Be Prepared for your Winter Ranch Vacation

Published by Jody on November 25 2014 17:44 in What to wear
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If you are planning for a ranch vacation this winter, be prepared to enjoy the beauty that the season has to offer. The winter landscape is a breathtaking view and even more so on a ranch. However, with that view comes the cold weather that is present whenever Old Man Frost is around.

Dressing for winter ranch vacations

Montana has one of the harshest climates in the lower 48, but, the payoff is well worth it. At the Bar W Guest Ranch you have the option of taking sleigh rides and soaking in all the beauty that the scenery has to offer. However, the lows in that area can get down to an average of 20 degrees.

Justin Ruggesd Utah Round Toe BootDressing for the climate is a must, as well as keeping your feet warm. I found some boots a while back and I love them. They are Justin Rugged Utah Round Toe Boots (I found mine at, but they are more like Cadillacs on my feet. They are extremely toasty and keep my toes at the right temperature year round. Of course, no winter outfit would be complete without some leggings. I honestly just use some typical Hanes Long Underwear for that.

Of course, keeping your upper body heated is absolutely essential. I really like the look and feel of a nice Carhartt jacket. Mine keeps me pleasantly comfortable. Most importantly, it allows me the ability to move around easily without feeling restricted. This is important to me when I am engaging in a family snowball war.






Dressing for Winter Sun Ranch Vacations

Amanda SweaterOn the other side of the spectrum is the ability to vacation in some of the warmer climate areas for the winter. A great example is BG Equestrian Resort located in Florida. Here you won’t be involved in the family snowball fights; instead, you will be pampered with temperatures in the 60’s and of course, you want to stop by at the local Silver Springs State Park and take a Glass Bottom Boat tour. In this climate a light jacket would be perfect, or even a thicker shirt. One of my favorite picks that is both functional and stylish is the Amanda Sweater (retails around $199.95). This keeps my wife looking great and feeling comfortable.

No matter where you go, a Dude Ranch vacation in the winter is unlike any other vacation you will experience. No matter if you are looking to be able to enjoy a working ranch, or be pampered at a resort, you can’t go wrong. Being able to get back to the roots and be able to communicate with nature is sometimes exactly what is needed for the soul. Somehow it seems to make me feel right with the world.

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Echo Valley Ranch and Spa winner of 2014 Boutique Hotel Awards!

Published by Jody on November 18 2014 06:26 in
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We are thrilled to announce that Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has been chosen as a winner of the 2014 Boutique Hotel Awards, in two categories:

The Americas’ Best Boutique Hotel and The Americas’ Best Relaxation Retreat

The World Boutique Hotel Awards 2014 were held in London, UK on November 13, 2014 with a glittering Awards ceremony at the Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch. The truly international ceremony brought together boutique hoteliers, press, and industry insiders from all around the world and Echo Valley Ranch & Spa was honoured with two awards, proudly representing Western Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

The awards were hosted by Kathryn Pretzel-Shiels of American Express and this year’s keynote speech was delivered by Edward Griffiths, Deputy Master of the Royal Household, Buckingham Palace.

We are delighted to be included in this international array of exceptional boutique hotels and are as always committed to continuing with excellence in customer service and the best possible experience for our guests.

For more information about Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, please visit the Echo Valley Ranch website:

Discover a Winter Wonderland at the Majestic Dude Ranch, Colorado

Published by Jody on November 17 2014 09:23 in Children's Programs | Dude Ranches | Press Release | Ranch Owners | United States | winter sports
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After the past four years of summer-only operations, the Majestic Dude Ranch in Colorado is expanding to welcome tourists year round. Now you can spend a winter holiday enjoying the comfort of a cozy cabin along with our new winter activities including snowmobiling, skiing, snow-shoeing, sledding, ice fishing and more! All activities are available to children as well. 

Enjoy the hospitality of the main lodge with a hot cocoa in front of a roaring fire, hearty meals and even indoor movie screenings. 

The ranch sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet and has an average snowfall of 69 inches per year. A blanket of snow transforms the ranch into a pristine winter paradise. 

The Majestic Dude Ranch sits high in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, a working guest/dude ranch just 40 minutes from Durango and 35 minutes from Cortez. In addition to the ranch offerings, guests can visit the Mesa Verde National Park and the famed Four Corners Monument. 

Owner Robert Bucksbaum brings his signature enthusiasm and passion to every aspect of the ranch operations. A wide variety of unique activities will be offered making this the perfect destination for a family reunion, corporate retreat, wedding or a holiday destination. 

Bucksbaum feels confident about his unique vision for the ranch and the future possibilities it holds for his guests. “I believe in reaching out and grabbing hold of life and living your dreams. My goal is for guests to leave the ranch feeling rejuvenated and having rediscovered the beauty of the world around them.”

For further information, view Majestic Dude Ranch on Top50Ranches

Montana Winter Adventure at the Bar W Guest Ranch

Published by Jody on November 17 2014 09:03 in Cowboy Culture | Montana | Press Release | Ranch Specials | Relaxation Ranches | Therapeutic | winter sports
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Escape to the winter wonderland at the Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish, Montana. As the temperatures lower, the nights get cooler and the snow begins to fall, a whole new playground awaits visitors. On your winter dude ranch vacation, you will find that the Bar W and the Whitefish community have it all.

winter sleigh ride on a ranch

Stay with the Bar W for an elegant and relaxing bed and breakfast surrounded by the pine-covered ridges of Spencer Mountain and the peaceful winter of Montana. Guests can wake up to the inviting smell of hot coffee and a fresh breakfast. Only four miles from town, the Bar W is the perfect location to feel miles away from civilization but have the charming town of Whitefish just around the corner.

