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Ranch at Rock Creek Beet Salad

11/18/2014 4:25:05 PM

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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


Beet Salad
The Creek Beet Salad

Pasta Fagioli From Sugar & Spice Ranch

11/5/2014 12:09:55 PM

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Pasta Fagioli

Thanksgiving at The Ranch at Rock Creek

10/21/2014 12:40:19 PM

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

The Ranch at Rock Creek

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

Horseback Riding

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

The Ranch at Rock Creek Dining

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

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

Spend Thanksgiving at Echo Valley Ranch

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

Echo Valley Ranch

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

Echo Valley Ranch Deck

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

Horses

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

Echo Valley Spa

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

Fall Leaves

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

Thanksgiving Special at Big Bar Ranch

10/6/2014 4:39:48 PM

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

Big Bar Ranch

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

Big Bar Guest Ranch

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

Horseback riding

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

Big Bar Ranch

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


Spotted Horse Ranch

9/14/2014 3:30:43 PM

A dude ranch vacation for many is the ultimate way to not only participate in trail riding, sport adventure, enjoy hearty, home cooked meals, take in some breathtaking scenery -  but also to just relax. While you will certainly be treated to some of the finest activities, food and surroundings at Spotted Horse Ranch, they make sure a big part of your stay with them is centered around relaxing! Located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Spotted Horse Ranch has an abundance of outdoor features to offer families, couples and solo travelers. Although relaxing is high on the list of ‘musts’, a stay a Spotted Horse Ranch is never boring!

Spotted Horse Ranch
Spotted Horse Ranch

It is an understatement to say riding through the majestic mountains, forests and alongside riverbanks is memorable. The sheer beauty of the the surrounding land as experienced while riding an Appaloosa horse from the ranch, expertly matched to your trail riding ability, is a step back in time to when life was simple.

Many of the guests at Spotted Horse Ranch come to experience the trout fly fishing from the banks of the nearby Hoback River. Some choose to make it an all day adventure, taking a float down the Snake, New Fork, Green or Hoback Rivers. Definitely an exceptional fishing destination, and with a free casting lesson offered to guests, anyone from novice to expert fishers can certainly enjoy the day.

Fly Fishing At Spotted Horse Ranch

Guests at Spotted Horse Ranch are sure to enjoy the 3 hearty meals served daily in the lodge. With a motto of ‘quality and quantity’, the delicious, home-style cooking is just one of the many reasons visitors return year after year to Spotted Horse Ranch. Open cookouts are also a highlight, where across the flames ranch style steaks are cooked and marshmallows are roasted. What could be better than a tasty treat, with stories to share? Whether it is trail riding, fly fishing, hunting excursions or even relaxing in the natural nearby hot spring ‘hot tub’, the Spotted Horse Ranch is the place for anyone looking to have a vacation that provides adventure, perfectly blended with relaxation. With a true sense of the ‘old west’ and the hospitality that makes each guest feel at home, Spotted Horse Ranch is unique, and wonderful place to visit.

A dude ranch vacation is about taking a break from the everyday pace, and resetting our hectic schedule of daily life. The laid back approach at Spotted Ranch translates into a quiet, calm and comfortable stay for their guests. Having the luxuries of modern day, combined with the simplicity of life - when family, friends, outdoor life and relaxing were at the forefront - makes for the ideal vacation that will leave you feeling refreshed. While it might be a new style of vacation if you are not used to visiting a dude ranch, it might just become your favorite. The Spotted Horse Ranch is a true gem, and can get you back to the basics, while helping you refocus on the truly important things in life.

Tacos De Fajitas Recipe From White Stallion Ranch

6/16/2014 12:22:39 PM

This summer make this easy yummy dish from White Stallion Ranch. Marinate the meat the day before and within 15 minutes you will have dinner on the table. The meat is so flavorful and the simplicity of the dish is what makes it special. White Stallion Ranch is an Arizona dude ranch where the personal touch and hospitality of a traditional dude ranch is carefully blended with the service and quality of a fine resort. The True family welcomes you to the ranch that has been their home for more than 50 years.

