Rustic Luxury

All-inclusive destination offers something for everyone

By Sue Baldani

Nestled in the gorgeous valley between the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains in Western Montana lies a sanctuary for those looking to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate their bodies and minds. Triple Creek Ranch welcomes about 10,000 guests per year from all over the United States and around the world.

 “We’re all here for the hospitality and the enjoyment of sharing what we love and what we’re passionate about with our guests,” says General Manager, Kristen Snavely.

The 25 one, two and three bedroom luxurious, sun-infused cabins have every amenity guests may crave such as master suites with en suite bathrooms featuring steam showers and back decks with hot tubs. In warmer weather, each comes with its own golf cart so guests can freely explore the expansive property.

“Every cabin is also filled with original paintings from the owners’ private collection,” she says. This Western art, which is rotated out on a regular basis, can be found in every building on the ranch.

Triple Creek offers a wide array of activities all year round including horseback riding, bike riding, fly-fishing, skiing and dog sledding. “We also offer a logging camp experience, where you and a partner can try your hand at using a crosscut, a two-man saw,” says Kristen. The cut wood is then turned into a trivet, coaster or some other item that guests get to brand with the Triple Creek Ranch name and bring home as a souvenir.

Other good, clean fun includes archery, hatchet tossing and fire building. “It’s just sticks and friction, and has been such a huge hit over the last couple of years,” she says. When someone does manage to start a fire, they get a t-shirt and their picture taken in front of the Wall of Flame. In the summer, take part in a cattle drive – what an unforgettable experience!

Another very unique offering is sapphire panning. “Sapphire Mountains are so named because they actually have sapphires,” she says. “We teach guests the art of sifting for sapphires, and some send them off to be fired and cut and made into beautiful jewelry.”

Guests can also go on a fun excursion to Triple Creek’s sister ranch five miles down the road. CB Ranch is an actual working ranch on 26,000 acres and is home to more than 150 bison and 150 cows. There’s also some fascinating wildlife. And here’s a fun fact: The popular television show Yellowstone is filmed right down the road!

For those who prefer to spend more time indoors, or who just need some pampering, the Mountain Wellness spa offers an incredible 60-minute massage that can be done in the spa itself or in the privacy of a cabin. It also offers full body wraps, facials and everything else one could expect from a luxury spa.

Of course, no vacation is complete without delicious meals and beverages. “Our executive chef has been here over 15 years and is so passionate about what he does,” says Kristen. “With free rein to be creative, there’s no repetition in our menus.” To go along with those meals, there are award-winning wines and two sommeliers to help choose the perfect accompaniment to any entrée.

Reserve the Chef’s Table and get a behind the scenes look into the kitchen, while exploring  a variety of flavors throughout the five-course menu. Each course is matched with an  award-winning wine, and a luscious dessert concludes this gourmet extravaganza.

Anyone over age 16 is welcome, and an average stay is between four to five nights; meals, drinks and most activities are included. Weekend events this spring and summer include a Stave jigsaw puzzle weekend, artist workshop weekends and local vintner experiences.

“Guests can come and do as much or as little as they want, so even though we have all of these amazing things to offer, this is also a great place to just decompress,” she says. “You can come and hang out in a cabin, and we’ll bring you wine and all your meals and you can sit out in the hot tub on the back deck and look at the stars. Sometimes the beauty is just enjoying the quiet.”

To find out more or to book a stay, go to https://www.triplecreekranch.com/.

Written for Grosse Pointe Lifestyle magazine in Michigan.

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