Tuesday, June 5, 2018
My wife and my 6-year-old daughter spent 3 nights at Home Ranch.
The entire staff was very pleasant, courteous and helpful throughout our stay, and we feel like we have a new family in Clark, CO.
We were picked up from the Hayden Airport by Lizzie, who is a cross-country ski guide at the Ranch and who iss so knowledgeable about the ranch and not only did she answer all our questions, she was also very patient with my super excited daughter's million questions.
Shelby at the front desk, who is also a fly-fishing guide at the ranch was incredibly helpful to make us feel welcome. She took really good care of our daughter too. She took her see the horses and the two barn cats the first day.
Allison took our daughter with her to feed the chickens, where my daughter fell in love with "Fluffy" and wanted to take her home.
Michael and Harrrison were great at the sleigh ride. Basically the guests hop on the sleigh and go with them to feed the horses and cows. It is a unique opportunity to connect with nature and animals while listening to Michael share his well of knowledge about the ranch and the ranch life.
We also had an amazing experience again with Michael as our guide for our horseback riding around the ranch. While the ranch staff groomed the trail for us following the heavy snow of the previous days, we still had some deep snow our horses had to deal with graciously and our guide Michael's professional, calm and collected demeanor affected all of us in such a positive way we actually enjoyed the challenging ground. My 6 year old daughter was on a horse by herself for the first time and Michael held her and her horse close to him, keeping the reigns in his hands. He made this little girl's experience so much more safe, precious, and memorable.
In the evening, Michael and his wife Dawn were at the living area of the main lodge (where hors d'oeuvres and cocktails are served before dinner every night) to provide us with an amazing feast of live music consisting of their original songs. I bought their cd and if you like mellow American folk music, you should definitely check them out. Just google Michael and Dawn Moon.
I had the misfortune of injuring my ankle and the staff went out of their way to make sure I was included in the ranch life of the guests. They gave me a ride to and from the doctor. Laura was just amazing in helping me that day. They gave me rides between the cabin and the lodge.
Mike, who has been referred to as the rest of the staff as "a legend" in skiing instruction patiently and firmly thought my daughter how to ski for the first time and thanks to his experienced approach, my daughter was skiing in no time!
And, in general, if you are looking to experience an all-inclusive vacation in a ranch where you get to taste Executive Chef Jonathon Gillespie's culinary creations at every meal, where you get the experience a truly authentic ranch life including horseback riding, seasonal activities (snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, fly-fishing etc.) or opt for the option to just stay in your luxurious cabin, fully stocked with delicious snacks and refreshing beverages, with a hot tub on its deck, don't even think about it and book your trip there.
Thank you Home Ranch and we will see you soon!