Triple Creek Ranch
What We Love
- Wood-burning fireplaces in all cabins
- The letter the ranch sends you before your stay with packing tips, depending on the season of your visit
- The batch of freshly baked cookies presented to guests after a day of strenuous outdoor activities
- The award-winning wine cellar, which stocks nearly 2,000 bottles
What To Know
- Room rates include meals, drinks, and select activities
- Because the ranch is a Relais & Chateaux property, Club 5C members can use their loyalty program perks
- There is no cell phone service here, but each cabin has its own direct-dial line and wireless Internet connection
- No children are allowed—the ranch is only open to guests 16 and up
Nearly half the guests at this well-appointed mountain resort, set in the arresting Bitteroots, are repeat visitors. It could be due to the thrilling outdoor expeditions, which range from wildlife spotting and cattle drives to helicopter rides that soar above Yellowstone National Park. Perhaps it’s the relaxing soundtrack of a burbling brook and rustling pine trees, which neighbor each of the 23 log cabins here. Or, the variety of extravagant and inventive ways to unwind, from deep tissue and essential oil massages in guest rooms, a seven-course private dinner with ingredients sourced from the retreat’s orchards and gardens, or fireside jigsaw puzzles at the Main Lodge. When combined with the ranch’s signature brand of personalized, your-wish-is-our-command service, there’s little that rivals a stay at this captivating natural wonderland.
Open floor plans, private hot tubs, and colossal king-size beds are consistent throughout all the accommodation options (as is a collection of locally knit woolens), which include one-bedroom cabins and luxury ranch homes. There’s also the especially grandiose Ponderosa, a 3,600-square-foot lodge with a multi-tiered deck that hovers above a private trout pond.
Evening meals at the grand, vaulted-ceiling Dining Room tend to be the highlight for many visitors here: no two dinner menus are alike, thanks to the vision of Chef Jacob Leathermen who churns out a delectable array of French and Southwestern-inspired plates—roasted quail over a bed of cilantro pesto rice, anyone? Cabin meal service is also available at no additional cost.
The ranch is an hour and a half’s drive from Missoula International Airport, in the town of Darby near the southwestern border of Montana and Idaho. For a fee, the property offers airport shuttle service for up to six guests at a time, though renting a vehicle is highly advised for off-ranch activities.
How to Get There
TCR is incredible, loved every minute of our stay. From the minute we arrived, to the time we left, we couldn't have had a better time. The staff are incredibly lovely and accomodating, the surrounds and amazing and the restaurant is truly world class. We would return in a heartbeat!
There is little that can be praised about TCR that has a not been said more than once. This extraordinary spot simply meets even the highest level of perfection. Service from every member of the large staff is very polite and professional. Every meal was a delight! Every activity well organized and a joy to be a part of. Fly fishing on the Bitterroot was a little disappointing though every inch of the River is truly. But nothing could diminish our stay at TCR - simply perfection!
When looking for an all-inclusive, adult-type place to vacation; my wife and I stumbled across this resort. While the web site spins itself as a ranch experience, it's truly a resort that can also be a ranch experience, if you want. We booked the Montana Romance package and added a day or so in late July. This gets you a luxury cabin, your own golf cart, hot tub and a couple's massage, etc. Note that there are only around 63 total guests at TCR, as I understand it.
Flying into Missoula, we rented an SUV (SUV’s are pricey up there. Next time we'll get a regular car unless during the winter) and drove down to TCR. Pleasant drive of about 1.5 hours. Check-in at the lodge was a breeze and the staff were welcoming and helpful. It had a comfortable restaurant and a large, cozy bar but note that climbing stairs will be required. After showing us around the lodge, they took us to the bar where we received bottles of our favorite spirits to take to our cabin. We also had our own dedicated golf cart which became our primary form of transportation around the vast compound.
Our cabin, The Piquet, was right by a small stream. Since the temps dropped into the 50's at night, we left the screened windows and back door open to hear the gurgling stream. There was a hot tub on the back porch along with a privacy wall. We burned the fireplace each night and every day they would clean it out and prep it for the following night. Oh, there was a huge dual shower and two toilets. Nice.
Our days consisted of breakfast in our cabin to get started, then doing one of the provided activities - fly fishing training (we actually got pretty good at it), archery, sapphire panning, wildlife safari, etc. Afternoons were spent at the pool, relaxing and ordering snacks. (You do have to go to the bar for alcoholic beverages but that was easily solved by ordering doubles and bringing them back to the pool area). Chipmunks and ground squirrels were constantly scampering about along with the hummingbirds by the restaurant patio.
We took advantage of the hour long couples massage in our cabin. The two ladies came in, set-up their tables and did an excellent job.
While all of the perks and amenities were excellent, my wife and I agree that the best part of our stay was the food. The awesome chef(s) managed to make everything taste delicious and we have pretty high standards. The dinner menu varied each day.
After dinner, we would drive around and check out the elk herds that wandered the compound and watch the sunset over the nearby mountains. Then head back to the cabin to start the fire and relax.
Full disclosure. I almost gave TCR a 4 out of 5 rating. Why? Well, I felt that when you get to this price-point for a resort, problems should be solved before you get there so you don't have to deal with them. Having said that, I had to take into consideration how quickly and thoroughly the outstanding staff resolved the few problems we had. That and along with the "you're part of our family here" culture pushed me back up to a 5.
Sadly, we already miss the awesome food and service that spoiled us so much during our stay. So, we plan to go back and will definitely get the Romance package again. Maybe go during the winter when the snow sports are available. Or maybe during the spring when the wild flowers are blooming. Heck, maybe we should just sell our house and go live there...
