Home Ranch

Nestled amongst the aspen trees deep in the northern Colorado Rockies, lives a very real dream vacation of many. The Home Ranch. It’s a luxury dude ranch, somewhat of an oxymoron, I suppose, but after our two day stay, we are familiar with why this is an elite Relais & Châteaux property. Guests are pampered with amazing cuisine, friendly, helpful and experienced staff, and private cabins with plush pillows, a comfortable porch and a hot tub. This is the luxury side. The dude ranch side, the Home side, guests are aware of after they meet the owners, Steve and Ann, and get to know the employees. It feels like one big extended family at the Home Ranch, and is apparent why so many of their guests come back year after year. Meals take place around two long tables in the main dining room, where fun conversations with new friends occur. Chef Clyde Nelson has been the executive chef here for 19 years, and currently has two NECI students on their internships, Chris Locard, and JD. There have been many NECI interns in the kitchen over the past 16 years, each bringing with them a “passion and knowledge” for food, according to Chef Clyde. General manager Johnny Fisher states that he’s been in the business for over 30 years and can say that“(New England Culinary Institute) produces some of the best students”. We had a very special meal prepared for us in honor of Chef Marcus’ arrival. Chef Clyde introduced Chef Marcus and told of our travel adventures and culinary goals. (We were told later by Ann, the owner, that this is the first time Chef has ever spoken at dinner) Both Chris and JD then presented dinner to the 19 guests, with 4 courses they themselves had created and prepared. Dinner was complete with a banana’s foster show in the dining room…Everything was amazing. Fly-fishing, horseback riding, cow wrangling, and exquisite cuisine…what more is there to the perfect vacation? It was an honor to have experienced the Home Ranch, and we take with us lasting memories. Thank you. www.homeranch.com

Published in: on September 13, 2007 at 3:05 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Chef

    This was a really cool idea you had with the 50 states. Thats awesome. Hope you can write back at my email. Hope chase is doing well

    Tad Engstrom

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