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Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
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Just Luxe- April 2014

Date: September 22nd, 2014

Vista Verde Ranch’s “Plus One” Service Makes it a Prime Retreat During Any Season

Posted: Apr. 24th, 2014  |  By Katherine Bond

“I’ve never seen so much snow,” I told my travel companion. “Wow. Neither have I,” she responded. Granted, we’re two Southern California gals with little appreciation for 15 inches of fresh powder, but still, the beauty of Vista Verde Ranch seems to impress guests from every climate.  Read more…..

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Conde Naste Traveler – September 2014

Date: September 22nd, 2014

All-Inclusive Properties in the U.S. for Every Traveler

By Anne Roderique Jones

For contemporary cowboys and cowgirls: Vista Verde Guest Ranch

This stately dude ranch, located just outside of Steamboat Springs, is as fancy as it is fun. Cozy log cabins are decorated with pine beds, handmade log furniture, marble bathrooms, and cowboy-chic bedding—some featuring private Jacuzzis.  Read more……

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Happiness- it must be in the water at Vista Verde

Date: September 17th, 2014

By Steph

Something hit me the other day as I was talking to a couple guests at lunch.  They were telling me how they just love how we all seem to just be so happy.  What resonated with me was a word that I’ve heard over and over in that same context.  “Seem”  As I listened to Devyn (who was sitting next to me and also engaged in this conversation) explain, with her beaming smile and infectious laugh, how it’s really true that we’re all happy folks, I started to think about why is it that the guests regularly mention to me that they are pleasantly surprised at how happy we all “seem” to be.

Part of it is the people we hire at the ranch.  As Devyn was explaining, there are “Vista Verde people” and there are people who aren’t.  Nothing wrong with those folks, but we do tend to select a person who has a zest for life, a love of taking care of others, and a true investment in the human experience.  Oh, and they are typically pretty adventurous, educated, and interesting too.  So, take that, and then you add in…..

fall mountain biking in Colorado

The view down the trail from the back of my two wheeled steed.

Nature and Endorphins.  Today I had an hour free at the end of the day before I had to pick up my kids.  I had a choice.  I could definitely have done a bit more work.  I could have gone all super-momish and finished up laundry, prepped dinner, etc…  I could have written this blog, as it was on my mile long to-do list for the day.  Like most of us, the list is never-ending.  Instead, I decided that I would be a fool if I didn’t take that 59.9 minutes and head into the woods.  I hopped on my trusty mountain bike (the horse wasn’t available at the moment) and took off on a trail.  About 30 minutes into the ride I had that moment.  Euphoria hit in.  The happy juice.  Fresh air, dirt, trees, leaves, sunshine, and a fair amount of sweat…..all of it came together and my soul was soaring.  Getting out in nature and sweating a bit makes us happy.  And, at the ranch, we get a lot of opportunities to do just that.

The internet stinks.  So, let’s be frank.  The internet access 25 miles outside of a small, rural Colorado town isn’t exactly lightening fast.  But, you know what?  Besides the frustrations that we all face (ok, even cowboys need to send emails and might even prefer to pay their bills online), disconnecting from the world a bit seems to change people.  We look around more.  We talk to each other more.  We go for moonlight hikes instead of streaming Netflix (now, having said that, Nathan is the biggest Netflix, the old fashion kind where you mail it in…, junkies out there).  But, I believe that stepping away from all that does make people a bit happier, once they accept it and embrace it. (PR disclaimer….guests can still access emails for those who need to work on vacation, and we are constantly exploring ways to increase the bandwidth as we do recognize that to function as a business we do need better access.)

What we do is fun.  In any business, and any time you are dealing with people, there are stresses.  But, what is so great about this business is that we get to see people when they are at their best.  We get you at your happiest times, and we get to play with you, share experiences with you, and become friends with you.  Sure, we throw our heart and souls into serving our guests, and that can exhaust even the chippiest Devyn out there.  But, what we get to do each day is fun.

