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Winter Dude Ranch Vacations

11/27/2014 11:44:02 AM

Enjoy the Cold Season in a Rustic Setting of a Dude Ranch

If you want to enjoy the beauty of winter in a setting different from home, you’ll be glad to know that dude ranches are open during the colder season. In addition to allowing you to watch the falling snow while cozying up with a loved one in front of the fire, ranches open in winter host a different set of winter activities like snow-shoeing, ice skating and horseback riding through snow. So if you’re sold to the idea of heading to a dude ranch this winter, here are three great options you should seriously consider.

#1) Echo Valley Ranch and Spa Nominated as TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice, Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is nestled in the mountains of British Columbia. A few hours away from Vancouver, the ranch is an all-natural treat where Canadian wildlife grazes peacefully around and the mountain spring water reflects the same purity as the air. On the inside, the rooms are warm and comfortable while the exclusive Royal Suite promises privacy and total relaxation. However, if you’d rather stay at a cabin, you can take your pick from a number of unique types available at EV Ranch. If you’re in the area during winter, make sure to avail the Winter Ranch Vacation Getaway between December 12, 2014 and January 5, 2015.

Some of the great offerings of this vacation package include:

  • A glass of champagne or mulled wine on your arrival
  • Guided snowshoeing walks every day
  • Ice fishing at the nearest lake with the ranch’s own equipment
  • Cross Country skiing
  • Thai yoga stretching classes every day
  • Weekly Thai banquet and Thai dancing
  • Weekly cooking demonstrations For a minimum of $186 per person per night (Canadian $210), you’ll also get to use all the ranch’s facilities, including free Wi-Fi, a heated swimming pool, games room, Karaoke, and fitness center.

Echo Valley Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

#2) Lone Mountain Ranch Established as a cattle ranch in 1915, Lone Mountain Ranch is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Montana. It was added to the National Registry of Historic Places, giving it a significant role in the history of the state as well as the guest ranch industry nationwide. You can still see many century-old original structures on the dude ranch, including the Meadowlark guest cabin, corrals and barns. Lone Mountain also flaunts exclusive Northern Rocky Mountain cuisine delicacies such as elk chops.

If you want to head to Montana this winter and rough things up a little, the Winter Discovery Package at Lone Mountain Ranch will cost you $2,300 per week per adult. For this price, you’ll get the following perks:

  • A choice between cabins and rooms in Ridgetop Lodge
  • Access to Nordic trails and snowshoe trails
  • Sleigh ride dinner
  • Ski and snowshoe rental
  • Gourmet BBQ trail lunch between January and March
  • Evening programs at the Ranch saloon For a little extra, you can add other things to this list, including Yellowstone Park snowcoach tours, ski lessons, and massage therapy.

Lone Mountain Ranch
Lone Mountain Ranch

#3) Big Bar Guest Ranch Six hours away from Vancouver and nestled in the Marble Range of the Southern Cariboo in British Columbia, Big Bar Guest Ranch is the perfect place to experience rustic living just like the cowboys. Its main attraction is the Harrison House, which was built on the land in 1936. On the inside, it welcomes guests to relax and enjoy the warmth of a fireplace built with rocks from the Fraser River. Surrounding the house is an extensive lawn where you can play soccer, badminton or even horseshoes. After a long day, you’re welcome at the communal dining room where you can enjoy authentic ranch delicacies in hearty portions. Now if you plan to head to Big Bar Guest Ranch during the colder season, be prepared to be welcomed by plenty of snowfall. The serenity of the area combined with the cozy atmosphere inside the cabins will make you forget your worries back home. You can also visit the nearby pond to skate, go ice fishing, or explore the surrounding country either on skis, snowshoes or even horseback. Currently, the winter rates are $150 per night for cabins, $25 per stay for the ski pass, and $65 per person for each ride. One thing you should know is that the dude ranch’s restaurant will be closed, so you’ll be cooking your meals in your cabin’s fully equipped kitchen. However, if you plan to be at the ranch during Christmas, you can celebrate with a traditional meal with the ranchers and other guests for an additional fee.

