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Guest Ranch Link  

Review by Debbie Mazo


Ranches are no longer for cowboys. Among the top vacation adventures, ranches now draw people to the plains and backwoods to experience an endless variety of activities, rustic accommodations, and surprisingly good cuisine. At Guest Ranch Link, learn about the top ranches in the country from activity lineups to the earthy recipes you're bound to feast on when you sign in as a guest.

The mission of Guest Ranch Link is to offer site visitors pertinent information about the best ranches in the U.S. At Guest Ranch Link, host Gwen Ashley Walters serves up the best-kept secrets of ranches across the country as well as recipe samples from the Great Ranch Cookbook. Divided into three major sections, Guest Ranch Link includes the Featured Ranch link providing all the travel information you'll ever need to know, the Ranch Cookbook link full of recipe samples, and the Circle The Wagons link where you can browse through visitor feedback on ranch visits and recipe results. Before you pack your bags, click on Featured Ranch to find the best match based on what you're searching for in a western ranch experience. Whether you're looking for rugged or cozy, you'll find all the facts you need to know including contact information, open season dates, as well as accommodation descriptions. Featured Ranch also provides a description of the dining experience including a brief biography of the ranch's chef along with meal offerings. For example, when you visit the Tanque Verde Ranch outside of Tucson, you'll want to write home about the lunch dessert table—16 feet of homemade cakes, pastries, and pies.

To sample the western culinary experience, try some of the featured recipes from the Great Ranch Cookbook. Selected recipes that you can recreate include appetizers like Trout Mousse served with crackers or toasted baguette slices, and Caramelized Rosemary Onion and Chevre Pizza sliced into wedges and garnished with rosemary sprigs. Entrée highlights include Grapevine Barbeque Pork Ribs, an Arizona treat with a smoky flavor and a bit of kick. All recipes include serving selections and presentation suggestions.

When picking accommodations, there's nothing like a good recommendation to help you make the best choice. Check out the Circle The Wagons link and browse through the Dude's Diary for suggestions on ranch travel and cuisine. If you're ready to experience the rural life and the treasures of American West cuisine, the offerings at Guest Ranch Link are sure to get you back in the saddle again.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.

Copyright © 2000, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.


    May 2000


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