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Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Fossil B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 April 2012

This is our 3rd visit to Wilson Ranch. We've been taking our grandchildren during Spring Break and I can't say enough good things about the experience. We all get a little riding in, but the ranch offers more than that. The ranch house is charming, the bedding is comfy, the breakfasts are great, and Phil and Nancy Wilson are full of entertaining ranch stories. We've herded cattle, fed new born calves, and watched an owl's nest--what a great time!

Room Tip: The hideout is great for a family--two rooms. One has 2 twins and the other a king size bed, with a...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Summer 2010: Spending time with my daughter is always priceless. Spending a couple days at Wilson Ranch with my daughter was not only priceless but an experience we both will forever ever cherish. Leaving the big city lights for vibrant star filled nights, leaving traffic for awesome horses, having the best home cooked meals, enjoying hospitality second to done ( THANK YOU PHIL AND NANCY ), seeing beautiful country that goes forever, moving cattle on awesome horses...............Oh, being saddle sore feels so good!!!! Can not wait to return. Thank you Wilson Ranch. Barry & Nicole Hasson, Lake Oswego, Oregon

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

We had a marvelous week here and enjoyed every minute. Phil and Nancy were great hosts and the breakfasts were the best we had in our stay in the US. The place was spotless with comfortable beds and beautiful linen. My sister was able to try her hand at 'Western' riding and went for fabulous rides in the mountains. Nancy helped us find places to explore and gave us printed maps with local routes - nothing was too much trouble. They made us feel so at home which is surely a great gift.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

Just got back from 4 nights at the Ranch. Phil and Nancy are wonderful hosts and very entertaining. Stayed in the Homestead Room with private bath just outside the room. Yes things are rustic but you are on a working ranch! Met some wonderful new friends and thoroughly enjoyed are stay. I have never liked riding but went on two rides and I must say am a convert now! Horses are working horses and were easy to ride and the guides did a great job. And the scenery was beautiful. What more could you ask!

Make sure to go to Blue Basin and the Clarno unit of the Painted Hills. Eat at Rj's, very good for a very small town. And make sure to hunt for fossils behind the high school, got quite a few. Save room for the yummy breakfasts.

Can't wait to return. Thank for Phil and Nancy and Karen and Tom and Brian.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

The ranch accommodations are a little more rustic than I am used to, but clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, an incredibly dark sky to watch a meteor shower and the horse back riding. Breakfast was terrific every morning and we enjoyed talking with the Wilson's. You can bring your own food for lunches and dinner but amenities for cooking are limited. Plenty of dinner fare available in town. Warning- bathrooms are shared and not necessarily close to your room. Our family had two of the rooms upstairs which was fine except when I needed to use the facilities in the middle of the night which are downstairs. Our family had a great time at the ranch as well as exploring the area - we would definitely go again.

Room Tip: If you have kids with you I suggest the "family room" downstairs
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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

The ranch is in a great location, just outside of fossil. You get a taste of what it's like to live on a ranch. The owners and their family are so kind, full of intriguing stories and a testament to what true ranchers are all about. Hard working, good people. We did a horse ride that was like nothing else. Not a nose to butt trail ride but a real 'ride' on genuine cattle working horses. Such a treat. It was very hot when we were there and we had no A/C in our room - we slept with the window open and got to hear the most amazing thunder & lightening storm. All part of the experience! As many have already mentioned, the farmhouse breakfast with Phil & Nancy is the best.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

We stayed at the Wilson's in the beginning of August with our two boys, 12 & 6. Everything was better than expected including the breakfast which was made by the Wilson's themselves. If you do go the horseback riding is a must. By far the best guided horseback riding in the state. It puts Black Butte Ranch to shame! Thanks for the great hospitality. We will be back!

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 15809 Butte Creek Ln, PO Box 274, Fossil, OR 97830-8339
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Region: United States > Oregon > Fossil
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Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Fossil
Price Range: $152 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Legendary pioneer hospitality awaits you at our Oregon bed and breakfast ranch near John Day, Oregon. At Wilson Ranches Retreat you will enjoy peaceful ranch environment rich in history. Live a day in the life of a cowboy or cowgirl on our 9,000 acre working cattle ranch in the beautiful Butte Creek Valley, three miles West of the small town of Fossil, Oregon. Relax and rejuvenate in the pristine ranch style guest rooms. Stunning sunsets, brilliant star-studded nights and the diverse flora and fauna of Fossil, Oregon will captivate you. At our Oregon guest ranch, lifetime memories are created on scenic horseback rides, cattle drives, hiking and ranch tours in a geologically and historically rich area with a magnificent view of the Cascade Mountain Range. Wilson Ranches Retreat is an exceptional place to headquarter your exploration of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, where you will discover the richest find of prehistoric fossils in the world. ... more   less 
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