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Welcome to Colorado’s Double G Ranch Part 2

6/11/2019 9:11:00 AM

If you haven’t read part 1 of this blog series be sure to check it out first before learning more about Double G Ranch. 

Aside from lots of summer activities to enjoy during the warmer months Double G is also a great place to visit when the temperatures drop.

WINTER

Colorado is a veritable winter wonderland during the colder months of the year. Guests experience abundant sunshine, Champagne Powder and low humidity while staying at Double G Ranch.


Hiking, Snowshoe-Walking and Cross-Country Skiing

The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) as well as the Middle Fork of the Cimarrons, Owl Creek Pass, Dry Creek, Black Canyon, Gateway Canyon and many other areas provide endless beautiful trails to explore and enjoy nature and wildlife.

Ice climbing

During the winter Bear Creek Falls, Ames Wall and Ouray Ice Park are in a word simply breathtaking!  If you have ever wanted to try your hand at ice climbing, then these locations are the ideal place to learn.

Snowmobile-Tours, ATV-Quad and Jeep-Tours

The trails around the ranch as well as the surrounding open State Park lands nearby are perfect for the adventurous people in your group seeking off-road fun! Upon request the ranch can hook you up with various rental agencies to suit your needs.



Downhill-Skiing (with and without Heli-Drop)

A short forty-five-minute drive from the ranch will have you skiing down the slopes at Telluride in no time which is considered one of the best ski resorts in Colorado. Aspen, just 3 hours away, as well as Vail, Breckenridge and Deer Valley are also skiing trips that you could combine with your ranch vacation. For those looking for the ultimate ski adventure Double G Ranch can organize a helicopter ride that will drop you off on challenging ski routes coupled with awesome powder conditions. Day trips include orientation, six runs and après ski and they can organize Heli-assisted and guided backcountry ski-tours as well.


Biking

Test your fitness level fat biking on frozen lakes and trails. You’ll spend many unforgettable hours outdoors under the Colorado sun.


Throughout the year there are lots of activities and events that guests can enjoy while staying at Double G Ranch.

Surrounding Activities

Lakes:

Ridgway-, Silver Jack – and Blue Mesa Reservoir

Rivers:

Uncompahgre-, Gunnison-, Colorado-, Rio Grande- and Animas River

Waterfalls:

Chipeta Falls, Box Canyon-, Cascade-, Middle Fork- and Bridal Veil Falls

Gold Mines:

Bachelor-Syracuse-, Old Hundred Gold- and Pride of the West Mine

Cities:

Montrose, Ridgway, Cimarron, Ouray, Silverton and Telluride

Canyons:

Black Canyon, Gateway Canyon and Box Canyon

and more:

Moab Desert (Utah), Mesa Verde (caves of the Native Americans), Hovenweep (Pueblo buildings), the One-Million-Dollar-Highway, the Great Sand Dunes in South Colorado and the Garden of the Gods


Nearby Double G Ranch you can enjoy plenty of attractions varying from weekly farmer markets to many live concerts. There is always an event going on: from beer-festivals to rodeos as well as marathon-runs.

For more information:

Ridgway 2019:

During the summer every Thursday  you’ll find Live Concerts and in September Rodeos and many more events.

Ouray 2019:

Starting from the beginning of June every Thursday you’ll find the Mountain Air Music Series and many other events.

Montrose 2019:

On July 4th there’s the Independence Day Parade & Fireworks as well as the Annual BBQ and the Black Canyon Quilt Show as well as many more events

  • Telluride 2019

In August Telluride presents a big jazz festival as well as the Chamber Music Festival and in September the Blues and Brews Festival takes place as well as many more events  


As you can see no matter what time of year you visit Double G Ranch you are sure to have the vacation of a lifetime!

Happy Trails!

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Welcome to Colorado’s Double G Ranch Part 1

5/10/2019 10:42:00 AM

Situated on 40 acres of land in the heart of Western Colorado the Double G Ranch features a completely renovated main building as well as two RV spots and horse accommodations. Located nearby you’ll find open public land which consists of approximately 3000 acres plus a State Park, and two reservoirs which are ideal for fishing, sailing, stand up paddling (SUP), and white-water rafting. The Divide Golf & Country Club as well as four other golf courses close by in Montrose and Delta are perfect for the avid golfer in your group. 


Since the ranch is only a short twenty-minute drive from Montrose guests can take advantage of a variety of shopping and restaurant offerings as well as several convenient connecting flights. United Airlines or American Airlines have direct flights from Denver, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, Los Angeles and Newark. Ridgeway is also only a twenty-minute drive from the ranch. This picturesque “cowboy city” boasts many different restaurants as well as interesting art galleries. Here you will find everything that you need during your holiday.

