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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
1 review
“It Holds The Top Spot in Our Favorite Vacations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

During the late 70's and early 80's our family spent several wonderful summer vacations with the Jessup family as our hosts at the beautiful Sylvan Dale Ranch. We always enjoyed well-kept cabins; delicious food (sometimes wonderful pies and biscuits prepared by Mayme Jessup herself!); great horse trip adventures out to all the reaches of their beautiful ranch country (as well as fun-packed rodeos in their arena); playing games (inside and outside) or just laying in the sun by their beautiful pool (or, sometimes, dipping our toes in the cold waters of the Big Thompson River); and, we made many lasting friendships--with the Jessup family, the wranglers, and other guests we met each year. We loved our times there and still keep in touch with Susan Jessup, who invites us to stay for dinner, even if we are just passing by on our way West from Michigan and just stop in at the Ranch to say hello! Definitely--hands down--the best vacations we have experienced in all of our many years of travel all over the country (and we have been in every single state in the union--including Hawaii!) Pat Bills and the entire Bills family from Ypsilanti, Michigan

Room Tip: The cabins were our favorite--more private than the lodge!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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sylvandaleranch, Dude Ranch Sales Specialist at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, responded to this review, 8 February 2014
On behalf of the Jessup family, thank you to the Bills family for riding for the brand for so many years. :) We look forward to the next time you're in town!

Happy trails as always,


Karen Burbank
Dude Ranch Sales Specialist
Sylvan Dale Ranch
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

Went to a wedding here during the end of August from Virginia. This location is far from the hustle and bustle of the city and sure is beautiful! None of the rooms had tv (Wagon Wheel), but I knew that before arrival and figured it was to get us out and about rather than be holed up in our room, which was fine with us. Cell service (Sprint) was non-existant here (knew this also) but luckily we had some wifi and were able to communicate with family that were watching to our kids while we were away. A few of us went on a hike and ended it when we happened upon a rattlesnake (nobody was bitten thank goodness! ). The wedding was beautiful, food was fantastic (bison) and everyone has a great time! Oh, all of the employees were super friendly and helped us out whenever needed!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Went to a wedding here during the end of August from Virginia. This location is far from the hustle and bustle of the city and sure is beautiful! None of the rooms had tv (Wagon Wheel), but I knew that before arrival and figured it was to get us out and about rather than be holed up in our room, which was fine with us. Cell service (Sprint) was non-existant here (knew this also) but luckily we had some wifi and were able to communicate with family that were watching to our kids while we were away. A few of us went on a hike and ended it when we happened upon a rattlesnake (nobody was bitten thank goodness! ). The wedding was beautiful, food was fantastic (bison) and everyone has a great time! Oh, all of the employees were super friendly and helped us out whenever needed!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Thank Sharleen H
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sylvandaleranch, Dude Ranch Sales Specialist at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, responded to this review, 8 February 2014
Thank you so much Sharleen for your review! We're so glad you had a wonderful stay. :) Come back and visit us when you're in the area!

Happy trails,


Karen Burbank
Dude Ranch Sales Specialist
Sylvan Dale Ranch
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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

My wife and I live in Monterey, CA, and our five kids and eight grandkids live on the East Coast. To get together my wife organizes off-sites in Europe or Mexico. The trip to Sylvan Dale this Summer was our first ever family get-together in the U.S. It was fantastic in all regards, even for me as I am not a horse person. There was plenty for all seventeen of us, spanning three generations to do at all times, and we only wish the days were longer. The youth program was particularly excellent, and the impact on the four youngest Bruneaus was dramatic and super-positive. The quality of the staff, their capabilities and interest, was phenomenal, and we deeply appreciate their commitment to the guests. Obviously, none of this is by chance, and the overall administration of Sylvan Dale is double appreciated. We intend to return, if not next year then the year after.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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sylvandaleranch, Guest Relations Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, responded to this review, 2 September 2013
Thank you Tom for your wonderful commentary! It was a pleasure to have had the Bruneau family with us this summer. :) After months of communication with Celia in preparation for your family's visit, it was so great to finally get to know each and everyone one of you. Seeing your smiles each day was just as rewarding to us as it seems the experience was for you. :) We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

Happy trails,

Karen Burbank
Dude Ranch Vacation Specialist & Riding Instructor
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
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Penn Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

What can I say? Everthing we experianced exceaded what we learned from the website and from talking with others in advace who had been at Sylvandale. This is truly a place to go back in time and experiance the west as it was meant to be. The staff, food, loctaion all fabulous! There so much to do we were not bored at every. Slyvan dale should be added to the USA historical sites list as a national treasure. We have already recomened 3 other family to go to the ranch. Forget the beach. Go to Slyvan Dale! Bring the lids abd grandkids.

Room Tip: No bad rooms to be had, cottages best though
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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sylvandaleranch, Guest Relations Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Thank you for your kind words, Tom. :) We loved meeting you and Star....especially since we had such a great time with your daughter all summer long. :) I trust you will be back to visit again when you have the time. Make sure you bring Rachel with you too!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Completed our 4th year @ SD in June . Every summer is a delight , no slips here... the service , ranch , people & cabins are first class all the way , Rustic chic I think is catch phrase . My daughter went on the over night with her counselor this year & had a great time . I was put in charge of making the home made ice cream during soft ball night . Vanilla again , next year we are bringing fresh strawberries to liven it up .
My only issue with Sylvan Dale is the week goes by to fast . G

Room Tip: They are all good
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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sylvandaleranch, Guest Relations Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Thank you Gerry for another great commentary on your summer stay! We love having you and Marie each year. :) Looking forward to next June already!
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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

This BEAUTIFUL ranch has it all. The cabins are nestled amongst the trees by by the Big Thompson River and the sound of the water will lull you to sleep. Great fishing, for beginners, right thru experienced anglers. Stocked ponds and river angling right out your door. The kids activities are unbelievable. . . helping the wranglers, rock climbing, tubing on the Big Thompson. The evening activities were a blast. . . I never thought softball could be so much fun, but the staff made it great for tots to old folks. I highly recommend this for a family vacation, from kids to grandparents, from nature observers to outdoor activiists. Too many activities to name here. And the horses are excellent. VERY well cared for and all with a calm disposition. You won't find a better place or a better staff

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Mary K
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sylvandaleranch, Guest Relations Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Thank you Mary for joining us! We had such a nice time hosting you, Chris, and Annie. :) Since you live so closeby, you're welcome to visit anytime. :)
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Property: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Address: 2939 N County Road 31d, Loveland, CO 80538-9763
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Region: United States > Colorado > Loveland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Loveland
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Named "Best Family Vacation" by Frommer's Colorado guidebook and rated among the "Top Ten Colorado Dude Ranches" by True West Magazine, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch offers year ‘round outdoor adventure. Conveniently located just one hour from Denver in the Colorado foothills near Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Sylvan Dale’s 3200-acre working Dude Ranch and Retreat Center is nestled along the banks of Colorado's beautiful Big Thompson River. Offering activities such as cattle drives, trail rides, horseback riding, trophy trout fly fishing, hiking and nearby hunting, nature experiences, tennis, swimming, and many other activities,true adventure awaits you! Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is perfect for your next vacation adventure! Much more than just an historic working ranch, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch also provides exceptional services for business retreats and private meetings, holiday parties, picnics, reunions, family vacations, bed & breakfast, weddings, and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. Sylvan Dale's delicious and healthy Heart-J natural grass-fed beef is also available for purchase. Come experience all that is the beauty of Sylvan Dale! ... more   less 
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