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Running Reins Ranch THE Place to Be This Summer

7/6/2016 3:05:50 PM

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Running Reins Ranch, located in Red Deer County, Alberta is the ideal choice for a vacation. Just 90 minutes northeast of Calgary this Canadian guest ranch is the perfect place for horse-minded people to kick back and relax after a fun day spent enjoying one of the many activities available for guests. The ranch sits on 160 acres on the banks of the Red Deer River and is surrounded by hundreds of acres of crown land. There are countless beautiful trails to explore around the property down to the shore of the River.


Since the ranch is only open throughout the warmer months (May-September) guests find the climate during the day perfect for riding, fishing, hiking and swimming. Warm evenings lend themselves to roasting marshmallows around a flickering campfire or stargazing into a night sky devoid of any unnatural light. Don’t forget to bring an inner tube or a floating raft with you so that you can cruise down the river on the four hour float trip that can be arranged with the ranch’s staff!


Bring your own horse or ride one of Running Rein Ranch’s horses. Be sure to contact the ranch in advance to check availability and ride times.  For those who bring their own horses there are kilometers and kilometers of riding trails to explore. Many of the trails lead to the river where you can try your hand at fishing or cool off in the river while taking in the beautiful scenery around you. Camp with your horses! Each site has stalls for your horses, enough room to park several vehicles, your living quarters’ horse trailer or plain horse trailer and each site has at least one two- person Teepee for your enjoyment. If you require a larger Teepee check ask about the larger Teepee sites.


In addition to the regular Teepees there are romantic honeymoon Teepees as well as cozy cabins. If you have never stayed in a Teepee you are in for a huge treat! With over 50 equestrian campsites that in most cases are 100’ by 100’ and all of them include a corral, picnic table and fire pit you and your horses are sure to feel right at home!


Cozy Teepee accommodations

Stay for a few days or longer regardless of how long you can get away for you and your family or friends are bound to have a great time!

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

Happy Trails!

A Taste of the Old West at Arizona's White Stallion Ranch!

6/2/2016 2:33:41 PM

The following article appeared in  Ranch & Reserve Magazine’s 6th edition.

Are you looking for a stress-free vacation far from the madding crowd? If so, the White Stallion Ranch is the ideal place.  Situated between Phoenix and Tucson this charming, informal ranch is easily accessible from Arizona’s two major airports. Steeped in the history of cowboy country and the location of many a Hollywood movie, this authentic guest ranch imparts that true Old West feeling to its guests. Located at the foot of the Tucson mountain range and directly adjacent to the Saguaro National Park, guests enjoy wide-open spaces, beautiful scenery and breathtaking sunsets. The White Stallion Ranch is a working ranch and open year round, which means that guests can choose to fill their days with the various ranch activities or simply kick back and relax….. either way you will enjoy exceptional hospitality and all the creature comforts of a top resort.


White Stallion Ranch

Built in the 1900’s this historic ranch started out as a cattle ranch with its original property constructed of Mexican adobe bricks made from straw and mud. Today, guests can still see a small part of the original adobe on display in the dining room, the first structure to be built at the ranch.  In 1965, Allen and Cynthia True from Colorado decided to make The White Stallion Ranch their home and now 51 years later guests are greeted by third-generation Trues who continue to welcome people into their home. Over the years, the True family have maintained the traditions of the Old West by preserving many of the original buildings; however, Russel and Michael (Cynthia and Allen’s boys) have added many modern amenities and established one of the largest privately owned herds of cattle and horses in Arizona.

Movie buffs will love White Stallion Ranch’s extensive Hollywood history. The list of movies that have been filmed here throughout the years starting from 1939 until 2014 is truly impressive. In the earlier years the ranch was often used as a backdrop in Western feature films and later, as a location for the television series, The High Chaparral (1968-72). The ranch has been featured in 27 Hollywood films which include Confessions of a Dangerous Mind filmed in 2002 starring everyone’s favourite actor George Clooney with co-star Sam Rockwell.  If Western movies are your ‘thing’ don’t hesitate to ask the staff for the complete list of movies shot at the ranch and they just might throw in some juicy insider gossip!

