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Glamping It Up At Dude Ranches

7/13/2013 10:53:26 PM

Camping has its charm and draws many people, but not those who hate the idea of roughing it up in the outdoors. With that, many people choose to stay in cozy hotels instead of staying in tiny tents and sharing communal toilets with other campers. However, many facilities and institutions offer the chance to commune with nature without giving up most luxurious conveniences through what they call “glamping.”

What Is Glamping?

The term is a portmanteau of the words glamorous and camping, since it is a form of camping that involves facilities and accommodations that are more luxurious in comparison to those which are associated with traditional camping. Air conditioned tents? Check! Private toilets? You’ve got them! King sized beds? Why not? Glamping is offered at many dude ranches across the country. Here are just some of the ranches that offer this kind of outdoor experience:

Bar W Guest Ranch

Bar W Guest Ranch is known for being a marvelous western hospitality venue. This dude ranch has evolved into a glamping villa from being just a camping ground Embellished with rolling ridges and stunning scenery, this cozy dude ranch encloses an elegant 6200 square foot main lodge, six comfortable bedrooms, three pleasant common areas, and an amusing game room. You can never fall short of fantastic vistas from your decks. From there, you can bask in the view of the arena, the back horse pasture, and even the wetlands around Spencer Lake. After a tiring day packed with camping activities, you can glamorously relax and bathe in the hot tub.

Glamping
Glamping at Bar W Ranch

The dude ranch offers glamping from May 1 to October 31, as these months are the perfect time to do so. You get to experience the best of two different worlds at the same time. Bar W presents two high-class canvas tents beautifully adorned by Bar W. It showcases simple luxury combined with traditional western casualness. Each of the tents feature a full-sized log futon, a comfy queen-sized log bed, a cozy private porch, a kitchenette and a trendy Western interior decor. Both glamp tents include an exclusive bath situated only a few feet away.

The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up is a place where pristine wilderness and luxurious accommodations meet. The venue is distinct from other Montana luxury resorts, as it provides a captivating escape into the solace and splendour of Montana's peaceful countryside. With its beautiful views, fun-filled activities, high class lodging and relaxing amenities, Paws Up can adequately provide your glamping experience. At Paws up, you can devote your day to horseback riding, fishing or just walking around to see where the beaten path takes you At the end of the day, you can choose to retire in one of their twenty-eight high-end getaway houses or twelve perfectly designed glamorous camping tents. All of these accommodations feature rustic but contemporary fittings. Aside from plush beds and linen, the rooms also include LCD televisions with DVD players, high speed wireless internet connection and hot tubs.

Glamping
Glamping at the Resort at Paws Up

Next time you get the urge to go camping why not consider glamping at one of these dude ranches? Find one using the Ranchseeker dude ranch search tool.  

Romantic Honeymoon Ideas At Luxury Ranches

7/7/2013 10:15:23 PM

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

A Rustic Romantic Honeymoon

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

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

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

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

Some Romantic Guest Ranches

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

Honeymoon Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

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

Honeymoon Ranch
The Resort at Paws Up

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Some Great Deals at Tod Mountain Ranch

6/22/2013 4:01:11 PM

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

Tod Mountain Ranch

Canada Day Weekend

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

August Long Weekend

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

Labour Day Weekend

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

Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend

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

Winter at the Ranch

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

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

Fun Insider Tips About The Three Bars Ranch

6/11/2013 6:04:59 PM

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

Three Bars Ranch
Three Bars Ranch in BC

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

Three Bars Cabins
Rustic Cabins at Three Bars Ranch

What To Do At The Guest Ranch

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

BC White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting at Three Bars Ranch

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

Three Bars Ranch
Dining at Three Bars Ranch

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

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

Evil Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

5/19/2013 7:59:10 PM

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

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

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

RanchSeeker Welcomes Lone Mountain Ranch

4/24/2013 5:52:22 AM

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

Lone Mountain Ranch
Lone Mountain Ranch

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

Lone Mountain Ranch
 Lone Mountain Ranch

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

Montana Master Grillers Event at The Resort at Paws Up

3/13/2013 11:25:01 AM

Are you a foodie and love horseback riding? How about booking this Memorial Day long weekend away at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana for their Montana Master Grillers Event from May 24th-27th? Once you’ve experienced Montana, you’ll understand why they call it “Big Sky Country.” The majestic beauty of the state is apparent wherever you go—just as apparent as that big Montana sky!    

