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The Sugar & Spice Ranch

5/8/2014 10:57:58 AM

Although dude ranch vacations appeal to many travelers, the ideal destination choice is often based upon specific interests, age groups, skill levels and overall sense of adventure  A few guest ranches even specialize in catering their programs around building better relationships with families, friends or colleagues. At the Sugar and Spice Texas ranch, their dude ranch experience is designed especially to encourage a closer bond between mothers and daughters, through horses.

Sugar & Spice Ranch
Mother/daughter bonding at Sugar and Spice Ranch

An undoubtedly unique, and memorable week together awaits mothers and daughters as they bunk, dine and ride together - and most importantly, deepen their connection with each other. Unlike other dude ranches with off site horses, lessons and trail riding, the overall experience at Sugar and Spice Ranch is a much more hands on approach.  Complete familiarity with the care involved with the horses is part of the activity, and education, taught at Sugar and Spice Ranch. Learning the basics of tacking up, grooming, feeding and bathing the horses creates a unique connection with horse and rider. Lessons for every skill level, including beginner to advanced are taught twice daily. On the last day of camp, the special experience of participating in a team horse show creates memories that will last a lifetime. 

Sugar & Spice Ranch
Sugar & Spice Ranch

The Saturday to Friday mother and daughter camps are in full operation at the Sugar and Spice Ranch from Memorial Day weekend through Labour Day weekend. Additionally during this time, young riders are invited to return without their mom for a two week adventure summer camp. At these camps, the focus is on learning skills to improve horse riding, and having fun. During the months of September - May the Sugar and Spice Ranch continues to provide mother daughter vacation options, however, they also extend their southern welcome to families, women only groups and corporate team building.

These events are booked at special per person rates for 2 or 3 day weekends.  Due to the popularity of these weekend adventures, advance booking is usually required. The rave reviews from guests often mention that the Sugar and Spice Ranch is a comfortable destination that perfectly harmonizes horse riding and all their other activities, in a relaxing environment. It is a place to return to year after year, as mothers and daughter often see it as a highlight of time spent together. With everything from accommodations, meals and activities incorporated into their all inclusive rates, it is a sure win for budget conscious travelers. For anyone looking for an authentic equestrian vacation, particularly to spend with family, the Sugar and Spice Ranch is the perfect choice. They offer spectacular scenery, in a true Western atmosphere. Steeped in history, reflecting the way things were in 1862, this ranch offers stories unlike any other. Hospitality at Sugar and Spice Ranch means treating their guests like family. For a real, working ranch experience that provides opportunity to learn more about life with horses, in addition to focusing in on creating a stronger bond between mother and daughter, there is no better place than Sugar and Spice Ranch. Also, view the great pictures we have on Pinterest.

Shangrila Guest Ranch's Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

4/24/2014 11:56:58 AM

These easy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are brought to us by the lovely folks over at Shangrila Guest Ranch in Virginia. This recipe is so easy and try it with the kids. They will love to help out and mix the dough!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:
 2 rolls (20-30 ounce)
Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough
2 packages (8 ounce) cream cheese
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:  

  1. Preheat oven to 350' degrees.  Spray a 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Spread 1 package of cookie dough in bottom of pan.
  3. In a bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Spread over top of cookie dough.
  4. Gently crumble the 2nd package of cookie dough over the top of the mixture.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 35-40 minutes.  Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour.  Cut into squares. Makes 18-24 squares.
Shangrila Guest Ranch is truly southern hospitality at its finest. Located in Virginia, the guest ranch caters to couples, families and all types of groups. No matter which season is your favorite, there are activities to enjoy all year long. There is something for everyone. Children especially enjoy collecting eggs from the chickens, feeding the ducks and other farm animals. The farm experience is an excellent opportunity for quality time together. Come and be a part of the family, and come home to Shangrila - our paradise on earth.

Family Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

4/8/2014 3:51:22 PM

Families that have enjoyed the bonding experiences, adventures and well-earned relaxation time  vacationing at a dude ranch, can attest to the fact that one does not need an ’occasion’ to celebrate in order to enjoy this type of vacation. However, with two special dates coming up in the Spring, like Easter and Mother’s Day, there are some very tempting guest ranch vacation promotions that are appealing to travelers looking for family, and budget friendly fun.

Year round, the ’horse lovers paradise’ of Southern Cross Ranch invites travelers to experience the southern hospitality famous to this Madison, Georgia guest ranch. The lunch buffet that is specially prepared for Easter Sunday and Mother Day rises above their already highly reputed meals. Guests staying at the ranch on these two special dates are warmly welcomed to enjoy the extensive lunch buffet selections, compliments of ranch hosts!

Southern Cross Guest Ranch
Southern Cross Guest Ranch

For a unique, and incredible experience that combines the Canadian ranch experience with the tranquility of a spa, Echo Valley Ranch is certainly a favorite. A very special Easter weekend of activities is planned that the whole family can enjoy including arts & crafts, an egg hunt, indoor and outdoor activities and so much more. Special pricing is available for 3 nights stays over Easter weekend.

