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Grilled Salmon With Tangy Blueberry Slaw Recipe

3/21/2014 1:18:08 PM

This delicious salmon recipe comes from the friendly folks at Coffee Creek Ranch Where picture-postcard views await you in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of Northern California. Take in snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, lush meadows, and sparkling lakes. This salmon recipe was inspired by a trip to New Zealand where the owners had a delicious cooked fish dish served over salad. This dish is served during the ranch's Mother's Day lunch. Be sure to visit the ranch during April while they have their $995/week per person promotion running. You will be glad you did!

Grilled Salmon
Grilled Salmon With Blueberry Slaw

1/3 C    Chobani Plain Fat-Free Yoghurt
4 TBSP     Rice Vinegar
4 TBSP  Honey
4 C    ¼ Inch Sliced Napa Cabbage
6 oz     Fresh Blueberries, Coarsely Chopped
¼ C    Minced Red Onion
1 ½ lbs Atlantic Salmon Fillets
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to Taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Stir together yoghurt, 2 tbsp. vinegar and 2 tbsp. honey in a medium bowl
  2. Add cabbage, blueberries and onion and toss well to coat.
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Season salmon with salt and pepper
  5. Stir together remaining vinegar and honey in a small bowl.
  6. Cook salmon well-oiled grill over medium heat for 5 minutes, skin side up.
  7. Turn and cook for 3 to 5 minutes more or until cooked to your liking, basting with remaining vinegar mixture.
  8. Serve over blueberry slaw
 

Easter Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

3/15/2014 10:15:03 PM

With winter gradually releasing its grip, many of us are eagerly awaiting the warmer days of spring. Whether you are thinking of planning an extra special Easter vacation with the family, or even an early summer get away, a dude ranch vacation is a guaranteed way to make a lasting memory. When it comes to spending time together as a family, a dude ranch vacation can be the perfect solution when seeking out an adventure that is sure to appeal to everyone. While horseback riding is usually the highlighted activity at most guest ranches, many offer much more to choose from such as fishing, swimming, outdoor sports, spa treatments and fine dining. Appealing to the interests and tastes of all in the family, most guest ranch resorts provide just the right balance of adventure and relaxation - all within an affordable price.

Some Easter Dude Ranch Specials

When it comes to fun at a family friendly price, the Coffee Creek Ranch is a great choice. They are offering a rate of just $995 /per person for an entire week vacation throughout the month of April. With cozy cabin accommodations, delicious meals and plenty of activities - they guarantee the perfect blend of old west, with southern hospitality.

Coffee Creek Ranch
Coffee Creek Ranch

For an ‘eggs’tra special Easter weekend, special treats are in store at the Big Bar Ranch. There is a delicious Easter Sunday brunch planned and even an egg hunt to follow for the little ones. Enjoy their comfort and cuisine, all at a reduced price (15% off) for families of 3 or more during the dates from April 18 - 24th.

Big Bar Ranch
Big Bar Ranc

Stage Coach Trails Ranch invites everyone to come be their guest, relax and recharge. Whether taking in the beautiful surrounding views, nestling up to the cozy fireplace in the magnificent lodge, enjoying their delicious hearty meals or of course, trail riding, with deals that welcome the budget of most travelers (30% off during March) - they are a destination that exceeds the expectations of most guests.

Stagecoach Trails Ranch
Stagecoach Trails Ranch

For the ultimate Canadian experience, Crystal Waters Ranch offers an unparalleled trail riding and fly fishing excursion. Even though they are located in the North, there is no shortage of enjoying a  “true western” experience. Cowboy country tales, campfires and hearty meals are the perfect start to an early summer. All inclusive deals of 10% off are available for May travelers.

Crystal Waters Ranch
Crystal Waters Ranch

Whether traveling alone,or with that someone special, or taking the whole family along  (even your pet at certain ranches), a dude ranch vacation is the adventure of a lifetime. The surroundings of natural elements from rivers to mountains, forests to streams, and everything in between refuel our souls and bring back the positive perspective we may be missing. To capture memories, experience adventure and build a bond not soon forgotten between everyone in the family, a dude ranch vacation is an affordable and unique choice. The most difficult part of planning a dude vacation may be deciding which one to try first, since after one visit, there may be plenty more dude ranch style vacations planned for the future.

