Erik’s Ranch and Retreats celebrated the grand opening of its Edina location this past April. Over 150 guests and community members, including Edina’s mayor Jim Hoveland, attended the event. The launch of this one of a kind boutique hotel concept, founded by Kathryn Nordberg, offers travelers and tourists a “voluntourism” lodging opportunity that supports the needs of young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Guests of Erik’s Ranch receive impeccable service from its resident staff, all of whom live with ASD.
Erik’s Ranch also offers specialty tours created and guided by staff members with particular interests and expertise. Tours offered have included trips to Canterbury Racetrack, trail rides and exploration of local art and architecture. And for guests with limited time, mini-tour happy hours will be offered on sight.
The goal now is to fill the new guest rooms and continue to add more guest rooms as funds allow. “We’re inviting companies with travel budgets to consider having their field reps stay with us,” Nordberg says. “It’s an opportunity to combine philanthropy with business.” Erik’s Ranch and Retreats is a unique care model that offers young adults with ASD jobs that enrich their lives and helps them develop relationships and skills for self-sustainability.
To reserve your stay, book a tour or donate, visit eriksranch.org