All mountains cabins are surrounded by beautiful scenes of nature, yet they are within a short walking distance from the main recreation area.
Meals are served in The Garden Room throughout the season. Festive fall decor shown here for our fall scrapbooking weekends.
The “GARDEN ROOM”, where breakfast and dinner are served, is a beautiful, large dining area. Huge hanging plants seem to love the abundance of natural light that streams through the tall windows. Guests enjoy the photos of family members dating back to the mid 1800’s, and the water color paintings by Helen Rankin. An old Houser cupboard and other cherished family heirlooms are used every day. Each evening when the dinner bell rings at 6:30, guests enter the “GARDEN ROOM”, to find candle lit tables, linens and fresh flowers…these special touches add to your dining enjoyment. Salads are prepared, and served at your table…and a delicious buffet dinner follows. Everybody loves our home cooked meals…complete with fresh vegetables, top quality meats, and homemade breads and desserts. We’re asked often about vegetarian diets…each lunch and dinner has a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, pasta and breads. Everyone loves our food. A hearty breakfast is served anytime between 7:30 and 9:00am. If you are a light eater and prefer cereal or fruit, that’s fine, but most of our guests enjoy our hash browns and eggs…waffles…or pancakes served with crisp bacon or sausage. You can be an “early bird” or to “sleep in” in the morning…if you would rather sleep, we’ll serve coffee and juice in Lightner Square after the regular breakfast hour. A full buffet lunch is served at 12:30 on the terrace which overlooks the swimming pool. Everyone enjoys the casual setting and our delicious food. Helen Rankin taught Rudy (Rankin Ranch cook over 30 years) many of the old family ranch recipes. Guests continued to ask about delicious ranch recipes, so we made a cookbook that includes family photos and history.
|Eggs Cooked to Order||Spaghetti||BBQ Tri-tip and Chicken|
|Country Potatoes||Green Salad||Ranch Beans|
|Sourdough Toast||Fresh Fruit||Corn on the Cob|
|Bacon||Cottage Cheese||Fresh Fruit and Vegetables|
|(cold and hot cereal, yogurt, and fresh fruit are always available)||Garlic Bread||Salsa and Sourdough Rolls|
|Ice Cream Cones||Aunt Julia’s Gingerbread|
Evening Patio Party
Each evening before dinner, adult guests gather in “LIGHTNER SQUARE” for our “PATIO PARTY”. We don’t have a liquor license, but guests are welcome to bring their own adult beverage to this quiet gathering. We provide dips, chips and mixes on our glass topped table surrounded by comfortable benches. Shaded by the mulberry tree, you’ll have a great time relaxing and visiting with other guests. Children (during the Regular Season) gather in the recreation room or on the big lawn for fun activities with our counselors during this hour before dinner.
Haywagon Rides & BBQs
Hay Wagon Rides and Barbecues in the meadow are special weekly treats. Each Sunday for lunch, and one week night, usually on Wednesday, you’ll load up in the hay wagon and head to the meadow for a scrumptious barbecue meal. On Sunday…it’s barbecued hamburgers, ranch beans, potato salad and all the trimmings. Our evening meadow supper includes barbecued tri-tip and chicken, corn-on-the-cob, ranch beans and more…no one ever leaves hungry. After the meal there’s a Horseshoe Tournament with prizes for the lucky winners. The children love flying their homemade kites while out in the meadow.
“One of our favorite activities at the Ranch was going on the hay ride out to the BBQ in the meadow. This is definitely a fun event for both adults and children. The BBQ was absolutely delicious and the horseshoe games were a blast.”
-The Brackin Family
During the summer months, guests love our weekly Steakfry BBQ held on the front lawn of original Rankin Home. Since 1863, generations of Rankins have cherished the same view that guests enjoy while chatting with friends over a delicious steak dinner. (Typically held either Friday or Saturday night from mid June to Labor Day Weekend.)
Rankin Ranch is the perfect location for birthdays, anniversaries, and family reunions. If you reserve our entire accommodations for your group, we can plan all our activities to meet your group’s needs. If you let us know is advance, we’re happy to help celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with a cake and a small gift for the special guests of honor. We’ve helped plan several 50th Wedding Anniversaries where the entire family, children and grandchildren, join the special couple for their celebration.
Our cozy mountain cabins (14 rooms) can accommodate 30 to 50 people. This small number of guests adds to the personal, charming atmosphere…somewhat like that of a private house party. We have a total of 7 duplex cabins, 6 regular cabins and 1 deluxe cabin. These duplex cabins can be taken as a single room, or the two connecting rooms for larger families or parties. You’ll enjoy daily maid service in your clean, air conditioned cabin which is wood paneled and carpeted. Each room has large picture windows which provide beautiful views of the outdoors. All regular rooms have private entrances and baths, and will accommodate up to five people…there is a queen bed, a twin bed, and a day bed (which can be made into two singles) in each room. There are comfortable chairs for reading and relaxing after those fun filled days of horseback riding, swimming and hiking.
Many families enjoy the extra comforts of the “Chimo”, our deluxe cabin. It is a duplex cabin also, with two connecting rooms; each with private bath. Its larger floor plan can accommodate up to six people. Each “Chimo” room has two queen beds and a day bed that pulls out into two twin, a sitting area, small kitchenette with min-refrigerator and microwave, larger bathrooms each with separate shower and tub, and a spectacular view of Walker Basin. There is an extra 15% charge to the daily rate for the deluxe rooms. All cabins are situated in private locations and are surrounded by beautiful oaks and pines. Comfortable outdoor chairs provide the perfect setting for guests to enjoy star filled skies in the evenings and cool quiet mornings.