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White Stallion Ranch, A Girls Vacation

White Stallion Ranch

A few weeks ago Kristin and I left all our worries (kids and husbands included) behind and headed on a girls getaway to the White Stallion Ranch. If you follow us on social media, you might have seen tons of photos of us soaking up the gorgeous Tucson, Arizona scenery.

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To be honest, I was a little worried initially about going to a dude ranch as a vacation. Would I like riding horses? Would I feel safe? Would the trip be relaxing? The questions were constantly running through my mind, but it was time to push myself out of my comfort zone. Kristin and I were really wanting some time together as friends to make memories and unwind and we knew that we were going to leave this place with some great stories. Sometimes, the best experiences in life are the ones that stretch us and make us grow.

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So off to the White Stallion Ranch we went. Kristin and I met at the Phoenix airport and from there took a shuttle together to the ranch (you can also fly into Tucson, but the times just worked best for us in Phoenix). Of course what better way to start a best friend’s trip then to show up at the airport wearing the same outfit, totally unplanned! Already we were laughing!

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We had an adorable room with a sitting area and very relaxing bathroom, complete with a large-scale vanity and tub! It even had an outdoor sitting area, perfect for watching the gorgeous Arizona sunset.

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Immediately the White Stallion Ranch captured our hearts. I hadn’t been on a horse in 20 years and Kristin had never ridden. We were a little intimidated, but the staff quickly put as at ease. They match each guest with the perfect horse based on your size and ability and you get that horse for the duration of your stay. So while my height gave me a pretty big fella, he was as sweet as could be.

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Our first ride was a morning slow ride. Midway through we stopped at a site where we all had breakfast and our morning coffee together before riding back to the ranch. This was a great way to not only get to know my horse, but also to mingle and meet other guests. It truly didn’t matter if you were single, there as a family or with friends, there were plenty of group settings where you could be as included as you wanted to be. Also, did I mention how delicious the blueberry pancakes were?! Seriously…sooooo good!

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Each day there were a few rides you could choose from. This let you ride as much or as little as you liked. And each ride throughout the week is different which meant fresh scenery and activities all week long. There were options for lessons, tests to allow you to go on faster rides, roping and penning activities and more. I think the thing that surprised us both was just how much we each loved riding. Apparently Kristin and I were meant to be doing all our girlfriend chatter and gossip on top of horses on a trail at sunset. It sure suited us!

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The scenery was truly breathtaking. You can literally walk among beautiful horses, cactus, flowers, steer and more no matter where you turn. It felt like another world and even though there was a very cute business center, business was the last thing on my mind.

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There was so much to do other than riding including a great pool and hot tub area, perfect for relaxing in the afternoon, as well as massages, tennis, movies, a petting zoo, fun games like horse shoes, nearby shopping and more. Although seeing as we were loving having our bestie time, most often we could be found in the main room with a cup of coffee or wine simply catching up.

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Speaking of drinks, the adorable bar not only had saddles for bar stools (yes we couldn’t help but take lots of photos here, they were too cute!) but it is an honor bar. It took us city slickers a little bit to catch on. You just grab a beer or pour what you like and then fill out a “chit” and put it in the basket. At the end the total is added to your bill. How nice and easy is that?!

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A great deal of the White Stallion Ranch’s charm came from both its staff and size. It is family owned and operated with 40 rooms, over 100 horses, and the staff is just so friendly and helpful. We felt completely carefree and safe while roaming the grounds. What a wonderful feeling that definitely aids to the relaxing vibe, especially as two women who were traveling alone. Sometimes that can feel a bit daunting but, there was not a worry there!

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We also loved that we were able to meet people from all over the world in a setting that felt so inclusive. At social hour each night before dinner, everyone gathered over appetizers and drinks to swap stories from the day’s adventures. After dinner we would gather for the evening entertainment which included things like a country singer, an astronomer, and art classes. There was so much to do! We even went on a special evening hike and rock climbing adventure that we will tell you all about in detail in another post.

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The White Stallion Ranch has definitely become as special place for us both and I am so glad we spent our latest girls getaway at a dude ranch. Sure we drank wine, went to the pool and got massages like we would on many of our trips, but it was SO much more than that. We encouraged each other to try new things, we wore cowgirl hats and laughed when my horse was a little naughty and kept snacking on bushes on the trail. We took time to be still and look at the stars. And we came back refreshed and energized creatively in a way that feels different and good. Most importantly we can’t wait to go back!

