4 The Star/April 13, 1984
A Weekend in the Country
By Ed Martinez
When the traffic gets terminally bad, the
smog, the panhandlers, the angst of city
life and the general hassle of living in a
city get to be just really too much, take
heart! There is hope and a solution: El
Ranco Vista, a gay guest house just 80
miles southwest of Dallas, located on 55
completely isolated acres just made for
getting away from it all.
El Rancho Vista is the brainchild of
Murray Brosius, a dropout from life in the
fast lane in Dallas. After a career in the
military and the executive suite, Murray
finally decided that there must be more to
life than nine-to-five and another IRA.
After traveling to Puerto Rico on vacations for over 20 years, Murray hit on the
idea of copying the idea of gay guest
houses, which are prevalent on that American island in the Carribean.
In 1975, he bought the acreage that is
now El Rancho Vista and started from
scratch building the present facility. First
came a modular home, then a large den
with a hugh fireplace, then a Jacuzzi, then
a pool and cabana, then additional guest
rooms in separate cottages.
All of the construction was done by Brosius, with the help of Mario Gutierrez, his
lover. Mario and Murray met on one of
Murray's trips to Puerto Rico, and they
have been together at EI Rancho Vista for
several years. Mario considers Texas his
The guest house is isolated from nearby
towns, the closest of which is Glen Rose.
Lots of mountain cedar surrounds the
compound, affording privacy even from
the nearest neighbor. Entering the main
building, which also serves as the owners'
residence, there is an aire of elegance, surprising this far out in the boondocks. The
furnishings and the attitude of the owners
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contribute to that atmosphere. There is a
music room featuring a grand piano,
numerous fine antiques, and period pieces
collected by the owners over the years. The
effect is one of comfortable chic, almost
totally unexpected this far out in the middle of central Texas.
Most of the guests at El Rancho Vista
come from Texas, but by no means all of
them. The advertising for the guesthouse
appears regularly in The Aduocate, Hon-
cho. Mandate and similar gay publications.
In addition to the guest house, which
remains open full-time only in the warm
months approximately Memorial Day
through Labor Day, Brosius and Gutierrez
conduct a gay travel agency, named-ERV.
Tours are conducted each year, usually
at least one group to Puerto Rico and to
various other parts of the world. This
summer, the agency is sponsoring a tour
to Mexico via Los Angeles on a Cunard
The average stay is over the weekend,
but many guests elect to stay longer. One
guest liked the place so much that the
owners built him an efficiency on the premises, and he lives there year round. There
are also' "regulars," those living nearby
who frequent El Rancho Vista in the evenings for dinner and casual visits. These
are long-time friends of the owners.
Brosius loves the life he lives. "If I had
$100 thousand, I wouldn't do one thing
different from the way I live now."
Many ofthe guests are repeaters, 75 percent of them, in fact.
"Everybody has his own image of what
the ranch is going to be like," Murray said.
One problem that occasionally arises is
that prospective guests picture the place
as a sort of S&M baths on the prairie. Brosius tries to screen inquiries about El Rancho Vista to minimize that sort of client,
knowing full well that disappointment is
likely to result. Although romance does
occur, of course, among the guests, it is not
something that can be guaranteed. Nor
should it be, says Murray.
Murray related the incident that
occurred once when he was looking out of
his office window onto the porch and discovered that two ofthe guests had become
somewhat carried away in their attraction
for one another, in broad daylight, as it
were. Murray laughed and recounted how
he went out and invited the two to adjourn ]
to the patio where the other guests might
enjoy their performance, thus cooling
their ardor and avoiding any unpleasantness.
The attitude prevailing at El Rancho
Vista is one of openness and tolerance
without veering into hedonism, according
to the owners.
Whether a person is looking for a weekend retreat spiced with the possibility of
meeting a special someone or a place to get
away from the rat race, or possibly even
just a quick respite from cityhood with a
special friend, El Rancho Vista has it all.
Texas' justly deserved reputation for hospitality and friendliness comes from places like this hidden hideaway in the hills.
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