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Love Is in The Air: Ranch Specials

1/24/2019 12:00:00 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 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:  

Southern Cross Guest Ranch:

Whose relationship couldn’t benefit from some more play time? Spend a romantic weekend with your special loved one 'Horsing Around' this Valentine's Day at Southern Cross Ranch. Take romance to the next level and book a vacation stay where you’ll spend time outdoors either riding a horse or trying one of the various fun activities available for your enjoyment. 




Horses & Romance Couple's Package - February 14-18

-All meals with unlimited snacks and beverages

-Matching couple's gifts Southern Cross Souvenirs

-Sweetheart Dinner with Champagne and Roses

-2 Tickets to Stefan Thomas Museum of Art 

-2 Tickets to the movies

-One 2 hour ride for two daily 

(one for each night staying)

1 night from $169 pp (Thursday night only)

2 nights from $259 pp (arrive Thurs or Sat) 

3 nights from $389 pp (arrive Thurs, Fri, Sat) 

Request More Info: Southern Cross Guest Ranch




Horseplay for Couples - February 14th and 16th

Two Hour Horseback Ride for Two

Sweetheart Dinner with Champagne and Roses

Feb 14th - $169/couple***

Feb 16th - $209/couple***

***Ride & Dinner only option currently sold out - Please call or email to be added to 1st come 1st serve wait list.

Expiration date: 01/31/2019

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 hour 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.




The Ranch at Rock Creek:

The perfect ranch vacation combines luxury, beautiful surroundings and the spirit of the Old West. At The Ranch at Rock Creek these standards are exceeded by a mile. Located in Montana, the surrounding mountains are the idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable western experience. 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.

                                      

Book the following romantic special for Valentine’s Day or until March 31st. Who says that you can only celebrate on February 14th?

Romantic Winter Getaway

Make this winter a season of renewal with a luxurious couple’s respite in alpine Montana. Enjoy private adventures, farm-to-table dining, spa treatments and cozy fireside moments while we handle the gear, guides and details. 

Offer Details:

Experience More: Stay 3 nights, receive a complimentary 4th night from now until March 31, 2019 and receive complimentary experiential amenities:

Enjoy a half-day, privately guided outdoor winter activity, such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, nature trek; or a full-day of guided downhill skiing at Discovery Ski Area.

Choose either two (2) one-hour restorative massage treatments or two (2) side-by-side 45-minute Hiker’s Refresh treatments in the Granite Spa.

Learn about the farm-to-table meals prepared by our Relais & Châteaux chefs while enjoying Montana craft beer pairings, regional wines or tea.

Downhill skiing and snowboarding are fully included in your winter stay at The Ranch.



Red Reflet Ranch: 

If you live near Ten Sleep, Wyoming don’t miss out on this extraordinary culinary feast on February 14th. And if you are looking for a romantic getaway why not include this special night with a few days away with that special someone.

This luxurious resort, situated on 27,000 acres in the Wyoming Big Horn Mountains has landscapes that vary from red rim rock to rolling foot hills to aspen forests, limestone canyons, and mountain meadows. The ranch features outstanding facilities, superb food and an experienced staff all in a beautiful natural setting. Your vacation at Red Reflet is all-inclusive and offers you unlimited activities. You can do as much as you want or simply choose to relax it’s up to you.


                                         

 

 

                         Social hour begins @ 5:30/Dinner will start at 6:30pm

 

Appetizers

 

*Delicious individual Coquille Saint Jacques at your table*


 

Salad

 

Red Reflet's signature Artisan salad with select fresh ingredients

and Raspberry Vinaigrette 

served with warm Brioche Swirl Rolls

Intermezzo

 

Have your pallet cleared and refreshed by a

*Strawberry Elderflower Sorbet*


Entree of your choice 

 

*Veal Oscar*

Sweden's King Oscar II favorite Entree

topped with Crabmeat and Bernaise sauce

 

*Chef Clint's Award Winning Osso Bucco*

slowly braised and complimented by Gremolata

 

*New Yorker's Famous Poached Seabass*

seasoned with the refined flavors of Ginger, Soy and Cilantro

 

*Chef Randy's Fire Roasted Beef Barbacoa*

Beef sirloin marinated in citrus, garlic and herbs.

Then, cooked on an open fire!