So, don’t be fooled.  We can all get tired, we can all get stressed, we can all get grumpy.  Because, it’s just normal life for us with family issues, health issues, and an imperfect world.  Even through those down days, there is an inner happiness, a contentment, and a joy that oozes through.  But, just know that if you come here as a guest, I can assure you that it’s not an act.  It’s happiness.  Drink some of the Koolaid (aka Rocky Mountain spring water), and you might feel it too!

 

 

 

 

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VacationIdea.com – September 2014

Date: September 15th, 2014

10 Amazing Ranch Vacations in the US

Ranch vacations offer couples and families a unique way to relax in a natural setting while enjoy an array of new activities. Whether you are looking for a week-long dude ranch vacation, complete with horseback riding and fly fishing, or a quiet stay at a country lodge surrounded by wilderness, here are some of the top choices in the United States.  Read more…..

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Associated Press- September 2014

Date: September 11th, 2014

FALL TOURISM RISING: FEWER CROWDS, NICE WEATHER


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Why a guest ranch isn’t a resort

Date: September 10th, 2014

By Steph

Vista Verde is often seen as being a “resort” as many folks can’t wrap their head around the fact that a guest ranch, or dude ranch, can be something more than what they saw in City Slickers.  So, when people see us as a luxury property, they change guest ranch to resort.  Now, there is nothing wrong with being considered a resort.  But, there is something about a ranch that is different.  For example…..

We make our guests work:

During one of our formal dinners this week, Larry donned his white shirt and jeans, just to look like the servers.  Mid-service, Bubba got Larry a bolo tie and an apron, and brought him into the kitchen to help the servers for a few minutes.  And, in the process, gave the chefs a mild panic attack.  That’s a ranch for you.

Nappy Cat has earned a following from guests around the globe.  CC is here right now, with her stash of Fancy Feast, and Nappy is purr-fectly happy.  Then, add to that Diane comes in and gives Nappy Cat a haircut in order to get rid of the….nappies.  Next week, Nappy Cat will go back to helping us with mice control.  That’s a ranch for you.

The traffic around here stinks:

It seems to be that the cows know to block the road just when it’s time to drive up to one of the many hiking trail heads.  It doesn’t matter which trail head we choose, they seem to know where we’re going to be headed and settle down right in the middle of the road.  Having said that, when we go out on horseback to round them up, they suddenly disappear.  That’s a ranch for you.

The band is inclusive:

Go to a resort and sit down at the bar after dinner to listen to the band, and you’ll probably enjoy a nice evening of music.  At Vista Verde, if you have musical talent, you very well may find yourself being the entertainment.  Several times this summer, the Friday night music has included guest performers.  Sometimes they are even better than the band, but don’t tell the guys.

Those are just a few anecdotal examples of things that happen here at Vista Verde that make us all laugh and say, “Only at a ranch.”  For guests who have been here before, please share any of your own stories in the comments!

 

 

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NowU – September 2014

Date: September 5th, 2014

Rediscover romance: 5 Autumn Escapes

Janene Mascarella, NowU

IF YOU feel like you and your partner are two ships passing in the night, fall is a fabulous time to plan a romantic getaway and reconnect. It’s known as the shoulder season, and that means more chances for glorious weather, fewer crowds and, very often, lower rates.

From early morning sunrises to evening strolls under the stars, here are five spectacular destinations where you can fall in love all over again:

Read more……

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VVR kids have some fun while helping others

Date: August 26th, 2014

By Steph

dude ranch kids program fundraiserA couple weeks ago, the VVR kids got crafty and creative when they decided to raise some money for animals in need.  As they went through yard after yard of friendship threads (if you’re a parent of school-age children, I suspect you are finding remnants of friendship thread all over your house these days as well), they came up with a plan.  The girls developed their product, did a market analysis, studied their demographic, compared their pricing strategy with the competition, and agreed upon their marketing plan.  Then they put it all into action.

