IMG_1900 copyWell, Old Man Winter struck with a vengeance last week. In two days we had two feet of snow all over everything here at Long Hollow Ranch. In fact all of Central Oregon was inundated with the white stuff. That’s really good for snow accumulation on the mountains (read skiing, sledding, snowboarding, etc.).  The peaks had been quite bare until these storms came through. Not only is the snowpack good for winter recreation in the area, but it improves the outlook for plenty of irrigation water for next summer’s crops.

It took us a couple of days to get the snow removed from our road and our driveway was definitely a challenge. Those of you who have been here know that the driveway is a bit steep just as you turn in at the gate. Our big four-wheel-drive truck is still not comfortable traveling around the yard; of course by now the soft white fluffy stuff has turned to wet mush. Temperatures are now well above freezing and it has been raining a little, so the snow is melting fast. Since the driveway is paved, accessing the guest facilities from the road is not a problem, but driving around the fields to feed animals is interesting and more of a challenge.

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Speaking of accessing the guest facilities, let me introduce a thought for local residents who may get a bit stressed out during the upcoming holiday season. Every year, during the winter, some local folks find our website, notice that our B&B is open year-round, and decide to getaway without going away. Rather than spending hours on the road to reach a getaway destination, they can arrive at Long Hollow Ranch in less than one hour, many less than 30 minutes and feel completely removed from the stresses and strains that were bringing them down.

Without traffic, crowds, TV and the press of personal responsibility, you can relax, unwind and clear your mind. Read a book, take a walk, play with the dog, play cards, or just take a nap…………….

After a good night’s sleep on a comfortable bed, you are invited to enjoy a delicious home-cooked breakfast served family style and some fine coffee from the new Keurig coffeemaker served in our attractive hand-thrown, American-made mugs. So, y’all come on over to Long Hollow Ranch for your “getaway without going away”.