About Me

By day, I’m an Editor at Jetsetter, formerly of Travel + Leisure. By night, I’m a dreamer of far-off places and a life bigger than my own.

Write me! lindsey.olander [at] gmail.com.


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  1. Hi Lindsey — I saw on MSN today that you’d like to take your mother on a working dude ranch vacation in Wyoming or Montana. I recommend the 63 Ranch, a family-owned dude ranch outside Livingston, MT, adjoining the Gallatin National Forest. Our family vacationed there every summer for eight years when I was a child (living in Michigan), and it was the best ranching experience imaginable.

    The accommodations are individual rustic log cabins with private baths and daily housekeeping service, and all meals are served family-style in the lodgehouse dining room.

    The 63 provides guided trail rides twice daily Monday through Friday through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled scenery in the United States, and each Friday night, the guests ride out to a steak fry next to Mission Creek, then ride back to the ranch in the sunset. Sundays are ride-free and are spent hiking or loafing. The lodge has a game room, cozy fireplace area, piano and is decorated with beautiful antique pine-knot and cowhide furniture. Nearby Mission Creek is fed by mountain snowmelt and boasts some of the finest fly-fishing in the world.

    Riders are carefully matched to horses based on their riding skill level, and the wranglers are very friendly and knowledgeable. You can also take pack trips ranging from a day to a week.

    I loved the 63 for all the riding, my father and brother loved it for the fishing and riding, and my mother loved it for the riding and break from cooking and cleaning. I’m not sure what electronic entertainment and connections are available there now, but when we stayed there, they had one telephone and no TV – and we never missed it! The nearby town of Livingston has great saloons and restaurants, and the scenery is unbeatable. Each time we left at the end of our vacation, we all cried from the first cattle guard to the interstate.

    Do yourself a favor and check it out – I doubt your mother or you will be disappointed!


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