Not in any particular order, but what makes this vacation destination so special is the service, smiles, horses, food, kids program, socializing, cracking up at the talent show and line dancing, wranglers, ranch hands, fireside music, and pool.
When we got there the kids took off, running down to see which horse they would get this year. Channeling Norman Rockwell. Every morning they are eager to take off with their counselors (after eating a pound of bacon and eggs), and then throughout the day they reappear, or we find them riding off for snakes at duck pond or swimming. What I find special is that the kids have autonomy. It's a safe environment for them to take responsibility for their day and getting ready, and showing up where they need to - on their own (they were 5 and 8 the first time, and are now 7 and 10). They know where they need to go, they want to go, and the counselors will gently nudge them in the right direction if needed. Nancy and the kids program are one of a kind!
Bill and his menagerie of horses and wranglers are truly exceptional. If you love to ride (or are like me, at a desk every day and then love to ride 7 days out of the year), this is the place. If you are trepidatious, this is the place. My sister has never been a big fan of riding following an unfortunate circumstance as a kid. Our wrangler was so hilarious, helpful and patient, at the end of the week she was loping AND smiling.
Tips: I am a water snob but I will drink out of every faucet here. It's fed by a cold spring and it's fantastic. Don't bring water or think you need to buy it. There is almond milk a the pool bar. Dress nicely for woodsie breakfast on Friday, it just may be your holiday photo card. Eat woodsie donuts- you are at altitude, you burn tons of calories just staying alive. Alejandro poolside at lunch- just ask and say yes please. Order the special at breakfast, and find a way to get at least part of a burger every day at lunch. They are the best.
Have fun, be on vacation, and make all your instagram dreams come true, Thank you for hosting us again this year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1919 The C Lazy U luxury guest ranch has been celebrated around the world for its rich history, rustic elegance, legendary cuisine and signature 5-Spur Service. There is something for everyone. Kids enjoy adventure & discovery while adults do everything they want, or nothing at all. Corporations & groups enjoy this all inclusive ranch as a simple and secluded retreat destination. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- c Lazy u Ranch Hotel Granby