Experience Owen Roe with Us, at The Home Ranch

Winemaker David O’Reilly of Owen Roe Visits The Home Ranch A Weekend of Wine Pairings, Tastings, Skiing & Luxury We are excited to announce our second vintner event.  We hope you will join us for a wonderful weekend getaway, with David O’Reilly, of Owen Roe. There will be tastings, pairings, an abundance of outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, sleigh rides, ample opportunity to relax and plenty of amazing cuisine, all suited to be paired specifically with Owen Roe Wine. We hope to see you here- space is limited. Owen Roe Weekend Itinerary Saturday, March 1 Arrivals 6:00 PM … Continued

Dude Ranch or Guest Ranch?

  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

Chicken Scratch from Clyde’s Farm

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…

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…

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