Can you believe the weather this winter? There have been plenty of records set all over the country, I think. Ninety degree weather in March in Phoenix, Arizona, where we came to escape the winter up north. Sixty and seventy degree weather up north, with very little snow or rain. And it's usually in the forties or fifties at best. But, I can still remember a winter at least twenty years ago when Oregon’s ski resorts did not operate until Easter weekend, so we could still have a chance for winter this year, too. Speaking of Easter, have you ever wondered how the dates for Easter are determined? Inquiring minds want to know, so I Googled it. It turns out that the first day of spring, March 20th, is called the Vernal Equinox. The date for Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. However, when the first full moon occurs on a Sunday then Easter is the following Sunday. Who sits around thinking all these things up? But anyway, this year the first full moon after March 20 is on Saturday, April 4th, so Easter is on Sunday, April 5th. Funny, my grandson actually learned that at his high school about the same time I found it on Google. They never taught us that when I was in high school. So, back to spring. The fruit trees are blooming, daffodils and crocuses and tulips are in their glory. Does it mean that we will have an early spring and a long summer? Who knows? But life goes on, and Long Hollow Ranch is preparing for a busy summer season. We have some plans in mind to make [...]
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.
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 are all about horsing around here at Long Hollow Ranch and making sure you have the best trail riding experience while you enjoy your stay with us. We can accommodate all levels of riders from those who have never been on a horse, to the folks that have their own horses and are experienced. Our trails are scenic, peaceful, and adventurous that span for miles all around the ranch. When we’re not out riding the trails, you might find us moving cattle to another pasture or driving them up to the summer range ground. Throughout the summer, we ride the range checking the cows, their water, and minerals and making sure everything is in good condition. In late summer you will find us gathering the cows off the range ground and bringing them home. At Long Hollow Ranch we have a total of 17 horses and even 1 mule. Yes, we do ride the mule, Ginger, after a good ear scratching first! Our horses are always happy to take you on a ride, especially if they know they might get a treat when we get back to the barn. Here at the ranch, we can also accommodate our guest’s personal horses! So feel bring to bring them and take them out for a ride while you stay with us. If you want a peaceful get-away vacation that offers amazing food, stunning mountain ranges, and you’re looking to get a lot of riding in, come stay with us! Book your vacation HERE.