Big Bar Ranch
Big Bar Ranch

So whether you plan on spending your winter dude ranch vacation indoors or out in the snow, check out these three options first for the best experience around.  

Ranch at Rock Creek Beet Salad

11/18/2014 4:25:05 PM

The Ranch at Rock Creek combines modern  luxuries with rustic ranch living and their Granite Lodge is where all the activity begins. Inside the Granite Lodge is the Great room, dining room, Silver Dollar Saloon, the Granite Spa, outdoor pool with patio, jacuzzi and  Mercantile. Executive Josh Drage serves up world class cuisine featuring Montana raised beef, lamb and chicken accompanied by local organic produce. This Beet Salad is an example of the caliber of dining you can expect at the Ranch at Rock Creek.

Ingredients

6 medium-large beets
1 lemon
1 orange
3 twigs of thyme
olive oil
 sea salt
1 bunch of watercress
1 small bunch of parsley
1 kumquat Marcona almonds to taste
1/2 cup goat cheese
1 cup olive oil fresh mint
1/2 cup white balsamic
salt and pepper  

Directions

  1. Trim and clean the ends of the beets and place on a long piece of aluninum foil.
  2. Halve the orange and lemon and place on beets along wiht a dash of olive oil and fresh sprigs of thyme
  3. Fold foil over and fold again on edges to create a sealed package. Roast in a 400F oven for an hour. The foil will puff to create a pillow shape
  4. Remove from the oven and let rest for an hour without puncturing the foil
  5. In a blender, add the goat cheese, mint, white balsamic, salt and pepper. Turn blender on and add olive oil by drizzling it through the top of the blender until fully mixed
  6. Remove beets from the foil and trim tops and bottoms again. Peel off skin with a paring knife and quarter.
  7. Trim the watercress and slice the kumquat removing any seeds. Pick the parsley.
  8. To serve, place a small puddle of vinaigrette in the center of the plate and build the salad on it.
  9. Garnish with the almonds, white anchovy and parsley


Beet Salad
The Creek Beet Salad

Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

11/10/2014 3:03:29 PM

Rediscover the Wild West Experience at Colorado’s Oldest Dude Ranch

Log cabins, authentic Wild West meals, horseback riding, hayrides, and campfire – these are most of the things you may have on your list while vacationing at a dude ranch. However, at Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch, these are just some of the numerous attractions and activities you can indulge in. Perched at 7,500 ft. elevation in the southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park, this friendly guest ranch will give you a taste of days past while relieving you from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine in a peaceful valley on the banks of the Colorado River.

Bar Lazy J Ranch

Bar Lazy J’s Origins

Bar Lazy J takes pride in being the oldest continuously operating dude ranch in the state. Named the Buckhorn Lodge originally, the ranch was purchased in 1904 by James S. Ferguson and Edgar M. Messiter. James, his wife Florence and Edgar then decided to turn it into a resort, a profitable idea considering that many people stopped by during the travels. Even after James passed away, Florence married Edgar and continued his dream. To add a dash of class to their resort, the ranch had a newly out debutante acting as the social secretary. In addition, guests had to produce a letter of reference before staying at the ranch. This was all the invitation Colorado’s elite needed, all of whom paid the then-hefty price of $5 for the American Plan, i.e. lodging, meals, horseback riding, fishing, singing and square dancing, and cookouts. The Buckhorn Lodge has undergone many changes since it opened its doors in 1912. Under the ownership of Jerry and Cheri Amos-Helmicki since 1995, it became less of a posh resort and turned into an original dude ranch that radiates hospitality and friendliness while promising a quality ‘Western Experience for everyone’.

