Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch Weekend

February 23, 2011 Dalen

John and I had the most amazing weekend staying at the Bed and Breakfast up at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch so I felt the need to share it with all of you! The thing that surprised me the most was that we were warmly welcomed by everyone we came into contact with, and I mean everyone! The front desk staff was warm and helpful beyond means, the man who cooked and served us breakfast was delightful and talkative (which we loved), and the owner of the ranch even came over to us during breakfast and introduced herself and gave us some education on the history of the ranch. Everyone had stories to share and advise when we asked. We took a 2 hour horseback riding adventure though the mountains which was amazing and our tour guide was wonderful, giving us all sorts of information on horses (we are beginners so to my surprise he was very patient with us!). We got to see a baby cow that had just been born hours before (so cute!) and we also got to see deer, big horn sheep, and bunnies on our ride. ┬áHave you ever seen a horse try to play with a squirrel? We did and that is funny stuff! We learned that Sylvan Dale consists of approximately 3200 acres in total! That’s huge! They locally raise free-range, grass fed beef and sell it at an affordable price (in case you’re interested its starts at only $6/lb and you dont have to buy a quarter of a cow, but if you do it goes down to about $5/lb). The owner’s parents bought the property in 1946 so its been a family run business for many years, which is one thing I really liked about it because everywhere you go you see photos of the family, a saddle that belonged to their parents, a cook book of Tillie’s recipes from the mid 1900′s, etc. There’s so much history there and everyone is so personable, not like the mundane hotel where they know you by your room number! I was also surprised by all the amenities they offer such as the hot tub that overlooks the pond, horseback riding, fishing, and a game room that offers ping pong, pool, and fuse-ball. Another thing that I adored was the set up of the rooms. We got one of the sweetheart cabins (yes, we got an entire cabin all to ourselves) that came with free wifi, a fireplace, a queen size bed, a mini refrigerator and we were able to bring a griddle to cook dinner on so we didnt have to leave and best of all, the cabins back right up to the Big Thompson River so you get to wake up to the sound of the relaxing river each morning! Also, one of the amazing things about this place is that they hold weddings here!! Thats right, you can get married here and stay an extra few nights at a place that feels like you’re imbedded in the mountains hours from the city when really you’re only 1 hour from Denver and 10 minutes from Loveland! How fantastic is that!!!! (I you are by chance considering getting married up here, contact Sue Bennett, she is the wedding coordinator and she is the sweetest wedding coordinator for a venue that I have ever met. I promise, she will take care of you!) If you haven’t been here, I highly recommend it! Thank you Sylvan Dale Ranch for making our (late) Valentines Weekend Get-a-way the best it could have been!

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