Last summer at this time, Triple Creek Ranch, the intimate Montana resort in the Bitterroot Mountain range of the Rockies, celebrated its 20th anniversary with the ultimate gift. The luxury ranch resort was named the No. 1 World’s Best Hotel in the Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards, establishing a place for Triple Creek Ranch in a prestigious hall of fame comprised of a short list of now legendary hotels. The news thrust Triple Creek Ranch into an international spotlight and began an extraordinary year of recognition and pride for the staff and owners of this 24-cabin Relais & Châteaux mountain hideaway in southwestern Montana.
In the 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, announced this week, Triple Creek Ranch remained in a top global position with its ranking as the No. 3 hotel in the world, as voted by the readers of the magazine. For the 6th consecutive year, Triple Creek Ranch was also named the No. 1 property in the Continental U.S., leading the category of Inns & Small Lodges with fewer than 40 rooms.
Triple Creek Ranch offers an authentic Western guest ranch experience in the U.S. set against a backdrop of four million acres of National Forest, with an extraordinary range of activities for its adult-only guests. They can enjoy guided horseback riding along the Lewis and Clark Trail and Orvis-endorsed fly fishing in the Bitterroot River, try their hand at sapphire panning, join a Cattle Drive or a Team Penning competition, or go dog sledding with Jessie Royer, a 13-time Iditarod Race finisher. An array of cultural and culinary offerings round out the long list of signature Triple Creek Ranch experiences, including special art workshop weekends, cooking schools and wine tasting weekends with renowned vintners.
After a day spent adventuring outdoors or simply relaxing by the pool, guests gather in the Main Lodge Dining Room to enjoy exquisite cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman, who has cooked for a sellout crowd at New York’s James Beard House. Wines are poured by Sommelier Jeremy White from a cellar that has won 10 Wine Spectator Awards.
Triple Creek Ranch offers 24 private guest cabins that feature wood-burning fireplaces, sumptuous king beds and private or nearby hot tubs. The original Western art that is showcased in guest cabins and the Main Lodge is part of the owners’ carefully cultivated private collection. What makes Triple Creek Ranch a true standout is the anticipatory and personalized service that can be found everywhere on the ranch, from the wranglers on a trail ride to the wait staff in the restaurant. Whether it’s basking in the Montana sun on a guided fly fishing float down the Bitterroot River or reveling in a horseback ride across snowy meadows under a wintry Big Sky, this Relais & Châteaux sanctuary is a memorable getaway during any season.
TRIPLE CREEK RANCH
5551 West Fork Road, Darby, Montana 59829