Posts Tagged ‘steamboat springs ranch’
Date: June 3rd, 2010
By Front Desk Manager Christi Cline-
The countdown to opening day is on and finishing touches are being made at our Colorado guest ranch. Here’s a recap on the past twenty four hours here at Vista Verde. Yesterday morning our staff saddled up for a mock breakfast ride. This was partly to give practice to the servers, chefs and wranglers, but it was definitely time for staff bonding, laughs and a chance to snap some gorgeous morning pictures atop Indian Hill. Nothing is more spectacular than a Colorado mountain sunrise. The storm clouds started to build a bit, but the morning sprinkles didn’t scare off our riders. We made it back in time for more staff meetings and department time. Terry Wegener, our horse trainer thought the storm might initiate a delivery down in our mare barn in the evening…and his predictions were right! While our staff was having game night at The Steaming Bean coffee house in Steamboat Springs, Nicky, our assistant horse trainer and wrangler, delivered a colt at approximately 7:30 p.m.. She went to check on Rachel (the mare) and had a feeling that things were about to get exciting. The delivery was a quick one, between quiet peeks into her stall and excited calls to Terry, who is in Scottsdale Arizona judging a horse show, Nicky was coached through her first delivery! Sallie was videoing and helping relay messages from Terry the whole time. The baby colt and mare are healthy, happy and doing well. At first we thought we was sorrel in color, but in daylight now we see that he is a red roan and has a unique blaze in the shape of a bird. Names are in the mix as of yet, but Gus is high on the list, coming from Lonesome Dove.
Guaranteed there will be more exciting news in the next few days as we get ready to open our doors Sunday to our first summer guests. Today, staff are working on trails for biking, hiking and riding. Tonight we’re having a barn dance to learn the Salty Dog Rag, our staff dance and my personal favorite! Tomorrow, they’ll be busy with more meetings and working with their managers. We will keep you in the loop through our Ranch Facebook page. For our summer guests we are ready and excited, so hurry up and get here! For those of you who haven’t booked your summer family vacation yet, check back soon as Stephanie will be putting up some special offerings to fill the last cabins.
Date: June 3rd, 2010
My lady and I have spent our childhoods in the same town and yet never knew one another. Fast forward 30 years later…we’re now living the dream in sunny Tucson. Having grown up in Kansas, we’ve both enjoyed the wonderful slopes that only Colorado can offer. We’ve since become regulars in New Mexico’s ski country but cannot muster up the time away and the long drive to justify another visit to CO. This would make for a wonderful surprise for the lady that keeps me grounded and full of life and love. Please consider us for such a romantic, exciting get away. Cheers from J & J!
Name: Jeffrey Haskell
Company: Mt. Vernon Contractors/ dba
Date: March 29th, 2010
Yesterday brought a little bit of the big city to Steamboat Springs and the ranch. A crew of about 25 people from Eddie Bauer rolled in at 7am to use the ranch for a catalog photo shoot. Luckily, we’re still holding on to winter at the ranch so there was enough snow in the meadows. We shuttled them around on snowmobiles to and from the Homestead cabin, as well as provided some horses who got to hang out with their Italian model. We even had Zag hooked up to the bobsled for one shot. The best part of the sleigh shot was that Jess was all set as the driver, but they didn’t want him in the shot (poor Jess) so he had to crouch down out of eyesight of the camera, but ready to jump on and drive in the event that Zag decided he needed to go somewhere. Luckily, it was such a nice, warm, sunny day that Zag quickly realized there was nowhere better to go and took a cat nap while the models did their best to look enthralled that they were about to go on a pretend sleigh ride, and photographers, make up artists and stylists hovered around them. The crew was the best we’ve ever worked with and were respectful of the ranch and very professional. It was a long day of shooting and Jess, Grahm, Rachel and Charlie all stuck it out from 6:30am until 7pm….but we had some fun laughs, enjoyed a gorgeous spring day, and shook up our routine a bit. We are a little worried that Zag might have a Diva complex though…..
Date: March 29th, 2010
We had some suprising visitors stop by the other day to see our Colorado dude ranch. It was in the whirlwind of a Sunday turnover, as we were getting ready for some new families to arrive, filled with anticipation and hoping they picked the best dude ranch. All of us were running several directions at once. Lucky for me, I was the one who took some time to show these gals around and hear about their traveling adventures.
Elaine and Marlene are two women with a strong travel bug. When both of them got through raising children, and found more free time, they decided to team up and start traveling the world. Their trips have been inspired by the book, “1000 Places to Visit Before You Die”. Their stop by on Sunday was not just because they were enjoying a Steamboat Springs vacation, but because Vista Verde is part of this book. Little did they know that they would be visiting a luxury dude ranch in Colorado when they first took on this epic journey!
I didn’t get a chance to spend a whole lot of time with these gals, but I was so taken by their travel stories that I took a picture of them in front of our Colorado lodge before they headed off to see the Zirkel Wilderness area, just up the road from the resort.
If you get a moment, check them out at Wild Women Wanderers. It may inspire your next vacation!