After driving through the Methow Valley, Washington, in the summer of 2006, my boyfriend and I knew we had to return to this beautiful area. This summer, we wanted to get away for a long weekend starting July 4th, and we wanted to bring our horses with us.
We called several places, and finally settled on the Mazama Ranch House, which is located in the tiny town of Mazama, at the north end of the Methow Valley.
We knew as soon as we arrived we had made the right choice. Our room, at the end of the main house, was small and simple, but very comfortable. Out back we found the corrals, and our two horses seemed very happy with the paddock we selected. Within minutes, we had the water troughs filled and tossed them some hay, which was available at a mere $5/bale.
In the room we found a nice binder full of maps of the local trails. We couldn't wait to get started.
There is great riding to be had right off the property; we spent the first day riding several hours on well-marked trails that took us past farms, through trees, up a ravine, and through the valley. We took advantage of the large hot tub to relax our weary muscles and had a pleasant night's sleep.
Over the next three days, we both rode the trails off the property as well as took a short trailer ride (15 minutes) to a great trailhead in the North Cascades National Park.
We really enjoyed our fellow guests, sharing a campfire one night and an impromptu movie on the lawn another.
Just across the road from the Ranch is the Mazama Country Inn, where we had a couple of nice breakfasts and a nice buffet on the evening of the the Fourth.
We really enjoyed our stay, and will certainly be returning to the Mazama Ranch House in the future.