisa welcomes everyone into their beautiful home and instantly you feel like you've known them forever. Alisa ends the day with a cowboy cookie out of this world. #reallywantthisrecipe. I have never had the pleasure of meeting such great people with such great conversation and persona. I can't wait to book my next trip!
This is by far one of the best experiences I have ever had. Gary & Alisa are some of the most genuine people I have met! From arrival to departure you will feel comfortable and welcome in their home, like family. Exactly what I wanted for my return to horseback riding after a long hiatus , and my son’s first experience. We will definitely be back again to do it again and take advantage of all the other things they have to offer !
Elite Frontier Adventures Is so much more than a horseback riding experience! We were blown away by Gary and Alise’s hospitality. It felt like we were visiting family. Their home is beautiful and immaculate. We highly recommend you visit!
The whole family went for a half day excursion with Gary horseback riding. Him, his wife, and their dogs were excellent hosts! We had to move the time due to weather and other factors and they were extremely accomadating. I am so glad we have such a cool place local to us. The horseback riding was great. The cookies were excellent! Don’t worry, you will get cookies too!!
My wife, I, and our buddy Waffles had an absolute blast (no pun intended)! The only regret we have is that we only did a day trip, next time we will be staying the whole weekend. I've only been horseback riding a few times, but this was by far the best, we learned so much including how to put the saddles and everything on, which I've never done before. After riding we tried our hands at axe throwing, archery, and shooting clay pigeons (I already want to go back and beat my record!) And last but not least the dinner and dessert...a word of advice: COME HUNGRY! You will want to clean your plates, everything was so delicious. Gary and his wife are amazing hosts. I highly recommend, it will be well worth your trip!!
Beginner or not, if you like horses and/or horseback riding you should go. Gary, Alisa, and the dogs make you feel welcomed from the minute you arrive until your departure. We had a wonderful experience grooming, saddling , and riding our horses. By the time we had the horses ready for the ride all the nerves I had upon arrival were gone. Gary and Alisa are wonderful hosts! We highly recommend it for beginners.
We were so pleased with our stay at Elite Frontier Adventures. We arrived Monday afternoon and upon arrival we were greeted by Gary and his wonderful wife Alisa and the four legged crew of Gus,Deets and Newt. The house sets a few hundred yards from the road and is nestled at the base of the mountain. We were introduced to the horses we would ride the week and we did a short introductory ride in the front pasture. Alisa fixed the most fantastic meals anyone could hope to have. She even introduced us to some desserts we had not heard of. They arranged a fantastic afternoon of touring and it was complete with an evening at Dolly’s Stampede. We rode daily in the mountain trails behind the house and the trails were an equestrian dream.To sum up our time in one word AWESOME If you haven’t looked into Elite Frontier Adventures then you don’t know what you are missing out on. If you have looked but haven’t decided on a stay then.......WHY NOT?
It’s well worth the time and effort and you’ll create memories to last a life time.
am from New Jersey and my best friend is from North Carolina, we are both outdoor gals and get together when time allows for outdoor adventure. We were seeking a variety of outdoor sport and fun. Gary and Elise gave us an experience above and beyond our expectation, such a wonderful warm couple. The countryside and ranch are breathtaking! They went above and beyond educating us with hands-on experience with their beautiful horses followed a delightful horseback ride. Outstanding accommodations and Alisa’s incredible cooking. We enjoyed a fireside diner and scrumptious homemade blueberry cobbler, soooo yummy! We woke up to more of Alisa’s delicious cooking with a fabulous breakfast. The fun did not end there, our next and last day was filled with sport from Skeet to axe throwing contest. We can’t thank them enough for the incredible experience and look forward to coming back to their beautiful welcoming ranch!!
Words could not possibly express the time ,energy and thoughtfulness Gary & Alisa have exhausted in creating a “ One Of A Kind” experience found exclusively at The Elite Frontier Ranch. It way superseded my expectations with well thought out fun as well as educational activities, delicious meals fit to fill any cowboys/ girls belly to the Immaculate western themed rooms! We had the time of our life ! Gary & Alisa Made our girls fun weekend A weekend we will never forget!
