Posts Tagged ‘ranch lodge’
Date: May 21st, 2009
Yes! These days, we are seeing more and more folks coming to Vista Verde Ranch for their honeymoon. The cliche beach vacation is just so…..well, cliche. Coming to a guest ranch is a different and fun way to have a romantic honeymoon getaway with shared experiences that will last long past the pina colada getting warm.
What is it like to spend your honeymoon at Vista Verde Ranch?
When you arrive, tired and worn out from the planning and stress of your wedding, the first thing you will find is a welcoming and accommodating staff, waiting to take care of your every need. Then, you’ll step into your Colorado honeymoon cabin and instantly feel at home. The ecclectic mix of log and antique furniture along with Western art makes each cabin unique and incredibly cozy. The hot tub sitting out on the deck of your cabin will beckon you to soak and reflect on the huge day you just went through, marrying this person who sits next to you now. In the winter, you may be looking out at a snow filled landscape as the bright sun shines down, or the stars twinkle in the night sky. Or, if it’s snowing, all you’ll see are big, fluffy white snowflakes. Peaceful? Oh, yes. And I forgot to mention the cozy wood burning stove, for those nights when you want to watch the snowflakes from inside your cabin.
As you make your way over to the Main Lodge of our luxury dude ranch for your first dinner, you’ll revel in the serenity of the ranch at night. The talented Chefs will have prepared a delectable dinner for you to enjoy by yourselves at a private table, or in the company of intersting and adventurous guests from all over the world.
Waking up on your first morning, you’ll find the caring and fun loving staff in the dining room to serve you a hearty breakfast before heading out for your first adventure. You and your spouse will deepen your relationship as you learn more about each other trying new activites and experience the beauty of the natural setting of our romantic resort. There are so many options to choose from that you might just try different activities each day, or fall in love with one and never turn back.
By the time you leave to head back home and your new life as a married couple, you will have memories that stay with you for years. In fact, we often hear from couples who honeymooned here years ago wanting to now bring their families back to see the place where they first vacationed as a married couple.
Bottom line, we’ll take care of you on your honemoon getaway at Vista Verde. You’ll enjoy having the luxury dude ranch become like a second home, and surprise yourself in how much you enjoy getting to know all the folks at Vista Verde Ranch.
Date: May 21st, 2009
So far, we have 3 of the 4 new offices moved into. Ben was the first to jump on the moving bandwagon and was moved in by early this week. Yesterday was a big push to get Rob and Teresa moved into the new Kitchen office, and I got moved into my new one down by the front desk. After all these years of wondering if someone is wandering around downstairs looking for help, I will finally be where I should be and we will finally have an official front desk! I’ve got to admit, I’m going to miss the fun of sharing an office with Ben. We’ve had some fun! But we’ll probably both be a little more efficient without someone sitting right there, bouncing ideas off each other and getting distracted in the process. Next up is Dace’s office move, but we are waiting until he gets back from Santa Fe and Scottsdale to move him. He was traveling with Peggy and the designer the past couple days looking for some artwork for all these new spaces we have to decorate! You might even see a Dace Starkweather original hanging somewhere in the Lodge this summer! Didn’t know he was such an artsy kind of guy? Hey, we all have our surprises.
In the process of all this moving, we’ve come across some pretty funny stuff such as VHS tapes full of teen videos from past summers, Mobil 4 star plaques that we just couldn’t get rid of, years after Mobil decided to stop rating guest ranches, old flip charts with notes from staff orientation, and the most random assortment of single gloves.
While all this moving was going on, the chefs were also moving their stuff back into the new and improved kitchen. It was fun to watch these guys who are usually focused on creativity and food to be moving heavy equipment and using tools. They did all right! However, there seem to be some sizing snafoos with the dish washing area, so Rob was at his wits end as Bill and a couple others tried to figure out how to make it all work.
The next big step is the mega-moving party happening sometime around the 27th. The designer and his team will pull an all-nighter while they move in the furniture, arrange it all, adjust lights and artwork and fixtures. We should be on TLC!
Hopefully it will all be in place by the time the staff show up on June 1. The clock is ticking!
Date: January 2nd, 2009
Happy New Year! We rang in the New Year with our annual Progressive Dinner on skis and the sleigh and enjoyed the evening’s festivities with a wonderful group of guests. As we look forward to the New Year, we are excited about projects that will be completed this year. As you can see, the Lodge addition is rumbling along and starting to look like a real building. The crew is putting in the tongue and groove on the ceiling, building the stairs up to offices and meeting room and framing in the bathrooms and the front desk downstairs. The fireplace shell has been built, and the rock work will come in after the front is framed out. Down the driveway, the footers for the indoor arena are in place and the steel work will be starting very soon. We wish they could be done with a snap of the fingers, but we’ll try to be patient since the finished products will be such a great addition to the ranch! Keep tuned for more updates, and Happy New Year to all.
Date: January 2nd, 2009
Think back to your favorite Western; the that seems like romantic mountain getaway, one with the mustangs running wild and free across the plains of the west. Built for the rugged terrain of the Colorado Mountains, the cowboys tamed and trained some of these wild mustangs. There are herds of these horses still running free today. In an effort to manage the land and prevent their population from exceeding its carrying capacity, the Bureau of Land Management has begun adopting some of these wild mustangs into the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP).
Since 1971, Colorado has been protecting and ensuring the future of our beautiful wild mustangs with the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act passed by Congress. IN 1986, the WHIP program was created. The Wild Horse Inmate Program was the first of it's kind, bringing the horses to corrections facilities to be gentled and trained by the inmates before being adopted. Besides an emotional and relationship building outlet with these horses, the program has given the inmates the opportunity to learn equine skills to use when they are released.
These mustangs have one distinct feature that can make them stand out right away in a herd. They all contain a distinguishing code on the left side of their neck. This code gives three identifying pieces of information: the registering organization or state they came from, the estimated year of their birth, and the horse's registration number within the BLM system.
Just this past spring, Vista Verde Guest Ranch adopted 3 new horses, giving them a new home and a bright future in the mountains of Colorado. Our Horse program introduced Cuatro, Cheyenne, and Caddy are our new, once wild mustangs, to Crow, our mustang who has been here at the ranch for years. Cuatro has already enjoyed his share of guests as the 4 year old gelding is a joy to ride. Cheyenne, 6, and Caddy, 4, are still perfecting their skills with wranglers this season. From their time with their wild herd, these horses understand all too well herd dynamics, so when they came to Vista Verde they adapted very quickly to our herd of over 100 horses. We are excited to have them with us and be able to give them a purpose and new life, while staying in the mountains of their home state.
If you would like to learn more about the WHIP program you can visit the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/wild_horse_and_burro/Wild_Horse_Inmate_Program_Colorado.html .