February seemed like a perfect time to get away to this place. A cozy cabin with a fireplace and the promise of being pampered with a sweetheart deal were inviting. We were not disappointed. In fact, this place surpassed all of our expectations. Winter is a quiet time and this suited us just fine. We are not horse people but we found plenty of things to do...photographing, hiking, relaxing, studying rocks and geologic formations, following animal tracks including mountain lions....sitting by the fire...The hosts Susan and Dave are super nice folks. We were served a so called snack the first night. It was big enough to be a meal and the second night we received a made to order 3 course sweetheart meal delivered to our room complete with real red roses and a sweetheart candle. Breakfast was in the main dining room and Jody was a superb breakfast chef.
This ranch has so much history and has been in the family for decades. The owners show their pride and caring about this place by the way the are taking care of it.
We fell in love with Sylvan Dale and will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named "Best Family Vacation" by Frommer's Colorado guidebook and rated among the "Top Ten Colorado Dude Ranches" by True West Magazine, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch offers year ‘round outdoor adventure. Conveniently located just one hour from Denver in the Colorado foothills near Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Sylvan Dale’s 3200-acre working Dude Ranch and Retreat Center is nestled along the banks of Colorado's beautiful Big Thompson River. Offering activities such as cattle drives, trail rides, horseback riding, trophy trout fly fishing, hiking and nearby hunting, nature experiences, tennis, swimming, and many other activities,true adventure awaits you! Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is perfect for your next vacation adventure! Much more than just an historic working ranch, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch also provides exceptional services for business retreats and private meetings, holiday parties, picnics, reunions, family vacations, bed & breakfast, weddings, and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. Sylvan Dale's delicious and healthy Heart-J natural grass-fed beef is also available for purchase. Come experience all that is the beauty of Sylvan Dale! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch Hotel Loveland
- Sylvan Dale Hotel