A Montana Hideaway: Triple Creek Ranch
Though the current incarnation of Triple Creek Ranch has been around for fewer than 30 years, its rugged elegance has quickly earned it a reputation on par with any fine resort---and gained the ranch a Luxist Awards' nomination in the Best Adventure Getaway category.
A Michigan industrialist bought the property's first 50 acres in 1982, using the area as his personal retreat for four years before christening it "Triple Creek Ranch, a Montana Hideaway." He sold the ranch in 1993 to a couple who'd fallen in love with the property as guests; they operate Triple Creek to this day and have expanded it to add new cabins, a tennis court, a fitness center and more.
Gallery: Triple Creek Ranch, Montana
Located on the pine forested slope of Western Montana's highest mountain, Triple Creek Ranch today boasts a world-class restaurant and wine cellar, offering all the amenities of the modern world (wireless internet access, telephone and fax service) in addition to rustic attractions-ATV rentals, fly fishing, hiking and horseback riding are all available on-site. Nearby activities include cattle drives, cross-country and downhill skiing, golf, and whitewater rafting.
Cabin rates start at $650 per couple, per night, and climb all the way to $2,500 for the sumptuous three-bedroom Ponderosa lodge with a two-story rock fireplace and sweeping mountain views. All guests can elect to pay an additional $700 per person for a helicopter ride (called a "heli-hike") through the heights of nearby Trapper Peak to see waterfalls, alpine lakes, elk, bears, eagles and mountain lions.
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