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!

You may be interested in a community-wide effort to clean up Loveland area waterways!  COME ON OUT SATURDAY AND BE PART OF A SPECIAL PROJECT!  Sylvan Dale Ranch is once again joining the Big Thompson Watershed Forum’s 2011 Annual Spring Waterway Clean-up this Saturday, April 16th from 9:00am to Noon.  The City of Loveland is hosting other groups in other areas – but if you’d like to help on the Big Thompson River near the ranch, call 970-667-3915 and we’ll give you the meet-up info.  Here is a shot of ranch friends and neighbors, Connor and John, smiling with their efforts last year on a beautiful stretch of river.  More than 250 volunteers of all ages gathered up 10 tons of trash last year!  Let’s beat our own record!

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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.

HP/Agilent Technologies Inc. campus in Loveland, CO
HP/Agilent Technologies Inc. campus in Loveland, CO. Photo credit:
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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!

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Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion

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.

Forest

Forest

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.

Mountain Lion at Sylvan Dale

Mountain Lion at Sylvan Dale

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!”

View photos of mountain lion near Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

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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).

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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!

Snow Falls at SDR, New Year's Eve Eve 2010

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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.

Alexander Cabin

Mr. Alexander Cabin

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

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Sculpture in the Dark

Parade of Lights, Loveland Wedding Professionals Float

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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bighornFor those interested, there’s a band of Bighorn sheep in the lower pasture!” David Jessup called out over the ranch radio at about 9:30 this morning.

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.

bighorn-ramsFour rams were out with their ewes enjoying the gorgeous morning.

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!

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We love nature and our beautiful valley teeming with wildlife. As the upcoming Christmas holiday draws closer it’s easy to find ourselves dashing and scurrying about tending to the various activities of this time of year, but we’re not alone!

squirrelSylvan Dale’s resident naturalist David Armstrong has been featured in an article published today on ReporterHerald.com that shares some interesting facts about our neighborly squirrels who are also busy about their own seasonal routine.

Take a moment to read the article, “‘Squirrelly’ for a reason, during this season” and perhaps learn a bit more about these popular and delightful little creatures.
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bobcats-clip-bob-savannahThere have been increasing sightings of a resident bobcat and her kits at the ranch. Here’s a few stories from those that have been fortunate enough to see this beautiful cat.


Mrs. Bobcat and her two pre-teen bob-kits sauntered past Tillie’s house about a month ago. I was preparing lunch in Tillie’s kitchen when they walked along the walkway right beneath the kitchen windows. My pastrami sandwich nearly fell out of my hand. I took the basement stairs two at a time, grabbed my camera and flew out of the door to the lower driveway. By that time, all I could see was three sets of pointed ears trotting along the edge of the parking lot. I snapped away, getting a picture of nothing, then ran down the hill. The parking lot was empty. But my head was full of the image of those beautiful creatures, robed like kings.

— David J

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This past Halloween weekend Sylvan Dale attended the first Winter Market of 2010/11 in Fort Collins.

Jamie Folsom, a photographer for the Coloradoan caught our Heart-J Grass-finished Beef team, Lori, Mandy, and Dillon, having a great time.

Lori, Mandy and Dillon at the Winter Market

Lori, Mandy and Dillon at the Winter Market

“Winter” Market?

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!

Check BeLocal for Winter Market dates and times.