About the Venue

Sylvan Dale Ranch is the perfect location for plein air painting, just an hour from Denver International Airport, but a world away. Sylvan Dale is nestled in the Colorado foothills, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. This beautiful riverside location provides a private, relaxed setting for your work with George. The Sylvan Dale valley is surrounded by colorful cliffs, providing a scenic and varied backdrop to inspire your creativity, while authentic touches of Western heritage provide the detail. When the day’s painting is complete, you’ll enjoy comfortable accommodations and delicious chef-prepared meals.

Want to bring your spouse or best friend but they don’t paint? Not a problem at Sylvan Dale! There’s so much to do at the Ranch and the nearby towns of Loveland, Fort Collins, and Estes Park. We’ll keep your partner busy while you paint, then you can enjoy meals and nighttime activities together.

  • Scenic and adventurous trail rides with Sylvan Dale’s herd of registered American quarter horses

  • World-class fly fishing in the Big Thompson River, which flows through the heart of Sylvan Dale

  • Hiking, photography, or bird watching on miles of private trails

  • Relaxing by the river to read, write, or take naps


Activities within a 30-minute drive of Sylvan Dale:​

  • Northern Colorado is a craft brewing hotspot with dozens of brewers located within a half hour of Sylvan Dale, from local brewers who’ve taken on the national scene like New Belgium Brewing to start-ups finding their niche locally like Fort Collins Brewery Tour and Loveland Brewery Tour.

  • A wide variety of golf courses, all with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains Northern Colorado Golfing.

  • Loveland is an arts mecca, home to the world’s best bronze sculptors and foundries, as well as dozens of art galleries for every type of fine art.  Loveland Art Galleries.      

  • Looking for a high country adventure? Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are just 45 minutes from Sylvan Dale Estes Park/Rocky Mountain NP.

Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning
PO Box 2736, Loveland, CO 80539
Tax ID#: 46-4993961
HJC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization