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Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is a magical place to spend winter holidays. Escape to snow-covered mountain offering family friendly outdoor winter activities and seasonal events. As Europe’s only DK Eyewitness Travel Luxury Ranch, our property truly stands apart from other resorts combining American tradition with the wild pursuits and fireside luxuries. Delight in slow-food culinary offerings inspired by the indigenous culture, local community and natural bounty of Velebit Mountain. Rejuvenate and reconnect in splendid accommodation surrounded by the UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve, full of adventure and wildlife. Each morning and afternoon, try your hand at outdoor adventures. Food served in the Saloon features multiple courses bursting with locally sourced delights. Families will have more time to enjoy themselves when the ranch takes care of the activities with supervised children’s programs. We aim at creating that family atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

We believe there is something magical about how our mountain looks in the winter. There is a special feeling of peace surrounding you. Just imagine waking up in a warm, cozy cabin looking at the fresh coat of snow all while enjoying the feel of crackling fire from the woodstove. We know that it will be very hard to leave your cottage on a morning like that, but just take a look at the activities we have prepared for you.

Linden Tree guests enjoying a sled ride


1st Day

  • Arrival in the afternoon at the ranch.
  • Concierge will show you to your accommodation.
  • After settling down come for a welcome drink in the Saloon where our guides will go through the program details for a safe and enjoyable holiday.
  • Dinner in the Saloon.

2nd Day

  • Hearty cowboy breakfast in the morning.
  • Animal tracking. It takes place at the edge of the ranch where thick forest begins. Our biologist in residence will take you on a trip where you will, following animal tracks, learn about animals that live in the region, about their life cycle and habits. Chance of spotting deer, wolf, lynx or birds of prey on this day. You will hike for one hour to get there and spend another 2 to 3 hours exploring the area before beginning your track back to the Ranch. Elevation gain 200 m up, 200 m down, duration 4 hours.
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  • Creative morning in the Studio. Show off your creativity by using locally sourced materials to make unique ornaments, cards and decorations that you get to take home as a memento for your one-of-a-kind holiday.
  • Lunch is served at the Ranch.
  • Archery tournament will take a place at the Robin Hood archery range.
  • Dinner with Croatian specialties will be served in the Saloon.

3rd Day

  • Breakfast in the Saloon.
  • Snowshoeing & geocaching is an activity that takes place at the Ranch. You will receive a GPS device or a map with a location of a geocache. You will go in small groups. Winning team gets a prize. Elevation gain 300 m up, 300 m down, duration 4 hours.
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  • Horse hill sledding: Children and parents alike have fun going down a gentle slope on wooden sleds. Hot cocoa awaits you at the bottom of the hill. For those who are looking for even more excitement, grab one of our calm horses that will pull you on a mini sled across a field.
  • Lunch at the ranch
  • Movie marathon in the Studio will feature mix of classic and new releases together with open-fire popcorns and drinks.
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  • Children’s pony ride
  • Traditional American dinner in the Saloon.

4th Day

  • Breakfast in the Saloon.
  • Sleigh ride to a dairy farm. Couples and families love the ambiance on our historic sleigh rides. Hitched horses pull the sleigh over snowy meadows, while riders sip hot cocoa. Journey will take you to the farm that produces milk and dairy products for the ranch to experience organic farming first hand and see where our food comes from.
  • Freshly prepared lunch at the farm follows the tour.
  • Board games tournament in the Studio. Try your hand playing poker, or challenge another guest at a game of chess or backgammon.
  • Dinner in the Saloon.
  • Live music and dance evening in the Studio.

5th Day

  • Late breakfast in the Saloon.
  • Healthy living workshop in the Studio. Discover muscles on your body that lay dormant and engage in a reflective exchanges during gentle exercises led by our certified natural medicine practitioner.
  • Lunch in the Saloon.
  • Shooting is cowboy tradition and is deeply rooted in ranching history. Our guides train each guest on safety guidelines, proper handling and techniques with all equipment to ensure a safe experience for everyone. You can develop new abilities while achieving a sense of accomplishment. Our program is designed to teach skills and safety to first-time shooters while giving experienced marksmen an opportunity to test their abilities. We use state of the art CO2 pistols and rifles with or without scopes to adhere to strict EU firearms regulations.
  • Holiday dinner in the Saloon with traditional European culinary delights.
  • Peace pipe and talking stick circle is a Native American tradition where all the guests are encouraged to share and count their blessings in 2016.

6th Day

  • Brunch in the Saloon.
  • Horseback trail ride: Velebit Mountain is made for horses and Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is made for riders. Wide-open skies, pine scented hillsides and snow-capped peaks are best experienced on horseback. As the only DK Eyewitness Travel Guide luxury guest ranch in Europe we operate in the spirit of play, where travelers immerse themselves in the Western riding culture, rather than seeing it through the slats on a corral.
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  • Snow building is fun activity for the whole family with project that range from building a snowman to building an igloo! Lots of frolicking and play in the snow awaits you in this activity.
  • Dinner in the Saloon.
  • Stargazing evening at the hot tub platform.

7th Day

  • Last breakfast in the Saloon
  • Departure