Inspiring Horse Quotes

February 10th, 2016 by Ashlie Dove

Ranchseeker has accumulated quite a collection of horse quotes and horse inspiration over the years so I thought I would share them with the world. Horses are among some of the most beautiful creatures on our planet. A horse is a combination of beauty and power and the connection they have with us is so powerful and real. Horses are among the most photographed creatures and I don’t blame photographers because the camera does love them. I hope you find the quotes uplifting and insightful. Horses are really a gift from above.

Ride more, worry less

ride more worry less

Embrace the Moment

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Horses Lend Us The Wings We Lack

horse inspiration

A Horse is Poetry in Motion

horse pictures

Best Friends Come in All Sizes

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I Live in a House But My Home Is In The Stable

horse quotes

Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open

horse meme

Love Is In The Air: Valentine’s Day Specials

February 3rd, 2016 by Ashlie Dove

February 14th is just around the corner and although any time during the year is a great time to visit one of RanchSeeker’s beautiful guest ranches Valentine’s Day is a wonderful reason to book a last minute getaway with that special someone in your life. Take romance to the next level and book a vacation stay where you will be surrounded by nature, wildlife, clean air and a star-filled night sky. Book a spa appointment for two, get outdoors and ride a horse or try one of the various fun activities available for your enjoyment. When the sun dips below the horizon enjoy a romantic dinner and afterwards take in the breathtaking view of a star-filled sky or relax in a hot-tub before retiring to either a cozy room or private cabin with your partner. Here are 3 guest ranches that are offering Valentine’s Day specials:

 

Coffee Creek Ranch, Trinity Center, California  

Coffee Creek Ranch was founded in 1900 and is surrounded by National Forest and the Trinity Alps wilderness area in Northern California. Its 367 acres lie along Coffee Creek, an excellent Fly Fishing stream for trout! They are located 72 miles Northwest of Redding, 8 miles above Trinity Lake.

Special Offer:

  • $100 off Romantic weekend getaways if guests book anytime in February
  • Gift certificates available for special occasions.
  • Total cost for a 2 night 3 day weekend is usually $899 but for February it only costs $799 “it’s a heart of a deal”
  • Includes a bottle of wine.

 

California Guest Ranch

Coffee Creek Ranch

Red Reflet Ranch, Ten Sleep, Wyoming  

The Red Reflet is both a working cattle ranch and luxurious resort located on over 27,000 acres in the Wyoming Big Horn Mountains. The landscapes vary from red rimrock to rolling foot hills to aspen forests, limestone canyons, and mountain meadows. If you live in the area take advantage of this gourmet Valentine’s Day Dinner.

Special Offer:

Red Reflet Ranch Dinner Reservation

The Red Reflet Ranch Lodge is open to the public and you are welcome to join them! Each menu is inspired by a theme and flavor profile.

  • Prices: Dinner $50 per adult, $30 per child ages 12 & under, unless noted otherwise.  Includes multi-course meal, tea, lemonade, coffee with dessert, tax & gratuities.  Additional beverages paid the night of.
  • Full bar service including wine, beer, liquor and sodas, additional charge.
  • Reservations required.  Non-refundable prepayment required to secure reservation.
  • For those who would like to spend a night or two stay in one of their luxurious and romantic chalets. $250 plus taxes per couple includes breakfast items stocked in chalet.
Wyoming Guest Ranch

Red Reflet Valentine’s Day Dinner

 

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana

Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. They balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities.

Special Offer:

This Valentine’s Day celebration includes a barn dance, tasting menus, champagne pairings and complimentary Snowga. Extend your stay to four or six nights and receive a complimentary day of downhill skiing or a treatment in the Granite Spa.

  • All-inclusive rates include luxury accommodations, all gourmet meals, snacks, premium wine, beer and spirits (excluding reserve wines and liquor), on-ranch activities, daily children’s activities, guides and gear.
  • Weekend festivities include complimentary group yoga and Snowga, as well as tasting menus, a barn dance and champagne pairings.
  • Rates start at $1,600 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy, plus 20% Ranch Fee.
  • Minimum three-night stay, based on availability.
  • Book a 4-night stay to take advantage of the 2016 Ski & Spa Special.