All Entrees are served with Yukon Gold Potato Roses

and Herb Roasted Seasonal Vegetables


Round up the evening with one of Stephanie's


Dessert Creations

 

*Passion Fruit and Mango Verrine* 

*A Slice of Heaven*

Pistachio Joconde layered between fruity Raspberry Coulis

and Vanilla Bavarian Cream

 

*Chocolate Cannoli Cheesecake Mousse Torte*

 

Dessert for 2 for $10 extra

*Chocolate Ravioli*

filled with creamy Mascarpone on Cherry Sauce

 

Wine Pairing ($20)

Add the perfect glass of wine to each course 

**coffee & tea included

** starts @ $55 per person plus tax and gratuity



RESERVATION

or call us to reserve a table at 307-366-2340 ( Be sure to mention that you heard about it first on RanchSeeker)

 





So what are you waiting for this February surprise that special someone in your life with an unforgettable Valentine’s Day getaway.

 And keep in mind...

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones, Engineer

Happy Trails!

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


 

Make 2019 a Bucket List Year!

12/27/2018 6:08:00 AM

Soon we will be bidding farewell to 2018 and ringing in the New Year. For many, it is all about making resolutions which often include: go to the gym, lose weight, eat healthier food, try something new or tick off items from your bucket list.

If life as a cowboy/cowgirl and reconnecting with nature has always been something you’ve dreamed of, then the following article which first appeared in Ranch & Reserve Magazine’s 9th issue will be of interest: 

“If a Guest Ranch Vacation Isn’t on Your Bucket List It Should Be” 

In the spirit of the New Year upon us, I have decided to repost with applicable updates:


The Oxford Dictionary defines “bucket list” as follows:

Noun

Informal

A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime: making this trip is the first thing on my bucket list

Origin

Early 21st century: from the phrase, “kick the bucket ‘die’ ” popularized by the 2007 film “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman


Ever since “the Bucket List” hit movie theaters worldwide, a bucket list movement has been on the rise and continues to evolve among younger and older generations alike. Websites with titles like “10,000 Things To Do Before You Die” and “100+ Creative Bucket List Ideas You Should Add To Your List” are popular search engine phrases for those looking for inspiration and ideas to help create their own personal bucket list.

Nowadays, more and more people suffer from the never-ending pressure of their day-to-day responsibilities, commitments and overwhelming time constraints. Whether it’s a student working towards a degree, a hardworking employee with perhaps a family to raise or a simple case of trying to schedule a “date” with a significant other, life doesn’t leave much time to dare to dream and plan those things you would like to do before, yes….I’m going to say it…kick the bucket!

Health, monetary and career goals along with those endless to-do lists may already be a part of your daily routine, however, a bucket list allows you to delve deeper and ask yourself what do you really want to do, experience, see and learn in your lifetime? There is nothing too big, insignificant or random when making a bucket list.  In fact, it can be an incredibly enlightening experience. From a very young age we are taught to consider others before ourselves and as we grow older this can often result in setting aside or putting off things that perhaps at one time were very important to us.

An encouraging and positive aspect of bucket lists is that they are fluid in nature. During a lifetime, priorities will change and things that at one time or another were at the top of the list, may not be so later on. My bucket list is a perpetual work in progress, a constant subtracting and adding of new experiences and goals that I would like to achieve, although there are many “givens” that consistently remain throughout this process. As I grow as a person and am exposed to all the wonderful choices that this wide world has to offer, I find that a bucket list enables me to approach life with an enthusiastic “joie de vivre” as I strive to live life to the fullest.

Everyone’s bucket list is unique. Perhaps it includes an extreme activity like sky diving, swimming with sharks, or bungee jumping. But a bucket list can also be about learning a new language, living abroad, swimming in the ocean for the first time, learning to ride a horse or visiting a country that appeals to your inner self.  The act of making a bucket list allows your imagination to roam freely as you identify and make accomplishing these goals an integral part of your life plan. As C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

An endless…. literally endless list of possibilities exist out there, so when making up a bucket list perhaps a guest ranch vacation isn’t one that immediately comes to mind…..but oh how it should!  Guest ranches provide an unbeatable opportunity to engage in an array of exciting and challenging activities, quite often conveniently close to home or far away in colourful locales. Experience the thrill of trail rides among absolutely breathtaking scenery as you decompress, reconnect with nature and get in touch with your inner “cowboy or cowgirl.”  With so many excellent dude ranches to choose from, the following is a short list only to consider when planning your next bucket list guest ranch adventure.

