In the early 90's, a fifth generation cattle-ranching family decided that they wanted to share the beauty, history, and heritage of the land that they'd been working since 1940... and, so, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch began extending their country hospitality to overnight guests.Located in Idaho's scenic Panhandle region, the 1,100 acre ranch has spectacular views of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains, as well as being adjacent to thousands of acres of land for horseback riding or cross country skiing. Owner Janice Schoonover tells us that they enjoy four true seasons and "the landscape is stunning with the changes that each of the seasons bring."
Guests staying at the ranch can enjoy different activities, depending on what time of year they visit. Summertime brings all-inclusive guest ranch packages, which feature horseback riding as the main activity, with additional opportunites to enjoy wagon rides, working with cattle, skeet shooting, and archery. Guest may also enjoy a dinner cruise on Lake Pend Orielle, or canoeing down the Packriver.
In the winter, there are horsedrawn sleigh rides, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing. Right now, in the fall, it's an excellent time for leaf peeping - taking in all the gorgeous autumn colors.
The lodge - made of handhewn logs - has six private rooms with private baths, plus a rec room, a great room with a large riverrock fireplace, a loft sitting area, and a hot tub. There are also four private log cabins with private baths that each sleep six. The cabins have furnished kitchens and wood stove heat.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch welcomes group retreats, family reunions, corporate retreats and provides a beautiful and unique setting for weddings. Beginning September 30th, the ranch will host Bed and Breakfast stays - an example of the different offerings that change with the seasons.
To learn more about Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, take a look at the video below, and then visit their listing on Farm Stay U.S. Now is a great time to book for a winter getaway, or start thinking about a guest ranch adventure for next summer!
Please join us in welcoming five new farm and ranch stay
Earthrise Farm, Madison, Minnesota
Originally purchased in 1944, this 240-acre family farm near Madison,
Minnesota is run by sisters Annette and Kay Fernholz. The
gardens here are comprised of a four acre portion of the farm, and
the remainder is farmed organically by their three brothers.
Earthrise Farm can accommodate up to 4 guests in their Pacific
yurt. Breakfast is provided. Children under 12 are welcome, as are
Country Cousins Farm, Evans Mills, New York
Located in the village of Evans
Mills, New York, the Country Cousins dairy farm invites guests
to partake in some hands-on experiences and find out what life is
like as a farmer. Guests can help with morning milkings, evening
feedings, and other chores.
Up to 8 guests can be accommodated in the private cabin. Meals
are served family-style, and guests are welcome to relax in the
farm's family room and play games. Children under 12 are
The Farm in Whitewright, Whitewright, Texas
Situated on 30 acres, The Farm in Whitewright,
Texas invites you to get away to a quiet place for a night or
two. Help out with frolicking goats or milk a cow.
Up to 6 guests can be accommodated in the private suite, and
horses are welcome too -- there is plenty of space to park a
trailer. Meals are to order. Children under 12 are welcome.
Rock Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada
Stay in Red Rock Country! Guests have the option of
staying in the ranch's guest room, or bringing their own RVs and
horses. Endless riding in every direction lead to vistas and
The queen guest room accommodates 2, or guests may bring
an RV for the single RV parking space. Refreshments are provided,
but otherwise guests are responsible for their own meals. Children
under 12 are welcome.
Pond Farm, Greenfield, Indiana
This new, modern farmhouse is located just east
of Indianapolis, Indiana. Take part in some of the farm
activities (if you choose), or just enjoy the hundred acres of
farmlands and free-ranging farm animals.
Groups of up to 9 will have exclusive use of the farmhouse.
There is a farm store to purchase eggs, chicken, pork, and beef to
make up your farm-stay meals. Children under 12 are welcome, as are
weddings, parties, reunions, and special events.
"This place is like an undiscovered gem," says
Bridget McNees, who along with her husband Mac owns Whit's End Ranch
outside of Clifton, Tennessee. Many of Bridget's "camping cabin" guests
agree, and once they arrive they can't help but call on their
friends to come join them, saying, "You're not gonna believe this
place. You have to come out here." As Bridget tells me, one cabin rental often
The Ranch is a 307-acre parcel of land. At Whit's End, there is
plenty to explore: forest, trails, hayfields where a neighboring
farmer cuts hay, 27 acres of pasture, creeks and rivers, and a
beach perfect for swimming for kids and adults both. Guests choose
from seven secluded
cedar cabins made of wood harvested and hand-milled on the
property by Bridget and Mac. The seven cabins combined can sleep up
to 25. Bridget calls them "camping cabins," but these are far from
roughing it in a tent.
The cabins are private, set back in the woods, and come complete
with fridges, microwaves, linens, heat, air conditioning, and
covered porches. There's also a communal outdoor kitchen and grill.
Guests get the perks of a hotel room and of camping, both in one
place, and they don't have to pack anything but food. Bridget, who
has camped all over the U.S. and Canada, is a warm and amiable
host. Guests seem to become quick friends with her (and with each
Bridget is more than willing to show guests her various building
projects around the property, and to teach them what she knows
about construction if they're interested. Guests can also learn to mill lumber
and drive the tractor to help with forestry work and maintenance.
But most of
them focus on "kicking back and relaxing" on the creek side
beach, Bridget says. She tells me she's not planning to build any
more cabins, so that the kind of vacation Whit's End offers is
always going to be an idyllic, "Pollyanna-type" experience.
The area around the ranch is full of activities: horseback riding at
Green River Stables, where Whit's End guests get a special deal,
canoeing on the Buffalo River, or golfing at a Jack Nicklaus
signature golf course. Despite all the attractions, says Bridget,
the area is very quiet for all it has to offer.
The town of Clifton is an historic riverboat port with
well-preserved old-time lanterns and cobblestone pathways. The
small town has everything you need -- restaurants, a dock, a
pharmacy, and Bridget's favorite, a "beautiful little café" that
she likes to recommend to guests for breakfast and lunch, and for
the "eye candy" antiques that the café owner sells onsite.
Whit's End Ranch
offers 7 cabins that rent for $75 (no kitchenette) to $100 (with
kitchenette) a night. Cabins sleep up to four guests, and all are
welcome to use the outdoor barbeque and common area kitchen.
For more information,including Bridget McNees' contact information,
check out the Whit's End
Ranch Farm Stay U.S. listing.
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