The Resort at Paws Up
The Resort at Paws Up

At the Montana Master Grillers event you can expect to find fine wines, spirits, beers and mouth-watering grilled cuisine while dining outside in a stunning wilderness setting. This will truly be an unforgettable wilderness adventure! Imagine one-on-one interaction with some of the finest chefs, smokologists, winemakers, brewers and distillers in America. At The Resort at Paws Up event you will enjoy lunches and dinners prepared by world class chefs who specialize in grilling and BBQ cooking. Meals will be paired with the finest wine, whisky, bourbon and specialty beers so make sure you come ready to have your taste buds spoiled.

Montana Master Grillers Event
Montana Master Grillers Event

Schedule of Events: Friday

Arrivals Welcome Reception Dinner: “Meat-n-Greet” the three Master Grillers as they compete to build the ultimate burger Wines: Pepper Bridge/Amavi

Saturday

Breakfast Wilderness Activity BBQ Boot Camp Lunch: Chef Ostini Wilderness Activity Bourbon and Country Ham Seminar Dinner: Chef Sappington Wines: Parducci Wine Cellars

Sunday

Breakfast Wilderness Activity Cooking Demo Lunch: Chuck Wagon Wilderness Activity Pickling Demonstration Country Fair BBQ Dinner: All Chefs and Beverage Partners

Monday

Breakfast Departures

All-inclusive rates start at $5,555 per couple (Four days/three nights - based on two adults)  

Horseback riding at The Resort at Paws Up
Horseback riding at The Resort at Paws Up

So if you are looking for something fun to do on the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and you love the outdoors and you enjoy great food accompanied by fine wine and other spirits then the Montana Master Grillers Event at The Resort at Paws Up, Montana’s premier 37,000 ace luxury ranch, is the ideal guest ranch getaway for you.

Wyoming Bound!!!! Yes, The Sugar & Spice Ranch is heading to Wyoming, again!!!

2/25/2013 8:28:23 AM

Leigh E. McCourt owner of The Sugar & Spice Ranch has some exciting news to share on RanchSeeker's  following blog: We’re inviting everyone to experience our awesome location up in Wyoming…abutting Medicine Bow National Forest in August 2013.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch will be offering week long vacation packages to the general public in Wyoming.  As always, we will be offering mother and daughter packages at our Texas location.  But in Wyoming, our vacation packages are available to families and individuals, as well.  That’s right, dads, sons, grand moms, grand dads…Aunt Nancy…everyone is welcome!!!!

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

You will spend your days riding through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges in the high country and places so remote you are bound to see plenty of wild life.  Don’t forget your cameras.  You’ll end each day with a hearty meal and gather around the campfire to enjoy tales of yesteryear with some very interesting characters!!

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

You’ll bunk each night in cabins that will be reminiscent of days gone by, Lit by lanterns and in the quiet of the night you’ll hear the bugling of the powerful bull elk off in the distance.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

You have the choice everyday of trail riding, fishing in many ponds and creeks where you’ll find Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout, or hiking and nature walks.  Swimming is also available in some beautiful fresh water ponds.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

These are all-inclusive packages and we can’t wait to share them with you all. Be the first and lucky few to experience what happens when TEXAS & WYOMING Come together!!!

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

Contact us now for more information and to plan your vacation of a lifetime!!  Don’t wait to make your dreams come true….make them happen!!!

Dates: August 3rd thru 9th 2013 August 10th thru 16th 2013 August 17th thru 23rd 2013

Pricing:  $2595.00 per person (All-inclusive) special discounts for groups and early registration

Payment plans available:  $500 deposit and monthly automatic payments available All credit cards accepted as well as checks.

Happy Trails!!!

