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We were only able to stay one night, but we throughly enjoyed it. The breakfast was a highlight, not only for the excellent food, but for the conversations with the other guests and our host, Kara. The rooms themselves are basic, but comfortable. Be aware that the upstairs rooms have shared bathrooms and both bathrooms are downstairs. It wasn't a problem for us, but might be for some. There is a full well-stocked kitchen in a building across the parking lot from the main house for those who want to cook (we did!). Also a refrigerator for guest use. We went for a walk at dusk and saw numerous elk and deer. It was so peaceful and quiet. At night the stars were fantastic. I'd love to stay again and have more time.
My 4th time at the ranch. We had a great time as always. We celebrated my daughter's 10th birthday there. Kids enjoyed horseback riding, fossil hunting and playing with other kids that were at B & B (Brian did make sure everyone behaved at the breakfast table). My husband and I enjoyed quiet evenings, star gazing and wonderful conversations with other guests at breakfast. Brian, Kara and staff were awesome as usual. Their hospitality, generosity and never-ending hard work is always an inspiration to us city folk.
We stopped at Wilson's Ranch on our road trip from portland to Crater Lake via Mount Hood and painted hills. The ranch is very comfortable be aware only one room has it's own bathroom so come prepared so share. There are two big bathrooms for guests to use and we were there with two other couples staying and had no issues with using the shared facilities. The actual location of the ranch is a beautiful setting very remote though so come prepared to make your own evening meal if you have not already eaten when you arrive. There is a kitchen outside of the main ranch for guests to use it is fully equipped big oven fridge hob and microwave and all utensils plus paper plates and crockery. There are also two BBQs and outside seating picnic tables. The inside kitchen is also available for tea and coffee making. Other things to note it's a very safe area and self check in so you arrive text to say you are there sign yourself in and take your room.
The family that run the ranch are around for breakfast but other than that it's a self service place which is nice actually. The family were really friendly as were the other guests and the breakfast nice and sociable.
We only stayed one night while passing through the area but would like to come back. The location is wonderful: very quiet with expansive views and abundant wildlife. Just walking down the road we saw numerous deer, eagles, hawks and even a couple antelope. The room we rented, Wrangler, was small but adequate and really there is no reason to spend much time in the room, given the living room and outdoors. Our room did not have a bathroom to itself, but the one across from the room was hardly used by anyone else. Breakfast was good and hearty, but the people who own and service it are probably the best part of the experience: extremely friendly and helpful.
Wilson Ranches was the first stop in our Oregon road trip, almost wish it was our last as it was a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. Unfortunately due to fires near by the air quality was not good, which meant having to keep windows closed. We stayed in the upstairs rooms, which were warm, but there was an air conditioner and fans which made sleeping comfortable. Breakfast each morning was wonderful, with homemade breads (lemon, banana), and it was nice to be able to sit at a large table and get to know the other guests. Kara is one of the friendliest people you could ever meet and was one of the many reasons our stay was so delightful. Next time, we're definitely going horseback riding. The restaurants in town close somewhat early, but there is a community kitchen less that 30 yards from the main house.
Legendary pioneer hospitality awaits you at our Oregon bed and breakfast ranch near John Day, Oregon. At Wilson Ranches Retreat you will enjoy peaceful ranch environment rich in history. Live a day in the life of …Morea cowboy or cowgirl on our 9,000 acre working cattle ranch in the beautiful Butte Creek Valley, three miles West of the small town of Fossil, Oregon. Relax and rejuvenate in the pristine ranch style guest rooms. Stunning sunsets, brilliant star-studded nights and the diverse flora and fauna of Fossil, Oregon will captivate you. At our Oregon guest ranch, lifetime memories are created on scenic horseback rides, cattle drives, hiking and ranch tours in a geologically and historically rich area with a magnificent view of the Cascade Mountain Range. Wilson Ranches Retreat is an exceptional place to headquarter your exploration of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, where you will discover the richest find of prehistoric fossils in the world. Less
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