Kudos to Devil’s Thumb Ranch! Our son was married there a couple of weeks ago and everything—facilities, food and service --were all first rate.
The facilities for an outdoor, Colorado style wedding are incredible—and amazingly convenient for those guests staying at the Ranch. We held the rehearsal dinner in a large white tent adjacent to the lodge. We were a bit concerned when we first saw it—just a bunch of picnic tables with a wood chip floor. However, by the time we arrived for the dinner the room had been made over with wonderful white table cloths, candles and flowers on the tables and it looked great. (The candles and flowers were courtesy of my wife so check that out if you are planning a dinner). It made for quite an “elegant” BBQ.
The wedding itself was held at the open field “wedding site” adjacent to the lodge—“rustic elegance” is the best descriptor. The Ranch staff fastened white cloths to the log benches where the guests sat. The view was extraordinary with a large meadow and snow capped peaks (even in late June) off in the distance framing the bride and groom. A couple of special touches characterized the care the DTR staff showed throughout the weekend. There was a table of water, iced tea and lemonade set up about 30 minutes prior to the ceremony--greatly appreciated on a very warm day. Secondly, while most of the guests sat in the sun on the log benches, the staff set up a few chairs, under an umbrella, for several of the older guests.
After the ceremony, we adjourned for cocktails to a patio about 100 yards from the wedding site, with the same spectacular meadow/mountain views (also overlooking the lodge pool). The appetizers were great, there were a large number of tables (with shade) for our guests and even a separate location for the children to get non-alcoholic drinks.
The wedding dinner was held in a large wood paneled room adjacent to the patio. (As I mentioned, Devil's Thumb is extraordinarily convenient with the rehearsal dinner, wedding, cocktails and dinner held in four separate and distinct venues—yet all within a couple hundred yards of each other. ) The room is essentially an old barn the owners purchased in the mid-west, brought to Colorado, and reassembled as the second floor of their activity center. We particularly liked the large barn style doors that opened to that spectacular Rocky Mountain view.
Dinner itself was terrific—the entrée was a choice of buffalo or salmon with a pear apple salad. Cooking for 145 people can be a challenge but the Ranch staff more than rose to the occasion.
Our guests also enjoyed the new lodge (open less than a year), particularly the generous size of the rooms and bathrooms. Several families stayed in the Ranch’s cabins, located about a half mile from the main lodge. There are two four bedroom units that worked really well for an extended family that made the weekend something of a family reunion.
Overall an extraordinary venue with a capable staff that knows how to handle a major event. I liked Devil’s Thumb so much I will be using it for a small corporate event as well!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an environmentally friendly year-round Ranch resort and spa offering rustically upscale accommodations, fine dining and an array of winter and summer outdoor and wilderness recreation activities including Nordic skiing, flyfishing and horseback riding. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 65 miles west of Denver, 10 minutes from Winter Park. Our Ranch encompasses 6000 acres at the foot of the Continental Divide in the beautiful Ranch Creek Valley of Grand County. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Devil`s Thumb Ranch Hotel Tabernash