IMG_3163Central 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 main house, has also been updated, yet retains its vintage look. It was originally a stage stop along a pioneer road, then a commissary for the ranch hands. The main house is located amongst shade trees and surrounded by lawn. A large colorful garden is just steps away. A profusion of flowers can be found there every summer along with some very delicious vegetables from the greenhouse.

Does this sound too good to be true? Come see for yourself! For a taste of old west ranching, spectacular scenery (did I mention the gorgeous sunsets?) and plenty of outdoor activity, Long Hollow Ranch and Central Oregon offer the perfect vacation or getaway.