The Vee Bar is located near Laramie, Wyoming just 2 1/2 hours north of Denver, Colorado is a world-reknown family guest and dude ranch with a relaxed atmosphere sure to feel like home to your entire family.
Family Guest Ranch activities range from horseback riding to evenings gathered around a campfire. Resting in the shadows of the Snowy Range Mountains in the Centennial Valley, the Vee Bar Guest Ranch is located 21 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 100 year-old landmark has served as a cattle ranch, a stagecoach stop, a boy's school, and a buffalo ranch, as well as a year-round guest ranch. With careful restoration and creative decor, its western heritage has been preserved. The cabins and lodge offer antique furnishings from the Vee Bar's rich and colorful past.
Never to be forgotten, the Vee Bar's menu of home-cooked food is part of a great stay at the ranch. Dining is buffet style in the informal western tradition. Guests enjoy a varied menu of meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade breads, and desserts. The ranch chef will be happy to accommodate special diets with prior notice.
Happiness can be found with ease at the lovely Vee Bar Guest Ranch, whether riding across the grassy meadows on a beautiful summer morning or relaxing to the sound of the Little Laramie River flowing just outside your cabin.
The Cole Family own and operate the Vee Bar, as well as the Deerwood cattle ranch, located approximately ten miles south of the Vee Bar, nestled in the Centennial Valley below the Medicine Bow National Forest.
The Deerwood is home to three generations of Cole's including son Kelly and his family, daughter Jana and her family and son Curt. The Coles' seven grandchildren play an active part in the operation of the Vee Bar Guest Ranch, particularly during guest ranch season working as wranglers, assisting in the dining room, helping with housekeeping and maintenance chores and wherever else a hand is needed.
|Open:||Open year-round. During the guest ranch season from June 6 – August 28, 2010, your all inclusive stay at the Vee Bar will include horseback riding, riding instruction, your own horse for the week, river tubing, fly fishing, hiking, camp cook-outs by the fire, hay wagon rides, entertainment by musicians and so much more. This is in addition to three delicious meals a day and your own private cabin on the banks of the Little Laramie River. The friendships that our guests establish with staff and other guests often last a lifetime!
In the months we are not operating as a guest ranch we provide a luxurious bed and breakfast experience, open seven days a week. Friday and Saturday evenings are menu style dinners served in our lodge dining room. A brief social hour is offered in our John Wayne saloon before the meal is served and if you still have room after dinner, we have a variety of homemade desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Horseback riding is offered May through October 1.
|Altitude:||The altitude at the ranch is 7,800 feet. Our mountain ride peaks at an altitude of about 9,500 feet.|
|Location:||20 miles west of Laramie, WY on little Laramie River|
|Rates:||Guest ranch packages include all meals, lodging, and activities. The ONLY additional charges upon your departure will be for massages, alcoholic drinks, sodas, 6% tax, 15% service charge, and gift items that you purchase while at the ranch!
$1600--$1800 for the first two people per cabin (6 night package).
$1400--$1600 for each additional person per cabin (6 night package).
$200 for kids ages 2-5 years (6 night package).
|Minimum Stay:||We offer either three or six night packages. Arrival days are Sundays for the six-night package and either Sunday or Wednesday for the three-night package. We also offer a Summer Saturday Night Bed and Breakfast Package. Saturday nights are the only night you have the option to stay just one night. All other nights of the week are reserved for the guests who have purchased the guest ranch packages.|
|Deposit:||30% required at the time of the booking.|
|Payment:||Payment is due at the time of departure from the ranch.|
|Transportation:||Free transfer to Laramie Regional; 3 hour drive from Denver Int'l.|
|Travel Agents:||We typically offer travel agents a 10% commission rate. Please call our office for current rates and to confirm.|
|Lodging:||Perfect for a week-long vacation or a weekend getaway, our cabins are sure to please you! These cozy, comfortable cabins have decks and chairs just right for relaxing with a good book, daydreaming or visiting with new friends. Deer, rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels wander the grounds among the cabins, and the peaceful sound of the Little Laramie River flowing just outside the cabins is the perfect nighttime lullaby. Whether you are looking for a romantic mountain getaway or a rough and tumble family vacation, these warm and inviting cabins will suite you perfectly.
Riverside Suites (2 Sleeping areas, 1 bath)
The rustic exterior and interior of the Riverside Suites match the rustic look of the historic lodge built in the 1800's. The interiors offer modern conveniences surrounded in antique furnishings preserved from ranching days. The Riverside Suites, located near the lodge & hot tub include two private bedrooms, full bath, small refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer. All are within walking distance to the lodge and sit along the banks of the Little Laramie River.
Cabins 1, 2, 3 -- (2-3 Sleeping areas, 1 bath)
The more secluded Vee Bar Ranch Cabins are nestled among the trees farther away from the lodge. Two of the cabins have two to three sleeping areas and bathroom with a coffee maker, small refrigerator and hair dryer. Two of the cabins have cozy lofts, while the third is designed on one level. Each cabin is heated primarily by a gas fireplace.
|Kids' Program:||We are a family-friendly ranch, so children of all ages are welcomed with open arms. While the outdoors provides a great deal of education and entertainment, there are other activities in which kids can partake. Children must be 6 years old or older to ride by themselves out on the trails. Younger children are invited to be at the barn before and after the "main" rides arrive/depart for their turn at a lead-around. Our team of wranglers enjoy taking kids on their lead-around, past the cabins, a pond, and a little way from the barn. All evening activities are kid-friendly, but they are usually out making new friends, while adults are socializing and finishing their meals!
With prior notice our staff is happy to provide "baby-sitting" services while the older members of the family are on rides. Our staff will keep your children busy feeding the fish in the pond, playing at the swing set, looking for gold, or with indoor projects if necessary. On the first night, kids young and old are gathered to make a surprise ranch-vacation necessity, and that's only the beginning!
Ranch meals are served in the main lodge. Children and adults eat together (at the same time). However, there is a great deal of flexibility at the Vee Bar so guests, adults and kids alike, will not be required to do anything that they don't want to do!
|Food/Dining:||Buffet meals are served three times a day at 8 am, noon, and 7 pm, after cocktails at 6pm in the John Wayne Saloon. Every “home cooked meal from scratch” is prepared by our chefs and served in the historic main lodge dining room near the large river rock fireplace. The hearty western or gourmet meals are supplemented with fresh salads, fruit, homemade breads, pastries and desserts at every meal. Not everyone can eat like ranch hands, so let us know well in advance about special diets and we will try to accommodate your needs.
Guests begin every morning with hot coffee or tea, a fresh fruit plate, homemade pastries, and a variety of freshly prepared breakfast items from the buffet.
Lunch and dinner menus appeal to the appetites of young and old alike with a variety of fresh salads, homemade breads, and desserts accompanying delicious main courses choices.
The John Wayne Saloon features a variety of sodas, wines, liqueurs and other alcoholic beverages.
ALL-AMERICAN PICNIC & COOKOUT:
Tuesday and Thursday evenings guests are in for a treat for our All-American picnic and Campout. Tuesday evenings guests join a fiddle and guitar player on the horse-drawn, haywagon ride around the ranch returning to the John Wayne Saloon for entertainment along with an All-American Picnic.
Thursday evenings guests enjoy a BBQ featuring ribs and chicken over the campfire at the ranch campsite nestled in a canyon near the edge of the Medicine Bow National Forest. After a night of sleeping out in teepees under the stars, guests enjoy a hearty “breakfast on the range” before herding cattle at the main ranch.
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