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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We are so happy the folks over at Free Rein Ranch shared their famous sticky ribs recipe with us. It's a favorite with the guests at the ranch and is frequently requested. These are classic get your fingers sticky and lick'em clean type of ribs. You will want to enjoy every drop of this incredible sauce. Try it at home and for any upcoming events. It's a great recipe for groups and parties.
1 cup honey
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup distilled white vinegar
5 cloves of minced garlic
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
A dude ranch vacation for many is the ultimate way to not only participate in trail riding, sport adventure, enjoy hearty, home cooked meals, take in some breathtaking scenery - but also to just relax. While you will certainly be treated to some of the finest activities, food and surroundings at Spotted Horse Ranch, they make sure a big part of your stay with them is centered around relaxing! Located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Spotted Horse Ranch has an abundance of outdoor features to offer families, couples and solo travelers. Although relaxing is high on the list of ‘musts’, a stay a Spotted Horse Ranch is never boring!
It is an understatement to say riding through the majestic mountains, forests and alongside riverbanks is memorable. The sheer beauty of the the surrounding land as experienced while riding an Appaloosa horse from the ranch, expertly matched to your trail riding ability, is a step back in time to when life was simple.
Many of the guests at Spotted Horse Ranch come to experience the trout fly fishing from the banks of the nearby Hoback River. Some choose to make it an all day adventure, taking a float down the Snake, New Fork, Green or Hoback Rivers. Definitely an exceptional fishing destination, and with a free casting lesson offered to guests, anyone from novice to expert fishers can certainly enjoy the day.
Guests at Spotted Horse Ranch are sure to enjoy the 3 hearty meals served daily in the lodge. With a motto of ‘quality and quantity’, the delicious, home-style cooking is just one of the many reasons visitors return year after year to Spotted Horse Ranch. Open cookouts are also a highlight, where across the flames ranch style steaks are cooked and marshmallows are roasted. What could be better than a tasty treat, with stories to share? Whether it is trail riding, fly fishing, hunting excursions or even relaxing in the natural nearby hot spring ‘hot tub’, the Spotted Horse Ranch is the place for anyone looking to have a vacation that provides adventure, perfectly blended with relaxation. With a true sense of the ‘old west’ and the hospitality that makes each guest feel at home, Spotted Horse Ranch is unique, and wonderful place to visit.
A dude ranch vacation is about taking a break from the everyday pace, and resetting our hectic schedule of daily life. The laid back approach at Spotted Ranch translates into a quiet, calm and comfortable stay for their guests. Having the luxuries of modern day, combined with the simplicity of life - when family, friends, outdoor life and relaxing were at the forefront - makes for the ideal vacation that will leave you feeling refreshed. While it might be a new style of vacation if you are not used to visiting a dude ranch, it might just become your favorite. The Spotted Horse Ranch is a true gem, and can get you back to the basics, while helping you refocus on the truly important things in life.
There are many types of corn bread out there. Some are grainy and some are soft. Some are fluffy and some are dense. This is no ordinary corn bread recipe. It is moist with just the right texture. This is a guest favorite at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and we always make sure we have plenty to go around. It's also very easy to make. Here is our recipe below. We hope you enjoy the corn bread as much as we do! This recipe serves 32. For smaller servings divide recipe and use a 11 x 13 baking pan instead.
1 lb butter
3 c. sugar
1 1/2 cups whole eggs
7 C. flour
3 C cornmeal
1 T salt
1/4 C. baking powder
5 C. milk
2 C. milk
It is uncommon to find the combination of a real working cattle ranch, great riding, world class fly fishing and old west hospitality. To make it simple, one need not look any farther than The Hideout. This lodge and guest ranch located in Shell, WY (east of Yellowstone National Park) is the perfect dude ranch experience if you are looking for upscale luxury, a culturally diverse atmosphere, personalized guest care and incredible natural surroundings.
With a 1:1 guest to staff ratio, each member of team at The Hideout is committed to ensuring the comfort, safety and enjoyment of visitors to the ranch. Most weeks, The Hideout hosts only up to 25 guests, thus ensuring each person staying can be assured a visit that exceeds their expectations. While families are invited to stay at The Hideout, they do not offer ‘children’s programs’. Rather, youth are cared for as junior riders and are treated to equestrian training geared towards young adults. Some riding experience and good physical conditioning are recommended for an optimized trail riding experience. Children, adults and solo travelers are all encouraged to participate in the numerous adventures available to choose from including fishing, hiking, biking, trapshooting, canoeing and other non-riding activities.
