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Horseback riding holidaysare the way to go for 2013! It’s only a few weeks until we say good-bye to 2012 and hello to 2013, and if you still haven’t determined where you’re going to celebrate the Mayan calendar being wrong, consider visiting a guest ranch for the New Year. It’ll certainly be a vacation you’re not soon to forget.

Winter is an ideal time to visit a guest ranch. If you don’t have kids, or they’re grown and on their own, a luxury ranch getaway will relax you and create a wonderful setting for the countdown to 2013. Enjoy a champagne toast in the hot tub, a moonlit ride on horseback, or a quiet evening in your room after a relaxing massage; no matter what amenities you desire, you’ll find them at a luxury ranch.

And if you’re one who has to have amazing food for a celebration, luxury dude ranches will have your taste buds and tummy satiated. Enjoy ranch-raised beef and poultry, fresh-caught fish, organic fruits and vegetables, and pristine deserts—all paired with local wines and spirits. Many luxury getaways sport five-star chefs on their payroll, and they are eager to accommodate your dietary restrictions, whether you don’t eat meat or can’t tolerate gluten. There’s no gluten or meat in wine, right?Some ranches are even hosting special events for New Year’s Eve, including festive dinners, a champagne toast at midnight, and fireworks. You can lounge around, dance the night away, or head to the solitude of a trail; whatever suits your fancy can be found at a luxury dude ranch.

Check out the special events available at And if you already have your plans to ring in 2013, there’s always next year. Remember: It’s never a bad time to visit a dude ranch.

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