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“Everything a Summer Colorado Mt. vacation should be!!!”
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Lane Guest Ranch
New Berlin, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Everything a Summer Colorado Mt. vacation should be!!!”
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
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 18, 2010

This is not the first ranch we have been to, but it's the best one. Unlike some ranches, there is way more to do here than just ride. There are so many activities to choose from. We went on the photography hike and it was great. The hikes into Rocky Mountain National Park are excellent too. The horseback riding is fun and there are rides set up for any skill level from pathetic (me) to advanced (my wife.) There are art-related classes, evening entertainment some nights (karaoke night is a blast) and morning and afternoon fishing, too. The surrounding scenery is beautiful and it's an easy ride to Estes Park for shopping.

The facilities are very nice-- there's a pool, communal hot tub and sauna; many cabins have their own hot tub, there are hammocks, etc. The lodge/dining room is pleasant, with porches to sit on and dine in as well. And the food is really good-- much more sophisticated than the average ranch and with a great deal of variety. The chef is very inspired and his dishes, like the homemade granola, the duck breast, and the
many soups he makes, are delicious.

Best of all, the staff is the nicest bunch of people you will ever meet. They range from college kids to grizzled veterans over the age of 70. but they all have one thing in common-- they want to make sure you have a great vacation. And you will, whether you are a couple by yourselves, a family or a big group... this is a terrific place to go for a Western adventure.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank dx2etc
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2010

I travelled with 2 girlfriends to LGR last summer. One of my girlfriends had posted a review, but I think she was a bit too crass so it was removed probably for that.
Anyway, back to the review. We met there for our yearly get together. We mainly went for the horsebackriding which was absolutely fantastic! Ashley, the head wrangler, was superb!! She really knew her stuff and made each ride memorable!! She took us of some of the beat and paths to show us scenary second to none. How fun was the shopping ride!!! I loved the care she insisted the horses get too. Can't say enough about her. Stephanie (blond short haired Stephanie, can't remember last name) was a hoot! She also knew her horse stuff, but I can't remember when I laughed so hard!
The food was awesome!! The kitchen and wait staff were great too! No complaints here!
Now the negative, and that came in the form of 2 people, but one in particular. The fishing guide Mark and the bartender Aaron. Now I can't complain too much about Aaaron. For the most part he was a gentleman, but when he got around Mark and had a couple drinks, he could become a bit obnoxious, but never what I could call out of line. Mark, on the other hand, was a different story. In the bar in the evenings, he could pound the drinks down with the best of them, but he is an employee and would definitely cross the lines on several occasions. He acted like this was his own personal frat party (did I mention he was in his 40's?) and as my friend had indicated in her review, had hit on all 3 of us. We were warned by many of the female staff members to watch ourselves. They said with each new week they would take bets to see how long it would take Mark to hit on femaled guests. Also, he did brag about his "conquests" to us, which was definitely more than what I wanted to know!
My girlfriends and I did talk about returning in 2010, but upon learning Mark was going to be there, we changed our minds. We love everything except for that and unfortunatley, we were quite uncomfortable with Mark there.
It is so sad when 1 person can affect a vacation so much. I hope fishing guides are easy to replace as I feel this is something management definitely should consider.
I would definitely recommend this ranch to my friends (and another trip for me!), if not for the fishing guide, Mark.
Thank you for taking time to read my long review.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Overland Park, KS
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5 reviews
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Reviewed July 4, 2010

We booked this trip solely based on what we read online -- and were glad we did! The setting was beautiful, the staff went out of their way to provide personal service and accommodate everyone's needs, there was plenty to do, and the food was fabulous. The rooms are basic,and a bit dated, but it is a ranch after all, and you soon find that you won't spend much time in your room anyway. The bed was comfortable, and everything was very clean, so we were good! Temperatures in June reached the low 70's in the day. If you want to feel like you've truly gotten away from everything and had the opportunity to be active, this is a great vacation for couples for a family reunion, and for families. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lancashire
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2010

We have just returned from spending time a Lanes and what a fantastic time we had! The food, cooked by Michael was fabulous, Aaron on the bar was wonderful, Melissa, Tom, Linda, Clark, Paul and Corey and everyone else at the lodge were brilliant and so friendly. The Wranglers deserve a special mention, Ashley, Kate, Kate and Dave who really worked hard on making the horses the happiest and healthiest around. We could not have wanted for more, other than an extra week there! The whole holiday was relaxing, adventurous and rewarding. The rooms were comfortable and we had no trouble sleeping at all. The hot tub was great and I would recommend anyone staying to book a cabin with a hot tub - very useful after half a day riding!! The evenings were fun with lots of laughter especially the Lanes famous Kareoke night!!! The ranch is high altitude but we didnt suffer particularly from it, as long as you drink lots of water. It was definately one of the most relaxing, fun, enjoyable and adventurous holidays we have ever had and in such stunning scenery too!! We will definately be going back as we still have so much left to do that we didnt get time for. The ranch caters for everyone, couples, families, groups but please remember you are not staying in a luxurious hotel you are staying on a ranch!!! The activities include Horse riding (obviously), hiking, fishing, jewelery making (and you get to keep your creations!), photo hike and instruction (what a great place to learn), drawing and I could go on and on.....

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ft. Wright, KY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2009

My only regret is that we only stayed 5 days. We are returning next year for the full week. Lodging consisted of a 2 BR cabin. It was rustic, comfortable, clean, and had a large deck with a hot tub. We were on the go our entire stay so we only got limited use of the deck and hot tub.
Food was wonderful. Well prepared, as much as you would want, and service was great. Wine was included with dinner.
Our favorite activities were the horseback riding, hiking in RMNP, jewelry making, and drawing lessons. They have fishing, photography hikes, massages, and whitewater rafting that we did not get to do.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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New york
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2009

I'm here now reading the Internet while the kids organize their own show for the adults. Today my daughter, age 6, rode ponies, went fishing, hiking & swimming. She woke up at 6am asking if kid camp was open yet. While the kids have their fun, there's plenty for the adults from horse back riding & hiking to a relaxing massage & private hot tubs. The staff is extremely friendly & will go out of their way for you. My husband requested a special beer & my daughter wanted applesauce. We had both things the rest of the week. This is our 3rd year & we plan on returning for many more.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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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 #53 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 6
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