Troy Clark

Digital Marketing Manager and Web Administrator at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Digital Marketing Manager and Web Administrator at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

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What A Race It Was!

2013 USA Pro Challenge Stage 6 Recap


August 24, 2013 will be a busy and exciting day at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch as sixteen world-class professional cycling teams sprint by on the second to the last leg of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge — twice.   We’re Cranked!

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Staff and guests will get the opportunity to catch all the action of this once in a lifetime event as it passes by twice; the action will come from both directions as the peloton races by on the trek to Estes Park in the early afternoon, and again en route to Old Town Fort Collins, via County Road 27 and Masonville, for the Stage 6 finish.

2013 USA Pro Challenge, Stage 6: Loveland to Fort Collins

…contenders for the Leader Jersey will have only this stage left to make a move or lose it all. The outskirts of Loveland will see the racers off as they spend some early miles on the flat windswept plains passing through Windsor and back to Loveland. Then it’s up Big Thompson Canyon where things will heat up. Split north onto Devils Gulch, the race’s last King of the Mountains competition, before hitting Estes Park and back down Big Thompson. …(USAProCyclingChallenge.com)

Just two weeks to go!

We wish all the riders a safe and successful event, and a good time for all the fans and spectators. Visit the links below to learn more about the race (and the road closures).

Sylvan Dale "Bike" Ranch

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Group Event in the Heritage Lodge

Group Event in the Heritage Lodge

A recent study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association and conducted by Oxford Economics, explored the return on investment for business travel. The study looked at companies that cut back on business travel during the recession versus those that didn’t.

The findings, which might seem counter-intuitive, were that "businesses that continued to send employees on the road during the recession were more profitable than those that cut back on business travel.”

There is also evidence for similar growth for business meetings and group events. Although initially projected at only 5.2%, “group spending is expected to increase 6% this year to $115.9 billion.” (usatoday.com)

Read more on Business Meetings or Bust…

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Water pump in the River Pasture ↗

If you live in Colorado, you know we had a rather dry winter… but then along came April.

Average precipitation for Northern Colorado in April is about two inches, but this past April brought more than four inches of water to the region, and with the rain, greener pastures.

Last night brought a steady rain that continued into early afternoon. The result of all this spring, Colorado precipitation is a delightfully green, and wet, landscape.

I hope you enjoy these fresh photos taken around the ranch this afternoon—no need to get green with envy—we’re happy to share the views! If you think you know where some of the ‘less obvious’ shots were taken, post your answers below.

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And, speaking of “green,” do you know about Sylvan Dale’s green practices? Since 1946, “green” practices have been integral to the Ranch.

Our Sustainability Mission:
To apply practices in our daily work routine that support a sustainable operation in harmony with the natural environment through the principles of ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’.”

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So, why do I say “the customer is always wrong?” Sure, it’s provocative and grabs attention, but here’s the deal, more often than not, it is true! Why? Because you and I always have expectations.

Whether vague or deeply imagined, you anticipate what to expect when you get here.  And depending on whether you came for an adventurous dude ranch vacation or a relaxing bed and breakfast getaway, or for a destination wedding, or for our trophy fishing experience, company retreat, or horseback-riding adventure, your anticipation of each activity is bound to conjure up some images.

Read more on The Customer is Always Wrong…

Being There

How often are we only partially present, not completely aware of all that is happening around us? More importantly, how often do we fail to connect with the people right next to us, to give the gift of investing ourselves in active, conscientious participation?

A powerful reminder about the importance of “being there.”

It is so easy to be distracted, to allow our focus to really become no focus at all. What we miss is the moment, and it will never return. ‘Now’ is the only time we own, so let’s be sure to show up. To truly connect with others we need to be ‘there.’

To do this you and I must be fully present, and it can be hard to do when we live our lives in environments that are conducive to distraction.

Sometimes we just need to get away from the familiar so we can notice what has been right in front of us all along.

There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can… give all our attention to the opportunity before us. — Mark van Doren

There is No Substitute

Discover an environment especially crafted for being there, and creating memorable moments; give a Dude Ranch Vacation a try.

