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Romantic Honeymoon Ideas At Luxury Ranches

7/7/2013 10:15:23 PM

In the past, guest ranches were simply working ranches that provided fuss-free accommodation to travelers who happened to pass by along the way. Today, however, guests ranches have become a booming part of the tourism industry in Northern America, and have become popular destinations for individuals, families and even couples for their honeymoon. So, if you’re thinking about spending your honeymoon in a luxury ranch, here are some excellent honeymoon ideas to consider before deciding and planning your trip.

A Rustic Romantic Honeymoon

Luxury Ranch Accommodations After the stress of making sure everything goes right for your wedding, it’s high time to unwind and relax during your honeymoon. Most guest ranches nowadays have comfortable accommodations, but if you are looking for top of the line and luxurious accommodations, then luxury ranches are the best option for you. Luxury ranches such as the Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado feature spacious lodge rooms or deluxe log cabins. The cabin accommodations have a private hot tub on the deck.

Outdoor Activities Most guest ranches feature outdoor facilities for typical ranch activities such as horseback riding, cowboy cookouts and barbecues, nature trekking and trailing and hiking – which can be a great experience if you have never been to a ranch before. But, luxury ranch resorts have even more than that. There are facilities and amenities that allow you to enjoy golf right on the premises or somewhere nearby. Some other common activities in luxury ranches are wildlife viewing, sports (such as tennis and volleyball), white water rafting, kayaking, yoga classes and photography trips.  Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa in Utah even has hot air balloon facilities. These activities are great romantic honeymoon ideas that you can share with your partner and you can spend the whole day trying all of them and having fun.

Communing With Nature Although there are a wide range of activities that you can do in luxury ranches, you do not have to try them all. In fact, another fun romantic honeymoon idea is to simply do nothing. That’s right; you can simply kick back and enjoy the view. Whether you’re soaking in the hot tub while enjoying the view of the natural forest or sitting on the cabin deck and breathing the fresh mountain are taking a night walk along under the bright moonlight, a honeymoon spent at luxury guest ranches allow you to commune with nature.

Spa Services Although located in the middle of the wilderness, luxury ranches are also like five star resorts that feature spa facilities. Spending the whole day getting pampered in the spa is one of the best romantic honeymoon ideas, and you can experience it right in the premises of the venue. You can choose from relaxing massages, body scrubs or facials. Relaxing spa services are great after a full day’s worth of tiring outdoor activities.

Some Romantic Guest Ranches

Echo Valley Ranch is situated in BC and has a private cabin just for honeymooners. It’s located on the edge of the ranch resort so you can have privacy but still be close enough to the main lodge. There is an on site European and Thai spa so pampering is often part of the agenda. They even have a Cariboo Honeymoon Package to make things easier for you. Indeed luxury ranches such as the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa offer these services and features and more, which can be perfect romantic honeymoon ideas. So, go ahead and experience the best romantic getaway by booking a stay at a luxury ranch today.

Honeymoon Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

The Resort at Paws Up is a luxury ranch located in Montana which offers 2 types of accommodations for honeymooners: a luxury home or a glamping tent. Each of these can offer the privacy honeymooners are seeking. They provide various honeymoon packages with activities such as massages, horseback riding, canoe trips and more. You will surely have a honeymoon like no other at The Resort at Paws Up

Honeymoon Ranch
The Resort at Paws Up

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Some Great Deals at Tod Mountain Ranch

6/22/2013 4:01:11 PM

Only four hours away from Vancouver, Tod Mountain Ranch is nestled in Louis Creek Valley. Albeit small and modest, the guest ranch presents an exclusive, peaceful, and serene atmosphere to savour a special, hands-on horse riding adventure. Here are some of the specials that the ranch has to offer:

Tod Mountain Ranch

Canada Day Weekend

Take advantage of three-night accommodation, full meals and snacks, and use of facilities at the ranch from June 18 to July 1, 2013 at only $745 per head, tax exclusive.

August Long Weekend

For only $845 per person, you can indulge in a three-day weekend of riding adventure from August 2 to 5, 2013.

Labour Day Weekend

On Saturday, people can head over to Barriere to explore the many exhibits at the Fall Fair & Rodeo. After lunch, experience the Rodeo, Chuckwagon Racing and Chariot Racing. Following the Rodeo, you will eat your supper at a nearby bistro before heading back to the Tod Mountain Ranch. You can leave on Monday following the afternoon meal. Get this special offer on August 30 to September 2 for just $845 per head.

Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend

This special offer is valid from October 11 to 13 for only $745 each person. The Thanksgiving Weekend package covers three nights of fun-filled riding, meals and lodging.