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In the meantime, we will just day dream about that morning ride and blueberry pancakes.

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Disclosure: We received travel accommodations for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are our own and we really hope you visit and love this special place as much as we do!

  • Robin Masshole Mommy

    That sounds like an amazing experience! I Have never been to a ranch before, but I would love to.

    September 8, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • aandrea

    I loved following you on social media while you were there. Stunning photo’s and thank you for sharing!! xo

    September 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm Reply
  • Ellen That Chic Mom

    What an awesome trip! I would love to go on a girls weekend, I would say a roma ntic getaway with my husband but he is allergic to horses 🙁 Love all of your western style!

    September 8, 2016 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Bryant

    What an amazing experience! I Have never been to a ranch before, but I would love to. Adding to bucket list.

    September 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • Debra Schroeder

    Looks like such a fun, fabulous time. Such gorgeous photos and I loved your matching outfits. Great minds think alike. 🙂

    September 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • Michelle @ Sunshine and

    I love that y’all did this as a girl’s trip! How fun and exciting, great memories made!

    September 8, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • MyTeenGuide

    What a beautiful place to visit. What a great idea to go there with your best friend.

    September 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Karen Coghlan

    We live 70 miles from Tuscon but have never visited the White Stallion Ranch, it looks like you made the best of your visit… Love seeing all the photos… Thank you for sharing…

    September 8, 2016 at 11:18 pm Reply
  • Kendall

    Your pictures are stunning! What a gorgeous location and perfect vacation spot! I love the idea of fun little weekend getaways. Your outfits are all adorable also!

    September 8, 2016 at 11:43 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    This looks like an incredible trip! How fun it must have been!

    September 9, 2016 at 1:32 am Reply
  • Wendy

    This looks like such a fun place to visit! I love all of your photos…and your shoes. Those boots are amazing.

    September 9, 2016 at 8:18 am Reply
  • Krystal

    Glad to see your having a great time. I love horseback riding.Thank you for sharing your awesome trip

    September 9, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Kathy

    That looks like such a beautiful place. I love all your photos too. They’re very beautiful! My daughters would love to go horseback riding. They love horses!

    September 9, 2016 at 10:50 am Reply
  • Christy Garrett

    This looks like an amazing resort. I want to take my kid’s horseback riding. I think that they would truly enjoy it. The horses are so beautiful.

    September 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Blythe Alpern

    I always wanted to vacation at a dude ranch when I was a kid. I love riding horses and being out in the wilderness, even though I like the creature comforts of the city. Looks like you all had an amazing time.

    September 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm Reply
  • Tammilee Tips

    What a fun ranch to visit!! All your pictures turned out amazing, I would love to visit this ranch!

    September 9, 2016 at 2:07 pm Reply
  • Veronica

    I have always dreamed to visit a rancho! I’d go for a real one, where I could actually do some work.
    Your photos are stunning, which camera do you use?

    September 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm Reply
  • Rose Sahetapy

    You convinced me to put The White Stallion Ranch on my bucket list. What an amazing experience you had. The fact that even if you don”t have any experience riding horse but you still can ride and enjoy the whole trip is really a big plus for me about this ranch.

    September 10, 2016 at 10:45 am Reply
  • The Cubicle Chick

    This looks awesome and your pictures are so large and bright. I’d love to try riding a horse. – Yolonda

    September 10, 2016 at 10:55 pm Reply
  • rika

    This place looks amazing! I would love to visit and stay there! Looks fun!

    September 11, 2016 at 2:18 am Reply
  • Rebecca Swenor

    It sounds like you both had a fantastic time at the White Stallion Ranch. I would love to go here some day with my sisters and share all these experiences you both had with them. It would be an amazing relaxing vacation for us all. Thanks for sharing your amazing girls vacation.

    September 11, 2016 at 5:13 am Reply
  • Rachel Catherine

    What an amazing looking place for a girls weekend! I want to get away with friends so badly! I think my husband might like this too. Those are some beautiful views and horses.

    September 11, 2016 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • CourtneyLynne

    Omg what a fun girls trip!!! I haven’t been on a trip with the girls in a very long time! I need to change that asap

    September 12, 2016 at 8:30 pm Reply
  • Michelle Cantu

    Seriously this Texas girl loves this girls trip. I am so jealous it looks like a blast.

    September 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm Reply

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