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Calendar of Events

Rankin Ranch is the perfect location for your vacation, whether it is a short couple’s getaway or an annual family trip. Each season brings something special, but regardless of the season, you will always find a peaceful country atmosphere in our little mountain valley. Springtime is beautiful with wildflowers, green hillsides, and a slower pace. As summer begins, the Regular Season is in full swing with our Supervised Children’s Program and all of the fun associated with summer. The autumn months bring “Indian Summer” weather with fall foliage and a slower pace once again. We offer several special events throughout the season such as Art Week and 4th of July, and we are always excited to help with your special event or celebration…anniversaries, birthdays, family reunions… at the ranch.

events_main_imagWhen it’s time to go home, guests are sad to leave the ranch; that’s why they keep coming back year after year. We’re proud of our 60% repeat business. We now have second and third generation Rankin Ranch guests returning to enjoy the same wonderful ranch experiences with their families. We have a special relationship with our guests; we’ve always enjoyed sharing our way of life with our city friends. We’re in the business of making memories, and our guests tell us we’re doing a great job!

When you leave the ranch, the memories that you carry with you will continue to tug at your heartstrings and beckon you back to the beautiful Walker Basin. Treat yourself to a real vacation and plan a stay at the Rankin Ranch.
Michael Wade

For me, the best part was being able to spend time, real time, with my family, surrounded by caring and loving people. I have never been on a vacation where I felt like I was part of a wonderful extended family until our time at the ranch. We were able to spend time together, being outdoors and active and making new friends. Being away from the constant bombardment from the media, cell phones, computer, television, and video games, and getting back to the basics, back to what is really important; family and friends, made this vacation our all time favorite.
Nicole Portillo

Spring Vacations

spring_vacations_imagSPRING VACATIONS
March 27 – June 5, 2015
Springtime wildflowers and green hillsides lure guests back year after year. With daytime temperatures ranging from the mid 50’s to mid 70’s and cool nights, it is a beautiful time of year. Weekdays are great for adult getaways with fewer guests, while weekends feature adult and family fun. Off Season rates apply during the spring months except for dates during “Spring Break”. I’ve been hooked on Rankin Ranch since my first trip in April 2006. I’m a single person and was looking for a safe vacation spot that I could go by myself. Other “singles” vacations I looked into were just not my style. When I found Rankin Ranch it was exactly what I was looking for. I love to ride horses, the location is great and you can just relax and have peace. I came to the ranch alone, but wasn’t left out of anything…they have a way of making you feel at home and part of the family. I tell my friends that it’s great because you can spend time by yourself, but you also have opportunities to meet other people and be involved in ranch activities…I look forward to coming back every year. Angelique

SPRING BREAK
March 27 – April 12, 2015
Enjoy “Spring Break” at Rankin Ranch this year. Parents and grandparents agree that Rankin Ranch is the perfect

spring_break_imagfamily vacation both for fun and relaxation. Our Supervised Children’s Program has activities planned for the children throughout the day including-hikes, games, arts and crafts, and more. Moms, you don’t have to cook or clean, so you can enjoy your vacation too! Each day is filled with new and exciting adventures, whether it be horseback riding through our mountain cattle country; catching a Rainbow Trout at Julia Lake; or taking a haywagon ride out to the meadow for dinner and a horseshoe tournament. You can also enjoy playing games in the recreation room; lounging on the large grassy area; or reading that book that you just haven’t had time for. After enjoying dinner in the Garden Room, it is fun for all with our evening activities. As you head back to your cabins don’t forget to look up at the star filled sky. Regular Season rates apply during “Spring Break”.

“SCOUT DAYS“
Fun for all Troops….April 24-26, 2015GirlScout1-1_imag
Scout Days is a special time at Rankin Ranch just for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. During this time period, we gear our activities towards scout troops and offer special horse programs to help scouts earn their horse related badges. We offer the option of a one or two night stay. You are welcome to stay with us for longer at this same great rate. Off Season rates apply. We are happy to have scouts join us anytime throughout our season if these dates do not work out for your troop. At other times during our season horseback riding is still offered, however, we cannot promise the individual attention for earning badges. This special rate for “Scout Days” does not apply to other dates. The girls in the troop had never been on a real-life working ranch before and they were in awe. When they exited the vehicles, they were totally excited and didn’t calm down until we left on Sunday night. They had the best time with Dave & Fernando who taught most of them how to ride a horse for the very first time. They devoured all of Rudy’s delicious food. It was because of these great memories that we came back year after year selling a record number of Girl Scout cookies to pay for the trip. Karen Ruiz, Brownie and Junior Troop Leader, Rankin Ranch Guest Since 2002

