An active stay at Western Pleasure is an incredible experience. The accommodations are surpassed only by wonderful common areas of the lodge building. The meals (three squares a day, including the Tuesday night boat cruise on Lake Pend Orielle) were varied and excellent. This was my first horseback riding in many, many years. The instruction was perfect for my level, and would be well-suited to a rider of just about any level of proficiency. They own the most wonderful herd of mounts (21 available for guest riding) and their wrangler staff are all proficient, friendly, and patient with beginners (or re-acclimators). The other activities are well-planned and accomplished. The ranch property itself covers 1,100 acres and adjoins National Forest land, so the options for trail rides are very varied. The location is magnificently scenic, nestled between the Cabinet and Selkirk Mountains, with summer and winter recreational opportunities nearby (if you get tired of riding). The value for what I paid for my four-night stay was outstanding.
Above all, Janice and Roley give you the feeling that you're one of the family -- without having to do chores! They definitely pamper their guests and make them feel at home. I can't wait for my next opportunity to visit them.
One bit of advice: Don't rely on Google Maps for the last leg of the journey; you'll end up on a rutted dirt road going the wrong way. Use the printed directions that you get from the ranch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let the trail less traveled lead you to the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch where you can choose from a variety of lodging options. Accommodations are offered in the 10,000 square foot main lodge, hewn from local timber and offering six spacious guest rooms, each with private bath. If it is your own private log cabin in the woods you are looking for, well, we have three to choose from. Envision the quiet solitude of a modern rustic cabin to relax in after a day spent riding, skiing, hiking, snowmobiling or enjoying the stunning scenery of North Idaho! These cabins can accommodate up to six, yet are cozy enough for two, with a queen bed in the main bedroom, a loft sleeping area with a queen and two twins, furnished kitchen, and classic wood stove heat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Sandpoint, Idaho