Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wild Divine Ranch On Magnolia Mountain

I have been in love with this ranch since I first drove past it - and the fact that the name is now "The Wild Divine Ranch" seems to seal the deal, since my last name is Devine...   The ranch is physically located at 6968 Magnolia Drive in the mailing area for Nederland, Colorado.  The property is a 15 minute drive from Nederland, and 22 minutes from downtown Boulder.  It consists of 189 acres on Magnolia Mountain (and is currently up for sale for $2,995,000).  But be aware that if you're going to live there, you'll need a four-wheel drive vehicle for any time it isn't summer - the road is steep and winding, heading up from Boulder.  The new ranch house is built of logs and has two bedrooms and two baths, and contains 1422 square feet.  There are historic barns and out buildings on the property, too.  The views are fantastic.  And every time I see the ranch, my whole whole body and soul cry out, "It's mine!  This is me."
  Bea and I passed Wild Divine while on our travels yesterday, before arriving in Nederland for lunch.  Or so we thought.  It was a few minutes after noon when we parked outside the Whistlestop Cafe for lunch, but they had electrical problems in the kitchen and were closed.  We went over to Buffalo Bill's Cafe and found they served beverages, candies and doughnuts.  We decided to try the Savoury Cafe, and climbed up three switch-backs of stairs, only to find the doors opened into the kitchen.  While we stood there in puzzlement, a client for the pizza place told us that to enter the Savoury Cafe, we'd have to walk back downstairs, walk around the building, and then walk up an additional flight on the other side...  We decided to eat in Allenspark.
  And eat we did.  I highly recommend the Meadow Mountain Cafe in Allenspark.  It is on Colorado State Road 7 in the business district of Allenspark, and is open only from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We arrived at 1, and were happy to see that they serve breakfast the entire time they are open.  The huge waffles and pancakes totally delicious, but Bea and I both felt the need for protein, so we ate beef hamburgers from locally grown cattle.  We also had fries - shoestring cut potatoes with a little bit of salt and pepper on them. I admit I ate one small bite from Bea's cinnamon roll that she got for dessert.  It was big, had a huge dollop of icing on it, and was then topped with fresh butter and heated.  That was to die for...
   We then drove on through Estes Park and up the Big Thompson Canyon to Loveland, and spent some time looking at houses in old town Berthoud.  I tried to find the brick church that is for sale, but couldn't.  Then we meandered back to Boulder via the Ute Highway, traveling through Hygiene.  Bea isn't familiar with North Boulder, so I drove around up there, and we both agreed that all of the little ticky-tacky houses and apartments and condos looked terrible.  They look as if they are all from the same three cookie-cutters, and the only thing that makes them different is the 5 colors of paint that are constantly repeated.  Ugh.
   Other than looking at NoBo, we had a fantastic day - driving, riding, and just looking and relaxing.  Thank you, Bea!

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