After soaking up the majestic beauty of the surrounding 650,000 acre area with rivers, open spaces, mountains and valleys - you will no doubt work up quite an appetite. The on-site culinary trained chef will impress you with meals prepared using fresh, local ingredients designed to satisfy even the most discerning palettes. Healthy and hearty, the fine dining at The Hideout is sure to be enjoyed.
Accommodations at The Hideout are available in three styles. Guests choose from cabins, casitas and homes that provide all the modern amenities needed, plus lots of pampering extras (not to mention extraordinary views) - ensuring a comfortable stay, with a good night’s rest to fuel up for the next day’s adventure.
The Hideout offers multilingual staff so as to best care for guests from all over the world. This contributes to a culturally diverse staff, and a learning environment for guests as they become acquainted with other visitors traveling from afar. All guests are also encouraged to learn about the surrounding eco-systems, and how all can contribute to preservation and protection of the natural waters and lands around the ranch. A dude ranch vacation can undoubtedly be a memorable experience to share with family, friends or traveling solo. Getting aways from the stresses and cares of daily living, to relax, unwind and breathe fresh air is as easy as booking yourself some time at The Hideout. Authentic hospitality, combined with the expert training from the wranglers, fly fishing guides, culinary staff and lodge staff that ‘know the ropes’ of the area make traveling to this Wyoming guest lodge an experience unlike any other. Limited guest reservations per week make it essential to contact The Hideout as early as possible to reserve your stay. Chances are good that if you do visit this beautiful lodge, you will return again and again!
Summer should be a time of relaxing, enjoying warm days and nights, spending time with family and friends, and taking a break from our regular routine. Unfortunately, the days left of the summer of 2014 are numbered, and Fall is just around the corner. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit one of these incredible guest ranches in North America this summer season, these ‘end of summer’ promotions might sway you to make a call, and reserve your dude ranch vacation today!
The Bar W Ranch, located in Whitefish, Montana is a cozy ranch that is surrounded by the beautiful views of Spencer Mountain, and Spencer Lake. With plenty of activities for young and old, this ranch is a great place to end off the summer. At Bar W, they are offering 15% off a 3 or 6 night all inclusive package for the Labor Day week of August 31-Sept 6.
Don’t let the name, the Lazy L&B Ranch fool you! The friendly folks at Lazy L&B Ranch will work hard to ensure you enjoy every aspect of your visit at this Wyoming ranch. Horse riding is the focal activity, however, many guests also enjoy fly-fishing, hiking and swimming while they stay. With an end of summer promotion of 2 for 1 during the week of August 24, the price is too good to pass up a visit to this award winning ranch. Mention that you read it in our blog and the owners will extend the date of the promotion!
Echo Valley Ranch is located in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Tucked away within the interior mountains, this luxurious spa / hotel / ranch is the ideal place to rest and relax, or enjoy summer fun with your family. With summer stay nightly rates, this ranch might just be the perfect place to plan a summer vacation for an overnight, weekend or full week with your family.
National Forest, and the Trinity Alps wilderness area in Northern California, surround the 367 acres of the Coffee Creek Ranch. With horseback riding, fishing, hiking and more, this ranch offers adventure, and relaxation all rolled into one terrific vacation. A special Kids' week August 16 -22nd, with rates of 50% off for kids 3-17 of age, makes Coffee Creek Ranch a family, and budget friendly destination!
If you want to experience a step back in time, without letting go of today’s modern luxuries, visit Stagecoach Trails Ranch in Northwest Arizona. Set up to replicate an old western town, this guest ranch offers horse riding surrounded by western desert beauty, and the Mohave and Hualapai mountains. Discounts of 25% are in effect for the entire month of August!
Another Canadian ranch, the Tod Mountain Ranch is small, exclusive, and all about personal service for each guest. Perfectly blending exceptional horse riding experiences and spectacular views, with luxurious food and accommodations, this ranch is a wonderful place to spend family time together at the end of summer. Labour Day Weekend, they have a “Fall Fair & Rodeo’ promotion at just $845 per person. Includes Friday arrival, Saturday visit to Barriere Fall Fair & Rodeo, a full day of riding on Sunday, as well as a morning ride Monday.Visit Tod Mountain Ranch August 29th through September 1st for a fabulous wrap up to summer.
