In the fall, and during part of the winter season, when the ranch is an adult-only playground, we tend to get a lot of honeymooners. In fact, this week alone we have four couples who chose VVR for their honeymoon!
Although all our cabins provide a romantic setting, the most popular cabin for honeymooners is our smallest one– the Dome cabin. It has a wonderful story as it was built from the shells of two of the original cabins that were built on the ranch almost 70 years ago. The log shells from the two cabins were moved to the site of the Dome cabin and put together and then the interior drastically remodeled to create an incredibly cozy, yet spacious cabin with amazing views of the horses out in their winter pasture. With a private hot tub on the deck and a wood-burning stove in the living room, the opportunities for cozy moments of togetherness are abundant.
We find that couples who choose Vista Verde Ranch came to us because they wanted something different than the cliché beach honeymoon. They wanted some adventure, they wanted to be in the mountains, they wanted things to do together but also to not just be isolated for the whole time. What seems surprising, but we see over and over, is how much they enjoy mingling with the staff and other guests. There is abundant time to relax and have one-on-one time with the way the schedule of activities is set up, but these couples are looking for interaction with other people during meals and while on their adventures.
When not nestled up in their private cabin, honeymooners enjoy a diverse offering of activities. In the fall, couples can choose from guided adventures like horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, cattle work, horsemanship clinics, and yoga. If they want to tone down the energy output, they can join a wine tasting, cooking class, or photography workshop. When the ranch is covered in a blanket of snow it is a perfect time for snuggling up in between adventures such as backcountry skiing, sleigh rides, tubing, snowmobiling, dogsledding, fat biking, and snowshoeing. Couples can even try Snoga (snowshoeing to a remote cabin for a yoga class), ice fishing on a frozen lake, or beer tasting with our chef. It’s probably no surprise that winter is the most popular time for honeymooners at the ranch.
The all-inclusive pricing of a Vista Verde stay makes planning and budgeting for their honeymoon easy. Lodging, meals, beer and wine, activities, guides, and equipment are all included. Transportation is provided to and from the Steamboat/Hayden airport as well.
So if you are planning your honeymoon, or know someone who wants to honeymoon in Colorado, we’d be honored to be your destination! We just love being able to provide couples a chance to relax, adventure, connect, and celebrate.