 

Montana Guest Ranch

Valentine’s Day Celebration

So what are you waiting for surprise that special someone today and take advantage of these great guest ranch offers!

Happy Trails!

 

Beach Vacations vs Dude Ranch Vacations

January 17th, 2016 by Ashlie Dove

People spend their time dreaming about their upcoming vacations and all the exotic destinations they could possibly visit. There are many different choices and beach vacations are an extremely popular one. What can beat gorgeous weather, amazing sandy beaches and a crystal blue ocean? However, if you are looking for a more active holiday, a western dude ranch vacation is sure to get you the best value for your money. Here’s why a vacation at a Dude Ranch is sure to be more fun than a beach vacation:

Tourist Free Holidays

Nothing is worse than a lack of privacy or not getting enough peace and quiet when you are on a holiday. Spending your holiday at a Dude Ranch is the best way to avoid crowds of tourists and get some peace and quiet to yourself. Beaches are almost always crowded with hundreds of people. If you are hoping for a low-key holiday destination where you can just relax, a dude ranch holiday is the perfect option where you can socialize when you please and also find areas for quiet reflection.

Beach Vacation

Comfortable Weather

While a beach vacation is perfect while it’s sunny and you are enjoying yourself on the sand, you might be seeking some cooler temperatures in the evening. To make the most of the great weather, head over to a Dude Ranch for your holidays. In some locations, dude ranches are perfectly warm and cozy during the day but cooler in the evening so you can enjoy a nice brisk evening walk. If you visit a dude ranch in the Winter, you can take advantage of the beautiful snow white wonderland or temperate climates in locations such as Arizona.

Family Friendly

While there are many opportunities to have fun at the beach, children often get bored once they have finished building their sandcastles and playing in the ocean for the second day in a row. After that, children tend to complain about how sandy or how wet it is and want to go back home. Rest assured, Dude Ranches provide children a perfectly safe environment to play and have fun. In addition, Dude Ranches offer a wide range of awesome activities, such as hiking, swimming, horseback riding and rafting, which will not only keep the adults entertained but also the kids happy.

Incredible Views

Sure, nobody can deny a sunset on at a deserted beach is gorgeous but compare that to the experience of being so close to nature and even wildlife. If you truly want your vacation to be exotic, go for a ranch vacation. Not only does a ranch vacation guarantee you a better view but it also allows you to get closer to nature. Imagine going horseback riding alongside deer, moose and elks. It is really a fun way to spend some time appreciating and enjoying the wonders of nature.

dude ranch view

What’s better for socializing

On a beach vacation there are so many tourists jammed together that the most you really get to do is exchange a few words. At dude ranches, many often have family style dining where you will be sitting with the same guests for every meal. Also, you will most likely run into common faces while doing activities. It’s very common to form long lasting friendships from meeting at dude ranches.

dude ranch dining

Ready to try a dude ranch vacation? Be sure to check out the hundreds of ranches offering holidays on Ranchseeker.

Happy Trails

Adorable Mini Horses. Cuteness Overload

January 11th, 2016 by Ashlie Dove

Miniature horses do exist! While miniature horses are usually the size of a very small pony but many retain horse characteristics and are considered “horses” by their respective registries. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. Miniature horses are friendly and interact well with people and are often kept as pets. They are also trained as service animals to assist people with disabilities similar to guide dogs. They are generally quite hardy, often living longer on average than  full-sized horses with the average life span of miniature horses ranging from 25 to 35 years. Makes you want to get one of your own doesn’t it? Now get ready for some cuteness overload!

mini horse

A girls best friend

mini horse

Racing with the mini horse 

miniature horse

Teeny tiny mini horse

mini horse

Size means nothing to this mini horse 

Cat & mini horse

Best friends

 

mini horse

Easily fits into the front seat!

