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Why Vacation At a Guest Ranch?

When planning this year’s vacation, should you consider choosing a guest ranch? Of course you should! And here are some reasons why: A guest ranch (also called dude ranch) such as Long Hollow has something to offer almost everyone. A single person traveling alone will meet other folks in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. A family can enjoy games on the lawn, hiking, visiting local attractions, as well as activities on-site, with no cooking for Mom to do. All guests interact with staff and other guests as you ride the trails or gather at the tables for meals. A guest ranch offers complete packages so you know before you leave home how much to plan on spending. When you make reservations at Long Hollow Ranch you will receive an itemized statement. The only increases to your final bill will be for items purchased, or additional activities you desire during your visit. You don’t need to buy a fancy wardrobe. Jeans, casual shirts, a hat and maybe some sturdy gloves are all you need besides riding (read: cowboy) boots. If boots are not in your budget, you may be able to borrow boots at the ranch. We have many “loaners” in a variety of sizes. You should also bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a camera. You will be well-fed with delicious home-cooked food. No problem finding a good restaurant each day where you are kept separate from other patrons. At Long Hollow we are careful to cater to those with food restrictions. You stay in a homey, friendly atmosphere where you can make new friends. You stay in a safe, secure facility with no need to be concerned about your personal safety. At Long Hollow you also have opportunity to [...]

Stay & Play in Central Oregon

Are you looking for something entertaining, artistic, outdoorsy, or just plain fun to do for a weekend in Central Oregon? How about a nice place to stay, away from the madding crowd but still close to many of the activities taking place in the area? We call it “Stay and Play”. Choose an event or sets of events for a weekend, and do a Bed & Breakfast stay here at Long Hollow Ranch. That’s right. Spend the night in one of our comfortable rooms, eat a scrumptious breakfast on the porch and then scoot on out for a day of fun at the activity of your choice. Here’s a sampling of just some of the events in Central Oregon taking place in July: July 16 6-9 PM at Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyard; music by Appaloosa, and food truck; $5 cover charge July 17 also at Faith, Hope and Charity, High Street Band in concert. Food trucks; $30 July 17 and 18 10 AM to 5 PM at Creekside Park in Sisters; Antiques, collectibles, crafts, food, and entertainment; free July 18 in Sisters, 8 AM to 3 PM; Classic Car Show on Main Ave. July 18 9 to 11 AM; Geology Wander in the Metolius area July 18 10 AM to 1 PM; Kids’ Butterfly Walk also in the Metolius area July 23 6-9 PM at Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyard; music by Long Tall Eddy July 29 through August 2 in Redmond; Deschutes County Fair opens at 10 AM daily with exhibits, rides, food, and entertainment. Exhibit halls are air-conditioned and carpeted, arenas are comfortable; shuttle carts run all day July 29 High Desert Rendezvous in conjunction with the Fair Aug 2 11 AM- [...]

Winter at the Ranch: What’s Going On This Time of the Year?

There’s more to running a dude ranch vacation and bed & breakfast operation than riding horses and cooking chili. Of course, summer is the busy season with all the guests arriving for their vacations and getaways. But winter is the time to assess the previous season’s activities and plan and prepare for the next season. This month the Dude Ranchers’ Association, which is based in Cody, Wyoming is holding its annual convention in Tucson, Arizona. Five Long Hollow Ranch staff and board members will be attending. There is a great deal to be learned at these conventions as participants share their experiences, insights, difficulties, and acquired wisdom as dude ranch operators. Experts in the fields of hospitality, insurance, recreation liability law, technology, horseback riding, and western décor – to name a few – provide information and insight that we are able take back to the ranch and use to improve the way we conduct business. They also provide information about latest developments in laws, marketing, advertising, taxes, liabilities and other subjects that concern our business. We hope to come away with new ways of thinking about what we do, in order that we can continue to do it better. Something for us all to look forward to is the upcoming issue of the True West magazine. The state of Oregon will be featured, particularly Central Oregon and Sisters. In that issue, Long Hollow Ranch will be featured along with other local western-themed businesses. I encourage you to look for that at your local magazine stand; I’m sure you will find it enjoyable and informative reading. True West is published monthly in Cave Creek, Arizona with a circulation of over 300,000 and is chock-full of western [...]

What to Do for the Holidays?

