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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!


Thanksgiving at Southern Cross Guest Ranch

11/8/2018 8:37:00 AM

Southern Cross Guest Ranch, conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland, is just under an hour’s drive from Atlanta. Upon arrival you will find a horse lover’s paradise which is home to more than 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and a peaceful, comfortable setting as well as good old-fashioned southern hospitality. 




Guests can choose from various things to do while on their all-inclusive vacation, but riding enthusiasts will be delighted to know that horseback riding is the featured activity at Southern Cross. For newbies lessons are available, if so desired, and each rider no matter what their skill level will be assigned their own horse for the duration of their stay based on individual skill level. For those looking for a real hands-on as well as bonding experience with their horse grooming and helping to tack your horse is encouraged by their well-trained staff. Daily riding excursions consist of small groups of three to seven riders and will take you across beautiful open pastures and lush wooded trails. The scenery surrounding the ranch is truly something to behold. 




When not in the saddle guests can either take a dip in the swimming pool or enjoy a soothing soak in the hot tub. Vacation time can also be spent relaxing with a good book, playing pool, darts or foosball in the game room, riding mountain bikes, throwing horseshoes, shooting basketball or simply taking a nap after a delicious home-cooked meal. For longer stays guests can take advantage of the ranch's convenient location to visit many of Georgia's local attractions like golf courses, shopping, fishing, skeet shooting, museums, and much more.




During the autumn months vivid colour displays of fiery red, burnt amber and orange falling leaves as well as spectacular sunsets and brilliant harvest moons are part of everyday life at the ranch. When November rolls around it also means that Thanksgiving is drawing near and Southern Cross makes this holiday an event to remember! It is such a popular week of the year that it often sells out months in advance. In addition to their All-Inclusive schedule of meals and horseback riding, the ranch also cooks up a large Thanksgiving feast. Oven roasted turkey, baked ham, lamb, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, corn, and green beans, as well as all the traditional “fixin’s” make this a truly memorable meal. This year why not put your shopping list away, pull out your suitcase and book a Thanksgiving getaway at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Fill your days with fresh air, beautiful autumn-coloured infused scenery, fun activities, great food and make some memories that will last a lifetime.


                                                                           


If you can’t make it this year to celebrate be sure to add Southern Cross Guest Ranch to your vacation bucket-list since the ranch is open year-round giving you and your loved ones lots of time to plan that perfect guest ranch vacation. Make sure you bookmark the following link SOUTHERN CROSS GUEST RANCH since the ranch features lots of exciting special offers throughout the year.

Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you book the ideal guest ranch vacation.


A Vacation at a Guest Ranch is FUN!

10/15/2018 12:00:00 AM

Are you tired of booking the same old type of vacation year after year? Looking to do something other than lazing around at the beach or exploring a new city and its sights? If so, read on. Aside form being a whole lot of fun a guest ranch or working ranch vacation will not only awaken your sense of adventure but also provide abundant opportunities to try something new.

Let RanchSeeker help you find the ideal ranch experience for you and your family, significant other or group of friends. Our website represents every type of ranch vacation available to fit your specific needs. Whether you are looking to travel during the summer, spring, fall or winter RanchSeeker has the ranch for you. With wide open spaces, unsurpassed breathtaking scenery and good old-fashioned hospitality, a vacation at a guest ranch will give you the chance to live a western way of life if only for a short while. 




Ranches listed on www.ranchseeker.com  offer a variety of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, water rafting, cross country skiing, swimming, archery, ice-fishing, tubing, sleigh rides and so much more. Since each guest ranch is unique be sure to use our Search For Ranches tool to find your perfect match. 

Accommodations vary from ranch to ranch. You’ll find everything from rustic to luxurious rooms or cabins as well as chalets ideal for larger groups. And mealtimes are always a special event at any guest ranch. Whether you dine on hearty home-style cooked meals or gourmet fare prepared by an in-house chef you will be delighted by the variety of delicious choices available to choose from.



Photo courtesy of Red Reflet Ranch :

Guests enjoy 5 star luxury, extensive amenities, outstanding cuisine, and expansive chalets.

Built like a home with incredible views and luxurious living spaces, you’ll enjoy the highest level of comfort, convenience, and relaxation throughout your stay.


If you have always wanted to experience life as a cowboy be sure to check out the various working ranches on our site such as:

Laramie River Ranch 

Superior horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies. Fly fishing, cattle penning, and naturalist-led adventures round out your days. Comfortable accommodations, home-style meals, and evening entertainment make this a vacation you will never forget.




