"I try to help guests clear their mind and experience their inner space," Pilgrim says. "Most people have never experienced this; in fact, many don't know what I'm talking about."
As for the food, there are lots of clever low-fat, low-cal entrees coming out of both ranch kitchens. Guests can eat, really eat, free of guilt. I had bread, pizza, caffeinated coffee, desserts--as much or as little as I wanted. Now entering its 54th year, RLP serves vegetarian fare and grows its food without pesticides in a six-acre garden on the property. RLP guests get butter with their bread and help themselves in the buffet line, while CR guests order from a menu, have a pasta bar and a salad bar, and feast on no-fat yogurt with no-fat chocolate sauce, waffles, risotto, hamburgers, French fries, lamb and beef tenderloin.
Both ranches generally have a few "prom queens" in residence, but they're definitely the exception. Having visited spas such as the Greenhouse in Dallas where ladies wear makeup and jewelry to dinner, I prefer both ranches, where most everyone walks around looking disorderly. Another wonderful feature of both places is that they're ideal for singles. At dinner, I was seated with others who had come solo, and the singles tables were always the liveliest.