autumn in Central Oregon at Long Hollow RanchOK, it’s a corny title, but what else can you expect at the end of an exceptionally busy season? Our guest season for 2016 is coming to a close and we are very thankful to all the good people who chose to come and spend some time at Long Hollow Ranch. We enjoyed visitors from around the globe and many states across the country. It’s always fun to meet folks from different areas and get to know something about their cultures, customs, and even various languages.

This summer was very warm and dry; we literally had no rain for several months. This last week has been making up for that. It has brought us showers and cool weather so now the ground is quite well watered, the air is fresh and clean, and the buildings look cleaner. Rain is a blessing in this part of the country. As soon as things clear up and the sun comes out again it will be time to clean up the garden and put it to bed for the winter. We are even beginning to think in terms of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

And speaking of fall, Dick and I just returned from a much needed getaway. We returned to my former home area near Niagara Falls, Ontario. Spending time with some old friends was fun and relaxing. Visiting the local Harvest Festivals and other attractions was interesting, as well as watching the fall color work its way into the trees and shrubs all around us. The area is very agricultural with beautiful truck farms, orchards and vineyards. It is also becoming recognized as a source of world-class wines. While later driving through parts of Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa the beautiful farms impressed us with their tidy homesteads and productive fields; they look well-kept and prosperous.

So now as we move into autumn in Central Oregon, it is time for us to think about the next guest season. What improvements or additions will be made to the ranch facility? Who will be added to the staff next year? What different opportunities will we be offering our guests? We have all winter to make the needed improvements that will provide our guests with the best possible services and accommodations in 2017. We wish you a pleasant fall and winter, and encourage you to make your plans early to visit beautiful and exciting Central Oregon. Let us know if we can help you.