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
My sis and bro in law asked us to join them at one of their "favorite places in the world". We figured that TCR must be super special because they have traveled extensively so we truly had very high expectations. Well...TCR exceeded everything we expected and hoped for on this trip. We stayed 5 nights and each day was more spectacular than the one before. The food was consistently amazing....and the wine...so good! So enjoyed our servers, especially Gerald and Jeffrey. The cabins are beyond comfortable and beautifully appointed in gorgeous woods. We saw a herd of elk right out side our cabin, called Sapphire. The activities were extensive and so much fun. The horses are the best I've ever ridden and the wranglers are great! LOVED Molly! The views and the landscape are truly breathtaking. BUT...the true star of the week was the impeccable service. Every staff member seemed to know us instantly. They anticipated nearly every wish and if we needed to ask for anything...the answer was always "of course". And I have to mention the art! The resort is like a museum of gorgeous art on every wall and around every turn! Plus, if you don't like crowds, this place never has more than around 65 guests on any given day! It's like your own private resort! Treat yourself to a few days (or a week!) at TCR and like us, you will be planning a second trip as soon as you get home!
Wow! From the moment we arrived, TCR exceeded our expectations. I tend to be a planner, and TCR let me plan all of our activities in advance. Changes and work arounds were clearly communicated. We stayed in Sugar Plum cabin which was spacious and conveniently located near the pool / main lodge. The food - breakfast, lunch and dinner - was beyond compare. The menu had lots of options and if you couldn’t find anything you wanted, the staff helped you find something, even if it wasn’t on the menu. Matt, Tom and Angela were so helpful in our wine selections. Christy, Gracie, Keely, Jeff, John, Genevive, (and others) were our helpful servers. Our activities were expertly coordinated by Amy, Grace, Rachel (and others). We participated in white water rafting (coordinated through TCR), Lewis & Clark trail hike (coordinated through TCR), Fly Fishing (coordinated through TCR) several on-ranch horseback rides, cross country ride, the cattle drive (still can’t believe I did that), archery, nature safari, sapphire panning, Stave puzzle solving, resting by the pool, and the chef’s table (highly recommended!). The wrangler team made us feel very safe on all of our rides - McKenna, Nick, Molly, Josh and Kenny. And Sara was a wonderful guide on our nature safari, even through the bison were hiding! The rooms were kept impeccably fresh and refreshed. There is nothing we would have changed! Thank you so much TCR for taking care of our every need. We will return.
This was our second trip to Triple Creek Ranch and loved it even more second time around. We stayed for 6 nights in the Bitterroot Cabin which was very spacious and overlooked the forest and creek. The cabin also has excellent amenities and is kept spotlessly clean by the wonderful (though usually unseen) housekeeping team. The ranch itself is absolutely stunning, the grounds are incredibly well kept and there are lots of wonderful sculptures dotted around. Artwork is a huge part of the TCR experience and this can be found throughout the ranch and in all the cabins. Complimentary popcorn, trail mix, homemade cookies and soft drinks/water are replenished daily. Complimentary alcohol is also available from the Rooftop Lounge and can be taken to your cabin to enjoy. The food during our stay was consistently excellent, this included breakfast, lunch and dinner. There was absolutely nothing we didn’t enjoy, including all wine and cocktails. Activities are extremely varied, expertly managed and very enjoyable. Some of our favourites included on-ranch horse back rides, an off-ranch cross country ride, an off-ranch cattle drive, mountain biking and sapphire panning. I also did some hikes in the surrounding Bitterroot Mountains which were lovely and very peaceful. Excellent evening activities were also available, these include stargazing and guest speakers talking about local botany and the Lewis and Clark trail/expedition.
The only thing that exceeds all the above is the TCR staff who, without exception, are incredibly friendly and extremely helpful. So here goes and in no particular order...in the restaurant - Matt, Angela, Christy, Gerry, Genevieve, Donavon, Jeff, Shad, John, Keely, Lindsay, Alexandra, Alex and Lucas (in the Rooftop Lounge), our wonderful wranglers - McKenna, Molly, Madison, Kenny and Joshua, the lovely activity coordinators - Grace, Kirsti, Amy and Devan and finally the fabulous check-in team including Brenda, Sue and Kitty, all ably led of course by the General Manager, David. Unfortunately, there’s a few names I’ve forgotten and of course there’s many staff members who we simply didn’t get to meet but they are all included in this review as they all play a massive part in making TCR the best place we’ve ever stayed.
Even now I’m thinking about our third trip and think some fun in the snow is well overdue. See you soon TCR!!