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RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: White Stallion Ranch

4/16/2015 8:16:18 AM

White Stallion Ranch is a traditional dude ranch located in Tucson, Arizona that has been in the True family for almost fifty years. Nestled at the base of the beautiful Tucson Mountains on 3,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert you will be surrounded by rugged mountains, cactus and unspoiled desert. With several different rides to choose from first-time trailblazers to life-long riders will have ample time to enjoy the beauty of the desert from atop a horse. The True family has one of the largest privately owned herds in Arizona which means they have the right horse for every guest.

Arizona Guest Ranch
White Stallion Ranch

The ranch offers activities for guests of all ages and interests from hiking to taking part in a real western rodeo or spending the day visiting local attractions like the Saguaro National Park or going hot-air ballooning, or golfing. After dinner join other guests around a moonlight bonfire with a cowboy singer and learn about astronomy using large telescopes. There is also line dancing lessons, nature and animal programs, watercolor classes with their resident artist Ute Vaughn and Loop Rawlins’ Wild West Show of Trick Roping, Whip Cracking & Gun Spinning. When not in the saddle, you’ll find plenty of resort-quality amenities to enjoy. Take a dip in their heated pool or relax in the outdoor hot tub. If you feel like exercising there is a fitness room and sports courts. If you are ready to relax then check out the rec room and movie theatre or head to the ranch’s bar where you will find an excellent selection of fine wines, domestic and imported beers, and spirits. Kids and adults alike love the petting zoo and you just might find yourself visiting your new animal friends every day. The White Stallion ranch is an authentic western guest ranch that has been carefully blended with the service and quality of a fine resort. The True family and their staff look forward to having you and your loved ones visit them on your next vacation. Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker Photo of the Week: Flying E Dude Ranch

3/24/2015 10:00:01 AM

Flying E Dude Ranch is located 4 miles west of Wickenburg, near the famous Vulture Peak rock formation and home of the historic Vulture Gold Mine. It is known as “the riding ranch” where the past meets the present and long-time ranch traditions are carried on by your hosts Andrea and Steve Taylor.

Arizona Dude Ranch

Winter-time is the ideal time to visit this Arizona dude ranch. With warm and dry days and cool and refreshing nights this make it the perfect location to escape the snow and freezing temperatures. While visiting the dude ranch you enjoy scenic horseback rides on the 20,000 acres of rolling hills or hike up Vulture Peak and do some bird watching or simply relax by the pool. There are many fun activities to do at the ranch but you could also visit the Grand Canyon which is only a four hour drive or check out scenic Sedona and red rock country which takes 2 hours. Fying E Dude Ranch provides you with comfortable, western guest rooms for your dude ranch vacation that include wet bars, refrigerators, private baths, twin or king-size beds, along with electric heat and air conditioning. Meals are served up family-style in the dining room and there is a saloon where adults can enjoy BYOB Happy Hour and appetizers before chow time. Whether you choose to ride, help out on the ranch, see the sights, or just kick back and allow the magic of the desert to relax and inspire you, Flying E Ranch promises an original western ranch experience! Happy Trails!

More Spring Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

3/16/2015 11:26:34 AM

If you are searching for the ultimate last minute spring special deal for a dude ranch vacation you will find it here. I am sure that these exciting deals will make you think about packing your bags tomorrow.  Here is a closer look at another list of spring specials at a number of great dude ranches.

1. Laughing Water Ranch

North West Montana is one of the most welcoming places to spend your spring holidays and  even better with Laughing Water Ranch as your host. Located at the foothills of the Whitefish Divide, just a few miles away from Glacier National Park, it is the perfect destination for anyone seeking an extraordinary experience. The beautiful trails expand over 220 acres so you have plenty of scenic views to enjoy. Laughing Water Ranch offers 10% off for families of  5 or more.

Laughing Water Ranch

Laughing Water Ranch opens its doors after winter with a slew of events. The festivities start on May 10th with Cattle Drive Week. It’s less about cattle and more about a close-to nature experience. From May 10th to May 16th, head out onto the range and help bring in the cows from the hills for 3 days and 2 nights. Accommodations are in cabin tents with campfire cooking and old fashioned story-telling.