Many of these specials have limited space and availability. Make your reservation today, so you don’t miss your chance to enjoy a visit to an incredible dude ranch this summer!
Lone Mountain Ranch started off as a cattle ranch in 1915 in Montana. Enjoy a large number of activities, cozy cabin accomodations, stunning natural beauty and scrumptious gourmet cuisine. One of the dishes you may have had these delectable pork chops by ranch chef Nick Steen. He takes the American classic pairing of pork and apples and puts his own unique spin on it. Here he shares his recipe with you.
1 Montana Raised Pork Tenderloin,
½ cup Apple Juice
½ cup Tennessee whiskey
4 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
1 Stick butter
10 Fingerling Potatoes
Grape Seed Oil
Summertime is BBQ time and what's better on some grilled salmon is some fresh and tangy mango salsa. The folks over at Colorado Trails Ranch were nice enough to share their recipe for mango salsa. Try it over some grilled fish for some added freshness and flavor. Also, serve it with tortilla chips for scooping! If you are seeking some adventure visit this guest ranch located San Juan Mountains outside historic Durango, Colorado. The long activity list includes horseback riding on scenic trails, fly-fishing, rafting, shooting sports and hiking. Children have the time of their lives making friends and discovering new activities in Colorado Trail Ranch's children/teens’ program. Evenings offer a hayride & campfire sing-along, western dancing, cookouts and relaxing under starlit skiesTheir mango salsa is reason enough for a visit!
1 mango chopped
¼ fresh pineapple chopped (approximately – use less quantity than the mango)
Some diced red onion
Some diced cilantro
A squeeze of orange
A squeeze of lime
There is no better way to explore, and enjoy, the picturesque beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, than on horseback. The Three Bars Ranch, located between Banff and Glacier National Park in British Columbia, boasts some of the finest horses and riding instructors, along with the best dude ranch facilities in all of Canada.
Some hesitate to plan a dude ranch vacation because they may have no previous riding experience. At Three Bars Ranch, their Dude Ranch Association certified wranglers invite anyone to come out, and give trail riding a try. Your safety is of primary concern, and they will accommodate all levels of experience. Their objective is to cater to each guest, ensuring an enjoyable , safe experience, and memorable vacation.
Some hesitate to plan a dude ranch vacation because they may have no previous riding experience. At Three Bars Ranch, their Dude Ranch Association certified wranglers invite anyone to come out, and give trail riding a try. Your safety is of primary concern, and they will accommodate all levels of experience. Their objective is to cater to each guest.
There are plenty of activity options to enjoy at Three Bars Ranch, if you can tear yourself away from riding. They also have incredible hiking trails, river rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking and on-site tennis. A refreshing visit to the indoor heated pool, or a soak in the hot tub might be just what’s needed after all the outdoor fun you’ll have during a day.oyable , safe experience, and memorable vacation.
It may be that a relaxed style vacation, with comfortable and cozy accommodations would ideally suit your traveling interests. If that is true, Three Bars Ranch can easily exceed your expectations for lodging in their spacious log cabins, perfect for singles, couples, families and friends.
Whether you have spent the day outdoors working up an appetite, or have relaxed for most of the day and just want to enjoy some delicious home cooked food, the dining at Three Bars Ranch is always sure to please. Their in-house chef always impresses with not only the hearty, healthy buffet style meals, but with the unparalleled breads and baked goods. Capping off wonderful days at Three Bars Ranch is the social side of the evenings. Some like to visit the Saloon, watch the stars porch side, or sit around a campfire. There are also scheduled activities for guests inclined to meet and mingle.
While Three Bars makes almost everyone feel like a kid, they do have special programs and events designed to keep little ones active, and feeling at home on the ranch. Whether it is roasting marshmallows, catching frogs or learning to ride, the smiles on their faces show that there is no place else they would rather be than at Three Bars Ranch.
With accolades and awards to prove that they are the choice of families from all over Northern America, such as Canada’s Best Dude Ranch 2010 - 11, and Best Family Dude Ranch 2011, they are an obvious choice for travelers seeking an exceptional dude ranch vacation. With western hospitality, and Northern breathtaking scenery, the combination is the perfect mix. Visitors to Three Bars Ranch have only one regret, and that is that they did not discover the ranch sooner. Often a vacation destination guests return to year after year, visitors are treated like family. For memories that will last a lifetime, Three Bars Ranch is the perfect destination for an incredible dude ranch vacation.