A dude ranch vacation is not complete without the opportunity to experience an authentic western rodeo.  Every Wednesday afternoon (weather permitting) the ranch’s wranglers, family and friends take part in an exhibition rodeo that for almost 50 years has been a tradition at White Stallion Ranch. Guests can watch riders compete in team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and sometimes bulldogging. If these terms are unfamiliar don’t worry since from your seat in the bleachers you will hear and see first-hand what a rodeo is all about and gain a better understanding of the cowboy way of life. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon and soak up some Old West culture.


Photo Credit: Steve LoRicco

Aside from Wednesday afternoon rodeos, White Stallion Ranch offers lots of fun and interesting activities for guests to partake in such as hiking, rock climbing as well as a diverse children’s program for younger guests. Riding enthusiasts will appreciate the varied scenic trails and wide choice of rides available every day of the week except on Sundays when the horses rest.   Horse lovers can choose from mountain rides, slow, fast or all day, as well as a hay ride and team cattle penning. Each rider is carefully matched with a horse suited to their specific riding experience for the duration of the stay. For those wishing to improve their riding skills, classes are available for $20/hour, payable to one of the friendly wranglers at the ranch, who will gladly help and assist guests  to gain more confidence in the saddle.

In addition to the daily rides, the ranch also offers two unique riding opportunities for guests over the age of 21. These rides, available seasonally, are the perfect way to get to know your fellow guests in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The “Wine & Cheese Ride” takes guests to a secluded area of the ranch surrounded by mountains and stunning scenery where an assortment of cheeses, crackers and bread are paired with a unique selection of wines. While you and your fellow guests sample different cheeses and wines, your horse waits patiently a short distance away. For those who prefer drinking a ‘cold one’ the ranch offers a “Beer & Cheetos” ride. Picnic tables are set up in a special spot in the desert where guests can snack on a childhood favourite, brightly-coloured orange Cheetos, washed down by ice-cold beers. Both rides are a wonderful way to make new friends or enjoy the company of old ones.


White Stallion Ranch

At the end of the day retire into one of the ranch’s 41 guest rooms or a 4 bedroom Hacienda ideal for larger groups or families. You’ll feel right at home in one of the spacious rooms all of which feature a private patio with views of either the cactus gardens, mountains or corrals. Some suites include gas fireplaces or whirlpool bathtubs and all the rooms have hair dryers, mini-refrigerators and personal safes. When you’re not off exploring the area by horseback there is a rec room & movie theatre, gift shop, heated pool & hot tub, sports courts, fitness center, bar, and a fun petting zoo for kids and adults alike.

Currently celebrating 51 years of western hospitality the True family invite you to reconnect with nature, family and friends while engaging in a variety of fun outdoor activities and enjoying the breathtaking scenery that has brought Hollywood filmmakers to the White Stallion Ranch for over 70 years.

So don’t forget to bring your camera along and your sense of adventure too!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation!

Happy Trails!

How To Plan a Memorable Family Reunion in 7 Easy Steps

5/15/2016 11:30:13 PM

Previously in history, our extended family was our community. Now, our extended family is often widely scattered around the world, and our community is composed mostly of strangers. We may be lucky enough to create special friendships with some strangers but those relationships won’t all be like family. Because relatives share a history and hold a permanent connection to us, we should try a little harder to maintain a good and close relationship.

family reunion

Planning a family can be a large undertaking but it is very worth it. Even if it’s only once every year or every couple of years, it’s beneficial to stay in touch with family members near and far. There is nothing like the bonds of family and the memories that are made are irreplaceable. Because there will be multiple generations in one place it is a perfect opportunity for storytelling. It is especially important for seniors to have the opportunity to share their stories with the younger generation. One of the developmental stages of adulthood is engaging in storytelling and reminiscing. Also, by learning more about your family, you will learn more about yourself as well!

If you are planning or thinking of planning an upcoming family reunion, here are some tips to make the experience easier for you and others.

