We left the charmingly quaint town of Smithers BC and ventured off the main road onto a bumpy scenic route that led us to our rental house for the week. Just as I was wondering if we perhaps missed a turned and ventured off track, distracted by the natural beauty of the mountains surrounding us, I looked up from my map of directions to see a gigantic handcrafted wooden sign that read, Jollymore Ranch. We found our destination!
Jollymore Ranch is new to the area which allows one to witness many great viewing experiences of wildlife such as black bears, wolves, moose, deer, and beautiful birds that find comfort in the territory they still call home.
The property has five new log cabins that have every amenity needed for a relaxing yet luxurious stay what feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of life. The homes are all surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges. The fresh air makes my lungs expand, and the views make my heart flutter. I wish we would have booked two weeks instead of one at the magical property. The property is nestled on 1,310 acres of rolling meadows surrounded by trees, rivers, and mountains- every aspect of nature one could desire in a peaceful setting. I felt one with nature instantly as I carried my bags to the entry of our rental.
We were a large group of couples traveling with toddlers, so we opted for the largest of the log cabins and chose The Pink Sky Lodge. This lodge is simply a masterpiece of craftsmanship. Not only did the impeccable luxurious log cabin take my breath away, but the scenery surrounding the whole property from the majestic mountains to the iridescent sunsets is postcard worthy.
We enjoyed a carefree and comfortable stay. No detail was overlooked in guests’ comfort. The inviting sofas and the beautiful teak wood furniture enticed us to relax into the setting and unwind. The interior design was tastefully thought out with interesting and unique pieces of natural elements, art, and even a giant sculpture of a moose the kids enjoyed.
Even though we were a large group of people traveling together, we didn’t have to fight over who was getting what bedroom because they were all equally comfortable, large, and had spectacular views. The beds are so comfortable. After a long day of hiking and exploring the local area, my body just melted into the plush mattress which is comparable to the Westin Heavingly beds … if not even more comfortable. Every bedroom has an incredible view of the mountain range. Each en-suite bathroom was unique. They were large and had excellent water pressure and hot water. An interesting aspect of the home is the automatic lights that come on in the hall or bathrooms when you enter; you don’t have to worry about searching for the button or remembering to turn it off which is fantastic in a large home you are not used to.
We fully enjoyed the large safe terrace. From dawn until dusk the views are every changing and incredible. By the end of the day, the sun dips into the mountain range leaving a remarkable pink sunset. Relaxing on the balcony while grilling was the perfect way to end an active day. There is plenty of seating outside as well as an excellent sound system, grill, and easy access to the dining area which is key for entertaining!
Exciting wildlife such as the wandering lynx in search of breakfast, black bears munching on wild berries, and even the hedge hog who showed up nightly at dinner time kept us entertained throughout our stay.
I felt renewed waking up to the extraordinary view while practicing yoga on the glass balcony. If it’s a bit chilly, we took our workouts to the fully equipped gym downstairs, complete with mountain views, his and her changing rooms, hot tub, and sauna. The kitchen was large enough for a few top chefs and had all the high end appliances and platters needed to serve large groups. The dining room has direct mountain views and terrace access with enough seating for large groups.
Another fantastic aspect of this rental home is the space. There is a room for every need. If you want a full workout, it has a brand new fully equipped gym along with mountain views. If you want to play pool or have a card game, the downstairs entertaining area is perfect. The huge space has a mini bar set up and great mountain views with outdoor access to the yard. If serenity is what you are in search for, there are plenty of quiet spots in the home you can curl up with a book and tea and relax without even hearing the other guests.
We enjoyed Smithers so much! From the outdoor activities, to the kind locals, we look forward to returning again in the winter for some skiing and snow fun!
Jollymore Ranch was the perfect property to connect with loved ones in such an enchanting setting. Our beautiful week ended with a full rainbow over the home; it was truly a magical and unforgettable experience!
I recommend this property to families, adventure and outdoor enthusiasts, and writers looking for inspiration and tranquility.
You can check out more photos and information on all the homes they have for rent at http://www.jollymoreranch.com
Here are some direct Airbnb links to there rentals as well!