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“Another perfect week” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lane Guest Ranch
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Another perfect week”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

My wife and I stayed @ the Lane Guest Ranch Aug. 5th thru the 12th, this was our 5th or 6th visit.
Once again, Lloyd Lane and his team did an outstanding job. Maybe the best week yet. We saw all kinds of wildlife thanks to tour guide Clark, a 78 year old gentlemen who on his day off took us up Trail Ridge Road and over to Grand Lake, he bought us lunch, saw tons of elk, we got some excellent pictures. Next day Clark toook us to Brainard Lake and we saw 2 moose, again excelent pictures, then that evening we saw a bear,it pretty darn close. We had lunch @ a place called the Mill Site Inn, must be 100 years old with very good pizza, close to the town of Ward.

Everyone @ the ranch is very outgoing and seem to love their jobs and work together. Sounds corny but it is a family type operation. The food was outstanding every night, prime rib med. rare, blacken halibut, black angus steaks, grilled corn, burgers and hotdogs.
You have the same server everyday, Ashley was ours, very upbeat, a pleasure to be around, Joe also is great.

Taylor and Aaron took us fly fishing on the river, there again on their own time. Taylor took us to Lake Estes, where we caught 6 trout, Aaron cooked them up for us for dinner. We caught them about 5:00PM and by 7:30 we had fresh trout dinner. Aaron does a good job of running the lodge bar in the evening, for a cocktail, wine, beer, and a never ending line for Shirley Temples. (Not to mention he cooks up a great trout)

We had cabin # 8 which overlooks the pool area and is a short walk to the lodge. Some rooms are a little to far of a walk because of health reasons. Not to mention it is pitch black out there @ night, bring a small flashlight light for your walk home. We also had our oun hot tub which is great to sit back in with a glass of wine and se more starts than you have ever seen in your life.
We had great weather, sunshine warm days and cool evenings, perfect, just perfect.
I really do not know how we could have picked a better place to celabrate my wife's 51st Birthday. We have already booked cabin # 8 for next year.

Room Tip: Rooms #1-#8 are the closet to the main lodge, other can be a bit of a up hill
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

Lane Guest Ranch is my favorite place for an active week's vacation. Our recent visit was our fourth over a 15 to 17 year period. We've been to at least ten guest ranches in this period, but Lane beats them all.

Activities are well organized and very capably led by experienced wranglers and hiking guides. The hikes, 'photo safaris', and rides are varied as to location, and skill and ability levels. The food is tops too. The executive chef and the program director have been at Lane Ranch for over thirty years, and their performance and stamina have not diminished since our first visit; and neither has the owner, Mr. Lloyd Lane, and he has been at it since 1953.

The cost is reasonable: It is an excellent value, and it just about covers everything. Lane is a "go-back-to" place, and it's ideal for families.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Allende77
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

My wife and two sons (12 and 9) spent a fantastic week at the Lane Guest Ranch. The staff was exceptional with special recognition going to all of the wranglers. They really made our stay special and my sons loved our daily horseback rides. The staff was also very helpful when planning family hikes that were just the right level of difficulty for us but still allowed us to enjoy the spectacular scenery. We went trout fishing and the chef prepared our catch for dinner that evening. The looks on my kids face when our server brought out the fish, cooked but with heads and tails attached, was priceless. I highly recommend the Lane Guest Ranch for families that want an exceptional Rocky Mountain experience and lots of time outdoors.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank JonM82
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San Ramon
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24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2011

As a solo traveler, I found this ranch to be delightfully intimate with stellar services and staff. Lloyd Lane is the superb host and onsite much of the time...charming man. The activities were varied from swimming, to horsebackriding, silversmithing class and photography hike and more. The food was OUTSTANDING with entertainment of one kind or another nightly. For a solo traveler like myself, and though alone much of the time, I thought people were very kind and friendly. The altitude can catch you by surprise, at 8500' and then of course hiking onward up to about 10,000 or more. One suggestion is that the hikes start a tad bit earlier, as people can be late and with lightening and thunderstorms periodically in the afternoons, it's nice if not prudent not to have to rush up the trail and down the trail! Takes the fun out of the excursion, afterall, it is suppose to be a vacation! Needless to say? If you've never seen the Rocky Mountains, you're in for a real majestic experience!

Room Tip: Book early!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank MsBunny2011
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Wichita, KS
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2011

About 12 miles south of Estes Park on SR 7 with a great view of Mt Meeker this guest ranch has a host of activities for all ages. The staff is wonderful, the food is exceptional and the weather is typical Rocky Mountain high country - cool evenings and wonderfully warm (not hot) days. Exceptional staff recognition to Margrette, guest services; Ashley, head wrangler; and our personal waiter, Joe. Trail rides with really well trained horses and great staff were a highlight of our stay. The ranch includes guided hiking trips, swimming and fishing. Great place to take the family. Even has a "Kids Place" to occupy/entertain the youngsters.

Room Tip: Rooms/cabins are rustic but well maintained. Ask about options for larger groups.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank mlc0819
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2011

I've been to "dude" ranches before and what makes this one so special is the staff--they will do just about anything for you! We were assigned our own attentive waiter, Joel, for the week, and the food was phenomenal! Paul the hiking guide is one of the nicest men I have ever met, and will give you the jacket off his back if you are cold. Want a special meal or drink? They will make it! Want to go on an afternoon hike that isn't planned? A staff member will take you! And the nightlife is great! A magician who is also a comedian, a great jazz quartet, and a hilarious karaoke night that turns into a dance party. I'll return next summer for sure! Special thanks to Kyle, David, Ryan and Lisa...love and miss you all!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Sum56791
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2011

First stayed by myself in summer of '09, stayed in cabin #7, nice clean cabin, private hot tub right out back door. Rooms are nice, but keep in mind this is a ranch, not a suite @ the Ritz. bed was very comfortable, nice Tv, not that it's really needed. The people are out of this world, wait staff excellent, bartender outstanding (Aaron) Wranglers, go way out of their way. Clark (tour guide), on off day took me and another guest for a private trip through RMNP, once in a life time event, had lunch by a mt. stream. Paul (manager) also went out of his way to make you feel 2 home. because I was traveling by myself, he took me into Estes Park one day, toured the Stanley Hotel (The Shining) another unforgetable day. I liked it so much my wife found time to go Aug. of '10. She loved it as much as I did, food excellent. the quality is 5 star, service OUTSTANDING, EVERY DAY, EVERY TIME. She did wine and cheese, perfect pictures.
Have already booked week in June of this year for wife and I.
My wife and I do not have children and travel a fair amount, this is hands down one of the best weeks of our lives. To give you an idea of our tastes, we have stayed @ Grand Lido in Jamica, over 20 times, Frenchman's reef in St. Thomas, vacation in Bald Head Island, N.C., Captiva, Naples, Marco Island FL. If you like excellent service, where people call you by first name, but are not pushy, clear blue skies, breath taking views, this is the place. Life is good!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank John60133
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Property: Lane Guest Ranch
Address: 11957 State Highway 7, Estes Park, CO 80517
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
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Ranked #51 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 6
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