1. Create a Family Reunion Planning Committee

Now “committee” can refer to one person and if the family reunion being planned is small (25 persons or less) one person can handle the planning. If you are planning a larger family reunion then you can increase the number of people on the committee. The size of the committee will also depend on the venue, lodging and activities being planned. If you are planning a family reunion at an all-inclusive resort, many of these things are taken care of so the committee can be smaller. Be sure to delegate tasks to people in the committee so that everything gets done on time. You might also want to create a reunion website to keep everyone informed and get them excited about the event.

plan a family reunion

2. Decide on the guest list.

Ideally you should try to invite everyone that you can but if you have financial or space constraints then decide how far out on the family tree you want to go. Then be sure to invite everyone included to that distance as to not hurt any feelings.  For example, you could only include up to first cousins or extend it out to second or third cousins. Start with your closest relatives and work your way out on the ancestral tree. Then stop when you've reached your limit.

3. Decide on Type of Family Reunion

Family reunions can be as simple as gathering people together for a picnic in the park or as elaborate as going on a cruise in a faraway country. When deciding on what type or family reunion some things you might need to consider are:

Interests of the family members

If most guests are the outdoorsy types then a dinner out in a fancy restaurant in the city won’t be the best choice. Of course people have different interests and you may not be able to satisfy everyone but try to make the majority happy.

How frequent are the family reunions

If the reunions occur frequently there isn’t a need to go all out every year as it could get costly for all of the guests. Therefore, an annual picnic or BBQ in the park would suffice. However, if it is a once in a decade event then it’s the perfect opportunity to splurge a bit more.

Size of the guest list

Some venues are more suited to certain party numbers while others are more flexible and can suit a range of party numbers

Budget Constraints

Some family members might need to stick to a certain budget so keep that in consideration when deciding on a family reunion type.

If you are unsure about any of these questions, a good idea is to conduct a survey with family members to get some ideas of what is preferred.

4. Pick a Date

When picking a date for your family reunion be sure to allow plenty of lead time for people to plan and save up if there are any travel costs. Many of your relatives may have families so giving them lots of advance notice will increase your chances they will be able to attend. Those with school aged children are bound by the school schedule so keep that in mind as well. If possible, try to give at least 6 months’ notice.

family reunion

The reunion length will depend on how far people have to travel. The shorter the distance the shorter the time can be. If people are traveling a distance, it won’t be worthwhile for them to come so far to only stay for a day.

5. Decide on a Reunion Location

There are many places you can host a reunion and the number of guests you are expecting, the distance they are traveling and budget will have a big influence on it. For smaller groups you can hold the reunion at a restaurant, park or someone’s home. For the outdoor enthusiasts a camping trip might be the perfect fit. For larger groups you may want to consider a park, campground, a nice resort, or maybe even a theme park. Whatever you select, be sure there is an activity for everyone to participate in and that there is sufficient lodging, if travel is required. Also,be sensitive to the financial situations of your attending family members. You don’t want to plan a reunion that hardly anyone can afford

6. Create a Budget

Once you know your family reunion type and location you can get started on creating the budget. Create a list of all the expenses you anticipate to incur so you can forecast what your costs will be. Then you must decide on how you plan on recouping these costs. Most commonly people either charge an admission to attend the family reunion or conduct some fundraising such as holding an auction or a raffle. If people are aware that the proceeds will be going to fund the reunion they will participate in the fun. If you are planning the family reunion at an all-inclusive resort, the costs will simply be the cost of the stay and travel Some resorts may give you a volume discount so don’t be shy to ask.

7. Decide on Activities

How many activities and how structured your family reunion will be is entirely up to you. Go with what works best for the guests but be sure to have plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Some families fund future get-togethers with silent auctions, bake sales and other fund-raising activities built into the reunion day's events. During a multiday event, people may want to explore their surroundings, so compile a list of cultural and shopping destinations in the area.

