Reflecting on Winter

As we wind down our winter season, it is always time to reflect.
We had a very nice winter and want to thank all of our guests that joined us and made for a wonderful season. It is so nice to chat by the fire in our dining room at night. The plates that are so beautifully presented and taste so great – it’s hard to beat. Thank you to Clyde, Craig, James, JD, David, Anne and of Course, Shannon for the wonderful pastries and desserts.
We will be saying goodbye to Mike, Mark, Alec and Leslie ’til next winter. We are so proud of our ski guides. Their knowledge and skill makes our ski and snowshoe program one of a kind. It was a cold winter, but we had great snow all winter. Thank you, ski guides.
When you check in, you are greeted with a big smile – We thank Selina, Nikki and Laura for that. The folks at our front desk truly get your vacation started on the right foot.
Kelly and his new team of Percherons have been a lot of fun to watch. Kelly was also riding right up to the end of the season…

Tree Trimming

Our employees have been getting back into the ‘grind’ here at the ranch, but of course they’ve been enjoying our 30 km of groomed cross country skiing and a little holiday cheer.

Our annual tree trimming party (decorating, not cutting!) was this past weekend, and we were able to welcome some new comers to our crew while we beautified the lodge for the holidays. We may have decorated the main tree but each of our cabins has its own tree and ornaments for the guests to decorate. The Home Ranch is definitely one of the most beautiful winter getaways that I’ve ever been to and now I’ve made it not only a seasonal place, but my permanent home. Come join us for your next all-inclusive holiday treat for you and your family…

Home Ranch Love

A sweet treat from our pastry chef, Shannon!

Our staff has started returning this week after enjoying the off season with their families. We are also welcoming a few new faces to the family this season. The ranch is beginning to feel like home again. With the snow falling, staff returning and arriving, and our Christmas lights up we’re ready to kick off our 2012-2013 winter season. Get those skis on and then warm up with a little HR Love!

What to Wear Cross Country Skiing

It’s always hard to pack for vacation when you’ve never been there, you don’t know what to expect. Visiting The Home Ranch is no different. For many visitors, this is your first time on a cross country ski vacation. So, I asked the experts (the guides) what they wear when they ski. Here is what Mark wears when he cross country skis Socks: Point 6 Base Layer Bottoms: Patagonia Midweight (Recycled Threads) Outer Layer Bottom: Patagonia Guide Pants Base Layer Top: Smartwool Lightweight Outer Layer Top: Smartwool HowelsenSweater Soft Shell Jacket: Outdoor Research Credo (for most days) Puffy Jacket: Patagonia … Continued

Window On The River – A New Book Of Poetry By Our Very Own Ann Stranahan

Over the years, a few of our Home Ranch guests and staff have been privy to the fact that Home Ranch co-founder Ann Stranahan is a very fine poet; but Ann’s poetry has always been something of a rare treat, shared on special occasions, and heard or read by a fortunate few. No longer… We are very delighted to announce that Antrim House Books of Connecticut has recently published “Window on the River,” a new book of poetry by our very own Ann Stranahan. Previewers of the book have been captivated by the discovery of Ann’s new work. Carol J. … Continued

Yoga & Cross Country Skiing Weekend

The Home Ranch is teaming up with local yoga instructor Jill Barker and cross country skiing coach Chrissy Lynch again in 2012 for a weekend of fun, yoga and cross country skiing.  The ranch will be hosting Barker and Lynch January  6 – 8, 2012.  The rate for the weekend will be $300 plus 3.9% tax and 15% service charge. This rate includes lodging, meals, yoga, cross country skiing, instruction, equipment, and shuttles to and from the Hayden airport. We hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting weekend. Please call Ashleigh or Selina for more … Continued

New Sleigh Bells Ring at The Home Ranch

The Home Ranch is proud to announce the addition of our new team for the winter season!  These Percheron mares are 12 years old and have been driving for the majority of their lives.  They arrived at the ranch about two weeks ago and have been doing wonderfully! With the addition of the new team, we are in need of two new names.  The ranch staff members have come up with a few favorites but are having a difficult time deciding which names to pick.  Traditionally, the name of the horse on the left always comes first in the alphabet … Continued

Teddy Bear ~ November 2011

We asked one of our guests, Mary Hopkins, to help us with this month’s horse of the month. She has been visiting the ranch for a number of years and always asks to ride Teddy Bear.  The following is what she had to say about ‘Teddy.’ Teddy Bear has been at The Home Ranch for about 7 years. He is a big, beautiful black bay with a kind heart and a gentle spirit. His gaits are wonderful from his energetic walk, to his smooth jog trot, his big trot and his enormous, energetic lope. Teddy is a joy to ride. … Continued

Pinot Noir, Porcini & Brookies

Pinot Noir, Porcini & Brookies August brings all the great activities of The Home Ranch back country.  The Zirkels are filling with mushrooms, the streams are filled with hungry Brookies, and I have a bottle of Marsannay Burgundy Pinot Noir.  They make for a fabulous meal!  The Porcinis harvested from the forest are cleaned, and then the Brookies are cleaned.  I sauté the mushrooms with grape seed oil and finish them with parsley, shallots, garlic and butter.  The Brookies are then drenched in flour and pan seared with grape seed oil, placed on a platter, and topped with a masterpiece of mushrooms.  Serve with a chilled … Continued