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch 

Open meadows, tall Ponderosa forests and an abundance of wildlife awaits you at this New Mexico guest ranch. Horseback riders or hikers will marvel at the deep canyons and crystal clear streams that are all part of the Gila National Forest. While you explore the area you will have the opportunity to learn about the rich history associated with the region. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small ranch (only 4 cabins) so guests are guaranteed a truly personal atmosphere.



Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch


The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch 

Wyoming is the perfect playground for those looking for an exceptional experience! With 650,000 acres to explore this upscale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch is the ideal vacation choice. Trapshooting, archery, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking,4X4 tours as well as many other opportunities await the adventurous. Be sure to book well in advance so that you don’t miss out since this guest ranch fills up quickly due to returning guests and word of mouth.



The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch


Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Considered “One of America’s Best Dude Ranches" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Southern Cross Guest Ranch, is a wonderful All-Inclusive vacation in a horse lover's paradise. It is conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland and is within an hour’s drive from Atlanta. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting and is also home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. There are various activities to choose from while staying at Southern Cross Guest Ranch where horseback riding is the featured activity.



Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Let RanchSeeker  help you find your ideal guest ranch bucket list destination!


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!


The Perfect Combination

8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Often when one thinks of a guest ranch vacation top notch spa treatment don’t immediately come to mind as well. But that would be a mistake. Nowadays many guest ranches have invested in modern spa facilities that are frequently featured in travel articles that make the top 10 best spa resorts list. Imagine indulging in a relaxing massage after a day spent in the saddle horseback riding. Or you could simply book a stay at one of the ranch resort spas and fill your days up with various spa treatments as you gradually unwind surrounded by a spectacular wilderness setting. 

If you are need of some pampering consider the following ranches:

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Echo Valley Ranch is truly unique. First off, it features two world class spas on site both of which offer treatments from different areas of the globe. Secondly, it has a Thai inspired element that includes a building designed by a famous Thai architect. It’s the only guest ranch of its kind. If you are seeking a one-of-a-kind western adventure with first class accommodations, healthy gourmet food and outstanding spa treatments then Echo Valley Ranch is for you. “Echo Valley Ranch is a delightful contradiction. It’s unnaturally natural, yet quietly luxurious.”

Spa Treatment Menu.




The Ranch at Rock Creek

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. The surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable western experience.

Experience luxurious wellness in the wild. Their award-winning Granite Spa features signature spa treatments as well as the opportunity to take part in yoga classes, meditation, natural movement training and forest bathing.

Signature Spa Treatment Menu   

Additional Spa Treatments 




When it comes time to book your next vacation whether you are just looking for a spa destination or a guest ranch that offers lots of thrilling activities as well as top notch spa facilities add Echo Valley Ranch & Spa or The Ranch at Rock Creek to your list. 

Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation. 


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!


Summer Fun at Vista Verde Ranch

6/4/2018 9:15:00 PM

Summer has finally arrived, and Vista Verde is ready to help you and your family create everlasting memories. With a variety of activities to choose from, amazing food, and a friendly staff as well as spectacular scenery this Colorado guest ranch is the place to be on your next vacation. Vista Verde expertly combines their all-inclusive plan with true Western hospitality and AAA Four Diamond amenities so that you can sit back and relax or fill your days with thrilling activities.




Since there are so many activities to choose from the ranch’s wranglers and guides go the extra mile to ensure that each activity that you pick is tailored to your interest, ability and fitness level. Whether you want to learn a new skill or simply sharpen an existing skill set the ranch provides professional gear and equipment as well as lots of instruction so that you get the most out of your experience. Read on to learn more about the summer activities available at the ranch and start planning your vacation today.

Horseback Riding

The riding program at the ranch not only offers the opportunity to go on adventurous trail rides but also the chance to learn a thing or two with their variety of clinics that explore the different aspects of horsemanship. Whether you are a novice or an advanced rider the wranglers will keep it interesting for the duration of your stay.




Fly-Fishing

For the fishermen in your group there is nothing like casting your line into the crystal-clear mountain water of the lakes and streams found around the ranch with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop. The ranch’s guides will help you plan that perfect day of fishing and provide you with invaluable insights and tips to help you get the most out of your day.

