Dude Ranch Experiences- Part 1

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CHARLOTTE – One of the big vacation trends recently is the Dude Ranch Experience. What exactly is that. I will borrow from an explanation by a group of Dude Ranches;

For those researching, dude ranches are typically broken down into three different categories, those being: Working Ranches, Recreational Ranches, and Resort/Luxury Ranches. A few points on each type of Ranch:

Working Dude Ranch

A working dude ranch tends to focus on an authentic ranch experience, immersing visitors into daily life as a cowboy. Daily responsibilities include everything from cattle drives, tending horses, and ranch upkeep. Some level of horseback riding experience is typically suggested, as guests work side-by-side with wranglers on a daily basis.

Recreational Dude Ranch

A recreational dude ranch gravitates more towards sporting activities & relaxation. Hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, trap/skeet shooting, tennis, and swimming are just a sampling of daily activities typically available. Horseback riding remains a strong focus at these type ranches, although riding is by no means required for visiting guests.

Resort/Luxury Dude Ranch

At the final end of the spectrum are the resort/luxury dude ranches. These are boutique destinations which are Relais & Châteaux rated, Condé Nast Johansens selected, or Orvis Fly Fishing endorsed. On-site activities tend to include everything from a recreational ranch plus yoga, spas, golf, big game hunting, and meals prepared by nationally recognized chefs. Accommodations rival most 4 and 5 star destinations, as does the level of service.

Phil and Barbara have owned Leisure Travel Experts here in Mint Hill for over 25 years. We are proud members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce. We have been on over 85 cruises, visited over 36 countries and have over 3,000 satisfied customers as referrals. (980) 406-1650. Phil.angelo@leisuretravelexpert.com

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Having traveled as Travel Consultants since 1992, Phil and Barbara can honestly say "Been There - Done That". We have been on over 85 cruises, visited 43 countries, and over 125 resorts all over the world. We have relationships with over 100 registered travel companies, giving you the very best choice and pricing.