BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Capella Ranch has a lot of animals and more than a million honeybees.
Charlie Peterson, owner of the ranch near Boulder, said people can get up close and personal with the honeybees in specially built bee huts.
"My wife said, what are you going to do with all those bees? And that’s when we came up with the creative idea for bee huts," Peterson said.
The ranch has two bee huts: small cabins filled with around 200,000 honeybees that people can go inside of to relax.
The bees enter on the south end of the hut, while people enter on the northside. The bees and people are separated by heavy mesh.
"In the United States, we believe we’re only the third location to offer this type of experience," Peterson said.
Inside you can see the bees, hear them, and smell their honey. It's an experience some say is soothing, while others claim to be less congested during allergy season.
"As the honey is curing the vapor comes up, and you breathe that vapor in and you get that rich smell of the honey as it’s curing," Peterson said. "That vapor carries with it, the chemicals, the vitamins, the antioxidants all the things that are good about eating local honey."
The practice is more popular in Eastern Europe with people looking to try and benefit from nature in a more personal way.
"It’s kind of a way to commune with the bees and experience nature. Really get close to bees in a way that safe and it’s really just kind of cool," Peterson said.
Capella Ranch offers two sessions: 30 minutes for about $35 and a 60-minute session for $60.
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