Brush Creek Ranch has been named No.2 in the world by Conde Nast Traveler

Published by Jody on November 1 2014 10:04 in Press Release | United States | Working Ranches
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Brush Creek Ranch Wyoming

Condé Nast Traveler recently announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch recognized as the No.2 Top Hotel & Resort in the World, with a score of 98.661.

“We have dedicated ourselves since the day we opened our doors in 2011 to becoming one of the great resorts in the world,” said Mike Williams, EVP and COO of The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. “To be named the No. 2 Resort in the World – and the No. 1 Resort in the U.S. – is an incredible honor for our entire staff and we could not be more thrilled that Condé Nast Traveler’s readers and our guests recognize the heart and soul we put into the experience we provide.”

More than 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, in an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, a Preferred Boutique Hotel and ORVIS dual-endorsed fly-fishing and wingshooting lodge, is an exclusive, independent guest ranch set amid a century-old working cattle ranch outside of Saratoga in south central Wyoming's North Platte River Valley. Sitting on 30,000 acres and bordering a million acres of federal wild lands, Brush Creek Ranch's Grand Lodge and collection of new and renovated historic guest cabins and quarters are open to destination weddings, private corporate events and family vacations. Offering an unsurpassed, all-inclusive luxury dude ranch adventure experience, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch provides a genuine Western spirit of hospitality and a vast array of outdoor activities that, coupled with an inspiring landscape and a dedication to sustainable ranching, come together to create a new icon in luxury Western destinations. 

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers. 

This year, Condé Nast Traveler introduced two new categories: Hall of Famers, iconic properties that debuted in the first Readers’ Choice Awards; and The Newcomers and The Comebacks, new and recently refreshed properties that are destined to become future classics.

For more information about The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch or to inquire about rates call (307) 327-5284, email or visit 



Photography Workshop with Triple Creek Ranch

Published by Jody on January 16 2012 21:46 in
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Photography Workshop - Thursday, February 9 through Sunday, February 12, 2012

Winter is celebration time at Triple Creek Ranch, with outdoor fun and indoor elegance at every turn of the skis, every stride of the horse and every clink of the wineglass. Revel in the splendid northern Rocky Mountain scenery and marvel at the beautiful 'blue light' of winter while immersing yourself in mountain luxury.

On-staff, professional instructor, Jared Lucas, will guide guests as they capture Montana's vistas, record wildlife safaris and make precious mementos of the blue tinted gloaming which follows a wintry mountain sunset. Guests are welcome to use Triple Creek Ranch's CANON Rebel T3i cameras and lenses, or their own personal equipment. Participants will receive instruction on the basic fundamentals of outdoor photography and camera setup for various conditions and light.

After a day of photo taking, Jared will instruct guests on enhancing, editing and preserving photos using popular software. Whether your client is an advanced photographer or a beginner, this is a unique opportunity to photograph the Montana experience, while connecting with our natural wonders and the true cowboy culture of America's West.

Make Your Reservation Today! Contact 406-821-4600 or email 

Triple Creek Ranch is located in Darby, Montana, on the state’s western border with Idaho. The property is situated on the side of Trapper Peak, the highest mountain in Western Montana, with access to the many activities of scenic Bitterroot Valley. Guests fly into Missoula International Airport, approximately 80 miles from the ranch.

Dude Ranch Review, Sweet Grass Ranch

Published by Jody on November 2 2011 12:43 in
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Review for Sweet Grass Ranch

Romance: 5
Adventure: 5
Ranch Setting: 5
Family Oriented: 5
Adult Oriented: 5
Western Hospitality: 5
Riding: 5
Cattle Work: 5
Food & Wine: 5
Overall Experience: 5
General Questions

Interesting tidbit about the ranch owners or staff:
Made sure ranch experience was special for every guest

What makes this riding program stand out?:
Plenty of wrangers so riding was in small groups of similar riding ability and aspirations. No nose to tail!

