Boy oh boy, what a season! We want to send out a heartfelt “Thank you” to all you fine folk who chose to stay with us this year at Long Hollow Ranch. What a treat it is to meet people from across the country and literally around the world! We especially appreciated Josianne from Switzerland, Sylvia and Sebastian from France, Lizzie and Petra from England, and Nathalie from Germany. What great conversations and insights from folks like Bron and Roger from England, John and Janet from right here in Oregon, Stuart from England, and certainly the Holmes family whose dads, Stewart and John, actually grew up in our guest house and came back to spend a night in their own old bedrooms. These are the perks for us as hosts here at the ranch.
Now that the high season has ended and we are hosting just a few people each week through the shoulder season, we have time to do some things that just couldn’t be squeezed into the schedule earlier. And we have time to think, evaluate our facility and our services, and plan ways to make things even better next year.
We just previewed our website overhaul and are very pleased with what we saw. There will be plenty of gorgeous photos to show you the beautiful horses, stunning scenery, and comfortable guest quarters here at the ranch. Online booking for a stay next year at Long Hollow Ranch will be much simpler with a sort of “shopping cart” format. This gives the guest opportunity to know exactly what services and amenities are available, and allows us to know ahead of time exactly what the guest is expecting.
Our horse and activity directors are busy even now evaluating horses, purchasing replacements, planning additional activities for the next season, and working on better facilities for their programs. By the time the new season gets underway next spring, we hope to have our buildings and grounds upgraded and in great shape for excellent service and convenience.
After several months of dry summer weather things were pretty dusty and parched, but the last few weeks we’ve been getting a fair amount of rain which translates to snow in the mountains. Snowy mountains translate to stunningly beautiful scenery now and very attractive greenery next year. It also promises plenty of water coming through the irrigation system which means productive farm fields and lush lawns and gardens.
Of course after a busy season this year at Long Hollow Ranch, even the guest ranch hosts need a rest and a getaway, so we will be taking some time off in sunny Arizona. Even then we’ll be happy to answer inquiries and take reservations. Don’t forget that you can add to your guest ranch stay with activities like golfing the gorgeous courses within just a few miles of Long Hollow, fishing world class streams like the Deschutes River, and enjoying events such as local rodeos and fairs, art shows, and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, to mention just a few. We’re all looking forward to seeing you next year right here in sunny Central Oregon!
Best wishes to you all for a festive Thanksgiving weekend and a truly joyous Christmas season!