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Echo Valley Ranch

7/2/2014 2:15:09 PM

Located just a few hours northeast of Vancouver,  British Columbia, is a very unique vacation destination.  Harmoniously blending adventure and exhilaration with relaxation and tranquility, Echo Valley Ranch is truly a magical place.

Echo Valley Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

The 160 acre, interior mountain ranch location provides the perfect surroundings for breathtaking outdoor exploration. Guests can choose from on site eco-friendly adventures, or off site touring with a host of local partners for trail riding, rafting, golf , fly fishing, gold panning and much more. Each outdoor excursion is designed to give visitors the opportunity to participate in the activity at their level (from beginner to advanced) ,and stay safe while discovering the beauty of the area.

Spa Treatments

Each accommodation style, from standard and premium lodge rooms, to cabins and the Royal Suite, provide guests with luxurious style, incredible views, and the comfort and warmth that makes Echo Valley special. The hosts at Echo Valley ensure that each guest feels at home, plus adding the extras that make your stay exceptional.

Echo Valley Ranch Accommodations

Guests are always delighted with the homegrown, organic, gourmet meals served each day at Echo Valley. Raising their own cattle and pigs, and incorporating all natural ingredients into each dish prepared, the meals at Echo Valley are designed to invigorate, and provide optimum health benefits. The flavorful, delicious meals that guests enjoy are served ‘family style’ in their open kitchen. Sharing stories, and forming friendships over a meal shared together is a highlight of the Echo Valley experience.

Organic Ranch Cuisine

Echo Valley has received numerous awards over the years. Most recently however, the team at Echo Valley Ranch is exceptionally proud to have been chosen Best Small Hotel and Best Service Hotel in TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice category for 2013. This honor is without question a result of not only the beauty of the facilities and incredible activity and spa options, but also the genuine friendliness and commitment of the team to making the experience of Echo Valley Ranch for each guest outstanding. For some, narrowing down the guest ranch vacation that is perfect for their style may be a challenge. However, as Echo Valley offers the perfect mix of rest and relaxation with thrilling adventure in an incredibly scenic setting, it is the ideal location for almost everyone. 

Offering a unique, authentic experience that will without a doubt refresh the body and mind, Echo Valley redefines luxury. With spectacular scenery in the Canadian wilderness, activities that focus on connecting with the natural balance of nature, and spa treatments that transport you to total relaxation, Echo Valley Ranch is an experience not to be missed. This Canadian oasis is awaiting your escape, and the team are ready to ensure your experience at Echo Valley Ranch is nothing short of magical.

California Dude Ranches

6/25/2014 1:15:45 PM

When planning a vacation within the State of California, there are obvious, predictable tourist destinations. There are also some ultra expensive luxury vacations, specifically designed to be appealing to the rich and famous, yet unaffordable for most travelers, particularly families. However, many individuals, couples and families have crossed over the boundaries of what is common, exercised a little adventure, stayed within their budgets, and created lifetime memories by choosing an incredible California dude ranch vacation. A dude ranch vacation can be relaxing, with plenty of unscheduled time to just sit back and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings. It can also be an action filled adventure with horseback riding, fishing, hiking, rafting and more. California dude ranches abound with choices for travelers with either style of vacation in mind, and most often they offer the perfect blend of both.

California dude ranches
Photo Courtesy of Coffee Creek Ranch

The Coffee Creek Ranch, located in Northern California is 367 acres of natural, pristine wilderness that lies along the banks of the Coffee Creek. For fly fishing enthusiasts, this is a dream location. If pack riding or shorter trail riding is more your style, they tailor to suit your needs to ensure your expectations are exceeded. Everything about Coffee Creek, from their comfortable and cozy cabin accommodations, to their freshly prepared, delicious  hearty meals says they want to be sure their guests stays are truly enjoyable. With budget friendly options, Coffee Creek is definitely a contender for one of the best guests ranches in California.

Coffee Creek Ranch

Howard Creek Ranch Inn is another California dude ranch offering truly amazing options for adventurous travelers. There are Pacific beaches, mountains, the California Redwoods and so much more awaiting to be discovered at this 60 acre ranch located on the Mendocino coast. With horseback riding that can include beach or mountain rides, and plenty of options for vacationers that seek relaxation too, Howard Creek Ranch is a true gem. With a lovely variety of unique comfortable rooms, a breakfast menu that is sure to delight and incredible outdoor activities - Howard Creek is a favorite that guests return to year after year.

Howard Creek Ranch Inn

Marble Mountain Ranch is unparalleled in their ability to offer ‘sea to summit adventures’. Whether it is  awe inspiring views on a mountain trail ride, steelhead fly fishing, white water rafting or even a jet boat tour into the Pacific ocean - Marble Mountain Ranch has it all! One can hardly believe that with all the activities, the superb dining, and the lodging that is sure to satisfy - they keep their regular prices affordable, and promote discounted rates for specials throughout the season.