What about this ranch brings guests back?:
Location, horses, people, wildlife - the list is endless - there is nothing to fault!

Another bit of information you'd like Top50 to know:
The best ranch holiday & destination EVER!


Age: 46
Travelled: With friends

Sugar and Spice Ranch, Texas, Christmas Getaway, December 26-January 1

Published by Jody on November 1 2011 15:13 in
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Dear Moms, Daughters, and of course Dads,
What a wonderful way to spend the Christmas Week with your daughter.  The Sugar and Spice Ranch is holding their 6th annual Mother & Daughter Christmas Vacation Week at the ranch.  And DADS what a fantastic gift to your girls...and no gift wrapping.
The dates are December 26th through January 1st.  This is a Monday thru Sunday package.
The week includes everything that their summer sessions do.  The package is all-inclusive with evening activities & entertainment - and on New  Year's Eve they ring in the New Year with a bang with their very own fireworks display!

So, what are you waiting for? Contact Sugar and Spice Ranch today!

Register at Sugar and Spice or call the ranch at 830-460-8487.

First day on the ranch: Cowboy or Alien?

Published by Jody on May 21 2011 15:03 in Cowboy Culture | Western Films | Working Ranches
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Top50 blogger Mel Rutheford reveals why first time ranching isn't so different from an alien invasion...

I’d consider myself pretty comfortable in my well-worn cowgirl boots. Cattle drives – I think I can hold my own, and considering I’m an English girl through and through, I reckon I’ve got this whole Western style of horseback riding pretty much cracked. But rewind a couple of years to the first day I’d ever set foot on a ranch and it was a whole different story... Cowgirl I was not. Alien? Most definitely.

When you’re used to the hustle and bustle of suburban England, 18,000 acres of authentic working ranch really does feel like a different planet - from the wide open spaces and mountainous terrain, right down to the smell of fresh Montana air. Granted, a couple of rainy days in June evoked the familiarity of home, but you wouldn’t find me sitting in a Western saddle on a responsive Quarter Horse rounding up cows back in my native territory.

My most alien experience came when setting foot in western stirrup for the first time. Despite nearly 20 years of English horseback riding experience under my belt, I found riding ‘cowboy style’ a distinctly foreign phenomenon. Direction (never my strong point anyway) was the most challenging aspect. Using leg pressure and neck reining to get my patient mount to move where I wanted him to go in the arena took a little while to get used to. After five or so minutes of turning in circles on the spot – with my poor horse probably wondering what kind of creature he had on his back – everything suddenly clicked into place. For me, those first few steps in which I was actually in full control was my transition from alien to cowgirl – or at least a hazy version of.

And I can safely say I’m not the only one to have felt like an extraterrestrial in a strange and unknown world on my first day on the ranch. In fact, most people I’ve spoken with have felt like a creature from outer space when first stepping foot onto unknown western soil. Megan Walker, a fellow Brit and US ranch vacationer, confesses: “Despite knowing and working with horses all my life, on my first day on a working ranch I suddenly felt very English! My immediate thought was, ‘This is a real skill and I don’t know if I’m going to get it.’ I mean, these guys live and work it. When you take a riding holiday at an authentic working ranch, it’s not just coming and playing – it’s developing a real skill that’s been perfected over the years.” Adds Megan: “And there’s nothing like 18,000 acres of ranch to make you feel like an alien – I did get lost on more than one occasion! Turns out I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last alien to invade a ranch."

But whether you choose to stay at a dude ranch vacation, guest ranch vacation or an authentic working ranch vacation, chances are that by the end of your western vacation, you’ll be more of a cowboy than you ever could have imagined!

Whether you head to one of Top50's dude ranch vacations, guest ranch vacations, working ranch vacations we know you'll have a great time. Or book a riding holiday estancia Argentina or a riding holiday, or to a working ranch in New Zealand, or go horse trekking in Australia, either way Top50 can help you find that ideal ranch experience.

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