My husbands’ childhood best friend and his wife had booked a stay at TCR ranch, and asked if we fancied joining them, so we did! We booked almost a year in advance, and it most certainly did not disappoint.
I travel all over the world for work, and spend most of my time in high end hotels and resorts, but I can honestly say hand on heart, TCR is THE best resort in terms of service, I have had the pleasure of visiting. From the moment we arrived, every staff member we came into contact with was warm, welcoming, attentive, courteous and most importantly genuine. I myself am terrible with remembering names, however the restaurant staff in particular, always remembered us and greeted us by name which was such a lovely touch.
We stayed in Pintler cabin, and our friends were in the next cabin along, Bitteroot.
Our cabin was immaculate, not even a speck of dust anywhere, and the cleaning ninjas, which we affectionately named them, snuck in and out twice a day to clean and refresh it. I just wish we had the chance to catch them in the act, so we could personally thank them for the wonderful job they did throughout our stay. They even left me nut free cookies each day due to my allergy, again a lovely personal touch which was greatly appreciated and quite unexpected! The steam shower was a great surprise, as was the his and hers toilet and vanity. There’s nothing better than not having to constantly put the toilet seat down or having your makeup products everywhere without the other half complaining! The hot tub on the deck was also fabulous too, although unfortunately we only managed to use it a couple of times.
The golf carts were also a fantastic addition to our stay. We loved to drive around the grounds and go exploring, especially at night, when we’d drive up to the viewing bench and look at the stars. None of us had ever seen such a beautiful night sky in our lives, it was breathtakingly beautiful, a sight I personally will never forget. On our final night, there was a telescope set up at riders roost, and we managed to see Saturn, for me, one of the highlights of our trip.
In terms of activities, we booked the ATV’s and the cattle drive. All of us thoroughly enjoyed both activities. My husband and I had never ridden before until our horse ride a couple of days before the cattle drive, however, the staff were fabulous, and both Hannah and Kenny made us feel completely at ease. Our horses were clearly selected to suit our riding capabilities, which made the experience such a pleasure - Aspen and Riley were fabulous, although Riley was clearly my spirit animal, and spent more time stopping to eat than anything else!!! We also tried archery, fly fishing, a horse ride and the nature walk, all of which we thoroughly enjoyed. The fish are clearly well seasoned, and are smart enough not to be fooled by fly fishermen, so on our next visit, we’ll get a licence and try our luck in the river instead!
Now the food....
Every single meal we consumed was such a pleasure to eat. We looked forward to every single meal, and we were all thoroughly satisfied at the end. If it weren’t for the golf carts, we would have had to have been rolled down the hill back to our respective cabins every single night! All of the staff in the restaurant were fabulous, I wish I could remember everyone’s names as I would like to name them all and thank them personally. Austin was always so attentive at breakfast, and there was an older lady at dinner on our fourth night. It was her first time taking orders, but she did incredibly well despite us confusing her with our orders. There was also a really lovely lady with glasses who was my absolute favourite. She was always so pleasant, smiley, warm and genuine throughout our stay, I would love to extend a huge thank you to her, for her attention and impeccable service throughout our stay.
I’m actually a pescatarian, but even I couldn’t resist trying elk, boar and the duck sausages, all of which were absolutely delicious. Even the mako shark with miso was divine. The dinner menu each night was always varied, with none of the dishes repeated during our stay. On our final night, my husband, his friend and wife just wanted a good old fashioned cheeseburger with sweet potato fries, and the chef was kind enough to go off menu and prepare that for them. Again, a really lovely touch which they didn’t have to do, but happily obliged.
One of our favourite places at the ranch was of course the bar. Patty, Bri and Josh were all fabulous, as was the young gentleman from Alabama, Justin I think, (as I said previously, I’m terrible with names). We were younger than most of the guests at the resort, so spent a lot of time sitting and chatting with the bar staff. They remained professional at all times, yet were full of enthusiasm and injected their personalities into their role and most importantly were genuine. We even managed to complete one of the stave puzzles during our stay, which are seriously addictive!
All in all we had an absolutely fantastic time at Triple Creek Ranch. I’ve stayed at resorts around the world from the Maldives to Shanghai, with facilities surpassing those at TCR. However, in terms of staff and service, nothing at all beats what TCR provides. In the end, it’s all about people and interaction. What TCR offers in terms of attention to detail, anticipating the needs of guests, and going the extra mile, is nothing short of brilliant. It doesn’t matter if you have the fanciest hotel or resort in the world with the best facilities, if you don’t have good people, you have nothing. Fortunately for Triple Creek Ranch, it has EXCEPTIONAL people, so it has everything.
We will most certainly be returning, in fact, we didn’t want to leave! Departing for the airport with a packed lunch courtesy of TCR, was the icing on an already delicious cake, which we more than appreciated, as the catering facilities at Missoula airport were somewhat lacking.
We look forward to returning in the not too distant future, and would like to say a HUGE thank you to every single staff member, from the lady at check in and check out, the activity, bar and restaurant staff, cleaning ninjas and the young gentleman with the telescope that showed us Saturn, every single one of you made our stay so wonderful and memorable.
My husband and I just returned from a fabulous three night stay at Triple Creek Ranch and WOW is all I can say! The cabins are fabulous with every creature comfort at your fingertips. The beds and linens are truly amazing. We were in a sugar cabin our first two nights and then moved to a luxury cabin, Big Sky, for our last night, which was over the top fabulous! We were able to use a golf cart to cruise the ranch and we had a very private hot tub! The staff are all warm and friendly and call you by name. The food and service are really Five Star ⭐️ When we left for the airport the kitchen had prepared a fabulous picnic lunch for our flight back to Atlanta. We can’t wait to go back to Triple Creek!!!