Family Reunions on a Dude Ranch

For small and large groups, a dude ranch is a good option for many reasons. Because many dude ranches are all -inclusive not one person gets stuck bearing the whole burden of organizing and planning activities. There is no need to worry about entertaining everyone as there are so many activities available for young and old alike. The beauty of a dude ranch you can do as little or as much as you like. Your guests will have the opportunity to seek adventure together or just relax and chit chat on the deck. Also, you don’t have to worry about meals because it’s all taken care of at the dude ranch.

dude ranch family reunion

By holding a family reunion at a dude ranch, the financial awkwardness is removed since each family pays up front for everything. Because group decision making is at a minimum, a lot of potential friction is eliminated. People are not going to have to decide about where to eat, what to do for fun, and who’s in charge. Depending on the size of your group and the dude ranch, you   may be able to book the entire ranch just for your reunion. Lastly, you just can’t beat the hospitality of a dude ranch. They treat their guests like family so you will feel like you are staying with family.

We hope these tips will inspire you to plan a family reunion soon.

Happy Trails!

Now This Is A Great Mother's Day Idea

4/23/2016 3:00:52 PM

Moms are the best. They are always there for you, they love and support you no matter what and are someone you can always count on. So how do you show your appreciation for someone so special? Certainly, your mom will love anything you give her but you REALLY want her to love what you give her. There are countless presents you can purchase with each running some risk of not being right in some way. It may be the wrong size, it may be the wrong color, it may not work for her lifestyle or it may be the same thing you get her every year.

Choosing a Mother's Day present isn't difficult when you realize that what mothers want most is to spend time with their family. Mom’s love to share experiences and strengthen the bonds of family and create memories to be cherished for years to come. One of the best ways to do this is through traveling together where you are away from everyday worries and routines and can be completely focused on each other. A trip together is one of the best ways to forge the bonds of family and friendship while also engaging in some activity or indulging some interest. Just being away from the everyday, out of a comfort zone of the familiar, is already revitalizing and rejuvenating.

A dude ranch may not be the first place you would think of taking your mom but it is an excellent one, especially if the entire family is going. Dude ranches are like summer camp for the entire family. There are many fun activities to choose from including fishing, hiking, wild life watching, hayrides,and horseback riding so everybody gets to be a kid. Dude ranches tend to be very hospitable, laid back, "authentic" in their own way, and bring out a perpetual smile in everyone there.

mothers day

Aside from the typical activities, some dude ranches have some special offers and packages specifically designed for mom in mind or if you are going on a mother/daughter trip. Many dude ranches have specialty classes such cooking classes and wine tasting classes. Some have on site spas ready to pamper your mom. If you want to be a cowgirl for a week you can do that with some women’s weeks.

Here are some specials just for mom:

Victoria Weekend Spa Getaway at Echo Valley Ranch

Book this special packages at this special East meets West guest ranch and spa in British Columbia, Canada. Echo Valley Ranch features not one but two world class spas: European and Thai. Each spa has their own unique spa treatments that your mom can try.  This package includes all accommodations, meals, use of ranch amenities and a special 5 course British style dinner.

Echo Valley Ranch

Mother/ Daughter bonding at Women’s Only Week at Coffee Creek Ranch

 Coffee Creek Ranch is having a women’s only week from May 7 to 13 to celebrate Mother’s day.  Many unique activities are planned for this week including classes where you can learn how to cook healthy meals from scratch, how to bake with ancient grains and even learn how to make lotions and facials from items in your kitchen. Then head outside and go on a hike, a horseback ride or just kick back and stick your feet into the creek.

coffee creek ranch

No matter what you decide, be sure to let her know you appreciate her in every way.

Happy Trails!

More Inspiring Horse Quotes

4/20/2016 12:18:37 AM

Images have a powerful way of affecting how we feel and our mood. Seeing a beautiful horse with an inspiring quote is just about the most perfect imagery for me. Here is our second instalment of inspiring horse quotes. I just can't get enough of these and love to reread these every day.  Here is the first instalment of inspiring horse quotes, if you happened to miss them.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man ~ Winston Churchill

Horse Quotes

The horse knows..He knows if you know..He also knows if you don't know.

The horse knows

If you're too busy to ride, then you are too busy

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Can you see her smile? That's true happiness.

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Riding is the best solution to any problem

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Happy Trails!

Cowboy French Toast Recipe

4/3/2016 12:16:51 AM

Everyone loves French Toast. It’s soft, sticky and sweet with a bit of crunch. It’s simple to make and only takes minutes to prepare. Plus, the ingredients are simple and most kitchens have them on hand. Perhaps these are reasons why it’s a favorite among cowboys who start their day early and need a quick yet hearty breakfast. This French toast recipe uses thick cut bread. You can use Challah bread for a bit of sweetness or a regular loaf (white or whole wheat) and cut your own thick slices. This gives the French toast more structure and makes it less probable to get soggy. The cowboys like it this way!

Cowboy Friend Toast

Ingredients:
6-8 slices sandwich bread
2 eggs
3/4 cup of milk (homo or 2%)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
butter for cooking
confectioners sugar for dusting (optional)

Directions:

Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a shallow dish until blended.

Heat a large frying pan or skillet  and melt bit of butter. Coat a slice of bread on each side and place into pan. Cook until golden on both sides (about 2-3 min on each side). Remove and repeat with the rest of the bread. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve warm with maple syrup.

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Coffee Creek Ranch

3/20/2016 4:02:25 PM

There are many new modern ranches but if you are seeking an authentic dude ranch experience, look no further than Coffee Creek Ranch. This ranch was founded in 1900 and lies across 367 acres in Northern California. It’s surrounded by the National Forest and Trinity Alps and is adjacent to Coffee Creek of course.

Coffee Creek Ranch

A Fun Vacation For the Entire Family

If you are looking for somewhere to bring the entire family, Coffee Creek Ranch offers all inclusive vacations that are family, kid and even pet friendly. They are open from Easter through Thanksgiving and offer many youth programs.  With the kids occupied in youth programs, you are free to have some of your own time. As well, there are many opportunities to have fun and bond as a family. It’s a win-win situation for everyone! During Spring and Fall there are adult only and singles weeks.

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Kids will love all the activities at Coffee Creek Ranch and there are plenty to choose from for kids aged 3 to 17. The wee ones can enjoy free pony rides, arts and crafts, gold panning, fishing, square dancing, story time, scavenger hunts and more. Kids 6-12 can participate in  horsemanship instruction, swimming, fishing and more. Teenagers 13-17 can enjoy roping lessons, hiking, pool tournaments, trap shooting and more. There isn’t a shortage of activities to keep kids of all ages busy at Coffee Creek Ranch.

Coffee Creek 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. There are overnight camping trips and day trips available. Pack trips can also be combined with some hunting with the appropriate permits

Fishing is abundant in the waters around Coffee Creek Ranch. They offer  stream, pond, lake and wilderness fishing. They can also arrange for a fishing guide or fly fishing lessons if requested in advance. Some of the fish available to catch are rainbow trout, brook trout, catfish, bass and  king salmon

Rustic Secluded Cabins

Accommodations at Coffee Creek Ranch are in private, secluded themed cabins. The interiors have rustic wood paneling with charming country details. The cozy interiors are themed according to it’s brand. Circle B cabin, for example, is decorated with bears, Bigfoot, and butterflies! All fifteen cabins have tall pines and ceiling fans to help keep them cool in the summer. They also have one ranch house room and one cabin equipped for the handicapped. Most family cabins have wood-burning stoves where a view of the fire sets the mood for those “romantic weekend getaways” for couples.

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Dining at Coffee Creek Ranch

At Coffee Creek Ranch you will enjoy the freshest garden to table cuisine prepared by professional chefs. Traditional family recipes are prepared with the freshest vegetables, herbs, fruits and Angus beef. The menu is planned and prepared keeping in mind both children’s tastes and the hearty appetites of the adults in the family. Some culinary features include hearty “cowboy” breakfasts with fluffy pancakes, their weekly Steak Fry and Sunday Thanksgiving dinner by the pool. They can also accommodate special diets from gluten-free to vegan with advance notice.

No Idle Time at Coffee Creek Ranch

With the abundance of activities all included in the all inclusive rate there won't be a shortage of things to do. The Coffee Creek Ranch Western Vacation

Includes:

  •  Daily Horseback Riding
  • Your private secluded cabin in the woods
  • Daily maid service
  • Three meals daily – all you can eat
  • Heated swimming pool (20 x 40)
  • Over sized outdoor Jacuzzi Spa (seats 14)
  •  Steak-fry’s & Barbeques
  • Badminton, Ping Pong & Volleyball
  • Rifle Range & Trap shoot with use of guns
  • Fly-fishing & Gold panning in Coffee Creek
  • Exercise Room
  • Tennis (nearby)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hiking – 550 miles of Wilderness trails
  • Horse drawn Hay Rides & Bonfires
  • Horseshoes & Basketball
  • Fishing, Pedal Boating in the stocked trout pond
  • Archery Range with use of bows & arrows
  •  Satellite TV in main lodge only
  • Bingo, Talent Show, Karaoke & more!

Summer Season Only:

  • Live Country, Western, Rock ‘n Roll Music
  • Square & Line Dancing Lessons
  • Supervised Youth Activities

Coffee Creek Ranch offers daily and weekly rates and also offer many specials throughout the year for holidays and special events. With so many incentives, no wonder they have been around for over a hundred years. Plan your visit to Coffee Creek Ranch today!

Happy Trails

Love Is In The Air: Valentine's Day Specials

2/3/2016 7:12:00 AM

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

Coffee Creek Ranch, Trinity Center, California  

Coffee Creek Ranch was founded in 1900 and is surrounded by National Forest and the Trinity Alps wilderness area in Northern California. Its 367 acres lie along Coffee Creek, an excellent Fly Fishing stream for trout! They are located 72 miles Northwest of Redding, 8 miles above Trinity Lake. Special Offer:

  • $100 off Romantic weekend getaways if guests book anytime in February
  • Gift certificates available for special occasions.
  • Total cost for a 2 night 3 day weekend is usually $899 but for February it only costs $799 “it’s a heart of a deal”
  • Includes a bottle of wine.
California Guest Ranch
Coffee Creek Ranch


 Red Reflet Ranch, Ten Sleep, Wyoming  

The Red Reflet is both a working cattle ranch and luxurious resort located on over 27,000 acres in the Wyoming Big Horn Mountains. The landscapes vary from red rimrock to rolling foot hills to aspen forests, limestone canyons, and mountain meadows. If you live in the area take advantage of this gourmet Valentine’s Day Dinner. Special Offer: Red Reflet Ranch Dinner Reservation The Red Reflet Ranch Lodge is open to the public and you are welcome to join them! Each menu is inspired by a theme and flavor profile.

  • Prices: Dinner $50 per adult, $30 per child ages 12 & under, unless noted otherwise.  Includes multi-course meal, tea, lemonade, coffee with dessert, tax & gratuities.  Additional beverages paid the night of.
  • Full bar service including wine, beer, liquor and sodas, additional charge.
  • Reservations required.  Non-refundable prepayment required to secure reservation.
  • For those who would like to spend a night or two stay in one of their luxurious and romantic chalets. $250 plus taxes per couple includes breakfast items stocked in chalet.
Wyoming Guest Ranch
Red Reflet Valentine's Day Dinner

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana

Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. They balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities. Special Offer: This Valentine’s Day celebration includes a barn dance, tasting menus, champagne pairings and complimentary Snowga. Extend your stay to four or six nights and receive a complimentary day of downhill skiing or a treatment in the Granite Spa.

  • All-inclusive rates include luxury accommodations, all gourmet meals, snacks, premium wine, beer and spirits (excluding reserve wines and liquor), on-ranch activities, daily children’s activities, guides and gear.
  • Weekend festivities include complimentary group yoga and Snowga, as well as tasting menus, a barn dance and champagne pairings.
  • Rates start at $1,600 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy, plus 20% Ranch Fee.
  • Minimum three-night stay, based on availability.
  • Book a 4-night stay to take advantage of the 2016 Ski & Spa Special.
Montana Guest Ranch
Valentine's Day Celebration

So what are you waiting for surprise that special someone today and take advantage of these great guest ranch offers!

Happy Trails!  