The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch 

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an upscale horsemanship, riding and working cattle guest ranch, located in the hamlet of Shell, WY (population 83), at the entrance of the majestic Shell Canyon and Big Horn National Forest in North-Central Wyoming. The Hideout is upscale when it comes to lodging, culinary experience and personal attention. Horsemanship, excellent riding, working cattle, hundreds of miles of trails, fly-fishing, trapshooting are some of the activities available at this resort.




Klondike Ranch  

More than a Wyoming dude ranch, we invite you to join us in the activities of our historical, working cattle ranch. You’ll get to enjoy riding, working cattle and camping out under brilliant Wyoming skies, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and taking in the vast beauty of the Bighorn Mountains.




The above 3 options as well as several others on RanchSeeker will have you feeling like an authentic cowboy in no time. 

Or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of riding across the Arizona desert surrounded by cacti while the sun dips below the horizon offering up one of those famous desert sunsets that must be seen first-hand to be truly believed…a magnificent moment that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The following 2 ranches will have you going back year after year.

Stagecoach Trails Ranch 

We have worked hard to create a special, friendly atmosphere where you can get a glimpse into the old west while enjoying the beautiful NW Arizona desert and all the peace and quiet one could hope for. Set up like a little Western town, our dude ranch will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time living the life of a true cowboy.




White Stallion Ranch 

Reconnect with nature, family, friends and serenity. Ride through the unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and cactus that have brought Hollywood filmmakers to the ranch for over 70 years. Recognized nationally for excellence in service and value.




The above ranch links are just a small sampling of what you will find on RanchSeeker. Be sure to check out our next blog post to learn more about other guest ranch vacations available for you to book. Or better yet why not click on Search For Ranches and start exploring now. Your next exciting vacation is only a click away. 

Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation today!


Last Minute Fall Special at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

10/3/2018 10:20:20 AM

Looking for a last-minute getaway? Look no further. This fall take advantage of New Mexico’s Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch’s 10% discounted sale price during October and November. Wake up to beautiful sunny days and a turquoise blue sky.  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 fall discount and book your last-minute getaway now!

Happy Trails!

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Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List. What to Wear? What to Pack?

9/3/2018 12:00:00 AM

This week’s blog post is courtesy of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch.  You can see the original post here. 

So you’ve booked your dude ranch vacation and are counting the days until you arrive. Now you’re asking yourself, what do I wear to a dude ranch? What do I pack for a dude ranch vacation? It can be difficult to know where to begin when packing for such a unique vacation. Read on for some advice on what to pack for a dude ranch vacation and a dude ranch vacation packing list.   




What To Pack For A Dude Ranch Vacation

First on your dude ranch vacation packing list is what to wear.

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small, informal ranch so dressing for meals is not required. In fact, guests often come to breakfast in their pajamas. We want you to be comfortable.

When you hit the trail, the weather is a big factor to take into account. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is located west of the Continental Divide in the mountains of southwest New Mexico. We are at 6,500 feet elevation and that means summer days are pleasantly dry (no humidity!) and comfortably warm, while mountain evenings are cool and crisp. It is not uncommon to get 40-degree temperature swings from daytime high to nighttime low!




No matter what the weather, a cowboy hat with stampede string is recommended. Not only will you look cool, but it will keep the sun off you. And a stampede string will ensure that the hat stays on your head.

As far as jeans, we recommend Wrangler brand jeans as they don’t have the double sewn, inside leg seam. This helps to reduce skin chafing. If you don’t have Wranglers, bicycle shorts or pantyhose can also help prevent chafing. When it comes to shirts, both long and short sleeves are recommended. Because of the temperature swings, layering is a good idea. Even if it is warm, long sleeves are still good protection from branches and the strong sun.

Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List

The only thing we are strict about is riding/cowboy boots. We require boots with a heel and smooth sole. Don’t worry if you don’t have a pair of cowboy boots, we do have some to lend (please ask about sizes). Boot socks or tall socks that go as high as your boots will keep you comfy in your boots. Tennis shoes or hiking boots/shoes will come in handy if you decide to do some exploring around the ranch. Some guests choose to bring water shoes for wading/swimming/playing in the rocky creek during our picnic rides.

