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
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Spotlight on Dace Starkweather

Date: April 20th, 2010

Many of you have gotten to know Dace in your time at the Ranch. Officially, he’s the General Manager who focuses on the staffing side of the business. Unofficially, he’s the do it all guy. Both at the ranch and on his off time, Dace is a guy with surprising skills and interests.

Raised on a farm in rural Illinois, but just an hour or so from Chicago, Dace had an innate love for nature and solitude, but a taste for culture and the arts. He grew up with 2 younger sisters and 2 older brothers, and stays close to all of them to this day. In fact, Dace is the proud and fun-loving uncle of 8 nieces and nephews with another arriving soon.

After leaving Illinois to attend college at CU Boulder, Dace essentially never looked back. He discovered guest ranches in Colorado as a wrangler during his summer breaks and that relationship extended well past graduation as he helped manage and run a well established Colorado guest ranch for years.

Next up, Dace attended Biola University in California for his Masters in Organizational Leadership while also working at the Disney Grand California, for a different angle into the world of hospitality. It was shortly after that Dace ended up learning about the opportunity to come be General Manager at Vista Verde Ranch. He and Ben both interviewed for the job and agreed that it would best be approached by them sharing the role and each having their own focus.

Where things get interesting about Dace is to understand the various layers of his passions. An avid sports fan, Dace is currently rooting for the Chicago Black hawks to make their first run at the Stanley Cup. But, taking a break from that, he moves into his studio upstairs (pictured) to work on some of his paintings that he is considering submitting for an art show this Spring. You’ll not only find a guitar in Dace’s office for singing around the campfire, but he plays often at home. Time away from the ranch has taken Dace to China to be a speaker on hospitality, to visit family and explore places like Mackinaw Island, Puerto Rico and the southern states.

Right now Dace is finishing up the hiring for the summer season. He has all positions filled except for the last fishing guide. I’m sure he’ll be celebrating when he fills that last spot! We hope you get to meet Dace if you haven’t already. And if you have, know that he’ll be waiting by the campfire with his guitar for you next time you’re out this way.

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Your first winter snow vacation

Date: April 20th, 2010

So, you're a bona fide beach lover.  But, there is this lingering curiosity about what it would be like to take a vacation in the snow.  Whether it's a family snow vacation you're considering or a romantic winter getaway, it can be a little daunting to figure out how to tackle that kind of trip for the first time.  How about a little help?

First off, you need to decide how you want to experience the snow.  If the idea of shooshing down the slopes and enjoy apres ski drinks at the bar sounds appealing, you definitely need to consider a ski resort vacation.  Of course we're biased, but the Steamboat Ski Resort would be our pick, among all the great ski resorts in the country.  I have always been biased to finding a hotel or condo right on the slopes, so you can walk out your condo door and put your skis on right away.  But, there are plenty of places that offer shuttle services too, so don't be put off by a little distance from the ticket office.  If you are downhill skiing for the first time, I have one and only one suggestion.  Get lessons.  Pay the extra to have an instructor show you the ropes.  It is too frustrating, and you are spending too much money on this vacation already, not to go the extra mile to do it right.  

If the crowds and social scene of a big ski resort aren't up your alley, what are your options?  You could just rent a small cabin in the woods somewhere with snow and have a DIY snow vacation.  Buy a cheap sled for the kids, bring along some hot chocolate, and enjoy.  Or, you can visit a cross country ski lodge.  There is some great cross country skiing in Colorado, but there are also nice ski lodges in the other Western states as well as the East Coast.  Some are more geared toward family snow vacation, and some just for hard cord cross country skiers.

Of course, I left my personal favorite option for the finale.  A winter guest ranch!  It is the best of both worlds for a winter vacation idea.  You get the snow, the beautiful Lodge, the great meals, the beautiful vistas, the warm Western hospitality, all wrapped up in an all inclusive package.  All you need to do is get to the airport, and we take it from there.  No rental car, shuttle services, or bellhops to tip.  At Vista Verde, we will pick you up from the Steamboat airport and whisk you off to the ranch with a friendly driver.  Once at the ranch, you can choose daily from a diverse offering of activities.  No planning ahead of time, calling around for the best options, or finding the lines too long.  Snowshoe, sled, horseback ride, sleigh ride, you name it….we'll provide you a personalized and unique experience.  Meals are all included, as is beer and wine.  So, once again, no reservations, long waits or planning needed.  Just show up at mealtime, and we'll take it from there.  If you have kids, it's a great option for introducing them to the snow as your cabin is right there to go back to for dry clothes or to take a break.  Honeymooners find it a unique option as the planning is easy, the setting romantic, and the service top notch.

Whatever path you choose, we hope you'll give it a try.  Winter is fun, especially when you dont have to worry about shovelling your driveway!  Come see why we love winter vacations at Vista Verde Ranch!

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Romantic Winter Vacations

Date: May 8th, 2009

romantic winter getawayLooking for a new romantic vacation idea? Get over lace, chintz and potpourri. A great romantic resort getaway features lots of shared activity outdoors that sparks lots of shared activity indoors.

That’s the experience of couples who visit Vista Verde Ranch, near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After a day spent skiing, riding, sledding, snowshoeing or dog sledding, there’s nothing as tantalizing as returning to your private deluxe cabin and slipping into a steaming, secluded hot tub with your significant other. A gourmet, candlelit dinner and an impossibly star-filled sky add a dreamy finish to the day.

The small guest capacity at our ranch allows us to provide top notch service and an intimate setting. You can choose to enjoy a plethora of activities, or just relax and take in the peaceful setting.  With over 600 acres, and surrounded by millions of acres in the Routt National Forest, you wont see any crowds here, and the only traffic jam is that of the horses lining up to be fed each day.

Our staff go out of their way to accommodate your wishes, the Chefs prepare delightful options at each meal, and the snow is pristine outside, just ready for you to put on your jacket and come out to play. 

Just fly into the Steamboat/Hayden (HDN) airport in the winter, and we’ll pick you up and whisk you away to the ranch.

We have seen more and more guests at our luxury dude ranch looking for a unique way to reconnect and enjoy a romantic resort getaway that leaves lasting memories.  Grab your sweetheart, and come join us at Vista Verde Ranch for a winter stay! 

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Ranch vs. Resort

Date: May 8th, 2009

There are a broad range of dude ranches in Colorado as well as a broad range of Colorado resorts. The meaning of dude ranch, guest ranch or resort depends on who you ask. Some think a dude ranch is more rustic and a guest ranch is more upscale. Some thing a dude ranch is more of a working ranch while a guest ranch has other activities. Some think a resort should have nothing to do with dirt and animals and be more like Disney, while others think of a resort as a rustic non-hotel-like experience. At Vista Verde, we could be called a dude ranch, a guest ranch or even a ranch resort. We’re a working ranch in the sense that we have a herd of 80 horses who we keep year ’round, feeding them by irrigated hay meadows in the summer and by throwing stored hay off a sleigh pulled by a team of draft horses in the winter. We have acreage to maintain, fences to build and land to preserve. We’re a resort ranch in the sense that we have a diverse offering of activities besides just riding, and not all our staff wear cowboy hats for their specialties. We could also be called a luxury ranch by the upscale accommodations and high quality food. Whatever you like to call us, we hope those who are looking for a classy yet casual, adventurous yet safe, and remote yet accessible vacation experience will find their way to Vista Verde Ranch. It’s a place where relationships are built and renewed, memories are made and time slows down. Call us whatever you want, but when you’re here we hope you call it home.

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