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Family Dude Ranch Vacations

Family Dude Ranch Vacations.

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Family Dude Ranch Vacations.   I was flicking thorough the Channel Guide on my TV, and came across a few old Western Movies that were showing throughout the weekend.  Winchester ’73 – 1950; (Jimmy Stewart Shelley Winters), The Big Country – 1958; (Greory Peck & Charlton Heston) and The Magnificent Seven – 1960; (Steven McQueen & Yul Brynner).  I did say old, the point is, it was those movies that got me thinking about, Dude Ranch Vacations for families.  Because, those Western Shows were all about “The “Family”, and “The “Land”.

I’ve been doing some research into, family dude ranch vacations.  I don’t mind saying that I was happily surprised at the number of dude ranch vacation packages available.  There are dozens and dozens to choose from.  Working ranches to luxury ranch life, and many others.  I found information on more than 27+ US States from Arkansas to Wyoming, plus Alberta and British Columbia in Canada.  If you’ve never thought about this type of family vacation, it might be worth looking into as an alternative to your usual holiday break.

Sticking with the family theme, I checked out a number of different sources and choose three ranches that would suit most families.  The Family Dude Ranch Vacations, I picked out will also suit families with young children.  The three US States I chose, were based on some of the old Western Movies I use to watch, and where those movies were said to be located.  I am seriously thinking a bout putting a dude ranch vacation on my list of places to go.

My Family Dude Ranch Vacations Picks.

1. Arizona – White Stallion Ranch.
Singles, couples, families and small corporate groups are welcomed at this Arizona Guest Ranch.  Located in Sonoran desert, this ranch is 3,000 acres opposite Saguaro Nat’l.  Monument West.

Amenities & Activities:
Airport Transportation, Internet Connection, Hot Tub, Massages, Indoor & Outdoor Games, Hiking, Trail Rides, Horseback Instruction, Tennis, Swimming, Fitness Center, Bar, Conference Facilities, Petting Zoo, Laundry Facilities, Gift Shop & more.

Operating Months:
All Year-Round, 12 months of the year.

Rates: Depending on the time of the year.
Single $198 – $276 per day – $1316 – $1878 weekly rates
Double $164 – $248 per day – $1,092 – $1,652 weekly rates
Deluxe Singles, Deluxe Doubles & Deluxe Suite for families differ.
Tax & gratuity apply.

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 2. California – Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch.
This ranch is located in Plumas County, close to Quincy, California, Set in the High Sierra, and welcomes families, couples & singles.

Amenities & Activities:
Children’s Programs, Fishing, Hiking, Dancing, Swimming Pool, Horseback Riding, Wagon Rides, Rodeos, Roping, Hay Rides, Bar, Bird Watching, Massages & Weddings.  The accommodations are various size Lodges or Cabins.

Operating Months:
May – November.

Rates:
Full Week Summer Packages – Lower rates in the Spring an other Seasons.
Adult Aged 16+ – $1,811 – $1,630
Junior Aged 6-15 years – $1,377 – $1,239
Child (3-5 years)     N/A     $905
No cost for children under 3 years old.            
Tax & gratuity apply.

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3. Texas – Mayan Dude Ranch Bandera.
Located 47 miles of San Antonio, the Ranch has retained the old west style of ranch life, but has added luxury accommodations and plenty of amenities.  It is owned for over 50 years by the Hicks family, and covers 348 acres of land.

Amenities & Activities:
Dancing, Roping, Horseback Riding, Trail Rides, Hay Rides, Hiking, Fishing, Swimming, Tennis, Laundry Facilities, Internet Connection, Group Facilities, Conference Facilities.  Lodges or Cabins, plus the Guest House which is non-Smoking.

Operating Months:
All Year-Round, 12 months of the year.

Rates:
Adults – Rock cottages &  Lodge rooms with adjoining twin room – $160 per day.
Children Aged 12 years and under – $80 per day.
Children Aged 13 – 17 years – $100 per day.
Tax & gratuity apply.

Family dude ranch vacations, sound like great fun.  It would be hard for me to say which are the, best dude ranches for families.  It is more useful for me to re-direct you a fabulous website I found with all the information you need, including the ranches mentioned above.

For flights to any of these US States See: Lastminute.com or Expedia.

Photo 1 By: Samantha Villagran; Photo 2 By: Linnell Esler, Photo 3 By: Gayle Lindgren.

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Low Cost Holidays

Low Cost Holidays.

Low Cost Holidays

This time of year, it never surprises me at the number of low cost holidays you can get your hands on.  The Trillion Dollar Travel Industry kicks into high gear when it comes to providing cheap holidays during this low Season.  If you book a last minute week away now, you’ll still be able to get your holiday in before the Valentines Day increase.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve looked into many locations including the Caribbean. Whether it’s bed and breakfast in Jamaica, or an all-inclusive break in the Grand Canary.  Almost all inclusive destination are coming up around the £400 mark.  If you want to jet away for a week, now is definitely the time to do it.

Even better news is that if you decide to visit a destination a little closer to home. Lets say, Turkey, Greece or Portugal, the prices are even lower.  I found several low cost holiday packages from the Thomas Cook website. Prices ranging from £110 pp for 7 nights, which seems like a good deal to me.

Whatever destination you choose, shop a round Online or consult your local travel agent.  I know it can get a bit overwhelming when there are so many offers around. Sometimes it’s very tedious having to go through so many, but it’s worth putting in the effort, to find the best possible deals.

It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of going on holiday, especially during the Winter Months.  I’ve been there myself, and will be again, and even if you are only going away for a week.  There is one other thing to bare in mind, even though 7 days isn’t very long.  Travel Insurance.  It can sometimes be overlooked when taking short breaks.  I would recommend always including it into the overall costs, even when booking low cost holidays.

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If you don’t know where to start looking for cheap holidays.  These two well know, household names could get you started.

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