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It’s Spring Time at the Ranch!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

The following article 1st appeared in Ranch & Reserve Magazine’s Vol 2 Issue 2  Author: Sheilan Dove

As winter slowly slips away and slushy snow still drips down city drains, thoughts of spring eagerly come to mind with its promise of warmer days, trees blossoming and newly-born lambs and foals gambolling among wild-flowered meadows.  And nowhere could it be better or more beautiful than at a guest ranch to welcome this time of hope and rebirth and experience the wonders of a seasonal shift, which calls to all of us on some ancient primeval level.

As Mark Twain famously said, “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

A spring break vacation is the ideal time to give way to all these feverish  yearnings and dare to do something different, unexpected and exhilarating  by heading off to a guest ranch with your family or loved one, friends or fellow students to satisfy that inner wish, that ache to feel gloriously alive at this time of awakening and renewal.  To become totally aware of your existence in the here and now with a giddy, heady sense of anticipation of exciting things about to happen as you herald the advent of spring.

Spring break vacation

A guest ranch vacation is guaranteed to fulfil all the senses; that joyous feeling of well-being and sudden adrenaline rush as you try something new or perhaps do something you already love, such as exploring the neighbouring terrain of a ranch by horseback and drinking in the breathtaking landscape vistas that Mother Nature so generously provides.  A guest ranch vacation is a golden opportunity to have adventurous fun-filled days, whether riding the trails, tubing, rafting and hiking or taking advantage of the many other activities that guests can enjoy when not in the saddle.  The cheerful camaraderie of mingling with other guests at dinner and afterward…. the utter bliss of sleeping deeply and well within the quiet peacefulness of the ranch property after a healthy day spent outdoors.

The following guest ranches are just three examples of the many ranches situated in stunning locations ideally suited for that super-special spring break vacation that will satisfy your heart’s longing to do something truly out of the ordinary this coming spring.

 

The White Stallion Ranch  in Tucson, Arizona is proud of being awarded the No. 1 spot out of 129 properties in the area for six consecutive years.  This well-known, spectacular 50 year old ranch of Hollywood fame is set in unspoiled desert, cacti and rugged mountainous terrain and is the perfect place to enjoy a memorable spring break vacation.  Owned and managed by three generations of the True family, this traditional dude ranch is carefully blended with the service and amenities associated with a fine resort.

Arizona Guest Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

In addition to its exceptional riding program and varied trail rides designed to suit adults and children at all skill levels, the ranch also offers an array of activities such as rock climbing, hiking, a weekly performance rodeo, tennis, basketball, swimming, rec room games and a movie theatre plus evening entertainment and a bar.  Children in particular are encouraged to experience the freedom and love of nature, with access to many outdoor physical activities and a petting zoo.

The comfortable, spacious and well- appointed 43 guest rooms situated throughout the White Stallion Ranch all come with private patios and are designed to accommodate families and couples plus there’s  a four-bedroom separate Hacienda available for small groups.  According to the ranch website, an appreciative guest commented:

The accommodations are beautiful western-themed casitas with views of mountains, gardens and of course the horses.”

White Stallion Ranch provides a variety of delicious meal options to please most palates with a cooked-to-order breakfast menu and continental-style buffet. Lunch and dinner buffets satisfy hearty appetites with an appetising array of dishes. Tasty snacks and hot and cold drinks are available throughout the day.

White Stallion Ranch is a one-of-a-kind ranch resort, especially at spring time when the desert daytime temperature is refreshingly cool and fragrant.

 

Coffee Creek Ranch , founded in 1900, is surrounded by a beautiful National Forest and the Trinity Alps wilderness area in Northern California and sits at an elevation of 3,068 feet. The guest ranch exudes a taste of southern-type hospitality and old west culture with an expansive list of amenities to entertain guests along with its unparalleled horseback trails.

Owing to its wilderness location, Coffee Creek Ranch is an ideal vacation for those wishing to reconnect with nature and “get off the grid” since the electricity is ranch-generated and switched off between midnight and 7.00am.

