Dude ranch. Gourmet cuisine. Strange bedfellows these two phrases. When some people think of a dude ranch vacation they picture a guy named Cookie whipping up bacon and beans in the sagebrush.
Well, we are sorry to disappoint anyone who has such a colorful imagination, but as the only Colorado dude ranch with a membership in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, we won't pussyfoot around the subject: our chef is exceptional, our food is exquisite, and our spirited communal dining room provokes great conversation bringing camaraderie and warmth to accompany Clyde's cuisine.
The exquisite food at The Home Ranch has been called "haute mountain cuisine" and designated as "cooking of the highest standard." We have been duly praised by Bon Apetit, Gourmet, Food and Wine, etc...(but it's not polite to brag.) Mainly we believe an all inclusive vacation at our Colorado dude ranch is more than just a vacation, it is a culinary getaway of the highest order.
Our kitchen caters to guests with special dietary considerations. Just ask us.
People wonder why our executive chef, Clyde Nelson, isn't in some big city. The answer is simple: Clyde is "allergic to cities." If he wasn't, his restaurant would be winning accolades in Manhattan or San Francisco or anywhere people value artful cuisine. But ever since his early days in Stowe, Vermont as the gifted apprentice of Master Chef Anton Flory, Clyde has always been a high country chef, drawn to the mountains, yet steeped in the culinary traditions of the Old World. His classical, slow food aesthetic is filtered through a New Western approach, drawing on the seasonal bounty of the Rocky Mountain region. He grows his own produce in the summer and sources his game as close to home as possible. As he puts it, "you have no idea how difficult we make it on ourselves here." By difficult, he means loving devotion to his craft.
It would be fair to say that the greatest value of an all-inclusive vacation at The Home Ranch is the opportunity to indulge in Clyde's culinary creations at every meal. In fact, the only way to eat here is to stay here; which is why some of our guests come just to indulge in the food.
In spite of all the wonderful activities and adventures we offer our guests, the meals and conversation served in Clyde's communal dining room are the heart and soul of the Home Ranch experience. Dining is a warm and inviting event where our guests come together as a kind of large extended family to share stories of the day, to make lasting friendships, and to dine like royalty.
So we invite you to come relax and unwind and spend some time at one of the best dude ranches in Colorado, with one of the most welcoming and satisfying dining rooms in the country. No reservations. No waiting. No checks. No tipping required. Just exquisite dining at every meal, every day of your stay.
"The menu for the bonfire dinner on our last night was served on picnic tables, across a small stream from the main lodge, and included grilled cherrystone clams, tender filet mignon, and fresh lobster tails..."
"The menu changes daily, anticipating seasonal offerings and locally sourced game and organics with lively combinations, fresh flavors, and dishes featuring Colorado game."
"This was cooking of the highest standard using fresh, local produce with a good sense of the environs, done with great imagination and flair. Service was easy, competent, friendly and unobtrusive."
Relais and Chateaux