It is that time of year is here again; Thanksgiving (planning, shopping, cooking, hosting, the list goes on), and Christmas coming up before long (more planning, shopping, cooking, hosting, and the list goes on).  Those are really great times to look forward to but sometimes circumstances make all that activity more than you want to deal with. What to do? Many local hotels and restaurants offer holiday meals, some even to go, which can certainly help. Here at Long Hollow Ranch, we offer home-cooked holiday dinners along with our cozy and relaxing Bed & Breakfast services. Families can come and get away from the hustle and bustle for a day or two of relaxation and togetherness without all that planning, shopping, cooking and clean up afterwards. For Thanksgiving we are offering a special package that includes two nights B&B plus a delicious traditional holiday dinner. You can see the details of the special here. Please make your reservation as soon as you know you will be joining us. For entertainment there are Christmas parades, boutiques and fairs in nearby Sisters, Redmond and Bend. On Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday you can also enjoy the Christmas tree lighting and caroling in Sisters. Long Hollow Ranch will also be open for Christmas this year. You can come with family or friends any time before the 25th for bed & breakfast. We will be serving other meals during that time as well. The house will be decorated and there will be plenty of cookies, hot chocolate and comfy places to relax. There is a piano in the living room so bring your favorite pianist and your singing voices for those Christmas favorites. We have room for a few more [...]

Winding Down And Gearing Up

Well, the Halloween goblins have come and gone, the clocks are back on standard time, and the beautiful yellow, orange and red leaves are almost all on the ground here at Long Hollow Ranch. Its fall, my favorite time of year. Actually, I like to call it autumn, even though that sounds a bit more formal. It does give the season a bit more dignity. With autumn come thoughts of the approaching holidays, and those are my favorite times of the year, as well. I love the Thanksgiving holiday because everyone seems to be in such a good mood. The food! Yum! But, most of all, I like being together with family and good friends, just taking the time to enjoy a time of relaxation and fun. And, of course, those are some of the things for which I am very thankful. This year we are looking forward to the house full of guests for the Thanksgiving weekend. Besides enjoying the great food, fun and fellowship around the table, there are many other things to enjoy in Central Oregon for the holidays. Sisters, Oregon, really knows how to usher in the holiday season. On Friday, November 28, a huge Christmas tree will “come alive” with lights as the switch is flipped at 5:30 PM that evening. The next day, Saturday, November 29, Sisters residents and visitors will enjoy the annual Christmas Parade followed by refreshments and a visit with Santa, an event very much enjoyed each year by residents and visitors alike. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we are planning a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner. Several rooms have already been booked for the weekend and we are looking forward to a wonderful time with good food, [...]

An Awesome Addition: The Homestead House

As you have read in previous blogs, Long Hollow Ranch has been a working central Oregon ranch since the late 1800s. In spite of a good deal of searches of Deschutes county and Crook county historical records, we have been unable to find the historical records predating the early 1900s. We do know the ranch has 1895 water rights so we have concluded that the old house that used to be known as the bunkhouse was really the original ranch house. We have concluded from that information that it would have been erected in the late 1800s. Since we understand that the bunkhouses on the old working ranches were never built two-storied, but with a single floor and since this building has an upstairs, we believe that it must have been a private residence before it was a bunkhouse. Therefore, we have named it “The Homestead House”. When we first acquired the ranch in the mid-80s, this house stood rather forlornly at the back of the farmstead near the barn and corral. There was evidence of an extinct well nearby, and an outhouse leaned wearily to one side behind the house. Irrigation equipment and miscellaneous things were stored in it. About eight years ago, the building was sagging and leaning in a twisted fashion so we decided it was time to either destroy it for safety reasons or restore it; we chose the latter option. The building needed to be moved to a better location, but first it needed a floor and bracing to hold it together for the trip. After the skeleton had been constructed and the house seemed strong enough, it was moved to its present location by lifting one end onto a [...]

It’s Fall in Central Oregon!

We just made it to the middle of September and we have experienced our first significant frost. This is a normal late summer/early fall occurrence in Central Oregon. It freezes just enough to blacken the tops of some plants and completely stops the further development of others. The blackened ones will likely recover just in time for the hard frost that will stop them cold. So, from here on, gardening consists of harvesting the remaining good crops, gathering ripened seeds, and clearing out the old, dead stuff. Katie and Awbrey have already cleared out a great deal of dead material. The flowers have spread scads of seeds for next year and I’m already considering some changes to the garden. This year, it was really getting overgrown. I guess we’ve discovered the plants that like living here! In July and August the garden was remarkably pretty. All in all, though, we consider fall to be our favorite time of year here at Long Hollow Ranch. The daytime temperatures are mellow even though nights can be crisp. The grass is still green and the trees are beginning to show signs of turning to fall colors. It’s really quite comfortable outside and we can still eat some meals outdoors, comfortably. This has been a very busy season for us and we still have a good number of guests scheduled for the next several weeks and into October. We’ve had the great opportunity to meet a good many, really nice and very interesting people from the US and around the world. A significant number of our former guests have returned this year, some more than once! It’s, also, been possible this year to make some significant improvements around the [...]

A Home on the Range!

