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A Southern Cross Guest Ranch Thanksgiving!

11/4/2016 4:21:12 PM

Autumn brings to mind cooler temperatures, vivid colour displays of fiery red, burnt amber and orange falling leaves as well as spectacular sunsets and brilliant harvest moons. It is also the time of year when families, friends and loved ones gather together under one roof to celebrate Thanksgiving. Lavish meals, friendly games of touch-football and endless football games to watch on T.V. are usually par for the course for this time-honoured holiday tradition .This year why not choose to do something totally different? Let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning and instead of lazing around on that oh-so comfy couch, make this year’s Thanksgiving holiday an event to remember!  Although there are lots of options and destinations to choose from when considering a Thanksgiving getaway, Southern Cross Guest Ranch should definitely be at the top of your list.


Southern Cross, considered “One of America’s Best Dude Ranches” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, features quality All-Inclusive vacations in a horse lover’s paradise. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program with unguided riding opportunities, and is also home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. Conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland and within an hour’s drive from Atlanta the ranch prides itself in providing good old southern hospitality, delightful accommodations, delectable cuisine and stimulating activities all year round. Here you will rediscover life’s more simple pleasures.

Thanksgiving at Southern Cross is their most popular week of the year and often sells out months in advance. In fact, many of their guests during this time period, return year after year and even book up for the following year while still at the ranch. In addition to their All-Inclusive schedule of meals and horseback riding, they also cook up a large Thanksgiving feast. Oven roasted turkey, baked ham, lamb, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, corn, and green beans, as well as all of the traditional “fixin’s” make this a truly memorable meal.


Your ranch vacation at Southern Cross has lots of opportunities to relax and unwind, as well as an exciting array of activities to enjoy; take a dip in the pool or soak in the hot tub, hop on a mountain bike, shoot some hoops, try your hand at fishing in the pond, play a game in the rec. room, go on a hike, visit the horses in the pasture, or throw some horseshoes. Attractions nearby include golfing, tennis, boating, skeet shooting, kayaking, museums, historical tours, and shopping.


This year put your shopping list away, pull out your suitcase and book a Thanksgiving getaway at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Fill your days with fresh air, beautiful autumn-coloured infused scenery, fun activities, great food and make some memories that will last a lifetime.

Happy Trails!

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Thanksgiving at Coffee Creek Ranch

10/13/2016 4:10:20 PM

Thanksgiving is an annual tradition that brings families and friends together around a festively decorated table where one can find oven baked turkeys, freshly made cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casseroles and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is also a wonderful opportunity to plan a quick getaway with your loved ones and let someone else do the cooking for a change. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal surrounded by majestic mountains and beautiful scenery and instead of curling up on your couch at home this year sign up for a horseback ride or take a hike through the woods. If this sounds tempting, then you should consider heading on over to Coffee Creek Ranch for this year’s Thanksgiving holiday.


Coffee Creek Ranch, located in Northern California is 367 acres of natural, pristine wilderness that lies along the banks of the Coffee Creek. For fly fishing enthusiasts, this is a dream location. If pack riding or shorter trail riding is more your style, they tailor to suit your needs to ensure your expectations are exceeded. Everything about Coffee Creek, from their comfortable and cozy cabin accommodations, to their freshly prepared, delicious hearty meals says that they want to be sure their guests’ stays are truly enjoyable. With budget friendly options, Coffee Creek is definitely a contender for one of the best guest ranches in California.


Open for Thanksgiving this California ranch cooks up a big traditional dinner for its guests, family, and friends in the area. The day after is usually spent looking for and cutting down a Christmas tree to get a jump start on decorating for Christmas! Friday night’s special meal consists of turkey enchiladas with a Mexican flare! In the evening, weather permitting, everyone gathers around a warm, cozy bonfire to celebrate the season .All the winter cabins come stocked with wood for the wood burning stoves for those chilly nights.


Book now and experience a Western Thanksgiving at Coffee Creek Ranch the ideal place to celebrate family and give thanks for your blessings.

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Happy Trails!

Ode to Autumn & Ranch Delights!

10/6/2016 4:04:05 PM

The following article 1st appeared in Ranch & Reserve Magazine’s 10 issue

As Keats wrote, “Tis the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” and depending on where you live the onset of autumn can represent different things to different people.  It can herald the end of long, lazy, hot days of summer as leaves on the trees change from crisp green to vibrant shades of red and yellow or it can simply reflect a much-awaited drop in temperature and humidity in much warmer climes. Regardless of where you are located on the map, autumn is often considered a favourite season by many of us. As days become shorter and winter approaches, we can bathe in sunlight yet enjoy more temperate weather making it an ideal time for planning various types of outdoor activities.