Mountain Biking

Mix it up while on your vacation and check out the extensive mountain biking program. Choose from either Mountain Biking, Biking in the Mountains, or Ranch Cruising all of which include instruction so that you’ll feel confident while in the saddle.

Hiking

Situated in the Routt National Forest close to the Zirkel Wilderness Area, Vista Verde is close to a plethora of trailheads that provide extraordinary hiking opportunities. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or just want to go on a relaxing family hike a ranch guide will assist you in picking the ideal experience for your needs.




Kids, Tweens, and Teens

The ranch offers a comprehensive program for all their younger guests. Your kids won’t even miss being connected to their devices while staying at the ranch.

Rock Climbing

Twice a week ranch guides take newbies and experienced rock climbers up the climbing rock where after a few hours of instruction guests can try their hand at climbing and rappelling.

Paddleboarding

Cool off in a high alpine lake surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and either simply relax on a stand-up-paddleboard or get a full body workout as you paddle from one end to another.




Photography Tour

With the help of local photographer Carla Jones hone your photography skills so that your vacation shots are truly special.

Yoga

Step outside and experience a yoga class in a natural surrounding. Ideal for stretching out sore muscles as well as connecting with nature. Devyn provides a 1-hour class twice a week at the Wild Yoga hideout a short hike or ride away from the ranch.

Massage

Getting a massage is always a great idea but especially when you are taking part in lots of physical activities. Be sure to ask about the various massages available.

Rafting & Kayaking

Take part in an adventurous day-long river rafting trip two hour away form the ranch or stay closer to home and kayak on the Yampa river. Be prepared to get wet!




Culinary Experiences

Join Chef Cholly for a cooking class or wine tasting. Once a week take a peak at how things work “in the back of the house” and either join in or simply watch how it’s all done. Learn how to evaluate wine and expand your wine vocabulary.

As you can see there are lots of activities to keep you entertained during the day. A summer vacation at Vista Verde is what summers should be all about…fun!

Happy Trails!

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

 

Where Should I Go on My Next Ranch Vacation? Part 3

4/25/2018 9:27:56 AM

Over the past few weeks RanchSeeker has focused on several popular guest ranch destinations in the USA and we have also highlighted lots of great ranches in those areas. Our first blog post highlighted Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia and Idaho. Then in our 2nd blog post   we featured Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.  For our final blog post about “Where Should I Go on My Next Ranch Vacation?” we will be focusing on the following destinations and guest ranches located in Canada.

Alberta

When you think of “ranches,” “old west” and “cowboy,” the province of Alberta, Canada, may not come immediately to mind. But all that will change when you discover the variety of Alberta dude ranches that welcome guests each year. In fact, Alberta has a long history of western traditions and is well known throughout much of the western U.S. for their ranching background and cowboy heritage. 

From the border of the Northwest Territories to the southern border with Montana, Alberta’s landscape holds something for everyone: rivers, lakes, badlands, the Rocky Mountains and even glaciers! Alberta ranch vacations take full advantage of this province’s magnificent geography. Alberta dude ranches offer activities for every member of the family: horseback riding, cookouts and barbeques, nature trails, white water rafting, wildlife viewing, golf, pack trips, photography outings, fly fishing, mountain biking, birding, cattle drives, hiking and so much more! Alberta ranch vacations create memories that will last a lifetime!

Ranches in Alberta attract visitors with their national park system, dinosaur digs and the fact that the province has 5 of the 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Imagine visiting the Dinosaur digs in the Alberta Badlands in the morning, working on the Alberta ranch with the cowboys in the afternoon, and relaxing in the evening in the hot tub. You can do all this, plus more, at an Alberta ranch. 

At many Alberta ranches you can choose an independent schedule and explore on your own, or have the ranch arrange activities for you including horseback riding, fishing trips, and city tours.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience check out Banff Trail Riders.



Photo courtesy of Banff Trail Riders

British Columbia

One excellent way to enjoy all that this special province has to offer is a BC ranch vacation. This portion of western Canada is home to many BC dude ranches, each of which is set against the spectacular backdrop of Canada’s natural beauty. From the rolling hills of the Cariboo to the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to the Coastal Mountains and throughout this spectacular province is sure to provide your family with memories that will last a lifetime. 

