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RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Coffee Creek Ranch

8/13/2015 7:45:00 AM

When you think about California a dude ranch vacation may not be the first vacation choice that immediately comes to mind but “The Golden State” has several Western dude ranches to choose from and Coffee Creek Ranch is just one of them. Located in the Trinity Alps wilderness area you will find snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, lush meadows, sparkling lakes and one of Northern California’s finest guest ranches. The most popular activity at Coffee Creek Ranch is horseback riding. The ranch breeds its own AQHA and Paint horses for guests to use on one of their two scheduled rides per day. You can choose from the “Breakfast Ride” or the all-day “Wilderness Ride” that takes guests to a picturesque lake. For the more adventurous the all-day ride can be extended into an overnight pack trip that returns the next day. With access to over 833 miles of scenic trails picture-postcard views of the Trinity Alps Wilderness area await you. Be sure to pack your camera!

California Guest Ranch 
Coffee Creek Guest Ranch

Other activities include mountain hiking and biking, swimming in a heated pool, soaking in the outdoor Jacuzzi, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, pedal boating, table tennis, gold panning and basketball. You can also test your skills at the rifle and archery range. Bingo, square & line dancing, Karaoke and a talent show round off the fun list of activities that guests can choose from while staying at the ranch. Accommodations at the ranch feature secluded, rustic, cozy cabins. One ranch house room and one cabin is handicapped friendly and most of the family cabins have wood burning stoves that are just perfect to set the mood for a “romantic weekend getaway” for couples. Meals are prepared by professional chefs who provide nutritious cuisine using only the freshest herbs, vegetables and fruits that utilize the garden to table concept whenever possible. Daily menus are planned and prepared keeping in mind both children’s tastes and the hearty appetites of the adults in the family. Special diets from Gluten-free to Vegan can be accommodated if notified in advance so that the ranch can have your food products available in their pantry. So next time you are thinking about booking a vacation why not consider Coffee Creek Ranch in the beautiful state of California?

Happy Trails!

Mango Salsa Recipe From Colorado Trails Ranch

7/29/2014 4:15:24 PM

Summertime is BBQ time and what's better on some grilled salmon is some fresh and tangy mango salsa. The folks over at Colorado Trails Ranch were nice enough to share their recipe for mango salsa. Try it over some grilled fish for some added freshness and flavor. Also, serve it with tortilla chips for scooping! If you are seeking some adventure visit this  guest ranch located San Juan Mountains outside historic Durango, Colorado. The long activity list includes horseback riding on scenic trails, fly-fishing, rafting, shooting sports and hiking. Children have the time of their lives making friends and discovering new activities in Colorado Trail Ranch's children/teens’ program. Evenings offer a hayride & campfire sing-along, western dancing, cookouts and relaxing under starlit skiesTheir mango salsa is reason enough for a visit!

Mango Salsa

INGREDIENTS:

1 mango chopped
¼ fresh pineapple chopped (approximately – use less quantity than the mango)
Some diced red onion
Some diced cilantro
A squeeze of orange
A squeeze of lime

DIRECTIONS

  1. Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy. Serve chilled.
PS:Can sweeten with a small amount of honey if needed or can add some chopped jalapeno if desired

Mango Salsa
Fresh Mango Salsa  

The Ranch at Rock Creek

6/9/2014 1:24:44 PM

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

Rock Creek Ranch

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

Accommodations at The Ranch at Rock Creek

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

Glamping

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

Rock Creek Ranch

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

Horseback Riding

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

Dining at Rock Creek

The harmonious blend of western hospitality, with affordable luxury is what makes Rock Creek a special place. The long standing history of the lodge is a credit to its scenic location, and hard working ranch folk that seek to impress. Guests to Rock Creek may be first time ranch vacationers, but quite often will return again and again as they recognize the lodge as a place to experience Montana at its finest, while enjoying a luxurious vacation. Although the Ranch does offer special holiday escapes and event packages throughout the year, a special occasion is not needed to treat yourself and your family to this one of kind ranch!

The Sugar & Spice Ranch

5/8/2014 10:57:58 AM

Although dude ranch vacations appeal to many travelers, the ideal destination choice is often based upon specific interests, age groups, skill levels and overall sense of adventure  A few guest ranches even specialize in catering their programs around building better relationships with families, friends or colleagues. At the Sugar and Spice Texas ranch, their dude ranch experience is designed especially to encourage a closer bond between mothers and daughters, through horses.

Sugar & Spice Ranch
Mother/daughter bonding at Sugar and Spice Ranch

An undoubtedly unique, and memorable week together awaits mothers and daughters as they bunk, dine and ride together - and most importantly, deepen their connection with each other. Unlike other dude ranches with off site horses, lessons and trail riding, the overall experience at Sugar and Spice Ranch is a much more hands on approach.  Complete familiarity with the care involved with the horses is part of the activity, and education, taught at Sugar and Spice Ranch. Learning the basics of tacking up, grooming, feeding and bathing the horses creates a unique connection with horse and rider. Lessons for every skill level, including beginner to advanced are taught twice daily. On the last day of camp, the special experience of participating in a team horse show creates memories that will last a lifetime. 

Sugar & Spice Ranch
Sugar & Spice Ranch

The Saturday to Friday mother and daughter camps are in full operation at the Sugar and Spice Ranch from Memorial Day weekend through Labour Day weekend. Additionally during this time, young riders are invited to return without their mom for a two week adventure summer camp. At these camps, the focus is on learning skills to improve horse riding, and having fun. During the months of September - May the Sugar and Spice Ranch continues to provide mother daughter vacation options, however, they also extend their southern welcome to families, women only groups and corporate team building.

These events are booked at special per person rates for 2 or 3 day weekends.  Due to the popularity of these weekend adventures, advance booking is usually required. The rave reviews from guests often mention that the Sugar and Spice Ranch is a comfortable destination that perfectly harmonizes horse riding and all their other activities, in a relaxing environment. It is a place to return to year after year, as mothers and daughter often see it as a highlight of time spent together. With everything from accommodations, meals and activities incorporated into their all inclusive rates, it is a sure win for budget conscious travelers. For anyone looking for an authentic equestrian vacation, particularly to spend with family, the Sugar and Spice Ranch is the perfect choice. They offer spectacular scenery, in a true Western atmosphere. Steeped in history, reflecting the way things were in 1862, this ranch offers stories unlike any other. Hospitality at Sugar and Spice Ranch means treating their guests like family. For a real, working ranch experience that provides opportunity to learn more about life with horses, in addition to focusing in on creating a stronger bond between mother and daughter, there is no better place than Sugar and Spice Ranch. Also, view the great pictures we have on Pinterest.

Shangrila Guest Ranch's Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

4/24/2014 11:56:58 AM

These easy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are brought to us by the lovely folks over at Shangrila Guest Ranch in Virginia. This recipe is so easy and try it with the kids. They will love to help out and mix the dough!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

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

Directions:  

  1. Preheat oven to 350' degrees.  Spray a 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Spread 1 package of cookie dough in bottom of pan.
  3. In a bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Spread over top of cookie dough.
  4. Gently crumble the 2nd package of cookie dough over the top of the mixture.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 35-40 minutes.  Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour.  Cut into squares. Makes 18-24 squares.
Shangrila Guest Ranch is truly southern hospitality at its finest. Located in Virginia, the guest ranch caters to couples, families and all types of groups. No matter which season is your favorite, there are activities to enjoy all year long. There is something for everyone. Children especially enjoy collecting eggs from the chickens, feeding the ducks and other farm animals. The farm experience is an excellent opportunity for quality time together. Come and be a part of the family, and come home to Shangrila - our paradise on earth.

Family Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

4/8/2014 3:51:22 PM

Families that have enjoyed the bonding experiences, adventures and well-earned relaxation time  vacationing at a dude ranch, can attest to the fact that one does not need an ’occasion’ to celebrate in order to enjoy this type of vacation. However, with two special dates coming up in the Spring, like Easter and Mother’s Day, there are some very tempting guest ranch vacation promotions that are appealing to travelers looking for family, and budget friendly fun.

Year round, the ’horse lovers paradise’ of Southern Cross Ranch invites travelers to experience the southern hospitality famous to this Madison, Georgia guest ranch. The lunch buffet that is specially prepared for Easter Sunday and Mother Day rises above their already highly reputed meals. Guests staying at the ranch on these two special dates are warmly welcomed to enjoy the extensive lunch buffet selections, compliments of ranch hosts!