Back in the days when people were coming west to settle the land and make their fortune, a settler’s cabin was established on the land that we now call Long Hollow Ranch. The cabin was of single wall construction, with no insulation -- hot in summer and cold in winter. There were no electric lights, no running water, no bathroom and no electric range in the kitchen. The ground floor had two small rooms and a steep, narrow set of steps led up to a single room upstairs. Near the back of the house stood the outhouse. In time the homestead land was lost and those original settlers moved on. When the Black Butte Land and Livestock Company took over the land in 1904, that settler’s cabin became a bunkhouse where the ranch cowboys stayed. In later years when many cowboys were no longer needed to do the ranch chores, the building became storage space for ranch tools and equipment. Over time it began to deteriorate. About ten years ago we determined that it was time to either restore the building or destroy it. We chose to restore it. And, we are so glad we did. We first remodeled it for use as a gift shop. In 2014 we determined a much better use would be add a bathroom and adapt it to meet the increased demand for guest quarters. The building is now “The Homestead House". The main floor is one large room, containing a queen-size bed, an antique (non-functional) kitchen range and a sitting area. And, of course, the space now includes a modern bathroom. In the main area you can also find a microwave oven, a small refrigerator and a coffeemaker. A [...]

The Historic Long Hollow Ranch Cottage

One of the more interesting units for guest accommodations at Long Hollow Ranch is the Cottage, primarily because of its interesting history. The original part of the building is, likely, older than the main LHR guest house by several years. It was built originally as a stagecoach stop on the Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountain Military Road. Mail and supplies were brought from Albany, Oregon, all the way to Prineville on that road. Of course, its main function was to supply a small military outpost called Camp Polk near Sisters. The Camp didn’t last long, but the road survived and was very useful to the early settlers in Central Oregon. It wound its way from Sisters to Long Hollow, passing right through the ranch and in front of the Cottage. The present driveway is part of that road. Later, when the Black Butte Land and Livestock Company owned the ranch, the building was used as a commissary for cowboys who worked here. Since the Company owned four other large ranches in the area in addition to Long Hollow, employees sometimes had long distances to travel and needed to take supplies along to sustain themselves on the trail in the open range. To this day, we still have some of the rustic wooden bins that contained food items such as rice, beans, and dried apples. When the ranch buildings were remodeled for use as guest ranch accommodations, the Cottage building had already been used as a guest house, so it was doubled in size to contain a complete kitchen and living room in addition to the sleeping quarters and bathroom. It makes a nice, comfortable, and private space for visiting families, yet they are close enough [...]

Showcasing the Juniper Room

You may have noticed by now that some of our rooms have names related to geographical regions near the ranch. Well, the Juniper Room is an exception; Juniper trees are all around us in large numbers so any area could legitimately carry the name and a number of local businesses do. In the years that we have operated the ranch, we have actually inhabited all of the various rooms, and the one we now call Juniper has always been my favorite. It is upstairs in the corner, farthest from the rest of the house. The windows give you a nice view of the front pasture where the horses often graze and the room itself is decorated in my favorite colors. Of course, the bed is very comfortable, there are nice chairs in which to sit, and read or gaze out the window at the beautiful scenes. The bathroom is very well appointed. In keeping with the period of the home, the walls are papered in a soft two-toned light green pattern and the bathroom is painted in a soothing shade of green to complement them. So, when you are ready to book a room with us for a nice relaxing time away from home, have a look at the Juniper Room on our web site under “Rates and Reservations” and reserve it for yourself. We think you’ll be glad you did!

We Aim To Please

Do you use TripAdvisor to check out a place you plan to go? We are finding that many of our guests go to TripAdvisor when looking for a B&B or guest ranch to visit. And, then they choose Long Hollow Ranch based on the reviews they found there. We are very pleased and happy to announce that TripAdvisor has declared Long Hollow Ranch a 2014 Winner of their Certificate of Excellence. Our guests have been overwhelmingly gracious in giving us the top ratings for our food, service and accommodations, and we really appreciate that. It really does pay to do our best to do everything we can to serve our wonderful guests. One of the things guests like about Long Hollow Ranch is the very comfortable and high quality beds in our rooms. We know they are here for rest and relaxation, or they are enjoying strenuous activities liking riding, biking or hiking in Central Oregon, so they need a good restful night’s sleep. Therefore we provide those items that will maximize the comfort of our beds. We also pride ourselves on the tasty meals we prepare for our guests. We use only quality meats, fruits and vegetables, much of it produced right here on the ranch. Most of our baked goods are homemade; waffles, pancakes, scones and corn breads are cooked in our kitchen using only high quality ingredients. In-season fresh vegetables come from our own ranch gardens and the beef is grown right here on the ranch. Another important feature is cleanliness. Our housekeepers are some of the most fastidious people around. Even the lawns and grounds are kept up carefully. Many guests comment on the beauty of the ranch and buildings. So, [...]

Ride ‘em, Cowboy! Sisters Rodeo is Next Week!