Cattle Drive

Next is Ladies Week, starting on May 17, just as the Cattle Drive Week ends. Bring your ‘besties’ and enjoy a whole week of awesome food, unlimited horseback riding and a multitude of exciting activities from May 17th to 23rd. Perfect for a stagette or birthday. Also remember there are NO calories on vacation. Wink Wink! If you need to rebuild your riding confidence, then Riders Confidence Week is for you. It is scheduled for May 24th - 30th where they will will help you regain your confidence in a secure, private environment with the help of expert wranglers. In July, Wild West Week begins. This week is filled with all things wild and western including, but not limited to cowboy action shooting, mule packing, gold panning, roping lessons and an exclusive treasure hunt. Additionally there is an extra day for a trip to the Professional Rodeo on Saturday night.

2. Bar W Ranch

The Bar W Cattle drive was designed to give guests the “best of all cattle drives”. It’s not an ordinary Cattle Drive at Bar W Ranch; it’s a learning experience that begins with horsemanship lessons to gathering up the cattle, sorting branding and more. The trip covers more than 50,000 acres, so perfect for avid riders. Every guest also gets a free raffle ticket to The Dude Ranchers’ Association Educational Trust Scholarship Fund Raffle where they have a chance to win a 2 week stay at Bar W Ranch. The Spring Cattle Drive starts June 6, 2015. Reserve your spot now!

Bar W Ranch Cattle Drive

3. Sugar & Spice Ranch

Thinking of a mother-daughter holiday this spring? Sugar and Spice has got you covered with this special package. During the spring break, you can enjoy the complementary rates of $2,199. This price is inclusive of all meals, equipment, riding, evening activities, deluxe amenities and lodging. Other packages include special weeks like WOW (Women Only Weekends) where you can enjoy the same facilities at $530 per person.

Sugar & Spice Ranch

4. Lone Mountain Ranch

In the list of all the amazing packages, Lone Mountain Ranch is last but not least. The spring special package includes a 4-night and 3-day stay including 3 day tickets to Big Sky Resort and transportation. All meals are included as well as their sleigh ride dinner. The offer is valid for new reservations during March and April. Price $1620 per person. For anyone who wants a hassle free vacation, this is the choice for you.

Lone Mountain Sleigh Ride

Upcoming Spring Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

3/9/2015 12:20:50 PM

Still “just” thinking about going on that vacation you have been dreaming about forever? Maybe, this spring is the time for you to finally enjoy that trip. With all these amazing package deals you have a wide selection of vacations at a discount. Here are 3 of the top dude ranch vacation deals available this Spring:

Echo Valley Ranch

If you want to make the upcoming Easter a sweet treat for yourself and your loved ones, Echo Valley Ranch is the place to be. The Echo Valley Ranch Easter special features a holiday designed for your family. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts activities, meet the animals a trip to the Echo Valley’s zoo, partake in a fun-filled egg hunt on Easter Sunday and much more under the supervision of people you can trust.

Easter Family Special

To provide an exceptional and relaxing experience, Echo Valley Ranch offers an ultramodern spa with top-notch amenities. If you are an outdoor person, there are natural panoramic views of the amazing scenery of British Columbia’s Cariboo Region for you to wallow in and enjoy. You can also enjoy exploring the nearby area by hiking on the many varied, beautiful nature trails or go horseback riding.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

British Columbia ranches offer everything you need for a magical escape for the nature lover. It is time for you to say goodbye to your routine for a few days and indulge yourself in the luxury of some well- deserved fun and relaxation

Marble Mountain Ranch

If you want something more than a a typical spring holiday at a dude ranch, Marble Mountain Ranch is the perfect holiday destination for you. Marble Mountain Ranch offers a wide range of activities included in their Easter all-inclusive package. The Easter package includes two new events along with American Competitive Trail Horse Competitions. Do you have your own horse? Marble Mountain Ranch will also allow the public to bring their own horses during this time. Keep in mind, these are the only two weeks where you get such an opportunity, so don’t miss out on it.

Marble Mountain Ranch

They have a special collaborative program with ACTHA (American Competitive Trail Horse Association). The competition hosts two rides, with competitions and fun trail courses. These include: * CTC (on Saturday, 23rd May 2015) * Arena Obstacle Course, AOC (on Sunday, 24th March 2015) For guests who would like to extend the trip, there are other programs to enjoy the week before the event from May 18 to May 24, 2015. The extended week will allow you to delve into the ranch completely, forgetting there is a world outside it. Ride on your own horse or one at the ranch; it’s all up to you. At Marble Mountain you can experience multiple exciting programs at a reasonable price. If you can’t make it to Marble Mountain this Spring, there is another session planned for Fall. Extended week for the Fall session begins from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, 2015 and ACTHA Rides will be happening on September 12 & 13, 2015, respectively. Your stay at the ranch will include adventure filled activities such as trail rides and competition, fishing, shooting, cooking with one of the executive chefs and training for all the activities.