Boasting a “a real cowboy experience” as one happy guest wrote, there are two rides per day divided by ability level with access to 510 miles of  stunning true wilderness scenery.

California Guest Ranch

Coffee Creek Ranch

Amenities include a swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center with gym/workout room and a bar/lounge area. The adjacent Coffee Creek is an excellent fly fishing stream for trout and tubing expeditions.  Hiking and mountain bike riding in the wild Trinity wilderness can be arranged for the more active guests.  Additional activities include badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, table tennis, pedal boating or basketball.  Guests can also test their skill at the archery and rifle range.

Accommodations consist of 16 spacious, rustic and comfortable cabins; food is ample, fresh from the garden and superbly prepared by Ruth, owner and chef of Coffee Creek Ranch.

The Coffee Creek guest ranch offers a unique opportunity to visit an outstanding protected wilderness area with all the comforts of home.

 

Sundance Guest Ranch  is close to Ashcroft, the site of many a western movie, in ‘Supernatural Beautiful British Columbia’ among sage-brush speckled high desert hills and sandstone hoodoos just 4 hours from Vancouver, Canada.  The ranch has a herd of over 100 well-groomed horses for daily trail rides to explore the semi-arid desert terrain and sprawling valley grasslands.  Horse and rider are carefully matched to optimize each guest’s riding experience.

One satisfied guest from Italy recently reported, “A beautiful location with helpful wranglers/staff. The riding was pitched just right for us with responsive characterful horses.”                                                                                        salinascape10 reviewer

Other outdoor activities include sunny decks, heated swimming pool, an authentic horseshoe set, walking and hiking trails.  Indoors, there’s a games room, billiards room and a movie lounge to add to guests’ enjoyment.  And yes, a registered massage specialist is on hand to soothe away any aches and pains.

British Columbia Guest Ranch

Sundance Guest Ranch

Dining is a special event at Sundance and the food doesn’t disappoint starting with the breakfast buffet and daily morning specials, such as eggs benny and French toast and after that to set menus for lunch and dinner of maybe classic charcoal-grilled steaks and hamburgers to more sophisticated international cuisine. The dining room is licenced with a fine wine list and overlooks the pastures where the horses graze at night and gallop freely….truly a sight to behold, photograph and cherish. The ranch has an adults-only BYOB lounge for after dinner socializing, especially on a Friday or Saturday night, the place of some legendary parties, and a weekly country-rock DJ dance every Saturday.

Accommodations vary from well-maintained standard to king size rooms and come with private full bathrooms, air-conditioning and comfortable beds. All the rooms are on one level and accessed by a covered boardwalk.

Sundance Guest Ranch is a highly recommended and very popular Canadian guest ranch destination for an unforgettable adventurous spring break vacation.

So…. dust off your riding boots and cowboy hat and make plans to celebrate this year’s spring break at an amazing ranch locale whether it’s the Arizona desert, the high North Californian wilderness or the picturesque semi-arid interior of British Columbia.

As Mark Twain might have put it, “It’s all there folks, just waiting for y’all.”

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Join us at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch for a Family Vacation or Reunion during the Spring or Summer!

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

This blog is being re-shared from Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch blog 

We open in March and the weather is lovely here in the spring with lots of warm sunny days and very low chance of precipitation. Unlike many places in the country, the weather here at the ranch is typically dry: Perfect for your spring break family vacation or reunion.

Summer weather is also lovely. We are located in the mountains at 6,500 feet elevation. Days are pleasantly warm and nights cool down to around 60 degrees. We love to wade and swim in the creek during the summer!

New Mexico Guest Ranch

Here is what you can expect during a stay at our ranch:

-Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a Small Family Run Ranch. We have only 4 cabins and take a maximum of 12-16 guests. Because of this we are able to give our guests more personal attention. You tell us what you want your family’s time at the ranch to be like!

-This is a great place to spend Quality Time with your Family having FUN! In today’s busy world it can be hard for families to find time to spend together. Everyone has their own schedule and often it is not even possible to have a meal together. At our small ranch, families spend their time together: you will ride horses, eat meals together, relax around a campfire, hike, swim in the creek, play games, line dance, and make memories together that will last a lifetime!

