Gene Kilgore, founder of RanchWeb.com, and North America’s authority on ranch vacations, sums up family ranch vacations aptly: "Ranch Vacations bring families together and offer one of the greatest family experiences in the world today. Most ranches offer kids and parents time together, yet independence to do the things that each member of the family might like to do - ride, fish, hike, swim and rest."
At Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, where families have been vacationing for 17 years, there is a wide range of activities for kids of all ages, from learning to horseback ride in the outdoor ring, to tending the farm animals; from identifying native birds and mammals on nature walks, to disk golf competitions. The swimming pool is often the centre of activities with games and fun for all ages. For a change of pace, movie nights, campfire stories, arts and crafts or just playing with the ranch’s 10 Border collies top the list of favourites.
When parents need time on their own, an afternoon of fly-fishing, or a visit to the spa will revitalize body and mind. The Baan Thai offers a range of traditional Thai spa treatments, while the western wellness centre specializes in Swedish and aromatherapy massage.
For 2011, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has created a Family Getaway, available from July 15 – August 20. The all-inclusive Family Getaway includes spacious family accommodation, all meals, including supervised kids’ meals, a signature spa treatment for adults, guided horseback riding or hiking, a glass of champagne for adults on arrival and wine or beer at meals, and use of all the ranch facilities.
Rates for the Family Getaway start at $3,220 CAD + taxes for four in a premium room with a loft. Rates vary depending on the age of the children and the accommodation selected. Special rates are available for single parents and for families with children under two.
To reserve a family vacation or more information, please call Echo Valley Ranch & Spa at (800) 253 8831, or visit www.evranch.com
(604) 925-8187 / (866) 773 2838