Echo Valley Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

For family bookings of 3 persons or more, Big Bar Ranch is offering 15% off  from April 18 -21st. Big Bar Ranch is a great choice for families that want to create memories, and stay within their traveling budget. Nestled within the rolling hills of Clinton, B.C., this Canadian ranch offers a ‘relaxed western charm’ and hospitality that can’t be beat.

Big Bar Ranch
Big Bar Ranch

By planning a 2 night stay at Sundance Guest Ranch during Easter weekend, you can take advantage of an incredible 50% off their regular children / youth rates. Conveniently located just 4 hours north of Vancouver, B.C., they are a great choice for those that want to relax, unwind and treat the whole family to an enjoyable vacation.

Sundance Guest Ranch
Sundance Guest Ranch

To really put away the cares and concerns of life’s hectic pace, plan a week-long stay at Coffee Creek Ranch during the month of April for just $995 / per person. With special activities planned for the little ones over Easter weekend, and the beautiful surroundings of Northern California to enjoy, it is a perfect time and place to plan a dude ranch vacation experience.

Coffee Creek Ranch
Coffee Creek Ranch

Once you’ve narrowed down an area where you would like to travel to and any specific interests you may have such as trail riding, fishing, spa treatments or other activities - then it might be time to take a look into some of the terrific discounts offered by many dude ranches such as the ones mentioned above during the spring special occasion dates of Easter and Mother‘s Day. The most difficult part about planning a dude ranch vacation can often be selecting which one of the many incredible destinations to try first. Without a doubt, a dude ranch vacation is an experience that will create lifelong memories with your family. Find your family dude ranch vacation at Ranchseeker.

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.

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

12/11/2013 4:55:21 PM

Looking for the quintessential American frontier experience?

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch
Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

Look no further than the Hawley Mountain Ranch based in Montana. It is made of the same reality-tinged myths that have had Americans obsessed with cowboys for ages! Situated in the middle of thousands of acres of untouched, pristine wilderness, just north of the Yellowstone Park, the Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch is where you can enjoy a lovely vacation. This ladies and gentlemen, is as good as it can get when it comes to dude ranches!

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch
Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

Plan a vacation for two, fun time with the family or a serene holiday for one and take part in the following activities:

  • Horseback Riding: Ride with wranglers on fine horses taking in the scenic beauty.
  • Hiking: Go guided and unguided to explore the unique, fresh natural environment. Your trail will take you through mountains, lakes, caves and much more.
  • Fly Fishing: Catch some trout on the one mile private river frontage of the ranch.
  • Explore Ghost Towns: Take a jeep trip to Independence, famous for its gold mines and ghost town.
  • Campfires and cookouts: Enjoy some hearty western meals while sharing the campfire and some spooky stories with other guests.
  • Explore an Archeological site: This one date’s way back 11,500 years. See our history, well-preserved!
  • See some Wildlife: Elk, moose, coyotes and even bears walk free through these parts. Can you spot some?
There’s plenty to do here for every member of the family. The Hawley Mountain Ranch offers comfortable beds, warm showers and clean accommodations to take the edge of a hectic day!

Hawley Mountain Cabins
Hawley Mountain Cabins

So if you are looking for a great all-American vacation, you can’t go wrong with Hawley Mountain Ranch.

Bed and Breakfast at Meadowlake Ranch

1/20/2013 11:26:56 AM

Meadowlake Ranch Sunrise
Meadowlake Ranch Sunrise

Enjoy the lakeside log cabins at Meadowlake Ranch in Oklahoma and also enjoy this sunrise. This Oklahoma guest ranch is a full service B&B, Dude Ranch, Wedding & Corporate Event Center and Hunt & Fish Club and is located conveniently 15 minutes from Tulsa. Meadowlake Ranch's Lakeside Log Cabins feature a full kitchen, king sized bed, queen sized futon (or sleeper sofa) cozy living room, fireplace and patio with a lakeside view.

Meadow Lake Ranch Log Cabins
Meadow Lake Ranch Log Cabins

You can also stay in authentic Indian tipis. Each tipi features a Chiminea and up to six fold-out sleeping cots.  They are located near a waterfall in a wooded area. Perfect for reunions, youth groups and birthday parties. The private bathroom nearby includes a hot shower, toilet and sink. (sleeps up to 6)

Indian Tipi
Meadowlake Ranch Indian Tipis

Bed and Breakfast stays include a FREE Hot Country Breakfast every morning and every stay includes the 3-H’s… Hiking, Horseshoes & Hammocks.

Book online and save 10%. Use coupon code “DISCOUNT” to save another 10%

Southern Cross Guest Ranch Promotion

12/6/2012 1:57:08 PM

Southern Cross Guest Ranch
Southern Cross Guest Ranch

 Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a premier year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland and within an hours drive from Atlanta. Home to over 200 quality Paint and Quarter horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting. We welcome you to experience our delightful accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and southern hospitality. The Southern Cross Ranch is a wonderful All-Inclusive vacation in a horse lover's paradise. Southern Cross Ranch is bringing back their 2 night stay certificates and horseback riding/dinner vouchers for 2013. These wildly popular promotions can save you up to 55% off!

