Yeehaw! In this Real-Time Retreat we visit Brush Creek Ranch! We’ll (virtually) visit the new “wild west” of Saratoga, Wyoming, smack dab in the Sierra Madre mountains.
Come with us as we visit Condé Nast’s Top American Resort of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018! You can imagine the quality, tradition, and creativity this resort maintains with such outstanding credentials. Being rated one of the Top USA Resorts is no simple task, and, when you’re there, the hard work it took to achieve such a prestigious accolade becomes evident.
Vacationing at Brush Creek Ranch means all-inclusive access to a host of lodging, amenities, food and beverage, and a vast array of activities, all unfolding over 30,000 acres. Hello, incentive groups!
C’mon all you City Slickers! Put on your best cowboy gear and wrangle up a whiskey or two, and join us for the fun! As an added bonus, each week we’ll be rewarding a planner who goes “all-in” on the theme with goodies from Maui Jim. So engage, be creative, and have fun!
See why Brush Creek Ranch is one of our favorite resorts.
What I love most about working for Brush Creek Ranch is that it doesn’t feel like a job. I get excited for Monday mornings because I love everything about this property and truly believe in it. The wide open spaces are a breath of fresh air - literally, but also in the sense that being there really clears your mind and offers a sense of renewal.
Brush Creek Ranch Road
Saratoga WY 82331
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Time seems to stand still at Brush Creek Ranch, a collection of all-inclusive guest ranches in Wyoming. It’s a place where beautiful sunsets and starlit night skies instill wonder.
Immerse yourself in over 30,000 secluded acres, and pause from life’s everyday demands. Reconnect, Relax, and Rejoice in unbridled luxury.
Access Brush Creek Ranch’s collection of happenings, recipes, activities and other tidbits to help stay connected until you can make your way to the great American West.
THE FARM AT BRUSH CREEK
Talk about hot! An unforgettable, fully-immersive culinary adventure starts and ends with The Farm at Brush Creek, an integral component of the Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection. Learn new skills alongside the experts at The Farm’s suite of ranch-sourced seed-to-table experiences featuring a luxury restaurant, greenhouse, brewery, disllery, creamery, bakery, spirit vault, a 94-yard wine cellar and unique event spaces for up to 250 people.
For more info check out The Farm at Brush Creek.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
30,000 acres is a lot of backyard, y’all. From snow skiing on Green Mountain to archery in the wild, from fly fishing to rock climbing, guided range tours to mountain biking, golf and gardening, horseback riding to baking, *whew!* If you can’t find it here, well, you just ain’t lookin’.
An inspiring, 1,000 sq. ft. cliff-hugging platform, the Falcon Overlook offers a spacious mountaintop experience like no other. Unleash your practice as you contemplate limitless views of the Sierra Madre Mountains and North Platte Valley. Or, practice your yoga in the Yurt or on one of the many yoga hikes.
Unravel your deepest tensions and discover new depths in the company of kindred spirits who, like you, want to not just live, but live well.
Hard to summarize, and even harder to capture in photos... below are some of the myriad ways to stay active at Brush Creek Ranch.
Before enjoying a Brush Creek Ranch night under the stars, watch some of these star-studded Western movies to get you in the mood!
- “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)
- “High Noon” (1952)
- “Unforgiven” (1992)
- “Dances with Wolves” (1990)
- “The Magnificent Seven” (1960)
- “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962)
- “The Searchers” (1956)
- “Once Upon A Time In The West” (1968)
- “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976)
- “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007)
- “High Noon” (1952)
- “The Wild Bunch” (1969)
- “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969)
The Perfect Steak (with Garlic Butter)
- 4 (12-ounce) rib-eye steaks*, 1 1/4-inch-thick, at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
FOR THE GARLIC COMPOUND BUTTER
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
- 1 teaspoon basil, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- To make the garlic compound butter, combine butter, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, thyme, rosemary, basil, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Transfer mixture to parchment paper; shape into a log. Roll in parchment to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, twisting the ends to close. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 week.*
- Preheat oven to broil. Place an oven-proof skillet in the oven.
- Using paper towels, pat both sides of the steak dry. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove skillet from the oven and heat over medium-high heat.
- Place the steak in the middle of the skillet and cook until a dark crust has formed, about 1 minute. Using tongs, flip, and cook for an additional 60 seconds.
- Place skillet into the oven and cook until desired doneness is reached, about 4-5 minutes for medium-rare, flipping once. Let rest for 3-5 minutes.
- Serve immediately with garlic butter
The Stumbling Cowboy
- 1.5 part rye whiskey
- 1 part sarsaparilla syrup
- 1 part club soda
- Combine all ingredients in chilled collins or old fashioned glass.
- Serve with lemon wedge and candied ginger for garnish.
Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 4 lbs (12 medium) russet potatoes, peeled
- 1 1/4 cups hot milk (whole milk)
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature (not melted)
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
- 1 Tbsp fresh parsley or chives, finely chopped for garnish
- Russet potatoes must be cooked whole (do not chop).
- BUTTAH!! Lots of butter and don’t skimp here.
- Butter must be softened, not melted. The flavor of the butter is different when it’s softened and it incorporates into the potatoes beautifully leaving them silky, silky.
- HOT milk incorporates easiest into the potatoes and keeps the potatoes warm.
- Using a mixer (whether it be an electric hand mixer or stand mixer) whips up the potatoes without the effort of mashing by hand and produces the smoothest results.
- Salting the potatoes at the end keeps them from falling apart while cooking.
Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim
Kelly McAlister of Maui Jim will be with us on the calls each week as judge and jury to see which planner really goes all-in with the theme. So engage, be creative, and have fun... and you may be the winner!
She’ll be doing some gifting that will surely lift your shelter-in-place spirits!