For families it signifies the beginning of a new school year, but for others it is a great opportunity to travel since plenty of vacation destinations offer tempting packages to suit a variety of budgets once the busy summer season is over. With so many attractive deals “out there” with or without children, it can be difficult to choose which one is best for you. If spending time in the saddle, participating in diverse outdoor activities, and being surrounded by spectacular scenery appeal, then a guest ranch vacation would be an ideal choice. Check out these four enticing Fall Ranch Specials in Wyoming, Georgia, California and Mexico and start thinking about the great outdoors and what to pack!

Spotted Horse Ranch (http://ow.ly/JRGB3042vZG)

Located near Jackson Hole this Wyoming dude ranch will have you feeling like you have returned to a simpler time similar to the old west. The pace although laid back is never boring!

Fall Special Details:

October 1st to Oct. 15:  Late Season 15% discount

Children under 6 years of age are half price and children under 3 years are free.

Rates are based upon the American plan, which includes the following:

  1. Newly decorated cabins, complete with goose down comforters and private baths.
  2. All meals, served family style in our dining room
  3. Horseback riding
  4. Fly-casting lessons on Monday afternoon
  5. Fly fishing in our private pond as well as in the Hoback River
  6. Barbeque cookouts with live entertainment, weather permitting on Thursdays
  7. A choice of a scenic or whitewater float on the Snake River (only on Thursdays)
  8. Swimming in Granite Hot Springs (only on Thursdays)
  9. Beer and wine are complimentary at happy hour, 5-7pm each evening, along with appetizers
  10. A Children’s Activity Director, Sunday afternoon through Friday
  11. Sauna located adjacent to the Hoback River
  12. Guest Laundry facility, detergent included
  13. Shampoo, conditioner and hair dryers in every cabin

For a chance to explore the Hoback Mountain Range in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the ranch offers you the opportunity of a true Western experience by enjoying an overnight pack-trip into one of their backcountry camps. This is a great opportunity for photo taking and/or fishing!


Spotted Horse Ranch

Southern Cross Guest Ranch 

t its finest at this easy to reach ranch located just an hour outside of Atlanta, GA. Delicious home-cooked  food, over 150 horses and unguided riding opportunities are the highlights at this a bona fide horse lover’s paradise.

Fall Special Details:

Take advantage of “FREE NIGHTS IN GEORGIA”

Sept 29 – Oct 6 or *Oct 30 – Nov 18

Midweeks – Mon-Thurs nights.

The longer you stay the better the deal:

3-nights: 3rd night FREE

4-nights: 4th night FREE + room upgrade for all nights

Weekend Rates

4-nights: 4th night FREE

7-nights: 2 nights FREE when booking their 5-night package rate ($780 & up)

Discounted night must be a night of equal or lesser value.

Promo Code: FALLFREE

Expires: October 31/2016

All-Inclusive Plan with 2x daily horseback riding – just $88/night per person!

Take advantage of the  lowest rates of the year – Valid Nov 27 – Dec 18, 2016 on stays of 4 nights or longer, double occupancy (singles just $98/night).

 Promo Code: FALL88

Expires: November 30, 2016

***Specials above may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Reservations required, limited availability, new reservations only.


Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Coffee Creek Ranch 

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

Fall Special Details:

September 24th-30th

Cowboy & Cowgirl-Up Week:

Adults only week! $1175 per person arriving as couples or groups and Singles at $1295!

October 15th-21st

Cowboy & Cowgirl-Up Week:

Adults only week! $1175 per person arriving as couples or groups and Singles at $1295!

These specials include cooking classes according to guest’s wishes, game nights, fall bonfires, special hot cocoa, homemade ice cream and great fall-themed food to enjoy while staying at the ranch accompanied by the recipes to take home. It also includes two rides a day into a picturesque forest and if everyone is in agreement an all- day ride to one of the lakes nearby.


Coffee Creek Ranch

Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch

Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch or Tierra Chamahua Eco Adventures as it is also known by is a genuine Mexican cattle ranch and wilderness preserve located a mere 55 miles south from the southeast Arizona town of Douglas. With over 30, 000 acres, exotic scenery and otherworldly landscapes you will be reminded of a National Park.