The ranch’s six newly renovated rooms and suites are furnished in a stylish mix of comfortable “Colorado Country Life” and chic “New York Loft Style” accommodating up to twelve guests in total. Four open fireplaces create a warm and cozy atmosphere for moments of relaxation after a fun-filled day spent outdoors. During the evening relax in their spacious open living/dining area as well as in the separate guest-lounge area complete with a bar, pool-table and open fireplace. A special highlight of the ranch is their expansive deck with easterly and southerly views of the stunning Colorado mountains. A large hot tub combined with mountain vistas, three hundred days of sunshine and wildlife viewing opportunities make for truly memorable moments. 


Mealtimes are always an event unto themselves to be looked forward to while on any vacation. In the morning the delicious aroma of German and American breakfast options attract hungry guests to congregate around the kitchen island. Lunch, upon request, (lunch boxes for the daily trips and rides are provided), are served in the open kitchen/dining/living area or during the summer months on the outside deck. Dinner (priced separately) is served on an inviting banquet table and consists of quality organic beef and seafood dishes. The steaks, burgers and various BBQ meat options are provided by the ranch’s neighbours who operate a sustainable open range farm. Guests can also choose to eat away from the ranch at one of the many restaurants found in Ridgeway, Ouray or Montrose.  

Since Double G Ranch is open not only throughout the warmer months but also during the winter this means that they offer an incredible array of thrilling activities for guests to choose from while on their Colorado guest ranch vacation. 

Summer is almost upon us so below you will find a list of exciting activities that you can take part in over the next few months. Be sure to check back in with us again for our next blog post which will not only outline the sensational winter adventures to be had but also provide other interesting details about this Colorado guest ranch experience.

Summer Activities

Temperatures ranging from 70 – 90 Fahrenheit and plenty of sunshine means that a variety of outdoor activities can be enjoyed during the warmer months. Colorado is truly a magnificent place to be during any season but especially during the summer.

Horseback Riding / Wagon rides

Because of the ranch’s location time spent in the saddle is truly spectacular. The beauty and solitude of the Colorado mountains and landscape is second to none. Ride across free-range cattle pastures where galloping is not only allowed but encouraged for those who are able and after an exciting two hour ride your hosts will welcome you with a well-deserved picnic. Other rides take you through scenic nature parks where abundant fauna and flora are present for your viewing pleasure. Deer, elk and many other wild animals will surely cross your path. 

*The ranch provides horses for guests, but you can also bring your own. The duration of each ride is determined by the ability of your horse. If you do bring your own horse, please be advised that they don’t need shoes on all the trails and the ranch can accommodate up to 10 guest horses. Price per day per horse including food is $20USD. *

**On request and if available you can also participate in small cattle drives. **


Hiking / Running

The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) as well as the Middle Fork of the Cimarrons Owl Creek Pass, Dry Creek, Black Canyon, Gateway Canyon and many other areas offer exciting trails for hikers to explore while reconnecting with nature and the surrounding wildlife.

Rock Climbing

Advanced climbers as well as beginners will find endless climbing opportunities to try out such as the Via Ferrata Climbing Trail in Telluride or in various other high rope courses found nearby.


Off Highway Vehicles (ATV, Jeep, Motocross & Bike Touring)

The trails surrounding the ranch as well as the State Park and open land areas are ideal for off road vehicles. Upon request the ranch can provide several contacts for all types of off-road vehicle rental companies. 

Fishing / Boating / Rafting

Only 10 minutes away from the ranch you will find the Ridgeway Reservoir. Onsite rental companies can provide everything that you need to try your hand at fly fishing, stand up paddling (SUP), motor-boating and water-skiing. For the more adventurous at the Uncompahgre River and Colorado River there are guided tours for white-water rafting and canoe trips. And for those seeking the ultimate “rush” 30 miles away from the ranch you can jump from a 60 ft high cliff into the clear lake in Blue Mesa Park. 


Golf

Only 5 miles away from the ranch avid golfers can take part in a round of golf at the remarkable “ Divide Gold & Country Club” which features unbeatable panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Or choose one of the other 4 golf courses located in Montrose and Delta.


Adventure Activities

If you have ever wanted to soar through the sky in a hot air balloon, fly in a helicopter or see the world from above while strapped into a tandem paraglide then this is your chance. Double G Ranch can help you organize your ultimate bucket list items.

As you can see Double G Ranch has something for everyone seeking a vacation of a lifetime.

Happy Trails!

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Gros Ventre River Ranch’s Jackson Hole Location

4/24/2019 9:42:22 AM

Thinking about going to Gros Ventre River Ranch? Read on to discover why you should choose this Jackson Hole Valley Ranch. 