The target audience?  Unsuspecting parents and staff at the barn dance.

The product?  Colorful friendship bracelets handcrafted in the kids hut.

The pricing plan?  Donations only.  That opens the door for a higher price point for those who don’t want to be called “cheap”.

The competition?  Just Ben calling square dance moves.  Not too hard to compete with, for sure.

The revenue goal?  As much as possible.

So, how did they do?  Well, let’s just say these ladies have a future in business and philanthropy.  They made a really nice card, bundled up the $75 they raised, and sent it off to the ASPCA.  They recognized that not all horses have the luxe life of a Vista Verde horse, and wanted to do something good for horses who don’t spend most of their days in knee deep green pastures.

Way to go girls!

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Destination I Do Magazine – August 2014

Date: August 25th, 2014

By Land or By Sea – Destination I Do Magazine

By Carolyn Steere

Dido_Logo_SuitcaseOne may not think “dude ranch” and “romance” belong in the same sentence, but Vista Verde Ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado will make you think twice. Nestled in a valley bordering the Continental Divide, this unique property combines luxury, pristine beauty, extraordinary cuisine and a stress-less agenda of unique, year-round activities.

 

Read the full article by picking up the latest issue of Destination I Do.

 

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Epic staff adventures- the life and times dude ranch staff

Date: August 18th, 2014

By Steph

There is a great amount of pleasure taken in watching our guests have epic adventures on their vacations here at Vista Verde.  I love hearing the stories, seeing the photos, and watching their faces light up as they recall their amazing experiences.  But, it doesn’t stop with the guests.  Hearing about the epic adventures our staff have is also just as much of a treat.  Most of them come to work at a dude ranch because they love people, the outdoors, and want to experience Colorado.  So, it makes sense that on their days off, they go off and try new things, explore the state, and see new places.  Some end up making this home, and this just becomes their lifestyle.  Some are just here for a few months, so are getting out as much as possible before heading back home to school or another job.

Sit back, and enjoy a little armchair adventure through the eyes of some fabulous dude ranch staff members.

dude ranch staff flat top wildernessErica and John (Kid’s & Teen Program Manager and Chef de Cuisine)

Last weekend JT, Goldie and I summited Flat Top mountain right in VVR’s own backyard along the continental divide. It was a 17 mile round trip hike completed in one day.

 

We climbed over 4,000 feet in elevation, talk about a workout! The wild flowers are gorgeous up there right now.

 

This weekend we are backpacking into the Flat Top Wilderness in the White National Forest with Isaac and Zach.

 

dude ranch staff devils causewayMeagan Kelly (Kid’s Supervisor, Server for the Fall season)

Jen Parent, SallyMcEwen and I went on the Devil’s Causeway hike in the Flat Top Wilderness. It was thrilling and terrifying crossing over the causeway which is at it’s narrowest, four feet wide. A picture could never do it justice. One of my favorite things about Vista Verde is the community and doing an incredible hike like this only bonds us even more.

Ashley Boyd (Kid’s Wrangler)

The “Tuesday Crew,” Ashley, Brandi, Emily and Paul, took a road trip earlier in the summer to The Great Sand Dunes National Park. We camped the night before, and then spent all day climbing the dunes and sand surfing down.