Fall Special Details:

175-185/night Especial de las Vaqueras [Cowgirls Special]

Calling all female friends or family members, sisters and mothers! Take part in the “Cowgirl’s Special” which applies to two or more cowgirls, for five or more nights, at a discounted rate of $175/night/”vaquera” (until the end of October)or $185/night during November and December, based on double occupancy. A savings of $70/ night off of their standard rates. Round trip shuttle from Tucson is included.

Enjoy short rides, long rides, trail rides and back country riding at its finest. Ride through ravines, hills, mesas, down canyons and up into the high sierra and make new memories that will last forever.

November Mexican Roundup [Corrida]

Experience an authentic  Mexican Roundup [Nov 6-13], or “Corrida,” with “vaqueros” (cowboys), horses, cattle, great food and ideal weather for  lots of riding, cattle drives, and cattle work. Only $1,400 per guest, double occupancy, $1,550 per guest, single occupancy for this seven night stay.

Thanksgiving Week at the Rancho [Kids 10 and under stay free; free nightly wine tasting from Latin America]

This Thanksgiving choose a different way to celebrate. Visit Tierra Chamahua towards the end of November and spend Thanksgiving Week from Nov. 20-26, for a 6 night stay, starting at $1,300 per guest, double occupancy, all-inclusive, with shuttle transfer from Tucson.

Your Thanksgiving package includes wine tasting from Latin American wineries, a delicious Thanksgiving Day meal, plus children aged 10 and under stay for free! Exceptional riding and hiking opportunities as well as pleasant, mild temperatures and incredible scenery round out this holiday special.


Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch

With fantastic Fall and Thanksgiving Specials like these what are you waiting for?

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation.

Happy Trails!

Enjoy a Romantic Retreat at The Ranch at Rock Creek

9/28/2016 3:56:04 PM

Autumn is just around the corner and you won’t want to miss out on The Ranch at Rock Creek’s “Montana Romance Retreat.” Located in Montana, a popular guest ranch destination, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the ideal dude ranch vacation choice for those looking for a western adventure situated in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys.

2016 ROMANTIC RETREAT | 3 NIGHTS

Book a three-night stay between September 6 and November 22 and receive $900 in additional value.

Escape to The Ranch to rouse your hearts and inspire your minds with curated couples adventures.* Enjoy outdoor activities, such as fly fishing, horseback riding or yoga, and take in spectacular panoramic views from private mountain summits. Your exceptional farm-to-table culinary experiences will be highlighted during a special gathering with a Ranch chef. Relax in rustic, yet elegant accommodations, complemented by the serenity of the Granite Spa and sublime Big Sky grandeur just outside your door.


Special Inclusions:

  • A half-day, private guided fly fishing or horseback ride adventure with a gourmet picnic or a private 2-hour yoga session including refreshments
  • Choose either two (2) complimentary 60-minute Restorative Massages or two side-by-side 45-minute Homestead Sole Foot Treatments in the Granite Spa
  • Spend an hour with a Ranch Chef learning about locally sourced gourmet cuisine while you enjoy regional wine pairings, Montana craft beer pairings or tea time in a private setting


Offer as seen on The Ranch at Rock Creek’s website. Be sure to ask the ranch for more details.

Book your romantic autumn vacation now and enjoy mountain luxury, western adventure, seasonal colours and local cuisine.

Happy Trails!

How a Dude Ranch Can Revive Your Life

12/17/2015 4:57:28 PM
It’s time to put away your cell phone, kick off the stilettos and replace them with a cute cowboy hat, jeans and riding boots. It’s Dude Ranch time!  Be prepared to live out your City Slicker fantasies by heading out to an authentic dude ranch and staying awhile. There are many reasons to have a well-earned break at a dude ranch and one reason is to immerse yourself in the true history of the old American West. So go ahead and summon your inner cowboy to ‘Saddle-Up Partner,’ and enjoy the many delights and challenges that a dude ranch vacation or get-away can offer.

Cowboy-Boots-And-Hat

Imagine the thrill of riding a beautiful horse amid mind-blowing scenery with expert, friendly wranglers on hand to ensure you have a safe and wonderful day, as you detox and decompress from the cares and concerns of your normal city life!  Whether a beginner or experienced rider, the exhilarating joy of a day spent in the saddle is hard to beat. And after a fantastic day riding the trails, treat yourself to a long, leisurely soak in the hot-tub, before sitting down to a satisfying home-cooked meal along with the company of some great folks to while away the evening hours.

