Arriving & Departing the Ranch. Most everyone will be taking the shuttle in from the Spokane International Airport (GEG). A flight arrival between 12 & 3 pm is perfect. Or, arrive in Spokane on Saturday and make a day in Spokane or Coeur d’ Alene. We’re hearing from our guests this year that the flights seem to work better with a Saturday arrival. The shuttles can easily pick you up from anywhere in the region. On Sunday afternoon, when you arrive at the ranch, we’ll get you settled into your cabin, give you a short tour around the ranch, and give you some time to relax before our cocktail hour and appetizers. Dinner will be ready at around 6 pm and evening entertainment will begin.Departures will occur after breakfast on Saturday and we’ll be sorry to see everyone head home.
During the week.Throughout the week, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from any of the outdoor adventures we have in store for everyone. Massages, horseback riding, fitness hikes, kayaking, sporting clays, bike tours, and more! You’ll need the entire week to fit it all in, but don’t forget, relaxing with a good book is also highly recommended. Every evening has something fun planned from campfires to evenings in our old west saloon. We’ll have beautifully crafted dinner with courses paired with some of our favorite wines, luncheon horseback rides to far off meadows, and all-day rides to some of the nearby peaks. It’ll be a week to remember!
Hint #1.Be prepared to ride.From advanced to beginner horseback riders, our week is going to be filled with lots of riding. After our orientation ride on Monday, there are advanced, scenic, and all-day rides scheduled throughout the week. You’ll also able to take advantage of learning from some of the wranglers by taking a lesson. One of our past guests suggests bringing a pair of bicycle shorts to go under your jeans to save your bum. If you don’t have boots, we do have boots you can wear but slick soles are a must. You should also make sure to have a few pairs of jeans, a pair of shorts, or something you can get wet in for the kayaking trips, boat tours, and bike rides. Some folks bring a pair of leather gloves with them to ride with during the fall. We recommend this highly. A pair of tennis shoes or running shoes are also very handy.
Hint #2. It’s Idaho weather.We have a saying in Idaho during the fall. If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes. Plan on evenings being chilly, a good fleece jacket will no doubt be very useful. Rain is possible but don’t worry about that stopping the horseback riding. The barn has a number of full length slickers to fit you.
Hint #3. Dinners and meals.Our chefs are going to make it very difficult to shed pounds while you’ll be here. Daily baked breads, fresh salads and fruits, homemade desserts, and more. Some decide to get a little dressed up during our Wine Dinner. Don’t have to though, a pair of jeans and boots are regular attire on the ranch. This will be an exciting and fun evening! For those guests that have food likes or dislikes (and the likes are just as important), don’t forget to fill out your activity forms and tell us. Gluten free, vegetarians, etc are all welcomed!
Question #1. Should we rent a car?Unless you’re planning to go elsewhere during your vacation, we suggest just taking the shuttle from the Spokane International Airport. Once you have arranged your flights, just come back to our website, fill out the shuttle form, and you’re all set. If you’ll be driving into the ranch, check our website for the best directions. The only thing you want to watch out for is the navigational gps units pointing towards forest service roads or away from the main highway as you near the ranch.
Question #2. Are we going to get some alone time? Yep. There’s places to sit and take in the clean air and breathtaking views. You’ll be amazed at how quiet the ranch is when everyone is off on their own adventures with the guides.
Question #3. We’re a group of friends? Are there accommodations where we can be together?Yes. More than likely if you’re making your reservations early, we’ll easily be able to put you all in your own cabin together.