Gary and Alisa are amazing went on our first trail ride and we can’t wait to go back. Very educational, personalized and so much fun. Coming back from a ride and sitting visiting with warm cookies and ice cream you feel so welcome and at home. There home and rooms are beautiful. I would give them 10 + stars if I could. There is so much more to do and explore. Looking forward to axe throwing, skeet shooting, target shooting, archery, cooking classes, and just relaxing by the campfire. It’s the best getaway. Thanks Gary and Alisa your the best
Can't wait to go back. Fabulous experience. Gary and Alisa are wonderful. Food was delicious, rooms were large, beautiful and spotless. We were treated like royalty. All activities were safe and well executed. Horses are well trained and Gary is informative, patient with his instructions. Photos attached of our ladies weekend. We came from three different states and we were not disappointed. Hopefully we will make it a yearly visit.
The setting is incredible - mountains, fields with flowers, pond, streams, the house beautiful and spacious, the food was fabulous and the host and hostess attentive and warm. I was there with dear friends and truly felt like a kid again with all the fun things to do - clay shooting, horseback riding through lovely trails, pistol shooting, ping pong, air hockey and more. The rooms are huge, stocked with all sorts of goodies and the beds were so comfy. A great value considering all the amenities and activities and food! Can’t wait to go back.
We were taking our son to nearby activities and wanted a nice place to stay. We often stay at b&bs and have enjoyed them but this was something else
Alisa and Gary are the best hostess and host we have ever had. The home is modern clean and sitting on a beautiful rural horse ranch setting
The food was wonderful and the conversations were even better
What terrific people
This stop made our whole trip and they couldn’t have been nicer to our 6 year old
Thanks Gary and Alisa for a memorable stay
I wanted to get away from the chaos of my job and this is the perfect place for relaxation. Gary and Alisa are absolutely amazing people and from the minute I arrived I felt like family. I will definitely be going back soon!
We had such an amazing time! Gary and Alisa are incredible hosts and the property is absolutely beautiful.
We really enjoyed how personal the experience was - when you book your trip and activities, it’s booked just for you.
We will definitely be returning!
This was such an amazing experience! I went with some friends and we all had such a good time! Shooting, axe throwing and even archery!
Can't wait to go back and stay! The location is beautiful and the views are stunning! Gary and Alisa were so accommodating, initially booked through air bnb but due to weather had to reschedule. No problem! Wanted to change from horse back riding to shooting and add 2 more people, no problem!!! We had such a great time, can't say enough nice things about this adventure! Next time got to bring my mom and go horseback riding! Or bake bread with Alisa in her beautiful kitchen!
The Hermitage of Eastern Tennessee! Such a beautiful property. Very peaceful and scenery that is unbelievable. Gary and Alisa were such amazing hosts. The theme rooms were very clean and very fun. The food was world class. The trail rides were awesome. The horses performed very well. Not your normal trail ride. A very authentic and real experience. Endless fun in the yard and around the pond. Highly recommended for anyone seeking an amazing outdoor experience!
Such a fun day! Gary and Alisa have such a love and respect for their horses and they share that with their guests. It was great for us and our grandson learning how to care for the horses prior to our ride. Beautiful setting with fun trails-not your typical trail ride! Gary made us feel very comfortable and we had a great time. Would happily ride with them again-and the cookies were incredible.
What a wonderful stay ! From the moment we arrived, Gary and Elise were attentive to our every need. Elise's culinary talents were amazing from the cowboy cookies, to our pot roast dinner and the French toast made from her homemade bread. Our horseback ride was both relaxing and adventurous, and Gary's patience with me while I endeavored to shoot a 20 gauge rifle for the first time was much appreciated. (While, I admit I didn't hit one clay pigeon, I showed them all up with my ax throwing skills . . . haha!) Overall a fantastic stay, and I'm secretly already planning when we can visit again! The quote above the bed in the Lonesome Dove Suite sums it up quite perfectly. After a day of amazing fun, we laid our heads on the pillows, looked up and realized . . . It's about livin'!"
Gary and Alisa are wonderful hosts! Their property is beautiful and the meals are wonderful!!! We had a blast riding, shooting, and throwing !!! We plan to visit again to kayak and enjoy this hidden treasure again!