Horseback riding

In addition, you get to roam around a spectacular piece of land with wide-open spaces usually with rivers or streams; participate in some campsite sing-alongs and meet like-minded people.Most importantly however, you get to walk around with your thumbs placed in your belt loops and tip your hat to everyone that walks by and say things like: “howdy” and “yee-hah."  The greatest part is that you can do it with a straight face, without sounding completely out of place. You will also have the freedom of just being yourself without worrying about what people are thinking or who is watching. Since many Dude Ranches discourage the use of a cell-phone or access to the internet you can experience a much-needed technology detox.  For a little while at least, you can absent yourself from all the depressing news and celebrity gossip and get to enjoy a real relaxing time-out surrounded by great down-home people.

Dinnertime

There’s nothing more American than the Old West, and there’s no better way to hit the reset button on your life and go back to the reality of waking up to the sounds of birds singing at dawn. Find your bliss in the wild and find your happiness in dude ranch life. It’s too easy to be constantly connected and to allow the material and the tangibles run your life. A visit to a dude ranch will give you a much-needed respite from the constant demands of being "on-line!" It will connect you with friendly, down-to-earth people and send a shot of yearning for the simple life deep into your soul. Yee-hah!

Fall Specials at Bar W Ranch

9/21/2015 4:45:33 PM

4 Reasons to Head to Montana’s All-American Dude Ranch

Nestled between pine-lined ridges at the base of Spencer Mountain, Bar W Ranch stands tall amidst the Montana countryside. Beautiful vistas, rolling ridges and Spencer Lake close by are some of the attractions that bring visitors to the dude ranch’s 6,200 sq. ft. lodge, cabin suites, horse riding arenas, stables, barn, and gazebo. Complementing these facilities are a range of summer and winter activities, including cattle work, riding lessons, ranch fishing, boating and swimming, sleigh ride dinners, and clay pigeon shooting. However, Fall 2015 at Bar W Ranch is more special since you get to enjoy special packages at discounted prices.

Bar W Guest Ranch

The following are the four fall specials Bar W Ranch has in store for you.

#1) Cattle Drive 2015

Date: September 19th – 26th 

Unleash your inner cowboy and enjoy the company of others who share your passion for horses, cattle and great country. Bar W Ranch has created a cattle drive adventure that will make you experience first-hand the labors cowboys underwent to round up cattle. Don’t worry about not being experienced; the ranch starts the session with horsemanship lessons and hands-on training for working with cattle. For four days, you’ll be in charge of gathering up the cattle, driving them back to the corrals, and then tending to them after sorting the cows and calves. By the time the week is over, you’ll be experienced in herding, roping, branding and vaccinating long horns, cows, and even bucking horses. Finally, before departing to the ranch, you’ll experience the beauty of the Canadian Border at Swisher Lake throughout the day before enjoying a wagon ride and BBQ at Spencer Lake in the evening.

Bar W Ranch Cattle Drive

#2) CowGirl-Up 

Date: September 27th – October 3rd 

Ladies, prepare for a 6-night, 5-day getaway at Bar W Guest Ranch. The CowGirl Up package offers best friends, sisters, daughters or girls seeking camaraderie the chance to take over the ranch and revel in nature’s simplicity, western informality, and Montana’s utter beauty. Get set to ride your heart out across trails, prairies and mountainous terrain. If you’re an experienced rider, you’ll also get the chance to try barrel racing and roping. On the other hand, if riding isn’t your thing, you can participate in fly fishing, archery, and roping sessions. While the day is when you’ll be roughing it up a little, the evenings are the perfect time to treat the diva within. In addition to spa treatments, you’ll enjoy wine tasting sessions, dinner at the lodge or Play meadow, line dancing, and campfire and cowboy singing. If you like what you’ve read so far, make sure to book right away before someone else nabs your spot.


#3) Adults Only Dude Ranch Week

Date: October 4th – 10th 

Prepare to rest your mind, body and soul far away from the maddening city crowd at Bar W Ranch. Singles, couples and parents can enjoy the 6-night Adults Only Dude Ranch Week, exploring the unspoiled nature of Montana’s countryside and indulging in fun activities such as trail riding, sorting cattle, barrel racing, and skeet shooting. Come evening time, you’ll be invited to the ranch’s informal cocktail receptions held around the cozy fire at the lodge. With this package, you’ll also get a night at Whitefish, which is listed by Frommer’s Budget Travel as one of the Top Ten Cool Towns.  Get ready to enjoy a fantastic dinner at a local diner followed by a trip to the local watering holes. That aside, you’re welcome to laze in the ranch’s hot tub and gaze up at Montana’s big sky.

