I am always curious to see what the regular readers of “Travel and Leisure” magazine choose as their favorite hotels in the annual “World’s Best Awards” edition of the magazine.
This time, one hotel caught my eye because it’s in the top 6 of ALL the hotels in the world – The only hotel in the U.S. to make the top 20. That hotel is the Triple Creek Ranch in Darby Montana. It is also one of the exclusive Relais and Chateaux fine hotels.
Billed as “relaxing and romantic,” I immediately understood that as “no kids,” and I was right. There are months like Oct, Dec, Jan, Feb and May where kids under 16 are allowed with family reunions. But otherwise, it is an adult get-away, with plenty of interesting activities, set in the raw natural beauty of the Montana Rockies.
The accommodations are rustic – the exteriors are impressive, but inside honestly they don’t seem like anything luxurious – perhaps part of the charm.
You can stay in cabins or suites… and each one comes with a fireplace, private hot tub or one nearby, stocked wet bar, wireless internet service – but if you can’t be away from your cell phone – this is definitely the place for you!! It is time you stop checking every seven minutes and check in here – there is no cell phone service!
The activities and the great cuisine and the state-of-the-art and award winning wine cellar are what intrigue me, and frankly, set it apart from other high end ranches.
Summer and winter there is plenty to do – This is a nature lover’s paradise. With two of the most outstanding national parks nearby, the resort can organize helicopter tours of Glacier and Yosemite… (although both should be explored on foot also,) river rafting, horseback riding, fishing and fly fishing, golf, biking and in winter – cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
The hotel also has special themed days – vintner wine weekends, artists workshop weekends and cooking school weekends.
Triple Creek is in Western Montana, along a panorama of beautiful mountains. The setting is full of wildlife- you may find yourself rafting alongside a bald eagle or hiking near a young buck. Bring a camera- there are many safari-like opportunities to snap – not the Big Five, but the Big Sky critters.
All this adventure doesn’t come cheap - rooms start at $750 a night. For more info, go to www.triplecreekranch.com