Southern Cross Guest Ranch
Southern Cross Guest Ranch

For a unique, and incredible experience that combines the Canadian ranch experience with the tranquility of a spa, Echo Valley Ranch is certainly a favorite. A very special Easter weekend of activities is planned that the whole family can enjoy including arts & crafts, an egg hunt, indoor and outdoor activities and so much more. Special pricing is available for 3 nights stays over Easter weekend.

Echo Valley Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

For family bookings of 3 persons or more, Big Bar Ranch is offering 15% off  from April 18 -21st. Big Bar Ranch is a great choice for families that want to create memories, and stay within their traveling budget. Nestled within the rolling hills of Clinton, B.C., this Canadian ranch offers a ‘relaxed western charm’ and hospitality that can’t be beat.

Big Bar Ranch
Big Bar Ranch

By planning a 2 night stay at Sundance Guest Ranch during Easter weekend, you can take advantage of an incredible 50% off their regular children / youth rates. Conveniently located just 4 hours north of Vancouver, B.C., they are a great choice for those that want to relax, unwind and treat the whole family to an enjoyable vacation.

Sundance Guest Ranch
Sundance Guest Ranch

To really put away the cares and concerns of life’s hectic pace, plan a week-long stay at Coffee Creek Ranch during the month of April for just $995 / per person. With special activities planned for the little ones over Easter weekend, and the beautiful surroundings of Northern California to enjoy, it is a perfect time and place to plan a dude ranch vacation experience.

Coffee Creek Ranch
Coffee Creek Ranch

Once you’ve narrowed down an area where you would like to travel to and any specific interests you may have such as trail riding, fishing, spa treatments or other activities - then it might be time to take a look into some of the terrific discounts offered by many dude ranches such as the ones mentioned above during the spring special occasion dates of Easter and Mother‘s Day. The most difficult part about planning a dude ranch vacation can often be selecting which one of the many incredible destinations to try first. Without a doubt, a dude ranch vacation is an experience that will create lifelong memories with your family. Find your family dude ranch vacation at Ranchseeker.

Have a Cowgirl’s Vacation!

2/12/2014 12:56:54 PM

Once considered a testosterone inducing vacation, unwinding at a dude ranch has now become more girl-friendly than ever. Many guest ranches have enhanced their facilities and amenities to appeal to female guests. Today, cowgirl getaways are no longer uncommon, and women of all ages flock to the ranches to have a grand time. If you’re considering a cowgirl vacation, here are some great guest ranches that you can check out: Echo Valley Ranch Sitting on 160 acres of land in mild British Columbia, the Echo Valley Ranch offers the best of both worlds for its guests. Gather your girlfriends and explore the outdoors. Have fun trying any of their on-site and off-site activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, biking and white water rafting. At the end of the day, rest those tired legs in one of their well-appointed rooms or cabins or experience ultimate relaxation at the Royal Baan Thai Spa that offers world-class Thai treatments for the face and the body.
Echo Valley Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

The Bar W Guest Ranch This Montana Ranch has a great getaway that’s all planned for you. They offer a 5-day/6-night all inclusive package that is especially designed for women. The package includes full accommodation in one of their rustic rooms, wine tasting, gourmet picnics, evening cocktails, square dance and two stepping lessons, outdoor ranch activities and a two hour spa package. All you have to do is show up and have fun!

Bar W Guest Ranch
Bar W Guest Ranch

 Red Horse Mountain Ranch The Red Horse Mountain ranch organizes an all-girls only Girlfriend Getaway Week, which is perfect for mother-daughter or sisters’ vacation or get-together among friends. The Getaway Week is an all exclusive package that includes accommodations, daily wine tastings, evening entertainment, meals, horseback riding and guided ranch adventures and a one hour massage.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch Unlike other ranches that organize a “ladies” or “cowgirls” weekend, this ranch is open all the time, so you can come in with your sisters, cousins and group of friends. Feel free to organize your own itinerary by choosing from their rates and packages. Stay in one of their cozy cabins and casitas and choose from a myriad of activities such as riding, cattle work, fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, trap shooting. Enjoy gourmet dinners and Western fare, which brings guests back each and every year.

