I'm sure this can be a great vacation spot, but it wasn't the perfect fit for a couple looking for a romantic high end winter getaway. I planned this surprise Valentines weekend getaway with my wife, but we were disappointed to find it really isn't a good place for private folks who want to spend time alone together. The pre-dinner appetizers are served on-mass in a room that is to small and forces the guests together. Meals are served at large tables where guests thrown together. No quiet tables for two. There were a lot of families that come the same time every year and seemed thrilled with "reunions" but if you want personal time alone anywhere in the lodge other than your room this can be hard to find. The rooms were smallish and the bed was lumpy -- you could see the mattress sag thru the comforter.
The cross country skiing was good but not up to expectations. There were no real trail maps available, but they finally handed out photocopied hand drawn "maps" that were difficult to follow. The trails were poorly signed and the grooming/conditions were hit and miss.
The food was excellent, the scenery/location is grand, and the winter horse back riding was uniquely exciting. Some of the staff seemed truly friendly, but others seemed to have to force it a bit.
Overall I would have expected more given the hefty price. We've done other winter cross country ski trips to other high end resorts and had a much better experience for the same cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Colorado's only Relais & Châteaux affiliated guest ranch, The Home Ranch has been welcoming adventurous guests to the Rockies since 1979. Our picturesque setting is located on the edge of the Western continental divide bordering the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. We offer comfortable lodging in 6 lodge rooms and 8 cabin suites. The Home Ranch is renowned for its haut mountain cuisine, and a unique farm-to table-program. All types of outdoor activities may be arranged for those who desire an active experience while the Ranch also appeals to those in search of a quiet, peaceful retreat in a setting filled with Western warmth and stunning natural beauty. The Home Ranch is an Orvis endorsed fishing lodge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Home Ranch Hotel Clark
- The Home Ranch Clark, Colorado