See GVVR’s original blog post HERE

There are numerous ranches to choose from in the Jackson Hole Valley, and even more if vacationers look to other areas in Wyoming, or to Montana and Colorado. We are asked frequently by potential guests, “So, what makes the Gros Ventre River Ranch’s Jackson Hole location stand out? Why should I stay with you? What is there to do off of the ranch?”




During your stay with us you’ll get to experience stunning horseback riding, excellent cuisine, and world class fly fishing. But that’s not all; GVRR is also an awesome home base for exploring the greater Jackson Hole area!




National Park Proximity

We are so fortunate to be close to not one, but two National Parks. Grand Teton National Park is about twenty minutes away and offers some of the best hiking in the country. Not an avid hiker? Instead of climbing the 3,000 feet up to Amphitheater Lake, walk the even perimeter of Jenny Lake or ride the ferry across it!

Gros Ventre River Ranch is also only an hour and a half from the South Gate of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first National Park. Yellowstone is truly an astounding place full of geological wonders. Take a day trip and drive the South Loop. You’ll see colorful springs, erupting geysers, and bubbling mud!

Thirty Minutes from the Town of Jackson, WY

We are in Kelly, WY just about thirty minutes from Jackson, WY. We love this distance. Town is an easy drive away, but on the ranch, guests feel relaxed and immersed in the natural beauty of Wyoming, away from the hustle and bustle. Many of our guests enjoy a trip into town during their time with us, so we do recommend renting a car. There is plenty to do: Listen to live music at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar or spend an evening at the rodeo. If you’re here at the end of July, head to the Teton County Fair!

Happy Trails!

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Colorado Trails Ranch: Fun for Everyone!

4/11/2019 8:27:13 AM

Fun, adventure and breathtaking scenery await guests at Colorado Trails Ranch located in the San Juan Mountains outside historic Durango, Colorado. For over 53 years the ranch has been offering an authentic dude ranch experience to its visitors. Guest ranch stays are all-inclusive and provide the opportunity to re-connect with family members, create new friends, memories and perhaps learn a new skill. The best way to experience the beauty of the San Juan Mountains is from atop a horse. There are vast mountain ranges, creeks and meadows to explore. It doesn’t matter whether you are a 1st time rider, advanced or fall somewhere in between there are riding options for people off all ages and skill levels. You can choose from morning rides or afternoon rides or both. The more adventurous rider can also take part in team penning and steer soccer, for a small additional charge.

 


Colorado Trails Ranch offer a vast array of activities to do aside from horseback riding. You will be in trout heaven if you love to fish. If you are new to the sport you can learn the basics of fly-fishing and for the more accomplished fisherman there is the opportunity to try out some more challenging spots where you can test your skills out. Other fun activities to try are white-water rafting, trap shooting, and archery, guided nature hikes in the forests and mountains, volleyball, swimming in the heated pool and power tubing for the kids at the nearby Vallecito Lake. After a fun-filled day it’s time for the nighttime activities to begin. Many of the evening’s events are suitable for both kids and adults to enjoy together. There is Western dancing in the Opera House where you and your family will learn the footwork for square and line dancing. And everyone enjoys ice- cream social night, going on hayrides and cowboy campfire sing-a-longs. One night is always reserved for wood-fired cookout serving up beef tenderloin, chicken breast and all the fixings to be enjoyed under a magnificent Colorado sky. A guest ranch vacation at Colorado Trails Ranch can be as active as you want but it can also be just as relaxing too. You can kick-off your boots and enjoy some quiet time in your comfortable, and beautifully decorated cabin or take a relaxing soak in the ranch’s hot tub under a Colorado starry sky.There truly is something for everyone while visiting Colorado Trails Ranch.




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Happy Trails! 

Welcome to Wyoming’s Spotted Horse Ranch

3/8/2019 5:46:11 AM

There is nothing more fun than thinking about where you want to go on your next vacation. This year why not consider putting Spotted Horse Ranch at the top of your travel wish-list? Open May through October, this Wyoming guest ranch, is ideal for travelers who are looking for a more laid-back pace, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Shortly after your arrival you will begin to feel like you have gone back in time to a simpler era in the “American Old West”




Although the day to day pace is more leisurely here it is by no means ever boring! Guests can choose from activities such as fly-fishing, hunting, a scenic float trip on the Snake River or white water rafting for the more adventurous traveler. For those who enjoy hiking there are lots of opportunities to connect with nature as well. 




Of course, staying at a guest ranch for many, is all about horseback riding. The Spotted Horse Ranch, known for their Appaloosa horses, offer daily rides across acres of scenic forest lands. Be sure to bring your camera along to snap pics while you ride through valleys of wildflowers and along river banks surrounded by majestic mountain landscapes. Overnight pack trips are available for guests who would like to experience even more of the “great outdoors” that surrounds the ranch. 


