Dude Ranch Vacations - The Finest in Luxurious Winter Hideaways

BY Jody Dahl | Sun 23 Oct, 2011

Top50Ranches.com is dedicated to showcasing some of the most breathtaking, authentic and luxurious ranch destinations in the world. So, why not take a trip at Christmas or New Year for a truly magical retreat and enjoy some of the winter events and activities they have on offer?

Each Christmas, Rancho de los Caballeros turns into a western holiday hideaway offering a traditional Christmas with a unique south western flair. With flickering luminaries lining the paths throughout the ranch it truly is a winter wonderland. Santa visits the ranch on horseback and delivers gifts to the guests on Christmas Day.

Join Triple Creek Ranch, Montana for their Christmas and New Year’s celebrations for an all-inclusive magical stay. Take up Alpine or Nordic skiing, join in the Western Horsemanship weekends, ice fishing, sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling for a little more action.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, offers a traditional Christmas hideaway allowing you to enjoy their winter favourites and create Christmas memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy the Christmas season with your family with holiday decorations that light up the lodge. Venture out on snowmobile or horseback with a guide to seek out the perfect Montana Christmas tree! The Lodge will be decorated in holiday splendour and the culinary team will be preparing a feast not to be forgotten!

If you don’t know how to ride, you can learn and enjoy some winter riding. Boots, coats and cowboy hats are provided. Clay pigeon shooting happens all winter too. Take to the slopes with downhill skiing and snowboarding is available 30 minutes away at Discovery Ski Area, which averages 215 inches of snow a year. The best way to enjoy the wildlife, such as eagles, hawks, elk, deer and moose is to cross country ski and snowshoe around their 6,600 acres. In addition they will be having special New Year's Eve celebrations complete with fireworks.

Tod Mountain Guest Ranch, British Columbia, again offers a traditional approach to Christmas. Christmas Eve, you can join the local ranchers at the annual carol service at our country church followed by mulled wine and mince pies back at the ranch. Took in to dinner on Christmas Day, a traditional Christmas feast of roast turkey, baked ham and all the trimmings. Then kick back and relax, enjoying the comfort, calm and tranquillity of the ranch. If your still feeling full from Christmas dinner enjoy hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing on ungroomed trails around the ranch.

While you’re there visit Sun Peaks Ski Resort (just 15 minutes away) for downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiles, dog sledding and sleigh rides. You can even ski with Santa at Sun Peaks on 23rd and 24th December.

Christmas and New Year's at Vista Verde, Colorado, are special weeks filled with families seeking a snowy vacation experience. Imagine spending Christmas at an all-inclusive luxury resort, with time to enjoy your loved ones, rather than shopping, cooking, cleaning and doing dishes. The snow is falling, the jingle bells ringing and you can relax, share new experiences, and enjoy the holidays with new found friends. Special holiday events include making homemade decorations for your real Christmas tree, carol singing on a sleigh to the Homestead cabin, and a fabulous Christmas Day feast.

Whether you are introducing your family to snow vacations, or a competent skier, Vista Verde provides a unique way to enjoy the snow, create new memories, and enjoy the holidays in style with nice folks in an intimate setting.

Stay on for the New Year celebrations with the traditional Progressive Dinner at Vista Verde. Beginning in the late-afternoon on New Year's Eve, travel around the ranch either on skis or on the sleigh from one destination to the next with a different course served at each spot. After multiple courses at multiple destinations, end up in the Great Room for a dessert extravaganza and the ranch's very own Boot Drop.

Snowy River Horseback Adventure
s, Australia, offers no better way to see in the New Year than riding in Australia’s High Country, ‘where the white stars fairly blaze, at midnight, under a cold and frosty sky’. Ride the high country on Australia’s very own ‘Australian Stock Horses’, dining on superb meals cooked by our chef using local meats and produce and relaxing at night at the gracious Old Ingebirah Homestead. Come with friends or make some new ones at Snowy River Horseback Adventure!

Or, this holiday season, leave the hustle and bustle of crowded cities and ski resorts behind. Come to The Resort at Paws Up for a Montana Christmas vacation. Experience everything from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling excursions to your own personal Santa, a Christmas Eve party for the kids, a sleigh ride through frosted forests, and ice skating on their breathtaking outdoor rink – all in a magical Montana winter wonderland. They plan the activities, cook the turkey and even decorate your tree. All you need to do is enjoy.

Visit www.top50ranches.com to find your ideal Christmas ranch hideaway!

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