Celebrities love dude ranch vacations!

Published by Jody on March 30 2015 18:18 in Australia | Canada | Children's Programs | Cowboy Culture | Culinary Vacations | Dude Ranches | Fall Vacations | Food & Wine | Girlfriends Getaways | Guest Reviews | Horses | Montana | Ranch Life | Ranch Owners | Relaxation Ranches | United States | Weddings | winter sports | Working Ranches
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Celebrities love dude ranch vacations – an A-Lister visits Top50’s ranches

Big-name celebrities need time out from their punishing work schedules, too and an increasing number are heading out to the ranges under the big sky to unwind and re-connect with nature. More...

Dude ranches - an insight from the inside at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

Published by Jody on March 30 2015 03:24 in Children's Programs | Cowboy Culture | Dude Ranches | Food & Wine | Horses | Interviews | Montana | Ranch Owners | United States | Wildlife | Working Ranches | Yoga Ranches
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Top50 Ranches gives you an insight as to what it’s like owning and running Mountain Sky Guest Ranch


Mountain Sky yoga  


Marketing Manager: Stacy Townsend

Ranch: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Montana, USA


What's the most important thing you have that brings guests back year after year?

80% of our guests return year after year for the family experience that we provide. As digital devices are abandoned, and warm and vibrant staff guide them through their ranch experience, deep bonds are formed within families. There is also a vast array of activities and adventure, gourmet cuisine, comfortable accommodation and sprawling facilities that make people come back time and time again. More...

Chico Basin Ranch: what to expect in 2015!

Published by Jody on March 15 2015 12:25 in Cattle drives | Food & Wine | Horses | Ranch Life | United States | Working Ranches
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Chico Basin Ranch has hosted guest ranch vacations that revolve around a large scale working ranch since 2000. Chico Basin Ranch guests are intimately involved in all ranch life to the extent that they desire, whether this be on horseback, fixing fences or putting feed out for the cattle. The working cattle ranch has found that making a contribution to the daily ranch activities gives guests the biggest thrill, so programs have been developed to include guests so that they are a part of the daily work’s success. There are ample opportunities to take time off on your own for hiking, wildlife viewing, swimming or fishing in one of the ranch’s five lakes.  During the spring and fall, there are bird banding station works on the ranch as Chico Basin is one of the biggest migratory flyways in Colorado.  There are over 320 birds on the Chico Bird list!

Sleepin' and eatin'!


Chico Basin has three rooms: a 1-room cabin and a renovated historic adobe building with 2 rooms in it, which makes the experience on the Chico very intimate, with just 2-4 guests at any one time.  Guests prepare their own breakfast and a sack lunch in the kitchen in the facility they are living in, and dinners are shared with and prepared by staff in the guest facilities or in personal homes.


Celebrating Christmas and New Year's at Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch

Published by Jody on November 11 2014 19:15 in Dude Ranches | Food & Wine | Montana | Ranch Specials | Special Events | United States | winter sports
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Triple Creek Ranch Celebrating Christmas and New Year's!

Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, a Relais & Chateaux sanctuary with five star cuisine, an award-winning wine list and stellar service, is a joyous place to celebrate the holidays and experience the beauty of a Rocky Mountain winter. Adorned in holiday finery for the season, Triple Creek Ranch offers an intimate getaway with festive cheer and a range of activities that include dog sledding, skiing, and cooking lessons. You're sure to be in good hands as Triple Creek Ranch was named the World's Best Hotel in the Travel + Leisure 2014 World's Best Awards and was just ranked one of the Top 100 on Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014!

Triple Creek Ranch

A Montana Christmas and A Wild, Wild West New Year’s Eve

Triple Creek Ranch celebrates Christmas in Montana with elegant decorations in the main lodge and a jubilant atmosphere. Guests may choose from a selection of freshly-cut evergreens (or a faux tree) to decorate their cabin. Some guests prefer to ship their own ornaments, while others avail themselves of Triple Creek Ranch’s collection of holiday decorations, or simply let the staff adorn the tree before their arrival. The holidays are spent at leisure, enjoying Ranch activities such as winter hikes in the Bitterroot Range or horseback riding on the forested trails, and of course enjoying Chef Jacob Leatherman’s rich holiday menu with carefully selected wines to match. There will be celebratory dinners on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and this year, guests will ring in 2015 on New Year’s Eve decked out in cowboy finery with a Wild, Wild West New Year’s Eve celebration that includes a five-course wine-pairing dinner and a champagne toast with signature New Year’s Eve fireworks.

*Three-night minimum stay required for Christmas and New Year’s only.

For more details and reservations, call 800-654-2943 or email. Visit their website for more details: Triplecreekranch.com

New Year’s Eve celebrations at Paws Up Montana don’t stop 'til you do!

Published by Jody on November 8 2014 04:52 in Dude Ranches | Food & Wine | Ranch Specials | Special Events | United States | winter sports | Working Ranches
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New Year’s Eve celebrations at Paws Up Montana don’t stop 'til you do! 

With an event as big as New Year’s Eve, sometimes a party alone isn’t quite festive enough. Which is why Paws Up is inviting you to a New Year’s weekend like no other!

Beginning with an elegant five-course dinner in their award-winning restaurant, Pomp, the festivities don’t end until a lavish breakfast buffet the next morning. In between, you’ll enjoy games, prizes, a bonfire, an extravagant fireworks display, all set to live music from the awesome Crystal Bowersox.

Crystal Bowersox

Crystal's emotive folk-rock-country style was catapulted from the cramped coffeehouses and cavernous subway tunnels of Chicago into millions of homes across America when she placed second on Season 9 of American Idol. Along with her old soul of a voice, her care-free style and "don't mess with me" attitude set her apart from the other contestants on the show, and eventually landed the self-taught songstress performances with the likes of the legendary Joe Cocker, Harry Connick, Jr. and Alanis Morrissette. It’s sure to be a stunning show!

When you’re all partied out and ready to turn in, you can catch up on your sleep in your own luxurious home. Featuring a fireplace, hot tub and sumptuous beds, you’ll really feel like you’ve escaped to a wonderland of palatial rustic glamour at The Wilderness Estates, a collection of luxury ranch homes nestled a world away from the everyday. Whatever you can imagine is at your fingertips - total indulgence and complete relaxation. This secluded wilderness sanctuary comes complete with panoramic vistas, total privacy and an extensive list of features, including a great room with a soaring vaulted ceiling, a cook's kitchen and a loft game room. Lastly, the three master suites feature en-suite master bathrooms outfitted with a spacious slate shower, a jetted spa tub, sumptuous spa products and plush towels. You’ll feel like royalty!

Luxury living at Paws Up

Winter in Greenough, Montana is a time for any sport that makes use of a land blanketed by white. The Resort at Paws Up offers over a hundred miles of lightly traveled wilderness trails for a diversity of unique Montana winter vacation excursions. For those who yearn to explore the great outdoors of Big Sky Country, we feature unforgettable adventures, like dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, private indoor equestrian lessons and even ice skating - all in winter wonderland full of peace and magic. If given some time off, Jack Frost would certainly choose to spend his holidays relaxing here after weeks of winterizing the world!


For more information, call: 800-473-0601 or Email and let the ranch know Top50 referred you!


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