Published: 9/17/2013 1:41:00 PM
Ranch vacations are becoming more and more popular today, but what makes them special? For many avid ranch-vacationers, it is not always the luxury that makes the vacation special. Sure, you may not have the same fancy dinners and spa treatments as last year’s Caribbean vacations or you may not be able to party like you did in Vegas but still, there is something magical about being in a place that is more laid-back, relaxed and in tune with nature. Dude ranches are places where you can get in touch with yourself and the people you are with.
With that said, it is a perfect destination for couples or families looking for a new kind of vacation experience where bonding with loved ones is the main focus. Many families love dude ranches because there are so many things to do for everyone. Most ranches ask visitors to stay for at least a few days to fully enjoy the activities. Others require at least a week’s stay. It does not matter if you stay for two days or five, because you can be sure that there is something for everyone. There are activities that the whole family can enjoy, and there are also things that people can do individually before getting back together at the end of the day.
The Apache Spirit Ranch in Arizona offers a Family Vacation Summer Special every year. This ranch offers in addition to horseback riding other activites such as horseshoe pitching, roping dummy, swimming, Jacuzzi, pool/billiards, Indian storytelling, cowboy school, reptile shows, saloon parties, campfires, live music and poker nights.
On a dude ranch vacation, you don’t have to worry about where you next meal is going to be. Most dude ranch vacations include meals and some luxury ranches even have top chefs developing gourmet creations. With breakfast, lunch and dinner taken care of, you can focus on those you are with and the time you are spending with them. Some dude ranches will even accommodate special dietary restrictions or grown their own cattle and produce.
Echo Valley Ranch features a “100 meter diet” and grow their produce and raise their own cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens. You won’t go home with “vacation coma” with all the healthy meals served at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa.
Next time you are planning a vacation, consider a dude ranch vacation and start your planning at Ranchseeker.com. Our dude ranch database puts hundreds of dude ranches at your fingertips.