For a girls weekend away, we booked four nights at the Aspen Ridge Resort not sure what to expect. What we got was an amazing and relaxing weekend away with beautiful views, friendly and fun hosts, and more things to do than we thought were possible.
This place is near nothing, which is exactly why it is so relaxing. It is easy to get lost, so write down the directions before you lose service. Also make sure you are stocked up on anything needed from the store. Once there, internet and cell reception is limited, so you can unplug and truly enjoy nature.
Steve was away for most our weekend there, but Karen was around and was an extremely friendly and gracious host. We went over a couple of times to the lodge to sit and she would visit with us. She was very informative about the area, what to do, history, etc.
We ate at the restaurant only one night because we had planned to cook the rest of the trip. Our one meal was absolutely phenomenal. Four girls shared the tri-tip dinner for two, and it was more than plenty. Everything was perfectly prepared.
Our cabins were clean and charming. Each cabin has a relaxing deck and views of the valley. The kitchen was well stocked with anything we needed to use to cook, and we cooked every night but the first. We even learned how to use a percolator, as this was the only option to make coffee. Karen assured us we could have coffee at the lodge if we weren't able to figure it out.
There is plenty to do on and around the resort other than relaxing on the deck. There are some small ponds and a couple of hiking trails. We were told we could wander off trail, so we did. We also went hiking nearby at Gearhart Mountain, which was beautiful. Karen had maps and directions, so no research prior was needed. We also went on a fun horseback ride with Larisa. She was a great guide- very laid back, fun, and full of information about the ranch and ranching in general.
This place is highly recommended if you are truly trying to get away. We hope to have the opportunity to come back at some point.