Posts Tagged ‘best ranch vacations’
Date: June 13th, 2010
By Amie O’Shaughnessy, Editor of Ciaobambino
I recently interviewed a family that stayed at Vista Verde Guest Ranch outside of Steamboat Springs in Colorado for our family ranch vacation portfolio. You know you’ve found a gem when the first statement about a property is, “Vista Verde is the greatest vacation experience we’ve ever had.”
I get that. Our dude ranch experience at Smith Fork Ranch is one of my all-time favorite experiences too. What makes these ranch trips stand out is that you actually vacation. For me, this means enjoying an absolute break from the schedule and demands of day-to-day life (with or without kids). The beauty of ranch vacations is that you are active (not just sitting by a pool), but someone else does all the planning and it’s logistics free. Heaven!
The family I interviewed about Vista Verde loved the service level at the property. Dude ranches cater to groups at a time, so having a high service level is key to ensuring there is enough personalization that the experience meets your needs.
They also raved about the riding program. Most “real” dude ranches focus on horseback riding. A few things to note: 1) All programs have minimum age requirements. Riding is a great activity with school age kids and up. If you have younger children, ensure there are supervised activities for younger kids available or you won’t be riding either. 2) Horse quality is important. In the absence of a review that mentions this, check Trip Advisor for comments related the horse feedback.
See my post on how to choose the best ranch vacation for more tips on things to evaluate before making a decision on where to stay. Ranch vacations are not inexpensive—it’s worth doing an extra bit of homework to ensure you choose the right venue and destination.
Date: June 13th, 2010
Vista Verde Ranch and Christy Sports are working together to make your winter vacation planning a bit easier. Christy Sports at Gondola Square has been selected for an exclusive partnership for our ranch guests. As a guest of Vista Verde, you will have access to special pricing on downhill ski rentals as well as clothing for your winter vacation in Colorado.
The Christy Sports location we have partnered with is located right at the base of the gondola at the Steamboat Ski Resort. This makes picking up your gear and returning it easy and convenient. The shop has been awarded SKI magazine’s “North America’s Top Shop” award for 4 of the past 6 years. That is a pretty amazing feat, and we felt they deliver a quality experience that we want our guests to experience at the ranch, and off the ranch.
If you have already booked your winter vacation at the ranch, we will be sending more information as we finalize arrangements and get closer to your arrival. For those still thinking about booking a winter ranch vacation, know that we are working to make your planning easier!