If I had gone to Strathmore with a blueprint of what the "perfect" time would be, it would have been blown out of the water by the actual time I spent at Rocking R Ranch! I'd gone to Alberta for a conference in Calgary, and wanted to be away from the city. Rocking R was just that -- but close enough that absolutely everything was comfortably accessible -- long scenic drives through some of the most picturesque landscape I've ever seen, as well as everything Calgary has to offer.
The guest house is warm and inviting, with nothing whatsoever lacking in any way. A cozy fireplace ... snuggly beds .... all the thoughtful little details were covered .... and the panorama from the porch was unbelievable. I spent part of every night soaking in the hot tub under the stars and probably fell asleep with a big smile.
Breakfast couldn't be beat! I stay at B&Bs and guesthouses pretty regularly (maybe once or twice a month), and without a doubt, Terri offers one of the finest breakfasts I've ever had. And just to add to the "spoiled factor," the gorgeous spread gets delivered right to your door. Eat at the bright-but-cozy kitchen table, or out on the porch, watching the horses graze!
And finally, Terri and Marv are top-notch hosts. It usually takes a special kind of person to run a B&B or guest ranch, anyway, but these folks rise to the top! They were both as helpful as could be, without being intrusive at all. When company was wanted, they were always right there for a chat, or to offer suggestions, and yet, I never lost that sense of privacy (in the way that can happen all too often with B&Bs).. Both of them went out of their way to make the stay happy and comfortable. Marv even took me out to the Calgary Stampede Ranch for a look at the spectacular property and horses. That trip took up half a day for him, and he didn't bat an eye. Kindness like that vastly exceeds any sort of role as a 'host' and is the sort of thing that "makes" a trip. I have such wonderful memories of my time at Rocking R Ranch -- I can't wait for a return trip -- I wouldn't stay anywhere else!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a short drive from Calgary you will find luxurious cabins atop a ridge with a view of Eagle Lake and the majestic Rocky Mountains. The Hitch n' Post is a cozy cabin for two and The Bunkhouse is perfect for a family getaway. Breakfast is included in the cost of your stay. We also offer spa services in the privacy of your cabin and Equestrian Adventures for all levels of riders. Minimum Night stay at the ranch is 2 nights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rocking R Guest Ranch Strathmore, Canada - Alberta