RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: The Three Bars Guest Ranch

July 30th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

For your next vacation why not consider visiting “Super Natural” British Columbia? There you will find the Three Bars Guest Ranch considered THE adventure guest ranch of the Canadian Rockies. Located just south of Banff, in Cranbrook, Three Bars specializes in 3 – 6 night all- inclusive riding and non- riding packages. The guest ranch, which is owned by the Beckley family, invite you to join them for the experience of a lifetime.

Here you will find an abundance of nature, clean, rushing water, green fields, and breathtaking mountain views. Three Bars offers one of the most complete adventure vacation packages available. There is a wide range of activities to choose from like horseback riding, hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, and tennis. Every day is a new adventure for you and your loved ones to experience!

Canadian Guest Ranch

Three Bars Guest Ranch

If you are a true city slicker and have never been on or near a horse don’t worry. Three Bars ranch offers horseback riding lessons for all of their guests and can accommodate all levels of experience. With over 110 head of horses their horse-to-guest ratio is over 2-to-1, which allows them to suit horses to each rider’s individual ability and experience level. While riding you will have the opportunity to roam over 75,000 acres.

At the end of the day a spacious log cabin awaits you where you can kick-back and relax on your porch while enjoying all the western charm that your cabin affords you. There are cabins suited for couples and families alike.  Aside from all of the modern amenities that are included there is also an indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and Jacuzzi ideal for soothing sore muscles after a long ride.

When you choose to vacation at Three Bars Ranch you are choosing to experience something more than just your regular vacation!

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

July 22nd, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

The next time you decide to pack your bags why not choose The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch for an all-inclusive up-scale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch vacation. Located in Shell, Wyoming, which is just east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park, this guest ranch receives no more than 25 guests per week from all over the world.

With access to 85 horses and a 1:1 staff guest ratio you will find that the owners and staff are actively involved with your well-being during your guest ranch vacation. In addition to riding, working cattle and fly-fishing, they offer an array of non-riding activities and adventures such as trapshooting, archery, canoeing, hiking, biking, 4×4 tours, and other exciting activities to fill your days.

While riding you will experience a unique variety of terrains, biodiversity, climates and scenery since elevations in this area range from 4,200 to 13,200 feet. And with close to 650,000 acres to explore you will seldom ride the same trail twice so be sure to bring your camera! The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is a Riding Guest Ranch with great horses for all levels of riders. Along with Quarter Horses and Paints the ranch also have a growing number of well-trained Mustangs for their guests to ride.

Wyoming Guest Ranch

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

The Hideout Guest Ranch & Lodge, though more of an adult orientated ranch, also welcomes families and is an ideal vacation choice for solo travellers. Many of the ranch’s guests are repeat vacationers. They come back because of the warmth of hospitality, the high-end pampering and excellent, healthy food created by their culinary schooled chef.

Accommodations include western-style log cabins that were built in 1992 and recently renovated guest casitas all of which feature your typical creature comforts from home. There is a swimming pond and hot tub for guests to use as well as emerald green lawns and well-lit pathways which connect to the main lodge. While staying at the ranch you will be treated to hearty Western fare and gourmet dinners and the view from the dining room, where meals are served, is simply spectacular!

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is open all year round and they offer many different rates and packages so you are bound to find a time of year and package that best suits your upcoming vacation needs.

Happy Trails!

The Ranch at Rock Creek’s Autumn Special

July 17th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Autumn is just around the corner and you won’t want to miss out on The Ranch at Rock Creek’s “Autumn Harvest Special” Located in Montana, a popular guest ranch destination, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the ideal dude ranch vacation choice for those looking for a western adventure situated in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys.

From October 15th-18th you will be treated to a weekend of Western entertainment and limitless outdoor recreational activities like wagon rides, geocaching, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, rodeo games, as well as the Little Grizzlies Kids Club with babysitting available.

Reconnect with nature and be inspired by breathtaking views from atop a horse at Top of The World or from the first cast on the banks of Rock Creek. Families, couples and solo travelers will find daily adventures for all ages and skill levels to fill their days.

Montana Guest Ranch

Autumn Special

Autumn Harvest Weekend Package Includes:

Friends of The Ranch

  • Previous guests who stay during Autumn Harvest Weekend receive $250 Granite Spa Credit

All-Inclusive

  • Luxury accommodations
  • All gourmet meals, snacks, premium wine, beer & spirits (excluding reserve wines & liquor)
  • On-ranch activities
  • Daily children’s activities
  • Guides & gear

Special Departure Gift

  • Take a piece of The Ranch home with your special parting gift

Round-Trip Aiport Transportation

  • A private ranch vehicle will provide complimentary airport ground transportation from Missoula, Helena, Butte & Bozeman

Rates start at $1,700 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy. Minimum three-night stay required, based on availability

 

Book your autumn vacation now and enjoy mountain luxury, western adventure, seasonal colours and local cuisine.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Spotted Horse Ranch

July 15th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Make Spotted Horse Ranch, located near Jackson Hole, top on your list for your next dude ranch vacation. You will find life laid-back at this Wyoming ranch where you will feel as if you have returned to a simpler time similar to the old west. The pace is different here- leisurely, comfortable and relaxing-but never boring!

