Get Ready for Next Summer!

It’s not too early to start planning and thinking about next year. With the holidays coming up, think about giving the gift of an experience—or adding a visit to Sweet Pepper Ranch to your own “wish list!” There are many different ways you can experience Sweet Pepper Ranch: as a small-scale personalized guest ranch, an overnight bed and breakfast or as a horse motel. Bring your own horse or ride one of our kind, highly trained reining horses. Come for a Cowgirl Weekend Getaway—or stay for a week of adventures. Check out the website to see lots of smiles from past guests —be sure to all the way scroll down!

Suggested dates and themes are listed on the website, but you are welcomed to come up with your own dates and ideas. Peruse our website for photos and ideas that lift your spirit. Let us know what interests you and we’ll do the rest. Upon your arrival we’ll have your curriculum planned for you, all you do is enjoy. Do you like rodeos? Herding dog trials? Street fairs? Vineyards and wine tasting? Breweries? Nice restaurants? Basque or Mexican food? Train rides? Golf? Rafting or fishing? Birding? Would you like to ride through the desert with its beautiful muted pallet of colors and interesting rock formations? Or maybe a trailride with the cool mountain breeze and whisper of evergreens? Tell us your dreams and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

One truly unique and relaxing nearby activity you can enjoy while staying at Sweet Pepper Ranch is a farm-to-fork dinner, such as ones held at Peaceful Belly Farm, an ecologically sustainable urban farm featuring certified organic produce. Enjoy a spectacular meal paired with local wines in the most exhilarating of outdoor settings.

And don’t forget riding—opportunities are endless here, whether it’s a moonlight trail ride or a ride to see wild horses, we got you covered in a fun, safe “horse camp” atmosphere tailored for adults. We also offer work/study opportunities for folks who want to learn green horse keeping.  And for horsey folks traveling through the area, we have a safe, convenient place to spend the night for both horse and owner—and pets!

Carve out some special time for you and friends or family for next summer next year and start dreaming!

Alayne and Matt

Author: alayne

Alayne Blickle is the creator and director of the award-winning program Horses for Clean Water. Since 1997, Horses for Clean Water has taught environmentally sensitive horsekeeping practices through classes, workshops, demonstration farms, farm tours, and individual consultations. The program is funded through grants, contracts, and consulting and program fees. With more than 15 years of experience as an environmental educator, Alayne works with livestock owners on regional issues of manure management and non-point pollution reduction. She is also in demand as a presenter for educational institutions, natural resource agencies, horse groups, and other audiences in many parts of North America. In conjunction with Horses for Clean Water, Alayne also publishes The Green Horse, a monthly on-line newsletter supporting sustainable horsekeeping practices. Started in January 2004, The Green Horse now reaches more than 1,000 email addresses nationwide. Alayne contributes to other publications as well, including her monthly column for Northwest Horse Source, and articles for Equus, Horse & Rider, and John Lyons’ The Perfect Horse. As a photographer and producer she has created educational material and slide presentations. Alayne is a life-long learner. Her undergraduate college work focused on psychology and natural sciences (BA, Southern Illinois University). She has continued to expand and refine her education ever since, with an MA in communications (SIU) and post-graduate work in educational media (University of Washington) and fine arts photography (University of Alaska). She keeps her training current in the areas of natural resources, rangeland science, and equine studies. She holds the titles of Washington State University Livestock Advisor and King County Master Recycler and Composter. In her personal life, Alayne is a life-long equestrian and horse lover. She owns a 10-acre environmentally sensitive horse farm in Maple Valley, WA, where she raises reining horses. She has experience with a variety of horse breeds and disciplines and currently, along with her horse, Bob, she competes nationally in reining.