Indulge your Yellowstone obsession on these 5 sprawling ranch getaways – The Hollywood Reporter
With 14 million viewers for its fourth season — and numerous spin-offs (1883 and work in progress 1932 and 6666) — YellowstoneNominated for Paramount Network’s SAG Awards, a devastating binge-worthy Modern Western drama, now airing on Peacock, has established itself as a ratings giant and the most popular series on cable.
Co-created by Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter behind critically acclaimed films like Against all odds, wind river and Sicario, Yellowstone is a biblical family saga starring Kevin Costner as John Dutton Jr., the steely patriarch and widower of one of Montana’s most powerful families who is also the state’s largest landowner. . Dutton and his brood continually tangle with government officials, a Native American reservation, and ruthless developers to maintain control of the vast tract of untouched land that has belonged to their family for generations.
As season five gears up for production this spring, you can calm your Yellowstone cravings with 1883, the prequel series starring Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as the first generation of Duttons, which is now streaming on Paramount+. The next 1932 will follow the Duttons through Prohibition and the Great Depression, and 6666 revolves around the legendary Four Sixes Ranch in Texas. Meanwhile, other streamers jump on the hay cart. Amazon Prime Video recently debuted Outdoor beach. Starring Josh Brolin as a Wyoming rancher fighting for his land and his family, the series offers a supernatural twist on western-themed drama.
While these series transport viewers to another time and place, nothing compares to a physical immersion in the Great American West on a ranch vacation that offers unspoiled terrain with all the authentic fixings.
Here, six properties where slowing down and lounging in life on the prairie is a cinch (pun intended).
ALISAL RANCH, SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Yellowstone Star Kevin Costner and his family have been spotted numerous times at this beloved hideaway in the Santa Ynez Valley wine region. Located on 10,000 acres and just a two hour drive from Los Angeles, Alisal Ranch offers a gracefully rustic taste of the Wild West while inspiring guests to unplug, phone-free and TV-free in newly renovated California ranch-style cottages designed by Jennifer Taylor.
Activities are plentiful, including horseback riding led by wranglers. With over 80 km of hiking trails, there is something for all ages. A highlight is the Pancake Breakfast ride to the historic 100-year-old adobe house with a cowboy poet, campfire, and live music. There is also archery, air rifle, bicycling, goats, rabbits and pigs at the barn, two championship golf courses, fishing and boating on the lake of 100 acres of property, tennis and spa. Of course, you can also choose to simply relax by the heated pool or with a little liquid courage, just like John Dutton himself. Or sip rosé, chardonnay, pinot and many other varietals at one of over 100 nearby wineries after a day of adventure. Alisal partners with numerous wineries and tasting rooms, including Carhartt Family Wines in Los Olivos and Crawford Family Wines in the bustling Danish-style town of Solvang, and will host an afternoon of tastings for guests.
In the evening, dine and relax at Alisal’s Ranch Room, a traditional dining space overseen by Executive Chef Anthony Endy. Breakfast and dinner are included in the nightly rate, and on-site dining is remarkably distinguished. Jackets are required for the gentleman in the evening (these can be removed while seated), which create an ambience of distinguished, understated luxury, and the service is undeniably warm and accommodating. The property also offers festive barbecue parties at a California ranch — which can include a traditional Santa Maria-style barbecue — hosted by guest chefs and featuring live music; from $570 a night, includes breakfast and dinner (lunch is available a la carte); alisal.com.
BELTANE RANCH, GLEN ELLEN, CALIFORNIA
Originally built in the 1890s as a weekend retreat for Mary Ellen Pleasant, a black entrepreneur and abolitionist, Beltane Ranch offers a palpable sense of place in the heart of Sonoma County. Situated on 100 acres, this family regenerative farm exudes authenticity.