More recently the “Tuesday Crew” plus Jake, decided to explore in their own back yard! We completed a 24 mile hike in the Zirkel Wilderness Area which included summiting Lost Ranger and hiking along the Continental Divide. It was amazing to see the incredible beauty that is so close to the ranch!dude ranch staff hiking Mt Zirkel Wildernessdude ranch staff Great Sand dunes

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Chef’s Corner: Maple Glazed Sticky Buns

Date: August 8th, 2014

Maple glazed sticky buns (makes approx. 2 dozen rolls)

Ingredients:

Danish dough, one sheet, 17” x 25”

1 pound unsalted butter, whipped

1 Tblsp. Ground cinnamon

8 Tblsp. Granulated sugar

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup maple syrup

8 ounces melted butter

Method:

  1. If the dough is frozen, allow it to warm slightly, but not too much, if too soft it will be difficult to roll, if too frozen, it will crack!
  2. Whip the butter in a mixer with a paddle attachment until very soft and spreadable. Spread the butter evenly over the entire surface of the dough with a spatula.
  3. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle over the entire surface of the dough.
  4. Tightly roll the dough evenly into a log. Wrap the dough first in plastic wrap and then in foil. Refrigerate overnight to set up.
  5. The next day, combine the pecans, maple and melted butter in a bowl and spread on the bottom of a baking pan, Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator, remove the foil and plastic, and slice into 24 pieces. and arrange in the baking pan.
  6. Bake the rolls for 12 minutes, rotate the pans and bake another 12 minutes until done. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack.
  7. Turn out onto a platter to serve. Enjoy!

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Paddle Boarding in Colorado

Date: August 8th, 2014

By Steph

With seat bones sore and bodies worn out, paddle boarding has been a great mid-week option for our guests on a warm summer day.  Paddling around a lake, taking in the scenery, and just relaxing with a cool breeze has left folks refreshed and ready to hit the trail the next day!  Learn more about summer vacation activities at Vista Verde Ranch.

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SavvySassyMoms.com – August 2014

Date: August 6th, 2014

Grownup getaways for fall

The kids are back in school after a fun-filled summer of family time. What better way to celebrate – ahem, I mean grieve – than to plan a little weekend getaway with the hubs.  Read more about fall vacations for grownups.

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Vista Verde Quarter Horses- Foal Update

Date: July 29th, 2014

By Kerri

Our foals have been growing up so quickly! Here is a quick update to catch you up on who is who among this year’s foals and the personalities they are growing into.  All of these foals are by our stallion Gunshy Ganster.

Registered Name: Fully Baretta
Nickname
: Baretta
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam (mom): Full Persuaded a.k.a. Rachel
Qualities: Fiesty and Spunky

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Registered Name:
 Calamity Jane
Nickname: C.J.
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam: Mary Jane Reyn a.k.a. M.J.
Qualities: Refined and Loving

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Registered Name:
 Charm N Guns
Nickname: Charm
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam: Whimsys Last Chic a.k.a. Flicka
Qualities: Calm and Bossy

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Registered Name:
 Catch My Drift
Nickname: Drifter
Filly or Colt: Colt
Dam: Lucky Charm Dunegan a.k.a. Lucky
Qualities: Shy and Calm
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Registered Name:
 Sly Shooter Levi
Nickname: Levi
Filly or Colt: Colt
Dam: Reyn N Cups O Joe a.k.a. Sassy
Qualities: Curious and Loving
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Registered Name:
 Shootin Sage
Nickname: Sage
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam: Emmie Oaklys a.k.a. Oakley
Qualities: Sweet and Sassy

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Registered Name:
 Gunninfortubbychics
Nickname: Shooter
Filly or Colt: Colt
Dam: Reynyday Whoamann a.k.a. Teletubby
Qualities: Calm and Carefree

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Registered Name:
 Paid N Made
Nickname: Sonja
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam: Instant Paychex a.k.a. Chex
Qualities: Sweet and Curious

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Grandparents.com – July 2014

Date: July 23rd, 2014

7 Awesome All-Inclusive Family Getaways

Please the whole brood with these beautiful, exciting, and luxurious pre-paid vacations.

By Laura Manske

A trip for the whole family

A multi-generational vacation at an all-inclusive resort not only frees you from pleasing all family members all the time, but also eliminates budget-busting surprises.  Read on...