From the time we arrived to the time we left Gary and Alisa treated us like family. The food was fantastic home cooking and the rooms were very clean, comfortable and full of snacks and drinks, which was a blessing after a long day of mountain climbing and walking. There is a ton to do and a lot to see. We will be back.
Amazing! I give it a 10 out of 10. We had the best afternoon as we were welcomed by the most loving family, dogs and horses. Gary, Alisa and family welcomed us into their gorgeous home and property and made us feel so welcomed. We went with our teenage daughters and Gary taught us how to saddle, bridle and groom our own horses. Then we took a ride up the mountain and got to see some of the most beautiful views, also got to see some wild turkeys and took a few exciting and interesting turns along the way. After our adventured Alisa was waiting for us with the most amazing hot cocoa and fresh homemade donuts. From beginning to end it was perfection. We can’t wait to come back and hopefully stay in the property and enjoy all the other adventures they offer. What a great way to end 2020! Thank you for an a amazing day
My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful experience at the ranch. From the mountain trail horseback riding, axe throwing, fishing, it was just amazing. Such a beautiful ranch and area set in one of the prettiest areas of East TN. Gary’s knowledge of horses and his willingness to teach us how to saddle and prepare a horse for riding made the experience so much better than other places we’ve ridden. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to unwind and have a great time
Somehow Gary and Alisa have managed to take southern hospitality to the next level with their destination adventures. My wife and I along with our 3 teenagers arrived and were immediately impressed by the scenery, setting and serenity of this special place. Warm welcome and we were then immediately immersed in the experience of horses. No detail was spared in this experience. Instantly we jumped right into everything horses. From grooming and saddling our own horses, to being educated about why we were spending all this time in preparation. Truly the education and experience that Gary brings and continually shares throughout to this experience, may be one of the most valuable aspects of our trip. The horse ride was breathtaking as we rode through pastures, up and down mountains and enjoyed the changing leaves and gorgeous fall landscape. The horses were so gentle, responsive and obedient to every command. After riding, we returned to the homestead for some shotgun skeet shooting and .22 target practice. Once again Gary’s experience and expertise put everyone at ease and safety throughout this activity was always a paramount priority. As if the day hadn’t already been adventure packed, we then moved on to the axe throwing arena. I was a bit skeptical of our abilities to successfully do what was presented, but within a few minutes all 5 of us were sticking axes left and right without difficulty, this is when the family competition began and we had a great time and shared a bunch of laughs. This was a surprise activity for our family that really left the final icing on the cake for our adventure. After the outdoor festivities had concluded, we returned to the home for some delicious fresh cooked cuisine and cowboy cookies right out of the oven. Great end to a great day of adventure with family and new friends in Gary and Alisa!
Horseback riding was amazing! We were able to ride in beautiful pastures and on breath taking mountain trails. Our guide, Gary, was patient and helpful in helping us saddle up our horses ourselves which was awesome! Wish we could have stayed longer and checked out all the different adventures! The rooms were also spacious and comfortable! Highly recommend!
We cannot say enough good things about our stay at Elite Frontier Adventures. We experienced the best of Tennessee with their western themed rooms, delicious food and hands on activities. The only thing we regret is not having more time to do more of the available experiences. Our family loved every minute and hope to return soon. I would highly recommend Elite Frontier Adventures as a unique and fun vacation.
"I went horseback riding with my sister, such an awesome experience!! It was a beautiful day and the gorgeous ranch in East Tennessee was like going back in time!! The horseback ride was incredible jumping over a stream, riding with the smoky mountains in the background and then going up the trials was so beautiful!! Excellent experienced guide was very friendly and helpful!! If you want to get away from it all this is the perfect place to go!!"
Had an amazing ride through the green trails, hills and woods of Tennessee!! Beautiful horses and gorgeous views!! One of a kind experience with a knowledgeable guide. He made sure we had fun and answered all our questions. Highly recommended and can’t wait to book again!!”
EFA offers great adventures and awesome hospitality. Gary and Alisa are Two amazing hosts. Bring your family, group of friends or just your date for a day or weekend get away and experience serenity of this quiet piece of East Tennessee. There is plenty of things to do whatever your outdoor interests are. My wife and I came out for a horse trail ride. I am not an experienced rider by any stretch but I was able to go on a beautiful trail. Great food great people, so call them up and book your next adventure