Coffee Creek Ranch

Encircled by the National Forest and adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area in Northern California, Coffee Creek Ranch is the spot where you should be spending your seasonal vacations. What makes this place different from all other ranches is its unique location where you can experience forests, mountains and water in a meandering stream excellent for fishing The spring special at Coffee Creek Ranch offers a week long holiday package from March 28 till April 10 at just $995 for adults and children above six years of age.

Coffee Creek Ranch

At Coffee Creek Ranch, you can enjoy a lot more than just a horseback riding experience, you can also try trap shooting, archery, hiking, horseshoes, indoor and table games, river rafting and more. The exclusive amenities provided by the ranch to all the guests include, but is not limited to a world class spa,  baby-sitting service,  bicycles and high speed internet.

Lone Mountain Ranch Duck Recipe

3/5/2015 4:58:20 PM

Are you looking to have friends or family over for an upcoming dinner party? This duck recipe is the perfect dish for a crisp, cool evenings and is sure to be a crowd pleaser! We know because our guests love it when it's on our menu at the ranch. You will impress everyone with your cooking skills with this beautiful gourmet dish. Lone Mountain Ranch is located only 20 miles from the Northwest Corner of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first playground. During both summer and winter seasons, this Montana dude ranch offers a variety of opportunities to explore and discover this memorable National Park. Lone Mountain Guest Ranch hosts guests for 4 to 7 nights, offering an all-inclusive package with meals, accommodations in a cozy cabin or the Ridgetop Lodge and numerous activities in both winter and summer seasons. The cuisine at Lone Mountain Guest Ranch is inspired by the bounty of the Northwestern Rockies and takes advantage of locally produced offerings when possible. Directions:

  1. Break down whole duck. Take breast and score, set aside.
     
  2. Duck Rillettes – take duck leg and confit in duck fat for 4 hours with 2 sprigs of thyme and 1 clove of garlic. Pull from oven and cool. Remove skin from leg, and meat from leg. Take leg meat and chilled fat and roll into balls. Bread with classic flour, egg, bread crumb technique.
     
  3. Crispy Duck Skin – Take skin from legs and deep fry for 45 seconds at 350 degrees
     
  4. Foie Gras – take 2 oz foie gras and sear in nonstick pan with NO OIL. Set aside and rest
     
  5. Cassoulet – take 2 duck breast prosciutto, sweat down with 1 finely diced leek, 2 stalks of finely diced celery, and 1 carrot finely diced. Add in 1 quart fully cooked white beans, ½ quart chicken stock and simmer for 10 minutes.
     
  6. Huckleberry Balsamic Gastrique – 1 cup fresh huckleberries, 1 cup balsamic vinegar, ½ cup sugar. Bring to boil, and simmer for 15 minutes. Puree in blender, push through a fine mesh sieve, and cool.
Enjoy!

Lone Mountain Ranch Duck

 

White Stallion Ranch 2015 Specials

1/21/2015 12:39:15 PM

A fine resort, White Stallion Ranch is a 50-year-old traditional dude ranch that flaunts a personal touch and excellent hospitality. Nestled in Tucson, Arizona, the ranch is famous for beautiful views of the unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and privately owned herds. However, if you truly want to appreciate these wonders, you need to be on the saddle. This is why the ranch has prepared four specials which you can book to free the cowboy/cowgirl within the city slicker.

White Stallion Ranch

#1) Take a Bridge Vacation with Dennis Dawson

Date: February 9-13, 2015

Cost: $1,119 per person for double occupancy $1,419 per person for single occupancy

Package: The package entails four breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, an assortment of snacks and refreshments during the games, bridge games, and a happy hour with an honor bar. You can opt for horse riding for an extra charge. If you’re one of the 50 million bridge players worldwide, you’re bound to be familiar with the name Dennis Dawson. Dawson is a Grand Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League and a Bronze medalist at the World Championships. Winner of over 14,000 masterpoints across 200 regional events, he’s one of the best teachers you can get, especially since he imparts logical explanations and relies on a hands-on approach. In addition to two classes a day with Dennis Dawson (except on the first and last day), you can immerse in the ranch’s hospitality during Happy Hour and meal times. To further enjoy the ranch’s offerings and be part of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, visit the ranch between January 31 and February 15.

