Jessie Burns – St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

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Saint Patrick’s Day weekend at The Home Ranch is looking extra special this year.  Renowned Celtic Fiddler Jessie Burns has toured the world sharing her passion for the Traditional Irish Music, but The Home Ranch has a special place in her heart.  Back in the 90’s while she was the program director for Strings on the Mountain in Steamboat Springs she moonlighted as a member of our very own Ranch Hand Band.   She is thrilled about the opportunity to share the Ranch with her family.  Who could know the former fiddle player for the Irish-American super group Gaelic Storm also … Continued

Stopping by Home Ranch on a Day in Winter

Last week, the ranch hosted a group of friends that have been coming to enjoy the beauty of the ranch and camaraderie for 13 years.  One night at cocktails the following poem was read. It was created in the early hours of the morning. The writer, Ted Donnelly, was inspired by a number of Robert Frost quotes and poems he had recently read. I was so inspired by the words, that I wanted to share them with others. Enjoy, Selina   Stopping by Home Ranch on a Day in Winter With apologies to Robert Frost   Whose bright white trails I think … Continued

It’s a 3 Wire Winter

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You are probably asking yourself, ‘what is a 3 wire winter?’ And no, you can’t google it and find an easy definition, I tried! A 3 wire winter is when the snow is deep enough to cover all three wires of the barbed wire fences.   Local ranchers count the wires on their fences that are covered in snow to determine if it’s a good snow year. With an average of over 300 inches of annual snowfall, three wire winters are pretty common in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas, but after last year’s one wire winter we are all very excited … Continued

Meet Nora -The Ranch Dog

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We would like to introduce you to our newest Home Ranch family member, Nora. Nora is a Bernese Mountain Dog and comes to us from Chicago. I know what you’re thinking – ‘how did a dog get from Chicago to Clark?’ It was a well executed plan by Clyde and some helpful guests, not to mention a complete surprise for the staff. This fall Clyde was talking with Jeff & Barbara Paine while they were attending one of the Adult only weeks about how he would like to have a ranch dog again – it is something that we’ve been … Continued

Countdown to Winter!

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Our staff is beginning to arrive at the ranch this week. It is so much fun to meet them all and get the ranch ready for the winter.  Christmas lights are going up on the buildings, furniture is being moved around in the living room to make way for the tree and decorations, trail signs are being sprinkled around the meadows to direct guests on their winter adventures and the fishing hut is transforming into the skiing hut.  While we still have two weeks until we welcome our first guests, the ranch is at full speed. It’s been a great off … Continued

Thank you & Welcome Home

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As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we are reminded what we are grateful for. We are grateful for the land that we live, play and work on, the staff that we work with, the guests that we create relationships and memories with, and the vision the Stranahan’s had for this valley and continue to nurture. Over 35 years ago, Steve and Ann Stranahan discovered 580 acres of land north of Steamboat Springs, CO and upon it they built The Home Ranch. They have been welcoming families and friends to share their ‘home’ each winter, spring, summer and fall. In honor of the ranch’s 35th … Continued

and the Oscar goes to…. our guests

We are so lucky to have guests that show the passion and love that you have for the ranch. The Home Ranch would not be what it is without you. For this reason, we would like to thank each of you for allowing us to film your family while you were on vacation and wanted to share what we created with you first! Thank you for sharing your ‘Home’ with the rest of the world. You are always Welcome Home.     Happy Holidays to you and yours, Clyde, Selina, and The Home Ranch family   Share this:

How Many Pounds of Veggies?!

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The ‘off-season’ at a dude ranch is always busy. From maintenance and construction projects to buying new horses to planning for the following season and year. On snowy days we are all driven inside to work on projects that we have put off for a ‘rainy’ day. Yesterday was just one of those days, when all of our desks were occupied and keyboards clacked. Our Master Gardner, Adele Carlson, was working on compiling data from the past growing season. I thought the data she shared with us was amazing and wanted to share it with you. Here’s what Adele had … Continued

The Perfect Season ~ Fall 2015 update

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  Dear Friends, The recent Harvest Moon with its Lunar eclipse has just put an exclamation mark on our glorious and perfect Autumn season. The experiences that our guests had during our Harvest Weeks, Horsemanship week and Fall Gathering have created fond and lasting memories for all of us. Old acquaintances were found and new friendships made contributing to a camaraderie and spirit that makes the Home Ranch the special place that it is. We’re also looking forward to seeing some familiar and some new faces during our 10th season of the yoga & horse retreat this week. Autumn is the perfect … Continued