Reasons to Drop by Bar Lazy J

If you’re tired of sandy beaches, frozen hills and destinations beyond U.S. borders, you can enjoy a unique All-American lifestyle at Colorado’s Bar Lazy J. The winner of 2013’s Top 5 Best Family Ranch and Best Ranch Hosts in the Nation, this dude ranch promises both excitement and relaxation. It also offers the following, making it worth visiting at least once (but rest assured, you’ll be dropping in often)


A Range of Activities for All Tastes – As part of your vacation, the ranch offers numerous activities all weeklong. First off is horseback riding; you can take your pick from the ranch’s 100 horses, all of which are well-trained to accommodate all levels of riding abilities. You can also choose from special rides, such as high country rides and a Spa Ride. If you’d rather go fishing, catch and release more like it, don’t hesitate to discover why Bar Lazy J has been voted by Signature Ranch Awards as the #1 fly fishing ranch. With the Colorado River at the back, get ready to click photos with some of the biggest fish in your life. However, if you want to catch something you can take home, the ranch’s own stocked trout pond will be a better choice. Finally, you’re welcome to enjoy the latest addition to the ranch, the Colorado River Zip Line, which allows you to deeply breathe mountain air while crossing the river.


Special Programs for Children –You won’t have to worry about your kids feeling left out while you live your cowboy dream. Bar Lazy J provides a Fun Kid’s Program to keep children excited throughout. Offered between 9am – 12pm and 1:30 pm – 5pm, the program includes horseback riding, treasure hunts, fishing, archery, and educational nature walks. • Different Accommodation Options – If you want to come back to a luxurious room, you can book one at the original log Ranch House and enjoy a list of amenities such as a hot tub, swimming pool, petting corral, and massage room. However, if you want to rough it up all the way, you’re welcome at any of the 12 modernized cabins, which come with basic essentials like refrigerators, coffee makers, and soft linen.


Fresh Delicacies Three Times a Day – Chef Eddie Allen is famous for creating meals showcasing the western flavor. Enjoy hearty breakfasts of pancakes, eggs and sausage and expect a surprise for lunch and dinner. Maybe you’ll be treated to grilled salmon or prime rib. Who knows what Chef Eddie has on mind?


All-Inclusive Packages – For its season, which is between May and September, the dude ranch offers an all-inclusive package at $1,995 for adults, $1,495 for children between 7 and 12, and $1,195 for those between 3 and 6. If you’d rather come on your own or with your significant other, you need to book during the ‘Adults Only Dude Ranch Vacation Time’, which would cost $265 per day.

The Bottom Line

If you want to enjoy an authentic guest ranch experience without fully compromising on your modern day luxuries, Bar Lazy J is where you should be. So, make sure to book before the season starts as the ranch can accommodate only 40 guests at a time.

Pasta Fagioli From Sugar & Spice Ranch

11/5/2014 12:09:55 PM

With the cold weather comes the crock pot. Here is a recipe from the folks at Sugar & Spice Ranch that will warm your tummies in the Winter. Here's a great recipe for Pasta Fagioli that is bound to be a hit with your family. It feeds a crowd so you can freeze the rest or make it for party.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. of ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomato's, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3 (10 ounce) cans of beef stock
3 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. pepper
5 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces of pasta

Directions:

  1. Brown the beef and drain the fat and then put into crock pot with all other ingredients except the pasta.
  2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on High for 4-5 hours. Add the pasta 30 minutes before eating.
  3. Serve with crusty warm bread!!! Note: if you do not have a large crock pot, cut the recipe in half.
Note: Pasta Fagioli also freezes wonderfully, so you can make a big batch and freeze the rest!!! Enjoy everyone.

Pasta Fagioli

Bar 10 Ranch

10/29/2014 4:00:36 PM

Discover Western Hospitality at the Grand Canyon

If you want to wake up to the delicious smells of an authentic cowboy breakfast, explore on horseback the marvels of the Grand Canyon, and go boot stompin’ in the evening, Bar 10 Ranch is where you should be. The working cattle ranch is just nine miles from the Grand Canyon in one of the remotest areas in the west, allowing you to truly leave behind the city life and enjoy the simple life the Wild West became famous for.