Two nights a week during the summer months the ranch hosts evening cookouts which are always a lot of fun! Nothing quite beats the sound of sizzling steaks and the sweet smell of marshmallows cooking over an open-fire coupled with live entertainment provided by local talent. There is also volleyball, ping-pong, square dancing and horseshoes to try your hand at while taking a break from the more energetic activities. For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, guests can visit local hot springs for a dip in a natural “hot tub.” 

Accommodations consist of comfortable individual log cabins featuring modern conveniences from home or spacious rooms that include private baths with a western-style décor which embodies the true spirit of the West. In the main lodge you’ll find the dining room which overlooks the Hoback River as well as a living-room with a beautiful rock fireplace and lounge. Other main features include a sauna, whirlpool, video library, and laundry facility.          

                                  


A vacation at Spotted Horse Ranch provides adventure as well as perfectly blended moments of relaxation. You decide just how active you want to be during your stay. With a true sense of the ‘old west’ and the hospitality that makes each guest feel at home, this Wyoming guest ranch should be high on your travel wish-list this year.

Happy Trails!

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5 Great Reasons to go to a Guest Ranch

2/20/2019 9:18:09 AM

This year when planning your next vacation for your family, spouse or friends why not choose a guest ranch vacation? You don't have to be a cowboy or even know how to ride a horse to have a great time. Here are 5 reasons you should check out the ranches on RanchSeeker today. 

Dude Ranches Offer All-Inclusive Value Most dude ranches offer all-inclusive vacation packages which makes your vacation stress-free. Comfortable accommodations, meals, snacks and many activities are all included in your upfront costs. Many ranches also have swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas.



( Photo courtesy of White Stallion Ranch)

Dude Ranch Vacation Packages Many dude ranches aside from offering basic all-inclusive vacation packages also offer customizable vacation packages. If you want to be a “real cowboy” for a week you can choose a working ranch and help rustle up the cows, participate in a rodeo and saddle-up your own horse. Or if you prefer a more laid-back approach you could choose a spa package at one of the many ranch spa resorts and spend the week being treated to relaxing treatments and incredible views. There are many vacation packages available that you can choose from to make your dude ranch vacation tailor-made for you.


                                                            

(Photo courtesy of New Haven Ranch)

Horseback Riding If you love horses then a dude ranch vacation is definitely for you. Whether you are an experienced rider or will be riding for the first-time responsible wranglers will help you find the right horse for you. Enjoy riding through forests, surrounded by majestic mountains, or through canyons alongside rushing rivers or even take a ride through an arid desert surrounded by green cacti. Many ranches will pair you with a horse at the beginning of the week who will be yours for the rest of your stay so be prepared to make a new friend.



(Photo courtesy of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Dude Ranches Are Close To Nature A dude ranch vacation is all about the scenery – unplugging from technology and connecting with nature. Riding and hiking trails always lead to the very best of the surrounding landscapes that are inaccessible any other way. Re-connect with the world around you.



(Photo courtesy of Hawley Mountain Ranch

Spend Quality Time Together With today's modern dude ranches offering so many activities there is something for everyone of all ages. Whether you are traveling with your family, spouse or good friends you are bound to find something that interests everyone in your group. Many dude ranches offer kid-friendly programs so be sure to ask them. Vacations are about making memories and spending time together.



(Photo courtesy of Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Still not sure whether a dude ranch vacation is what you are looking for?

Check out our SEARCH FOR RANCHES tab and read more about each ranch listed on RanchSeeker.  

Happy Trails!


Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch Spring Discounts

2/4/2019 9:28:00 AM

Guest ranches in New Mexico take advantage of over 500,000 acres of national forests and rich history to attract visitors. With four centuries of Native American, Spanish and South-western cultures New Mexico is a melting pot of culture. Typically, one thinks of New Mexico as an arid state; however, heavily forested mountain wildernesses cover a substantial area. Aside from horseback riding you can choose from endless recreational activities and enjoy New Mexico’s colourful history, art and flavourful cuisine. On your next guest ranch vacation why not consider visiting Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch?




Now is the time to book your stay to save! Geronimo Trail is offering some great Spring Discounts  

 Book Now and Save up to 25% on select weeks in March and April! 

Join Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch for the western vacation of a lifetime and enjoy:

Warm sunny weather - 280+ days of sunshine per year and turquoise blue skies allowing you to get out of the cold and dreary and back to your happy self again.

3 delicious home cooked meals a day prepared for you.

Private, beautifully decorated accommodations and comfortable beds so you can unwind and catch up on much needed sleep.

Well-trained, responsive, well cared for horses and quality saddles so you can enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Take a step back in time and learn about the history of the area: Explore 1,000-year-old cliff dwellings, view pictographs and find pottery shards and other artifacts.

Don’t miss out on the few available weeks left in March and April with this great discount!

*Must book by February 28th.

*For new 2019 reservations only.

