Group Events

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…

customer-experience

source: printwand.com

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.

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Loveland Visitors Center

Loveland Visitors Center
(source: http://visitlovelandco.org)

This past Saturday was a gorgeous Loveland kind of day…ideal for kicking off another Summer of fun things to do in Loveland.  Sylvan Dale showed off our Western hospitality with free Pony Rides and Horse Drawn Wagon rides.

We’re thankful to all the nice folks who came out and had fun.

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!…

Members of the Warrior Transition Unit of Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, many still active-duty, and other American Heroes from the Cheyenne/Fort Collins Veterans Administration, enjoyed two days of fly fishing on our private waters this past weekend.

One trooper told me, “Ma’am, this is the most relaxed I’ve been in three years.  Thank the cooks, the guides, the owners, the donors and everybody behind the scenes for helping us have a much-needed break from our norm.”  You are most welcome, Sergeant Nathan!

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These smiles are almost as big as the fish that were caught!
Photo by Suzette McIntyre ~ www.PhotographyBySuzette.com ⇱


Read more on Wounded American Heroes ~ Fly Fishing & Healing!…

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…

Another super-successful Grandparents Day celebration is over.

This year almost 270 Grand Family members attended for the Grand Families’ picnic at Daddy J’s, (which is SO appropriate, since Maurice had a large and very special place in his heart for children who struggle.)

For those who don’t know this organization, it is a support group begun by the Namaqua Center, ten years ago, for grandparents who have stepped up and are raising their grandchildren. Many of the biological parents of these children have become meth, or other kinds of addicts and alcoholics, have become abusive, are in jailor have died.

Most of these children have been traumatized repeatedly. They have been abused, neglected, abandoned and exploited. They are not easy children to raise. They range in age from 2 years through adolescence.

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The number of grandchildren being raised by one or more of these grand parents ranges from one to five. The grandparents provide them with love, safety and stability, often at great cost to themselves, their financial well-being, and their own dreams. I have never heard anyone of them complain!

Read more on Grandparents Day 2012…

Calling all Cowgirls…get ready for another weekend of fun and riding adventure, 9/27–10/1/2012!

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Lori & Susan — Ready to Ride!


While you’re at the ranch, make plans to treat your body right, too.

What’s better then a classic massage and hot-tub soak at the end of a perfect day of riding?

Massages are performed indoors or out, subject to the weather. We offer a choice of natural oils…Citrus Blend, Peppermint and Eucalyptus are current favorites. Choose a deep tissue, therapeutic massage to relieve sore muscles and rejuvenate and re-energize the body. Or try our Relaxation Massage, offering a lighter touch to relax the overall body and mind…you may even fall asleep!

Wrap up your massage experience with a leisurely soak in the hot tub as you share laughs and stories with new found friends.
Treat your body right!

For more information visit Bit.ly/cowgirl-roundup

Too book your stay or schedule your massage, call Karen at 970-667-3915.

  • What: Helping Hunter Fundraiser to help provide driver training and car.
  • When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.
  • Where: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, 2939 N. County Road 31D, Loveland.
  • Cost: $25 donation at the door includes silent auction, live auction 7:30-8 p.m. and dance with deejay 8-10 p.m.

Clint Clymer, left, poses with Hunter Aleman

Like every 16-year-old, getting a license to drive is an important marker in Hunter Aleman’s life. Although muscular dystrophy has confined him to a wheelchair, the Mountain View High School sophomore hopes to someday have the freedom to travel from place to place on his own… (Joyce Davis For the Reporter-Herald) Read the full article from the Reporter Herald

Learn How You Can Help Hunter

Jammers’ Paradise… and Discount Special for Banjo Camp!

published by BMNN on Wed, 2011-10-19 23:59

Dr. Banjo: “After many years hosting camps at the lovely Boulder Inn, I was a little slow to try the Sylvan Dale Ranch as a camp venue. But when I saw the Wagon Wheel Lodge, it almost spoke to me, saying, ‘There can’t be a better venue than this for a jam camp!’”

There are 13 guest rooms in the Lodge, and a short walk away, along the Big Thompson River, is another lovely building where they serve a very nice breakfast that comes with your room. Then back to the Lodge, where we’ll be playing music all weekend!

Jam On!

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.

Bixpo: Thursday, September 15th 7a – 7p

Bixpo 2011
http://www.ncbr.com/ncbr_events.asp?nID=28

 

CGTC: Wednesday, September 21st – Fri, September 23rd

2011 Governor's Tourism Conference Loveland
http://www.coloradotourismconference.com/

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Jesse King, a guest at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch during Bonfils Stanton Foundation’s company retreat, took a break from the activities to create a wonderful display of balance. More than a dozen actually. Despite the rising waters from the rains the stones remain steadfast.

It’s not Stonehenge but still impressive to see; slender stones peacefully projecting skyward from the rushing waters of the Big Thompson River. One might say it’s symbolic of what happens during a stay at Sylvan Dale. Finding balance in the oftentimes riotous current of life.

Shall we call it Sylvanhenge? Hmmm.

Finding Balance at Sylvanhenge
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