Surrounded by ancient oak trees, meadows, gardens and vineyards, at the heart of the property is a six-room Victorian-style house with a white picket fence, wrap-around porch and original antiques. The rooms are comfortable with soft bedding and wrought iron beds. The property’s walking paths meander past grazing sheep, horses and donkeys, while the conservatory menu includes award-winning wines and sustainably grown produce, such as egg frittatas donated by the resident hens; from $295, includes breakfast, beltaneranch.com.
BRUSH CREEK RANCH, SARATOGA, WYOMING
An unabashed Western-chic vibe pervades this 30,000-acre all-inclusive working ranch dating back to the 1800s. About a four-hour drive from Denver, Brush Creek Ranch brims with indulgent flair, right down to the cowhide chairs, antler chandeliers, wagyu cattle, and seed-to-table family meals (featuring organic produce grown in the on-site 20,000-square-foot greenhouse ).
There’s also a resident creamery with homemade cheeses and ice cream, plus cart barbecues, a whiskey bar, and an impressive wine collection. A pool grotto, yoga studio, sound bath lessons, and an expanded workout room were recently added. Activities include fly-fishing and hiking and horseback riding over rugged terrain; from $1,250, all inclusive, brushcreekranch.com.
CARMEL VALLEY RANCH, CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, CALIFORNIA
Nestled inland beneath the Santa Lucia Mountains, the serene 500-acre estate Carmel Valley Ranch greets guests with lush lavender plantations and, if you’re lucky, crowds of wild turkeys and deer. Similar to a deluxe rustic summer camp for all ages, it offers a full suite of activities, including interactive equine experiences, falconry, and the chance to slip into a beekeeping costume and interact with locals. resident bees.
There are also nature hikes, hilltop yoga, an 18-hole golf course, the Aiyana Spa, and evening s’mores. Also summon your inner Rip Wheeler (Dutton Ranch’s brooding foreman and fan-favorite played by actor Cole Hauser) with the property’s new Ranch It Up outing, where guests go behind the scenes with farm animals to understand the level of commitment and care needed to help these beloved creatures thrive.
Most of the spacious residential-style accommodations have private terraces overlooking the grounds; from $325, carmelvalleyranch.com.
ASPEN VALLEY RANCH RESIDENCES
At the height of cowboy decadence sits this private, gated community of opulent four- and five-bedroom furnished farmhouses offering a dizzying array of recreation, including a converted stable with a dedicated wrangler, a 60-foot round bullpen and a carousel.
Perched on over 800 acres in the Roaring Fork Valley and just 10 minutes from the bustle of downtown Aspen, the 5,700 to 13,000 square foot (from $175,000 per month) resorts are designed by famed architect Michael Fuller with elements that pay homage to the American West on steroids – reclaimed beams and barn wood, oversized windows flooded with natural light, and striking mountain and pasture views.
Clefs d’Or resident concierges will take care of all guest wishes for an additional fee, including event planning, spa services, private chef-led dining, sommeliers and babysitting . And indulge your outdoor cravings at the Toy Garage filled with shiny e-bikes, four-wheelers and a Polaris RZR; from $175,000 per month, avrresidences.com.
STANLY RANCH, HOSTEL RESORTS COLLECTION
Imagine being perched on a historic 700-acre ranch, blanketed in eucalyptus trees, sprawling vineyards, rolling hills, and the Napa River. It is perhaps only a tiny size compared to the huge Dutton Ranch at Yellowstonebut this pastoral place is the new Stanly Ranch located on the southern edge of Napa Valley.
A working farm since the mid-1800s, the resort is a mecca for wellness enthusiasts thanks to Halehouse, the personal dining complex offering everything from massage and cryofacials to a circuit program with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a salt therapy and a cold bath. There are also three on-site dining experiences led by executive chef Garrison Price of New York’s famed il Buco Alimentari.
If you can get away from the cottages designed in a modern farmhouse with views of mountains or vineyards, epic adventures await in the form of falconry and mountain lion tracking alongside a wildlife defender ; from $1,260, hostelresorts.com.
A version of this story first appeared in the May 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.