Feeling cooped up and craving a new vacation adventure? After two years of travel limitations and restrictions, everyone seems ready for a break. But, the great thing about post-pandemic travel is that we can look forward with renewed optimism because we’re now more prepared than ever to travel smarter, safer, and more authentically. Improved health and safety initiatives, stringent sanitation standards, and of course, vaccinations make traveling safer and less complicated.
If you have not yet picked out a holiday destination for your next trip and feel overwhelmed sorting through all the options, allow us to bring a fun idea to the table: luxury dude ranches. That’s right. Luxury dude ranches have steadily gained popularity, becoming one of the hottest vacation experiences for affluent and adventurous travelers. So ditch the beach, pack your cowboy boots and sunscreen, and read on to find out more about how you can ride off into the sunset on America’s western frontiers.
What Is A Luxury Ranch?
If your idea of visiting a ranch involves hard labor and images of dusty cowboys roping cattle, think again. While working ranches have been a part of American culture for centuries attracting both outdoor enthusiasts and city dwellers looking to escape the hustle of urban life, luxury ranches are a newer phenomenon becoming increasingly popular.
Luxury ranches offer the perfect mix of spending time in nature and experiencing adventure while being pampered and cared for. When staying in a Luxury ranch, you can enjoy interactive and fun activities during the day but spend the night in a comfortable and luxurious room. Most luxury dude ranches also offer all-inclusive packages making it easy to plan and budget for your vacation.
Why A Luxury Ranch is the Best Vacation Destination?
A luxury ranch has a lot to offer, making it an ideal vacation destination. Here are just some of the things that make a luxury ranch a great place to vacation:
Connect With Nature
Connecting with nature is proven to have psychological benefits, decreasing stress and anxiety while enhancing our happiness and wellbeing. But if pitching a tent or renting a camper is not how you envision spending your days, there is no better place to escape city life than at a luxury dude ranch. Mountains, forests, and lakes typically surround luxury ranches, so you’ll be waking up to a fresh perspective every day. Spend your day hiking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, following real cowboys on cattle drives, or simply pulling a chair and reading a good book overlooking the river. Also, if you’re traveling with children, a luxury ranch is a perfect choice to keep them off their devices and thoroughly entertained.
Nature lovers will be delighted by the sites, sounds, and atmosphere of a luxury dude ranch. If nature sights are something you love, be sure to check out the best luxury back to nature hotels in the east.
If you’ve always wanted to experience a stay in an authentic ranch but don’t like rustic accommodations, you’ll love the comfort of a luxury ranch. Of course, a comfortable room and a good night’s sleep are what matter the most on a relaxing getaway. However, many hotels that cater to outdoor adventure travelers can disappoint you. If the bed is too hard, the pillows are too stiff, or the room is drafty and chilly, you may find yourself waking up more tired than when you fell asleep.
Whether you are staying in a tented camp or cabin, luxury ranches understand that comfort and relaxation are paramount for their guest experiences and offer extra amenities such as pillow menus, evening turn-down service, and ultra-comfortable bedding. Most amenities are part of the dude ranch’s all-inclusive packages. However, booking with a travel agency can bring added amenities to your stay. Be sure you are choosing the best travel advisor for your vacation.
One of the most underrated experiences any good vacation destination offers is incredible views. Imagine waking up to the sound of birds singing, majestic mountains looming in the background, and rushing rivers right outside your window. Luxury dude ranches are typically located on hundreds of acres of untouched wilderness and positioned to maximize scenic vistas and breathtaking backdrops. Adventurous travelers may want to spend a few days in a tented camp that offers the wilderness experience of traditional camping with the luxurious amenities and service of a 5-star resort.
Luxury ranches will allow you to be pampered and treated like royalty. We promise you can always count on these ranches to give you resort-style amenities. Whether you’re staying at an elite luxury ranch or prefer a more traditional dude ranch experience, most ranches offer the following amenities:
- Concierge service
- Spa experiences
- Pick and drop services to the nearest airport/bus stop
- Fully equipped minibars
- Complete functioning indoor bathrooms; often with intimate bathtubs
- Complimentary WiFi
Great Sporting Facilities
Since all ranches are equipped to provide sports experiences, you can rely on a luxury ranch to give you access to world-class sports facilities and great packages. So whether you’re an equestrian hoping to spend hours horseback riding, someone who prides themselves on incredible skeet shooting skills, or an avid hiker, a luxury ranch offers tremendous opportunities to hone your skills and try your hand at new experiences.
Activities for All Family Members
Another great thing about luxury ranches is that you’re getting a family-oriented experience. So if you’ve been waiting to take the kids on an unforgettable vacation, a luxury ranch is a fantastic option. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have adult fun, too; many ranches offer separate experiences for adults, and some luxury ranches are even adult-only. However, if the ranch style vacation isn’t for your family, check out our list of the best luxury US resorts for families with teens.
