My wife and I live in South Texas where things are very brown and hot during the summer. Going to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in August was like visiting paradise for a week. We loved riding the trails through green canopies of tall pine trees with temperatures in the 70s and low 80s.
Almost all the Western Pleasure horses are related. The owners, Roley and Janice Schoonover, have taken special care in the selecting and breeding of their herd. What we didn't know about riding, we learned from expert wranglers in the arena. Safety was always foremost in all the rides. We all wore helmets.
Our accommodations looked like something you might see on a postcard. So idyllic. Although we stayed in the lodge in a room called "The Dude," named after John Wayne, we saw the cabin where our friends stayed with their three kids. The Schoonovers pay attention to detail as the rooms and cabins are decorated tastefully along with all the extras one would expect from an expensive hotel such as moisturizing lotion, etc.
My mouth still waters when I think of all the wonderful meals we enjoyed at Western Pleasure. Several times during our meals, Janice came to the table with a tray of fresh baked cookies. The Schoonovers are actively, involved owners. They make sure all their guests enjoy their stay. Also, I'll never forget the dutch oven meal around the camp fire. All the beef served at Western Pleasure comes from grass-fed cattle raised by Janice's brother on nearby ranch. For carnivores, it doesn't get any better!
- 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