The Lodge & Spa Brush Creek Ranch was honored to be selected as the cover feature for ARareWorld spotlighting prized properties of their readership. The “by invitation only’ journal touts a supremely-curated collection of elite destinations around the globe. With ‘good ole fashioned hospitality at it’s core’, ARareWorld summed up the experience with a glowing review and the ultimate suggestion “just Do!.” Read the full article below or read the .pdf version here.
On arrival at Brush Creek, we were met by a friendly pack of puppies and dogs flanking the porch that leads to guest reception. An efficient crew together with General Manager Michael Williams are all cross-trained and seamlessly navigate between reservations, concierge, front desk, and just about any other possible request or need one could muster.
Our Bison Cabin was just off the property’s central gathering area, with close proximity to the Welcome Center, Outfitters Barn, Trailhead Lodge, Saloon, and Chuckwagon. Furnished in the traditions of the Wild West, the cozy freestanding cabins are a great option for couples of families. At Trailhead, there are additional rooms for more typical lodging. The Lodge Rooms represent a real value when considering that Brush Creek is an all-inclusive experience with very few exceptions.
In addition to the cabins and lodge accommodations, unknown to most is Magee Homestead, Brush Creek’s ranch within the ranch. This buyout opportunity is an exclusive village of cabins and homes includingits own private lodge. A bit of a trek (eight minutes by car) from Brush Creek Central, guests at Magee have full access to all of the property’s venues and activities.”
The Outfitters is where all the fun starts at Brush Creek Ranch. Within this cavernous barn lie the outfits and gear that will make any city slicker into the star of an episode of Bonanza. From waders and paintball camos to riding boots and hunting gear, this Brush Creek fun center will coordinate your schedule including any particular special requests.
With 20 miles of river, flies may be cast from the shore, waist-deep or even while floating for one to six hours along various portions of the Ranch. If casting is not your thing, then try your hand at blasting. BCR Gun Club is an outdoor pistol, long rifle, and shotgun range where you are sure to make a bang.For this self-inspired sportsman extraordinaire and outstanding marksman, owner Bruce White was not satisfied with a range that most enthusiasts would relish. Founders is his private course just down the road that features a fully stocked yurt, motorized targets, and a 50-mph UAV drone target that zips across the course challenging one’s skill to blast it out of the sky!
Riding is of course an important component of the program here and Brush Creek is suited for every level of horseman. From trail rides to arena jumping and even cattle herding, the equestrian experience is spot on.
We tried our hands at crossbows for the first time and beginner’s luck landed us a Robin Hood, a bullseye followed by splitting that arrow with our second. A 20-minute ATV ride drops you in a forest of faux animal targets at varying distance. Think mini-golf with arrows instead of balls. Reluctant at first, this became our favorite activity during our all-too-short two-night visit.
With so much activity on the agenda here, one can feel the time vanish too quickly. Our highly intuitive ranch hand was careful to remind us that sometimes the best activity at Brush Creek is just sitting on the porch reading a great book. Couple that with a visit to the Trailhead Lodge, where guests may help themselves to a bottle from the property’s cellar, and that’s not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.
We did take in a spa visit and were glad we did. Tamara, our therapist, was ridiculously intuitive with body working talents we rarely experience. And while the therapists do rotate in and out from season to season, we hope Tamara will be back next season, but credit is due to the management team for finding such a catch.
If there was any part of our stay that might have been disappointing, it could have been the F&B side of the equation. We found our a-la-carte presentations to be quite delicious. Some of the ranch-inspired cuisine was a little bit on the simpler side, but as the property doesn’t oversell the culinary capability, we found the honesty of the offerings to be a good fit.
Our final thoughts… Brush Creek is fun. This is a place that is tailored for both families and corporate folks who need to breathe. The staff is infectiously friendly and the management team is seasoned and they “get it.” Never have so many of the staff shared such adoration and respect for the owners. The White family is refreshingly genuine, honest, and share values that we hold high and noble. They are committed to Brush Creek’s legacy and how it will serve generations to come as a reminder of what America is.
For getting it, this time we simply say … DO!