We’ll see you there!

Email, instant messaging, and cell phones give us fabulous communication ability, but because we live and work in our own little worlds, that communication is totally disorganized.

Marilyn vos Savant

lady-with-cell-phone.jpgIn the modern times we live, it seems everything and everyone is ‘connected.’ But, as indicated by Marilyn vos Savant, electric communication is absent the orderly benefit of a shared environment. Although there are a wealth of benefits to electronic connectedness, there are also drawbacks. Perhaps like me, you have noticed the following:

– Interacting via social media has commonly replaced what used to be a meeting, face-to-face…
– “Let’s chat” has a new meaning…
– Texting has replaced the whisper, and is becoming a modern addiction (I’ve seen people texting each other when they were sitting together!)

Being ‘connected’ can enhance our communication, and it has the potential to greatly increase the frequency of our communication (much like the telephone did) — this is good. However, it is wise to consider the quality and effectiveness of our modern communication.

Read more on To Connect, Disconnect!…

Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter…for today anyway!
Colorado is known for its unique "summer today, winter tomorrow" weather. Yesterday was a comfortable light-shirt day — today, no so much.

While locals were enjoying the temperate weather in the 70s just days ago, beginning last night, the region received its first "official" snow of the season.

I waited too late to capture the white frosting fully covering the grounds early this morning but here’s a few samples of what still lingered on the leaves, and lawn and beyond. By the time you see these, the snow will have all but vanished!

Blue Spruce by Rainbow Lake

Blue Spruce by Rainbow Lake

Jesse King

Jesse King

About this same time in 2010, the waters at Sylvan Dale underwent a minor transformation as Bonfils-Stanton’s Jesse King rescued a dozen submerged river rocks, placing their natural talent for grace and balance on display. Of course, it was really Jesse’s talent being showcased, but he couldn’t have done it without Sylvan Dale’s stable stones! ;-)

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s team returned this year for another group event and once again Jesse returned to the river, fishing the cool waters to find the best candidates to upright, building another ephemeral testament to the beauty of simplicity. View the photos from this year and 2010 below.

Read more on Return to “Sylvanhenge” – Rise of the Rocks…

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It’s Not Too Late!

Make plans to attend Sylvan Dale’s "Timeless Romance" Fall Bridal Show, this Sunday, September 30th from noon until three.

Sunday’s free bridal show is your best opportunity to meet our wedding coordinators and meet with local wedding vendors and wedding services providers while exploring the surrounding beauty of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. And you’ll get to experience Sylvan Dale during the beautiful Fall season! Autumn at the ranch is filled with spectacular color accompanied by refreshing mountain breezes.

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Autumn Wedding Ceremony by the Heart-J Pond.

Admission to the bridal show is completely free so come on out, and bring your family and friends for a fun time at the ranch.

Read more on ‘Fall in Love’ at Sylvan Dale’s Free Bridal Show…

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Adults Only Dude Ranch Vacations

Adults Only Dude Ranch Vacation Week — August 19th – 25th, 2012

No doubt, kids are special — the little ones add a special spice to life with their innocence and unspoiled insight … at the same time they can be a lot of work! Everyone needs a vacation every now and then but if vacation becomes “work”, it’s no vacation at all.

Your best vacation might just mean getting away alone — no “kidding”!

We really love kids here at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and do everything we can to make a stay at the ranch a fun and memorable experience for the little cowpokes as well as adults. We also appreciate the times you need a respite, to simply get away from the routine and re-create.

Our Adults Only Vacation may be just the ticket!

Many experts agree that there are great benefits to taking time away to relax, gather oneself, reflect and just have fun. The emergence of several new “child free” vacation websites like ChildFreeTravel.net seems to affirm the growing trend for Adults Only getaways.

Shelly Phillips makes several thoughtful points in her article The importance of time away from your kids:

When you get time away you’re able to look at things from a new perspective. You might get some new insights into a recurring dynamic at home, or you might just relax and enjoy yourself, allowing yourself to let go and stop being responsible for another human being for a moment. When you get time away you’re able to look at things from a new perspective.

