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For several years SFR has enjoyed the beauty and serenity of a winter morning in the Rocky Mountains all to ourselves.  So we thought next year why not share the fun with all of you – and open for winter!  We will be offering a variety of nordic activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and snowmobiling.

 

photo courtesy of James Ray Spahn Photographer

In addition, we will have indoor pursuits for those more inclined to a seat by a toasty fire or warm oven, such as puzzle and card game tournaments, knitting and cooking classes, learning to tie flies, or just enjoying the solitude of a good book, a hot drink, and a fire.  We will help you master the art of enjoying yourself at our one of a kind destination amongst incomparable Rocky Mountain surroundings.

Never tried cross country skiing before?  No worries!  We will have the equipment and knowledgable guides to introduce you to this wonderful sport.  Wanting to move a little faster?  Experience the exhilaration of snowmobiling in the wilderness!  Even a simple snow shoe expedition in the white woods is a thrill.  And returning to the lodge for a warm cider or coco and homemade soup is incredibly satisfying.

A Colorado mountain winter may have a chill some days but nearly every day the sun is out and the possibilities are endless.  And next year we’ll have great holiday packages available complete with unique classes, special events, and plenty of merriment!  Some special holiday events in the works include our Holiday Bazaar with a wide variety of local artists, craftsmen, and vintners, cookie and tree decorating, and speciality dinners and brunches.

courtesy of James Ray Spahn Photographer

So when you start thinking about Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years Eve and the holiday planning begins again, consider Smith Fork Ranch – where we’ll take care of everything and you can just have FUN!

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Feelings around the holiday so often grow into anxiety and chaos rather than the genuine happiness and excitement for the season.  When we were children, the decorations magically appeared, the baked goods were endless, and the presents plentiful!  Well we can make things that way again.

This December reclaim the delight in a new kind of holiday shopping – one where there’s no driving in circles to find a parking space, there are no fighting the crowds, no screaming crying children waiting in line for hours for a photo with mall Santa, and no overpriced electronics or hustling salesmen.  Just a fantabulous array of unique and special gifts from our incredibly unique and special valley at the First Annual Holiday Bazaar at Smith Fork Ranch.  In a relaxed, cozy setting with the music playing, fires going, cookies, hot cider and coco, leisurely stroll the pavilion picking up all the delicious goodies, jubilant jewelry, super ceramics, terrific local wines, awesome apparel and accessories, and gorgeous glass – among other things.  And, to top it all off, a portion of the profits go to charity!  Now that you can feel good about.

Enjoy the fire in the Old Elk Lodge and relish in the delight of your one-of-a-kind Christmas finds!

The First Annual Holiday Bazaar at Smith Fork Ranch on Saturday December 11th will be a wonderful opportunity to bring the communities of the North Fork Valley together for a common cause: helping out the Crawford Town Hall while taking care of your holiday shopping and socializing!  With a wide variety of gifts for sale, you’re sure to find that perfect little something for every loved one on your list and enjoy the company of friends in relaxed, comfortable SFR style.  And we’ll even offer gift wrapping services!!!

Come out and see the beauty of the Smith Fork Ranch and surrounding mountains wrapped in a blanket of snow.

 

Featured vendors include:

K Dahl Glass, Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery, Smiling Son Pottery, Bob Little Hawk Heid, Peggy Papon Jewelry, Jim Dawson, Paradise Pottery, Pillow Postcards by Connie Willett, Alfred Eames Cellars, North Rim Glass Studio, David Strong Pottery, Lea’s Organic Herbal Skin Care, Smith Fork Ranch Round Up Store apparel and accessories, Alex Ridge Studios, Clay Chic Jewelry, Jack Rabbit Hill Winery, and MUCH MUCH MORE!

AND admission is FREE!

 

It's a stampede to the Smith Fork Ranch Holiday Bazaar!!!

You don’t want to miss this!

See you next Saturday December 11th from 1 – 5pm

Smith Fork Ranch

45362 Needle Rock Road Crawford, Colorado

970.921.3454

The furnaces have a constant roar, like demons trapped in a box, and the dry, crisp Colorado air mingles with a heat like you’ve never felt before that whispers by your body at over 2000 degrees farenheit.