History of Bar 10 Ranch

Bar 10 Ranch has been the home of five generations of the Heaton family, starting from Tony Heaton and his wife Ruby. The founding couple expanded their little home by purchasing nearby small ranches over the years. Today, Bar 10 is stretched over 10,000 deeded acres and continues being built by Tony and Ruby’s six children and their own little cowboys and cowgirls. However, it was Tony himself who turned the ranch house into a travel destination. Realizing that most river rafters traveling down the Colorado River would have had their fill of the cold water and sun, he offered rafting companies and their clients the chance to stop by his ranch. There, they could include a visit to the Grand Canyon to their vacation itinerary and later use his ranch’s airstrip (nicknames as Whitmore International Airport) to travel back to Las Vegas.

Why 13,000 Visitors Drop by the Bar 10 Ranch

From 125 visitors in the 1980s to over 13,000 in the 2000s, Bar 10 Ranch has become a popular destination on the Arizona Strip. In addition to authentic western hospitality, the following factors make it one of the excellent dude ranches to stay at: Two Accommodation Options for Varying Tastes You can choose between staying at the Lodge or in one of the ranch’s 13 Conestoga Wagons. Built in 1983, the Lodge boasts an Old West theme through small details such as wagon wheel chandeliers and wood beams. The building overlooks the Grand Canyon and offers you a full view of lush surrounding lawns. On the other hand, the covered wagons come with double mattresses, electric lanterns, and a bench seat. These promise visitors a peek into the lifestyles of cowboys and early settlers.  

Bar 10 Accommodations
Conestoga Wagon Accommodations

Bar 10 Accommodations
Lodge Accommodations

Authentic Western Meals for Hearty Appetites Mealtimes are special at Bar 10 Ranch. Not only do you get to swap stories and meet new friends around the table, but you get to taste western dishes cooked in Dutch oven pots for authentic flavors. As the ranch takes pride in being self-sufficient, the cowgirls in charge of the kitchen prepare homemade rolls and deserts which complement delicious, slow cooked roasts. However, what truly makes mealtime stand out is that meals are served buffet style. So you can go for seconds or even thirds if you want to without paying extra.

Bar 10 Ranch Dining
 Bar 10 Ranch Dining

Variety of Activities, Especially Near the Grand Canyon Whether you’re staying overnight at the dude ranch or simply dropping by for the day, be prepared to enjoy fun-filled activities at the Grand Canyon. You can take part in an ATV adventure that can take anywhere between 1.5 hours to a full day. On the other hand, if you prefer exploring scenic areas cowboy-style, you’re welcome to go horseback riding on short trails near the lodge or opt for longer rides to secluded areas. Other activities you can enjoy at Bar 10 Ranch are hiking into the Canyon, river rafting in the Colorado River, skeet shooting, and helicopter tours. You can also get up, close and personal with the area’s flora and fauna at the Nature Center or end your day around a campfire or singing and dancing with the cowboys and gals of Bar 10.

Bar 10 Ranch A
ATV Tours in the Grand Canyon

Tempting Packages with Equally Attractive Prices The Basic Overnight package, which is designed for ATV and short-term visitors, offers dinner, lodging and breakfast for as low as $115 per person per night. The dude ranch also offers exciting packages for vacationers, such as the Grand Canyon-Colorado River Rifting Trips package. Offered between May and September, this package allows you to explore the vistas and canyons of the Colorado River before touring Arizona’s geological marvel. However, if you don’t like any of the packages available, you can easily get Bar 10 to customize one according to your requirements.

The Bottom Line

Despite being a functioning cattle farm, Bar 10 Ranch is fully dedicated to making its visitors’ experience a unique one, be it through the authentic accommodations and food or variety of activities offered. So make sure to check this ranch out for your next vacation.

Thanksgiving at The Ranch at Rock Creek

10/21/2014 12:40:19 PM

The Ranch at Rock Creek is nothing short of exceptional in every way. From the spectacular Montana mountains that surround the ranch, to the luxurious accommodations and fine dining prepared by their in house chef - every element of The Ranch at Rock Creek experience has been carefully considered to exceed guest expectations.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Many guests choose Rock Creek because they have always dreamed of trail riding in the Montana mountains. Some come to experience the soul soothing treatments and tranquility offered at the Granite Spa. Others are keen to participate in the many other outdoor adventures available nearby, such as hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing. The Ranch at Rock Creek is an experience that leaves almost every guest who visits, with a longing to return. It is an amazing place to relax, refresh or awaken your senses.

