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Very Fun Stay!!
Jul 19th, 2019
Spent three nights at Brush Creek Ranch recently and loved our stay. We drove up from Utah, pretty straight shot east on I-80 for 4.5-5 hours and we were there. The best option without question is to flight private into Saratoga and get picked up by BCR (20-min drive). Upon arrival we were greeted at the entry point to the property by Matt and escorted to the main lodge for check-in. We stayed in the Angler’s Cabin and were given a golf cart to get to/from the main lodge (5-min drive). And everyone who isn’t at The Lodge gets a cart. Very convenient. I also saw rooms at The Lodge. They are set up like a very nice hotel room and connecting rooms are available. None of the rooms have TVs, including cabins (though you can find them on property), and the big difference between cabins and lodge rooms is the lodge rooms have AC, cabins don’t. Wasn’t a problem as temps drop at night and you simply aren’t in your room much during the day. Just open a couple windows and things cool off rather quickly in the evening. And we were there in July, arguable the hottest time of year. In short we loved our cabin; full kitchen, patio with great views, comfy beds. BCR operates on a very structured schedule. Breakfast is served at the same time every morning in the main lodge, then morning activities start at 9a. Everyone is back just before noon for lunch, then the afternoon activities start at 130p. Then everyone comes back around 4:30p and you get ready for dinner. Of course there are variances if you have a private tour but it is pretty much the same time blocks every day. Breakfast is served in the lodge and is a buffet. Good variety and options, including a egg station for omelettes or custom eggs. Waffles, French toast, and pancakes rotated day to day but potatoes, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, seemed to be there every day. And there were other specialty items that seemed to pop up day to day (eggs Benedict, BCR hash, etc). The cold buffet section had yogurt and fruit, sticky buns, muffins, breads, spreads, smoothies, etc. I would have liked to see some basic breakfast options like cold cereal. Our kids are kind of picky and some days they just want a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Lunch was served in The Chuckwagon area (not the lodge). It is a covered outdoor venue with tables and a serving area. Our lunches were as follows: Taco Tuesday, Italian’ish Wednesday, and burgers and hot dogs on Thursday. There were salads every day and other things to eat in the buffet along with dessert. I think there are speciality lunches during the week (bbq, etc.) but we missed those. Dinner is also served at The Lodge off a menu. It is a decent sized menu with lots of variety but it was the same every night. And they were able to accommodate custom requests when we made them (mac n cheese for the kids for example). Over three nights I had Steak and Frittes, Bolognese, and a Wagyu Filet (paid extra for that). It was one of the best steaks I have ever had. I also tried the meatball and bruschetta as an appetizer, salads, creamed spinach as a side, and multiple desserts. Remember meals are included so you can order what you like. There are some cuts of meat that are additional and they are VERY good and raised on the property. And I think wine is additional as well. The truffle oil French fries are also very good. Nothing I ate there was bad, it was all solid. I wouldn’t say the food wasn’t necessarily the highlight, but it was good and the service was very good. There are also endless snacks and drinks available during the day. And if you stay on a Thursday night there is a fun BBQ dinner down by the river that has activities for kids, music, etc. We missed that one. Our kids participated in the Lil’ Wranglers Program each day and LOVED it. Elizabeth, Jesse, and Kat were awesome and they didn’t want to do anything else. They climbed the rock wall, learned a lot about horses, rode horses, did arts and crafts, fished, walked trails, played water games, etc. Never bored and always seemed to have fun. We did horse back riding, went to the shooting range, rode mountain bikes, went to the spa, and did a river float. All very well run with excellent guides/Wranglers. All cool people who seem to enjoy their jobs and what they do. Most activities are included but there is an a la carte menu for activities that you have to pay for (ATV Tours, Private Flyfishing, a Cattle Drive, River Floats, all spa treatments, Founders experience at the gun range, and others). We wish we would have had one more day for more activities but we felt like we saw and tried a lot of things, all fun. The river float was a bit long for the kiddos and we had a major headwind during our float so it was longer than usual. We did see two Bald Eagles and our guide, Sawyer, worked hard paddling in that wind but he was awesome. We would probably skip that excursion if we did it again. Overall just a great stay. They have a very unique product in a unique location that has stunning scenery and great people working there. A couple of additional notes...we don’t drink but the property has a very cool Saloon that is open until midnight. The staff was great. They can customize almost anything to meet your needs. You might have to pay for it but they can do it. Well done Brush Creek. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Best place on Earth
Jul 9th, 2019
My family has visited Brush Creek Ranch over the last 3 Independence Day Celebrations. During this time there is a fireworks show, live music, and a rodeo! The staff is very accommodating to adults and kids alike. Many staff members remember us from year to year. The activities barn is welcoming and they try to accommodate our families wishes. Corey even took the request of my son and got him his favorite drink for the week! The saloon is so much fun after dinner! Adults can enjoy craft cocktails, beer and wine while the kids can shoot pool, darts or karaoke! My kids enjoy the Recreation room also where they can hang out with friends they have met over the years. The cabins are nice and well maintained. We have stayed in Anglers, Sheriffs, and Stagecoach. My only complaint is Stagecoach did not have a washer and dryer. Clothes have to be taken to the lodge to clean. For the price, I think all cabins should have washer and dryers. The food is also wonderful. Lunches included themed buffets daily. Dinners are either at the lodge or at beautiful outdoor locations! We were able to visit the Farm which is a new location on the ranch! Wow is all I can say! You must see it for yourself! I cannot recommend BCR enough! We will return again soon! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Great but at the expense of employees
Jul 4th, 2019
The Ranch does an amazing job of providing for its guests but don't give enough credit where it belongs. From what I observed and learned during my stay, the employees are not treated very well. They sign up for a summer being told the hours they'll work with a promise of a bonus at the end of the summer but the when they arrive - many without their own means of transportation its a different story. Most work twice the hours they thought they would and when salary is divided by hours they aren't even making $5/hour. Even with their end of season bonus their wages don't come up to minimum! Managers verbally berate them and often blame the employees for their mismanagement. Enjoy your pampering as long as you don't look at the price others are paying to make it happen. Employee morale is suffering. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Amazing Place for a Large Group Vacation!!!
Jun 8th, 2019
Our entire family (20 people) went to Brush Creek Ranch over Memorial Day Weekend. EVERYONE from ages 1 - 70+ had an amazing time. The activities, staff, facilities, food, everything was perfect. Our favorite part was sitting at every meal together and nights at the saloon and around the campfire. We played paintball, did the ropes course, rode horses and mountain bikes, fished, hiked, archery, shot guns - you name it - we did it! Everything you need is there and ready to go. The staff could not be more accomodating. They truly make it a vacation for all involved. The rec center was perfect for the kids and such an added bonus. We highly recommend Brush Creek and hope to go back soon!! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
A unique experience!
Jun 4th, 2019
The really nice thing about our stay at Brush Creek was that it was about as far as you can imagine from "the same old same old". This was a vacation to remember! The facilities are glam/rustic, extremely comfortable and the staff are all attentive and polite. I was expertly taught to do things that I've never done (fly fishing, shoot a gun to name a few). Early morning yoga was the perfect start to each day. A great spot for anybody looking for something a little out of the ordinary. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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