These are limited in number and only available for a short time. Be sure to get yours today. These are probably some of the best promotions available from Southern Cross Ranch. You can purchase them for yourself or as wonderful gifts for loved ones!  They have an expiry date of December 2, 2013 so a great idea for 2013 vacation planning.

Crane Workshop at Zapata Ranch -March 11 – 15, 2013

11/20/2012 11:44:04 AM

Crane Workshop at Zapata Ranch
Crane Workshop at Zapata Ranch

For the third consecutive year, Mike Forsberg, Dave Showalter and John Rawinski will be joining us for this outstanding Photo Trip at Zapata Ranch. Each year approximately 27,000 Sandhill Cranes migrate through the San Luis Valley, one of the most ecologically and geologically diverse landscapes in the world.  World renowned photographers, Michael Forsberg and Dave Showalter, along with expert naturalist and birder John Rawinski provide you the opportunity for behind-the-scenes access to this natural phenomenon. 

Join us on an intimate journey into public and private lands and wildlife preserves where Mike and Dave will share state of the art photo skills, while John will share his unparalleled knowledge for the area and the Sandhill Cranes. You will leave with a portfolio of beautiful photos (focused primarily on cranes, but also inclusive of other wildlife, landscape and bison), first-hand knowledge of this magnificent landscape and the management, history and conservation work that is being done to preserve it. 

Guests will stay at the Zapata Lodge and enjoy meals cooked by our gourmet chef, Mike Rosenberg. Don’t wait to reserve your spot for this one-of-a-kind opportunity!  Space is limited to 12 participants. Cost: $1,700pp includes all meals, activities, lodging and instruction.

Guest Ranch Vacations Are Fun!

10/10/2012 11:23:46 AM

Are you looking for a new, fun way to spend your next vacation? If so, look no further. A guest ranch vacation is lots of fun. Guest ranch vacations are an ideal way to spend time with your friends or family. RanchSeeker provides you with the opportunity to find the perfect guest ranch vacation for your family and friends from the U.S. to Canada to Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina. Guest ranch vacations offer wide open spaces, unsurpassed majestic scenery, a taste of adventure, peace and quiet, and a chance to live life the way it used to be lived.

Guest Ranch Activities

Ranch Seeker guest ranches offer a wide variety of activities from horseback riding for beginners to daylong treks for the more experienced rider, from swimming in pristine lakes to heated indoor pools; tennis, hiking, water rafting, archery and so much more. Each guest ranch offers different activities so be sure to ask before booking your next vacation.

Guest Ranch Accommodations

Guest ranch accommodations vary from guest ranch to guest ranch. From rustic to deluxe one thing for sure you will be comfortable in either your own cabin or room.

Rooms at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
Rooms at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Guest Ranch Mealtimes
 Mealtimes at guest ranches are always a special event. It’s a time to enjoy delicious home-style cooking or gourmet fare with your fellow guests. Food is usually bountiful and at most guest ranches alcohol is also served.

Nightime at Guest Ranches

After the sun has dropped below the horizon it is time to enjoy campfires, singing, dancing and roasting marshmallows over an open flame. If you went riding that day you may wish to soak in a nice hot Jacuzzi and gaze at the stars. There are also games and movies to entertain the young and the old Whatever you decide to do on your next guest ranch vacation I am sure that you will agree that there are plenty of options for everyone. Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation using our user friendly Dude Ranch Finder.

Happy Trails,

Horseback riding is fun!
Horseback riding is fun!

The Guest Ranch Experience in Pictures! (Part 1)

11/4/2011 11:25:01 AM

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words so today I thought that I would share some of the many beautiful photos of guest ranches listed on RanchSeeker.

A guest ranch vacation is an excellent alternative to just sitting on the beach with your friends or family. It enables you to reconnect with nature and loved ones while surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There are always lots of fun activities to do while staying at a guest ranch like horseback riding, hiking, skeet shooting, roping, swimming and spa treatments. Many guest ranches are open all year round so you can choose to celebrate special holidays away from home in a guest ranch setting.


 Marble Mountain Guest Ranch  in Somes Bar California offers steel-head flyfishing trips as just one of their many fun activities.


  Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch  in Parshall, Colorado provides non-stop activities for kids as part of their Kid's Program.


  Southern Cross Guest Ranch  in Madison, Georgia is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program.


 Red Horse Mountain Guest Ranch  in Harrison, Idaho offers guided kayak tours that explore the chain lakes of the Coeur d’Alene.


 Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch is in Martinsdale, Montana. Here the focus is on horseback riding where you can help move herds of cattle.


 Get in touch with your inner cowboy at Burnt Well Guest Ranch in Rosewell, New Mexico.

There are many guest ranches to choose from for your next guest ranch vacation. Use RanchSeeker's Dude Ranch Finder to help you find the ideal ranch for you.

Happy Trails,

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