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Unlikely Friends

Date: July 17th, 2014

By Steph

dude ranch foal and catGoing down to the mare barn to visit the mares and foals is always a great time.  But this year there has been an extra special source of fun down there.  It’s an unlikely friendship between Bandit the cat and the foals.  I saw it first this spring, when we had only two foals on the groud, and many more to go.  But, as the other foals have arrived and settled into the herd, we’re learning that Bandit is not exclusive in his friendship with the foals.  He likes them all!

Now, let me explain, this is not just a cat that likes to sit on the fence near the foals.  This cat gets in there and loves on these foals like you can’t imagine!  His first pick is a snoozing foal as that makes for the best cuddling.  Even better is when he can roll around and get some nuzzles as that gets all those itchy spots on his back.

Believe it or not, the foals love him!  They follow him around, nuzzle him, snuggle with him and even sometimes nibble on him.  They do draw the line when he starts to knead with his claws too much.  Who wouldn’t?

Enjoy these amazing photos, most of them captured by staff member Suzanna Bloom.  Even better, come join us for a ranch vacation and you can join the foal clinic and see Bandit in action!IMG_2925 IMG_2937 IMG_2941 IMG_2952 IMG_3053

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Home & Away – July 2014

Date: July 16th, 2014

Back at the Ranch  by Dan Armitage

Vista Verde AAA article

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Onlineoutdoorsmen.com – July 2014

Date: July 8th, 2014

Vista Verde Trout Fishing

By Bill Vanderford

Skip to page 18 to read the article.

 

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Spotlight On – Cori Webb

Date: July 8th, 2014

By Steph

Even the horses love Cori's infectious giggles.

Even the horses love Cori’s infectious giggles.

If you’ve been following the ranch on our various social media outlets, you’ve already met Cori Webb via her photography.  I figured it was time to officially introduce her so people could know the person behind the lens.

Cori is originally from Indiana, and attended Indiana University to study elementary education before making Vista Verde her home.  She is in her 5th season working at the ranch and has a wide variety of experience from working as a kid supervisor, housekeeper, teen wrangler, and my favorite spot for her in the front office (Cori would disagree as she prefers to be outside, but we’d have her back any day!).

photo 3So, how does Cori end up with all these phenomenal photos?  She isn’t a trained photographer, but has always been drawn to the camera and capturing moments around her.  Cori’s interest was piqued after a photography class in high school, and she has been shooting ever since.  Being at the ranch, she mostly takes photos of the natural world, but she would really like to spend some more time taking photos of people going forward.  She loves children, so maybe there’s a future in family photo shoots?  Possibly as a side gig as her main focus is elementary education.

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As with any great VVR staff who settles at the ranch for a while, and much to our chagrin, Cori’s time is coming to move on in life.  After this summer she will be heading down the mountain and giving city life a try in Denver.  She’s hoping to find a teaching job there so she can start applying her talents with children in the classroom.

When asked what she would miss most about the ranch, Cori answers, “”There are so many incredible aspects to the ranch, but the community is definitely what I’m going to miss the most. This place has become home over the last few years.

horse in sun cori webbIt’s been a gift for us to have Cori as part of the family all these years.  On top of her great contributions to the guest experience, and our staff community, we’ve been able to share the beauty of the ranch with so many people through her photos.  We hope you enjoy her photos throughout this summer!

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Equitrekking.com – July 2014

Date: July 8th, 2014

Western Horsemanship and Riding Clinics

July 5, 2014

Looking to expand your western riding skills and natural horsemanship knowledge? Here’s a look at three educational opportunities for riders who want to try something new and improve their riding.

by Jocelyn Pierce

Riders of all levels can benefit from additional training and instruction to improve riding technique. Whether you’re a developed western rider determined to hone in on specialized skills, an English rider wanting to try to a new discipline, or a beginner, there are countless educational programs available. We look at Vista Verde Guest Ranch, The Home Ranch, and Horse Show by Appointment–all fun, comprehensive, and quality programs suitable for any rider.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Vista Verde Ranch Guest Ranch offers clinics and horseback riding daily and also hosts an annual Horsemanship Retreat. Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Vista Verde’s riding program is a well-rounded educational experience that will leave guests with expanded horsemanship knowledge.   Read more….

