Family Vacation to Black Butte Ranch (Oregon)

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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We hadn’t visited Black Butte Ranch (BBR) since 2015 when Quinn was just a year old, so we were more than ready to return to one of our favorite vacation spots ever.

BBR is truly a special place and one we look forward to visiting again and again, especially now that Quinn is older. There’s so much to do! I really could go on and on about how much we love the ranch, but instead I’ll cut to the chance and show you highlights from our family vacation!

POOL TIME – Seriously, it was a highlight for Quinn for sure. He literally spent 3 hours one day floating around and playing in the water without getting out a single time. We visited the pool just about every day, and Qman could not get enough of it!

I think we need to sign the kid up for swimming lessons ASAP!

Family get-togethers and playing “Fetch” with our son – Another Quinn favorite! 🙂 He and Mal played for quite awhile one night at a family barbecue.

It’s okay to play Fetch with your kid, right? Haha! But, really, it was great catching up with family after all of these years!

Riding around in the family’s golf cart – One of my favorite memories from the whole trip was taking the family golf cart for a spin with Mal and Quinn while listening to music. It was such a nice night and we all smiled the whole way to the general store and back! FYI: In the photo below, Quinn is holding a plastic case with a huge dead beetle in it, which actually ended up coming home with us! 🙂

Another fun memory was showing up in style to a family get-together! 🙂

Our July 4th celebration – BBR does it up right for the 4th!

Running an impromptu July 4th road race with my sister-in-law! We decided to run it the night before (while drinking wine), and we made it all 3.5 miles around the ranch without stopping! I was pretty impressed with us! 🙂

Quinn adapting well and eating, which was a huge step for us! Usually, when he travels, Quinn goes on “hunger strikes” and wants to go home the whole time. We finally made some progress with our adventures – our family even commented on how flexible and well-behaved he was and he ATE a ton. He also discovered a new love for apple slices with peanut butter! 🙂

A bike adventure around the ranch with the whole family – It was quite the memorable time! Haha!

It was so nice exploring all of the beautiful sights and sounds of the ranch!

Morning bike rides to get iced coffee… and popcorn! I really enjoyed the active lifestyle at the ranch. Mal and I barely “worked out” on vacation, but we surpassed our daily step goal everyday because we never stopped moving!

I wore the long-sleeve top below on ton on vacation – I’m so glad Mal “made” me buy it! 🙂

Quality time, shenanigans, and everything else – Basically, just enjoying time away from “real life.” It was soooooo nice to disconnect and just focus on family and fun!

Question of the Day

Were you on vacation last week? If you had to pick just one memory, what would it be? 



  1. Hi! Random – but what jean shorts are you wearing on the 4th? I have such a hard time finding shorts that aren’t super tight (or short) on my more athletic legs!


  2. Yay! Glad to see you had a great time ! Couldn’t help but look for my family in the background of the pool and July 4th shots, ha! We’re headed there next weekend 🙂 Welcome home!

  3. This place looks awesome. I don’t know how I missed your post from 3yrs ago about BBR but I have made a note of this place for a future family vaca. We are in Northern California so not too far from Bend. I love all of the outdoor activities (pools, horseback riding, fishing, golf) plus spas and it looks like great restaurants too. Thank you for sharing!
    On a different note: where did you get that cute white tank w/the red stars?

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