New for 2014, guests can take their winter adventure getaway to a whole new level. Rent the entire lodge as a vacation home. Make our home, your home. Your cozy bed and breakfast is not just a vacation anymore it’s like going home to put on your favorite pair of slippers.

Looking for more than just luxury lodging; our staff is happy to help arrange outdoor adventure activities. Head into town to grab a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore the endless trails. Rent snowmobiles and ride the mountainous terrain that surrounds Whitefish or enjoy an exciting dog sled ride to appreciate the untamed wilderness of Montana.

The winter landscape becomes a skier’s paradise. Whitefish Mountain Resort, recently named 7th Top Ski Town in the World by National Geographic and the 2nd in the United States, is only seven miles from the ranch. Only minutes from incredible slopes, The Bar W is perfect for guests wanting to hit the area’s signature slopes for an all day skiing or snowboarding adventure.

Adventure for the whole family is just outside your front door at The Bar W Guest Ranch.  Sleigh rides to take you back to a simpler time, a time for family and friends, a time to relax and let the beauty that surrounds you soothe your soul. You don’t have to be a guest to visit for a sleigh ride! The Bar W is offering three sleigh rides a day, seven days a week.

On top of an exciting sleigh ride, guests can experience a sleigh ride chili dinner or a sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner in our lodge. Sleigh ride dinners are served family style and are the perfect family bonding experience for all ages!

Go dashing through the snow in an open sleigh behind one our elegant draft horse teams or cozy up in our lodge for a relaxing bed and breakfast stay.  Either way, the Bar W is sure to please. Don’t wait, come experience a true winter wonderland at the Bar W.

For more information, view Bar W on Top50Ranches

BG Signature Collection Celebrates with a Dream Vacation Giveaway!

Published by Jody on November 16 2014 09:45 in
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Bobby Genovese’s BG Signature Collection Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Dream Vacation Giveaway

Bobby Genovese and the BG team are excited to announce a dream vacation giveaway in celebration of a successful first year with the launch of a new website,

BG Signature, a luxury vacation real estate collection with destinations around the world, recently announced their one-year corporate anniversary. Following their launch in 2013, the BG Signature collection of luxury retreats is proudly serving an exclusive client base and delivering high-end vacation experiences to customers across the United States, Canada and Europe.

“In 2014, BG Signature has enjoyed a thrilling year of bringing our exclusive services to clients, developing new relationships and seeing our properties flourish,” said Bobby Genovese, BGSignature owner and founder. “We are eager to continue improving our core services that now include luxury equestrian weddings, polo programs, élite concierge services and more,” he added.

One year later, the company continues to grow with the launch of their new website,, which features every location in the collection along with stunning imagery, information on amenities and a detailed look at the many capabilities BG properties has in place to ensure the highest hospitality standards possible.

How to Enter

Visitors to the new website can also enter to win a 3-night dream vacation getaway to Paradise Island, Bahamas, where one lucky winner and 3 guests will enjoy BG Signature’s lavish Bahamian villa and a bonus trip to Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Discovery. The entry period for the BG Signature One-Year Anniversary Giveaway begins November 19th and ends on December 5th. Visit to enter.

BG Equestrian Resort

BG Polo and Equestrian

The one-year anniversary also marks the launch of BG Polo & Equestrian, a collection of five teaching and competition polo centers for all skill levels in Florida, Canada and Argentina. Renowned polo player and British Open finalist, Max Secunda, leads the flagship location in Vero Beach, Florida, while international polo veteran Marcos Bignoli heads the Ocala Polo Club located at the newly restored Florida Horse Park adjacent to BG Equestrian Resort.

“These programs deliver world class training as well as competition opportunities for our guests in multiple disciplines such as Hunter/Jumper, Dressage and Polo. Our goal is to be the number one Equestrian Facility in the area and local leader in education, training and events,” said Genovese.

Highlighting the past year, BG Signature’s Ocala resort expanded with the addition of several local entertainment, dining and recreation venues that represent Genovese’s commitment to restoring key Marion County landmarks, including BG Downtown, Cowboys Saloon, The Coliseum, The Rock House Lounge, BG Sun Plaza, BG Ocala Civic Center and Wild Waters Water Park and Silver Springs State Park, home of the original glass bottom boat tours.

With a very busy and prosperous first year completed, BG Signature will continue to develop their premium collection for the discerning traveler who appreciates luxury, magnificent landscapes and exquisite privacy.

About BG Signature

BG Signature is a collection of luxury destinations and amenities that include private estates in the United States, Canada, Bahamas, England and Argentina. A private yacht and jet complete the collection, which also features several polo and equestrian resorts. Located in some of the world’s most desirable settings, BG Signature is the ideal choice for your next vacation getaway, family reunion, corporate event or luxury wedding. Chosen for their unique and stunning landscapes, they have been hand selected and curated by the Genovese family for their stunning natural habitats. to learn more.




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