Have Your Dream Wedding and Honeymoon at a Dude Ranch

12/22/2015 4:06:38 PM

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!  It takes a lot of work to make this the most perfect day of your life. The biggest concern is the wedding venue and honeymoon destination. You want to be able to celebrate, relax and spend time as newlyweds without a worry in the world. A dude ranch is the perfect combination for a dream wedding and honeymoon..... a truly unique outdoor wedding for you and your guests away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Dude ranch weddings

Why Is A Dude Ranch The Perfect Choice? Staying in a private log cabin in an idyllic setting is the perfect adventure as a newly married couple. Your entire family and friends can join you for a beautiful and romantic wedding. Ranches can normally accommodate everyone on the guest list, depending on group size, which will relieve you of the responsibility of booking hotel rooms.  Dude ranches also offer a wide range of activities that your guests (and kids) can enjoy, which also saves you the job of providing entertainment.

dude ranch honeymoon

At a dude ranch, you will be up close with nature, surrounded by panoramic views and wildlife sightings, making it the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding. Also, your schedule can be customized for you and your guests to participate in many of the various activities on offer, be it trail riding, shooting range, hiking, swimming, fishing or rafting. For relaxation, many dude ranches now offer fully-equipped spas, for that all-important massage to soothe away the stresses of wedding planning and beauty treatments to help you look your very best on this most special day!  In-house spas are usually much appreciated by your guests as well.

Perfect Dude Ranch Destinations for Your Wedding and Honeymoon While there are many dude ranches that can make your big day a memorable experience, here are three that are situated in amazing locations and which offer a variety of activities:

Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch

This dude ranch is located in the Southern USA among the beautiful mountains of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. It is a small ranch, which is why booking the entire place for your wedding and honeymoon will give you and your guests the freedom of feeling entirely at home. You can hike or horse-ride through the luscious forest among the wildlife all the way up to the hill for a breathtaking view of deep canyons and streams of crystal-clear water. They also provide tours for several historic sites and swimming in the creek! Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch offers 5% off to honeymooners.

 Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch

Chilcotin Holidays

This dude ranch is located in the Canadian north among the snow-capped mountains of British Columbia. Here you can go trail riding, target shooting and also take lasso lessons. This ranch will give you a true cowboy experience. They have a vast selection of packages which include animal tracking, hiking and mountain biking, fishing, and other adventurous activities. The ranch has a secluded honeymoon cabin available that promises the utmost privacy during your stay. You can upgrade from any package to the honeymoon cabin as well.

Chilcotin Holidays

Echo Valley Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch is also located in British Columbia, about a 5 hour drive from Vancouver. This luxury dude ranch has an East-West theme and boasts 2 world class spas. One spa focuses on European spa treatments while the other on Thai spa treatments. If you are looking to get pampered during your wedding, then Echo Valley Ranch is the dude ranch for you.

spa treatment

Weddings at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa are a perfect opportunity to bring together the family and celebrate in a spectacular and serene setting. Wedding parties have the exclusive use of the whole ranch, so your family and friends can settle in, spread out and be comfortable. The ranch can accommodate up to 50 persons for overnight stays and has an awesome, discreetly located, honeymoon cabin for the bride and and groom. From hair to makeup, from the wedding cake to the reception, the Echo Valley team help you plan the perfect wedding, so you and your guests can simply relax and enjoy this all-important day. So, if you are looking for an active and fun-filled honeymoon amid unforgettable scenery for a wedding to really "wow" your guests and become a cherished memory, then a dude ranch is the perfect choice!

8 Signs You Need a Vacation

11/17/2015 11:52:14 AM

Веtwееn wоrk, kids, house chores, a social calendar аnd еvеrуthіng еlsе in between lіfе саn сеrtаіnlу bе quite hесtіс. Аftеr а whіlе, уоu can stаrt tо fееl lіkе а rоbоt running on auto-pilot. Іt саn bе ехhаustіng and  mаkе уоu fееl оvеrwhеlmеd аnd rundоwn.

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Еvеrуоnе nееds а lіttlе rеst аnd rеlахаtіоn frоm tіmе-tо-tіmе. Ѕоmеtіmеs, уоu јust nееd tо tаkе а brеаk frоm thе rеgulаr rоutіnе аnd focus on your happiness and wellness. Аftеr аll, уоu саn’t ехресt tо bе hарру whеn уоu аrе fееlіng run-dоwn аnd оvеrwоrkеd.

