Category: Weddings

Dude Ranch Weddings - Ride Off Into The Sunset

 
Make your Wedding day truly extraordinary. Dude ranch weddings are the perfect setting for your ceremony. With their spectacular scenery and private settings you’ll create a lifetime of memories. Dude Ranch Weddings  The options are endless; a magical hand built chapel at Diamond D Ranch, the remarkable back drop of the Wyoming Tetons at Moose Head Ranch or under the glorious Colorado skies at C Lazy U Ranch.      Extraordinary gourmet cuisine is what Red Reflet Ranch and Tanque Verde Ranch do best, while at Sundance Trail Ranch it is not unusual to see the bride and groom ride off into the sunset.      Celebrate your first kiss as husband wife at Greenhorn Creek Ranch during the running of the horses, take a wagon ride under the stars at the Bar W Ranch or let Sylvan Dale Ranch help customize your dream wedding.      With our Western Hospitality you can be assured your wedding day will be perfect!     Read... Read More

5 Great Reasons to Have a Dude Ranch Wedding

 
Anyone who has been involved in planning a traditional weeding knows that it can be a really demanding undertaking for one of the most important milestones in a couples future. There seems to be countless decisions to make: from booking the venue, selecting the theme, narrowing the guest list, creating and sending invitations, gift registsrations, florists and the music playlist. All to make your day look as "Pinterest Perfect" as your wedding board has created.   "You may now kiss the bride" - Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Ten Sleep, Wyoming For some, this may sound like fun, I mean you're basically throwing a big party for all your closest friends and relatives, right? Not exactly. The reality is most brides are in a environment of stress from engagement until their wedding night. Why else are there so many relaity TV shows on weddings? Let's just say there's a good reason why dude ranch... Read More

2nd Honeymoon at a Ranch Vacation

 
This summer, while the kids are singing around the campfire and making new friends at camp, take the time to rekindle romance on a second honeymoon at a ranch vacation. Imagine a week of new adventures, gourmet meals and quiet evenings sipping wine beneath the stars. There’s a dude ranch experience for every couple. From a pampered retreat in British Columbia to a rustic pack trip in Wyoming. The Dude Ranchers Association can help couples find their perfect ranch based on location, activities, amenities, riding style and specialty weeks. Lovebirds can choose from the lush valleys of Idaho, the snow capped peaks of Montana, the red sands of Arizona, or even the peaceful forests of Arkansas. Many ranches offer adults-only weeks which can include 5 course dinners, wine tastings, or photography workshops. The adventurous couple could try whitewater rafting, rock climbing, desert tours, or even a multi-day cattle drive. The laid-back couple may... Read More

4 Honeymoon Trends at a Ranch Vacation

 
Get inspired for your honeymoon with a ranch vacation experience you won't soon forget. Think outside the sand box of a beach destination and go for adventure recreation at a honeymoon paradise. These DRA accredited ranch vacations will exceed your expectations and make many opportunities to creatively start your journey together. 9:00 AM to 6 PM Spa Treatment The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is a 10,000-acre, working cattle ranch and full-service resort in Solvang, California. Alisal offers 73  cottages with wood burning fireplaces and a host of outdoor activities. Honeymoon ranch activities include two golf courses, horseback riding, six tennis courts, 100-acre private lake for fishing and boating, extensive children's activities, barn yard activities, and an outdoor high and low ropes course with a rock climbing wall for team building. Before, after, or instead of these robust activities, the Alisal Spa is open from 9 - 6 daily and offers... Read More

A Splendid Ranch Wedding

 
I have experienced quite a bit of serendipity since horses came into my life. They have brought me to amazing places around the globe and have introduced me to some formidable people. I have photographed weddings for years and have enjoyed creative adventures with horses all over the world. These avenues came together and I have been presented with incredible opportunities to capture the relationship and profound connection between humans and their horses. I traveled to the American West a few years ago and my soul felt at home. I have been to a few ranches and absolutely loved the lifestyle, the way my body and spirit felt. My inspiration was ignited every single time in unexpected ways and, aside from allowing my senses to absorb it all in, I have shared my journey with others through images and words. It was through a chain of magical coincidences that I... Read More

