My wife and I spent two nights at the Elk Mountain Resort for our one year anniversary. The place is utterly out of this world. Five star accommodations on a property spanning hundreds of acres in the middle of a national forest. This is certainly not the kind of place to bring the family and if you’ve got a sociable spouse who you’re planning on leaving for the day (this is a remote location and the resort is primarily a gun club with firearms courses) my guess is that they will go stir crazy because it’s unlikely that you will bump into anyone during your stay. That said, in terms of romantic escapes this is definitely a world class property.
Amazing food (see Zagat for review of Tarragon-Award winning Pyrenees cuisine), beautiful hiking and some of the most extraordinary outdoor activities you could possibly imagine. For example, the resort will plan a hiking trip for you and set up a picnic lunch at a scenic spot in the middle of the woods for you to “stumble upon” as you hike. They’ll even clean up after you leave. Even better, they have teepees at various spots on the property and, with prior arrangements, you can schedule a hot stone massage in a teepee. These are the two things my wife and I planned to do but you can also do any number of activities from horseback riding to snowmobiling depending on the season and of course there’s the shooting club for gun enthusiasts (hunting, skeet, and self-defense instruction and courses).
Some of the other reviews seemed to harp on 2 things; the price of activities and the feeling of being watched/all alone. To the first point all I can say is that you should stay away from this kind of a place if the cost of things is part of your decision making process. You get personalized attention with whatever you do and you certainly pay accordingly. As far as being watched and all alone goes, I appreciate being left alone when I’m on a romantic getaway and the feeling that the place was ours to explore and enjoy was truly refreshing. In contrast, knowing that there’s a full staff of people keeping a watchful eye, ready to spring into action and accommodate any need is what sets this place apart.
- Also Known As:
- Elk Mountain Hotel Montrose