Ranch vacations make great trips for food lovers

BY Jody Dahl | Mon 24 Jun, 2013

Ranch vacations make great holidays for foodies, although they may not seem like the obvious choice. There are as many types of food as there are types of ranches, so you can make sure you are filling yourself with the best fuel for riding, exploring or relaxing, no matter where you stay.

Lone Mountain Guest Ranch, Montana
Photo: Lone Mountain Guest Ranch, Montana, USA

Satisfying traditional ranch dining

Rankin Ranch, California
Photo: Rankin Ranch, California, USA

Everyone has a food preference and it's not always the French-style fine dining that tickles our tastebuds. If it's rustic, traditional dining that makes your mouth water, consider booking a traditional ranch vacation. From homegrown BBQ steak to traditional homemade bread, you will get to taste the full, real ranch flavours of the ranch you are visiting. 

Estancia Los Potreros, Cordoba, Argentina
Photo: Estancia Los Potreros, Cordoba, Argentina

Ranch traditions are often carried down through generations, so you'll be enjoying tried-and-tested recipes that are proven to satisfy even the most demanding of appetites. 

Food with finesse 

Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge, Montana, USA
Photo: Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge, Montana, USA

If you prefer food of a more delicate nature, don't count a ranch out just yet. Employing top chefs, ranch kitchens are serving up food that rival world-famous restaurants. Guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding of palates and often using local ingredients, this modern ranch food brings the sophistication of the city to stunning remote locations.

Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, USA
Photo: Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, USA

Indoor or al fresco dining

Apache Spirit Ranch, Arizona, USA
Photo: Apache Spirit Ranch, Arizona, USA

The atmosphere when you eat is almost as important as the food you are putting in your mouth. Ranches can offer you a wide range of dining experiences. If you are taking part in a working ranch experience, expect the opportunity to dine around the campfire surrounded by cattle, horses and stunning views. Even if you are not driving cattle or on the trails, al fresco dining is available at most ranches –  on the peaceful porch of your cabin or a friendly family-style meal alongside other guests. For those who like to dine indoors, there is everything from rustic halls to modern restaurants.

Tod Mountain Ranch, British Columbia, Canada
Photo: Tod Mountain Ranch, British Columbia, Canada

A food and wine education

Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, USA
Photo: Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, USA

Have you considered a cookery course? Some ranch holidays offer you the opportunity to combine learning in the kitchen with beautiful surroundings. Take the opportunity to taste your handiwork and hone your skills so you can impress at home. 

Vista Verde, Colorado, USA
Photo: Vista Verde, Colorado, USA

If getting your hands dirty in the kitchen doesn't sound like your idea of fun, why not sign up for a relaxing wine tasting session? Make new friends while learning the difference between a chardonnay and a merlot, and let someone else worry about the food that it perfectly complements!

So whatever your food preference, ranch holidays have it covered. Why not find your ideal culinary vacation today at Top50 Ranches?

- Soraya Abdel-Hadi

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