Adventures in Living ~ Idaho Dude Ranches

 
Idaho is more than just potatoes. It is also home to your next mountain adventure. Whether this state is your next vacation destination or you are just passing through, it is worth an extra moment to enjoy. For a top quality ranch experience, stay at one of these Idaho sweet spots. A destination wedding, some 'ranch-y' cattle work or a guided hunt into the wilderness is just the beginning. Find more Idaho family or horsemanship locations here. Happily Ever After Say your vows in the chapel built by hand, to create some of your most incredible memories at the Diamond D Ranch.  This special chapel was the vision of Linda Demorest and it took 11 summers to complete, built rock by rock. Linda is a minister and performs many weddings in this small, beautiful chapel built along Loon Creek. Dates Open June 1 - October 15 4th Generation Cattle Ranch Theorn McGarry, a lifelong cowboy,... Read More

Love is in the Air

 
Love is in the air! Well, maybe not quite yet, but Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Make this year truly special by surprising your significant other with a planned romantic getaway and giving the gift of shared memories that he or she will treasure for years to come. The below ranchers, offer effortless planning with all-inclusive vacations located in some of the most awe-inspiring areas of the Western U.S. and Canada. Savor an Adults-Only Romantic Retreat. Fall in love all over again at Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado. Couples can enjoy a mix of relaxing time in the hot tub or private cabin with shared adventures out on the trail. Amenities at this luxury resort ranch include fine dining, plush accommodations and personal service. With a secluded setting 25 miles outside of Steamboat Springs, the ranch’s intimate setting will rekindle the romance in your relationship in no... Read More

Winter Weddings, Sleigh Rides and Skiing

 
Has that summer lovin' turned into something more serious? Sundance Trails Ranch specializes in making your winter weddings and elopements both beautiful and memorable. Honeymoons here are complete with Colorado snowy vistas and warm fireplaces in your own private log cabin. Stargazing from the jacuzzi completes the dream stay. Who knows, your one night stay may turn into two or a full week. Meet Larry and Curly. They are 6 year old Percherons at the Lone Mountain Ranch in the famous Big Sky, Montana. After two years in their sleigh ride program Curly is known to be full of energy and mischievous. Apparently it's not unusual to see him take the hose out of the water tank and spray water around. Larry is also playful and loves to push against things. These guys are a team of the noble steeds, if you will that draws the sleigh rides to the remote... Read More

Fall is a Great Time for Couples to Visit a Dude Ranch

 
  When the kids get back on the bus it’s time for parents to get back in the saddle for a classic Western getaway.  From the latter part of August through October, dude ranches are a couples’ best bet to rekindle romance and replenish spirit.  And the price is right too!   The height of summer finds most ranches filled to capacity with families.  In fall couples have their pick of dude ranches with September traditionally a time for adults only.  No need to break the bank for airfare, car rentals or a dozen tanks of gas, since for many American’s and Canadians, a ranch is found within less than a day’s drive.  And with rates including meals, riding, other activities, and accommodations, it becomes an even more attractive getaway. To narrow the search and ensure high quality standards, consider only ranches belonging to The Dude Ranchers’ Association.  There are more than... Read More

Horseback Riding Vacations For Couples On Their Honeymoon

 
By Penny Riley of the  UK News Reporter.co.uk  For families and for couples on their honeymoon, horseback riding vacations offer a unique opportunity to appreciate outdoor scenery. You might not think this kind of vacation is family-friendly, but it actually is very much so, as well as being perfect for romantic getaways. Before signing up for an extended horseback vacation however, you may want to experience a shorter version. It will help you enormously to break in your rear end slowly, as being saddle sore is one side effect of spending long days in a saddle. It’s also a good idea to learn to ride on gentle horses first — leave the stallions for those more experienced. As soon as you feel confident in your riding skills and you’ve hardened your muscles a bit, it will be time to sign up for that long riding vacation. Going to a dude... Read More
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