Contact the RANCH via RanchSeeker for specific details.

Horseback ride through awe inspiring deep canyons that will not only take you across crystal clear streams but also lead you to fascinating archaeological sites just full of interesting historical anecdotes.  

View pit houses, cliff dwellings, pictographs, pottery shards, and other artifacts from the Mimbres people, who once populated this land from 200-1150 AD. This area is also the birthplace of Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches’ homeland. During your visit your Informed guides will tell you all about Basque Sheepherders coming through the area, Cowboys, Outlaws and even Tin Mining as well. 




With an emphasis on horseback riding this small family owned guest ranch promises some of the most breathtaking scenery of untouched land in America that you will ever see. Here, you will also find abundant wildlife viewing opportunities, great food and a pleasant climate. When the sun sets guests are treated to a clear starlit studded sky free of any light pollution which means that the Milky Way as well as some planets can often be viewed as well.




Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, open March through mid-November, is a real western adventure! Take advantage of their spring discount and book your last-minute getaway now!

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Happy Trails!

 



Love Is in The Air: Ranch Specials

1/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

February 14th is just around the corner and although any time during the year is a great time to visit one of RanchSeeker’s guest ranches Valentine’s Day is a wonderful reason to book a last-minute getaway with that special someone in your life. Take romance to the next level and book a vacation stay where you will be surrounded by nature, wildlife, clean air and a star-filled night sky. Book a spa appointment for two, get outdoors and ride a horse or try one of the various fun activities available for your enjoyment. When the sun dips below the horizon enjoy a romantic dinner and afterwards take in the breathtaking view of a star-filled sky or relax in a hot-tub before retiring to either a cozy room or private cabin with your partner. Here are 3 guest ranches that are offering Valentine’s Day specials:  

Southern Cross Guest Ranch:

Whose relationship couldn’t benefit from some more play time? Spend a romantic weekend with your special loved one 'Horsing Around' this Valentine's Day at Southern Cross Ranch. Take romance to the next level and book a vacation stay where you’ll spend time outdoors either riding a horse or trying one of the various fun activities available for your enjoyment. 




Horses & Romance Couple's Package - February 14-18

-All meals with unlimited snacks and beverages

-Matching couple's gifts Southern Cross Souvenirs

-Sweetheart Dinner with Champagne and Roses

-2 Tickets to Stefan Thomas Museum of Art 

-2 Tickets to the movies

-One 2 hour ride for two daily 

(one for each night staying)

1 night from $169 pp (Thursday night only)

2 nights from $259 pp (arrive Thurs or Sat) 

3 nights from $389 pp (arrive Thurs, Fri, Sat) 

Request More Info: Southern Cross Guest Ranch




Horseplay for Couples - February 14th and 16th

Two Hour Horseback Ride for Two

Sweetheart Dinner with Champagne and Roses

Feb 14th - $169/couple***

Feb 16th - $209/couple***

***Ride & Dinner only option currently sold out - Please call or email to be added to 1st come 1st serve wait list.

Expiration date: 01/31/2019

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 hour 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.




The Ranch at Rock Creek:

The perfect ranch vacation combines luxury, beautiful surroundings and the spirit of the Old West. At The Ranch at Rock Creek these standards are exceeded by a mile. Located in Montana, the surrounding mountains are the idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable western experience. The harmonious blend of western hospitality, with affordable luxury is what makes Rock Creek a special place. The long-standing history of the lodge is a credit to its scenic location, and hard-working ranch folk that seek to impress.

                                      

Book the following romantic special for Valentine’s Day or until March 31st. Who says that you can only celebrate on February 14th?

Romantic Winter Getaway

Make this winter a season of renewal with a luxurious couple’s respite in alpine Montana. Enjoy private adventures, farm-to-table dining, spa treatments and cozy fireside moments while we handle the gear, guides and details. 

Offer Details:

Experience More: Stay 3 nights, receive a complimentary 4th night from now until March 31, 2019 and receive complimentary experiential amenities:

Enjoy a half-day, privately guided outdoor winter activity, such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, nature trek; or a full-day of guided downhill skiing at Discovery Ski Area.

Choose either two (2) one-hour restorative massage treatments or two (2) side-by-side 45-minute Hiker’s Refresh treatments in the Granite Spa.

Learn about the farm-to-table meals prepared by our Relais & Châteaux chefs while enjoying Montana craft beer pairings, regional wines or tea.

Downhill skiing and snowboarding are fully included in your winter stay at The Ranch.



Red Reflet Ranch: 

If you live near Ten Sleep, Wyoming don’t miss out on this extraordinary culinary feast on February 14th. And if you are looking for a romantic getaway why not include this special night with a few days away with that special someone.

