Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is excited to be attending both Bixpo and the Governor’s Tourism Conference this month. Please visit our booth to say hello and introduce yourself if you’ll be attending either of these local events.
Tuesday, July 12 2011, 11P Our Facebook Page has been restored! :D
A couple days ago our Facebook page disappeared. We have an idea about what happened but are waiting for the results of the investigation.
A search for “deleted facebook page” reveals that Facebook is extremely slow to respond to users, even in cases like this, so all we can do is wait.
We’re working diligently to restore our page and hope to get it back online but there is no guarantee at this point. If you have any information that may help us recover our page, please contact us at (970) 667-3915. We regret any inconvenience this may cause to the wonderful friends of Sylvan Dale.
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Ranch guest Connie Kogler has this to share about yesterday’s bird watching outing at Sylvan Dale on the Simply Birding blog:
“Today I took a group of thirteen folks out to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch (private for a birding tour. We had a great day with 30 species found. … We spent about 3 hours browsing the ranch and enjoying the birds and weather” (Connie Kogler).
You can read Connie’s full post and view photos of the birds spotted at Connie’s blog, Birds ‘O The Morning.
Visit our Nature & Birding page for more birding information and to download a checklist of the potential avifauna of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, courtesy of David M. Armstrong, Sylvan Dale’s Resident Naturalist.
Then come enjoy your own good day birding at Sylvan Dale!
We have a couple new calves to add to the proud Heart-J Herd!
The New Two
The first calf is a free-martin and was born on Sunday April, 17th. Her brother was born the next day on Monday.
Come out for our Easter Celebration Brunch and take a hayride to visit them!
BRAVO! Sylvan Dale is thrilled to learn that the former HP/Agilent campus in Loveland has been chosen as the location for the new Colorado-based Aerospace and Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park.
We applaud all those who worked so hard to bring this exciting project, called “the biggest economic development initiative in Colorado in at least a quarter century” (Tom Clark, Metro Denver EDC) to our home town!
Just minutes after midnight, at 12:03 a.m. Friday April 1st 2011, Sylvan Dale welcomed a new “April Foal” to the family. The new colt is also his mother Kiowa’s first!
Kiowa is a paint mare that was rescued last spring from a stable in Fort Collins.
Just born yesterday the twins are healthy and doing fine ‘getting their legs’. There are also photos of Sylvan Dale’s first Angus calf that was born just last week on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011.
You can view the twins adorable baby pics here :)
It was Christmas night, around ten-twenty in the evening when Scott Atchison, executive Chef at Sylvan Dale, was getting ready to let out “Forrest”.
Forrest is Scott’s 55 pound Border Collie who was sporting a brand new blinking collar (because black dogs are awfully hard to see in the dark of the night). Forrest usually waits to be let out — but not this night, the dog ran to the front of the house with Scott following behind.
Once outside Forrest began running about frenetically, the small yellow light on his collar blinking and tracing his movements in the darkness while Scott tried to keep the beam of his small flashlight fixed on the dog.
Moments later Scott heard a growl followed by a shrill cry. He looks to see the source of the strange squeal but his small flashlight was insufficient to illuminate the area. He sees clearly enough however to view a mountain lion as it heads toward the river.
Scott rushed inside to retrieve a ‘real’ spotlight, one of those light up the night rigs and goes looking for the Cat. He headed back to the location where he’d heard the growling and screaming. Approaching the spot, about 10 or 15 feet away, he observed the lion clawing at the wood of the old pump station.
Apparently something startled the cat and it escaped from the area, racing across the frozen river slipping and sliding all the way. Maybe Forrest the alien-looking dog scared it off, but Scott figured the wild cat was just trying to get away and decided it was a good idea to do the same!
Scott reports the lion appeared to be younger, perhaps about a year old and weighing around 100lbs. “Good thing it ran the other way,” says Scott, “because with my worn knees, I don’t run so well!”
You’re likely familiar with the Loveland Valentine re-mailing program for which Loveland, Colorado is famous:
Loveland is perhaps best known nationwide as the home of the “Valentine Re-Mailing Program”. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Valentines are packaged inside larger envelopes and sent to Loveland, where volunteers hand-stamp them with a Valentine’s verse and send them on to the intended recipients. Each year a contest is held by the Chamber of Commerce and promoted through through the local newspaper, the Reporter Herald, for residents to submit their designs and verses. — With Love From Loveland
You may not be aware however that Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch has been treating valentines to our legendary hospitality just as long as the city of Loveland has been operating it’s legendary letter re-mailing program, (1946-2011).
OH SNAP! Dreams do come true
Sylvan Dale finally gets a real dose of snow today and it looks as though the white stuff will stay around for a while with colder temperatures expected.
The ranch takes on an especially romantic atmosphere when the white snow blankets the turf, tracing the tree branches with a silvery sheen.
Although it was still overcast, we captured a couple shots of the property this morning and will try to get out to grab some more as the day progresses.
Hopefully the late day will provide better lighting of the gorgeous landscape. Check back later today to see them!
Although the overcast weather may have clouded the view of the total lunar eclipse last Tuesday, the skies were clear and blue for Christmas.
In typical, unpredictable Colorado style, Christmas at Sylvan Dale arrived accompanied by weather more like cozy spring than chilly winter!
With temperatures reaching the low 50′s the lawn chair and BBQ could easily have been brought back into service! We truly hope you took some time to enjoy the gorgeous day with family and friends, and had a perfect day, Christmas in the Spring!
The forecast for the first part of this week is a calm and mellow mid 40′s, ideal weather to explore the local lakes and trails, so get out and enjoy your backyard paradise.
Need a quick Colorado Getaway? Call 970-667-3915 to take advantage of our current specials and stay as our guest; whether by foot or hoof, our trails are open for treading (softly) and our horses ready to ride! And of course there’s lots of fantastic fishing to experience too!
Oh, here’s a great free treat! Get Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol as a free audio-book download for a limited time! http://bit.ly/AChristmasCarol
A few Sylvan Dale employees and their friends and family helped build the Loveland Wedding Professionals float. The float was part of the 1st Annual Snow Sculpture in the Dark ‘Parade of Lights’ held in Loveland, Colorado Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 5:00pm-6:00pm.
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A group of us jumped at the news and headed out. Clear skies and the bright, warm rays of the sun made for a golden opportunity to view the band of bighorn.
The temperature was very comfortable, in the low 50′s and we were pleasantly rewarded with a good look at these majestic sheep.
Fortunately they weren’t too alarmed by our approaching which permitted us to get close enough to capture several good shots — we hope you enjoy them!
This past Halloween weekend Sylvan Dale attended the first Winter Market of 2010/11 in Fort Collins.
Unlike the cold and snowy weather somewhat typical around Halloween in Colorado, the weather was absolutely perfect for the event.
We hope you were able to get outside to enjoy this delightful Spring-like weekend.
Warm weather continues!
With continued temperate weather expected all week, we look forward to participating in the next Winter Market and hope to see everyone there. The weather is forecast to be near 70 next weekend!