Marble Mountain Ranch

California is a state with so much beauty, and variety. Taking advantage of the ‘natural playground’ at one of the dude ranches in California is an ideal way to leave the worries and stresses behind - and enjoy some family time, one on one time, or even just ‘me’ time. Travel back in time to the days of the ‘old west’, but with all the convenience and comforts we have to enjoy now at a dude ranch in California! When planning a vacation within the State of California, there are obvious, predictable tourist destinations. There are also some ultra expensive luxury vacations, specifically designed to be appealing to the rich and famous, yet unaffordable for most travelers, particularly families. However, many individuals, couples and families have crossed over the boundaries of what is common, exercised a little adventure, stayed within their budgets, and created lifetime memories by choosing an incredible California dude ranch vacation. A dude ranch vacation can be relaxing, with plenty of unscheduled time to just sit back and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings. It can also be an action filled adventure with horseback riding, fishing, hiking, rafting and more. California dude ranches abound with choices for travelers with either style of vacation in mind, and most often they offer the perfect blend of both.

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


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)


  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

The Ranch at Rock Creek

6/9/2014 1:24:44 PM

If the ultimate ranch vacation would include the perfect balance of luxury, beautiful surroundings and a spirit of the Old West, then The Ranch at Rock Creek the exceeds these standards by a mile. Located in Montana, the surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable western experience.

Rock Creek Ranch

Many guests opt to stay in the Granite Lodge, a spectacular blend of authentic western style, with the polished elements of today’s luxurious amenities. The Lodge is also the base location for the dining room, great room, bar, pool and spa.

Accommodations at The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch also offers two other incredible lodging styles; glamping and private log homes. Glamping is above and beyond traditional tenting, although the canvas roofed homes provide an element of being part of the natural surroundings. Each unique glamping cabin offers comfortable, private accommodations, while not losing the elements of an outdoor experience. At the Ranch, they also offer 10 unique, upscale, private log homes that cater to couples or families looking to truly enjoy a luxury ranch feel, with incredible scenic views from every lookout.


If you hope to relax and unwind on your guest ranch vacation, the Granite Spa is unparalleled in their customized massages and body treatments. Their accredited spa technicians will ensure you feel rejuvenated, and refreshed. With a focus on breathing, endurance and alignment, a mat-free yoga session might also be on your list of to-do’s at the Ranch. Experiencing peaceful meditation surrounded by Montana’s beauty often heightens awareness, and breaks personal boundaries.

Rock Creek Ranch

Of course, a Montana guest ranch vacation would not be the same without horseback riding. With expert wranglers, and over 50 head of horses, regardless of riding ability guests are assured a positive horse riding experience on the surrounding Rock Creek trails. Guests are also invited to enjoy local fly fishing, hiking, biking, clay shooting - and more! Activities to suit every level, age and interest are all available at Rock Creek, and are sure not to disappoint.

Horseback Riding

The meals served at Rock Creek are nothing short of inspiring. Carefully selected menus are expertly prepared daily, using fresh local, organic ingredients. Paired with fine wine and drinks, guests can enjoy sumptuous meals in the dining room, or Silver Dollar Saloon. A favorite meeting place is also the Blue Canteen, where fresh brew and morning baked goods, light lunches and other snacsk are served in their canvas sided canteen.

Dining at Rock Creek

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. Guests to Rock Creek may be first time ranch vacationers, but quite often will return again and again as they recognize the lodge as a place to experience Montana at its finest, while enjoying a luxurious vacation. Although the Ranch does offer special holiday escapes and event packages throughout the year, a special occasion is not needed to treat yourself and your family to this one of kind ranch!

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.

Individual Fruit Galettes with Red Wine Sauce

5/19/2014 9:30:53 AM

This is a great dessert for summer outdoor dining brought to you from the folks at Lazy L&B Ranch. Lazy L & B Ranch is a Wyoming dude ranch known for promoting a simple life style,spectacular country, great food and memories of a life time. It's so impressive your friends will think you have gone to pastry school. It also takes advantage of all the delicious summer fruits.

Fruit Galette
Fruit Galette

Serves 12


12 pieces of puff pastry
 1 cup butter, melted
 4 to 6 cups of the fruit(s) of your choice, sliced
 2 cups brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2.  Lightly score a border around the entire edge with a paring knife and then prick everything inside this border with a fork.
  3. Brush each piece with a generous helping of butter.
  4. Place the buttered pastry in the oven for five minutes or just until it begins to rise.
  5. Take the pastry out of the oven and arrange your fruit(s).
  6. Sprinkle brown sugar over the fruit.
  7. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

2 cups brown sugar
 Splash of water
 1/2 cup red wine
 2 cups unsalted butter,
divided into 12 pieces


  1. Heat the brown sugar with a bit of water over medium heat.
  2. Add the red wine and stir slowly.
  3.  Once the sugar and wine is incorporated, incorporate the butter one piece at a time and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly.
  4. Drizzle the sauce over the galettes.

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.

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

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

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


  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.

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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