To update my earlier review I wanted to share how wonderful the Rankins were a month ago when I celebrated my 60th birthday at the ranch. I had invited around 25 people to come up to the ranch for the Sunday barbecue/hayride and to spend the afternoon celebrating. 10 of the guests were staying over at least Sunday night, the rest were just coming up for the day on Sunday. Sunday morning dawned dreary, chilly and a bit damp and the Rankins were afraid that heading to the meadow for the barbecue would be a miserable experience for all. I let my friends know that we might not be doing the hayride/barbecue and would just be eating in the dining room and if they didn't want to make the 2+ hour drive I'd fully understand. The Rankins not only arranged for a hayride up to the family cemetery for my guests and the others staying at the ranch but also conducted a tour of the original ranch house and shared the history of the ranch with all my friends. They also had a birthday cake made for my party and went out of their way to help my friends set up the party in the rec room.
One other piece of information to share - this was our first time staying in the Chimo deluxe room. As my friends and I said, once you go Chimo you can't go back. We loved the cabins, have stayed there for 12 plus years very comfortably. But just the view alone is worth the extra money the Chimo costs, much less the refrigerator, microwave, extra space, two convertible sofas, etc. etc. etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Quarter Circle U Rankin Ranch is truly a well kept secret, located deep in California's Tehachapi Mountains. It has been a working cattle ranch since the days of the Civil War, and the Rankin family still raises White Face Hereford cattle just as their ancestors did over 150 years ago. Guests travel from across the United States and around the world visit this guest ranch. They enjoy the fact that it is a "real" working ranch, and are fascinated with its century old history. Many guests emphasize the importance of the "family" atmosphere; meeting and visiting with Rankin family members is routine as they all live right on the ranch...4Th, 5th and 6th generations. "Western hospitality" is part of your package! The favorite activity at the ranch has always been the horseback riding. We have both adult and children's rides (riding starts at age six) which explore our meadows, Walker's Basin Creek, and mountain ridges overlooking our beautiful little valley. The guided trail rides are about one hour long and all levels of riders are welcome. Parents and grandparents especially appreciate the supervised children's program for ages 4-11 during Spring Break and the summer months. They enjoy arts and crafts, hikes, and visits to the animal farm. Other ranch activities include swimming, hiking, fishing (trout stocked pond), shuffleboard, ping pong, recreation room and planned evening activities. Adventure West...Kidstuff says, "A full operation cattle ranch, Rankin offers a fun filled, down home kind of vacation, complete with tradition, history and diversions for both young and old." ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rankin Ranch Hotel Caliente
- Rankin Ranch California/Caliente