Vista Verde Ranch, Luxury Guest Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
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Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
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Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch

Sacramento Bee – February 2013

Date: February 26th, 2013

Travelgirl recommends: Vista Verde guest ranch

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 – 5:08 am

HAVEN FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

After one visit to Vista Verde you’ll be hooked on this premier Colorado guest ranch. This luxurious, all-inclusive resort is a haven for those who love the outdoors, especially in the wintertime. From tantalizing cuisine to an educated and accommodating in-house staff, Vista Verde offers a wealth of activities to keep maestros and novices equally engaged. Go during snow season and you’ll find a magnificent setting guaranteed to stimulate the senses. Snow-covered rooftops and fields that are groomed daily are part of the stunning landscape. Guests can partake in snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, back-country skiing or perhaps enjoy an exhilarating snowmobile ride. Ardent skiers often choose to slalom downhill in nearby Steamboat Springs; the Vista Verde staff will pack your lunch and happily drive you there. If you are not yet an aficionado with a pair of skis, the able-bodied staff will help you become one. Lessons are part of the all-inclusive rate and in a short while you’ll be enjoying the breathtaking scenery as you glide along with confidence.

Cowgirls, if you love to ride or even if you’ve never saddled up, Vista Verde is an ideal setting to delight in a horseback ride.

At the end of the winter season, the ranch offers clinics that will teach even an anxious rider how to handle a horse. Guests can spend quality time in an indoor facility with experienced staff who work to teach you the basics, so that you’re in the know and feeling safe before you ever step out to ride. In 2013, clinic dates are March 17-21. The four-night stay is $1,600 per person and other ranch activities are not offered at this time, allowing riders to focus on their riding style during this horsemanship retreat.

The icing on the cake at Vista Verde is the spectacular cuisine. Food and wine are an art form; from Kobe beef to lobster, the food is delectably prepared. Guests’ preferences are noted and remembered; you’ll find your favorites awaiting you when you choose to visit again. Enjoy some excellent wines with your meals and be sure to enroll in a wine tasting class; Chef Matt chooses some exquisite vintages. Later, relax in first-class accommodations, many equipped with hot tubs. It’s an extraordinary and energetic escape that has guests returning again and again to savor the experience. www.vistaverde.com

-Renee Werbin

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A wedding, a sleigh driver and his horse

Date: February 19th, 2013

romance in ColoradoBy Reid  
What are some of the most memorable days of your life? Many of you married folks would probably say your wedding day was a pretty big one. Unfortunately, for many folks, those days that hold such significance can also create some of the most stressful situations as some pour their lives into making those days play out exactly how they want them. Well, a couple of our guests this past week decided to make their wedding day as stress free as possible, and it was truly beautiful. I had the pleasure of driving this love-struck couple out to the Homestead cabin by one-horse opened sleigh, where they were married right there on the porch, with only a pastor and her husband, myself, and Ben, the draft horse, as witnesses. The ceremony took no longer than 15 minutes, vows and rings were exchanged, and under the endless blue-bird sky of that pristine winter day, the new couple was pronounced to all the world. Funny how so many of us are so steeped in tradition and the way it “should be” that we feel surprised by this story. I was stunned as well when I heard (the day before) that I would be participating in a wedding! “Aren’t those things supposed to take months to plan?” I thought. Well, they don’t have to.  What an honor it was to be reminded, standing on the porch that day, watching this man and this women confessing their undying and eternal love for each other, that a marriage celebration is not about a party, a guest list, a cake, or a string quartet giving life to Pachelbel’s cannon, but that a marriage celebration is a moment in time to stop, still your heart, and revel in the miracle of two souls becoming one – even if the only living things witnessing that miracle is a sleigh driver, and his horse.

Steph’s notes: Congratulations to Richard and Monica on starting their lives as husband and wife together here at Vista Verde!  We wish you all the best!  In addition to their wedding, we also got to wish Andy and Amy on their engagement.  It was quite a romantic Valentine’s weekend here at Vista Verde!

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What does winter in the West look like?

Date: February 17th, 2013

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Photo by Catherine Cruz

Every year the seasons change; spring, summer, fall, winter. Not only do they change; they fly by! While that long day at work may seem like it took days instead of hours, at the end of the week (or month…or year) we wonder where all of the time went. For many of us who have grown up in the city, this fact is especially true. This is one of the reasons that I love spending winter at a Colorado guest ranch located in a secluded area. You really get to witness firsthand the changing of the seasons. Fall starts to dwindle, and you can see the beginnings of winter; a few flurries here or there, and before you know it, the snow starts dumping everywhere. When winter begins in earnest, and even when it is on its way out, you can connect memories and experiences with the snow that blankets the ground. You remember what it was like to see the first few inches of accumulation; you relive the anticipation of snow and all of the joy and fun that it brings. You remember when the first foot or so covered the ground; that first cross-country ski sure was fun (even if you tripped over exposed branches and roots a few times)! You recall how wonderful it feels to be utterly exhausted after a hard days work snowshoeing through four feet of champagne powder and relish the chance to soak in the hot tub on your cabin’s porch and reflect on the great day you had. For all of us that work and live here, and those of you who come and visit us, this is winter in its most ideal state. Winter in the West connects the active, energetic, and fun nature of life on a ranch with the relaxing, restful, and memorable experience of being able to unplug from the world as we know it, and truly dig in to life as it should be; tranquil, simple, and profoundly beautiful. That, to me, is why a winter at Vista Verde is so special.

