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“Picture-perfect mountain retreat”

Review of Almay Ranch

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Step Away From the Rest of the World to Your Own Private Retreat
Our Main Bridge Takes You To Your Dream Vacation
Main Living Area
Master Bedroom
Upstairs Kitchen
Upstairs Dining and Living Area
Second Bedroom Upstairs
Master Bathroom
Third Upstairs Bedroom
Upstairs Hall Bathroom
Entertainment Room
Downstairs Kitchen
Downstairs Bedroom
Downstairs Bathroom
Lakeside Bedroom
Lakeside Room Bunk Bed
View From Upper Deck
Barbecues on Upper Deck
Water Fall Next to Master Bedroom
Main House and Private Lake
Canoes Are Provided at the Main Lake
Lake at the Main House
Green 9 at our Private 9-Hole Golf Course
Green #1
Fairway and Green #5
Fairway and Green #8
Skinny Barn Cottage
Skinny Barn Cottage Bedroom
Bathroom at the Cottage
Sports Field at Recreation Area
Fire Pit, Volleyball/Badminton Court, Picnic Tables, and Sports Equipment Shed
16-hole Miniature Golf Course
Horseshoe Pit
One of the many hiking trails at Almay Ranch.
Gazebo at our DragonFly Lake
One of Two Creeks That Run Through the Property
Turtles Hanging Out at the Ranch
Little Boulder Creek at the Ranch
One of the Totem Poles at the Ranch
Kickapoo Falls is Just a Few Miles Down the Road
View of the Trinity Alps Driving to the Ranch from the South
Our new Game Room has a pool table, darts and casino table.
Canoes, pedal boat and a kayak are kept at the main house lake for our guests.
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7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 30
Trinity Center, California

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FrequentG...
Jemez Valley
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Picture-perfect mountain retreat”
Reviewed July 21, 2017 for a stay in July 2017
2
people found this review helpful

Family-friendly house nestled on its own pond with acres of recreational hiking, golfing, canoeing, swimming, gold-panning, soccer, volleyball, billiards, and more in the beautiful Trinity Alps of California. Boating in the Trinity Lake is minutes away but you really don't need to leave the ranch-it has it all!

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jul 27, 2017
Thank you so much for your nicely detailed and positive review! It is always such a pleasure to welcome your family back to Almay Ranch and we look forward to seeing you all again soon! Lora & Marco I Managers
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gpollock2...
Portola Valley, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Magical”
Reviewed July 8, 2017 for a stay in July 2017
2
people found this review helpful

Each year our family of five children, spouses and 10 grandchildren take a family trip together. Almay was the perfect place for all ages. The grounds are beautiful and the activities plentiful. It was really fun to be in the same house together. The deck overlooking the lake was a gathering place where conversations, card games, and meals were enjoyed. Marco prepared dinner for us two of our nights and the meals were both outstanding. Both Marco and Lora are the perfect hosts and made our trip even that much more enjoyable. It was voted as one of our families favorite vacation spots. We shall return!!!!!

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Management Response
Jul 10, 2017
Hello Guila,

Thank you for choosing Almay Ranch for your annual family trip and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations, as well as the grounds, activities and private dinners. We aim to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Almay in the future.

Sincerely,
Lora & Marco | Managers
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kooldaddy...
Fallon, Nevada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A great place with lots to do, we tried to do it all....”
Reviewed October 11, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
2
people found this review helpful

The property is very well maintained and provided days of uninterrupted fun. We rode quads through the many trails, fished in the creek, rode the dirt bike, played golf, canoed, kayaked, played mini golf, foosball, ping pong, pool, darts, hiked. Nobody had a need to be "connected" but a wi fi hot spot is available. The scenery is beautiful! We are planning a return trip already.

Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Oct 14, 2016
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Almay Ranch -- we really value your feedback. We’re so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you all back again soon!
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Yhett
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Magical, majestic, astonishingly beautiful, superb, marvelous and peaceful touch with nature!”
Reviewed July 7, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
2
people found this review helpful

It was all worth it. Amazingly beautiful and peaceful place especially for family gatherings. Our family from age 91 to age 2 enjoyed Almay Ranch.The rooms are all clean with very comfortable beds. Most of all the hospitality of Marco and Lora made our stay more memorable. It was the way I wanted to celebrate my birthday.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jul 10, 2016
Happy Birthday again, Juliet! We are delighted that you and your family chose to celebrate your very special day with us, and that we were instrumental in helping to make your stay more memorable. It was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to have you back in the near future and take part in more of your life's celebrations and milestones. Take care! - Lora & Marco
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Donna L H
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A perfect place for treasured memories.”
Reviewed June 29, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Our family of 18, ages 23 months to 69 years, had a magical three days of hiking, boating, fishing, golfing, and lots and lots of game time. A perfect retreat for a family to be together.
Thank you.

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Service
Liked best: No cell phone service!
Liked least: Wish the MB suite upstairs, with the two bedrooms, had bathroom access from both bedrooms.
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
Jul 1, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to review your family's stay at Almay Ranch, Donna. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your visit with us and hope you will return again in the near future!
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Gary D
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect for everyone, 6 to 75”
Reviewed June 22, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
3
people found this review helpful

Just returned from a 5 day trip to the Almay Ranch where our family experienced many diversified activities. There were 14 of us ranging in age from 6 to 75.
The view from the 6 bedroom, 3 bath home was exceptional. The lake is right outside the lower level deck. (shallow, so ok for youngsters). Multiple canoes and a paddle boat. Bike trails, golf, fishing, volleyball, miniature golf, horseshoes and a multitude of other things to occupy everyone.
Hiking and boating were some of the favorite pastimes.
If you go to relax, this is one of the most peaceful places you'll ever find.
The facilities are excellent and very well cared for. The staff will quickly become your friends, they are there to help you with any needs. I know you will want to learn all about the history of this fantastic facility..

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jun 23, 2016
Thank you so much for your positive review of your visit to Almay Ranch this summer, Gary! We're glad you were all able to take advantage of our many diverse activities, while also relaxing and enjoying our special property and facilities. It was a pleasure catering to your needs and helping to ensure that everyone in your family enjoyed their stay. We hope to welcome you all back again in the near future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
dragonfly...
San Jose, California
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing place!”
Reviewed June 16, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
2
people found this review helpful

We stayed at the Almay Ranch with 4 other couples recently. I am not a fan of large groups, but the layout of the main house is such that if you need some alone time, you can easily find it. There are long walks and hikes to be taken, a very challenging 9 hole golf course, a pond, creeks, everything you can walk. The house is the best equipped house I have ever seen, by far. There was every device you might need to make the most gourmet meal, a gas stove AND an electric stove, gas oven, electric oven, microwave, and enough plates, silverware, glasses (including wine glasses) to feed an army! and that's just in the upstairs kitchen! The downstairs kitchen is smaller but more than adequately equipped. Each kitchen also has a coffee maker, so no problem getting a cup.

Almay Ranch is completely off the grid, but there were no problems with power or water during our stay. Internet access is only available at a picnic table outside the main house and just a little bit up the road. This helps ensure you do all the wonderful things the property has to offer, rather than sit on your butt and surf the net.

Almay ranch is a 6 hour + drive from the south bay area, not including stops for lunch and bathroom breaks, so plan accordingly. Because of this, I would recommend booking the ranch for at least 5 days, since you will spend a day getting there and another getting home. It is well worth the extra time.

Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jun 17, 2016
We are so happy to hear about your experience at Almay Ranch, Debbi! We do our very best to ensure that our accommodations, amenities and property features meet our guests' needs and high expectations, so we are grateful that you took the time to provide such thorough feedback. Thank you for the support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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