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Chef’s Corner: Blueberry Cornmeal Upside-down Cake

Date: July 4th, 2014

blueberry cornmeal cake recipe at an all-inclusive Colorado resortBlueberry Cornmeal Upside-down cake (2 – 9” cast iron pans)

Ingredients (cake batter):

      1 ½ cups cornmeal

      3 cups flour

      1 tablespoon baking powder

      1 teaspoon salt

      1 pound butter, soft

      3 cups granulated sugar

      8 eggs, room temperature

      1 tablespoon vanilla extract

      1 ½ cups sour cream

Procedure (cake batter):

      1. Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.

      2. In the Hobart mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.

      3. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.

      4. Add the vanilla and sour cream and combine until smooth.

      5. Add the dry ingredients and combine until incorporated. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients (Berries):

      4 ounces butter, divided

      1 cup brown sugar, divided

      6 cups fresh blueberries, divided

Procedure (berries):

1.  Melt half the butter in each of the cast iron pans, add the brown sugar and cook until it bubbles together.

2.  Divide the blueberries into each pan and remove from the stove. Top with half of the cornmeal batter and place on a sheet pan and then in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.

3. Allow to cool slightly for about 15 minutes, run a knife around the outer edge and invert the cake onto a cutting board for slicing. Top with vanilla whipped cream.

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Loving the summer, but thinking of fall

Date: July 2nd, 2014

By Steph

bayleeFive weeks into our summer season we are loving the sunny days, the green mountains, the wildflowers and the many adventures on the trail.  But, as we look forward and prepare for what’s to come, our thoughts are also turning to the fall, and even the winter.

The end of August brings the start of our adult-only weeks.  It’s such a fun time!  Four of those weeks are cattle round-up weeks, as we bring in the cows from the forest before the weather turns.  Then, in October we move into the option of shorter stays.  Guests can either join us for our Sunday-Sunday stays, or come for a little shorter version of the dude ranch week with a Sunday-Thursday or Thursday-Sunday option.  This is a great time to enjoy the seasonal transition as the valley prepares for the coming winter.

October is also a great time for business retreats.  If you’ve ever thought of planning a retreat at a ranch, this is a great time to take advantage of our lower fall rates and bring your group together at Vista Verde.

Although much of the fall is full at this point, there is still space during the first few weeks in October.  Come out and join us for a little fall fun in the Rocky Mountains!

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Foxnews.com – June 2014

Date: June 23rd, 2014

American’s Most Family Friendly Resorts- Foxnews.com, June 23, 2014

Planning a getaway that the whole family will love?

Young kids want to play, teens want to hang, and parents probably just want to relax. But these top U.S. destinations have something for everyone. From awesome pool to unique activities, kids and adults can keep busy on their own- and once in a while come together as a family.  Read on….

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Winter Vacations at Vista Verde

Date: June 20th, 2014

by Steph

Sleigh ride ColoradoThe other evening, I got to enjoy a wonderful dinner with some of our guests.  The evening was a stitch with the guests firing questions at me, left and right.  They told me at the end that I passed my annual job review, and I could come back to work the next day.  Phew.

But, during the conversation, one question stood out to me (ok, besides the “brilliant” marketing ideas we were passing around such as adding cow tipping, among other things).  The question was, “What would it look like for me to come here with my family during the winter?”  The point of the question was that guest said when he found our website, he saw that we offer winter stays as well.  But, although he could imagine the summer vacation concept he couldn’t really wrap his head around what a winter vacation at Vista Verde would be like for his family.  So, I began to paint the picture.  Here’s how it went.

winter horse back ridingWinter vacations at Vista Verde are magical.  That’s the best word I can use to describe them.  The snow is piled up as high as the fences, which muffles all the noise and looks like a sea of marshmallows.  When it’s a snowy day, flakes fall gently out of the sky- sometimes huge fluffy flakes, sometimes small tiny specks.  On the bluebird sky days, the snow sparkles like a field of diamonds and the sun warms us all as we play outside.