This luxurious resort, situated on 27,000 acres in the Wyoming Big Horn Mountains has landscapes that vary from red rim rock to rolling foot hills to aspen forests, limestone canyons, and mountain meadows. The ranch features outstanding facilities, superb food and an experienced staff all in a beautiful natural setting. Your vacation at Red Reflet is all-inclusive and offers you unlimited activities. You can do as much as you want or simply choose to relax it’s up to you.


                                         

 

 

                         Social hour begins @ 5:30/Dinner will start at 6:30pm

 

Appetizers

 

*Delicious individual Coquille Saint Jacques at your table*


 

Salad

 

Red Reflet's signature Artisan salad with select fresh ingredients

and Raspberry Vinaigrette 

served with warm Brioche Swirl Rolls

Intermezzo

 

Have your pallet cleared and refreshed by a

*Strawberry Elderflower Sorbet*


Entree of your choice 

 

*Veal Oscar*

Sweden's King Oscar II favorite Entree

topped with Crabmeat and Bernaise sauce

 

*Chef Clint's Award Winning Osso Bucco*

slowly braised and complimented by Gremolata

 

*New Yorker's Famous Poached Seabass*

seasoned with the refined flavors of Ginger, Soy and Cilantro

 

*Chef Randy's Fire Roasted Beef Barbacoa*

Beef sirloin marinated in citrus, garlic and herbs.

Then, cooked on an open fire!

All Entrees are served with Yukon Gold Potato Roses

and Herb Roasted Seasonal Vegetables


Round up the evening with one of Stephanie's


Dessert Creations

 

*Passion Fruit and Mango Verrine* 

*A Slice of Heaven*

Pistachio Joconde layered between fruity Raspberry Coulis

and Vanilla Bavarian Cream

 

*Chocolate Cannoli Cheesecake Mousse Torte*

 

Dessert for 2 for $10 extra

*Chocolate Ravioli*

filled with creamy Mascarpone on Cherry Sauce

 

Wine Pairing ($20)

Add the perfect glass of wine to each course 

**coffee & tea included

** starts @ $55 per person plus tax and gratuity



RESERVATION

or call us to reserve a table at 307-366-2340 ( Be sure to mention that you heard about it first on RanchSeeker)

 





So what are you waiting for this February surprise that special someone in your life with an unforgettable Valentine’s Day getaway.

 And keep in mind...

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones, Engineer

Happy Trails!

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Make 2019 a Bucket List Year!

12/27/2018 6:08:00 AM

Soon we will be bidding farewell to 2018 and ringing in the New Year. For many, it is all about making resolutions which often include: go to the gym, lose weight, eat healthier food, try something new or tick off items from your bucket list.

If life as a cowboy/cowgirl and reconnecting with nature has always been something you’ve dreamed of, then the following article which first appeared in Ranch & Reserve Magazine’s 9th issue will be of interest: 

“If a Guest Ranch Vacation Isn’t on Your Bucket List It Should Be” 

In the spirit of the New Year upon us, I have decided to repost with applicable updates:


The Oxford Dictionary defines “bucket list” as follows:

Noun

Informal

A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime: making this trip is the first thing on my bucket list

Origin

Early 21st century: from the phrase, “kick the bucket ‘die’ ” popularized by the 2007 film “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman


Ever since “the Bucket List” hit movie theaters worldwide, a bucket list movement has been on the rise and continues to evolve among younger and older generations alike. Websites with titles like “10,000 Things To Do Before You Die” and “100+ Creative Bucket List Ideas You Should Add To Your List” are popular search engine phrases for those looking for inspiration and ideas to help create their own personal bucket list.

Nowadays, more and more people suffer from the never-ending pressure of their day-to-day responsibilities, commitments and overwhelming time constraints. Whether it’s a student working towards a degree, a hardworking employee with perhaps a family to raise or a simple case of trying to schedule a “date” with a significant other, life doesn’t leave much time to dare to dream and plan those things you would like to do before, yes….I’m going to say it…kick the bucket!

Health, monetary and career goals along with those endless to-do lists may already be a part of your daily routine, however, a bucket list allows you to delve deeper and ask yourself what do you really want to do, experience, see and learn in your lifetime? There is nothing too big, insignificant or random when making a bucket list.  In fact, it can be an incredibly enlightening experience. From a very young age we are taught to consider others before ourselves and as we grow older this can often result in setting aside or putting off things that perhaps at one time were very important to us.

An encouraging and positive aspect of bucket lists is that they are fluid in nature. During a lifetime, priorities will change and things that at one time or another were at the top of the list, may not be so later on. My bucket list is a perpetual work in progress, a constant subtracting and adding of new experiences and goals that I would like to achieve, although there are many “givens” that consistently remain throughout this process. As I grow as a person and am exposed to all the wonderful choices that this wide world has to offer, I find that a bucket list enables me to approach life with an enthusiastic “joie de vivre” as I strive to live life to the fullest.

