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“Adults only couples retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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Triple Creek Ranch
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   5551 West Fork Road, Darby, MT 59829   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Darby B&B and Inns
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“Adults only couples retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

A truly romantic setting in rural Montana! Unlike other ranches that are focused on being family friendly, TCR sets itself apart by offering unbelievable service, activities, and divine dishes to delight your palate. The cabins are incredible - you cannot go wrong with any of them but each has their own character and faces a different direction. Love the fireplaces in the cabins and the porches. Not all cabins have a bath tub. We were able to watch a baby deer off the back deck of our cabin. The Thymes products were wonderful. The cabin is stocked with snacks, "lower" shelf hard liquor, soft drinks, and house wines. If you want something else you request it for a fee. It would be helpful to have a wine list with pricing rather than being charged at the end. Otherwise cocktails are available by the pool, at the bar, and at meals. Drinks are stiff. Bartender is a wealth of knowledge and wine cellar lounge is truly hip.

Dining at TCR was a highlight. Enjoyed varied types of fish throughout my stay. Breakfast: greek yogurt, bacon, and trout are not to be missed. Lunch was not as delicious as other meals, but salads always fresh and crisp, the chili was a good choice (and loved the sablefish special). Dinner included 4 courses that changed daily. One night we had a buffet-style kitchen dinner (you get up and go in the kitchen to go through a few lines). It was neat to meet the chefs, but our friends had a hard time finding items that fit their dietary needs. There did not appear to be many alternatives. We preferred ordering from the menu. It is suggested for guests to bring a sweater to dinner as the AC can get the room quite cold. Guests have the choice to eat outside or in their cabins as well.

Service was friendly and professional. Stand outs included the FSU interns: Emilie and Andrea as well as Andrew. Kim did an excellent job leading the photo safari tour. Horseback ride was technical with narrow passes but small group and guide to provide instructions related to each horse's personality. Gorgeous horses that are extremely well taken care of on the ranch.

Some of the other guests were friendly which definitely added to the experience. We enjoyed tennis and were impressed with the level of attentiveness to details by the staff. Andrew brought us water to the court while we were playing. Photos magically appeared of us during activities which we will truly cherish. We loved the digital photos from the photo safari and will enjoy sharing them with our friends.

Recommendations for mgt to enhance ranch experience:

1. Check-in and check-out were slow and required waiting over 15 minutes on either end. Room was not ready when we arrived and once it was ready we needed to wait for someone to escort us to the room. Check-out was also slow and would have been more ideal to have bill with line for tip delivered to room night before. We could fill out and leave keys and bill in room.

2. Horse flies were plentiful especially by pool area and during horseback riding. Although horses were sprayed this is probably unavoidable in woods. The pool seemed worse than the dining areas or the cabins - maybe some attention could be paid to pest control in this area. Many flying insects in pool itself which made it less enjoyable for swimming in the water.

3. Fees for non-house wines could be printed in cabins. It was helpful to have on menus at dinner.

4. All staff should be encouraged to be professional at all times. A couple of the more seasoned staff (check-in desk/activities) were flippant, sarcastic, and did not seem to genuinely care about the patrons. They had no problem with guests waiting after being on the plane for hours (maybe a welcome drink should be provided if there is a wait?) Aman and Montage resorts seem to handle the arrival process much more smoothly.

Will definitely return!

Room Tip: There is no bad cabin but some do not have bath tubs.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We love TCR and our next visit will be our 15th (I think). Why do we go back? Sure, the cabins are utterly luxurious, the food sinfully good and very sophisticated, and the setting rustic and gorgeous. My wife loves the horse program with something for every rider from the first timer to the lifelong equestrian. I love the peace, the ability to leave my wallet in the safe, and the immersion in the western natural environment. What is really remarkable though is the people. The staff embody what's best about small town America-- They are friendly, straightforward, down to earth, and fun to be around. Don't miss a conversation with James the bartender or a Chef's Table dinner with Jake!

