By Brandy Black
I’ve never been to a Dude Ranch before but I really wanted our children to get out of the city and experience ranch life so we ventured to Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. I had no idea what to expect accept for extremely hot weather in the dead of summer.
The ranch itself is gorgeous and the room was beyond expectation. Lately I’ve had a bone to pick with most hotels/resorts because many aren’t built to accommodate 5 person families without charging an outrageous amount. Our room had 2 pullout Murphy beds and a king bed in our own private room. Heaven!
We spent our days fishing, horseback riding, fiddling on the piano, playing pool in the saloon and swimming on hot afternoons. The heat wasn’t that bad by the way. Our vacation was dreamy. Tanque Verde Ranch has a luxury resort feel with a familial touch. We met Clara for instance, who has been coming for years with her family, she lives in Denmark and knows everyone at the ranch by first name. The ranch has a Legacy Walk just outside of their dining hall where you can get an engraved brick if you stay there 10 times. Many of the staff have watched children grow up over the years and the bricks are their way of giving back to these families. On Thanksgiving, they typically sellout year after year with the same group of people who have now come to know one another. I felt like I was being welcomed to someone’s home on this 640 acre property. And if that’s not enough they lease 60,000 acres from the U.S Forrest Service for their cattle operation.
My kids were tuckered out by the end of each day and did not care or even notice that there were no televisions to be found. Our oldest daughter loved camp and woke each morning at 6AM with a smile on her face excited to ride her new best friend “Slider” on the trails to breakfast. Words cannot describe the picture perfect days we spent on the ranch so I have included a video for you to check out.
Most importantly as a two mom family, we were welcomed with open arms by the staff and guests alike. Not only was it an amazing place to stay but was inclusive to all.
For a view of the room, check out our last video of our roadtrip to the ranch.
– Get the all-inclusive, it’s worth it.
-Go on off-peak dates for the best price.
– Get a Prickly Pear Margarita at the Saloon.
– Never drop your reins on the horse. (I liked Sparky!)
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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