Winter at the Ranch

Here’s a great deal for those who want to go somewhere for the winter. For only $1000 per night, you, together with up to twenty-four friends, can exclusively use the ranch. This is valid from November 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

With all these great deals why not consider a guest ranch vacation at Tod Mountain Ranch?

Fun Insider Tips About The Three Bars Ranch

6/11/2013 6:04:59 PM

The Three Bars Ranch, situated in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, was chosen as Canada’s #1 Guest Ranch back in the year 2012. This guest ranch is large enough to accommodate at least forty people, requiring a minimum three-day stay.

Three Bars Ranch
Three Bars Ranch in BC

So, what does this guest ranch have to offer? The Three Bars Ranch ensures your comfort and privacy through upscale log cabins. The log cabins are provided with a private bath, the choice between a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds, a living room, kitchen amenities, private porches all overlooking at the exquisitely landscaped yards. That’s luxury all in one cabin, and it might even tempt you to stay there the whole day. But of course, there are many activities and experiences that should call you outside of your accommodations.

Three Bars Cabins
Rustic Cabins at Three Bars Ranch

What To Do At The Guest Ranch

Three Bars Ranch offers a variety of activities aside from horseback riding – you can also go hiking, rafting, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities.

BC White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting at Three Bars Ranch

You can also experience the full culinary experience of a guest ranch – meals are often served as buffets, or barbeques.

Three Bars Ranch
Dining at Three Bars Ranch

You will never get bored at the guest ranch – and nightfall is no exception. Evenings are filled with activities such as volleyball tournaments, campfires, songs and other games. Spend your holidays at a guest ranch – where you will never get bored, your kids will be stimulated physically, and you can exercise yourself through countless physical activities provided by the Three Bars Ranch, without sacrificing your comfort.

Here’s one thing that is worth noting: They have a special Rodeo Week offer that is valid from August 11, 2013 to August 17, 2013. With this offer, During the Aug 11th week, guest will have the option of joining the ranch crew for the evening performance. This is always a highlight of the summer. So go ahead and contact Three Bars Ranch today.

Brandied French Toast Recipe

6/4/2013 2:58:33 PM

Make this tasty french toast recipe your next weekend breakfast or brunch, provided generously by Elk Mountain Guest Ranch located in Colorado where you will surely dine well. High and remote with off-the-beaten path charm, Elk Mountain Guest Ranch is a convenient 2.5 hour drive from Denver Airport.  Horseback through unspoiled wilderness or go on a thrilling white water raft trip. Maybe take a vehicle trip to Aspen or camp overnight high in the Rockies. All these activities are available at Elk Mountain Guest Ranch.

Yield:  1 loaf French bread

5 eggs
1 cup cream
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. almond extract
1 Tbsp. Brandy
¼ cup sugar
1 loaf French bread, sliced about
¾ inches thick

  1. Whisk together the first 6 ingredients together until well mixed.
  2. Dip a bread slice and then and grill on both sides until golden brown.
  3. Serve french toast with syrup and also delicious with sauteed bananas
Branded French Toast
Branded French Toast

Dude Ranch Vacations For Foodies

5/27/2013 12:57:10 PM

Ranch vacations are perfect venues for those who want to experience the wild outdoors. Because many ranch vacations offer no frills accommodation, you may also think that the food they serve is no nonsense, but that is far from the truth! Although exquisite cuisines are not really the primary goal when one visits a dude ranch, foodies may love the idea that many ranches are now offering gourmet meals. Just like in hotels and other tourist destinations, creative chefs are now serving scrumptious dishes in enchanting and natural environments. If you are a foodie, then you will definitely find your home away from home in these following ranches:

Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch in Montana offers meals which are epicurean exercises all by themselves. Their chefs make use of local cuisines, making a menu that’s worthy to fullfill cravings induced by a full day’s worth of outdoor activities.

Lone Mountain Ranch
Enjoy the dining as well as scenery at Lone Mountain Ranch

Breakfasts are served in a buffet and feature platter of fresh fruit, oatmeal and other grains, scrambled eggs, and pancakes. Lunch features a healthy salad and soup along with hot meat or poultry. At the end of the day, guests gather together over a three-course meal which consists of the ranch’s very own recipes: Iron Roasted Statler Chicken Breast, Crispy Panko Fried Jumbo Tiger Shrimp, and Grilled All Natural Angus New York Striploins.

This makes up a hearty meal to cap off the day.

Red Reflet Ranch

Looking for fresh food?

Well, the meals in the Red Reflet Ranch are all made from ingredients which come straight from the ranch. Their first rate resident chef personally prepares all of them making certain that the foods are nutritious and extraordinary.

Red Reflet Ranch
A chocolate fountain at Red Reflet Ranch

Spending some me-time in the ranch and worried about eating lunch alone?