Room Tip: We started with the less expensive choices and moved up to luxury cabins over time and they were all...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

If you like outstanding personalized service, excellent meals, and outdoor activities you will love Triple Creek Ranch. It is a truly special place. Three weekends in May, Triple Creek hosts a vintner’s weekend. This past Memorial weekend, Chappellet Winery was the co-host for the resort. The combination of the exceptional service and food combined with Chappellet wines made for a bucket list weekend. The resort offers a host of activities that includes fly fishing, trail riding, trap shooting and hiking. They also offer additional seasonal activities. Enjoy!!

Room Tip: All of the rooms (cabins) have been recently re-modeled.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

My wife and I just returned from the one of the wine vintner's weekend and it was one of the best hotel experiences that we have ever had. The resort's attention to detail and the food was absolutely amazing. It was so much fun making friends and sharing experiences each day. The five course dinner on the last night with an excellent wine pairing was one of the most outstanding dining experiences that we have ever had the privledge of attending. The activies are a lot of fun, from a wonderful photo safari with Kim, to a great trail ride with Jesse. One thing that amazed us was that the hotel staff took the time to know your name and to look after all of your needs. (Thank you GM Leslie) We truly felt like we were part of the Triple Creek family. This resort has ruined us for other hotels in the future. All our upcoing travels will be compared to the Triple Creek Ranch.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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14 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Exquisite, luxurious log cabins set in the scenic Montana Bitterroot Mountain Range, with exceptional cuisine, impeccable service, and exciting ranch activities: a stay at Triple Creek Ranch is unforgettable. Everything was perfect. My husband and I celebrated out wedding anniversary weekend here in July 2012. We spent one day relaxing in our spacious cabin, enjoying the outdoor private jacuzzi after soothing messages. The next day we joined in the amazing activities: a horse back ride, and a cattle drive. It was also lovely sharing cocktails with other guests in the home of the owner, admiring his incredible collection of Western art and hospitality. The food was excellent, and all our special dietary requirements were met without sacrifice.
Around my neck I wear every day the lovely silver and sapphire necklace my husband bought me in the gift shop to hold that trip close to my heart, until next time!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the luxury log cabins (Big Sky) which was a bit more secluded and truly amazing...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Havre, Montana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We've stayed at Triple Creek twice now, most recently for New Years Eve, and each time it's been wonderful. The level of personal attention and service has set the standard for anywhere else we travel. Absolutely amazing. Great food, always a nice atmosphere in the lounge after dinner, and can't beat the surroundings. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Everything about Triple Creek is superlative: the setting, the food, the service, the accommodations, the bar, the people providing instructions about horse back riding or about fly fishing, the winemaker dinners,... Together all of this comes together to imprint enthusiastic memories and a desire to make this a yearly destination. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: If you get a cabin towards the Elk Meadow, you will have to walk further for meals, but there's...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5551 West Fork Road, Darby, MT 59829
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Location: United States > Montana > Darby
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Darby
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Triple Creek Ranch 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award winning Triple Creek Ranch is a Relais & Chateaux property and an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge. Ranked #1 Hotel Worldwide in Travel + Leisure's 2014 "World's Best" Awards, this is an ideal destination for discriminating adult travelers seeking the retreat of a lifetime and the romance of the West, children ages 16 and older are welcome. Our all-inclusive fees include luxurious accommodations, snacks, breakfast, lunch, gourmet dinners, house wines and spirits and all featured on-ranch activities. A variety of exhilarating year-round activities await Triple Creek Ranch guests along with accommodations in 23 individual cabins, with a private or nearby hot tub, sumptuous king bed, wood-burning fireplace and much more! Dining at the Triple Creek Restaurant is a culinary and visual feast of fresh foods, fine wines and global influences. Offerings range from Bistro Fare to traditional French dishes, innovative southwestern, West Indies, Central American and other international blendings. Cooking with locally sourced ingredients and fresh veggies from Triple Creek Ranch's own orchard and garden is a passion of our executive chef. Food allergies or special dietary requirements are accommodated with specially prepared menus by our talented chefs. At Triple Creek Ranch enjoy good conversation, savor world-class cuisine and fine wines from the best wine regions worldwide and discover once in a lifetime adventures. Best of all, be pampered with our exceptional caring service. ... more   less 
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