Horseback Riding

Depending on whether you are a solo traveller, a romantic couple seeking a getaway, or family and friends getting together - Rock Creek can cater to your every need. With accommodations that range from ‘glamping’, to large, spacious log homes and even a historic, restored barn - Rock Creek provides luxury, with a rustic setting. Each style of accommodation provides incredible views, privacy and the modern amenities needed to feel at home.

The Ranch at Rock Creek Dining

Rock Creek always has something extra special prepared for the most adventurous of their guests, the children! The “Little Grizzlies Kids Club” offers daily activities designed to help kids learn about the natural Montana surroundings, while having fun. Rivers and Ponds, Cowboys and Horses and Plants and Rocks are the themes and topics they cover. Give yourself time to explore, or relax, while the trained staff at Rock Creek take care to teach your children through games, crafts, and outdoor activities. The meals prepared at Rock Creek are renowned as world class. Influenced by seasonal produce, locally sourced meats, and organically grown vegetable and herbs, the expert culinary team prepare not only dining room meals that impress, but also weekly special event dining and off ranch excursion picnic lunches. When the day is done, many guests enjoy getting together at the Silver Dollar Saloon to share a drink, or a story of their day’s adventure. It’s the perfect way to unwind, and forge new friendships in a relaxed atmosphere. The combination of natural beauty with the exquisite destination of The Ranch at Rock Creek, is the perfect solution to a well deserved vacation.

This fall, Rock Creek is welcoming guests to join them in celebrating Thanksgiving November 26-30, 2014 with a bountiful selection of well prepared dishes by Chef Josh Drage that will without a doubt be a culinary delight. For a truly unforgettable gathering with friends or family, plan to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend together, enjoying the unparalleled comfort of the accommodations, the rejuvenating treatments at the Granite Spa and special seasonal activities that make Rock Creek an outstanding destination.  The Ranch at Rock Creek is an extraordinary place to visit that will not be soon forgotten. Plan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays now by reserving your space for their special promotion.

Lone Mountain Ranch Braised Lamb Shank Recipe

10/15/2014 12:38:03 PM

Lamb is probably one of the  favorite game meats. It’s lean, rich, and if cooked right, packed with so much earthy flavor. This braised lamb recipe from Lone Mountain Ranch showcases some one of  the favorite ways to bring a bit of elegance to a very rustic style of cooking. Dutch oven cooking is a good old fashioned cowboy style, and this recipe highlights that style. Try this braised lamb shank recipe with some oven roasted vegetables and mash to accompany. Lone Mountain Ranch is a historic summer and winter guest ranch in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Southwest Montana, we offer 4 to 7-night all inclusive luxury Dude Ranch vacations with a plethora of activities, cozy cabins, stunning scenery and incredible cuisine.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of flour
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
4 lamb shanks
½ pound pearl onions
1 large carrot half mooned
4 sprigs of rosemary
8 cups beef stock
4 cloves of garlic
2 cups red wine (cabernet preferred)
1 Dutch oven

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine salt, pepper, and flour. Dredge lamb shanks in flour and sear in a smoking hot Dutch oven with vegetables and oil.
  2. Once they have browned remove them from the pan and add chopped vegetables to the pan. Sauté them till lightly colored.
  3. Deglaze with red wine, place shanks back in the Dutch oven, cover with beef stock and keep at a slow simmer for 2 hours. Check every 30 minutes and add stock when necessary. The shanks are finished when the meat pulls apart with a fork.
  4. Serve with your favorite mashed potatoes and big glass of red wine.

