Travelling to a beach condo or mountain cabin for vacation is so old-school. These days, more vacationers are opting for something a bit different for their one or two week getaway. Visiting a luxury ranch resort is becoming more of a trend; it is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature, relax, and indulge your inner cowboy or cowgirl.
Some of the top-rated ranch resorts in the US are not just known for their luxury, but also for their stunning natural scenery. If you’re looking for your next vacation spot and want something a bit different than the beach getaway, try visiting spots like The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana, Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas, or Lost Valley Ranch in Colorado.
Or, here’s an even crazier idea…start looking for ranches for sale and create a luxury resort of your own. Obviously this requires an investment and a lot of hard work, but it you do it properly it can be quite lucrative. Here’s how to build the best luxury ranch retreat from the ground up.
Find a partner or two
Not only will it be difficult to invest all on your own, but it will also be difficult to do all the work if you don’t have a few team members backing you up. If you know of any friends, relatives, or acquaintances that might be interested in an endeavor like this, give them a call or take them out to lunch to see if they’d be interested partnering up.
Partnering with family is the best option for running a successful luxury ranch resort. One reason for this is due to the fact that visitors love seeing a family-run business more than anything. This especially applies to something like a ranch resort or adorable B&B. Many of the current ranch resorts and retreats in the US are family owned and operated, at least the most successful ones are.
Start out small and work your way up
There’s no need to go crazy right at the beginning. Some of the top ranch resorts have taken years, even decades, to become what they are today. Of course you need to start somewhere, so start simply with the accommodations before venturing into other aspects of the project.
Well established ranches have everything from 5-star accommodations to outdoor excursions like fishing, horseback riding, ATV rides, and nature walks. Chances are these resorts did not start their first day of business with all of these offerings, but instead they worked their way up to it. You can do the same.
Find a location that is remote, but not too remote
Part of the beauty of vacationing to a ranch resort or retreat is simply to get away from the hustle, bustle, and craziness of the everyday world. This means that is important to have your ranch somewhere secluded and away from the madness of the world.
However, you also want to make sure that your ranch resort is not too far away from the rest of civilization. This makes it extremely difficult to get to, and also makes it harder on you to have access to the proper resources to keep things running smoothly.