Where are you? A glass blowing studio of course.

The gallery at North Rim Glass

North Rim Glass Studio in Crawford

Rolling down the hill past the ‘Desperado’ (our local liquor shop, gas station, and hardware store) as you come into our quaint Western town (Crawford) from Gunnison and the vast canyon to the south, it’s hard to miss the modern corrugated iron structure to the right before you round the curve up the hill.  That hard to miss spot is North Rim Glass.  North Rim is a glass blowing studio and art gallery that has some of the most incredible work one will find not only on the Western Slope of Colorado but arguably in the U.S.  And, in addition to enjoying perusing the wonderful collection of works by Jared and Nicole in the gallery, guests of Smith Fork Ranch can partake in this incredible art form with a class!

Blowing glass is a multi step process, like a dance with fire on a stick and a ferocious white heat, every move affects the end product and every step is critical.  But, never fear, you can almost always heat it up again and fix that little mistake!

The Studio

In this series of steps it begins with the experts dipping the wand into the molten hot liquid glass as you stand beside them, it immediately goes into another hot oven that brings the temperature down but only so much to maintain its pliability.  After that, and I’m quite sure I’m missing some steps here, the color is applied to the hot glass in the form of a sand – where it is rolled onto the wand.  And then it’s back into an oven.  All the while gently rolling the wand around to maintain its shape.  After several more steps including namely blowing air into the glass to create the form, and cupping it with a cold, wet wooden scoop spoon to shape it, the piece begins to come to life.  But, still a bit of a mystery as it goes into the final oven to finish and a day or so later – voila!  The glass vase, ornament, bowl, or whatever was created is complete.  Your class includes step by step on hand instruction, and you can take your work of art home with you!

Do not stare directly into the light!

The process is incredible – the variables of time and temperature in harmony with the chemical make up of glass – it truly is a wondrous thing to experience.  And Jared and Nicole are terrific teachers.  They are incredibly attentive to the safety and comfort of their student as well as sharing their stories of glass blowing adventures around the world. Which you can read more about HERE.

North Rim Glass showcases their works throughout the country throughout the year.  Including their upcoming attendance at one of the largest fairs this winter in New York City, to show off their spectacular custom pieces including phenomenal light fixtures.  They will also be hosting a reception and showing the Friday after Thanksgiving, as well as at our very own Holiday Bazaar at SFR on Saturday December 11th.  The Bazaar will have a wide variety of local artists, craftsmen, vintners, and food vendors on hand, making it easy for you to pick up those custom Holiday gifts all in one spot.  And North Rim Glass will have a variety of unique gift items for that special someone on your list – handmade and not to be found anywhere else!

 

A student shaping the glass with Nicole and Jared

The ability to mold and manipulate glass in so many different colors and forms is tremendous – and with the talents of Jared and Nicole Davis your imagination is truly the only limitation.  S0 call up North Rim Glass for your next custom project and be sure to book a class on your next visit to Smith Fork Ranch, for an experience like no other!

A finished piece by the artists: The Flat Fission Vase in Transparent Turquoise - stunning!

Their famous glass antler chandelier

Recent guest and diamond expert Rordan Shane, of The Shane Co., shares his proposal story (which took place here at Smith Fork Ranch) with the world.

Tom Shane’s World – The Big Moment

Congratulations Rordan and Amanda!

Do you have any memorable romantic moments from SFR?  Or would you like to make some?


Needle Rock

Originally uploaded by danlong

A wonderful half day or even half of a half day hike is nearby Needle Rock.  Though it is in question how exactly the rock and land mass came to be (some say volcano, others igneous rock formation) all can agree that the hike provides a wondrous view of the Smith Fork Valley, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the reservoir, the North Fork Valley pastures, and the vast mesa beyond.   It is particularly awe inspiring at sunset.  As one can see in this beautiful image of the nearby natural wonder from the talented Dan Long – a good friend to Smith Fork Ranch.

A few recommended spots to grab a bite to eat in and around Smith Fork Ranch and the North Fork Valley of Colorado.

When venturing out to Smith Fork Ranch, either before you arrive, after you depart or during your visit on a day out and about there are several great spots to pick up a quick lunch, a delicious latte, or a nice dinner before heading out of town.

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