The Hideout Guest Ranch & Lodge
The Hideout Guest Ranch & Lodge

 Sugar and Spice Ranch This ranch specializes in  mothers/daughter getaways  in Wyoming,. The Sugar and Spice Ranch offers a no-frills package for those who really want to enjoy a cowgirl’s weekend. Try their Women-Only group packages and choose from two or three day weekends. These packages include group accommodations in their beautiful bunk room, meals and snacks as well as two riding lessons each day.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch
The Sugar & Spice Ranch

With activities that go beyond horses and cattle, many of these ranches indeed appeal to women – and there are many more ranches like these all over the country. These vacation places can range from no frills working cattle ranches to full spa-like resorts, but they all offer something similar – the chance to have fun outdoors and get in touch with your inner cowgirl. Find a cowgirl getaway using Ranchseeker’s easy dude ranch search tool.

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

12/11/2013 4:55:21 PM

Looking for the quintessential American frontier experience?

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch
Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

Look no further than the Hawley Mountain Ranch based in Montana. It is made of the same reality-tinged myths that have had Americans obsessed with cowboys for ages! Situated in the middle of thousands of acres of untouched, pristine wilderness, just north of the Yellowstone Park, the Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch is where you can enjoy a lovely vacation. This ladies and gentlemen, is as good as it can get when it comes to dude ranches!

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch
Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

Plan a vacation for two, fun time with the family or a serene holiday for one and take part in the following activities:

  • Horseback Riding: Ride with wranglers on fine horses taking in the scenic beauty.
  • Hiking: Go guided and unguided to explore the unique, fresh natural environment. Your trail will take you through mountains, lakes, caves and much more.
  • Fly Fishing: Catch some trout on the one mile private river frontage of the ranch.
  • Explore Ghost Towns: Take a jeep trip to Independence, famous for its gold mines and ghost town.
  • Campfires and cookouts: Enjoy some hearty western meals while sharing the campfire and some spooky stories with other guests.
  • Explore an Archeological site: This one date’s way back 11,500 years. See our history, well-preserved!
  • See some Wildlife: Elk, moose, coyotes and even bears walk free through these parts. Can you spot some?
There’s plenty to do here for every member of the family. The Hawley Mountain Ranch offers comfortable beds, warm showers and clean accommodations to take the edge of a hectic day!

Hawley Mountain Cabins
Hawley Mountain Cabins

So if you are looking for a great all-American vacation, you can’t go wrong with Hawley Mountain Ranch.

Bed and Breakfast at Meadowlake Ranch

1/20/2013 11:26:56 AM

Meadowlake Ranch Sunrise
Meadowlake Ranch Sunrise

Enjoy the lakeside log cabins at Meadowlake Ranch in Oklahoma and also enjoy this sunrise. This Oklahoma guest ranch is a full service B&B, Dude Ranch, Wedding & Corporate Event Center and Hunt & Fish Club and is located conveniently 15 minutes from Tulsa. Meadowlake Ranch's Lakeside Log Cabins feature a full kitchen, king sized bed, queen sized futon (or sleeper sofa) cozy living room, fireplace and patio with a lakeside view.

Meadow Lake Ranch Log Cabins
Meadow Lake Ranch Log Cabins

You can also stay in authentic Indian tipis. Each tipi features a Chiminea and up to six fold-out sleeping cots.  They are located near a waterfall in a wooded area. Perfect for reunions, youth groups and birthday parties. The private bathroom nearby includes a hot shower, toilet and sink. (sleeps up to 6)

Indian Tipi
Meadowlake Ranch Indian Tipis

Bed and Breakfast stays include a FREE Hot Country Breakfast every morning and every stay includes the 3-H’s… Hiking, Horseshoes & Hammocks.

Book online and save 10%. Use coupon code “DISCOUNT” to save another 10%

Southern Cross Guest Ranch Promotion

12/6/2012 1:57:08 PM

Southern Cross Guest Ranch
Southern Cross Guest Ranch

 Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a premier year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland and within an hours drive from Atlanta. Home to over 200 quality Paint and Quarter horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting. We welcome you to experience our delightful accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and southern hospitality. The Southern Cross Ranch is a wonderful All-Inclusive vacation in a horse lover's paradise. Southern Cross Ranch is bringing back their 2 night stay certificates and horseback riding/dinner vouchers for 2013. These wildly popular promotions can save you up to 55% off!

These are limited in number and only available for a short time. Be sure to get yours today. These are probably some of the best promotions available from Southern Cross Ranch. You can purchase them for yourself or as wonderful gifts for loved ones!  They have an expiry date of December 2, 2013 so a great idea for 2013 vacation planning.

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