#2) Ultimate Wild West Cactus Cowgirls

Date: April 12 - 17, 2015

Cost: $1,700 per person for double occupancy $1,857 per person for single occupancy

Package: With this package, you’ll get lodging for five nights-six days, meals, horseback riding and daily lessons, a margarita welcome party, country dance lessons, a ‘yoga for riding’ class, and Tucson International Airport transfers. If you’re a lady who wants to bask under the Arizona sunshine while riding a horse through 300-acres of open land, book the Ultimate Wild West Cactus Cowgirls offer. Whether you’re a skilled rider or a newbie, you’ll discover the beauty of horseback riding while learning important ranch skills such as target shooting and horse grooming. You can, however, skip ranch chores and entrust them to the professionals while you enjoy the sights of hedgehogs, palo verde trees and other flora and fauna famous in Tucson’s desert.


#3) Summer Bonanza for Spring of 2015

Date: May 17 – June 14 2015

Cost: $690 per person for double occupancy for four nights, five days $767 per person for single occupancy for four nights, five days $1,145 per person for double occupancy for seven nights, eight days $1,696 per person for single occupancy for seven nights, eight days Additional nights are charged extra while Single Deluxe packages are priced differently.

Package: The package includes lodging, meals, horseback riding except on Sundays, daily ranch activities, cookouts, and transfers from the airport. Summer just got special at White Stallion. The dude ranch offers its visitors the chance to enjoy the desert while it is in full bloom sans the scorching heat. While on horseback, prepare to discover a wide range of palo verde trees, cholla cacti and other beauties worth immortalizing in a photograph. If fauna isn’t your thing, you can get adrenaline pumping by helping the ranchers herd newborn longhorn calves before settling for the night after a hearty meal and a lot of fun with other guests.


#4) December Special 2015

Date: Nov 29 – Dec 17, 2015

Cost: $690 per person for double occupancy for four nights, five days $767 per person for single occupancy for four nights, five days $1,145 per person for double occupancy for seven nights, eight days $1,277 per person for single occupancy for seven nights, eight days Additional nights are charged extra while Single Deluxe packages are priced differently.

Package: The package includes lodging, meals, horseback riding except on Sundays, daily ranch activities, cookouts, and transfers from the airport. If you want to break free from the stress of the city, head to Tucson’s own authentic dude ranch. Let your hair down by dressing casually and forget about the winter blahs by enjoying a ride through the wild, wild desert surrounding the White Stallion. If you book early, you may even enjoy some great activities such as a steak cookout, breakfast ride, a visit to the Saguaro National Monument, and even a rodeo exhibition. As you can see, there is just so much that you can do if you decide to head to The White Stallion for your upcoming holidays. Just remember that rooms are limited, so make sure to book your own beforehand. To get in touch with the ranch, visit http://www.whitestallion.com/ or call at 520-297-0252.  

Thanksgiving Weekend at Tod Mountain Ranch

10/9/2014 11:48:56 AM

Tod Mountain Ranch is the ideal spot if you are seeking a luxurious, and rustic ranch that truly focuses on the experience of riding horses. Located within the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Tod Mountain Ranch is a welcoming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the peace offered within the valley of Louis Creek. This Fall, Tod Mountain Ranch is offering a very special promotion to encourage guests to visit during Thanksgiving weekend.

Choose from either a 2 or 3 night stay (at discounted rates of $545 / $745 per person plus applicable taxes), with plenty of trail riding, and lots of hearty, healthy meals - including an amazing Thanksgiving dinner to share together on Sunday evening. With a horse personally allocated to you during your stay, cabin accommodations, all ranch activities and meals included - this promotion will fill up fast. Contact the Tod Mountain Ranch today to reserve your space!

Tod Mountain Ranch

The ranch host, Tracey, along with her team, work diligently to ensure each guest that comes through the ranch doors is treated to an unforgettable experience. Tracey and the other experienced wranglers are on hand to assist guests, from beginner to novice riders with skill level appropriate, safe, enjoyable riding. With daily rides through the nearby old logging roads, cattle trails, forests and mountains, the horse riding is unparalleled, and the views are spectacular. The Total Immersion Experience at Tod Mountain Ranch also includes the hands on experience of caring for your horse during your stay, including tacking up, grooming, saddling and evening turning out. Tod Mountain is a great choice for friends, couples and even solo travelers. As an adult oriented ranch destination, visitors can be sure that they will have all the rest and relaxation they need, in addition to activities such as hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and golf nearby should they so choose. Children are also welcome at the ranch, with riding times varying dependent on their age, and comfort level with the horses.