Image via Sisters Rodeo It’s only one week until the Sisters Rodeo! That’s right; the Biggest Little Show in the World (they think big in Sisters Country!) is coming right up on June 13, 14, and 15. Riding, roping, and barrel racing are just a few of the exciting events that happen at the Sisters Rodeo. The rodeo has been operating since the 1940s, and draws world champion competitors. Looks like it will be great weekend. The fun starts with Xtreme Bulls followed by a dance on Wednesday, June 11. Actual Rodeo performances will be held on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon. Nationally recognized Rodeo clown, J.J. Harrison, keeps the crowd entertained with his risky antics. There is a Rodeo Parade on the streets of Sisters on Saturday at 9:30 AM, and a Buckaroo Breakfast and Cowboy Church on Sunday.  Something fun here for everyone. Weather is another interesting feature of rodeo week. It may be very warm during the day and very cold in the evening, or even rain at times (very rare), so spectators must come prepared. Long Hollow Ranch (and likely the other lodging facilities in the area) are fully booked for the rodeo weekend this year, but if you decide you would like to attend next year you can book with us anytime for next year. Just Google “Sisters Rodeo” for details. We’ll even reserve tickets for you as soon as they become available. Yee, haw!

This Time in Central Oregon History

Ever wonder what was going on one hundred years ago? Have you ever thought you might like to have lived then? I have, but then I lived seventy-five years ago, which isn’t that far from one hundred. In my collection of Central Oregon/Long Hollow Ranch information there are stories of life in the area from the time of the first settlers. It’s interesting to see that, if local residents had access to the news, they might have read that 1914 was the year World War I began, the first traffic light in America was installed in Cleveland, OH, and the Ford Motor Co. was paying five dollars a day! I also found that the Army Air Corps consisted of fifty men, and new that year were the Greyhound Bus, Mother’s Day, and Paul Bunyan. Here in the Lower Bridge area of Central Oregon, life was difficult, but the people were accustomed to hardship. They helped each other out in hard times and worked together to accomplish needed tasks. They enjoyed each other’s company on Sundays at the Sunday School held in the Lower Bridge School and on holidays when they would gather to celebrate and share the bounties of their respective kitchens. There was a bridge across the Deschutes River and that crossing had been dubbed Lower Bridge because it was downstream from the other major crossing at Tetherow. A post office was in operation at the bridge, and across the river, painted on a rock cliff, was an advertisement for the Lynch and Roberts Store in Redmond, parts of which are still visible. By 1914 the irrigation ditches had been enlarged and improved to bring life-giving water to the area. Without this irrigation water [...]

Long, Long Ago on a Central Oregon Ranch: Installment 2

Installment II   No one knows exactly why the BBLLC was dissolved. But by 1918 weather patterns had returned to the more normal dry conditions and farming operations were much more difficult than they had been when there was plenty of rain. At any rate, A.S. Holmes stayed on at Long Hollow and continued ranching. His children attended elementary school locally, but had to board in Redmond for their high school years. Young Priday took part in local agricultural activities with his parents, and the Holmes family was quite well known in central Oregon. An interesting period in the history of Long Hollow Ranch included the annual cattle drives. Ranchers from well east of here would bring their herds as far as Long Hollow to “overnight”.  Then Long Hollow’s cattle would be added to the herd and all were driven on foot by horseback through Camp Polk, just north of Sisters, all the way to the regions of South Sister, Broken Top and Sparks Lake. The cows and calves spent all summer there feeding on the lush grass. In early fall, when snow began to fall in the mountains, the cows would start back home;  --  they knew the way. The cattlemen would arrive on horseback, round up the stragglers and do the same trip they had taken in spring, but in reverse. Ranch wives provided food for the men on these drives with the use of a camp trailer. In the early 1960s the cattle drives were discontinued. The grazing permits now required that the cattle be hauled by truck to and from the range, and this mode became much too expensive for the ranchers. A.S. Holmes died at the ranch of accidental poisoning [...]

Long, Long Ago on a Central Oregon Ranch: Installment 1

Installment I (You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!) Promoters were touting the land as wonderfully productive, covered with waist-high grass perfect for grazing cattle. Water was readily available, and the sun shone beautifully. So they came; immigrants from Great Britain, Germany and other European countries, as well as speculators and would-be farmers and ranchers from the eastern States. Before the turn of the century, the present Long Hollow ranch had been homesteaded, irrigated, worked and lost. The present-day Homestead House and the Irrigation District records are testimony that settlers were here in the 1890s. Then in 1902 the Black Butte Land and Livestock Company (BBLLC) was formed, comprised of five ranches in the Sisters Country. Long Hollow Ranch became the Headquarters for the Company. In 1910 A.S. Holmes was hired as the superintendent of the Company. He lived at Long Hollow with his wife, Ida, and two children, Dorothy and Priday, in the present-day ranch house which had been built in 1905. Two years later he bought shares in the Company. This was remote country at that time. Gardens and orchards at the various ranches provided vegetables and fruit for the many men needed to work all that land and livestock. Cows, hogs, and chickens provided meat and dairy products. Supplies not grown at the ranches had to be hauled in by horse and wagon over the deeply rutted Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountain Wagon Road, which was the only access to Long Hollow. These supplies were stored in the building which is now The Cottage. Men who worked the range picked up their supplies before heading out to their remote workplaces. The BBLLC ranch operations were in production of cattle, sheep, hogs, horses, hay [...]