-Explore Nature: We are located in the middle of the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest. This is a great place for families to escape the hustle and bustle of town and city life. Wildlife is plentiful here including large herds of elk, many types of birds, mule deer, javelina, eagles, and much more.  It is a great place to learn about and experience the beauty of our natural world. We love sharing our knowledge of the flora, fauna and wildlife with our guests! And the scenery you will see by horseback is unparalleled: deep canyons with crystal clear spring fed stream running through them, mountain overlooks, open meadows, ponderosa forests- the variety is endless.

-Go Back in Time and Learn about the History of the Area: The Mimbres people were in this area from 200-1150 AD. Right in our area there are remains of pit houses, cliff dwellings and pictographs (rock paintings) that we take our guests to explore. You can even find 1,000 year old pottery shards and sometimes arrowheads! (All artifacts must be left where they are). This is unique because these archeological sites are not part of a National Park and there will be no one else there! Later, the Chiricahua Apaches were also in this area and Geronimo’s birthplace is within 15 miles of our ranch! Even more recently Cowboys and Basque Sheepherders stayed in the area and made shelters which remain today. There is also evidence of Tin Mining from the 1930’s and 40’s.

New Mexico Guest Ranch

–Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a great place for a Small Family Reunion! If there are between 8-16 people in your group you will have the ranch to yourselves and our undivided attention!

Happy Trails!

 

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch A 4 Season Ranch

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Located in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado you will find Sundance Trail Guest Ranch a family owned and operated ranch 100 miles NW of Denver. Open all year round this ranch is ideal for your next family vacation and offers dude ranching at its best.

Fall, winter and spring are Bed & Breakfast Mountain Lodge seasons at the ranch where you will find lodging, meals and morning horseback rides. These times of year are a bit quieter than the more activity packed summer months.

Colorado Guest Ranch

Guests are welcome to come for one or two nights, or for a week and during these months the ranch is also pet friendly. Be sure to ask for the ranch’s list of “common-sense rules” and “Special Notes” regarding your four-legged family members.

During this time period guests enjoy a quiet retreat away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life. Some couples find this to be the perfect romantic guest ranch get-away for elopement weddings and the ideal destination for a honeymoon. Fill your days horseback riding the trails of the Roosevelt National Forest, indulging in an array of spa treatments, stargazing from the Jacuzzi, swapping stories in front of a Colorado Mountain Lodge fireplace or simply enjoying a great book on a sunny porch. If you ae traveling as a group of between 8-12 people the ranch can arrange Country Inn Murder Mystery Weekends. What fun!

Colorado Guest Ranch

Summer months at Sundance Trail provide a ranch vacation lifestyle that can be compared to summer camp. Remember how much fun summer camp used to be? You will find a plethora of activities and outdoor adventures to choose from that can be enjoyed by the whole family on your 7 day/6 night or 4 day/3 night vacation. With structured activities and unstructured time to explore or relax you can be as busy as you want or simply enjoy doing nothing for a couple of hours. With a “Colorado Horseback Riding” theme guests can ride every day if they want to or choose from lots of other fun activities as well like:

 

  • hiking
  • white water rafting
  • professional rock climbing lessons
  • fun family fishing in nearby lakes (cutthroat trout)
  • serious fly fishing on the nearby “Wild and Scenic” Cache La Poudre River (rainbow & brown trout)
  • horse shoes
  • target and trap shooting (with instruction and careful supervision!)
  • evening campfires (s’mores!)
  • cowboy singing and poetry
  • professional massage and Jacuzzi
  • and for little ones children’s programs.

Colorado Guest Ranch

Accommodations include cozy mountain lodge and cabin suites for up to seven families or twenty-four guests. Mealtimes at the ranch are always special whether it’s cookouts, steak barbecues, lunch on the trail or picnicking under the pines. The ranch serves up excellent fare. Meals are Colorado hearty western, served family style, with home- made breads and desserts… always delicious. If you have any dietary restrictions the ranch kitchen is always very flexible and happy to accommodate with advance notice.