SAMPLE 2 NIGHT ITINERARY…CLICK HERE
Day1
3:30 Check-in and get settled into your cabins
4:30 Afternoon snack on the Terrace
6:00 Hay wagon Ride to the Meadow for a BBQ
After Dinner Horseshoe Tournament and S’mores
Day 2
7:00 Meet at the corral to groom the horses
7:30-9:00 Breakfast in the Garden Room
Morning Horseback Rides
Meet in the corral to work on your horse badge
12:30 Lunch on the Terrace
Afternoon Horseback Rides
Enjoy Swimming in the pool!
4:30 Afternoon snack on the Terrace
6:30 Dinner in the Garden Room
7:30 It’s time to go feed the animals at Sarah’s Farm
8:00 Bingo in the Recreation Room
Day 3
7:00 Meet at the corral to groom the horses
7:30-9:00 Breakfast in the Garden Room
Morning Horseback Rides
Hike down to Walker Basin Creek on a Scavenger Hunt
12:30 Lunch on the Terrace
1:00 Happy Trails! We’ll see y’all next time!

 

ART WEEK
Drawing and Watercolor…May 17-22, 2015
Our gorgeous peaceful scenery and century old barns and buildings lend themselves to our annual “Art Week” for sketching and painting taught by Bakersfield artist, Iva Fendrick. There is still plenty of time for horseback riding and all ranch activities…swimming, hiking, fishing and more. Our guests bring their art pads, pencils and watercolors and join us for a week of fun…drawing and painting. It is the perfect time for beginners to learn, and time for the experienced artists to relax and continue enjoying drawing and painting in a beautiful setting. We supply the art subjects and nature in its glory. Join us during this special week and open the door to the world of art…you’ll have a great time! Off Season rates apply during “Art Week”. _Dear Bill, Glenda, and Sarah Thank you so much for the “retreat”. No phone, no TV, fresh air and seeing familiar faces. An opportunity to do a few small paintings and a roll of film to do more. Always a special time. Thanks to all for the “soul food”. Bob loved it (and needed it) and wants to come back. Can’t thank you enough Love, Nancy and Bob (Bakersfield, CA)_

MEMORIAL DAY
May 22-25, 2015R&R
Summer is nearing and everyone is excited to get away for Memorial Day Weekend. Rankin Ranch is the perfect spot for this long weekend. You will enjoy all of the activities that are offered during our Regular Season including fun family activities each evening and our wonderful Supervised Children’s Program. It is always a fun weekend for all ages, and a nice way to wind down the school year. Have you been trying to get together for a family reunion or trip with your grandkids? It can be challenging to coordinate everyone’s schedules during the busy summer months, but everyone is out of school for Memorial Day Weekend. Regular Season rates apply. During this time period we require a three night stay (Friday-Monday).

CRAFTY GETAWAYS the_scer_room_imag
Scrapbooking Weekend – 2015 Dates TBA
Quilting Retreats – Call for dates and rates.
We were delighted to introduce our first “Creative Cowgirl Scrapbooking Weekend “in February of 2004 and then expand our “crafty” getaways with our first Quilting Retreat in March of 2010. These weekends are limited to 13 ladies giving each lady plenty of space to do their handiwork. Your weekend away at the ranch will be productive, but relaxing as well. We transform our guest dining room into your crafting area and each lady has their own 3 × 5 table to work at. The doors open at 7 a.m. and don’t close until midnight. You will enjoy lodging in our comfortable mountain cabins and three delicious meals each day. You can relax outside your cabin, down in the main lodge area and the original Rankin home. If you need a break, take a hike through the gorgeous mountains or down the creek. “The Scrapbook Buddies,” a group of ladies from all around California attend our fall weekend annually. They enjoy the time spent together creating memories with their friends and preserving “family memories” in their scrapbooks. We have enjoyed having local ladies from the Cotton Patch Quilters and Dam Quilters join us each spring. It is truly incredible to see their creativity and talent. This is your getaway…take it at your pace! See Rates Page for Scrapbooking dates and rates.
Call for Quilting Retreat dates and rates.

Summer Vacations

SummerPool-imagJune 5-August 23, 2015
Summertime is wonderful at Rankin Ranch. Parents and grandparents agree that Rankin Ranch is the perfect family vacation both for fun and relaxation. Our Supervised Children’s Program has activities planned for the children ages 4-11 throughout the day including, hikes, games, arts and crafts, and more. Moms, you don’t have to cook or clean, so you can enjoy your vacation too! Each day is filled with new and exciting adventures, whether it be horseback riding through our mountain cattle country, catching a Rainbow Trout at Julia Lake, or taking a haywagon ride out to the meadow for dinner and a horseshoe tournament. You can also enjoy lounging by the pool or reading that book that you just haven’t had time for. After enjoying dinner in the Garden Room, it is fun for all with our evening activities. Each evening as you head back to your cabins don’t forget to look up at the star filled sky. Regular Season rates apply. My wife, youngest son, and I recently visited your ranch. We really enjoyed our time at your beautiful facility. There were plenty of fun activities. Brendan really kept me busy with horseback riding, fishing, playing pool, ping pong and swimming. We particularly enjoyed the horse back riding. Your fine horses were really fun and very responsive, even for a group of novice riders like us. The grounds were very relaxing, the food was great, the cabin was homey and comfortable but the crown jewel in your operation was the friendly staff. We especially enjoyed the company of the wranglers Brian, Fernando, and Keli and Luis in the dining room. Our visit couldn’t have been better – don’t change a thing! Greg Runcie – July 2013