Choose from fly-fishing, hunting, and a scenic float trip on the Snake River or white water rafting for the more adventurous traveler. For those guests who want to get a taste of the wilderness that surrounds the ranch there are overnight pack trips available. And of course, there are daily trail rides to choose from. Come experience thousands of acres of scenic forest lands. Don’t forget your camera as you will be treated to majestic mountain vistas and valleys of wildflowers all from atop one of Spotted Horse Ranch’s Appaloosa horses.

Wyoming Guest Ranch

Spotted Horse Ranch

Two nights a week during the summer months the ranch hosts evening cookouts. Live entertainment provided by local talent and the smell of steaks grilling over an open-fire will take you back to a time gone-by. There is also volleyball, ping-pong, square dancing and horseshoes to try your hand at while taking a break from the more energetic activities. For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, guests are taken to the local hot springs for a dip in the natural “hot tub.” There are even great hikes close by, so you can warm up a bit before, well, warming up!

Guests stay in comfortable individual cabins made of log featuring modern conveniences from home have spacious rooms with private baths and all embody the true spirit of the West. In the main lodge you’ll find the dining room that overlooks the Hoback River as well as a living-room with a beautiful rock fireplace and lounge. Other main features include a sauna, whirlpool, video library, and laundry facility.

Spotted Horse Ranch truly has something for everyone so make your next summer vacation a dude ranch vacation!

Happy Trails!

A Solo Traveller’s Guide to Dude Ranch Vacations

July 10th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

While the idea of traveling on your own may seem like a scary proposition, it’s actually one of the most thrilling experiences you’ll ever try. For starters, you get to spend more on yourself because you’re traveling on your own. You’ll also gain a powerful understanding of your own self now that you have time to be alone. If you’re sold to the idea of traveling alone, here’s a destination suggestion: dude ranches.

Single Dude Ranch Vacation

Why It’s Time to Saddle Up to a Dude Ranch

Unlike other vacation options out there, dude ranches provide single travellers with a lot of opportunities and benefits, including:

Become a Cowboy/Cowgirl Away from Judgmental Eyes – If you’ve been hesitating to live your childhood dream of becoming a cowboy or cowgirl, you don’t have to anymore. Dude ranches are the perfect place to giddy-up and be whoever you want to be without worrying about what others think. In fact, you get to interact with others who share the same dream, which is another perk of vacationing at a dude ranch.

Befriend Others who Share Your Passion – OnAt the ranch, you’re bound to come across individuals who love the Western culture, horse riding, and the beauty of nature just like you. Rest assured that you’ll be able to make friends for life there. You may even meet The One and return to the ranch for a romantic getaway later on.

Enjoy a Friendly, Family-Like Environment – Most dude ranches are run by their owners and their family members, which is why these facilities flaunt a friendly and intimate environment. In addition to offering group activities, you get to share your meals with others on at the ranch.

Connect with Yourself in Ample Privacy – If you need some ‘me’ time to revive your mind, body and spirit, this is the right place for you. Surrounded by Mother Nature’s masterpieces, these facilities offer you a spectacular view of the mountains, valleys or even the desert. You can head out there for some alone time or simply curl in your room or porch with a book.

Have Fun During Adult-Only Weeks – Many ranches host their own adult-only weeks, especially during the  Fall. During these special dates, you can enjoy a range of activities such as wine tastings, country dance classes, themed receptions and cookouts.

Where to Head During the 2015-2016 Season

If you’re planning on traveling alone during ranch season 2015-2016, consider the following options, especially since they don’t charge single supplements.

Crystals Waters Guest RanchNestled in British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin, this guest ranch on Crystal Lake is surrounded by scenic lakes, meadows and forests. Famed for its horseback riding and fly-fishing, the ranch invites you to enjoy its facilities for $199 with horseback riding or $145 without.

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

Tod Mountain Guest RanchAnother British Columbia ranch, Tod Mountain ranch is best known for its private cabin accommodation, home cooked meals, and hands-on horseback riding experience. To become part of the fun, opt for the Wrangler Experience Package (starting from $345 in summer and $325 in fall), Ranch Adventure Package (from $527 in summer and $455 in fall), or the 24-Hours Taster Package ($345 in July and August or $325 all other dates).

Tod Mountain Ranch

Free Rein Guest RanchIn the heart of British Columbia’s wilderness, the 285 acre Free Rein Guest ranch is perfect for those who seek a Canadian adventure. Winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the ranch can accommodate 12 guests. Book your own stay starting from $825 for three nights in May and October or $975 between June and September.

Free Rein Guest Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Idaho’s Western Pleasure Ranch promises a rustic vacation that is both comfortable and entertaining. For singles, the ranch offers an Adult Horsemanship Week. The five-night program, which is scheduled between September 6 -11, 2015, includes lodging, meals and activities including horseback riding and trail riding. Book your own slot for $1,250 plus tax right away.

Western Pleasures Ranch

Laramie River RanchThe century-old ranch at Glendevey, Colorado is renowned for its western hospitality as well as range of specialties including fly fishing and wildlife adventures. However, adults only are welcome between August 30 and September 13, 2015 for a minimum of $956 for three nights.

Laramie river ranch

Chilcotin Holidays Guest RanchSince the 1980s, this British Columbia based ranch has offered its visitors an all-natural experience. For solo travelers, Chilcotin Holidays offers its 10 Day Horse Assisted Hiking Trip on August 11-20 and the 7 Day Pack Trip on September 6-12, 2015. Women interested in enjoying a break are also welcome to the Autumn Cowgirl Getaway planned in October.

Chilcotin Holidays

So don’t worry about traveling on your own and get set to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.