Use Ranchseeker's free dude ranch database to conduct your research

Pet Friendly Dude Ranch Vacations

3/5/2014 9:49:20 PM

When a pet is truly part of our family, having a vacation experience without them may just not feel right. Or, it may be that due to the personality of our pet, including their physical or emotional wellbeing, perhaps they can not be entrusted to the care of a reputable boarding  facility. In such cases, many people opt to keep their pets with them. If a vacation is a vacation only if our pet is along for the ride, the good news is that many dude ranches are pet friendly. With each pet friendly dude ranch, the policies as to permissions regarding pets will vary. Some dude ranches have a weight restriction and usually there are specific areas pets may not be allowed to enter. As well, there are likely other ‘house rules’ in place to preserve the comfort and safety of all guests. Often, additional charges may be incurred on a per night basis for pets to be accommodated at the dude ranch. Rather than having a negative, or potentially costly experience due to an unclear understanding of pet policies, when considering bringing a pet to a dude ranch it is best to speak to them in advance if you have any concerns specific to your pet.

Some Pet Friendly Dude Ranches

One dude ranch that is pet friendly is the Echo Valley Ranch, located in Canada. The interior British Columbian mountains offer majestic views, and the natural serenity of the unspoiled forests, valleys, ponds and grasslands around the ranch are the perfect compliment to this world class ranch and spa. Whether guests are seeking an oasis of relaxation, or an exhilarating experience - Echo Valley offers it all.

Echo Valley Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

At The Sugar & Spice Ranch camp, a very unique and undoubtedly memorable experience is available for mothers and daughters to share a week together at a ranch. Specially catering to “bonding families through horses”, their week long camps are designed be a treasured time spent learning the ropes of tacking up, grooming and riding together - in addition to all the other activities available to enjoy.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch
The Sugar & Spice Ranch

 The Resort at Paws Up is not just a ranch, it is an incredible experience! Located in Montana, they offer accommodations of two styles, vacation homes or luxury tents. Dogs are allowed only in the vacation home style units. The perfect blend of wilderness adventure with unparalleled food, wine, spa treatments and decadent extras -Paws Up is true bliss.

Paws Up Dude Ranch
Paws Up Dude Ranch

Planning a Pet-Friendly Dude Ranch Vacation

Traveling with a pet does bring with it some challenges, however, with a little research and advance planning most of those challenges can be overcome. A vacation can then be enjoyed by everyone, including your pet, by planning a dude ranch vacation that allows your pet to be part of the experience. The best way to ensure you have a great vacation is to be clear on the specifics of the pet policies at the dude ranch you have in mind before booking. With activities and accommodations that cater to each member of the family, including your pet, a dude ranch vacation can be the perfect fit! 

Use Ranchseeker’s dude ranch vacation finder tool to find a pet-friendly dude ranch suitable for your vacation plans.

Sherry’s Amazing BBQ Brisket From Elk Mountain Ranch

2/24/2014 4:11:43 PM

Nothing compares to some good BBQ brisket. This BBQ brisket is cooked in the oven but you wouldn't know it! It is packed with flavor and oh so tender.  Get this all-star, easy-to-follow recipe from the folks over at Elk Mountain Guest  Ranch.

Sherry's BBQ Beef Brisket
Sherry's BBQ Beef Brisket

5-6 pound brisket
1 large onion, peeled & sliced
4 gloves garlic, minced
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup water
1 (8 oz.) bottle chili sauce
2 bay leaves
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp. molasses

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Sear meat on both sides.
  3. Stir marinade ingredients together and pour over meat.
  4. Cover with foil and seal tightly.  Cook until tender.
  5. Remove meat, slice and return to juices.  Discard bay leaves.
  6. Refrigerate overnight.  Reheat for 1-1 ½ hours before serving.

Have a Cowgirl’s Vacation!

2/12/2014 12:56:54 PM

Once considered a testosterone inducing vacation, unwinding at a dude ranch has now become more girl-friendly than ever. Many guest ranches have enhanced their facilities and amenities to appeal to female guests. Today, cowgirl getaways are no longer uncommon, and women of all ages flock to the ranches to have a grand time. If you’re considering a cowgirl vacation, here are some great guest ranches that you can check out: Echo Valley Ranch Sitting on 160 acres of land in mild British Columbia, the Echo Valley Ranch offers the best of both worlds for its guests. Gather your girlfriends and explore the outdoors. Have fun trying any of their on-site and off-site activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, biking and white water rafting. At the end of the day, rest those tired legs in one of their well-appointed rooms or cabins or experience ultimate relaxation at the Royal Baan Thai Spa that offers world-class Thai treatments for the face and the body.
Echo Valley Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

The Bar W Guest Ranch This Montana Ranch has a great getaway that’s all planned for you. They offer a 5-day/6-night all inclusive package that is especially designed for women. The package includes full accommodation in one of their rustic rooms, wine tasting, gourmet picnics, evening cocktails, square dance and two stepping lessons, outdoor ranch activities and a two hour spa package. All you have to do is show up and have fun!