In the spring and fall, a heavy riding coat will keep you warm on those cool mornings and evenings. The rest of the year, a medium weight jacket will be just fine. Rain gear isn’t a huge necessity in New Mexico but we do provide full length riding rain slickers for all guests for those unexpected afternoon rainstorms.

It is a matter of personal preference if you want to bring riding gloves and chinks or chaps. We ask that guests not bring their own tack. We have excellent quality tack that is comfortable for our guests to ride in AND fits our horses. This is what you will ride in during your stay at our ranch.




Personal items to pack include a toothbrush, shampoo, lotion, band-aids, & other toiletries, camera, sunscreen, ChapStick, and sunglasses. You don’t have to worry about towels & other bedding, we provide those. Hairdryers are not provided & use is discouraged. We are off the grid and they draw too much current on our electrical system.

Finally, we don’t carry a liquor license so bring what you like as far as beverages (beer/wine/liquor). We do provide water bottles to carry when riding or hiking.

So are you all ready to get started on your dude ranch vacation packing list? Check out our page for items  ( https://www.geronimoranch.com/our-ranch/items-to-bring/ ) to bring and print out our handy dude ranch vacation packing list below to keep you on track.

Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List


                          


Happy Trails!

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Never Ridden a Horse Before?

7/24/2018 8:33:57 PM

Even if you have never ridden a horse before you can still book that dream guest ranch vacation. Most guest ranches offer horseback riding lessons so that 1st timers can feel confident saddling up before joining more experienced riders out on the trails. Horseback riding is a thrilling activity, but it is important to learn a few of the basics before setting off on your ranch adventure.




Horseback Riding tips for Beginners:

1)      Before booking your guest ranch vacation find out whether the ranch that you want to go to offers lessons for first time riders. Let them know in advance that you would like to book some lessons with their experienced wranglers.

2)      Be sure to pack sensible riding attire.  If you don’t own any riding boots it isn’t necessary to buy them unless of course you want to. Most guest ranches supply cowboy boots in various sizes that you can use while staying there. Also, make sure that you take a couple pairs of jeans with you since your legs need to be covered to prevent chafing while in the saddle. 




3)      Request the use of a helmet whenever possible to protect your head in case you fall. And should you fall off try to get right back into the saddle to rebuild your confidence; however, if you really feel like you can’t then it’s best not to force yourself. You can always take a few more lessons and try again. But the key is to try again.

4)      Approach a horse diagonally from the front whenever possible to avoid their blind spot. Also use your voice to let your horse know that you're approaching them. Make sure you don’t make any sudden movements and use a gentle walking pace. You don’t want to creep up on them as horses are easily startled.

5)      For first time riders it is a good idea to use a mounting block. Position your horse in an open area then place the mounting block just under the stirrup on the left-side. Then make sure that your horse is paying attention and standing still as you don’t want him/her to walk off while you are trying to get on. Have someone hold the reins for you if you don’t feel comfortable yet doing that yourself. Finally put your left foot into the stirrup and pull your body up and over into the saddle.

6)      While riding your horse try to remain calm and relaxed. Horses can sense when you’re scared, nervous or relaxed and happy. If you give off a nervous vibe your horse may become jumpy, flighty and generally less compliant. Horses are predominately “flight” animals and your nervousness may be interpreted as a perceived threat nearby. Take a deep breath or chat with the other riders out on the trail to calm yourself and remember that horseback riding is fun!

7)      Keep your heels pointing slightly down to prevent your foot from sliding down in the opposite direction and getting caught up in the stirrup. This is important because if you do fall off you don’t want to be dragged by your horse. Also make sure your behind is firmly seated in your saddle to ensure a better riding position.

8)     Make sure you that keep your head up and look in the direction that you want your horse to go otherwise you will be sending a mixed message. Maintain a good posture and avoid waving your arms in the air since horses can be easily spooked. 




9)      To stop, pull your reins back and sit deep in your saddle. Don’t pull too hard as a horse’s mouth is very soft and sensitive. You can also accompany this action with a ''whoa.”'  Keep in mind if you pull back for too long you will be signalling to your horse that you want to back up. 

10)   Don’t forget to engage with your horse. Be affectionate with them. Before setting out make sure that you learn your horse’s name. Tell your horse what a good girl or boy they are and stroke them. Just like you talk with your dog or cat do the same with your horse. Give them treats like apples, sugar cubes or carrots if the wranglers give you the okay.