Imagine going for a morning fishing trip, spending the afternoon exploring early settler or local Native heritage sites, and relaxing in the evening with your ranch staff and fellow guests. All this is possible when you visit British Colombian Ranches. Your ranch may also organize horseback trips, cattle drives, pack trips, canoeing, and a wide range of outdoor activities for you during your stay. Be sure to ask about winter options as well.



Photo courtesy of Chilcotin Holidays

It’s no wonder that so many people travel to British Columbia each year to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this western Canadian province. From majestic forests to breathtaking mountain vistas to magnificent seascapes and more, BC offers its guests and residents some of the most incredibly stunning scenery available anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. British Columbia dude ranches take advantage of the “beautiful BC” landscape and the rich local Native history to attract visitors.

Check out these Super Natural BC guest ranches: Chilcotin Holidays, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Three Bars Ranch and Sundance Guest Ranch.



Photo courtesy of Sundance Guest Ranch

Don’t forget that RanchSeeker’s website provides several ways that you can search for your dream western vacation all of which are user-friendly but if you prefer you can also contact Ashlie@ranchseeker.com for additional assistance.

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Happy Trails!


Where Should I Go on My Next Ranch Vacation?

4/9/2018 12:37:00 PM

Trying to decide where to go on vacation is never an easy task. Nowadays there are so many different types of experiences to choose from and a guest ranch vacation is just one of them. RanchSeeker can help you find that perfect ranch vacation that suits your needs. Perhaps you have always dreamed of living the life of a cowboy for a week, or maybe you just like the idea of spending some time in the saddle as well as taking part in other fun activities like hiking, shooting, fishing or simply relaxing in a place that is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. 

Each ranch that you will find listed on our website literally offers “something for everyone” all you need to do is pick the one that best matches your vacation criteria. RanchSeeker’s website provides several ways that you can search for your dream western vacation all of which are user-friendly but if you prefer you can also contact Ashlie@ranchseeker.com for additional assistance. 

Maybe you already have an idea of what you would like to do on your ranch vacation but perhaps you are unsure of where you would like to go especially since there are so many great destinations to choose from. Let RanchSeeker help you with that. Below you will find the 1st installment of several blogs that we will be posting over the next few weeks that describe popular ranch vacation destinations with links to ranches in those areas that you might be interested in checking out in more detail. 

Arizona

There’s really nothing that says “the West” more than the Desert Southwest, and there’s nothing that says “Desert Southwest” more than the Grand Canyon State of Arizona. If you’re looking for the ultimate adventure experience in the Desert Southwest, you’ll find it at any Arizona dude ranch. From the history of Tombstone to the high desert country of Wickenburg, from the beauty of the desert surrounding Tucson to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon itself, there’s nothing that compares to an Arizona ranch vacation. Get away from the crowds, breathe in the crisp desert air and look out over amazing vistas—all this and more is waiting for you at an Arizona dude ranch. Some favorites are White Stallion Ranch, Stagecoach Trails Ranch, and Sedona Ranch.



Photo Courtesy of White Stallion Ranch

Ranches in Arizona take advantage of the desert landscape and diversity of topographical features to attract visitors. Imagine horseback riding through the Arizona desert or eating breakfast on the front porch watching the sun rise over the desert. This is possible at Arizona ranches. With the warm and comfortable climate, many of ranches in the Grand Canyon State are open year-round so it doesn’t matter whether you go in July or December.

California

A California ranch vacation takes advantage of the comfortable climate and variety of picturesque landscapes to attract visitors. From the picturesque Sierra Nevada landscape around Taylorsville, to magnificent ocean views from the Coffee Creek Ranch and Marble Mountain Ranch along the Northern California coast, to the always-sunny weather of Santa Barbara County in the southern part of the state, California dude ranches truly have something for everyone. You may not think of a California dude ranch vacation when you think of the The Golden State, but spectacular Western dude ranches abound in California.



Photo courtesy of Marble Mountain Ranch

Colorado

Colorado dude ranches take advantage of the state’s mountainous, Rocky Mountain landscape, and outback living to attract visitors 

Colorado is known for its spectacular scenery, and it’s no wonder. From the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains, the landscapes of Colorado are as vast and as varied as the many Colorado dude ranches that are scattered throughout this great state. Whether you want to experience a sample of the Old West lifestyle or just take it easy and enjoy a little rest and relaxation, you’ll find it all on your Colorado dude ranch vacation. 