The Red Reflet Ranch lunch and dinner meals usually include the staff and the owners, who all live on site. This allows you to connect with people and make new friends. If you’re in for some unwinding after a long day out, choose from 20 beer brews or 100 wines sourced from all over the world.

Marble Mountain Ranch

Fresh, original and healthy – these words describe the meals served in California’s Marble Mountain Ranch. Many ingredients are sourced from the ranch’s very own garden to ensure freshness. The meals are designed as an accompaniment to the outdoor activities, thereby heightening one’s overall experience in the ranch. All meals are designed and prepared by the ranch owner Heidi Cole who is also the executive chef, who has been in the food industry for thirty-five years. The menu is based on American traditions but have a wholesome twist to it.

With great food, a stay is Marble Mountain Ranch is not just a ranch vacation but a culinary travel within itself.

Vista Verde Ranch

Vista Verde Ranch takes pride at being "not just any luxury ranch," they also characterize luxury with what delicacies they serve and how they serve them. To accomplish this, their chef and kitchen staff makes use of the freshest ingredients and prepare them, artistically to give a sparkle of gourmet to even just a recreational picnic. Dinners are the main event in Vista Verde Ranch, and with a very upscale menu, you would definitely think that you are in a five star restaurant. That said, their meals appeal not only to the taste but to the other senses as well.

Vista Verde Ranch
5 Star Meals at Vista Verde Ranch

If you are a foodie, big cities and large resorts are not the only destinations where you can find fine dining. Dude ranch vacations now offer five star cuisine and dining experiences.

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Evil Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

5/19/2013 7:59:10 PM

Now who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic favorite for all and especially these ones from Tod Mountain Ranch that are so sinful they are "evil". Make up a batch of these chocolate chip cookies and be sure to have plenty of milk handy. These chocolate chip cookies keep well in an air tight container. Guest at Tod Mountain ranch enjoy these chocolate chip cookies as a frequently and it's difficult to keep the cookie jar full!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Evil Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1 egg
1 cup chopped walnuts or dried cranberries
2 tbsp. milk

Cream butter and sugars. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop by tablespoon onto baking sheet. Bake at 350F (175C) for 12 minutes.

Agnes' Chicken Wing Dip Recipe From Elk Mountain Ranch

5/1/2013 5:32:41 PM

The kind folks over in Colorado at Elk Mountain Guest Ranch have provided us with one of their treasured recipes to share on Ranchseeker. Elk Mountain Ranch is unique for its spectacular location, horseback rides of unmatched beauty, variety of activities and superb menu. Elk Mountain Ranch offers a complete one-week package that includes the best activities Colorado has to offer at a very reasonable all-inclusive rate. In the meantime, why don't you try Agnes' Chicken Wing Dip

Ingredients:

5 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 (17-oz.) bottle of your favorite chicken wing sauce
1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese – room temp.
1 cup Ranch dressing
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Boil or cook chicken and then shred.
  2. Combine other ingredients
  3. Mix in the chicken.
  4. Put in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  5. To serve, put in a crock pot to keep warm.  Serve with celery sticks, Fritos or tortilla chips.

RanchSeeker Welcomes Lone Mountain Ranch

4/24/2013 5:52:22 AM

RanchSeeker would like to welcome Lone Mountain Ranch, a historic summer and winter guest ranch located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Southwestern Montana, to our website!  With miles of horseback riding trails just outside their back door, some of the best fly-fishing in the world with their Orvis® endorsed guides, their Outdoor Youth Adventures Program, guided hiking and biking, Yellowstone National Park tours and white-water rafting and zip lining just minutes away, you’ll have every opportunity to immerse yourself in this natural world they call home.  Incredible guest ranch cuisine, cozy accommodations in a log cabin or their Ridgetop Lodge, and jaw-dropping classic alpine scenery compliment the plethora of adventures to offer the perfect destination for a summer guest ranch vacation experience.    

Lone Mountain Ranch
Lone Mountain Ranch

December through March, this Montana guest ranch transforms into a winter wonderland and is a favorite of winter enthusiasts. Voted as the #1 Nordic Ski Area in North America, the warm western hospitality, dependable snow, nearby Yellowstone Park, meticulously groomed cross country ski trails, snowshoeing, amazing food and experienced staff create an unrivaled Rocky Mountain experience.  There are endless day adventures including 85 km of Nordic ski trails and 30 km of snowshoe trails that meander through forests, ridge tops and meadows, moonlight dinner sleigh rides to a log cabin in the woods, back-country ski tours, snowcoach trips into Yellowstone Park and live music in the saloon. As an Orvis® Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge, they also offer winter fly-fishing trips on the Gallatin or Madison Rivers.

Lone Mountain Ranch
 Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch is the perfect vacation for families, couples and singles looking for an opportunity to disconnect from their world and connect with nature!