 

 

RanchSeeker Welcomes YD Guest Ranch

January 4th, 2016 by Ashlie Dove

Located in Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada this authentic dude ranch has been operating as a guest ranch for 70 years. Here you will find a rich history, rustic elegance, delicious food and signature “Cowboy Service”. There is lots to do while staying at the ranch so you can be as active as you want to be or simply kick back and relax. Kids love the ranch as they discover new adventures and enjoy being in the beautiful outdoors. It’s also the ideal venue for secluded corporate retreats or the perfect ranch wedding.

Horseback-riding

If you have ever dreamed of being a cowboy or cowgirl then this is the vacation destination for you. Horseback rides with experienced wranglers will take you along sun drenched dusty trails or through grassy fields with snow-capped mountain peaks off in the distance. You will feel transported back to a simpler time like the days when the pioneers and homesteaders used these very same trails to herd cattle. At the beginning of your vacation you will be matched up with the best horse to suit your riding experience level and then you and your new equine friend will enjoy trails that lead through rolling meadows and shaded trails lush with sagebrush, western hemlock trees, and towering Douglas fir and ponderosa pines. With two hour guided trips, all day guided trips and even overnight pack trips to choose from your dream of being a cowboy or cowgirl is bound to be fulfilled.

Horseback riding at YD

Horseback riding

Covered Wagon Trips

For those vacationers looking for a truly unique experience the ranch offers “Covered Wagon Trips”. Your first and last night will spent at the ranch and then once you have been matched up with a horse and feel confident in the saddle your wilderness horseback trip will begin. A master team driver will lead the covered wagon out early in the day. You can choose whether to ride in the wagon or on your horse with experienced guides to your first overnight destination. Camps are set up by YD crew members beside a little lake or a mountain stream and the wilderness kitchen provides delicious, hearty meals to enjoy around a blazing campfire. Guests have spacious private tents with cots, waterproof floors, and screen windows. Portable showers are available for your comfort, although the more adventurous wash away the days’ dirt in the creek – talk about invigorating! Be prepared to be “wowed” by this incredible adventure!

Covered Wagon Trips

Covered Wagon Trips

Other Ranch Activities

When not in the saddle YD Guest Ranch offers ATV and ARGO Touring adventures against the beautiful backdrop of the Cascade Mountains. Experienced guides will teach you all you need to know to get the most out of this exhilarating activity. A driver license is not required and minimum age of participant is 16 years old to drive own ATV. Helmets are provided. Other fun outdoor activities include archery hiking, and fly fishing. Guests also enjoy soaking in the hot tub after an action-packed day.

ATV and ARGO touring

ATV and ARGO Touring

Accommodations

You will experience down-home hospitality in an informal atmosphere that blends the creature comforts of home with a Western flair. Tastefully decorated, authentic Native Tipis, Cliffside miner tents (with Decks) and one beautiful Tree House are nestled privately between the aspen and fir trees. To preserve the quiet sanctuary and sounds of nature, the tents and Tipis do not feature wireless internet, televisions or phones. Take time to disconnect from your devices and reconnect with nature and your loved ones. For those that can’t completely disconnect there is free WiFi access, a guest phone, laptop and printer available in the main ranch lodge.

Miner tents

Miner tents

Dining

Most meals and social gatherings take place in the main ranch lodge. Here you will always find hot coffee and a friendly face. Meals consist of wholesome, hearty “western gourmet” fare with a variety of fruit, local produce, Montana beef and other fresh meats as well as tempting home-made breads and other goodies. Aside from dining in the lodge expect traditional cowboy cook-outs and BBQ’s. Special diets for food allergies or dietary restrictions can be accommodated within reason with advance notice. If you like a nip or two now and then be sure to bring your own since the ranch does not have a liquor license.

Home-cooked meals

Home-cooked meals

In a Nutshell

A YD Guest Ranch vacation offers the opportunity to try out new adventures, meet interesting new people, and enjoy delicious western gourmet food while staying in secluded peaceful accommodations.