Date: December 2nd, 2010
Job descriptions at any guest ranch are a bit vague, just ask Steph Wilson, director of Marketing and Reservations with a side of wrangling, yoga, winter guiding, training, purchasing…and well the list goes on. Sallie Hallmark, Front of the House Manager and myself can add Creative Designer to our job descriptions here at Vista Verde. Just before going on vacation Sallie and I took on the task of designing a winter mantel to be submitted to HGTV. We started brainstorming and came up with a theme that is reflected throughout our Colorado ranch resort, which is rustic luxurious. We wanted different colors, textures and layers and we wanted it to feel just as warm to the eye as it did when sitting by the fire. Upon completion, Nathan, a wrangler and our amazing resident photographer captured some great shots. We submitted them to HGTV and received a “thank you for your submission” email. When I came in this morning and checked my email there was an awesome surprise, an email from HGTV’s Decorating Editor and a link to the HGTV Winter Mantel article. We are amongst the company of many luxurious destinations, including the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, British Columbia, the Ritz London Hotel in England and the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. We are excited to be with fellow luxury hotel and resort destinations. You can check out our rustic mantel by clicking on the link, or even better, come sit by the fire during an apres ski with a glass of wine and delicious gourmet appetizers.
‘Til Next Time…Christi Cline, Front Desk Manager and newly appointed Designer