Ѕо, whаt’s thе bеst wау tо еаsе thе strеssеs аnd tеnsіоns thаt hаvе  mаdе уоu fееl sо оvеrwhеlmеd? Тhе bеst wау tо dо thіs іs tо tаkе а vасаtіоn.

Неrе’s а lооk аt sоmе оf thе surе-fіrе sіgns thаt уоu shоuldn’t іgnоrе thаt dеfіnіtеlу іndісаtе thаt уоu nееd tо tаkе а vасаtіоn.

8 Signs Іt’s Тіmе tо Рlаn а Vасаtіоn

1.) Do you feel more irritable, impatient and on edge that even thе smаllеst lіttlе thіng (lіkе а sрооn fаllіng оn thе flооr) becomes a huge issue and mаkеs уоu snар at others? If so, you may be overstressed and headed for burnout

Feeling irritable

2.) Аrе уоu аlwауs feeling tіrеd аnd rundоwn? Are you wаkіng uр mоrе ехhаustеd thаn уоu wеrе whеn уоu wеnt tо bеd even though уоu gоt рlеntу оf slеер? Do уоu fееl lіkе уоu аrе drаggіng уоursеlf аrоund every day and fееl lіkе уоu саn’t snар оut оf іt? Sounds like you have already burned out and need a recharge

feeling tired

3.) Are you making more mistakes at work? Chronic stress often leads to increased errors in the workplace and counterproductive work practices. Try to finish up any open projects while double and triple checking your work and then plan a vacation.

4.) Dо уоu fееl lіkе уоu јust аrеn’t hарру? Еvеn during tіmеs whеn уоu shоuld bе very hарру, уоu саn’t seem to fіnd thе јоy іn аnуthіng? Dо hоlіdауs, bіrthdауs, sреndіng tіmе wіth уоur lоvеd оnеs, оr еvеn јust sіttіng dоwn аnd trуіng tо rеlах sееm lіkе mоrе оf а chore  thаn sоmеthіng enjoyable? Іf sо, thеn іt’s рrоbаblу а рrеttу sаfе bеt thаt уоu nееd tо hаvе sоmе tіmе аwау.

Feeling unhappy

5.) Do you constantly have aches and pains in your body? Headaches? Back problems? Tightness in the shoulders. When people are in stressful situations their bodies release chemicals that trigger inflammation and increase their sensitivity to pain. It’s time to take a well deserved break.

6.) Do you have trouble sleeping? Stressed or overworked people tend to have trouble winding down and falling sleep and also feeling rested. This could lead to daytime sleepiness as well from the lack of sleep.

7.) Do you rеmеmbеr thе lаst tіmе уоu sаt dоwn аnd hаd а соnvеrsаtіоn wіth уоur sіgnіfісаnt оthеr оr уоur fаmіlу thаt dіdn’t hаvе tо dо wіth wоrk or chores, thеn іt іs аbsоlutеlу tіmе tо рlаn а vасаtіоn to spend lots of quality time with your loved ones.

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8.) Are you overindulging in food or alcohol? Many who are stressed will reach for their favourite comfort foods or drinks as a coping mechanism to get them through their days. This could lead to unhealthy addictions. It’s best to address the problem and take some time off.

Overeating & overdrinking

Іf аnу оf thе аbоvе dеsсrіbеs уоu аnd hоw уоu аrе fееlіng, thеn іt іs сеrtаіnlу tіmе thаt уоu stаrt thіnkіng аbоut рlаnnіng а vасаtіоn. Whеrе shоuld уоu gо аnd whаt shоuld уоu dо? Wеll, оnе аwеsоmе орtіоn іs tо go оn а dudе rаnсh vасаtіоn. Νоt оnlу wіll уоu hаvе thе орроrtunіtу tо hаvе а grеаt tіmе with your loved ones in the great outdoors and not have to worry about meals (they are included and many have gourmet chefs), You can also enjoy many different types of vacations from relaxing and pampering to adventurous and active! Search our database of dude ranches and start planning that well deserved break!

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