Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Leather Anniversary US Travel: A Western Experience At Blazin M' Ranch in Cottonwood, Arizona!

Photo, hats and my shirt all courtesy of our host, Ruby Evangelista Tuttle

As leather is the traditional symbol of our third wedding anniversary, we were seeking for a place that will cater to our inner cowboy and cowgirl, soaking up the old-timey Western fantasy of donning our cowboy hat and breaking our boots & spurs. Thankfully, our thoughtful hosts, Spouses Roy and Ruby Tuttle, surprised us with a dinner invitation at the Blazin M' Ranch on our anniversary night (September 21, 2016).Oh boy! Not only we had a taste of chuck (that's what all cowboy food is called!) but one memorable experience, a giddy ride back into the Old West that let us live the John Wayne in us and said, Yeehaw!!

Behind us is the climate controlled barn

Blazin M' Ranch is a family -owned facility in Cottonwood, Arizona with all the trappings of a fun little "western" town - saloon, a cornerstone of any western town, mercantile, bank, hotel, jail, and vintage farm equipment and tractor. Aside from the diners who are expectedly in their cowboy and cowgirl attires (except for a few KJs lol), there are real live cowboys who simulate western life here and there like robbers, trick ropers and rugged outdoorsman on a horseback with rifle and revolver for that authentic Western feel. Before dinner, guests can ride the classic 1940 John Deere tractor that pulls riders in wagons for a spin around the Ranch, or take a roping lessons with the full-sized stationery horse, or just like us, you too can become an outlaw by throwing yourself into the jail and viewing the outside world from behind bars! 

We Are Behind Bars for Three Years now! Yeehah! behind the bars of love!

Chuckwagon Supper

At 6:30pm, the chow bell rang and all pioneers knew it was time for the Western - style chuck wagon dinner! All guests were ushered to a climate-controlled barn reminiscent of a dinner around a campfire over century ago, and seated in picnic style tables lined up with Old West tin plates, tin cups, mug glass and utensils. Dinner is served buffet style. For the initial serving, we had to line up, grab a tin plate and head through the "chuck wagon" serving stations where we were served with BBQ chicken and pork ribs, foil wrapped baked potato, cowboy beans, luscious flying biscuits aand their signature prickly pear cole slaw. 

For drinks, the complimentary lemonade, iced tea or coffe, or water, or a purchased beverage are served in pitchers. The delectable caramel apple crisp a la mode is served for dessert to round out our dining experience.

Our Dinner Table with our Anniversary Sponsors, Ate Ruby and Kuya Roy

Cowboy Stage Show

After dinner Bill Basset of the Blazin M' Cowboys opened the show, welcoming everyone and announced our names since we were celebrating our anniversary! Then for one hour, or so, Bill with Jim and Jeanne Martin entertained us with their award - winning old style, western swing, country music mixed with cowboy poetry and humor. 

Jim & Jeanne Martin, Tom Jepperson a.k.a. Otis and Bill Basset

Tom Jepperson or Otis, named Cornville's most eligible bachelor since 1986 also appeared to relive the good old days and heavy doze of Western tunes. Towards the end of the show, there is a light and sound featuring the Ranch most infamous occupant, the Ghost Rider, who "stole us away forever to ride the devil's herd across the endless skies".

Blazin M' Ranch is located at 1875 Mabery Ranch Rd. Cottonwood, AZ 86326
All activities (except photo opt and shooting) are free with the Dinner Pricing.
Adults - $39.95
Seniors (65 & Better) - $34.95
Children (5-12) - $19.95
Toddlers 4 & Under - Free