Did you ever want to go to a resort regardless of where it was located, just because it gets excellent reviews and promises to be a wonderful timeshare? Probably not–but we did! And not only did we get a wonderful, excellent resort, but we got Rocky Mountain National Park as well!
Rams Horn Village is located in Estes Park Colorado, right next to an entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is managed by Deb and Alex Gibson, who not only sell timeshares there, but are two of the nicest hosts you’d ever want to meet. In fact, the whole Ram’s Horn staff is so friendly and helpful, you get a real sense of community while staying here.
An RCI Gold Crown resort for several years, Ram’s Horn Village has 2 types of units: duplexes, and stand-alones. They are all 2-bedroom, 2-bath units, ranging from 900 to 1100 square feet. There are 2 stories, but one of the bedrooms is located on the main level in case stairs are a problem. All units have a full kitchen with every utensil necessary to cook full meals. The dining area is spacious and attractively decorated. Each unit has a gas fireplace in the living room and a sleeper sofa. Six people may occupy the unit, and there is plenty of room for them.
The furnishings throughout the units are the nicest that we have seen in a timeshare, anywhere. Yes, that includes the Hiltons, the Marriots and the Disneys. Wicker baskets, animal sculptures and dried flowers all reflect the rustic, mountain theme of the resort. A picture of a huge elk (the animal most people associate wih Rocky Mountain National Park) hangs over the fireplace. A beautiful throw with the Rams Horn Village logo rests on a chair nearby. We were surprised to learn that the unit we occupied was due for refurbishment soon. Everything was so well-kept! (See for yourself–watch the 3-minute video for a tour!)
The resort amenities include 3 hot tubs, a heated pool, playground and tetherball. The grounds are lovely and feature hammocks and grills (gas and otherwise) throughout the resort. There is free Wi-Fi and a laundry room with Maytag washers and dryers that are free to guests. The Clubhouse, or Activities Center, houses a kitchen, restrooms, and large living room/meeting area with fireplace. There is a very adequate fitness center, and also a room with a computer for guests to use. This room also has numerous books, videos, DVD’s and games for borrowing.
We arrived at the resort on Friday evening, where a sign on our door greeted us–“Welcome Home Meninga Family.” Saturday at 4:30 p.m. there was a Welcome wine and cheese party. This was a great opportunity to meet other guests. The hors d’oeuvres were good and plentiful–no need for dinner. On Sunday morning there was a Belgian waffle breakfast ($3 per person) that was sinfully delicious, and offered more time for guests to mingle. An area orientation, hosted by Deb, followed the breakfast. (Note: this was NOT a timeshare presentation. They don’t believe in forcing those, thinking that anyone who is interested in ownership will ask.) Is that cool, or what!?
On Sunday evening, guests were offered the opportunity to go on an elk-mating tour (It was that time of year), with a professional guide. This proved to be a most interesting and informative experience, and Jared was a phenomenal guide! The tour was free for owners and exchange guests. Jared does various nature programs every Sunday at Rams Horn Village.
On Tuesday there was a mind/body workshop, which we did not attend. We were told that in the summer, there is also an ice cream social. Rams Horn certainly offers enough activities, but because there is so little to do in the evening, a card or movie night might be a good idea–just something else to bring people together. Other than that suggestion, there just didn’t seem to be any way that Rams Horn Village could improve on anything–they have really earned an A+ in hospitality! This truly is timeshare travel at its best! Stay tuned for Part II of this post: The Top 10 Things to do on your Rocky Mountain Vacation!