#4) Ultimate Dude Ranch Photography Vacation

Date: October 18th – 24th 

There’s a reason many head to Bar W Guest Ranch every year – the beautiful Montana scenery where majestic horses, cowboys and wildlife blend naturally. If you’re a photographer, don’t miss your chance to book a spot at the Ultimate Dude Ranch Photography Vacation. The ranch is teaming up with Triple D Game Farm to provide visitors with unparalleled photo opportunities that will fill up numerous photo albums. However, the package goes beyond photography to include lodging, three meals, horseback riding, themed evening cocktail receptions, square dancing, wagon rides and campfire cook outs, and even skeet shooting and archery. So get your camera ready and back your bags for a great week.


Just remember to book the Bar W package(s) you want right away or else you’ll have to wait for another year before you can take part in them. Best of luck and giddy up!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

8/27/2015 6:58:33 AM

Stunning views and fresh mountain air await you at this North Idaho guest ranch located on 1100 acres. While staying at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch you will discover true western hospitality since this is a fourth generation family owned and operated ranch. Open year round guests can choose from several different “Adventure Vacation Packages” all of which include lodging, daily horseback rides and three country gourmet meals per day as well as evening entertainment and access to all ranch amenities. During the summer months horseback riding is the main focus but there are lots of fun activities to do as well like hiking, fishing with a local outfitter (extra charge), playing horseshoes, Teepee camp, basketball and singing songs around a campfire with s’mores. Additional activities included, for those staying on the “All-Inclusive Guest Ranch Package” are cattle sorting, a dinner cruise on Lake Pend Orielle, a scavenger hunt, trap shooting, archery, and white water rafting and kayaking for an additional charge. Winter at the ranch is a lot of fun too! You can choose from a downhill skiing, cross-country skiing snowmobile or spa package. Be sure to ask about the sleigh rides that are available as well. As North Idaho is blanketed in white guests enjoy the romance of coming back to a fire-warmed cabin or warming up next to the big stone fireplace in the lodge at the end of the day after playing in the snow.

Idaho Guest Ranch
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Accommodations at the ranch can either be in a cabin or in one of the lodge rooms. Each cabin is different so be sure to explain your vacation needs when booking. All cabins and lodge rooms are comfortably rustic and are sure to provide you with a great night’s sleep. A vacation at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch will take you back to nature and to a time when things were simpler. Your ranch stay can be as relaxing or as action packed as you want. With so many packages and seasons to choose from you will find yourself returning year after year!

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

7/22/2015 8:14:02 AM

The next time you decide to pack your bags why not choose The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch for an all-inclusive up-scale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch vacation. Located in Shell, Wyoming, which is just east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park, this guest ranch receives no more than 25 guests per week from all over the world. With access to 85 horses and a 1:1 staff guest ratio 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.

Wyoming Guest Ranch
The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

The Hideout Guest Ranch & Lodge, though 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! The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is open all year round and they offer 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!

RanchSeeker's Photo of the Week: Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

7/7/2015 8:07:36 AM

Just north of Yellowstone Park, in McLeod Montana, at the end of a gravel road you will find Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch. Wild, remote and situated in a breathtaking mountain setting with acres upon acres of pristine wilderness awaits a fun-filled vacation spot for you and your family away from the distractions and hustle and bustle of everyday life. With a maximum of 20 guests per week you will come to feel as though you are part of the ranch’s close knit family as you receive a personal touch that only a small family dude ranch can offer. Come explore and discover exhilarating mountain wilderness experiences like horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, a scenic boat float trip along the Yellowstone River and a fun jeep trip to visit ghost mining towns and an alpine lake. Two or three nights a week you can join in the campfire cookouts which provide the opportunity to enjoy tasty cuisine, play volleyball, try your hand at horseshoes, practice roping, or simply just kick back and relax by a blazing campfire and share stories and songs.

Montana Guest Ranch
Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

A vacation at this Montana guest ranch will teach you new skills while you enjoy the rugged landscapes and crisp outdoor air and warm sun on your back. It is the perfect ranch for re-connecting with loved ones and making new friends in a beautiful setting. Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch is the ideal vacation choice for you if you are looking for a place with quiet solitude and breathtaking scenery. Leave your everyday worries behind and experience true warm western hospitality and unique outdoor adventures balanced with peace and tranquility.

Happy Trails!