Bar W Guest Ranch
Bar W Guest Ranch

 Red Horse Mountain Ranch The Red Horse Mountain ranch organizes an all-girls only Girlfriend Getaway Week, which is perfect for mother-daughter or sisters’ vacation or get-together among friends. The Getaway Week is an all exclusive package that includes accommodations, daily wine tastings, evening entertainment, meals, horseback riding and guided ranch adventures and a one hour massage.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch Unlike other ranches that organize a “ladies” or “cowgirls” weekend, this ranch is open all the time, so you can come in with your sisters, cousins and group of friends. Feel free to organize your own itinerary by choosing from their rates and packages. Stay in one of their cozy cabins and casitas and choose from a myriad of activities such as riding, cattle work, fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, trap shooting. Enjoy gourmet dinners and Western fare, which brings guests back each and every year.

The Hideout Guest Ranch & Lodge
The Hideout Guest Ranch & Lodge

 Sugar and Spice Ranch This ranch specializes in  mothers/daughter getaways  in Wyoming,. The Sugar and Spice Ranch offers a no-frills package for those who really want to enjoy a cowgirl’s weekend. Try their Women-Only group packages and choose from two or three day weekends. These packages include group accommodations in their beautiful bunk room, meals and snacks as well as two riding lessons each day.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch
The Sugar & Spice Ranch

With activities that go beyond horses and cattle, many of these ranches indeed appeal to women – and there are many more ranches like these all over the country. These vacation places can range from no frills working cattle ranches to full spa-like resorts, but they all offer something similar – the chance to have fun outdoors and get in touch with your inner cowgirl. Find a cowgirl getaway using Ranchseeker’s easy dude ranch search tool.

Best Peanut Butter Bars

2/5/2014 12:02:58 PM

You can't beat peanut butter and chocolate for being one of the most classic and delicious flavor combinations. Here is White Stallion Ranch's secret recipe for their yummy peanut butter bars. It'll surely be hard to keep these peanut butter treats around for too long.

Peanut Butter Bars
White Stallion Ranch's Peanut Butter Bars

¾ c. shortening
¾ c. peanut butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ¼ c. flour
1 ¼ c. oatmeal
¾ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, combine well.
  4. Sift together the flour, oatmeal, soda and salt.
  5. Add  the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.
  6. Spread the dough by hand over greased and floured 9”x13” baking pan.
  7. Bake 15 minutes until sill chewy. Immediately sprinkle on the chocolate chips and spread over the bars when melted. Swirl topping (recipe follows) over the chocolate.
  8. Cut into squares and serve
Peanut Butter Topping

1 c. powdered sugar
½ c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2-4 Tbs. Milk, as needed

Beat topping ingredients well, using enough milk to get a creamy consistency, then swirl over the chocolate.

A Dude Ranch Valentine

1/27/2014 1:51:16 PM

For many couples, February 14th is a special day set aside to rekindle the spark of romance that flames a relationship. Whether a new couple, or long time soul mates, a romantic get away at a dude ranch can without a doubt be a memorable experience whereby you ignite not only campfire flames, but a passion for the life you share together. There are several things to consider when selecting which dude ranch would be your perfect, romantic winter destination. With an abundance of options for accommodation styles, activity levels and particular interests you may have as a couple, you will need to do some research when planning. Some Dude Ranch Valentine’s Specials For one example, at the Spring Lake Ranch couples can reserve a cozy log cabin from the variety of styles and sizes offered, available with picturesque views of the lake and ranch. There are plenty of outdoor activities - snowshoeing, tobogganing, cross country skiing and skidoo riding just to name a few.

Spring Lake Ranch
Spring Lake Ranch

At Vista Verde luxury guest ranch, they offer exceptionally high standards of personal service, a spectacular lodge and diverse activities that showcase winter at its best. Appropriately called the “Winter Romance” package, couples can fall in love all over again with an incredible get away including breakfast in bed, a private sleigh ride while sipping hot toddies, a perfectly prepared dinner and a romantic evening to enjoy together in luxurious accommodations.