Gourmet Food and Luxury Accommodations
You’re already up-to-speed on how luxury ranches offer luxurious accommodations, but you’ll be pleased to know that your palate is in for a treat as well. Luxury ranches provide food prepared by professional and highly experienced chefs with menus focused on fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. Most luxury ranches also offer extensive wine lists and premium alcohol for a fun nightcap. Although meals are generally complimentary with all-inclusive packages, certain premium food and alcohol may come at an upcharge.
Naturally Social Distanced and Private
Even before the words social-distancing became a part of our daily vernacular, many guests chose to spend their vacation on a luxury ranch because they sought solace, privacy, and space. Remember, most luxury ranches are tucked away. Many are surrounded by hundreds or even thousands of acres of untouched nature, making them peaceful and protected. Considering how Covid-19 has upended great travel plans for thousands of people, booking a luxury ranch is an excellent option if you prefer to keep your distance from others for a while longer.
No Devices and Limited Screen Time
We’ve all adjusted to life behind screens, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set restrictions. Unfortunately, excess screen time leads to fatigue, insomnia, and headaches. So if you’ve been hoping to give your eyes a break, or you find yourself regularly chiding your children to take their attention off their devices, then head to a luxury ranch and switch off for the duration of your trip.
Given the remote location of many dude ranches, service and WiFi may be scarce. This will make it easy to focus your attention on the outdoor activities and family time you desperately need. But, trust us; you’ll be feeling better in no time.
Recommended Luxury Ranches
Here are some luxury ranches that are worth the splurge.
Brush Creek Ranch
Tucked away in a quiet corner of 30,000-acres, Saratoga is the Brush Creek Ranch, where adventure meets luxury. You can rely on this all-inclusive ranch to treat you to a good time. The ranch also features a relaxing spa where you can massage your worries away.
In winter Brush Creek becomes an excellent place for skiing and outdoor winter-wonderland activities. Some popular activities that the ranch has to offer include ice-fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, trail running, fly-fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, and hunting. Those interested in wing shooting and Big Game hunting trips will want to check out the French Creek Sportsman’s Club, which comes complete with 15,000 acres of outdoor fun.
The Ranch at Rock Creek
Philipsburg, Montana, is home to the Rock Creek Ranch, which offers a unique experience. This isn’t your average luxury ranch, however. With only 29 accommodations, this is truly a serene western escape. Rock Creek dude ranch features a 19th-century homestead, which allows you to relax in an authentic yet luxuriously rustic environment. But don’t think that the ranch is stuck in the past. Guests are thoroughly entertained with everything from ropes to shooting, fly-fishing, horseback riding, water sports, mountain biking, archery, wellness, and fitness.
The Ranch at Rock Creek becomes a snowy wonderland in the winter months. This makes it perfect for cold-weather activities like skiing and snowboarding. If your family loves to ski, be sure to check out our top 5 family friendly ski resorts in North America.
What makes this ranch even more unique? Guests can book a nearby sapphire mining experience; talk about a star-studded vacation.
The Resort at Paws Up
Another luxury ranch in Montana is the Resort at Paws Up. It is rated 5 stars and offers one of the most fantastic vacation packages. If you love nature and want to experience the outdoors while maintaining a luxury experience this resort is for you. Paws Up will make all of your glamping dreams can come true. With packages oriented for families and couples, the Resort at Paws Up offers excellent amenities, including a one-round transfer to/from the Missoula International Airport.
If you’re planning your honeymoon and need that extra touch of romance to spice things up, you’ll be glad to know that the Resort at Paws Up brings you alluring honeymoon packages and even honeymoon-friendly tents! This resort has it all, including glamping, horseback riding, hiking, archery, cattle drives, water sports, and a fantastic spa. The kid’s programs are especially impressive and include a supervised Junior Wrangler Program, pony rides, and horseback riding lessons.
While Paws Up offers all-inclusive packages, certain activities and experiences can be purchased separately. Be sure to include these in your overall budget.
Triple Creek Ranch
Unparalleled, rustic, and epicurean. That’s how visitors describe Triple Creek Ranch, a luxury hideaway in Montana. If you’re looking for a adults’ only ranch where you and your companions can do fun activities without interruption, or if you need a romantic point to link up with your partner, then make your way to the Triple Creek Ranch. It offers luxury cabins surrounded by beautiful nature and the finest equipment and facilities. Fat tire snow biking, wellness, spa treatments, horseback riding, yoga, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, and even escape rooms… there’s no limit to what this luxury ranch offers!
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