Everyone’s bucket list is unique. Perhaps it includes an extreme activity like sky diving, swimming with sharks, or bungee jumping. But a bucket list can also be about learning a new language, living abroad, swimming in the ocean for the first time, learning to ride a horse or visiting a country that appeals to your inner self.  The act of making a bucket list allows your imagination to roam freely as you identify and make accomplishing these goals an integral part of your life plan. As C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

An endless…. literally endless list of possibilities exist out there, so when making up a bucket list perhaps a guest ranch vacation isn’t one that immediately comes to mind…..but oh how it should!  Guest ranches provide an unbeatable opportunity to engage in an array of exciting and challenging activities, quite often conveniently close to home or far away in colourful locales. Experience the thrill of trail rides among absolutely breathtaking scenery as you decompress, reconnect with nature and get in touch with your inner “cowboy or cowgirl.”  With so many excellent dude ranches to choose from, the following is a short list only to consider when planning your next bucket list guest ranch adventure.

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch 

Open meadows, tall Ponderosa forests and an abundance of wildlife awaits you at this New Mexico guest ranch. Horseback riders or hikers will marvel at the deep canyons and crystal clear streams that are all part of the Gila National Forest. While you explore the area you will have the opportunity to learn about the rich history associated with the region. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small ranch (only 4 cabins) so guests are guaranteed a truly personal atmosphere.



Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch


The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch 

Wyoming is the perfect playground for those looking for an exceptional experience! With 650,000 acres to explore this upscale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch is the ideal vacation choice. Trapshooting, archery, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking,4X4 tours as well as many other opportunities await the adventurous. Be sure to book well in advance so that you don’t miss out since this guest ranch fills up quickly due to returning guests and word of mouth.



The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch


Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Considered “One of America’s Best Dude Ranches" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Southern Cross Guest Ranch, is a wonderful All-Inclusive vacation in a horse lover's paradise. It is conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland and is within an hour’s drive from Atlanta. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting and is also home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. There are various activities to choose from while staying at Southern Cross Guest Ranch where horseback riding is the featured activity.



Southern Cross Guest Ranch

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Guest Ranch Vacations: Get Right With Winter Fun

12/10/2018 9:06:00 AM

The following blog was originally posted in Ranch & Reserve Magazine's winter edition.

Once again, a magical time of year is upon us. With shorter days come colder temperatures and the scattered remnants of fall will soon be covered by a glistening white blanket of snow. For some, winter means hunkering down at home and bundling up under thick duvets until spring pokes up its welcome head in March or perhaps booking a vacation at some tropical destination. But for others, it signifies a world of exciting outdoor activities in the crisp fresh air, that are only available during a few months of the year. Snow enthusiasts embrace the opportunity to cross country ski, hit the slopes for downhill skiing, snowshoe across pristine snowy landscapes or tackling varied terrains on a snowmobile. And for die-hard equestrians and newcomers alike, nothing compares to the sound of crunching snow underfoot as rider and horse hit the trails surrounded by snow-capped mountain ridges or valleys.  



(photo courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek)

Of course, wintertime also represents the opportunity to chill out, pun intended, as well as indulge in culinary delights. Above all, it is a festive season that brings families together to celebrate time-honoured traditions that are enjoyed from generation to generation. But it’s also that time of year when people are thinking about fresh beginnings and are more open to new experiences as the year comes to a close.  It is the ideal time to shake things up and try something different.  This year, instead of staying at home, heading to a beach or ski resort, consider choosing a guest ranch for an exhilarating winter vacation.  The Ranch at Rock Creek, Latigo Ranch and Western Pleasure Ranch provides exceptional outdoor winter activities to choose from, cozy accommodations, hearty gourmet meals and the opportunity to create everlasting memories and new family traditions for the whole family to enjoy!

The Ranch at Rock Creek,  a Forbes Travel 5-star dude ranch located in picturesque Montana, offers year-round adventure-packed vacations. Families or couples seeking the ultimate winter experience can choose from a list of over twenty thrilling activities that include UTV tours, downhill skiing at nearby Discovery Ski area, and ice skating. Of course, relaxing by a roaring fire, treating yourself to spa treatments (for an additional fee) and feasting on gourmet food are all part of the all-inclusive luxury vacation experience here. Rates also include equipment, gear and professional guides so that you can leave all your bulky gear at home.  If a stress-free adventure-filled vacation with just the right amount of relaxation is what you are looking for this season, then The Ranch at Rock Creek fits the bill. 

At a Glance:

Experience More This Winter: Stay 3 nights between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 and receive a complimentary 4th night (excepting peak holiday weeks and seasonal celebrations).

