Magee Homestead

A Re­lais & Chateaux Ro­man­tic Re­sort

Upscale Living Magazine - - CONTENT - | By Priscilla Pilon

A Re­lais & Chateaux Ro­man­tic Re­sort

Magee Homestead is a pri­vate hide­away nes­tled in the val­ley of the Sierra Madre and Snowy Moun­tain ranges. The nine up­scale cab­ins can be rented in­di­vid­u­ally or the group can be blocked off for a pri­vate event. Those want­ing to host a re­union or in­ti­mate fam­ily wedding love that it is a se­cluded lo­ca­tion but still con­ve­niently close to the pri­vate air­port in the tony town of Saratoga. While ex­clu­sive, it is a laid­back prop­erty – more of an adult sum­mer camp meets spa kind-of-feel and, best of all, it is an all-in­clu­sive re­sort.

Part of the Re­lais & Chateaux group, the prop­erty is a 30,000-acre re­sort cater­ing to folks who love the out­doors – fish­ing, hunt­ing, hik­ing, horse­back rid­ing, and shoot­ing, but at the end of the day want first class spa treat­ments, a smooth Wy­oming whiskey at happy hour, gas­tro­nomic meals, and sun­set cock­tails by the camp­fire.

My hus­band Matt and I spent three days and nights at Magee hon­ing some ranch skills al­ready ac­quired and adding to our reper­toire through the help of their ex­pert guides.

OUR FA­VORITE AC­TIV­I­TIES

Fly fish­ing – Ac­cess to Gold Medal (5,000 fish per mile) Streams and armed with the help of our ex­pert guide Phillip, us novices learned the art of cast­ing, mend­ing and re­leas­ing. Matt caught a fine-look­ing 20” rain­bow trout af­ter an epic bat­tle and was grinning from ear to ear – price­less! Since Magee Homestead is part of the Orvis en­dorsed Brush Creek Lux­ury Ranch Col­lec­tion, pro­fes­sional gear from waders and boots to poles and nets were in­cluded as part of the ex­cur­sion.

Hik­ing – The Medicine Bow (12,000 ft. high) of­fers some of the pret­ti­est vis­tas and is an ex­cel­lent hike for those want­ing a se­ri­ous work­out. The day we tried to take it on, it was snowed-in so our af­fa­ble guide Corbin took us over to Brush Creek where we en­joyed our off-piste ad­ven­ture to the top of the ranch’s rolling hills. Once down, we elected to cross a patch of the stream with chilly rush­ing white-wa­ter. It was a chal­lenge travers­ing bare­foot on the slip­pery, moss-laden rocks to dry land, but the frigid wa­ters ac­tu­ally re­lieved our aching feet. Magee of­fers non-hik­ers a great op­tion to ex­plore the Na­tional For­est via all-ter­rain Po­laris ve­hi­cles with a Ranger (sup­ple­men­tal fee ap­plies).

Horse­back Rid­ing – Pro­fi­cient horse folk and novices alike can ex­pe­ri­ence some of the pret­ti­est trails on the range. Ev­ery guest is out­fit­ted with au­then­tic rid­ing boots and hats be­fore be­ing paired with horses ac­cord­ing to their rid­ing abil­i­ties. It was Matt’s first-time rid­ing, and while I have been a few times be­fore, I still con­sider my­self a novice so we re­quested docile horses and a pa­tient wran­gler. Our pa­tient guide Gar­rett choose a cou­ple of easy-go­ing horses for our ride and took us on a scenic and tran­quil trail. It was the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion for green­horns like us.

The Spa – the prop­erty sits up at an el­e­va­tion up­wards of 6,700 feet. For those ar­riv­ing from sea level I highly rec­om­mend an a-la-carte spa treat­ment. I booked a re­flex­ol­ogy ses­sion which did won­ders to help ease my joint pain post-hike and no­ticed there are specif­i­cally de­signed treat­ments to help peo­ple avoid or re­lieve al­ti­tude sick­ness.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TIONS, FOOD AND LI­BA­TIONS

Known for five-star hos­pi­tal­ity and out­stand­ing food and wine, it’s no won­der that Magee Homestead is part of the Re­lais & Chateaux fam­ily. Each well-ap­pointed cabin is dis­tinctly dec­o­rated with a western chic flair. Modish ameni­ties like their own bot­tled sun­screen and lo­tions are a nice touch.

Ef­forts at Magee are be­ing made to be as ecofriendl­y as pos­si­ble. Re­us­able wa­ter bot­tles are pro­vided to each guest and ro­bust plans for sus­tain­able food pro­duc­tion are in the works. Cur­rently, the red meat served is sourced from their own ranch-raised Akaushi herd. Their

mas­sive on-site green­house pro­duces 100 dif­fer­ent items used through­out the prop­erty and other in­gre­di­ents they need they work dili­gently to pro­cure from re­gional part­ners.

Chef de Cui­sine, AJ Buchanio, and his team take ad­van­tage of the lo­cal fish and game to serve wild west de­lights with a so­phis­ti­cated twist. The som­me­lier pairs each course with wine (if de­sired) from the ex­ten­sive wine list. Sig­na­ture cock­tails and mock­tails in­spired by lo­cal spir­its and healthy fix­ings are their spe­cial­ties from the bar which puts a lit­tle ex­tra happy into their Happy Hour.

Home brew Detox shots are kept cool in a self-serve mini­bar fridge in the din­ing lodge right next to the sin­fully de­li­cious home-baked cook­ies. I am sure that the detox can­cels out the in­dul­gence of the cookie so I had one of each daily, just to be sure.

Whether vis­it­ing as a cou­ple, fam­ily or with friends a get­away to Magee Homestead is a treat for ad­ven­tur­ers with an ap­petite for laid­back lux­ury.

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