These are just a few of the skills and tips that you will learn about horseback riding if you are new to the sport. Once you have mastered the basics you will find that riding is a wonderful way to spend your time while on vacation. Although there are many fun activities to do at a guest ranch time in the saddle is by far one of the most enjoyable. Sit back, relax, take in the spectacular scenery and make a new friend.

Remember every rider was once a beginner!

Happy Trails!

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Labor Weekend Special at Coffee Creek Ranch

7/24/2018 4:40:04 PM


It’s not too late book this Labor Weekend Special at this spectacular California ranch.

Coffee Creek Ranch, located in Northern California is 367 acres of pure, natural, pristine wilderness. Here you will find snow-capped mountain, cascading waterfalls, lush meadows, sparkling lakes and one of Northern California’s finest guest ranches. For fly fishing enthusiasts, this is a dream location. For horseback riding enthusiasts the ranch offers a variety of horseback riding activities from the twice a day 2-hour ride to Wilderness Pack Trips in the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. If overnight pack trips or shorter trail riding is more your style, the ranch will tailor your time in the saddle to suit your particular needs.  Everything about Coffee Creek Ranch, from their comfortable and cozy cabin accommodations, to their freshly prepared, delicious hearty meals is designed so that guests get the most out of their guest ranch experience.   




LABOR DAY WEEKEND SPECIALS

Celebrate the Labor Day Weekend at Coffee Creek Ranch with our ALL-INCLUSIVE vacation specials starting August 31st to September 3rd, 2018. Availability goes fast so book early!

$350.00 pp - 2 nights, 3 days

$550.00 pp - 3 nights, 4 days

$750.00 pp - 4 nights, 5 days

They are also offering 25% off these special rates for kids 3-5 yrs old!




Come enjoy all that CCR has to offer, such as horseback riding, gold panning, fishing, line and square dancing, bonfires, bingo, fabulous meals and much more.

BOOKING DEADLINE:   August 15th, 2018




To book this special please click here:  'Daily Cabin Rentals & Labor Day WeekendSpecials' for your 2, 3 or 4 night stays.

*Please note: All specials include horseback riding but do not include private lessons (please see the Non-Guest Riding Rates for prices). Rates and specials are subject to change and must be booked by the deadline dates – these special rates do not apply when booking through a travel agency, so hurry these special weeks book up FAST!





Be sure to mention that you heard about this special first through RanchSeeker.

Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation today!


Don’t Miss Out on The Ranch at Rock Creek’s Special Offers

7/2/2018 1:32:45 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.

When booking a ranch stay 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.

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.




An important part of any vacation is the food. 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 snacks are served in their canvas sided canteen.




When thinking of booking a guest ranch vacation horseback riding is what usually jumps to mind; however, aside from experiencing life from atop a horse there are always lots of other fun activities to choose from as well. The Ranch at Rock Creek also offers various enticing ranch specials throughout the year like the following:


Luxury Spa & Nature Retreat

Book four nights between September 4 and November 15, 2018 and receive two Granite Nature Spa treatments and two mind & body wellness classes, such as yoga, meditation, forest bathing or natural movement training.

Relax on a worry-free self-care vacation while you enjoy $800 in added value along with their standard Ranch at Rock Creek inclusions; all farm-to-table meals, premium wine, beer and spirits; twice-daily activities; gear, guides and airport transfers. An ideal trip for babymoons, friends’ weekends and birthday getaways.

SPECIAL INCLUSIONS

Two (2) Granite Spa treatments, including facials, bodywork, body treatments and nail treatments. Each treatment may have a value up to $200.

Two (2) mind & body classes, including yoga, meditation, forest bathing and natural movement training. Each class may have a value up to $200.

Select from over 20 treatments and classes.

**For the original source article about this special click HERE**  

Don’t forget to mention that your heard about this offer first on RanchSeeker.




Whiskey & Water Weekend

Experience a one-of-a-kind event that pairs the love of whiskey with the ranch’s passion for fly fishing. Join the ranch for a weekend dedicated to sipping slow-aged spirits and casting on Blue Ribbon Rock Creek.

September 20-23, 2018

Take some time this September to slow down and savor nature’s alchemy – namely aged spirits and fly fishing where a river runs through it. As Charles Waterman said, “The world is covered by water. A fly fisherman’s job is simple: pick out the best parts.” Join us as we do exactly that while reveling in first-class cuisine, casting and telling fish tales over a fine whiskey or two.

