Karen and I would just like to thank you once again for your wonderful hospitality. We had no idea what to expect when we
arrived at your ranch. From the moment we walked in, we realized that we were in a very special place. From the meals, dancing, walks, horseback riding, fishing and hours of talking with everyone, we have memories that will last us forever. Thank you again for opening your home and beautiful part of the country to us and making us feel so welcome. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.
Friendly,Robyn & Karen (October 2007)
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 I 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. Meal times are great because everyone sits together so you can get to know the other people who are sharing the ranch with you. The food is GREAT, the Rankin family is full of smiles and they all made me feel very safe. And last but not least I can forget Dave and the fun and informative trial rides. I look forward to coming back every year.Angelique (Victorville, Ca.)
First, thanks again for a great time. Our year wouldn’t be the same without this trip. People have wondered why we go to the same place every year, but they’ll never understand unless they’ve been there. After 14 years and 18 visits, it’s really become a second home. And what lessons everyone can learn from each of you - that of hardwork, dedication, warmth, humility and serving others. You really do put most of us to shame. So just know that all of that is greatly appreciated.Thanks again, Chris & Sharon (Visalia, Ca. - October 2007)
We look forward to seeing Chris and Sharon each fall. 2010 marks their 17th year vacationing at Rankin Ranch!
We decided on the Rankin Ranch for part of out dream holiday because of two things: (1) its location – being near to the other places we were visiting and (2) Its excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed. The ranch is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a lovely basin surrounded by wooded hills. Only 2 1/2 hours from L.A., but it could be in another world, and significantly because of its elevation its 10° or more cooler than the Bakersfield valley. The horses are wonderful, well looked after and most of them are real working quarter horses though ideal for complete novices like us. The family and staff make you really welcome, and after a hectic 10 days sightseeing this was an oasis of peace and calm. Park the car and forget it, lovely walks, no TV, fresh air, early morning rides and plenty to keep the kids occupied. Something to do every night whether it was Bingo, Hay Ride and barbeque, Pool Competition, magic show, and in the heat of the day, chilling by the pool, or practicing archery in the shady grove near the playing field... if you want to spend peaceful days in a little piece of heaven on earth, getting back to nature while having all your needs taken care of and the kids occupied and enthralled then you should book now. All in all it was just about perfect.Thanks again, Michael & Dawn (United Kingdom - August 2008)
To the Rankins & Everyone in that very large family,
Thank you all for a fantastic visit and fabulous vacation!! Every one of you made Morgan and I feel so welcome. Whether it was letting me put my morning milk in the refrigerator or tracking us down to see if we were going to ride or straightening the mess only Morgan can make – it was all done with caring and a smile. Rankin Ranch is a magical place! I hadn’t seen my daughter in a year (away at college), nor been on vacation in 9 years; Nothing I could have imagined would have been better than the reality of our time there. On our last day, we were already talking about our next trip there. You are each so special – and so are the other guests, who contributed to the fun of it all. We had THE BEST TIME! Stay healthy, be blessed, and we will see you soon!Gratefully, Morgan & Melannie (Agoura Hills, Ca. - October 2007)
Follow up letter from Melannie in January 2008... “It is going to be our annual mom and daughter retreat. We had such an incredible, relaxing time.”