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September 25th, 2017 by Ashlie Dove

Hello Everyone,

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Say “I do” at a Guest Ranch

July 20th, 2017 by Ashlie Dove

After the excitement of saying “yes” and picking the date, comes the often daunting task of choosing a wedding venue.  Every bride-to-be dreams of “the perfect wedding,” that will be as special and unique as the bridal pair themselves, on this never-to-be- forgotten day. With so many romantic wedding destinations to choose from, it can often be a difficult process to find just that perfect spot to tie the knot. Yes, tropical destinations are always popular, but why not think outside the box and consider choosing a guest ranch wedding where every wish and promise of a really wonderful wedding day can be fulfilled.

Guest Ranch weddings

Picture yourself and your loved ones in a rustic or luxurious western-style setting encompassed by breathtaking views of majestic mountains, lush woodlands, green meadows, or the hypnotic allure of a desert backdrop. Imagine saying your vows in front of family and friends surrounded by acres upon acres of pristine wilderness and natural beauty.  Instead of opting for a typical wedding venue at a big hotel or large event center, what could be better than a guest ranch wedding framed by awe- inspiring scenery to embark on married life? A day to look back on and fondly remember for always!

Your wedding can be as formal or as casual as you like and depending on the guest ranch it can either be a small intimate affair or a larger one. Either way you are guaranteed to create memorable moments that will last a lifetime. Since accommodations are on-site you will have plenty of opportunities to spend time with your loved ones after getting hitched especially if you choose to prolong your stay to take advantage of all of the activities and amenities available at the guest ranch of your choice. Nowadays, many couples choose guest ranches not only as their wedding venue but also as their honeymoon destination as well.

If you decide that a guest ranch wedding would be the ideal choice for you, the following guest ranches will help you discover the many advantages of staging your big day at a guest ranch.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, British Columbia, Canada 

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is recognized as a premiere guest ranch wedding destination in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, with twenty-two years of experience of hosting guests and special events from all parts of the world. Choose from a variety of ceremony settings including the Baan Thai pavilion, the outdoor covered barbeque area, outdoor decks, the hay barn, or in a forest or meadow setting.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

With two world class spas at your disposable (Western and Thai) you and your partner as well as your guests can pamper themselves before and after the ceremony. The ranch team will assist you with all of the planning that goes along with a wedding like decoration, flowers, a photographer and a wedding commissioner. Their goal is to make your wedding as stress-free as possible. After the ceremony feast upon a tailor-made farm fresh gourmet meal accompanied by a wedding cake made especially for you by their executive chef.

A wedding at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is truly a magical experience for more details download their wedding brochure.

 

Sundance Trails Guest Ranch, Colorado, USA 

If you are looking for a small, intimate venue that offers almost unlimited flexibility with a mountain, country inspired wedding theme then this Colorado guest ranch is the place for you. With a breathtaking backdrop of the surrounding Rocky Mountains and five distinct spaces to choose from (three of which can meet the needs of larger groups) Aspen Grove at Sundance Trail boasts outstanding views from every vantage point.

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Couples looking for a simple, rustic wedding venue will be delighted with the “Carriage House” option which combines a modern take on rustic barn style architecture and features two large barn doors that when opened look upon sublime vistas. Your wedding coordinator will help you choose the perfect location on the ranch for your romantic mountain ceremony and help you create a special, memorable event. Afterwards invite your friends and family to share an extended vacation with you at the ranch.

For more information and prices check out  Sundance Trail Guest Ranch’s wedding link

 

Red Reflet Ranch, Wyoming, USA 

A wedding at Red Reflet will awaken your senses. Awe-inspiring scenery combined with luxurious accommodations provide you and your partner with all of the grandeur that you’ve ever dreamt about for your special occasion. The ranch’s chalets, which are equipped with a fully stocked kitchen and private hot tub, are ideal for creating a romantic setting for after the wedding ceremony.

Red Reflet Ranch

Red Reflet Ranch’s staff will help you manage every last detail and enable you and your guests to be fully present during your event.  A wedding at this Wyoming guest ranch is intimate, exquisite and spectacular!

For more information check out Red Reflet Ranch’s wedding link

 

Heart-stirring scenery coupled with western hospitality will guarantee that your guest ranch wedding will become a cherished memory for you and your guests.