Room Showcase – Ochoco

  There’s something about an old house. It seems to have more personality. It definitely is not a cookie-cutter style as so many of the newer houses. Some older houses even have unusual little corners and hidden areas that excite the imagination. I’ve always been intrigued by older houses, especially if they have undergone additions and changes over the years. My Grandpa’s house had a hallway upstairs that went around a corner and then just ended without giving access to any other rooms. It always was dark and mysterious to a kid with an over-active imagination. Later on I learned that hallway was originally a staircase to the downstairs rooms before the house was enlarged. The main house at Long Hollow Ranch is one hundred ten years old. It has no mysterious corners or hideaways, but it does have personality. When the settlers of the early twentieth century built their homes they were looking for practicality and durability - life was hard then. So the floor plan is quite straight-forward and predictable, but still interesting. Of course there have been a few changes to accommodate the guest facilities. The Ochoco guest room is in the southeast corner upstairs, so named because the windows look out toward the Ochoco Mountains to the east. The room has been decorated in a style that evokes the flavor of the early farmhouse style; delicate pastel colored wallpaper, simple curtains, and coordinated bedcoverings. The bed has a comfortable queen size mattress, the floor is carpeted for comfort and noise reduction and the bathroom is painted a soothing soft green tone. The closet area includes open shelves to conveniently store your smaller items. Many people say the Ochoco room is their [...]

Make Your Memorial Day Memorable!

  Time flies when you’re having fun. Suddenly you realize it’s later than you thought! That means you probably should start thinking now about plans for the Memorial Day weekend. That’s the time when it begins feeling warm comfortable outside, the days are longer and you can really have some serious fun in the sun. Not only that, you have a long weekend to enjoy with the family. By late May the horses at Long Hollow Ranch are primed and ready for trail riding, the grass and trees are green and pretty, spring cleaning has been done and we are ready to serve up tasty home cooked meals. So why not check your calendar, then check out our website to see what’s going on here at the ranch, and what events are scheduled in Sisters Country for the Memorial Day weekend. Our rooms could fill up fast, so if you decide to come you’ll want to make your reservation soon. You can come as Bed & Breakfast guests and use Long Hollow as your “home place” when you go off on adventures around the area, or you can reserve for full dude ranch service and enjoy riding good horses on scenic trails, tasty wholesome meals three times a day and other amenities such as the game room in the barn, the hammock or hot tub, horseshoes and other lawn games, hiking, fishing or just sitting back and relaxing with a good book. We’d love to meet you and help you have that really memorable Memorial Day weekend.

Ranch Reunion Retreats

Is it time for your family to have a family reunion? Do you have a group of classmates who would like to spend a day together? How about your colleagues at work? Would a special day’s outing help to build your team, or just give you an opportunity to relax together in a non-work setting? At Long Hollow Ranch we can accommodate your reunion or retreat with a small group for several days and nights, or a larger group for the day. A few years ago a family of 16 spent a vacation week here at Long Hollow Ranch. Grandma and Grandpa brought their motorhome, and the rest of the family members stayed in the main guest house and the ranch cottage. Long Hollow Ranch provided all of their meals, some of them in one of our several outdoor settings on the ranch. They rode the horses, hiked on one of the ranch trails and even spent a day on a river raft trip. They also participated in the other activities provided on the ranch and others nearby. It was a great family retreat experience. They became better acquainted as a family and enjoyed sharing the experiences on horseback, on the river and as they played lawn games, went for walks, watched movies, soaked in the hot tub, and just sat talking or reading, or making music together. The ranch facilities were theirs to enjoy by themselves. Long Hollow Ranch did with meal planning, cooking and clean-up. Yay! A vacation for Mom, too. There are plenty of shows, fairs, musical programs, rodeos, or other recreational activities available within a 40 mile radius of the ranch. Guests at Long Hollow Ranch are able to conveniently take [...]

You Asked, We Answered! Long Hollow Ranch FAQ’s

You Asked - We Answered April 2014 FAQs We know you’re curious to learn more about us, so we thought we would answer some of your most frequently asked questions about Long Hollow Ranch, Dude Ranch vacations, and vacationing in Central Oregon! What time of year is the B&B open? The B&B is available at all times – weather permitting. During the busy Dude Ranch vacation season (April-October) we may be fully booked, but there are often rooms available then as well. When are Dude Ranch vacations available? Dude ranch vacations are available primarily from April through October. Weather permitting, guests can be accommodated on the edges of those times when weather permits and staff is available. Are there airports nearby? The nearest airport is in Redmond (RDM), about 25 minutes from the ranch. Direct flights are available from many major western cities, including Portland, San Francisco, Denver and Salt Lake City. The Portland airport (PDX) is a 3 ½ hour drive by car.  There is a shuttle bus available between PDX and RDM. Is RV parking available at Long Hollow Ranch? We can accommodate two RVs with full hookups. There is room for additional RV parking, but without hookups. Is laundry service available at the ranch? Our laundry room is located conveniently and is available for guest use. An iron and an ironing board are available. Are guest rooms air-conditioned? Air conditioners are installed in guest rooms for the summer. Is TV available? A primary objective of a dude ranch is to provide guests with the opportunity to “get away from it all”, to enjoy the great outdoors and to relate to other folks. For that reason there is no TV in guest rooms [...]

