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Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Fossil B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I've been visiting the Ranch since it opened and I would advise everyone on the planet to do so at least once!! It will only take once to get you hooked on the power and beauty of this place. Its simply magic! The Wilsons are honest, warm, funny, and hard working folks who provide you with outstanding service and food, not to mention friendship for life!
If your soul is searching for something, if you are looking to connect with your heart, if you just want to see a real cowboy, whatever draws you, you will find it!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

There aren't many locations in Oregon where guests may ride horseback and this is the best of them.
The inn is very excellent, super clean (Karen the housekeeper does a great! job), breakfast is large and excellent, and it is peaceful spot to visit.
Fossil is certainly off the beaten track but there are many diversions in the area. There is excellent fishing in the John Day River, horseback riding at the ranch, fossil beds, hiking, etc.
Choices for dining in the area are limited but several are entirely adequate; RJs serves American style cafe food but does it well for a moderate price, has excellent service and a friendly cocktail bar.
We have enjoyed all our stays here and think it would appeal to most all groups or people interested in sight seeing and/or the outdoors.
Phil and Nancy, the hosts, are accomodating in every respect and entirely charming.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

What can I say that hasn't already been said. If you are visiting the Fossil area there is no better place to stay. Take some food with you to cook on the BBQs provided because you won't want ot go out to eat at night. Whether you want to use the WRR as a base for touring the area or to just hang about at the ranch it is ideal. The rooms are clean and comfortable and unique. Phil and Nancy, their family and staff are all delightful and so very friendly and helpful. The breakfasts are such a sociable event with excellent choice of food all freshly cooked in the little kitchen. Do partake of the horse riding - even if you are a raw beginner like me - it was such fun!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Heard about this B & B from my wife's coworker. He had not been here but it looked good so we tried it. Glad we did. The house is a nice quiet place to stay, the breakfast is awesome, Nancy cooked the first one and Karen the second , both were great with a personal touch to each. You eat breakfast with the other guests and Nancy, and her daughter Kara. We did not get to meet Phil because he was busy on the ranch.

Kara is an awesome lady, her daughter Marina is also great! We went horseback riding in the afternoon. Went on trails on the ranch overlooking the area, so beautiful, Kara took photos with our camera. Kara, and Marina were great at teaching us how to handle the horses.

We visited the painted hills, and even dug a fossil in Fossil out behind the High School!

I think we will be going back!

Room Tip: They have a guest refrigerator, and microwave if you need them.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

This was the most down-to-earth, personalized and accommodating B&B stay that we have ever experienced. We ended up arriving extremely late due to snow in the passes but the Wilson's were more than happy to welcome us when we arrived after 11pm with a friendly 'howdy' and a roaring fire in our room. We enjoyed exploring the ranch and listening to Phil and Nancy tell us about their incredible lives here in Central Oregon. We heard that many families and couples make it an annual ritual to come visit the ranch and now we understand why. Staying at the Wilson Ranches Retreat felt like we were visiting family. We are looking forward to bringing our young daughter with us next time. Phil and Nancy, if you're reading this, she said, "yes!"

Room Tip: The homestead room is very large (four beds) and has a nice fireplace. Each room is unique.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

My wife and I wanted to visit John Day and a couple other outdoorsy things. She found the ranch which sounded like our cup of tea. Got there with no issues and check in was simple. Went over and petted a couple horses and then enjoyed the dinner we brought as we watched deer graze in the field right behind the lodge house. Breakfast was out of this world good. The place has a rustic ranch feel and that's what I would expect. Only three minor things:

1. Enjoy breakfast and plan well ahead for your other meals. We managed to find a bar or small local places while out on our adventures.

2. Not an issue for me but might be for others. At the ranch ime rooms share a restroom.

3. If you want a horse ride talk with them ahead. It might be hunting season. Lesson learned for me.

Good times all around though.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This B & B is set in the high desert of north-central Oregon. The roads are twisty and fun and very well maintained, so it's easy to get there. The scenery is stunningly beautiful and changes with the light so that there are constant opportunities for photography. The house is warm and welcoming as are the owners and staff. They all made us feel very much at home. We stayed for two nights . I was in the Pioneer room and it is filled with old family photos that give you a sense of what it must have been like to homestead this enormous ranch. The breakfasts were hearty, delicious and filling. And then, of course, there is the horseback riding! What a fabulous experience! The horses are very well trained, well suited to each rider and the guides are really good at making sure that everyone is comfortable, looked after and having a good time. We went uphill and down, across streams and over logs, along cattle trails and through the open fields. We even got a little geography lesson! I had a fantastic time and I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed & Breakfast

Address: 15809 Butte Creek Ln, PO Box 274, Fossil, OR 97830-8339
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Location: United States > Oregon > Fossil
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Fossil
Price Range: $115 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Legendary pioneer hospitality awaits you at our Oregon bed and breakfast ranch near John Day, Oregon. At Wilson Ranches Retreat you will enjoy peaceful ranch environment rich in history. Live a day in the life of a cowboy or cowgirl on our 9,000 acre working cattle ranch in the beautiful Butte Creek Valley, three miles West of the small town of Fossil, Oregon. Relax and rejuvenate in the pristine ranch style guest rooms. Stunning sunsets, brilliant star-studded nights and the diverse flora and fauna of Fossil, Oregon will captivate you. At our Oregon guest ranch, lifetime memories are created on scenic horseback rides, cattle drives, hiking and ranch tours in a geologically and historically rich area with a magnificent view of the Cascade Mountain Range. Wilson Ranches Retreat is an exceptional place to headquarter your exploration of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, where you will discover the richest find of prehistoric fossils in the world. ... more   less 
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