Sundance Guest Ranch

6/28/2015 10:46:35 AM

Your Rustic Home in British Columbia’s Thompson River Valley If you’re in the mood to experience Canadian hospitality, Sundance Guest Ranch is where you should be. Located outside Ashcroft, a small town with history dating back to the Gold Rush Days, Sundance is a three-star working ranch in Thompson River Valley. There are 22 rooms, which are simple, yet comfy enough to guarantee a good night’s sleep. You’ll especially need plenty of ample rest if you’re planning on enjoying the dude ranch’s top activity: horseback riding.

Sundance Guest Ranch

If this inspires you to head to Sundance Guest Ranch, read on to find out why it has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the years 2013 and 2014.

The Sundance Guest Ranch Experience

Sundance truly offers its visitors a memorable experience promising its guests that” A feat it promises through its tagline “the first time, it's a vacation - after that, it's coming home”. Situated just four hours from Vancouver, BC, the ranch is accessible through three scenic routes. These will give you an idea of what you’re going to enjoy at the dude ranch, starting from panoramic views of the Thompson River Valley to the varied terrain promising ensuring you the ride of your life. If you enjoy horseback riding, this is the perfect place for you. Sundance Guest Ranch usually breaks up its guests into groups based on their horse riding experience. However, you can always request to be grouped with your friends and family members regardless of everyone’s abilities. That way, you can have more fun with the people you love. If you’re worried about safety, don’t. The ranch won’t let you leave without an experienced wrangler. In addition to instructing you on how to enjoy your ride safely, they’ll share their 30 years of experience in the riding the area, ensuring that you enjoy mesmerizing views that can stop you in your tracks.

Horseback Riding

If you’re visiting the dude ranch in summer, you don’t have to worry about hot temperatures on horseback. The ranch will skip afternoon rides and offer beautiful evening rides instead. Meanwhile, you can soak in the guest ranch’s heated pool, catch up on some reading on one of the outdoor decks, or simply sleep through the heat in your air-conditioned room. Once the sun sets, you can saddle up for a twilight ride after which you can enjoy a generous table filled with a variety of refreshments. Now that you have worked up an appetite, this is the best time to discuss the dining experience at Sundance Ranch. For breakfast, you’re welcome to you can select from a large variety of dishes at the breakfast buffet or order the daily special from the grill. As for the other two meals, you’ll indulge your senses in charcoal-grilled steaks or pick from international cuisine offerings. Complementing your meals is a selection of wine and the view of their 100 horses running in the pastures. If you are in the mood for a lively atmosphere, the adults-only BYOB bar lounge is perfect. Featuring a stone fireplace and large bar, the lounge is a social hub. On Saturday nights the lounge features a weekly country-rock dance with DJ.

Sundance Guest Ranch Lounge

Why Sundance Guest Ranch Should Be Your Next Destination

If you’re in the area up till October 18th, 2015 and want another home away from home, Sundance Guest Ranch is the perfect fit. The following are some perks you can enjoy while staying at the ranch.
  • Affordable Daily Rates – Adults are charged $275 while children are charged starting from $35. For these rates, you get to enjoy comfortable accommodation, delicious meals and two horseback rides per day. You also gain access to all the ranch’s facilities.
  • Rustic Yet Comfortable Rooms – Though you may want to rough it up a little at Sundance, the guest ranch ensures that you remain comfortable. Featuring a rustic design with wood décor, the rooms are air-conditioned and come with comfy beds and private bathrooms.
Sundance Guest Ranch
  • Indoor Amenities – Aside from the pool and decks, you can enjoy the offerings of Sundance Ranch’s free-play games room, billiards room and movie lounge. If you want, you can schedule a massage with the ranch’s registered RMT.
  • Stag Getaway Packages – To have some fun before tying the knot, schedule a stag or stagette getaway at the ranch. In addition to western themed games, you’ll get complimentary Happy Hour drinks, Saturday night dances, and a karaoke machine.
  • Range of Specials – For this season, Sundance Guest Ranch offers different specials including a Kids Summer Special, a 10% Greenhorn Discount, Young Guns Package, and an Early Booking Discount.
  • Special Events Year-Round – To celebrate different events such as the end of summer school holidays or the Thanksgiving weekend, the ranch offers special treats to its visitors.

The Bottom Line

Whether you want a couple’s getaway, a Western themed stag/stagette party or a place where the whole family can enjoy during summer, Sundance Guest Ranch is one place you should seriously consider.  

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