 

Let RanchSeeker  help you find your ideal guest ranch wedding location or guest ranch vacation!

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Blue Ribbon Fly-Fishing Special at The Ranch at Rock Creek

April 20th, 2017 by Ashlie Dove

When thinking of booking a guest ranch vacation horseback riding is what usually jumps to mind; however, aside from experiencing life from atop a horse there are always lots of other fun activities to choose from as well. Avid fishermen and ‘newbies’ to the sport may be surprised to learn that the fishing opportunities at several guest ranches is quite special indeed. The Ranch at Rock Creek is no exception. Situated in a pristine valley, this Montana guest ranch offers year-round vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. With a capacity of up to 125 guests during the summer, accommodations range in size from one-bedroom suites to five-bedroom homes. Guests will also find themselves wowed by world-class ranch cuisine during their stay.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

If you are yearning to fill your days with exceptional fly-fishing then The Ranch at Rock Creek  has the ideal 4 night 2017 Fly Fishing Adventure package just for you. For your non-angler travel companions a ranch ambassador will be on-hand to assist in planning a fun-filled vacation itinerary that includes other outdoor activities as well as time in the Granite Spa if so desired.

*The following information has been shared from The Ranch at Rock Creek’s website*

Book a four-night stay between April 1 and June 4 or September 5 and October 31, 2017 and receive over $1,000 in additional value.

Experience spectacular fishing and scenery on Montana’s best waterways. This special offer can be tailored to suit anglers of all experience levels. It includes daily casting lessons, a fly tying workshop, a complimentary full-day float and a complimentary off-ranch fishing excursion, as well as our standard all-inclusive amenities.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Special Inclusions

One (1) complimentary full-day float trip ($550 value)

Spring: Float trip on 14 miles of Rock Creek

Fall: Float trip on the Bitterroot or Blackfoot rivers

One (1) complimentary full-day, off-Ranch Rock Creek fishing excursion ($450 value)

Fly Tying Workshop and fly selection tips

Daily individual casting lessons

All gear and guides provided

Watch our fly fishing video 

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Offer Details

Rates start at $1,800 per accommodation, per night based on standard occupancy, plus 20% Ranch Fee.

Offer valid on new reservations only for travel between April 1 and June 6 and September 5 and October 31, 2017, based on availability.

A four (4) night minimum stay is required. Offer is not combinable with other offers and promotions.

Standard RC Inclusions: luxury accommodations; all meals; premium wine, beer, spirits and other beverages; a selection of gear and guided on-ranch activities; round-trip transportation to and from Missoula, Butte and Anaconda airports upon request.

Be sure to mention that you heard about this 4 night 2017 Fly Fishing Adventure package first through RanchSeeker.

Let RanchSeeker  help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation today!

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New Haven Working Cattle & Guest Ranch

April 14th, 2017 by Ashlie Dove

From May through October join this family owned and operated Wyoming working ranch for a truly unique vacation and experience what a true western lifestyle is all about. With a maximum of 10 guests at a time guarantees that your vacation will entail a more individual experience.  Immerse yourself in the day to day operation of the ranch as well as take part in various other ranch activities. Since the goal of the ranch is one of sustainability New Haven mimics the grazing behaviour of large migrating buffalo herds which historically roamed the prairies. This means lots of time in the saddle since frequent cattle moves are necessary.

Wyoming working ranch

As well as working cattle on the ranch’s own property New Haven also works cattle on their neighbour’s properties. Here, you won’t find head-to-tail riding but rather more authentic horseback riding opportunities. When not moving livestock or checking reservoir fences you can learn how to rope, practice team penning or simply go on a scenic trail ride and marvel at the wide-open spaces and abundant wildlife. As each day passes you will feel as if you have traveled back in time to a simpler way of life.

At the beginning of your stay you will be matched up with 2 horses both of which will become your working partner for the week and guests are encouraged to get involved in the training aspect as well. Riders must be at least 16 years old and physically fit and willing to learn in order to handle demanding work and terrain at times. Experienced riders will love the many varied challenging rides at New Haven. You might just find yourself climbing up a steep canyon wall, crossing creek bottoms or going after a stray at a full canter. Not to mention trying your luck at cutting in the arena, roping livestock and going on a night ride.

