Amazing find - a piece of "The West" - with horses, roaring fireplace, buffalo hides, bearskin rugs and absolute quiet right on the East Coast, 3 hours (270 km) from Washington DC, in Virginia. This Guest Ranch is truly an escape from the bustle and traffic of the DC area, located below North Mountain where the sound of babbling streams and rustling leaves is only broken by honking geese splash-landing on the lake below the "Bunkhouse." After a hearty home-cooked meal, you can relax in the hot tub under the brilliant stars in the moonlight, or enjoy the spacious great room by playing board games in front of the huge fireplace. A great way to start the New Year far from cell phones and internet! In the morning, after a big breakfast, we took a half day "trailride" into the National Forest. The horses were well-mannered, and matched to the abilities of the riders. The hosts - Dwight and his daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Jason - were most gracious. Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Brazilian, British and other foreign visitors have left positive comments in their guest books. It is a well-run operation. Dwight is a retired local Sheriff (really) and, with his son-in-law built the "bunkhouse" four years ago so guests could stay in addition to riding horses, fly fishing or hiking, etc. They handcrafted it from local cedar and pine, with loving care to details -- way beyond our expectations for something called "the bunkhouse". They accept guests year-round. If you are looking for an experience of the American West but just coming to the East Coast, then this is the place - nothing else like it.
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