Included excursions to Discovery Ski Area with ski concierge

Twice-daily guided on-ranch adventures are included in your stay

Special winter activities and year-round activities: horseback riding, shooting sports and photography classes

Reduced winter season rates

Special winter activities and events are subject to change due to weather, snow and safety conditions

The Ranch at Rock Creek also offers two festive holiday celebration specials. For more details: 

https://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/special/holidays-at-the-ranch/ 

https://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/special/new-years-eve-in-montana/ 



( photo courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek)

Two hundred inches of snowfall (on average), fifty kilometers of groomed XC Trails and two hundred square miles of back-country powder are what you can expect at Colorado’s Latigo Ranch  during the winter months. Whether you come for just the day to ski or stay for a week, you’ll enjoy world-class trails as well as good old-fashioned ranch hospitality. This skier’s paradise, as well as all the other exciting winter activities, keep guests coming back year after year. Snow-shoeing, sledding, fat biking and tubing guarantee fun times will be had by all while enjoying the great outdoors. 

Lots of opportunities exist to rest and relax while staying at the ranch. After working up a healthy appetite adventuring outside, dine on gourmet contemporary cuisine and sinful desserts. Once dinner is done, engage in a friendly game of ping pong or foosball with your fellow guests in the main lodge, or take a dip in the hot tub and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding mountains. At the end of the day retire to your modern log cabin and cozy up beside a crackling fireplace or wood-burning stove. Latigo Ranch is truly a winter wonderland.

At a Glance:

Winter Rates

December 22, 2018 — March 17, 2019

Daily Rates Per Person (Inclusive)

Adult (14+): $200*

Children (6-13): $130*

Children (5 & Under): Free

Daily Skiing & Fat Biking Rates

Reservations Required

Trail Fee $20

Lunch: $25

 *Rates Include All Tax & Gratuity



( photo courtesy of Latigo Ranch)

Last but certainly not least scenic North Idaho’s Western Pleasure Guest Ranch,  situated on 1100 acres, embodies the true spirit of the west throughout the year. However, when the temperature drops, and the snow begins to fall, the ranch is transformed into a veritable winter playground. Whether you prefer to spend your time downhill or cross-country skiing, fat biking, or relaxing in the spa Western Pleasure Guest Ranch features five distinct experiences to choose from. All packages include a hearty ranch breakfast served in the main lodge for the duration of your stay. 

At a Glance:

Log Cabin or Lodge Room Getaway Schweitzer Ski Packages:

This all-inclusive ski package includes one day of skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride for two.

Two-Night All Inclusive Log Cabin Ski Vacation Package:

$620.00/Couple (plus taxes)

Two-Night All Inclusive Lodge Ski Vacation Package:

$500.00/couple (plus taxes)

*Packages not available December 20th – January 1st*


Spa Package:

Kick off your vacation with a romantic sleigh ride for two. Then, indulge yourself with a day of absolute pampering while you enjoy the services at the Highlands Day Spa North Spa in Sandpoint. Your “Just the Two of Us” package includes a foot bath and foot massage (25 minutes) and a relaxing 55-minute full body massage for each of you.

Two Night Cabin Rate:

 $675.00/couple (plus taxes)

Two Night Lodge Room Rate:

 $585/couple (plus taxes)

*Packages not available December 20th – January 1st.



(photo courtesy of Western Pleasure Ranch)

Snowmobile Package with Selkirk Powder Co.:

Adventure seekers, whether newbies or experts, can satisfy their need for speed snowmobiling along the splendid back-country wilderness trails.

Two Night Cabin Rate:

$770.00/couple (plus taxes)

Two Night Lodge Room Rate:

$640.00/couple (plus taxes)

Additional people may be added for $200.00 per person

*Packages not available December 20th – January 1st

 Cross-Country Ski Package:

Enjoy the snow without the hassle of crowded mountain slopes by utilizing the 10+ kilometers of groomed ski trails located around the ranch for your peaceful cross-country skiing pleasure.  This package also includes your own private horse drawn sleigh ride.

Two Night Cabin Rate:

$440.00/couple (plus taxes)

Two Night Lodge Room Rate:

$350/couple (plus taxes)

*Package not available December 20th – January 1st


Fat Bike Package:

Explore the 10 + kilometers of trails on a fat bike, ideal for snow packed terrain and winter fun. A private horse drawn sleigh ride rounds off your stay. 

Two Night Cabin Rate:

$520.00/couple (plus taxes)

Two Night Lodge Room Rate: 

$430/couple (plus taxes)

*Package not available December 20th – January 1st


This season let RanchSeeker  help you find an exciting alternative for your winter getaway. Now more than ever, we could  all benefit from some time out and what better way to do that than at a guest ranch rediscovering invigorating outdoor winter activities surrounded by such immense beauty?

Happy Trails!


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