Wyoming working ranch

Situated on the grounds of an old ghost town where over 150 years ago the first settlers, called “homesteaders”, came to the area, you will discover old buildings and machinery found all over the ranch. Life was difficult back then and the small farmers were up against a rough climate, down-and-dirty cattle barons, hostile Indian tribes and the depression of the early 20th century. Many gave up and left. Today you can explore the area and imagine what life must have been like so many years ago.

Wyoming working ranch

Old ghost town

At the end of the day settle into one of 5 comfortable rustic bedrooms in the lodge or bed down in the cabin. A furnace and wood stove will keep you warm when needed and central air conditioning cool on more humid nights. Soothe tired muscles in the outdoor hot tub and gaze upon a star studded sky or play a round of pool with fellow guests or simply kick back on the balcony with a view of the Missouri Buttes. Feeling adventurous? Ride your horse down to the lake and stay in a tipi for a night or two. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Feast on hearty home-cooked meals served buffet style in the lodge or ready packed for the trail. Weather permitting once a week guests are treated to a BBQ by the lake. Aside from horse related and working ranch activities guests can try their hand at pistol and rifle shooting or trap shooting. Also swimming/boating/fishing in and on the ranch’s lake as well as hiking and wildlife watching opportunities are available. Schedule permitting guests can even attend a rodeo, Western dances and horse sales. And you definitely won’t want to miss out on the ranch’s organized trip to Devil’s Tower during your stay.

Wyoming working ranch

New Haven lake

This summer book your vacation at New Haven Working Cattle & Guest Ranch and see why many guests choose to come back year after year.

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation today!

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Riding the Range Cowboy Style!

April 6th, 2017 by Ashlie Dove

The following article 1st appeared in Ranch & Reserve Magazine’s 2017 3rd  issue

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam  and the deer and the antelope play……

Almost everyone even remotely acquainted with western folklore is familiar with this refrain from a classic American folk song, “Home on the Range” written in the early 1870’s by  Dr. Brewster M. Higley.   Later on the original verses were slightly modified, set to music and recorded by various big-name singers, Bing Crosby being the first in 1933 and later by Frank Sinatra and Burl Ives.   Home on the Range has since become the unofficial anthem of the American west and the State song of Kansas.  This paen to a “cowboy’s life” also happened to be President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s favourite song.

Montana Guest Ranch

Riding the range

Home on the Range’s popularity with its images of the old wild west still resonates with die-hard riding enthusiasts and city slickers alike who relish the thought of a truly authentic western experience of long days riding the range, herding cattle and sleeping out under a canopy of stars.  What could be more exciting to a real western aficionado or a relatively newbie to horseback riding than the adrenalin-rush of riding outdoors on the range, honing equestrian skills and the joy of living a dream.

The good news is that this isn’t just something to dream about since various working ranches offer a limited number of guests the experience of being part of the daily ranch routine of actively riding the range, moving and herding cattle under the expert guidance of family owners and ranch hands.

One such ranch is Horses N Courage, which warmly welcomes guests to its Big Sky back-country spread at Sawmill Canyon south of the Snowy Mountains in Martinsdale, Montana.  Horses N Courage is a rustic working guest ranch which truly evokes the spirit of Home on the Range, owing to the deer, elk and antelope population along with moose, coyotes and bears that inhabit their breathtaking 2,000 acre private range land with its wide open pastures, rolling hills and high mountain views.

Montana Guest Ranch

Horses N Courage

Family owned and operated by Kent and Sarah Hereim since 1997, this working cattle ranch offers 4 day/3 nights riding packages, consisting of range riding on the property of up to 6 hours daily in the saddle according to comfort level and expertise, herding or moving cattle across different terrains and streams.   In addition, there is hiking, wildlife photography or soaking in the nearby White Sulphur Springs.  You can also practice dummy roping skills.

The ranch can accommodate up to 8 guests in four comfortable tents, each containing two cots, sleeping bags, warm blankets, lantern, table, chair and wash bowl. An immaculately clean outdoor toilet and shower are close at hand.

Hearty down-home meals are ranch-prepared and eaten in a communal dining tent.  At night, a campfire and ‘smores add to the western ambience after a hard day in the saddle before tumbling into bed in your cosy tent.  As a BYOB ranch, guests are advised to bring their own alcohol and that smoking is not permitted in tents or on the trails.  There is no wifi or cell phone access thereby providing an “off the grid” break from the cares of normal city life to better focus on the spectacular Montana surroundings and a chance to truly reconnect with nature.