In addition to The Ranch’s all-inclusive dining, activities, luxury accommodations and amenities, this weekend’s special events include fly tying lessons, casting and cocktails along Rock Creek, a “One Fly” competition paired with our expert guides, a a multi-course bourbon pairing dinner featuring locally sourced meats and produce procured at the height of Western Montana’s growing season.

Customized itineraries are crafted for all guests, and they can cater to friends or spouses who wish to enjoy our other included signature experiences, like horseback riding, hiking and shooting ranges. Stay tuned as the full itinerary of events becomes available.

CELEBRATION INCLUSIONS

Custom itineraries and twice-daily guided activities

Casting and cocktails on Rock Creek

“One Fly” competition

Farm-to-table, multi-course bourbon pairing dinner

Fly tying lessons

**For the original source article about this special click HERE**   

Don’t forget to mention that your heard about this offer first on RanchSeeker.




No matter what time of the year you decide to visit The Ranch at Rock Creek you are sure to have the vacation of a lifetime but these unique specials as well as other seasonal celebrations that the ranch offer gives guests the opportunity to experience something extraordinary. 

Let RanchSeeker help you find the ideal guest ranch vacation.

Happy Trails!


Why You Should Vacation at a Guest Ranch This Summer

6/25/2018 9:16:00 PM

Summer is finally here which means school is out and the days are longer as well as warmer. People everywhere are looking for that perfect destination for their summer vacation. The possibilities are endless. You could choose a beach or lakeside resort, travel overseas or go camping. All these popular options fit the bill but why not do something a little different this year…something a little more adventurous? Think Guest Ranch Vacation!

Great food, spectacular scenery, friendly hosts, and a plethora of activities to choose from are just some of the reasons why you should consider booking a guest ranch stay. Imagine evenings gathered around a campfire under a star-studded sky and days spent outdoors riding, fishing, kayaking or learning a new skill like shooting or archery. There are many reasons why a guest ranch vacation should be your vacation choice this year but here are just a few.



(photo courtesy of Western Pleasure Guest Ranch


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. 

Dude Ranch Vacation Packages

Dude ranches aside from offering basic all-inclusive packages also offer customizable vacation packages. If you want to experience the life of a cowboy for a week you could 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 book a spa package available at several ranches and spend the week being treated to relaxing treatments and incredible views. There are so many options to choose from to make your dude ranch vacation tailor-made just for you.


(photo courtesy of Echo Valley Ranch & Spa)


Saddle up and Ride

Horseback riding aficionados will of course be delighted by the idea of a guest ranch vacation; however, those who are new to the sport will also find great joy in saddling up and experiencing the connection that develops between horse and rider as they ride through breath-taking scenery guided by experienced wranglers. Classes are readily available at most guest ranches to help first-time riders feel more comfortable before mounting up and hitting the trail or for those intermediate riders who would simply like to hone their riding skills. Regardless of your skill level you are sure to have an exhilarating time in the saddle and bond with your new equine friend.



(photo courtesy of Klondike Ranch


Reconnect with Nature & Your Loved Ones

We have never been more “connected” than we are now technologically speaking; however, this “connectedness” comes at a heavy price. We are far too often glued to our PCs, laptops, and smart phones even after office hours or while on vacation. We have forgotten what it is like to be truly present in the moment and to be completely focused on the people that are most important in our lives. Many guest ranches are off the grid so to speak, although the majority of them do offer WiFi in their main lodges for those that simply can’t go cold turkey.

Guest ranches provide a great opportunity to reconnect with nature. They are often situated in places that feature majestic mountainous backdrops, lush green forests or arid deserts that boast incredible sunsets and otherworldly landscapes. It is almost impossible not to feel the grandeur of nature or be awed by the natural beauty that envelops you while staying at one of these amazing locations.



(photo courtesy of Hawley Mountain Ranch

Learn New Skills

It is always fun to learn a new skill or revel in a sense of accomplishment as you master an activity that is unfamiliar or perhaps even challenging to complete. Guest ranches offer lots of exciting activities to choose from like archery, skeet shooting, rock climbing, rifle shooting, roping, fly fishing, white water rafting and zip lining to name a few. There are countless activities to try that are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Many guest ranches feature specialized activities owing to their terrain or resident expert on hand that add to their guests’ enjoyment.



