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Retreat of the Week: The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch

Saddle up at Brush Creek Ranch. // (c) 2014 The Lodge at Brush Creek Ranch
Saddle up at Brush Creek Ranch. // (c) 2014 The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch

Okay city slickers, it’s time to get your cowgirl (or boy) on. The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch has an enticing deal that encourages guests to get out and ride. Its “Saddle Up and Ride” offer is available to book now through March 28th, and guests will receive a $500 per person travel credit to make getting to the Ranch, whether by plane, train or automobile, easier than ever. In addition to horseback riding, the resort is ideal for fly-fishing, hiking, zip lining, health and wellness and more. It’s family friendly and features some of the best dude ranch accommodation in the west.

The $500 per person travel credit is valid for seven-night, all-inclusive stays at Brush Creek Ranch, which include:

  • Refined accommodations in the Trailhead Lounge, Cabin Suites or Cabin Residences;
  • Unlimited on-Ranch activities including horseback riding, fly-fishing, shooting sports, trail adventures, challenge pursuits such as paintball and zipline, recreation programs and fitness and wellness;
  • Inspired dining experiences such as hearty feasts, outdoor picnics and elegant dinners, each presented in a unique venue. Included with the dining experience are all daily meals and beverages, including premium beers, spirits and open access to the wine cellar.

Offer is valid for a seven-night stay starting at $1,200 per unit, per night; non-commissionable; not valid with other offers or discounts. Excludes eight percent taxes and 10 percent ranch fee.

To book the “Saddle Up and Ride” offer, or any other Brush Creek Ranch luxury dude ranch vacation, call (307) 327-5284 or email guestservices@brushcreekranch.com.


Five Inspiring Adventures for the New Year

Adventure travel treks: The Great Himalaya Trail // (c) 2013
Adventure travel treks: The Great Himalaya Trail // (c) 2013

These are definitely not adventures for families, but it is that time of year when people consider their “best of” lists, dream destinations, bucket lists and what have you, and I though that this was a pretty awesome list of over-the-top  treks. At the very least, it can provide some inspiration for next year’s travels. These specific trips are provided by World Expeditions.

The Great Himalaya Trail: The Full Nepal Traverse
Be amongst the few who have trekked the Nepal Great Himalaya Trail in one continuous 152-day trek! Along this 1700km trail you’ll encounter some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments imaginable. We’ve also crafted seven treks that interlink to make up the full traverse.
Departs: 01 March – 30 July 2014 (152 days)

Great Patagonian Traverse – North to South
Mostly on foot and at times by boat, be among the first to discover the rarely used pass between the shores of Lago O’ Higgins (Chile) and Laguna del Desierto (Argentina).
Departs: 4 February, 29 November 2014 (15 days)

Bhutan Snowman Trek
One of the world’s most challenging treks is undertaken by only a handful of trekkers each season. It accesses the remote region of Lunana, where tiny Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages remain isolated many months of the year.
Departs: 15 September 2014 (27 days)

Dominica – Trek the Waitukubuli Trail
The Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica is the longest walking trail in the Caribbean crossing the entire island. Along the way, hikers encounter a varied canvas of contrasting landscapes.
Departs: 2 February, 9 March, 20 April, 5 October, 16 November 2014 (12 days)

John Muir Trail
Celebrate the centennial anniversary of the John Muir Trust hiking the Sierra Nevada trail, covering some of the most pristine and dramatic backcountry in North America.
Departs: 10 July, 31 July, 4 September 2014 (21 days)



Fun Places to Hike in LA

Taking the kids to Caballero Canyon. It’s a great walking spot for long or short treks with the kiddos. Watch out for the mountain bikers coming through! All of the ones we ran into were very friendly and aware of hikers.