Drowsy Water Ranch

2/4/2013 8:09:24 AM

Drowsy Water Ranch through their various awards on Trip Advisor has developed a reputation for quality guest ranch vacations. Situated in Granby, Colorado, otherwise known as the “Centennial State” because of its entrance into the Union in 1876, has a rich ranching history. For over 70 years this 700 acre ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has provided guests from around the world with authentic western guest ranch vacations. Under the same ownership since 1977, the Fosha's Drowsy Water Ranch is the ideal vacation spot for parents, grandparents and children alike with many programs for children from infants to teenagers. There are also plenty of activities for adults. Singles and couples are always welcome too! Guest ranch activities at the Drowsy Water Ranch include a complete program of horseback riding, rafting trips, swimming, horseshoes, trout fishing, western dancing, guided hikes, mountain biking, zip line course, song fests, campfires, hayrides, carnival, evening entertainment, gymkhana rodeos, children's programs, nearby golf, hunting and much more!   

Zip line Course Drowsy Water Ranch
Zip line Course Drowsy Water Ranch

Accommodations at Drowsy Water Ranch include one, two, three, and four bedroom furnished cabins, some of which are ideal for larger families and groups. Cabins and Lodge guest rooms have all been remodelled and refurbished. Special note: Guest accommodations do not have televisions or phones. Most meals at Drowsy Water Ranch are served family style in the dining room, but the outdoor meals will be the highlights of your stay. Imagine breakfast on a mountain top, open hearth barbecue, chuck wagon lunches, and much more. Everything at the dude ranch is made from scratch, even the bread and pastries—mmmmm! Be sure to let your hosts know in advance about any special dietary requirements and they will try their best to accommodate your needs.   

Drowsy Water Ranch
Drowsy Water Ranch

 The Fosha’s and their staff invite you come and experience a western guest ranch vacation of a lifetime Come explore the wilderness, ride horses, and getaway at this outdoor retreat.

Happy Trails!, RanchSeeker

Winter Dude Ranch Vacations

11/9/2012 12:10:46 PM

Just because it’s Winter doesn’t mean you can’t go on a dude ranch vacation. Winter dude ranch holidays are some of the best with beautiful snowy vistas and fun Winter activities. Also, there is nothing like spending Christmas and New Years with your loved ones at a cozy, rustic dude ranch. Some ranches are located in hotter climates where Winters are milder than Summers and may be more comfortable for those more heat sensitive. Here are some Winter dude ranch vacation offers that may just be the icing on the fruitcake!

Winter Guest Ranch
 Echo Valley Ranch is just as beautiful in the Winter as it is in the Summer

Stay 7 Pay 6 - Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, British Columbia

Only pay for 6 days when staying for a week at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch until December 31, 2012

December Special -  White Stallion Ranch, Arizona

Enjoy this pre-holiday special that offers fantastic pricing with all the usual dude ranch activities for best room available. There is a four night package at $1248.00 for two and a seven night package for $2080.00 for double occupancy. Tax and 15% service charge will be added. Special single and third person offers also available.

Shed those winter blahs and enjoy some beautiful horseback riding, delicious food and delightful camaraderie.

Offer valid: November 25, 2012 through December 16, 2012.

20% Discount For Stays in December- Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch , Arizona

Stay at the ranch between December 16-23, 2012 and receive a 20% discount on your stay. Offer valid on bookings made after July 30, 2012. Offer valid: July 30, 2012 through December 23, 2012

Thanksgiving at the Rancho- Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch, Arizona

$150/night double occupancy, $170/night single occupancy. Four night minimum. Spend Thanksgiving Rancho style, including riding, turkey, fixings, football and nature.

Experience trail and backcountry riding at its finest. On your way through some of the most beautiful country you have ever seen you will be challenged, awed, thrilled and entertained. Ride through ravines, hills, mesas,canyons and sierras in a serene, tranquil and quiet environment, in pristine and secluded wilderness.Offer valid: November 18, 2012 through November 26, 2012 For full details and to book any of Ranchseeker’s Winter specials, visit Ranchseeker.com

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