So as you can see no matter what time of year you choose to getaway Sundance Trail Guest Ranch can meet your vacation needs.

Happy Trails!

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Don’t Miss out on Southern Cross Guest Ranch’s Specials

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Southern Cross Guest Ranch, considered “One of America’s Best Dude Ranches” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, features quality All-Inclusive vacations in a horse lover’s paradise. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program with unguided riding opportunities, and is also home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. Conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland and within an hour’s drive from Atlanta the ranch prides itself in providing good old southern hospitality, delightful accommodations, delectable cuisine and stimulating activities all year round. Here you will rediscover life’s more simple pleasures. Now for a limited time only the ranch is offering 3 guest ranch vacation specials:

Just $89/person/night – All-Inclusive with 2x Daily Riding 

Lowest rates of the year! All-Inclusive meals and riding 2x daily- from just $89 per person per night! For new reservations January 1 – February 16, 2017! 

When you’re located south of the Mason-Dixon Line, you can stay open 12 months a year, and we’ve got a super special for those who like to get a riding vacation in during Georgia’s very mild winter months. A limited number of Category 2 rooms (king-sized bed, private bath) are available starting at $89 per person per night, (rate based on double occupancy, 5 or more nights). 3 or 4-night stays are also available for $97/person/night or $105/person/night, respectively.

For single-occupancy just add $23/night. Category 3 room upgrades (better views, larger rooms) are available for an additional $10 per person per night.

Promo Code: COZY89

Expires: Jan 31, 2017*

 

Georgia Guest Ranch

Southern Cross Guest Ranch

BOOK 2017 NOW at 2016 Rates or Below!

Here’s a limited-time offer: Southern Cross Ranch is about to move to their 2017 rate schedule, but from now until January 31, they are offering 2016 year rates for new 2017 reservations! And for certain dates next year, there is an ADDITIONAL 15% discount off the 2016 rates for any NEW reservations in the following 2017 dates:

Feb 23 – Mar 15 (excluding Mar 3-4)

May 30 – June 9

July 8 – Aug 31

Sept 5- Sept 14

Dec 3 – Dec 18

This is a rare opportunity to enjoy one of America’s most popular guest ranches during some of the most popular dates, and to save some money, too! Book by Jan 23rd to lock in these savings!

Promo Code: DEAL16

Expires: Jan 23, 2017*

 

Two Free Nights in 2017 

Get TWO nights FREE when booking 5-nights or longer (starting at $780/person)

 

All dates in 2017 except: Mar 20 – Apr 29 and Oct 1 – 21.

The 5-night All-Inclusive rate is already a multi-night discount, but you can upgrade to a full week for FREE.  Or, pay for 7-nights or longer on the weekly rate and stay 2 more nights FREE.

Promo Code: 2FREE

Expires: Feb 28, 2017*

Specials above may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Advance reservations required, limited number of rooms, valid for new reservations only. Book early – not guaranteed until booked as some dates may no longer be available before expiration date. For reservations, call 706-342-8027

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Happy Trails!

Winter Fun at a Guest Ranch

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Winter is upon us and although the temperature has dropped considerably in many destinations it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider adding a dude ranch vacation to your holiday plans. In fact, wintertime means that there are lots of new adventures to be experienced and enjoyed with friends and loved ones. Guest ranches are an excellent option to consider when booking your winter wonderland escape. Though several guest ranches do close down during this period there are many that stay open all year round and they offer a diverse range of activities to choose from. Also, keep in mind that some of the more southerly located ranches experience very mild winters and may be more suited to those who would rather avoid cooler temperatures and snow. Here are a few  guest ranches that offer winter snow vacation packages:

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake, British Columbia, Canada 

When winter hits the region in late November the ranch is covered by a snowy blanket and it becomes a playground for winter enthusiasts. Guests who stay at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch during this time can choose from a list of fun outdoor activities or they can simply curl up with a good book in their private log cabin that resides on the shores of Crystal Lake. For those seeking to enjoy the outdoors there are snowshoes available which provides a wonderful opportunity to follow the tracks of the region’s bountiful wildlife. Fishermen will love the peace and quiet found sitting by a hole in the ice with their fishing pole and horse lovers will be thrilled riding through snow-powdered plains. Then, after a fun-filled day of exploring join other guests by a roaring fire and share the day’s experiences while sipping on a hot drink or perhaps take in a sauna.

