Sometimes we get a strong urge to “get away from it all” with a visit steeped in nature. The ruggedly gorgeous state of Montana is perfect for such a getaway and Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky country combines the beauty of nature with luxury accommodations that will pamper you silly in majestic surroundings.
Blending natural beauty with exquisite comfort is our idea of the best of both worlds.
If you’ve never considered Montana, you might be missing out on one of the most surprisingly delicious and beautiful destinations the U.S. has to offer. We have explored its larger cities, tiny towns, huge ski resorts and small cabins tucked away in the woods. And one of our favorite places is Lone Mountain Ranch, one of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
Authentic Yellowstone Country
At Lone Mountain Ranch, you can experience authentic Yellowstone Country in so many ways. Outdoor opportunities abound, whatever the season. When it’s warm, you can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing and more.
In gorgeous winter, there’s snowshoeing and dog sledding for a start. With over 80 miles of world-class Nordic trails, you can challenge yourself to some of the best Nordic or backcountry skiing anywhere. Being in Yellowstone country you can visit the park with a naturalist guide whenever you’re there to experience the many facets of nature.
Lone Mountain Ranch: The lap of luxury
Along with all that rugged beauty and outdoor adventure, what’s truly special about Lone Mountain Ranch is that you can also enjoy the finer things, from amazing cuisine to wellness offerings, special events and the most comfortable “cabins” you’ve ever slept in.
And whether you want to tuck yourself away in a cabin alone or bring along a group of friends, they’ve got you covered all the way up to the Ridgetop Lodge, a 6-bedroom, 6-bath lodge that can accommodate up to 18 people. What a place for a family reunion!
The cabins are carefully placed around the ranch so that even though you have neighbors, you’re tucked away with views of natural surroundings. You may hear the babbling of a creek or the rustle of trees. Or perhaps soak up the breathtaking view of nearby hilltops.
Amenities are rich and luxe, ranging from stone fireplaces and wood stoves to covered porches with rocking chairs. You might be surprised to find a working turntable with some favorite old tunes waiting to help you unwind as you sink into a deep bath or relax on a comfy sofa.
As you would expect, all that relaxing makes us hungry. And, Lone Mountain Ranch shines in the area of excellent food and drink, so much so that we once enjoyed a meal there even when we weren’t staying in a cabin! There are a variety of culinary experiences awaiting. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it.
Horn & Cantle is Lone Mountain Ranch’s signature restaurant. Executive Chef Eric Gruber provides creative and thoughtful farm-to-table offerings, locally sourced and reflecting the Montana way of being. We had the opportunity to try just about everything on one of our visits: amazing bison short ribs, pan-roasted salmon, pickle-brined fried red bird chicken and many other delights.
It didn’t slip past us either that all day long, there were snacks in the back ranging from cookies and rice crispy treats to pizza by the slice.
It’s safe to say you’ll never be hungry at the Lone Mountain Ranch.
Of course, one of our favorite things about unwinding in style is trying local libations. Lone Mountain Ranch also offers the Saloon, a laid-back spot offering creative cocktails as well as outstanding beer and wine. We couldn’t resist the call of the local huckleberries and requested them in everything from a vodka laden huckleberry lemonade to a huckleberry old-fashioned.
The accommodating bartenders were happy to oblige as we sipped happily while enjoying a bit of live music offered by a guitar-playing cowboy who pleased the crowd.
Special events, too
Aside from the pure joy the place offers up on a regular basis, Lone Mountain Ranch also creates special events that are worth considering if you happen to have the time or desire to do something truly unique.
One of the best winter offerings is the Sleigh Ride Dinner. This amazing evening starts with a horse-drawn sleigh ride up the hill to the North Fork cabin, transporting you a world away in a room illuminated by oil lanterns. The 100-year-old railroad cook stove is something to see but the best part of the evening is sharing a delicious family-style prime rib dinner with all the fixings. accompanied by a cowboy musician.
You’ll eat your fill and, if you dare, try some of the unforgettable cowboy coffee that’s brewing all day. When you bundle up under blankets for the sleigh ride return and look up at the starlit sky, you will feel the magic of the evening truly set in before you fall comfortably asleep in your cozy cabin, completely at peace.
There are many adventures and packages, both wild and mild, to be enjoyed at Lone Mountain Ranch. They offer a Lone Mountain Cowgirl Getaway for ladies in the fall as well as Adult Week where you enjoy horseback riding, hiking canoeing, biking, yoga, fly fishing, wine tasting and more. For those of us who are food forward in our travels, you can experience TASTE, a feast of food, spirits and music to enjoy tastings of champagne, wine, beer and spirits, delicious food and various activities.
Unwind at the spa
If you’re looking for a spa experience, Lone Mountain Ranch has you covered, too. The original B-K lodge has therapists offering various styles of massage, like Swedish, Russian, Thai, shiatsu, acupressure and sports massages. They can pamper your head or feet or add hot stones if you like. You can also unwind with their certified instructors taking you through Vinyasa style yoga that will relax your mind as well as your body.
A four-season destination
Whatever time of year you visit, Lone Mountain Ranch offers wonderful ways to explore, relax, unwind and enjoy a blend of natural beauty and creature comforts. A personal Ranch Concierge is only a text message away. Relax indoors or explore outside—eat, drink and be merry everywhere. And if you’re not quite ready to retire, you might just find a campfire going where you can make your own S’mores.
Lone Mountain Ranch is one of those special places that you really have to experience to understand.
It’s no wonder that on our first visit during the summer, we were already hankering to experience its beauty in the wintertime. We loved the food, the cabins, the people and the place. If you want to live the lap of luxury yet be able to truly enjoy the beauty of natureat the same time, we think you’ll find Lone Mountain Ranch a wonderful place to do just that.
What’s appealing to the over-50 luxury traveler?
- A friendly place with comfortable and thoughtful accommodations
- Lots of amenities, world-class service, delicious food and beverages
- Many opportunities to be active or simply relax in a gorgeous setting.
- Prepare to unplug. While there is plenty to do if you choose, the cabins do not have televisions in them.
- No matter time of year you visit, bring layers of clothing to be sure you are comfortable.
IF YOU GO
*All photo credits: Sue Reddel and Diana Laskaris
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