Welcome to Triple Creek Ranch Week on the Black Blog of Travel! In honor of Black Book Collection member, Triple Creek Ranch ranking #2 Best Hotel in the World in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2012, we're dedicating every post this week to this unrivaled property in the Rocky Mountains of Montana!
From the deepest caves in Belize to the highest Italian peaks, we've explored the world and in this series called On The Road, we're here to update you with our stories and some must-know insider travel tips! This week, Pamela Feick of the Global Group by JG reflects on her time spent at the Montana Hideaway, Triple Creek Ranch, and shares important advice for discerning travelers.
After a day of ranch activities, imagine returning to your cabin to find fresh-baked cookies, fresh fruit and homemade trail mix for snacking. That's just one example of the kind of details that are the hallmark of Triple Creek Ranch. The entire staff has been trained to attend to guests' every need, no matter how big or small. And, all on-ranch activities and meals–whether in-cabin or in the dining room–are included in the room rate.
My time at the ranch was unparalleled and I hope to return one day soon. In the meantime, I'm happy to relive my experience and share my stories with you!
On The Road Q & A
Q: Which cabin should I ask for during my stay?
A: My opinion may be biased since I stayed there, but one thing is certain, the cabin truly lived up to its name: Paradise. Accessible by golf cart, this two Master Suited luxury cabin is located further from the lodge, with a tranquility and privacy that will make you feel like you own it! The secluded cabin is really a great way to get in touch with nature, while it's reassuring to know you can call the lodge for assistance day or night.
Q: The cabins may be separate, but are there activities in the lodge itself?
A: Triple Creek Ranch offers a plethora of activities, indoor and out. If you're a wine aficionado like me, don't miss the wine tastings on the third floor of the lodge where their expert sommelier tells tales and histories of some of the world's best wine. This too, is an excellent chance to get to meet your fellow guests and swap your own stories about the sheer size of the mule deer herd you saw or the rainbow trout you caught.
Q: With such a vast landscape, where can I capture the perfect picture?
A: Take your photo on the patio of the owners' house. On Sundays, Barbara and Craig Barrett invite guests to their home for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. From the patio, the Bitterroot Valley sweeps out before you with pines and aspens and a beautiful mountain pond to make the picture, literally, perfect.
Q: What was your favorite meal?
A: The Crab Cake Benedict and the Maple Sage Sausage... this culinary morsel will have you asking for seconds! The savory sage and the sweetness of the Grade A Maple Syrup mixed in to the sausage and then slightly crisped, is one of the most flavorful meals I've ever had. And, the Crab Cake Benedict is served with a light and citrusy Hollandaise. A hearty way to fuel up for a day full of adventure. Wash these down with a cup of their fresh brewed Joe for a luxury take on the cowboy breakfast.
Tips from the JG Team
Don't miss the off-ranch horseback ride. You get the once in a lifetime opportunity to ride to the summit of the Sapphire Mountains to enjoy a gourmet lunch and the wildlife exploring the valley below you. It's like a 3D IMAX movie...only real.
Also, be sure to make a stop to Murdoch's on the route back to the airport. And leave room in your bags for various Western souvenirs: The plethora of western hats, jewelry, shoes, boots, cowhides and another decorative objects will have you drooling. I even lugged two rawhide rugs in my carry-on!