We Love to Hear About Your Experience

Since the Long Hollow Ranch business opened in 2000, we have enjoyed visitors from most of the 50 states and 49 countries! What a wonderful experience it is to get acquainted with and share experiences with people from all over the world! We could never have imagined being surrounded by such a variety of guests and all of the unique places they represent, and we certainly would not have been able to enjoy all the diverse stories of their unique corners of the world. What a privilege it has been to meet all of you, to hear your own personal stories and to learn about your communities. Each of us here at Long Hollow is richer for these experiences and we appreciate your sharing them with us. These blogs are written to share with you the varied aspects of our Ranch, our community, and our lives as we operate the Dude Ranch and Bed & Breakfast. Now it is your turn! We would love to hear from you and to learn more about you, your experience at Long Hollow, Central Oregon and the greater community of the Pacific Northwest. We would also love to hear about your own life experiences since your visit here, especially if you have news of changing conditions and circumstances in your life. If you can share a photo or two, so much the better! We firmly believe in the value of travel to parts of the country or world that are different from our own. How much fun it is to sit around the table sharing stories from England, Italy, Japan, Oregon and Mississippi all in one day! Talk about education, diplomacy, and adventure! Talk about learning to understand and [...]

A Look Inside Our Rooms at the Ranch: Metolius

The 1905 historic ranch house at Long Hollow Ranch has five guest rooms, one on the ground floor and four upstairs. The room known as Metolius is right at the head of the stairs, in the northeast corner of the house. Since that corner most nearly points to the location of the Metolius River and the tiny village of Metolius, the room takes its name from those geographical places. The windows overlook the lawn, which is shaded by several large trees, as well as the back yard, though a large Vine Maple mostly blocks that view. Metolius is decorated in colors of gold and maroon. It has a queen size bed with a headboard handmade of re-finished barn wood from an abandoned ranch building, two nightstands and a quaint country-style bench. The en-suite bath includes a private closet, storage shelves, and a roomy shower. There are electric heaters in both the bedroom and bathroom. An air conditioner is added during the hot summer months, as it is not a necessity during most of the year. Makeup removal towelettes, a hair dryer, and shower amenities, along with plenty of towels, are provided for each of our guests. Visitors often comment on how well they have slept on the exceptionally comfortable mattresses. The style of the house is reminiscent of traditional Midwestern farmhouses. Since it dates back to 1905, significant remodeling and updating were necessary to adapt the rooms to accommodate guests at the Ranch. Unlike the occupants a hundred years ago, our guests are able to enjoy private bathrooms and the comfort of insulated walls, heaters and air conditioners. For a taste of authentic Ranch life in the Old West, come join us in Central Oregon. [...]

In the Spotlight: March Edition: Katie Williams

If the horses are the stars at Long Hollow Ranch, Katie Williams is the director of the show. She runs the Horse Program, caring for the horses’ health, feeding, and foot care, as well as purchasing and re-homing horses, planning and guiding trail rides and other horse activities. Without Katie there is no horse program. She knows her horses by name, their history, their “personality”, their individual characteristics, and how they behave under saddle. She works with them to improve their manners, and knows how to match riders with the right mount. Katie grew up in Woodburn, Oregon, with two sisters and a brother. She began riding horses at an early age at her grandparents’ small farm outside of town. By the time she was 10 years old, she had her own horse, joined a local 4-H club, and began competing at the County Fair. In high school Katie was active in FFA, showing pigs and sheep at the County and the Oregon State Fair, as well as enthusiastically participating in many other competitions.  She also participated in basketball and softball throughout her high school career. After graduating from high school in 1997, Katie moved to Central Oregon and worked at Black Butte Ranch Stables as a trail guide. In 2002, she attended Phagans' Beauty College in Bend, where she graduated in 2003, passed the state board exam and received her hairstylist license. Katie began working at a salon in Redmond until she moved to a large cattle ranch in the small town of Paulina where she opened a salon in her house. While living on the ranch in Paulina, Katie got her first taste of helping to brand and process cattle. She lived there [...]