Can I Really Relax At A Dude Ranch?

4/22/2013 11:57:30 AM

Dude ranches - aren’t they places where you actually do ranch work? So, what makes them popular vacation places anyway? Many people are quite hesitant about dude ranch vacations because they think they won’t be able to relax. Contrary to what most people believe, staying in a ranch or farm does not mean that you will be staying in run-down cabins or feeding the horses. There is a wide range of accommodation options when it comes to choosing dude ranches. If you are up for that really rustic and hands-on experience, then there are ranches like that. In places like these, you can expect to go about the day just like the wranglers and cowboys do.

Accommodations are usually barebones, but comfortable of course. Meals are home-cooked and prepared just like they are every day. Here, you get to do ranch chores and get your hands dirty. If you are thinking of relaxing and unwinding though, then you do not have to worry. There are larger dude ranches that are designed as vacation destinations. If you are not up for horseback riding or animal grooming, you can unwind by getting a massage, swimming in the pool or playing golf. Or, you can stay in your cozy room or cabin while your spouse or children frolic about and enjoy the outdoors.

Meadowlake Ranch in Oklahoma is located just west of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have over 1,000 acres of rolling hills, prairie meadows, waterfalls, spring-fed lakes and limestone bluffs.

There are activities for all ages. You can fish, hike, canoe, swim, ride horses, throw tomahawks, rope a straw calf, shoot a bow & arrow, pitch horseshoes, shoot a rifle and pistol or go on a hayride.

Meadow Lake Ranch

All cabins are heated and air conditioned w/ a full kitchen, modern bathroom, king size bed and queen or king futon, TV w/ DVD player, stereo system and patio. You can also stay in an authentic Indian tipi. Indian tipis feature a chiminea for evening campfire and sleep up to 6 on padded cots. 3 private bathrooms are nearby w/ hot showers, modern toilet, sink, mini-fridge & microwave, plus charcoal grills on the lodge patio.

Tipis and Meadowlake Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch is located in British Columbia and is a luxury resort that combines the best of East and West. The fusion of eastern and western influences is best seen at the spa, where both western massage and Thai treatments soothe muscles and mind

Echo Valley Ranch Spa
The spa at Echo Valley Ranch

The dining options encompass dishes from east and west, fueled by produce from the ranch livestock and kitchen garden. Meals are all prepared by their on site gourmet chef.

Echo Valley Ranch Food
Gourmet Food at Echo Valley Ranch

Other activities aside from horseback riding include hiking, bird watching and fly-fishing, as well as trips to white water rafting and golf. Winter options range from snowshoeing to ice fishing and snowmobiling. Echo Valley is an idyllic spot for weddings and elopements, and caters to meetings and retreats for corporate groups. These are just two examples of how you can easily relax on a dude ranch vacation. Dude ranch vacations truly have something for everyone as long as you select a dude ranch that has activities and amenities to suit your vacation style.

Ranchseeker can assist you in finding that perfect dude ranch by providing you access to our database of dude ranches, all free! Just use our handy dude ranch search engine.

Dude Ranch Vacations, Why Not?

4/10/2013 11:12:32 AM

It is already April, and before you know it, spring will come bringing about sunshine and blossoms. Then, you know what comes next – summer, which everyone definitely looks out for. That said, you might already be planning your summer vacation. Why not go off the beaten path this year and head out to dude ranches. Many dude ranches are having summer specials such as:

Elk Mountain Ranch in Colorado  has a special rate offer for June 2nd and June 16th. Save $200 off the adult rate and $100 off the children's rate for the weeks of June 2nd and 16th. This offer is valid from February 27, 2013 through May 31, 2013

Elk Mountain Ranch

Planning a girls trip?

Many might go to the beach or to a city, but this year, you might want to try something else. A quick weekend away at on a dude ranch might just be a perfect thing for you to try. 

White Stallion Ranch is offering the Ultimate Wild West Cactus Cowgirls package which includes the following for the all inclusive price for a single is $1,475 and per person in a double, $1,375:

White Stallion Ranch
White Stallion Ranch

  • Lots of riding with a daily lesson
  • Margarita welcome party
  • Country, Western dance lessons
  • Team penning
  • Tequila tasting
  • Target shooting with a gun safety class.

The all inclusive price for a single is $1,475 and per person in a double, $1,375.

This offer is valid from April 17, 2013 through April 21, 2013 Dude ranches are perfect vacation destinations for the whole year round, but it is worth visiting during the spring and summer months, when you can fully enjoy the outdoor activities. If riding is not your thing, you can go swimming, walking or hiking while taking in the fresh and clean air.  If you choose to bring the kids, many dude ranches have kids programs to keep them busy.  This allows you to enjoy yourself while they are having fun, too!  

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