“From this valley they say you are going…”

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I first met Sarah Parry after her continuous liking of Instagram and Facebook posts of the Ranch and her horse Cowboy. I was finally able to meet Sarah face-to-face and enjoy a week with her at the Ranch earlier this summer. Sarah grew up coming to the Ranch as her grandparents are Ann & Steve Stranahan. During the years she has not only been a guest but a staff member for three summers. This past month she came back to the Ranch for a stay and wrote a blog piece for us about her “last” Saturday here. ~Andrea   The sun filters … Continued

Shea Wright ~ California Girl With A Colorado Dude Ranch Soul

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Shea Wright is one of our housekeepers – and one of the great “behind the scenes” people that make our Colorado dude ranch run. Guests experience her perfectly made beds, and the cookies and cheeses she stocks in guest rooms, but our staff loves her because she is full of energy and fun – and she and Maggie do an amazing job of keeping their housekeeping team going during the dog days of summer (and the winter.)  Shea came to The Home Ranch last winter and decided to come back for another season. She came here to experience a real … Continued

Inside the Kitchen- Tempura Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Ratatouille Goat Cheese

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Tempura Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Ratatouille Goat Cheese   ½ medium eggplant, split lengthwise 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 cup finely deiced zucchini 1.2 cup died red onion 1.2 deiced yellow pepper 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves ½ tablespoon fresh oregano or marjoram leaves ½ tablespoon fresh parsley leaves chopped ½ teaspoon Kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon bread crumbs ½ cup goat cheese 16 large zucchini blossoms   Preheat oven to 400 F   Place the eggplant half, cut side down on a baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, … Continued

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014

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Craig and I inherited a promising wine list when we both started our new roles in the wine program, respectively. Over the last three plus years Craig has traveled, tasted, and discovered new wines, narrowing down choices that complimented our list.  “It has been a welcome challenge to create a list that is balanced to include big name Old World producers as well as having local and West Coast representation,” says Craig.  Creating relationships with smaller producers is something we are both particularly proud of.  It allows us to showcase the breadth of quality small production operations, of which reflect similar … Continued

Fire Up The Grill- Harvest Weeks

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The vision of Clyde’s Farm is now a reality at The Home Ranch; and to celebrate it’s bounty we have invited Colorado beer crafters, distillers, winemakers, food artisans and chefs to ply their wares. We now have the opportunity to showcase such a wide array of talent on site at both our new Farm Kitchen and Lodge Dining Room. We welcome you to join us at The Home Ranch in late summer to immerse yourself in the Locavore movement during our Mountain Harvest Weeks. Warm Regards, Clyde Nelson General Manger & Executive Chef     Share this:

Fire Up the Grill- June

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Firing up the Grill with Chef Clyde Around here early June is our favorite time of year. Our meadows are lush with green, and roaming with horses grazing on the pastures’ new growth. The river is roaring and the Ranch is buzzing with activity as we prepare for our first guests. Our summer staff is arriving daily, all excited to be here and contribute to a great Home Ranch experience. Within this beautiful Elk River valley, with all of its opportunities for enjoyment, and with our mission of great Western hospitality, we have created a special sense of place just … Continued

All About Teamwork- Corporate Groups

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The Home Ranch hosts corporate groups October – May. Last month we hosted two different groups. The first was a Corporate Retreat and the second week was a group of executives from around the world working with a consulting company based in Boulder, CO on conversations.  Each week the groups end with team building activities to finish out their week at the ranch.  Both weeks they each did something very different, but was also very Home Ranch; food and horses.         PGI wanted a team building challenge and came up with an event based on the TV … Continued

Weanling Weeks- Tormenta

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Each year The Home Ranch offers guests a week long experience during which they learn to lead Canadian Sport Horse weanlings that are 5 months old. At the week’s end, there is a horse sale of the weanlings open to all. This year The Home Ranch has two horse sales, September 13th & 20th.     Tormenta By: Alec Nelson   I bought Tormenta as a yearling at The Home Ranch’s 2011 Canadian sport horse sale. Her sire is Ice Caper (Thoroughbred) and her dam is Buck’s Gal (Quarter Horse/Percheron). From the get-go she was a good-looking bay filly that seemed … Continued

Meet The Herd: Here’s Frisco!

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Frisco has been an excellent guest horse for The Home Ranch over the years. He is a smart, reliable horse that wranglers love to use for roping steers. Because of his steady mind, horse trainer Alec Nelson and former head wrangler Kelly Carlson used him on several occasions this winter for help in starting the Home Ranch colts. A solid saddle horse can be an important assistant in giving a young colt or filly a sense of security for his first couple times under saddle in the round pen. With Kelly on Frisco, Alec was able to get off to … Continued

June Bloom ~ See The Elk River Valley in Full Splendor

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As a special tribute to this month of awakening, we’ve asked legendary Steamboat Springs photographer Don Tudor to share the beauty of his June wildlife and landscape photos with you. For Don, the unique qualities of flora, fauna, light and landscape in the Elk River and Yampa Valleys in June, combine the perfect elements of color, light, and subject. This serendipity of season and place makes June the month for capturing the perfect photographic moment. We hope you enjoy the words and images Don has shared with us for this special month. June Photo Essay By Don Tudor As a professional nature … Continued