BC Guest Ranch

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

If you feel the need for speed you can bring your own snowmobile or let the ranch help you organize a rental to use during your stay. There are lots of exciting places to explore. Plus during the winter Crystal Lake provides a great surface for ice-skating or playing ice hockey. If you are looking for a more peaceful activity cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are an excellent way to explore this Winter Wonderland. Downhill ski enthusiasts and snow-boarders will love the close proximity of the ranch to Sun Peaks Mountain known throughout the world for its light, dry, “Champagne Powder.” Here you can also find Heli Skiing/Snow-boarding at its best! Plan on getting up early to make a day of it so that you can be back in the evening to enjoy sitting by the fire.

Canadian Guest Ranch

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana  

New Year’s Eve in Montana

Start the New Year with an exciting snow-filled adventure. Delight in the gourmet meals, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, ice skating, snowmobiling and midnight fireworks. Enjoy artisan cocktails, live music, dancing and karaoke in the Silver Dollar Saloon while you greet 2017 with the best Western Montana has to offer.

Montana Guest Ranch

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Frost & Fire Winter Celebration

Make the most of your mid-winter break by flying to alpine Montana, where you can traverse the snowy landscape by snowshoe, skate, ski or snowmobile. This Valentine’s Day celebration includes a Big Sky Love Tasting Menu and a champagne and oyster bar. The week’s frosty activities, like downhill skiing, snowga and sleigh rides, are coupled with fire-grilled meats, a barn dance and a brewfest.

Montana Guest Ranch

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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Sandpoint, Idaho: 

Located on 1100 acres, you will be treated to true western hospitality while surrounded by the scenic beauty of North Idaho while staying at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. During the winter months you can choose from 5 different packages as the guest ranch is transformed by a blanket of white snow.

Log Cabin or Lodge Room Getaway Schweitzer Ski Packages:

This all-inclusive ski package includes two nights lodging for two in one of their cozy, log cabins or lodge rooms, one day of skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride for two, and a hearty ranch breakfast served in the main lodge for two mornings.

Idaho Guest Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Snowmobile Package:

If you are looking for adventure then this package is for you! Come enjoy the grandeur of the back country wilderness by snowmobile. You will experience two evenings of comfort in either a cozy lodge room or one of our private log cabins. Your stay at Western Pleasure will also include a hearty ranch breakfast.

Spa Package:

For those of you who are looking for a relaxing winter get-a-way, try this spa package. Your stay will begin with a sleigh ride and accommodations that include two nights in a modern rustic log cabin or choose one of their spacious guest rooms. Both mornings include a hearty ranch breakfast. Indulge yourself in a day of absolute pampering while you enjoy the services and beautiful facility at the Spa at Seasons in Sandpoint. Your “Time Together” package will include (2) 50-Minute Massages and (2) Spa Pedicures.

Idaho Guest Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Cross-Country Ski Package:

If you want to get out and enjoy the snow, but are looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the ski mountain this is the package for you. Two nights lodging for two, your own private horse drawn sleigh ride and a hearty ranch breakfast served in the lodge is only part of what this package has to offer.

Fat Bike Package

Are you looking for a new winter adventure? Have you tried fat bikes? A fatbike (also called fat bike or fat-tire bike) is an off-road bicycle with oversized tires designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow. This package includes two nights lodging for two, your own private horse drawn sleigh ride and a hearty ranch breakfast served in the lodge each morning.

Idaho Guest Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

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As you can see there is lots to do at a guest ranch during the winter months. From sleigh-rides, skiing and snowmobiling to spa treatments, yoga classes and wine tastings you are sure to find the ideal guest ranch for you and your family and friends!

Happy Trails!

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