Howdy! I just returned from not so sunny San Diego and the Dude Ranchers’ Association meeting. While there I was able to have an enjoyable evening dining with Gene Kilgore. Gene has been promoting dude ranching since 1987, and we are the fortunate recipients of the Kilgore Network’s Best Ranches. We are honored to receive this award. Thank you Gene! While at the convention, I gave a little presentation on how we handle colic here at the Home Ranch. I have been working with veterinarians for over 30 years on what exactly to do with a colic horse. A couple … Continued
This beautiful girl is 3 years old, going on 4 and was born here on ranch! Her dad is Phoenix – and Shiloh was an unplanned blessing. We will be introducing her to the string this summer. She is an intelligent, quick learner and eager to go out into those meadows. She’s a spirited horse with a personality to match so look for her this summer on your rides! Share this:
Last month I attended the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association meeting in Denver. This is always a great time for ranchers to get together and talk about what is new in the industry, how their past season was and what their upcoming season looks like, but mostly what is on their minds. This year we discussed staffing, marketing and what really is the difference between a Dude Ranch and a Guest Ranch. Over the past month, I have continued to think about this. Is The Home Ranch classified as a dude ranch or guest ranch? Should we be … Continued
Our mission to pursue sustainability and expand on the Farm-to-Table movement
Spring has sprung here in Routt County, and up has grown a greenhouse in our backyard. The winter meltdown and mud season is now upon us – but inside our spacious 32’ x 70’ hoop house, our gardening crews have been busy. A key component in our Farm-to Table Master Plan is now a beautiful reality.
Master gardener Adele Carlson designed the layout for the vegetable, herb and flower beds, and seeds were sown in early February. They sprouted and flourished in Executive Chef Clyde Nelson’s home kitchen windows during the winter and next week the transplanting will begin. We will be harvesting greens, herbs and vegetables by late May for our first guests’ arrival…
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…
Try our delicious ‘Trio of Pancakes’ from Chef Clyde’s Kitchen!
(One of our most popular requests)
Buttermilk, Lemon Ricotta…
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…
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!
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
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