Photo courtesy of Vista Verde Ranch

Known as the “Centennial State” because of its entrance into the Union in 1876, Colorado has a rich ranching history. That history is evident today in each and every Colorado dude ranch. In addition to soaking up local history, your Colorado ranch vacation will give you the opportunity to enjoy everything from skiing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides to golf, white water rafting and mountain biking. A Colorado dude ranch truly offers something for everyone in the family!

Being centrally located in the US, guests from anywhere won’t have to travel far to visit a ranch in Colorado. During your Colorado ranch stay, you’ll be able to participate in cattle drives, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming. Some Colorado ranches are also working ranches, so you will be able to experience what it’s like to live like a cowboy. Try these favorites Laramie River Ranch, Latigo Ranch, Vista Verde Ranch and Colorado Trails Ranch


Georgia

Ranches in Georgia attract visitors using the natural wonders of the region including the coastal plains in the south to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the north. With its rich history and spectacular climate, Georgia dude ranches offer guests year-round accommodations and a heavy dose of Southern hospitality. Enjoy the many museums and historical points of interest in this Southeastern gem. Georgia dude ranches in the Historic Heartland district, located within an hour of Atlanta, provide visitors with magnificent countryside and beautiful weather no matter what time of year you visit.

A favorite dude ranch among visitors is the Southern Cross Ranch.



Photo courtesy of Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Idaho

Idaho dude ranches take advantage of the Rocky Mountain landscape and exciting outdoor activities to attract visitors. 

Imagine going for a mountainous hike first thing in the morning, white water rafting in the afternoon, relaxing next to a warm fire with your hot chocolate in the evening. All this and more is possible at an Idaho ranch. On subsequent days during your stay you may find yourself  horseback riding, relaxing in a hot tub or pool, or even rafting. One favorite is Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. 



Photo courtesy of Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Idaho offers guests some truly spectacular scenery. Known as the “Gem State” because of its rich gemstone deposits, Idaho dazzles and surprises visitors with its geographical variety and stunning natural wonders. Each Idaho dude ranch takes full advantage of the state’s incredible scenery. From rich farmland to spectacular mountain locations, an Idaho ranch vacation will offer virtually any type of wilderness experience you can imagine.

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Happy Trails!


Welcome to the Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

3/13/2018 3:12:41 PM

If you are looking for upscale luxury, a culturally diverse atmosphere, personalized guest care and spectacular natural surroundings then this Wyoming guest ranch is for you. The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, located in Shell, Wyoming (east of Yellowstone National Park) combines a real working cattle ranch with great horseback riding opportunities as well as world class fly-fishing and old west hospitality.




With no more than 25 guests per week and a 1:1 staff guest ratio as well as access to 85 horses you will find that the owners and staff are actively involved with your well-being during your guest ranch vacation. In addition to riding, working cattle and fly-fishing, they offer an array of non-riding activities and adventures such as trapshooting, archery, canoeing, hiking, biking, 4x4 tours, and other exciting activities to fill your days. While riding you will experience a unique variety of terrains, biodiversity, climates and scenery since elevations in this area range from 4,200 to 13,200 feet. And with close to 650,000 acres to explore you will seldom ride the same trail twice so be sure to bring your camera! The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is a Riding Guest Ranch with great horses for all levels of riders. Along with Quarter Horses and Paints the ranch also have a growing number of well-trained Mustangs for their guests to ride.




The Hideout Guest Ranch & Lodge, although more of an adult orientated ranch, also welcomes families and is an ideal vacation choice for solo travellers. Many of the ranch’s guests are repeat vacationers. They come back because of the warmth of hospitality, the high-end pampering and excellent, healthy food created by their culinary schooled chef. Accommodations include western-style log cabins that were built in 1992 and recently renovated guest casitas all of which feature your typical creature comforts from home. There is a swimming pond and hot tub for guests to use as well as emerald green lawns and well-lit pathways which connect to the main lodge. While staying at the ranch you will be treated to hearty Western fare and gourmet dinners and the view from the dining room, where meals are served, is simply spectacular! Open all year round the ranch offers many different rates and packages, so you are bound to find a time of year and package that best suits your upcoming vacation needs.




Happy Trails!

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