Serves 4

Marinade:

1 cup canola oil
½ cup fresh lime juice
 2 Tbs. minced garlic
2 Tbs. chili powder
 2 lb. jaccarded *flap

meat steak, cut width-wise into 3” pieces Canola oil-use as needed
2 large yellow onions, peeled
2 limes cut in half
6” flour tortillas (warm)

Directions:

  1. Marinate the meat overnight.  The next day, remove the meat from the marinade.  Strain and refrigerate the marinade so it can be used another time.  Prepare a hot mesquite or charcoal fire and sear the meat to a rate to medium-rate.  Slice the meat with the grain to get 1/3” x 1/3 x 1” strips.
  2. Thinly slice the onions and halve them.  Halve the peppers through the stem.  Remove the stems and slice the peppers, though not as thin as the onions.
  3. When ready to serve, add oil to a hot griddle.  Sear the onions for a few minutes, stirring often.  Then add the peppers and sear another couple of minutes.  The onions should be browned but the peppers not limp.  Keeping the griddle hot, add the meat with just enough oil so it doesn’t stick.  Mix everything well.  Stirring often, sea the meat until it is done the way you like it.  Then squeeze the limes onto the fajitas which creates the charateristic steam and sizzle.  If you are using a cast iron skillet instead of a griddle, wait and squeeze the limes onto the fajitas at the table.
  4. Serve immediately with the warm tortillas, guacamole, El Charro beans, and pico de gallo or your favorite salsa.
*Flap meat is a bottom sirloin.  As your butcher to jaccard it which tenderizes it.  You can buy a small jaccarder at the culinary shop and do it yourself.  Traditionally, skirt steak is used in the Tex-Mex version of fajitas.

Taco De Fajitas
Taco De Fajitas

Covered Wagon Ranch

5/27/2014 6:40:37 PM
Wouldn’t it be incredible to plan a trip that included being able to go back in time? Picture arriving at your 1920’s style cabin, with a wood burning stove, rustic furniture and a breathtaking river valley view that has kept generations of families returning to this welcoming ranch. At Covered Wagon Ranch, though you can enjoy all the comforts of today, you will feel that time has not changed the beauty of the land, or the hospitality of the hosts, since they opened their doors to travelers back in 1925.

Covered Wagon Ranch

Located in Montana, the Covered Wagon Ranch is easy to locate, as they are just 3 miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Being situated at the fork where the Gallatin and Taylor rivers meet, guests are not only treated to the adventure of the ‘old west’ and unparalleled backcountry horseback riding, but also to some world class fishing. For a real thrill, the water rafting of the Gallatin river is an experience unlike any other.

Covered Wagon Ranch

Taking in all the fun activities available at Covered Wagon Ranch can work up quite an appetite. Enjoy the hearty meals freshly prepared each day, then look forward to cozying up to a warm fire. Getting a great night’s rest in your comfortable cabin will ensure you are refreshed and ready to enjoy more of the ‘old west’ each day of your vacation.

Covered Wagon Ranch

Being that Covered Wagon Ranch is the longest operating lodge in the canyon, they are tried and true. Join in leaving your footsteps as so many generations of travelers have to this beautiful and welcoming ranch.

Big Creek Lodge

5/1/2014 4:18:42 PM

At Big Creek Lodge, located in the Canadian wilderness of British Columbia, there awaits an experience of a lifetime. Few people, other than those adventure seeking souls that travel to this beautiful 4 star destination, have ever seen the wonder of free-roaming horses like the near 1000 that roam within the Chilcotin valley. As if that were not enough, at Big Creek Lodge they assist you with planning a vacation that matches your style, incorporating either active, adventure filled days or relaxation and rejuvenation. Since Big Creek Lodge is a real working cattle ranch, the authentic experience of  sharing a part of the ‘cowboy’ life make it an ideal choice for anyone planning a vacation to a guest ranch.