Braised Lamb Shank

Thanksgiving Weekend at Tod Mountain Ranch

10/9/2014 11:48:56 AM

Tod Mountain Ranch is the ideal spot if you are seeking a luxurious, and rustic ranch that truly focuses on the experience of riding horses. Located within the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Tod Mountain Ranch is a welcoming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the peace offered within the valley of Louis Creek. This Fall, Tod Mountain Ranch is offering a very special promotion to encourage guests to visit during Thanksgiving weekend.

Choose from either a 2 or 3 night stay (at discounted rates of $545 / $745 per person plus applicable taxes), with plenty of trail riding, and lots of hearty, healthy meals - including an amazing Thanksgiving dinner to share together on Sunday evening. With a horse personally allocated to you during your stay, cabin accommodations, all ranch activities and meals included - this promotion will fill up fast. Contact the Tod Mountain Ranch today to reserve your space!

Tod Mountain Ranch

The ranch host, Tracey, along with her team, work diligently to ensure each guest that comes through the ranch doors is treated to an unforgettable experience. Tracey and the other experienced wranglers are on hand to assist guests, from beginner to novice riders with skill level appropriate, safe, enjoyable riding. With daily rides through the nearby old logging roads, cattle trails, forests and mountains, the horse riding is unparalleled, and the views are spectacular. The Total Immersion Experience at Tod Mountain Ranch also includes the hands on experience of caring for your horse during your stay, including tacking up, grooming, saddling and evening turning out. Tod Mountain is a great choice for friends, couples and even solo travelers. As an adult oriented ranch destination, visitors can be sure that they will have all the rest and relaxation they need, in addition to activities such as hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and golf nearby should they so choose. Children are also welcome at the ranch, with riding times varying dependent on their age, and comfort level with the horses.

Horseback Riding

Meals served at Tod Mountain Ranch are prepared by their in house chef, using locally sourced, fresh, healthy ingredients. Enjoy their juicy steaks and baby back ribs, gourmet selections, fresh breads and delicious sweet treats - all prepared from scratch, with home style cooking. For special diets, contact them in advance and they are happy to cater to your needs. Served family style in the main dining area, outdoors on the deck, or even packed away to enjoy on a trail ride, Tod Mountain Ranch dining is sure not to disappoint.

Tod Mountain Ranch

Accommodations at Tod Mountain Ranch are designed to provide comfort and privacy for each guest. Guest Ranch cabins and Dude Ranch cabins are both spacious, and furnished with rustic decor, yet with all the modern amenities needed to make your stay comfortable. Whether you are looking for adventure, or need time to just relax and unwind, Tod Mountain Ranch will cater to your needs. The surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop to enjoying incredible riding. The team at the ranch work hard to provide as much trail riding time as each guest wishes during their stay. With a focus on exceptional horse riding, and a memorable experience, Tod Mountain Ranch is certainly a unique, and enjoyable destination.  


Spend Thanksgiving at Echo Valley Ranch

10/7/2014 5:49:28 PM
Imagine a place of balance between natural beauty, and luxury. A place where there is no sacrifice to their high standards of care, or to the surrounding environment. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a unique, eco-friendly ranch destination that offers world class accommodations, an incredible spa, and trail riding and outdoor experiences that are unforgettable. It is the perfect oasis for time to yourself, or to share with family and friends. 

Echo Valley Ranch

Located in beautiful British Columbia, Echo Valley is surrounded by mountains, valleys, forests and streams. If you choose to just sit on the deck and breath it all in, you can’t help but feel the tranquility begin to take its place within your soul.

Echo Valley Ranch Deck

With over 40 head of horses, and wranglers that are committed to the enjoyment and safe riding of every guest at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, riding the trails is an experience you won’t want to miss. Other adventures that are available to satisfy even the most insatiable of outdoor enthusiasts are fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking and paddling.

Horses

The cool, crisp Autumn air can work up quite an appetite. Healthy and hearty meals are prepared fresh each day for guests to enjoy family style. You’ll even get to observe meals being prepared by the in-house chef in their open kitchen, using many ingredients grown on the premises. Organic, nutritious and delicious are how best to describe the wonderful tastes and flavors you will experience at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa. The spa at Echo Valley is an experience all of its own. Treatments that are a blend of classic Western, with Eastern Thai, create a balanced and relaxed atmosphere. For a one of a kind resheshment for your body and soul, plan to participate in their early morning Thai yoga and other activities, provide your body with exactly the types of nurturing and pampering it deserves.

