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Refined Ranch Life

If the great American West is calling your inner cowpoke, set off for majestic Montana. When you hang your hat at The Ranch at Rock Creek, Western life happily includes the luxury of gourmet grub and a sumptuous spa.

Set on 6,600 acres, The Ranch at Rock Creek welcomes guests with rustic elegance. A member of Relais & Châteaux and National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, The Ranch is named for Rock Creek, the trout stream that flows through the property.

With 29 accommodations, from one-room suites to five-bedroom log homes, The Ranch is spacious yet intimate. Western-chic tented cabins set along the creek feature footed bathtubs, outdoor fire pits and the peaceful sounds of rushing water and the wind rustling through the cottonwood trees.

Hop on a mountain bike, and cruise to the Buckle Barn for yoga or to breakfast in the Granite Lodge main house. Or call for a ranch vehicle to give you a lift. This is “glamping,” not camping.

You can truly relax knowing that The Ranch is an all-inclusive property where meals, beverages and outdoor activities are part of your stay. Adventures range from guided mountain hikes and fly-fishing to trail riding, a 3D archery course, and trap and skeet shooting.

Unplug at the Granite Spa with a full menu of treatments and a naturally sourced “bloom-to-bottle” skin care line created by Atlanta-based Little Barn Apothecary.

Ranch to Table 

A far cry from chuck wagon fare, The Ranch’s sophisticated menu stars Montana-raised beef, bison and lamb as well as locally grown organic produce. Executive chef Josh Drage says, “Our ranch cuisine is a balance of hearty fare to get you back out on a horse and lighter dishes you may crave for dinner.”

How about rainbow trout with beluga lentils or bison country-fried steak with Montana-grown farro?

The wine cellar provides pairings and celebratory splurges. Local craft brews and spirits, such as Whyte Laydie gin from Montgomery Distillery in Missoula, fill out the bar.

Lounge by the lodge fire for a quiet nightcap, or head to the Silver Dollar Saloon to play billiards or trade boots for bowling shoes. Then it’s lights out to rest up for another day at The Ranch, but not before you marvel at the brilliant stars that light up the night in Big Sky Country.

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