Then and Now: Ranch Facts

I wanted to take this time to answer some of our most popular questions, and to walk you through some of our Ranch facts. Long Hollow Ranch was acquired in 1984. Our herd of registered Polled Herefords was moved here from western Oregon, and Erik Bloomfeldt came along as the manager of the cattle and the farming operation. In 1997 the idea of developing a Dude Ranch business was forming. The buildings were remodeled to accommodate guests, horses and tack were purchased, and in August of 2000, we hosted our first guests! Dick and Shirley Bloomfeldt, Bud and Marlene Aldrich, and Allan and Kathryn Godsiff made up the original Dude Ranch staff. The Ranch consists of ~560 deeded acres used for pastures and hay crops and ~15,000 acres of leased federal and private-range land. The Polled Herefords were replaced with Red Angus in the late 1980’s, and now we manage a small herd of Angus (both Red and Black) for production of Natural Beef. About 290 acres of the Ranch are irrigated with water that comes from snow melt runoff of the Middle Sister Mountain via Whychus Creek and the Three Sisters Irrigation District system. The irrigation system is piped, which eliminates water loss from seeping into the ground and evaporation. The water comes to us under pressure so no power is needed to put it on the fields. Horses are the featured attraction at Long Hollow and for a good reason! Our guests come here to ride. They want to know all about their mounts and often become good friends with them during their time in the saddle. The herd currently consists of seventeen horses and one mule, which range in age from 8 [...]

In the Spotlight: February Edition: Shirley Bloomfeldt

Shirley, Dick’s wife, is an only child and a transplant from Canada. Born in British Columbia, she lived in Saskatchewan before moving to Ontario. At the age of 12 Shirley moved with her parents from Vineland, Ontario to Niagara Falls, NY then Michigan before settling in Oregon just in time to begin her college education in Longview, WA. She earned a degree in Education at Seattle Pacific University, became a U.S. citizen and pursued a career in Elementary Education beginning in Kelso, WA and then in Rainier, OR. This lasted for the next 35 years while their two children, Debbie and Erik, were growing up. Shirley spent much of her life in the country, around farm animals, fields of crops, orchards and gardens. In fact, gardening is almost an obsession with her. Perusing garden catalogs is a favorite winter pastime. When the Long Hollow Ranch buildings were being remodeled to accommodate the guests, Shirley insisted on including a ranch garden in the process. She decided to include a greenhouse in the plan so that cold-intolerant plants could be grown, which resulted in seedlings starting in the spring. Now tomatoes, lettuces, cucumbers, broccoli, herbs and a variety of other vegetables are grown in the garden for serving guests with fresh, healthy faire. Shirley works with the Long Hollow Ranch cooks, housekeepers, and gardeners, to provide tasty, nutritious meals, comfortable clean rooms and attractive surroundings for our guests. She does much of the meal planning and grocery shopping. When the original conversion to guest quarters was being done, Shirley was intimately involved in the designing and furnishing of the guest buildings, always being careful to maintain the historical Western ranch ambience. She continues to oversee the update [...]

Take A Look Behind The Scenes: Deschutes Room

Long Hollow Ranch is the only ranch-style Bed and Breakfast in Sisters Country. For an authentic western ranch experience, this is the place to stay. We are an historic Oregon ranch that retains much of its vintage flavor while offering the modern amenities of home. When we were planning and decorating the guest rooms, we decided to give each room a name that would reflect its location relative to the surrounding countryside. Since we are in Deschutes County and near the Deschutes River, we knew that one room would have to be named Deschutes. It is the only one on the ground floor in the main house. It is decorated in “dressy” western style with buckskin, brown and red colors. The private bathroom still contains the original claw foot bathtub, outfitted with an old-fashioned shower as well. The bedroom features a queen bed with a very comfortable mattress and cozy comforter, an armoire and even it’s own sitting area. In the warm summer days an A/C unit is installed, and in the cold, snowy winter an electric fireplace is available. The room is only steps away from the hot tub/spa outside. The Deschutes room’s windows look out over the lawn with a small meadow beyond where the horses can often be seen grazing. Our visitors always appreciate that the view is peaceful and serene. This room was originally the ranch house dining room and had its own entrance from the verandah. When indoor plumbing was brought to the house during the 1940s, part of this room was walled off to create the bathroom. During the remodel to become the guesthouse, the other major changes made included creating more bathrooms and expanding the kitchen. So, for [...]

