A Luxurious Western Experience in the Montana Rockies
One of the world’s great getaways is tucked away in the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana. If you like quiet privacy, five-star food and high country beauty with a gracious, understated ambiance where your every wish is the staff’s command, Triple Creek Ranch is for you.
The ranch is set deep within the Bitterroot National Forest on 600 acres of picturesque countryside. Not the average guest ranch, Triple Creek Ranch is an adults- only retreat, deserving of its membership in the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Association.
After a day of fly-fishing, hiking or horseback riding in the Montana mountains, Triple Creek Ranch guests like to feel they are coming home. And, making guests feel at home is the primary reason for all the personal touches. From the smallest daily treats of warm chocolate chip cookies and homemade trail mix to the anticipatory but never overbearing personalized service that guests experience each day, Triple Creek Ranch sets the bar even higher for today’s discerning luxury traveler.
The ranch backs up to 10,157-foot Trapper Peak, the highest in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. Elk and deer wander among the Ponderosa pines, and nothing disturbs the silence except the sound of whispering creeks. Beautiful Western art pieces are set both indoors and outdoors. At the heart of the resort is a log and cedar lodge with an elegant but not stuffy dining room and a beautifully cozy upstairs bar with a fireplace. Each night, casually attired guests sit down to a gourmet dinner complemented by an award-winning wine list of outstanding selections with a focus on wines from California, Oregon and Washington. On select weekends throughout the year, the ranch invites celebrity vintners to host wine themed weekends complete with winemaker dinners and tasting seminars.
Scattered through the forest near the main lodge are 23 one-, two- and three-bedroom log cabins. All offer cozy, well-appointed Western luxury with private decks, massive log-post beds, wood burning fireplaces, colorful furnishings, and an in-cabin bar. The larger units add a separate living area, double steam shower and private hot tubs on the deck.
The staff doesn’t mind last-minute or unusual requests. Thus, many of the activities – including horseback rides and Orvis endorsed fly-fishing excursions in spring and summer, or cross-country and downhill skiing in winter – are organized on an individual basis. Those who opt to stay at the ranch during the day can relax at the pool or hot tub, play tennis, practice putting, or fish for trout in the stocked trout ponds. Visiting the horses and working out at the fitness center are also popular. The nearby downhill ski resort of Lost Trail Powder Mountain has an average snowfall of 300 inches a year. Triple Creek Ranch provides lift tickets and equipment rental vouchers, or you can explore the many miles of cross-country trails at Chief Joseph Cross Country Ski Area. Winter at Triple Creek Ranch is a magical time for making a perfect Montana memory.
For those seeking their inner cowboy, a personalized hat fitting with legendary Jimmy the Hatter precedes a one-day cattle drive in the summer. If you really have “City Slicker” fever, the ranch offers multi-day roundup programs where you can learn the basics of wrangler life, put them into practice on a day of first-hand practice, and then participate in the ultimate cowboy thrill: the rodeo.
A place that resonates romance, Triple Creek Ranch will help you create an unforgettable romantic adventure. Renew your vows sitting on a tractor, or feed the elk up close and personal. Or watch the snow come down from the chef’s table overlooking the mountains as your server and chef bring you a special dinner created just for you. Not even Billy Crystal had it this good.
Rates begin at $650 per night, per couple and are all-inclusive with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, house wine and spirits, use of the fitness center, swimming pool, hiking, on-ranch horseback rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, gourmet picnics, fly-casting lessons, tennis and putting green.
Triple Creek Ranch is located 75 miles south of Missoula, Montana. For more information, please call (406) 821-4600, visit the ranch’s website at www.triplecreekranch.com
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