Lovelands, Colorado

Lizzie Adamson-Brown on 08 June 2014
Before checking in at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch we visited the wonderful outlets at Loveland. After some of the group had ‘shopped until they dropped’ (not me, honestly) we had a photo stop at Benson Sculpture Park. Loveland is home to the largest outdoor sculpture show in the U.S. Benson Sculpture Park has one of the largest collections of sculpture on display in the country. Over 139 sculptures on permanent display.

We checked in at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, where we changed into our jeans and boots and prepared to discover our inner cowboy, as we set off on a riding adventure through the beautiful foothills of historic 3200 acre working dude ranch!

We were presented with honorary cowboy hats, met at the fence line and I saddled up my horse, JR (Jolly Rancher, not THE JR from Dallas) for a one hour trail ride through the foothills of picturesque Loveland, Colorado. The staff here are absolutely amazing and I can’t say enough how brilliant they have been! We then trekked off over the beautiful countryside in the sun for a good few miles, where we enjoyed the pure air and the absolute peace and tranquillity of it was fabulous! This is the way to de-stress.

Back at the Ranch, we were immersed into the cowboy culture with our cowboy hosts, as we dined on local BBQ (a rack of ribs, the best corn on the cob I have ever had and homemade ‘slaw). We tasted spirits and beers from local breweries and distilleries, while sitting around a campfire enjoying the music of a real cowboy singer, where we joined in; a true western photo opportunity. Any BBQ in the USA always has to have ‘S’mores’ for dessert. These are simply the biggest marshmallows you have ever seen, roasted over the open fire. I think I got more down my chin than I ate, but it was great fun! Then, I put my gloves on for a roping lesson and played some horseshoe tossing, which I was surprisingly good at! Then after saying our fond farewells we moseyed back to the bus pardner. YEEHAA!

This ranch is an amazing family run Guest Ranch where the utmost love and attention to detail has not been spared. From their horses to their cabins everything is so well cared for! I will definitely be back to sit around that campfire again, thank you guys! I remember leaving the ranch with a heavy heart.

We later arrived at The Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre for a well-earned rest! The hotel was recently ranked the #1 Embassy Suites in the World.