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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.”

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

The Art of Dutch Oven Cooking at White Stallion Ranch

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

There is a science to this unique cooking method,

and after this workshop, you will be cooking in Cast Iron, just like Lewis and Clark.

Join the White Stallion Ranch for another cooking workshop from Sunday, March 12, – Thursday, March 16, 2017,

 or Tuesday, January 2 – Sunday, January  6  2018

 For Cooking and Outdoor Enthusiasts

If you’re a hiker, camper, fisherman, hunter or backyard enthusiast this is the perfect workshop for you. Have you ever wished you could cook your outdoor meals in a Dutch Oven, but had no idea where to begin?  Dave Lookingbill provides your education from start to finish. You will be taught everything you need to know: from building and controlling your fire, seasoning the Dutch Oven, recipes and techniques for cooking breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  There will be first-hand cooking experience for all, including demonstrations of techniques and tools.

Dave was born and raised in rural Idaho, where his mother instilled a love of good food and slow cooking in all of her children.  He had covered most of the American West as a wrangler and a farrier when he took a job at a Dude Ranch in Arizona over 40 years ago.  It was there he found a Dutch Oven and began experimenting with traditional recipes.  It wasn’t long before Dave was catering Western Events as a featured cook, and today his friends will tell you “There’s nothing he can’t make in a Dutch Oven…”

White Stallion Ranch

The Art of Dutch Oven Cooking

White Stallion Ranch’s Dutch Oven Cooking workshop leaves plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amenities of the ranch. Horseback riding, though not included in this workshop, may be purchased a la carte.  The ranch offers a heated pool, Redwood hot tub, fitness center, movie theater, recreation room, evening entertainment and guided hikes.

Your tuition includes;  a Margarita welcome party, 4 nights lodging, all meals, ranch activities, airport transfers from Tucson International Airport, four nights lodging and 3 days of cooking classes.

Double occupancy $1,100* per person  ~  Single occupancy $1,325*  

 including tax and service charge

Please call or send us an inquiry  for reservations

520.297.0252  or White Stallion Ranch

Don’t miss out this workshop fills up fast! Book today!

Workshop is Limited to 12 guests

to provide each student plenty of time with the Chef

Happy Trails!

 Be sure to let White Stallion Ranch know that you heard about the workshop through RanchSeeker.

Frost & Fire Winter Celebration at The Ranch at Rock Creek

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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  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 .This Valentine’s Day why not consider The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana

FROST & FIRE WINTER CELEBRATION

Book between February 14 and 21, 2017

Resist the urge to hibernate this winter. Getaway with friends, family or your sweetheart and delight in the snowy splendor of Big Sky Country. Over Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend, you can enjoy special seasonal offerings, including complimentary group yoga and Snowga, as well as gourmet tasting menus, a barn dance, a wood fire barbeque and a Valentine’s Day dinner. Spend your days skiing, skating, snowshoeing and snowmobiling and your nights relaxing by firelight or enjoying the Silver Dollar Saloon.

Montana Guest Ranch

Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend with your spouse, a family vacation over winter break or a ski weekend with a group of friends, our variety of accommodations and abundant snow sports allow you to tailor the celebration to your needs.

CELEBRATION DETAILS

  • Our 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, gear and round-trip ground transportation to and from Missoula, Butte and Anaconda airports upon request.
  • Weekend festivities include complimentary Snowga, as well as tasting menus, a barn dance and champagne tasting.
  • Rates start at $1,800 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy, plus 20% Ranch Fee.
  • Minimum three-night stay, based on availability.
Montana Guest Ranch

So what are you waiting for surprise that special someone today and take advantage of this great guest ranch special.

Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you find the ideal guest ranch vacation.

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

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

Happy Trails!