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Arizona: A Rustic Desert Getaway

Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Rancho de los Caballeros

A horse ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona may not be the first place you think of when you begin dreaming of your destination wedding day. That’s okay; it wasn’t entirely on my radar either when I was invited to check out a historic property called Rancho de los Caballeros. But after visiting, touring the property and indulging in all they have to offer…I’m a believer.

This charming ranch feels like a throwback to the 1950s. Much of the furniture and décor is original, giving it a vintage feel, but you’ll find modern luxuries throughout. Located on approximately 20,000 acres, the resort property boasts its own golf course, spa and all-inclusive dining. Many of their guest rooms can open up to one another, making a buy-out or even partial buy-out ideal for destination wedding groups. Each room is spacious, cozy and unique – really giving you the feel of a bed and breakfast rather than a hotel or resort.

One of the top reasons people visit the ranch is for the horses. They have 100 saddled horses and several wranglers to make sure you’re matched with the right one. Grab a cowboy hat (they’ll loan ya one if you don’t want to pack it) and hold on for the ride of your life! With the 20,000 acres of meandering desert, and morning and afternoon rides, you can ride to your heart’s content.

Their spa is a stand-out as well. Don’t worry about the fact they don’t have a locker room – it’s actually a major plus because each luxury appointed treatment room has its own private bathroom, shower and changing area. You can hang around your treatment room as long as you like, because at Rancho de los Caballeros, their goal is to get you to slow down and enjoy your experience.

The all-inclusive dining here is impressive. Buffets are offered at breakfast and lunch and a formal dinner with menu selections at night. Their food is expertly crafted and inspired. One activity you should definitely take advantage of is their outdoor cook-out. Dine under the stars, toast marshmallows over an open fire and take in the crisp, dry desert air.

There are countless places to have your wedding here – from large open spaces on the ranch to the lush green golf course, couples will be surrounded by views of the Bradshaw Mountain Range in the distance.

From stunning sunsets and rustic elegance, to endless activities and relaxing respite, Rancho de los Caballeros is an ideal locale for a destination wedding. If it wasn’t on your radar before, we hope it is now.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2014 issue. You can order a copy here.

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