For the romantics, a winter vacation at Vista Verde is like none other.  Ok, no itsy bitsy string bikinis here.  But, imagine a cozy cabin with a fire roaring inside.  The hot tub bubbles on the deck, waiting for you to come out and sit under the stars.  No TV, no phone, no distractions from the one you love.  Reading by the fire, chatting in the hot tub….it’s up to you.

kids sledding on their winter vacationFor families, I firmly believe there is no better place to introduce kids to snow.  Unlike the big ski resorts, there are no lines here.  No crowds.  No hassle of renting gear, figuring out ski schools, finding your kids, hauling your wet and tired kid all the way across a mountain to get back to your condo, dealing with the neighbors who are staying up all night partying.  Out here it’s quiet, quaint and comfortable.  Kids can experience all sorts of different snow based activities.  If they get cold, it’s just a hop over to the cabin to change clothes and warm up.  Someone is always looking out for them with our small community atmosphere.  It’s easy, safe and fun.  And every kid needs to experience the joy of snow at least once while they are still young enough to want to make snow angels.

All inclusive resort ColoradoWhat do you do?  Are there enough activities?  Well, give back country skiing a try, or take a skate ski lesson.  If that seems like too much technique (it’s not, we promise even a total novice can do it) then let our guides take you out on a back country snowshoe.  Ride a horse in the snow.  Take a horsemanship clinic in the heated indoor arena.  Go for a sleigh ride.  We have the one horse open sleigh….it doesn’t get any more classic than that.  Help us feed our herd of horses the old fashioned way on the big sleigh pulled by the draft horse team.  Step inside for a wine tasting or a cooking class.  Stretch out with some yoga.  Learn the finer points of using your camera in our photography workshop.  Tube!  We’ll pull you up the hill with snowmobiles and then you can fly back down on a big, cushy snow tube.  If that’s not enough, head into Steamboat for dogsledding or snow mobiling, or even downhill skiing.  Trust us, there is plenty to do in between those amazing meals.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience a classic winter resort, it’s time to try Vista Verde Ranch in the winter!  As much as I’m loving the summer season right now, thinking about winter gets me excited to bundle up and go out to play in the snow.  Soon enough we’ll be enjoying the winter wonderland again.

 

 

 

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Where’s Willie?

Date: June 10th, 2014

By Steph

There’s a little game we play with the kids who come to Vista Verde Ranch.  It involves a moose name Willie and some bedtime snacks.  You see, each evening the housekeeping fairies visit the cabins and leave a little something for mom and dad, along with a snack for the kids.  The snack is guarded by Willie the Moose.  However, most nights Willie gets a little sneaky and hides with the snack.  All good and fun, right?

Willie the dude ranch mooseWell, not always.  Yesterday, housekeeping fairy Emily was stumped when she came by to clean up one of the cabins in the morning.  She couldn’t find Willie.  He was missing.  If you’ve been following us for a while, you may be aware of the Willie the Moose book, and may even have your own copy.  If you’ve read the book, you know that Willie is a funny critter so maybe it’s not a surprise that he went hiding. (If you don’t have the book, pardon the shameless plug but you can buy one now!)

If you know housekeeping fairy Emily, you may also know that she is a wee bit vertically challenged, so it’s no surprise that it took her a while to find Willie.  As you can see, he went for a bit of a climb overnight.  But, fear not, he has been rescued and returned to his happy place in the cabin.  However, let us just say it now to Jack and Austin.  Game on.  Good luck finding your snack tonight!

 

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