Read more on Don’t “Kid” Yourself (Adults Only Getaway)…

Firefighters have been taking the heat for a while now and they were rewarded Sunday by achieving full-containment of the High Park fire. We say a big “CONGRATULATIONS!” and express deep gratitude to all fire workers involved. And we know there’s still work to be done.

Sylvan Dale Loves Firefighters!

Sylvan Dale Loves Firefighters! ⇱

The High Park Fire is 100% contained at 87,284 acres. A Type 3 management team, led by Ken Paul, assumed responsibility for the fire yesterday. That team is based at CSU’s Pingree Park campus.

It should be noted that “containment” means that a containment line exists around the fire, which fire managers believe will hold the fire within the perimeter. “Control” means that the fire is actually out which, on a fire of this magnitude, typically requires an act of nature such as prolonged rain or snowfall.

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Hard to believe but Spring is well under way and Summer is anxiously nipping at Spring’s heels

The weather has been absolutely marvelous! Recent temperatures have been mostly in the 70s. We hit the 80s too! Current weather: a perfect 75 degrees in the dale!

We’re looking forward to the upcoming 2012 dude vacation season and the opportunity it will afford to reacquaint with old friends and develop new friends too.

If you haven’t made your vacation plans for summer, there’s still time and several Dude vacation weeks available.

Happy May Day, We hope to see you soon!

Lock-in your 2013 Dude Ranch Vacation at 2012’s Dude Ranch Vacation Rate!

The 2013 Dude Vacation Season is Official…can you believe it will be our 67th year!

Back to the Future

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Remember the movie Back to the Future? Well we want to take you “Forward to the Past” by helping you to secure next year’s Dude Ranch Vacation at this year’s vacation investment.

There’s 10 weeks of summer Dude Ranch fun to choose from, from June 16th to August 18th, 2013.

At Sylvan Dale our specialty is taking you “back in time,” so to speak, and this little time trick will save you money!

As always, we’ll be providing the same quality, western fun and adventure that you’ve grown to love, plus something new … for more details on the Dude Ranch Vacation experience, check-out the Dude Ranch Vacations section of our website.

Just $100 will hold your reservation, so lock in your 2013 Dude Ranch vacation before August 15th, 2012 and take advantage of 2012 rates!

Call Karen at (970) 667-3915 or email Karen at karenb@sylvandale.com

30% deposit is due by December 1, 2012. Not combinable with any other offer.

Wow! It has been TOO LONG since we shared what’s happening at the Ranch with you — so sorry. But, we’ve been very busy with other things and we hope you’ll pardon our absence. Here’s a taste of what’s been stealing all of our time:

It’s been nearly a full month… February 1st marked the exciting date of the launch of our completely redesigned website at www.SylvanDale.com. What a major project it turned out to be, and it’s really just the beginning! Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to look around, explore, and check it out.

We’ve made quite a few changes and enhancements to the new website since its launch and there’s still a lot of work to do as we button and polish things up, but we’re pretty pleased with how it’s going so far.

We’d love to hear from you; What do you think about it? What do you like? What don’t you like? How we can make it better? Send us an email and we promise to take your suggestions to Heart(-J)! :)

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Also, 2012 brought us a priceless present — truly a gift to leap at — a "bonus" day! Yep, 2012 is a leap year, so we get 366 days of Dude Ranch goodness to enjoy.

Read more on New Website, New Facebook…

Thank you to all who joined us for our Candlelight & Carols celebration on December 23rd. It was another sold out experience filled with good friends, tasty food, and melodious music.

If you didn’t make it this year be sure to mark your calendar for 2012. We always sell this event out well in advance so please call soon after Thanksgiving.

And, if you haven’t been to our Thanksgiving celebration, or even better, our “More than Pumpkin Pie” getaway, you should come discover what you’ve been missing! Have a wonderfully blessed new year!

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