Plan your Colorado mountain vacation at The Home Ranch, Relais & Chateaux, just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Stay closer to home this winter travel season and live the life of a rancher at Colorado’s only Relais & Chateaux luxury guest ranch. Many valued-added packages and all-inclusive rates are available throughout our winter season. The Home Ranch is a winter paradise off-the-beaten-path, complete with attentive service and approachable, yet refined cuisine by Chef Jonathon Gillespie. Chef creates his alpine menus daily from the bounty of our working farm and greenhouse. A fine equine program is another pinnacle of The Home Ranch experience, coupled with an array of other adventures that awaits your entire family: skiing, winter horseback riding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and, everyone’s favorite, the tubing hill. Welcome Home! Christmas and New Year’s On-Ranch For decades, the holidays have been a favorite time of year to experience [...]
Growing Organic Allison Mecklenburg and her Horticulture Team have a full time job with the Home Ranch farm to table program. A lot of the organic vegetables guests see on their plate come from the greenhouse or garden beds on the property. Home Ranch has been doing this since before it was cool. Allison says, "I am SO passionate about growing food! And especially organic food. I come unglued when I notice that a plant has grown to the point of fruiting without me noticing. It is hands down the most important and exciting part of my life to watch all of this unfold. I have grown food as a hobby for many years, and now to have it as my vocation and career (corny as it may sound) is a dream come true." We asked her some questions about her unique occupation. What it’s like to grow plants in [...]
Home on the Range seems an appropriate title for a 360 West Magazine recently by writer Irene Thomas She visited a number of guest ranches and 360 liked what she had to say about The Home Ranch. A highlight from her article.... "Dinners included miso-marinated Alaska king salmon with citrus sticky rice or oat-crusted smoked Cervena venison with framboise. The farm-to-table approach provides Home Ranch-raised organic ingredients — including its own Sand Mountain Cattle Company beef, pork and poultry — along with produce, herbs and flowers from the on-site greenhouse and raised bed gardens." Irene's full article is available via PDF here or see below.
Denver Post includes Home Ranch in Sustainable Stay The Denver post named The Home Ranch as a Sustainable Stay and 2018 Vacation Getaway. The article talks about some new trends like farm-to-table-to-bed and places to stay which look at sustainability and conservation The Stranahan founders began conservation efforts in the Elk River Valley where the Home Ranch is located. Because of them thousands of acres were saved from development and will always provide views and agriculture activities. Farm to Table has been part of the Home Ranch dining experience for over a decade (well before most other vacation properties and restaurants began to look in that direction). Growing things on the ranch saves dollars, gas, wear and tear on highways and delivery from food vendors from out of town or even out of state. The Ranch provides its own beef and pork. The kitchen waste goes to the chickens and the [...]
Perfect Western Romantic Honeymoon says Bride.com Brides.com says The Home Ranch is one of seven great places for a "Perfect Western Honeymoon." High praise and we're glad to hear it. Because maybe you didn't know that aside from June which is PERFECT for weddings, we have special weeks in August for adults only. August 26 - October 13 Adults Only For a full list of Home Ranch accolades, take a look at our Home Ranch in the News page.
If you think Niagara Falls is the epitome of romantic, you haven't met luxury guest ranches. According to Martha Stewart Magazine, The Home Ranch is a honeymoon destination for a special group. Nature honeymoons are all the rage; couples want to go some place exciting but authentic, beautiful and natural. How Home Ranch made the cut - 500 acres of land to hike or ride, fishing for the groom, yoga for the bride, a pool to relax by, cuisine to die for, romantic nights with high mountain views and cozy cabins. And there is nothing contrived about our horse program. We're the real deal. If you want to learn about plants and flora, one of our educated and dedicated guides can take you and while you're here, our Master Gardner can teach you about what's grown for the kitchen and how. Check it out.
You might have heard Home Ranch stands for "Excellence" but TripAdvisor has made it official. "The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honors select accommodations, attractions, and restaurants that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence." TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to measure quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. It also takes into consideration a business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. We've been doing what we do for over 30 years in an industry that is constantly changing. We provide that unique experience, on an authentic ranch to the highest standards in hospitality. Because of that, since 1986, Home Ranch has been a member of the prestigious Relais and Châteaux Association. It's really an honor to be included in TripAdvisor's high honors, too! The best way to learn about The Home Ranch is to read what our [...]
Home Ranch is in the News again! Travel & Leisure Magazine included us in the nominations for the "World's Best List for Colorado Hotels 2018". Votes were final in March. Results will be available in their August issue. Stay tuned! WK Blog Real Estate gave Home Ranch a big mention as one of "6 Must-Visit Luxury Lodging Destinations in Colorado!" Take a look at the article. in their "Amazing Wellness Retreats for the Culturally Adventurous Traveler" Food and Wine.com gave us a boost with 18 Hotels with Amazing Mini Bars" in February.".......every midnight munchies craving can be satisfied with the fully-stocked minibar, which offers Sweetwood Smokehouse jerky, Honey Stinger waffle cookies and chews, and Homesteader Toffee—each brand local to the nearby town of Steamboat Springs." Shape.com, gave us kudos in “Amazing Wellness Retreats for the Culturally Adventurous Traveler,” February 10, 2018. Aspire Home & Dine interviewed our Cowboy Musician in "Dinner Guest: Cowboy [...]
What better way to start the summer season than to spend a week focusing on improving your horsemanship This year we are excited to have accomplished horseman Clint Weaver and his family join us to facilitate a week of fun learning with horses June 5 - 8, 2018. Time spent focusing on fundamentals will be balanced with plenty of trail riding, cow working and exploring, as we apply what we have learned. Clint enjoys working with diverse groups, with a wide range of riding abilities, and approaches each horse and rider as an individual with their own needs and abilities. Clint is originally from Mississippi, but found his way out West and for the last two decades has developed his passion with horses. “Clint believes the best way to advance one’s horsemanship is to slow down and focus on the foundation. He has learned to break down “the pieces” of horsemanship, [...]
In late March it can be hard to tell if it is Spring or Winter above 7,000 feet. Luckily our indoor arena allows us to ignore the elements as needed, so we can prepare our horses for the coming season. There are abundant opportunities for learning and Hands on Horsemanship for both experienced and aspiring horse people, as we work with young horses and help our more seasoned horses readjust from their winter rest to spring on the ranch. Mix in more typical snow activities of skiing, snow shoeing and sledding for a truly unique springtime experience. Join our wranglers March 20 - 25 as they begin to warm up our horses and freshen up their horsemanship skills after a relaxing winter. Rates for this week start at $765 for a lodge room and $945 for a cabin per night for double occupancy. Single occupancy rates are available. Your rate [...]