THE 4TH OF JULY

4thJuly_imag_1The 4th of July Celebration…July 1-5

Fourth of July is a very special and patriotic time at Rankin Ranch. During the days leading up to the 4th, families are divided into Red, White, and Blue Teams. The ranch supplies each team with hats or t-shirts to decorate to show their team pride. The day of the 4th at Rankin Ranch is one that you won’t soon forget. You can’t help but feel proud to be an American as you wake up to a patriotic wonderland. Everything from the Recreation Room to Dining Room has been decorated and even the horses are patriotic on the 4th of July. It is a fun filled day with morning horseback rides as usual, but the afternoon brings “All American Family Fun”. Everyone wears their Red, White, and Blue creations for our old fashioned Olympic Games featuring an obstacle course, potato sack race, water balloon volleyball, and much more. “Happy Hour” and dinner are served at Bill and Glenda Rankin’s home looking out over the meadows and mountains of Walker Basin. The day would not be complete without the historic pageant starring your children. The children learn skits that depict early day Rankin Ranch history and dress up in costumes as they travel through a century of Rankin family stories. The children also share their patriotism through special presentations when they tell everyone why they are proud to be Americans. Celebrating the 4th of July at Rankin Ranch has become a family tradition for many people. It’s not too late to begin a family tradition of your own! During this time period we require a four night minimum (July 1-5) due to all the special activities. Regular Season rates apply. Any vacation at Bill and Glenda’s place is a treat and every summer month has its own special appeal, but 4th of July weekend was unforgettable: the Rankin Ranch family Olympics was all multi-generational teamwork and hilarity. Some highlights included sack races, cow pie (frizbee) tosses, and water balloon volleyball. Not to mention red, white, and blue everything! And the patriotic and historic skits put on by the kids! The Palermo Family 2009

LABOR DAY WEEKEND
September 4-7, 2015Labor-Day-_imag
As summer winds down and you ready yourself for the upcoming school year, come visit Rankin Ranch for one last summer vacation with your family. This is the last weekend of the season that our Supervised Children’s Program is available. The children will have a wonderful time with all of the activities we have planned for them and this three day weekend will leave parents feeling relaxed and ready for the hectic school year ahead. Regular Season rates apply. During this time period we require a three night stay (Friday-Monday).

Fall Vacations

Fall_Vacations_imag September 7-27, 2015
Fall foliage with the changing of colors creates a special time of the year to visit the ranch. The warm cozy fire awaiting you in the recreation room is very inviting after your horseback ride in the meadows and oak covered hillsides. With daytime temperatures ranging in the mid 70’s and cool nights, it is a beautiful time of year. Weekdays are great for adult getaways with fewer guests, while weekends feature adult and family fun. Off Season rates apply. Tom and I have been going to Rankin Ranch for about 8 years now. It is a wonderful way to get back to nature with the beautiful hills, running creek, cows and calves frolicking near by, and best of all wonderful food and great camaraderie. There is always something for everyone whether it is games, swimming, horseback riding, shuffleboard, a wild game of horseshoes, or just peace and quiet…The Rankin’s are very gracious hosts and make you feel like part of the family. We enjoy it so much that we have increased our party to include other family members and they have also fallen in love with Rankin Ranch. -Tom and Joann Esser 2009

CRAFTY GETAWAYS
2014 Scrapbooking Weekends – October 16-19 and October 23-26 2014
Quilting Retreats – Call for dates and rates.
We were delighted to introduce our first “Creative Cowgirl Scrapbooking Weekend “in February of 2004 and then expand our “crafty” getaways with our first Quilting Retreat in March of 2010. These weekends are limited to 13 ladies giving each lady plenty of space to do their handiwork. Your weekend away at the ranch will be productive, but relaxing as well. We transform our guest dining room into your crafting area and each lady has their own 3 × 5 table to work at. The doors open at 7 a.m. and don’t close until midnight. You will enjoy lodging in our comfortable mountain cabins and three delicious meals each day. You can relax outside your cabin, down in the main lodge area and the original Rankin home. If you need a break, take a hike through the gorgeous mountains or down the creek. “The Scrapbook Buddies,” a group of ladies from all around California attend our fall weekend annually. Joyce sent us a lovely e-mail following their 10th annual visit to the ranch…“I love going to the ranch. We all have a great time visiting, laughing, eating, and scrapbooking. I don’t see my sisters and these friends as often as I would like. But when we get to the ranch it’s like no time has past at all and we just pick up right where we left off. Thank you so much for hosting the scrapbook weekend, I look forward to it each year.” This is your getaway…take it at your pace! See Rates Page for Scrapbooking dates and rates. Call for Quilting Retreat dates and rates.