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A hot new girlfriend getaway: at the ranch

pic11Looking for a really different kind of girlfriend getaway (one that maybe doesn’t include the cliche activity: shopping)? Well get ready to play cowgirl, girlfriend!

At Wyoming’s Lost Creek Ranch, they launched a ‘Ladies Only Ranch Getaway Week’ two years ago and it has been a smashing success. Ranch general manager Mike Evenson notes, “To make this type of stay work it seems that a variety of activities are required.” For example, they offer horseback riding, hiking, yoga classes, horsemanship demonstrations, and culinary classes. “Our women guests are always looking for something to do and want to be active,” Evanson adds, so they make sure the program is loaded with activities. And we ladies do like our discounts: the Ladies Only week is priced at 20 percent off! Call for availability and pricing.

In Big Sky, Montana, Lone Mountain Ranch has Skirts and Spurs, a women’s-only package that offers a chance to “live your dream of being a Montana cowgirl”. You take riding lessons, eat fabulous food, stay in a cozy log cabin, and ride into the backcountry of Yellowstone. All the while, you’re meeting new friends and experiencing pure western hospitality. Cost: 6 night/5 day riding packing, including lessons, 3 meals daily and evening socials (plus pickup/return to Bozeman airport): $2200-$2500. Dates: August 30-September 5.

And at Montana’s Runamuk Guest Ranch’s Yoga Getaways, you can enjoy a combination of yoga, horseback riding, relaxation, and massage. Says ranch co-owner Jody Dahl, “Get lost in a world of comfort and seclusion. In a time of cell phones, schedules, deadlines, and stress, we offer a setting of renewal and relaxation!” Choose a program that lets you work either with a master of Taoist Yoga (a Chinese style) or Hatha Yoga. It’ll be a getaway within a getaway, girlfriend. Check for cost and date availability.

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