Big Creek Lodge
Big Creek Lodge Horses

Escaping the cities and towns, surrounded by the land untouched as it was thousands of years ago, allows travelers the chance to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Imagine seeing deer, eagles and countless species of birds as you trail ride through the awe inspiring landscape. The accommodations at Big Creek Lodge are sure to impress. Whether you to stay within a cozy lodge room or a spacious cabin, each offers an incredible view, and all with the comforts of home. Of course, your stay wouldn’t be complete without providing delicious, healthy and hearty meals to take along on pack rides or to enjoy in the relaxing atmosphere of the homestyle country  kitchen.

Big Creek Lodge
The Big Creek Lodge country kitchen

With the tranquil environment, the beauty of the land and the warm hospitality of its hosts, the Big Creek Lodge is a guest ranch favorite of many travelers.

Big Creek Lodge
Big Creek Lodge Accommodations

Marble Mountain Ranch

4/16/2014 10:41:00 AM

There are many considerations to make before choosing a dude ranch vacation that will ultimately meet, and exceed, all your expectations. Particularly if family and friends will be included in the adventure, it is important to select a dude ranch that can accommodate a wide variety of tastes, special interests, age groups and lodging preferences. Year after year, the guest ranch and facilities located at Mable Mountain Ranch in California, are the perfect fit for many vacationers seeking the best all around American dude ranch vacation imaginable.

Marble Mountain Ranch
Horseback riding at Marble Mountain Ranch

While the theme of ‘American cowboy’ is common to many guest ranches, there is a higher level of standard for this type of experience when staying at Marble Mountain Ranch. Rather than outsourcing vacationers to offsite tour groups, the Marble Mountain family take a very personal  interest in the comfort, safety and overall experience of each and every one of their guests. Every aspect of the ranch, from outfitting and guiding events, to preparing the incredible meals served, involves the family personally - thus guaranteeing their high level standards are never compromised.

What truly makes Marble Mountain Ranch one of the best locations in all of America to vacation, is the wide variety of unparalleled adventures possible at the ranch. Keeping families together and engaged in activities suitable from beginner to expert levels, each of the outdoor Western adventures offered are spectacular. For many, it is the horseback trail riding that is the highlight of their stay. However, the ‘summit to sea’ options include not only incredible trail riding to breathtaking mountain views, but also rafting, fly fishing and shooting. In addition, the thrilling jet boat river tours offered of the Lower Klamath River are not only adventurous, but educational, as you explore the past and present of the Yurok tribe culture, and heritage.

Marble Mountain Ranch 

Marble Mountain Ranch
Fishing at Marble Mountain Ranch

After a long day of enjoying the great outdoors, Marble Mountain Ranch welcomes you to come inside and enjoy the upscale, fresh, hearty meals prepared by their in-house chef. Using on site produce from their own orchards and gardens to bring together their original ranch menu items, you know what is served is not only delicious, but also nutritious. Whether you prefer a cozy cabin, or a deluxe furnished home, one thing for certain is that the lodging at Marble Mountain is designed to provide each guest with comfort, quiet and surrounding beauty. Perfect for individuals, couples, families or larger groups, Marble Mountain Ranch will always accommodate the needs and special requests of their guests to the best of their ability.

Much has changed at Marble Mountain Ranch since they began operating their family owned ranch in 1968. They have added activities, improved lodging and menus served, and incorporated youth focused programs and other specialty travels. However, what has not changed is the honest commitment from the Marble Mountain Ranch  family to provide outstanding hospitality, and an unforgettable experience to their guests. Whether booking their all inclusive affordable rates, or taking advantage of seasonal and special promotions, Marble Mountain offers outstanding value for the incredible experience offered.

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