Vista Verde
Vista Verde

At the Apache Spirit Ranch, the affordable “City Slicker Valentine’s” package invites couples to enjoy a bottle of champagne together under the stars in their heated outdoor patio. With breath taking views, and a feeling of walking (or riding) on the unspoiled land as it was as far back as 1881 - it stirs up an appreciation of where we come from, and where we are going, giving couples the chance to embrace past, present and future.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch in New Mexico is offering their “Art of Marriage” ranch experience between February 9-15, 2014. During this week couples will include an “Art of Marriage” session during the day accompanied by a fun outdoor experience. Grow your marriage to a new level in our therapeutic and relaxing environment.

Romance and More at a Dude Ranch

If as a couple you are looking to have a Valentine’s Day or winter break together that is full of adventure, then a dude ranch vacation may be a wonderful fit. If your ideal escape is a more laid back, relaxing and tranquil environment, it is easy to find a dude ranch offering serenity and beautiful surrounding. Some couples look to include in their dude ranch vacation special interests such as photography, food and wine tastings or specific types of horse riding experiences.

With a little advance planning, these can all be incorporated into a dude ranch vacation. Dude ranch vacations can be designed to fit almost anyone, or any couple. Getting away together to celebrate the love you share, while enjoying the incredible experience of a dude ranch is nothing short of fantastic. The romance you seek can all be found in the splendor of the mountains, the vastness of the wild west and the stars at night that will light up the night to make the moments yours to enjoy. Consider a dude ranch vacation with the one special to you, and you may find that by escaping it all - you find it is all yours with the one you love. Use Ranchseeker’s easy and free dude ranch search engine to find your perfect ranch vacation.

Big Bar Guest Ranch A Cariboo Adventure

1/20/2014 11:59:45 AM

Big Bar Guest Ranch is nestled in the rolling hills of the Cariboo and offers year round fun and spectacular scenery. With lots of activities there is truly something for everyone to do. From hiking archery, canoeing, and fishing in the summer to cross-country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing and more in the winter.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Spectacular views at Big Bar Guest Ranch

Horseback riding at the Big Bar Guest Ranch is at the heart of your guest ranch experience. Follow natural trails through forested areas or enjoy the wide-open grasslands and mountain meadows of Cariboo cattle country. Feel the freedom that can only be experienced on horseback. Whether you are a first time rider or have lots of experience in the saddle The Big Bar Guest Ranch has the perfect horse for you.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Wide open spaces at Big Bar Guest Ranch

With plenty of types of accommodations to choose from like guestrooms or cabins you are sure to enjoy your stay while away on your Cariboo guest ranch vacation. The rooms and cabins are comfortable and have a rustic feel without sacrificing the creature comforts of home and they are well suited for a family get-a-way or an adventure retreat.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Cabin at Big Bar Guest Ranch

Meals at The Big Bar Ranch are healthy and plentiful and guests dine at large communal tables. It’s a great way to get to know other guests and provides an opportunity to make new friends.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Dining room at Big Bar Guest Ranch

So for your next vacation trade your deadlines and stress for fresh mountain air, a good horse, and a trail that leads from one spectacular view to another.

Happy Trails! RanchSeeker

Introducing Free Rein Guest Ranch

1/17/2014 8:32:38 AM

Are you looking for a small intimate guest ranch to visit that offers hands-on experience with horses and the outdoors? If so, Free Rein Guest Ranch is the ideal guest ranch vacation spot for you. Free Rein Guest Ranch, located in Bridge Lake, B.C., provides you with a home away from home during your Canadian adventure in Super Natural British Columbia. The 285 acre ranch property is found in the South Cariboo region, which is surrounded entirely by a boundless forest range and quite simply the perfect location for days of exploration and adventures in the saddle.

Free Rein Guest Ranch
Stunning views await you at Free Rein Guest Ranch

At Free Rein Ranch you will find hearty home-cooked meals and lakeside log cabins or guest lodge accommodations all with spectacular Cariboo countryside views. With a maximum of just 12 guests you will soon feel like part of the ranch family. Winners of Trip Advisor’s 2012 and 2013 Certificate of Excellence you are sure to enjoy your guest ranch vacation here.