Purple Mountains’ Majesty

Central Oregon is a beautiful, scenic place to come for your vacation. There is such a variety of things to do and see.  The climate in Central Oregon is conducive to winter sports as well as summertime activities. And Sisters Country is also horse country! Trail riding, rodeos, and arena competitions are very popular activities. There are still real live cowboys living and working here, and they even dress and walk like cowboys should! But I digress. Mountains. Yes, we have mountains: the Three Sisters (from which the town derives its name), Mt Washington, Jefferson, Broken Top, Three-Fingered Jack, and Mt Bachelor to name the major ones. Mt Bachelor is a major skiing destination and is about one hour’s drive from Long Hollow. Dotted among these peaks are numerous lakes and rivers great for fishing, camping or water sports. To the east of Long Hollow is Smith Rock, a world-class rock-climbing area. Here at the ranch, there is a variety of great scenery from various locations. Vacationers can view all these peaks and more from horseback as they ride the trails. A ride to Whychus Creek (formerly Squaw Creek) takes you down into a rocky canyon lined with towering Ponderosa pine trees. Back home around the ranch buildings, Gray Butte and Grizzly Mountain can be seen rising up behind Smith Rock to the east. A ride or walk to the east end of the ranch gives you a gorgeous view of the Three Sisters and our green valley in the foreground. The original ranch house, dating back to about 1895, sits on the lawn behind the garden. It retains its original look on the outside but is nicely updated inside. The guest Cottage, near the [...]

Catch Some zZz’s and More Bacon Please!

Especially during the quieter months when dude ranching is less busy, we welcome Bed & Breakfast guests to Long Hollow Ranch for a weekend get-away, or for lodging while taking in local events such as concerts, rodeos or fairs. The Long Hollow Ranch B&B is a place to get away from it all. You can be as active or as laid-back as you like. In warm weather the wrap-around porch is a beautiful and undisturbed place to read, sip lemonade, play board games on the table, or snooze. During colder weather there are books to read in the sitting room or your own private space. There is even a piano and a vintage Victrola. (Come see what that is!) One thing you won’t find at our B&B is a TV, but you can go online. In the dining room you can find cookies, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. You can even have an electric fireplace in your own room. Mmm, cozy. Breakfast at Long Hollow is legendary. French toast, homemade waffles or pancakes, thick-sliced pepper bacon, oh my! Meals are served family-style at vintage oak tables. Enjoy meeting guests from all over the country, even other countries from time to time. Long Hollow is located centrally to Madras, Sisters, Prineville, or Redmond. Much of the year there is something happening in at least one of these communities. Central Oregon is a great place to shop, whether horse tack, fashionable clothing, sports equipment or antiques are what you’re looking for. And fine dining? You bet! The main house at Long Hollow was constructed in 1905 as the headquarters of the Black Butte Land and Livestock Company. The house later became a private residence. It was modernized [...]

In the Spotlight: January Edition: Dick Bloomfeldt

Greetings from Long Hollow Ranch! Since you asked! During the winter season we have decided to take the opportunity to introduce you to the folks on the Long Hollow Ranch staff. We’ll begin with Dick, who manages the business operations of the ranch. Dick was born and raised in Longview, Washington and grew up in a rural neighborhood near Kelso, where he attended school. He and his wife Shirley later moved to a small farm on the Oregon side of the Columbia River in 1963. Dick comes from a background of working with livestock. Even though he did not grow up on a farm, he was active in high school agriculture classes and FFA. After two years of college, followed by his marriage to Shirley, he got more serious about raising purebred cattle. After a few years raising sheep and hogs, they were eventually dropped from the program and we concentrated on raising registered Polled Hereford cattle. We were always on the lookout for the perfect place to raise those cattle. It was in 1984, in partnership with some friends, that we purchased the Long Hollow Ranch. Dick’s entire working career was in the paper manufacturing business. He worked for Longview Fibre Company for five years, transferring to a new Crown Zellerbach facility in 1966 where he worked until he retired on December 31st, 1999. During Dick’s tenure, the company changed ownership a number of times, having been subsequently owned by James River and Fort James. It is now Georgia Pacific. Dick was a Quality Manager, prior to spending his last 20 years as Manager of Product Performance and Development, which involved managing new product development and representing the manufacturer and consumer. In the meantime, [...]

Happy New Year To You From Long Hollow Ranch!

Here we are at the start of a New Year, looking forward to the coming season with renewed anticipation to an exciting and fun-filled 2014. When our Dude Ranch vacation season begins in spring, we always kick it off with the branding weekend. Prior to moving the cattle out to the range pastures, they must carry the LHR brand. Through the range pasture season we have three cattle drives; the first is in spring when we move the cattle to the range pasture, the second is during June when we move them to the second pasture and the third is when they come home about August 1st. A number of our guests come each year to participate in these cattle moving events. A few of the other activities Long Hollow Ranch guests will enjoy this season include bass fishing, fly fishing, cookouts, river raft trips and golfing at the beautiful nearby courses. We are in the process of setting up LHR golf packages for 2014, so stay posted! Our next special Bed and Breakfast event scheduled here is our February Couples Special. Because of your schedules, winter weather driving conditions, etc., we are offering the Special Bed and Breakfast Valentine Package through the entire month of February. Details will appear in later blogs, in the Monthly Enews and on our website at www.lhranch.com. If you are one of the many folks nowadays who have limited time to relax and recreate, Long Hollow Ranch will be offering what we call a “Daycation”. If you just can’t get away for more than a day or a weekend you can come and enjoy a trail ride or fishing and lunch. More details to come – watch for it [...]