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Chef’s Corner: Bison Short Ribs with Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Date: February 14th, 2013

We received a request for this recipe the other day from one of our guests who wanted to make this for her sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.  We may be a bit late in getting this out there for all of you to try on Valentine’s Day, but why not celebrate a wonderful dinner another night?  Here’s to lots of love, laughter, and good food.  And, maybe a little romance.

Red Wine Marinade

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 leek
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 small celery root
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 bottle (750mL) red wine
  1. Clean and roughly chop the vegetables.
  2. Cover with red wine and simmer for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and cool together, then strain and discard vegetables and reserve liquid.

Marinated Short Ribs

  • Red wine marinade (recipe above)
  • 2 pounds boneless short rib
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 8 quarts beef stock, hot
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  1. Pour cold red wine marinade over the short ribs and let sit for 2 days, rotating meat twice a day.
  2. After the second day, remove the beef from the marinade and place in a roasting pan with the garlic, onion, and carrots.  Cover with hot beef bouillon; add rosemary and salt.  Place a sheet of parchment paper over beef and weigh down slightly with a 10” plate.  Place in a 250° F oven for eight hours.
  3. Once beef is fork tender and almost breaking apart, remove from bouillon onto a draining rack.  Save bouillon for a great soup or your next beef braising dinner.

Sweet potato Gnocchi

  • 1 ½ pounds roasted and pureed sweet potato
  • 6 ounces “00” Flour
  • 1 egg
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil on the stove. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in half, season well, and roast until tender.
  2. Dry the sweet potatoes thoroughly and run through a food mill or potato ricer.
  3. Sift the flour and incorporate with the egg into the sweet potato and taste for seasoning.
  4. When the water has come to a boil, roll the dough out into a long cylinder about a half inch in diameter and with a knife cut one inch long pieces and plunge into boiling water until the gnocchi begin to float.
  5. Skim the floating gnocchi off the water and into an ice bath to stop the cooking.
  6. Drain all the gnocchi onto a towel to dry.
  7. Heat a sauté pan on the stove, sauté the gnocchi in olive oil until crisp on all sides.
  8. Serve.

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What does Nature do for you?

Date: February 12th, 2013

By Steph

Colorado snow vacationI suppose it goes without saying to acknowledge that I am a nature lover.  How could you live somewhere like this for over 15 years, without having it be a big part of your life?  As often as I can, I try to get outside into the Great Outdoors.  But, the reality of being busy at the ranch along with a mom of 2 is that I don’t get out all that far frequently.  The other day, the perfect combination of fresh snow, a couple kid free hours and a hall pass from work took me a bit further out than my normal jaunts.  And, it was magical.  Floating along on skis through fresh powder, feeling the terrain shifting under my skis gently, being surrounded by the muted silence that you only get on a snowy day and seeing no one else for over an hour was a powerful experience.  The high I experience during that back country tour, that lasted for hours and hours afterwards, reminded me of the power of escaping deep into nature.

So, I ask of you, what does nature do for you?  Does it “fill your bucket” like it did mine?  In what ways?  How do you hold onto your experiences here at the ranch or in nature elsewhere, to pull you through challenges?

And, here’s to finding time to get back into the natural world more often.  Strap on the skis, go for a walk, ride a horse, sit and watch the clouds soar by, pedal your bike, you name it….just get out.  It’s a good thing.

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Spring break in Colorado

Date: February 8th, 2013

family snow vacation smallerAre you trying to figure out what to do for Spring Break this year?  How about bringing your kids to snow and fun, at Vista Verde Ranch?  Our all-inclusive pricing makes the planning easy.  You just need to show up with your snow clothes, and we’ll take it from there.  Romance for Mom and Dad while on a family vacation?  Yes, it’s true.  The spacious luxurious cabins allow room for your family to spread out.  The private hot tub on your deck is perfect for late night soaks under a star-filled sky, while the little ones slumber.  Families can enjoy guided activities together.  Or Mom and Dad get a chance to enjoy activities as a couple while the kids frolic in the snow with our kid wranglers.  You can enjoy most of the meals together as a family, but there are several nights a week when the kids have a separate, more casual dinner while Mom and Dad relax, have a glass of wine and enjoy uninterrupted conversation with other adult dining companions.

There is still time to plan your Spring Break vacation in Colorado.  Enjoy the snow, the vistas and the fun without the crowds and excessive time spent planning at a big ski resort!  Call 800-526-7433 to reserve your cabin, or visit www.vistaverde.com for more info.

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Horsemanship retreat at Colorado’s Vista Verde Ranch

Date: February 7th, 2013

Horseback riding clinic in ColoradoJoin ranch trainer Terry Wegener and his crew for our annual Horsemanship Retreat in March.  The retreats have been very popular for guests looking for a more in-depth focus on their riding skills.  The retreat offers an intensive riding experience for intermediate riders.   Clinic numbers are limited to 12 participants to insure a more productive learning environment.  Or, if your better half wants to ride but you don’t, you can just relax and enjoy the Retreat part.  Hearty gourmet meals, beer and wine and airport transfers are all included in your stay.  Ride hard morning and afternoon, and then relax in your private hot tub or by your crackling fire at night.

March 17-21, 2013

Rate: $1,600/person or $1,100/person for the non-riders

Contact us at 800-526-7433 to book your spot.  Only two riding spots left!

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