Horseback Riding

Meals served at Tod Mountain Ranch are prepared by their in house chef, using locally sourced, fresh, healthy ingredients. Enjoy their juicy steaks and baby back ribs, gourmet selections, fresh breads and delicious sweet treats - all prepared from scratch, with home style cooking. For special diets, contact them in advance and they are happy to cater to your needs. Served family style in the main dining area, outdoors on the deck, or even packed away to enjoy on a trail ride, Tod Mountain Ranch dining is sure not to disappoint.

Tod Mountain Ranch

Accommodations at Tod Mountain Ranch are designed to provide comfort and privacy for each guest. Guest Ranch cabins and Dude Ranch cabins are both spacious, and furnished with rustic decor, yet with all the modern amenities needed to make your stay comfortable. Whether you are looking for adventure, or need time to just relax and unwind, Tod Mountain Ranch will cater to your needs. The surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop to enjoying incredible riding. The team at the ranch work hard to provide as much trail riding time as each guest wishes during their stay. With a focus on exceptional horse riding, and a memorable experience, Tod Mountain Ranch is certainly a unique, and enjoyable destination.  


Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Corn Bread Recipe

9/8/2014 3:42:53 PM

There are many types of corn bread out there. Some are grainy and some are soft. Some are fluffy and some are dense. This is no ordinary corn bread recipe. It is moist with just the right texture. This is a guest favorite at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and we always make sure we have plenty to go around. It's also very easy to make. Here is our recipe below. We hope you enjoy the corn bread as much as we do! This recipe serves 32. For smaller servings divide recipe and use a 11 x 13 baking pan instead.

Ingredients:

1 lb butter
3 c. sugar
1 1/2 cups whole eggs
7 C. flour
3 C cornmeal
1 T salt
1/4 C. baking powder
5 C. milk
2 C. milk

Directions:

  1. Cream together sugar and butter until mixed through
  2. Mix together the flour cornmeal, salt and baking powder
  3. Add the flour mixture along with the eggs and 5 cups milk to the butter mixture just until mixed through. Do not overmix.
  4. Add 2 cups milk and then whip with whisk
  5. Place batter in greased hotel pan and bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutues or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Corn Bread Recipe
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Corn Bread

Lone Mountain Ranch Pork Loin

8/11/2014 12:42:50 PM

Lone Mountain Ranch started off as a cattle ranch in 1915 in Montana. Enjoy a large number of activities, cozy cabin accomodations, stunning natural beauty and scrumptious gourmet cuisine. One of the dishes you may have had these delectable pork chops by ranch chef Nick Steen. He takes the American classic pairing of pork and apples and puts his own unique spin on it. Here he shares his recipe with you.

INGREDIENTS

1 Montana Raised Pork Tenderloin,
Cleaned Salt
½ cup Apple Juice
½ cup Tennessee whiskey
4 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
1 Stick butter
10 Fingerling Potatoes
Grape Seed Oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash potatoes thoroughly and boil potatoes till they are soft and easily pierced with a fork.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine apple juice, whisky, and maple syrup.  Reduce this mixture by half, remove from heat and slowly add butter.
  3. In a medium sauté pan, add 2tbsp of grape seed oil and bring up to medium high heat.  Sear pork tenderloin all around with a golden brown color and begin to glaze with a pastry brush until the tenderloin is evenly coated and cooked.  Pull from heat and allow to rest.  Serve at desired temperature.
  4. Once the tenderloin has rested, glaze one last time.  Slice and serve. Enjoy!
Lone Mountain Pork Loin
Lone Mountain Pork Loin

Chile Relleno Casserole From Burnt Well Guest Ranch

7/8/2014 6:42:48 PM

Burnt Well is a real working cattle and sheep ranch located in New Mexico who accepts a few guests to ensure the stay is truly authentic and customized. They are open year round and can accommodate everything from avid riders to beginners. New Mexico is famous for their Green Chile crops and one of the mealtime staples at Burnt Well Guest Ranch is Chile Relleno Casserole.  They love their chile, so much so that their State Question is “Red or Green?”We thank them for sharing their special recipe.

Chile Relleno Casserole (Serves 4-6)

INGREDIENTS

Freshly roasted green chile, peeled and seeded
 Grated cheese (Burnt Well Guest Ranch uses a blend of Mexican cheeses)
 2 eggs
 ½ cup flour
 2 cups milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish and line the bottom of the dish with whole chiles.  Layer a generous amount of grated cheese on top of the chiles.
  2. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, flour, and milk.
  3. Pour over the cheese and bake until set and the edges are beginning to brown, usually about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and cool. Serve immediately.
Chile Relleno Casserole
Chile Relleno Casserole

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