Longing for some peace and quiet and truly wanting to 'get away frm it all' so I could spend some quality time with my sister (I see her just once a year so quality time is at a premium), I booked 3 nights at the Long Hollow Guest Ranch in early October. Our goal: Read, Ride, Relax. As soon as we turned into the driveway, the Relax portion began. We were instantly struck by the lovely ranch scenery and the serenity of the setting. Down the drive we went, and checked into our cabin (once a stagecoach stop on the route from Albany to Prinveville). The cabin was spacious and clean and lovely...I could live there! We loved the privacy, though we were also very impressed with the large rooms in the ranchhouse, each with its own bathroom! Then, to our first ride...our guide, Katie, was friendly and very thoughtful in matching us to our well-mannered horses, and our ride was peaceful as we meandered uphill and through the junipers, then down past the lovely pond and across the meadow. Katie made us feel at home immediately and we couldn't wait for our next ride. Dinner with Dick and Shirley was delightful. My sister is a vegetarian, and Shirley prepared meals that appealed to her and that were hearty and interesting (we were all vegetarians for our 3-day stay and I lost some weight--a real bonus!) Dinner conversation was delightful and we looked forward to more meals with the Long Hollow folks. We were not disappointed at breakfast, expertly prepared by Mary, and enjoyed getting to know her, as well. Each day, we awoke to the peaceful sight of cows grazing on pasture as far as the eye could see. One day, we watched a large coyote pouncing on field mice, a thrill for my sister who had never seen a coyote before. On our last day, we gave up one of our rides to accomplish our goal of 'doing absolutely nothing' for a while, and stayed in our lovely cabin and read. The day ended with our best ride ever, in the perfect afternoon sunshine. Long Hillow Ranch is ideal if you are looking for a place to unwind, not be bothered with the chatter of television, and set your own schedule (we spent one morning hiking at Smith Rock State Park instead of riding). There is no pressure to do anything (except show up for meals) and you will relax immediately. Take along some books, and enjoy your stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long Hollow Ranch is an authentic and historic working cattle ranch. The friendly ranch atmosphere, cozy guest rooms and home-cooked meals always satisfy and refresh. Morning starts with a delicious hot Ranch breakfast. Hot and cold beverages are available and guests have access to a refrigerator and microwave. There are also many fine restaurants and cafes available in nearby Sisters. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Long Hollow Guest Ranch Sisters, Oregon