Free Rein Guest Ranch
Campfires at twilight

Activities abound at Free Rein Guest Ranch. You can swim in the lake, kayak and canoe as well as take guided hikes through the surrounding countryside or take a mountain bike out for a spin. Learn how to horse whisper. Your horse will be your buddy for the duration of your stay and you can work with him/her as much as you want to. How about an overnight camp trip? Ride out and end your day in the saddle with a lazy saunter home at sundown. Dine around the campfire and sleep beneath star studded awe-inspiring skies on their weekly overnight camp out at Teepee village.

Free Rein Guest Ranch
Horseback riding at Free Rein Guest Ranch

Be completely involved in the daily running of the ranch or simply kick back and relax. The choice is yours. At the Free Rein Guest Ranch you really do have free rein to decide how to spend your days with them.

Happy Trails! RanchSeeker

Corporate Retreats At A Dude Ranch

1/15/2014 1:56:07 PM

A lot of planning is required for a successful corporate retreat, and this includes choosing the right location. There are many places to have such an event – a beach resort, a new swanky hotel or a nearby outdoor activity center.  But what if you could take your employees to a venue where they can unplug from everything and actually communicate with one another while getting in touch with nature at the same time? You could – by taking them to a dude ranch corporate retreat.

Vacationers Love Dude Ranches

Guest ranches or dude ranches are steadily becoming popular among vacation goers because they cater to a variety of interests and needs. The vast grounds, often surrounded by breathtaking views of wide open fields, tall mountains or bodies of water offer the perfect venue for quiet introspection or an ideal spot to just sit down and read a book. Guests looking for a fun time will find no shortage of activities – such as trail hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing or swimming.  Interaction is also very easy through a myriad of outdoor activities, campfires and dinners at the main hall.

Some Dude Ranches To Consider

There are many vacation ranches all across the country, but not all of them specialize in dude ranch corporate retreats. If you are looking for venues that cater to such, you might want to consider the following: Echo Valley Ranch – located at the heart of British Columbia, Echo Valley Ranch caters to individuals and groups. The ranch has 20 rooms and cabins that can accommodate up to 5 people (on shared occupancy) and has a state of the art corporate events space that can seat up to 150. They offer worry-free corporate packages that include accommodations, meals and drinks and entertainment for a minimum stay of two nights.

Echo Valley Ranch Corporate Facilities
Echo Valley Ranch Corporate Facilities

Bar W Ranch – set in the small mountain town of Whitefish, Montana, the Bar W is an excellent corporate destination whether it be in the summer or winter. The ranch caters to small or large groups ranging from 5 to 300 participants. They offer complete packages and itinerary planning but are also very flexible, so you can create the itinerary or agenda yourself.

The Hideout Guest Ranch and Lodge – This small “little piece of heaven” in Shell, Wyoming provides the perfect venue for a private dude ranch corporate retreat. They can handle groups up to a maximum of thirty guests, and offer equestrian and non-equestrian related activities for everyone to enjoy.

Lone Mountain Ranch – Set in the heart of Montana ski country is the Lone Mountain Ranch. This historic guest ranch has facilities that can accommodate up to forty guests. The ranch features two large meeting rooms, a recreation room and six large bedrooms, ideal for small groups. They feature an individualized program that utilizes the beautiful southern Montana setting to inspire creativity and provide motivation for participants

The Resort At Paws Up – Also set in Montana, the Resort at Paws Up is a 37,000 acre working ranch that is unrivaled when it comes to luxury accommodations. The resort offers first class service and amenities, with fifty two accommodation setups ranging from private vacation homes to luxury tents. They also a variety of activity spaces from 10 to 200 people.


Corporate Events at The Resort at Paws Up

Vista Verde Ranch – Vista Verde is a secluded ranch in Colorado that promotes focused social interaction, while offering diverse adventures for your guests. They are also known for their luxury log cabin accommodations, and offer great solutions with their inclusive packages and pricing.

Why Go To A Dude Ranch For A Company Retreat

Dude ranches provide a breath of fresh air from most corporate set-ups. You get people close to nature, take them off the grid and place them in a relaxed atmosphere where they can connect with one another. Guest ranches vary in size, so you can pick one that best matches the size of your group. Although charmingly rustic, modern ranches now offer excellent facilities like meeting rooms with HD screens and high speed internet access where you can conduct your work related sessions and exercises. When all these activities are over, acres of ranch space welcomes everyone, allowing them to go around and have fun at their own leisure. Whether it’s fun, light hearted gossip at the ranches’ main room, songs and some beer in front of a warm fire or a quick horse ride, there is something for everyone to do.

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