The place: Marble Mountain Ranch, Somes Bar, Calif.
The cost: $1,590 per adult; starts at $955 for kids 3 and up
Fulfill your city slicker fantasies with six days on this picturesque dude ranch, where you can learn to ride -- not to mention raft, fish, kayak, and more.
Family members who want to opt out of saddle sores can choose a lower rate that doesn't include activities but still gives them the run of the main lodge and 65-acre property, complete with pond, pool, and vegetable gardens.
The savings: 15% less than weeklong stays at other Northern California ranches. So what are you waiting for? Rustle up your kin and hit the trail!
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