Guests are welcomed at Horses N Courage ranch during the beautiful Montana summer months when the weather is usually warm, dry and sunny. Rustic Working Ranch Riding Vacations are offered on these dates, June 28 – July 1st      (8 spots available) and August 24-27 (4 spots available). For more information please contact the ranch about this and other innovative packages available.

Horses N Courage Ranch provides extensive range riding activities and outdoor camping for a really different, fun kind of ranch vacation. No frills but plenty of thrills!

 

I was born under a wanderin’ sky, wheels are made for rollin’ and mules are made to pack, I’ve never seen a sight that didn’t look better looking back…..

Written for the musical, Paint Your Wagon in 1951 by Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe, this beloved western song exemplifies the spirit of a roving cowboy, always saddling up and moving onto someplace else, such as New Mexico, where the next working ranch is located.

D. H. Lawrence wrote, “I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had.”

Known for its dramatic landscapes of plains, mountains, plateaus and desert grasslands, it’s not difficult to understand the impact New Mexico had on the renowned English novelist, who made Kiowa Ranch in Taos (now known as the D.H. Lawrence Ranch and a popular tourist attraction) his home during the early 1920’s where he wrote The Plumed Serpent.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch lies in the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains at an elevation of 4,200 feet, about 40 miles from Roswell, the city of UFO fame, in the sunny arid climate of southeastern New Mexico.   Burnt Well has a long and colourful history of cattle breeding that goes back to the family’s patriarch, Ivan Chesser, who purchased the property in 1950.  Current owners and operators are his son Kim, wife Patricia and their 3rd and 4th generation family. The Chesser family are so passionate about ranching and their way of life, it prompted them to open up the ranch in 2002 to guests wanting to immerse themselves in the lifestyle and daily operation of a working ranch.

New Mexico working ranch

Burnt Well Guest Ranch

The ranch mainly uses quarter horses and not a regular dude string.  Avid horse riders will be pleased to learn there is no nose to tail riding at Burnt well.  Open pasture riding is the norm, unless you opt for a mountain trail ride for your day trip during the 6-day package. Overnight campouts are available as are all types of cattle work depending on the season. Riding and roping lessons are offered to interested guests.

Cattle drive packages are the crème de la crème for physically healthy, adventurous adults, who love to ride, sleep out under the stars, rough it a little and take home never-to-be-forgotten bucket list memories.  This year’s Chisum Challenge Cattle Drive is from October 2-8, 2017.                       For details, please refer to the ranch website.

Ranch dining is good, wholesome food, be it Mexican-themed fare or lots of “cowboy cuisine” such as brisket, chicken fried steak, grilled steak, lamb chops and plenty of country-type cooking served family-style in the main ranch house or outside around the campfire.  The meat served at Burnt Well is Chesser’s own natural beef and lamb….all superbly prepared by Patricia, who can sometimes be persuaded to entertain guests after dinner with her fiddle playing. Occasionally, local musicians are on hand to add to the general merriment.

Guest ranch lodging consists of a comfortable hacienda containing two bedrooms each with its own private bathroom; one bedroom can accommodate a family of 6, the other a family of 4.  There is also a great room, pool table, kitchenette, laundry room, separate bath & horse trough shower (called the privy) and a hot tub on the porch. Guests are allowed to bring their own beverages to consume on the premises.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is open all year to guests and exudes typical western hospitality with generous, caring hosts who strive to make their guests feel like family.  The ranch offers an exciting array of daily riding activities, packages and the chance of a lifetime to participate fully in the general routine of a genuine working ranch in beautiful New Mexico.

New Mexico working ranch

Live the life of a cowboy

Both of these working ranches offer exceptional opportunities to realize a truly special dream vacation where you get to enjoy a hands-on experience of what a working cowboy’s life is all about and if you’re really lucky, you might even catch a glimpse one moonlit, starry night of galloping ….♫Ghost Riders in the Sky….. and the sound of…..  ♫Yippie yi ooh, Yippie yi yay….. fading into the distance as you fall blissfully asleep.

By guest author Sheilan Dove

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