(photo courtesy of Red Reflet Ranch)

Stargazing

Perhaps stargazing isn’t something that immediately comes to mind when planning a vacation, but when was the last time you were able to gaze up into the night sky and be dazzled by hundreds of twinkling stars and constellations overhead, uncluttered by the profusion of city lights and dense pollution? Due to their often-remote locations, guest ranches provide a unique opportunity to appreciate not only incredible scenery by day, but to be able to reflect upon the vastness and infinite beauty of the skies above.  Starlit evenings like these are cherished moments to share with those dear to you.



(photo courtesy of Stagecoach Trails Ranch

Accommodations

Depending on which guest ranch you book you can choose to stay in either cozy, western decorated themed rooms, spacious chalets, cabins or even luxury camping tents. It all comes down to personal preferences.

There are dozens of reasons why a guest ranch destination should be on your summer vacation to do list. Whether you are organizing a family reunion, a vacation with your immediate family, a getaway with friends or just some alone-time with that special someone a guest ranch vacation will not disappoint!



( photo courtesy of Bar W Guest Ranch)

Let RanchSeeker help you find your unforgettable summer vacation. We represent guest ranches all over the USA as well as in Canada,

Happy Trails!


Riding ADDventures for Teen Girls at Horses N Courage, LLC

6/21/2018 12:00:00 AM

Riding ADDventures for Girls is a therapeutic, horseback riding camp for the ADHD teen girl in your life! If she is looking for a riding adventure and wants a sisterhood with other teen girls who share in the same struggles of trying to squeeze their creative, energetic, ADHD self into the public-school mold. ADHD is NOT a failed version of normal... it is simply a different way of being!

                                                                                       

Our Riding ADDventures for girls is a 4-day, 3-night, experience! Your teen will sleep in a luxury camping tent under our big Montana, mountain sky!

 In the saddle your teen will learn horse safety and western horsemanship. Our primary focus is safety, fun and skill advancement. In that order!                                                                               


Out of the saddle, your teen will enjoy art projects, team building activities and powerful campfire conversations. Our intention is to give your teen tools to help her develop a healthier self-esteem, gain confidence and self-awareness. Mindfulness and compassion skills help self-criticism and will help your teen to become more confident!

It’s first come, first serve, so be sure and contact us early to reserve that tent ahead of time.




Dates

2018

July 26-29, 2018 (13-18 years)

2019

July 11-15, 2019 (14-16 years)

July 18-22, 2019 (13-15 years)

July 25-29, 2019 (16-18 years)-

For the original source article with more details click HERE 

 

Some Additional Info about Horses N Courage, LLC 

Located in Sawmill Canyon in Lennep, Montana this family owned, and operated dude ranch combines dude ranching culture with good old western hospitality to make your vacation experience a memorable one. Open to guests from June 1st until September 1st Horses N Courage, can accommodate up to 8 guests at a time so that your stay at the ranch can be customized according to your vacation needs. You’ll arrive as a guest but depart as a friend.

The ranch offers unique accommodations for those looking for a different kind of ranch experience in the great outdoors. There is no cell phone coverage or WIFI available so that guests can disconnect in order to re-connect with each other as well as their surroundings. Choose from either a wall-tent or a cowboy-teepee.




Wall-Tents: Clean, cozy wall tents, sleep up to 4 adults comfortably and are furnished with comfortable cots, warm fluffy sleeping bags, extra blankets, throw rug, lantern, a mirror, lawn chair, small table with a wash bowl and a pitcher. The clean, old fashioned out house toilet is a short walk from your tent.

 Cowboy-Teepees: Teepee’s sleep one adult or 2 children comfortably, with a cot(s) and a fluffy sleeping bag, extra blankets, a table, lantern, throw rug, lawn chair, a washbowl, pitcher and a mirror. The clean, old fashioned out house toilet is a short walk from your teepee.

Shower: A large, wood-sided outdoor shower that is a self- standing little structure with propane heated water. It sits behind the cook tent, facing the trees, ensuring that you have the utmost privacy!

 Guests enjoy rustic, hearty ranch-cooked meals that are prepared outdoors and served with all the western fixing’s which include ranch raised natural beef, big mountain breakfasts and substantial lunches. All that clean fresh air will have you asking for seconds but make sure you save some room for s’mores around the campfire at night! If you require a special diet, be sure to note it on your contact form in advance, so that the ranch can accommodate your needs.

 So whether you are interested in the Riding ADDventures for Teen Girls package or just a guest ranch vacation be sure to mention that you heard about Horses N Courage first through RanchSeeker’s blog.

Happy Trails!

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