Echo Valley Spa

This Thanksgiving, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is preparing to share all of their outstanding services with visitors, plus host a Thanksgiving feast at discounted rates. The popularity of this BC ranch means that this offer will quite possibly sell out, so contact them right away to save your spot to enjoy an unforgettable Thanksgiving weekend. For anyone that has never taken a ranch vacation, a visit to Echo Valley Ranch & Spa will confirm how wonderful it can be, and how relaxed you will feel when your stay is through. It will without a doubt be a destination you will want to return to again and again, to refresh your body and mind, and surround yourself with the splendor of BC’s natural beauty. Contact Echo Valley today to take advantage of their Thanksgiving weekend promotion, or to reserve time soon for yourself or your family to reconnect, refresh, and revive your spirit with fine foods, extraordinary activities and an spa that is world class.

Fall Leaves

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a destination that will provide you luxury, in a natural setting that is eco-friendly, and inviting. With stunning accommodations and all you could ask for to fill your days, the only decision left to make is when you want to arrive!

Thanksgiving Special at Big Bar Ranch

10/6/2014 4:39:48 PM

If autumn brings to mind images of vivid color displays of leaves turning, cozy cool evenings perfect for fireside conversations, and a delicious harvest supper of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie - then you are probably thinking of a vacation to enjoy all of this with your family and friends. If you want all of this, plus spectacular trail riding, comfortable accommodations, and unparalleled hospitality, then you might be thinking of Big Bar Ranch.

Big Bar Ranch

Located in a picturesque territory of the Southern Cariboo in Clinton, British Columbia, this old fashioned guest ranch is a welcoming step back into a quieter, simply time. Days at Big Bar are filled with fresh air, open trail rides through grassy meadows and rolling hills, and hearty meals to enjoy. Enjoy some of the many other activities, or choose to just relax in your comfortable cabin or other on-site accommodation.

Big Bar Guest Ranch

During this Thanksgiving Season, Big Bar is offering a special promotion that is hard to resist. After a beautiful ride to take in all the glory of the fall colors, return back to the ranch for a refreshing drink, a cozy fire and maybe even a s'more or two. On Sunday, a special ‘Poker Ride’ is in store, with a chance to win an all inclusive 2 night stay for 2 at the Cowboy’s Inn. To truly celebrate the season, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served on Sunday, including Turkey, with all the fixins’ and of course, pumpkin pie for dessert. All of this is offered at a discount rate of 15% off regular adult rates. Reservations are limited, so to take advantage of this promotion, contact the ranch soon! At Big Bar, they are famous for their hospitality, and commitment to ensuring each guest is comfortable, and fully enjoys their stay. If you have never been on horseback back before, they will be sure to introduce you to this new experience gently, and safely. Group rides are divided into skill levels to be sure everyone gets to truly enjoy their time spent riding.

Horseback riding

Another way the folks at Big Bar take care of their guests, is by selecting healthy, hearty foods to serve at meals. Special dietary restrictions can be catered to with advance notice. Guests always enjoy the shared conversations to start or end the day in the dining area and Harrison House Lodge. The lodge is a log home where guests can relax and unwind, as well as share stories of their day, and build friendships with other guests.

Big Bar Ranch

Although Big Bar Ranch is not designed as a luxury resort, you will certainly be surrounded by the beauty of the area, comfortable accommodations, exceptional trail riding and personal attention to your comfort. Your stay will feel like five star! There is nothing more relaxing than breathing in that fresh autumn air, admiring the views and trail riding on a horse perfectly suited for you. Big Bar is a wonderful, relaxing place to enjoy fall. Don’t wait or you might miss your chance to take advantage of their Thanksgiving promotion, so book your stay today!


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