August 2014

kids

VVR kids have some fun while helping others

By Steph
A 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!

Destination I Do Magazine – August 2014

By Land or By Sea – Destination I Do Magazine

By Carolyn Steere

Dido_Logo_Suitcase-150x150One 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.

  • Devils Causeway in Colorado, located near Vista Verde Guest Ranch
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  • The Zirkel Circle, an amazing hike that can be done at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado.

Epic staff adventures- the life and times dude ranch staff

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.

Erica 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.

Meagan 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!

Chef’s Corner: Maple Glazed Sticky Buns

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

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.