My wife and I needed to get away for a few days. I've always wanted to go White Water Rafting but had never done it. So after using TripAdvisor to find the right company to book with it became time to book a room in Ft. Collins. Needless to say I wasn't to impressed with the options.
As I was searching, I noticed on the left of the website there were some B&B's. My wife and I had never stayed at a B&B before. After reading the reviews we took the plunge! Let me just say, if this is what we can expect at every B&B, I think we are done with hotels. Bob and Alanna made our stay. I admit I was a little apprehensive about a few things, like no A/C. But the breeze and fresh air in your room at night is exquisite! The 5 star breakfast Alanna whips up every morning is divine! Dinner on the bridge at night over the small river is fantastic!
My wife is an overall animal lover, but hadn't been on a horse in many years. Although our time constraints and planned activities made it difficult, Bob and Alanna went out of their way to take my wife for a ride that she described as "Bucket List". I will warn you, this is NOT a trail ride, you must be a very competent and experienced rider, which explains why I stayed behind and took a nap!
From the hors d'oeuvrs when we arrived, to the complimentary water bottles and thoughtful snacks put out every evening, everything is well thought out and cared for. Alanna and Bob are a pleasure to get to know. It was like staying 2 nights with friends you had a lot of catching up to do with! I thank them for an unforgettable two days and if we ever find ourselves in their neck of the woods again, we will definitely be booking with them!
It's hard to put into words how amazing and memorable one night and morning can be. The ranch is beautiful even in winter. The surroundings are breathtaking and there are plenty of outdoors activities for those who wish it. The inside of the ranch is more comfortable than most 4-5 star hotels. Unfortunately we only got to meet one of the owners. He's a charming, very interesting and welcoming person. Finally, some of the food is produced in the ranch itself and the flavor completely surpasses what you get with normal supermarket ingredients. We've already decided to come back as soon as we can for a longer stay.
I truly lucked out. I can't imagine picking a more perfect place to stay while visiting Colorado for the first time than Whiskey Belle Ranch. Peaceful, comfortable, relaxing and aesthetically superb. I’m not sure where to start except to say that I have already recommended their ranch to about 5 people since leaving - especially since Denver is a non-stop flight from NYC and their location, accommodations & hospitality is SO worth the getaway. I wouldn’t be surprised if this place is featured in a ranch living or travel magazine in the near future. It's really that wonderful. Bob & Alanna were lovely people and gracious hosts offering a truly incredible, one of a kind, property. The country drive out of the city and into rural CO was so beautiful and exciting that I really felt like I was “getting away from it all”. Staying at Whiskey Belle almost felt like an attraction in and of itself. The grounds are gorgeous and meticulously maintained (by Bob himself). The animals are well cared for. The layout and design of the interior (a restored farm house) are the perfect blend of rustic rural charm with contemporary amenities. Bob’s architectural contributions and Alanna’s eye for design are so impressive! My room was immaculate, with an incredible view of farmland, rolling hills and the Rockies. The breakfasts are served on the glorious front porch and were the best B&B breakfasts I’ve ever had - the eggs were farm to table, fresh raspberry pepper jelly preserves and the homemade scones they served were so good. It was the perfect location for everything I wanted to explore (I stayed for 5 nights) - I visited Fort Collins, a nearby monastery (Abbey of St. Walburga) for Sunday mass, the Shambhala Buddhist Center (The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya), Estes Park & Poudre Canyon. I regret not making it up to Wyoming since I was so close but there's always next time :) I can’t say enough good things about my time at Whiskey Belle Ranch and if you are able to be lucky enough to get an opening there, for even just a few days, I highly recommend it!
As a working ranch raising Scottish Highland cattle, this is a truly distinctive place that offers a wonderful destination experience! Bob & Alanna have very thoughtfully and tastefully restored this historic Colorado ranch. As an architect, Bob has thought of every detail...check out the chicken coop!
Our day started with a fantastic hearty breakfast (fresh eggs from the Ranch). There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities both on-site and nearby. I enjoyed fly fishing the North Fork that runs through the Ranch and nearby lakes. And, after a full day of play, we enjoy relaxing on the front porch in the late afternoon light and looking out over the pastures and distant mountain range. We have been here a few times and will come back!