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Triple Creek Ranch

5551 W Fork Rd, Darby, MT 59829-9613
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Experience the legendary hospitality and enchanting beauty of one of the world's best hotels set in the heart of the breathtaking Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. A proud member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, Triple Creek Ranch offers an epicurean, all-inclusive vacation experience of refined rustic elegance, gourmet cuisine paired with an excellent wine list, and warm, welcoming, five star service amidst the romance of a forested mountain retreat. Our accommodations feature a selection of private log cabins and splendid ranch homes with easy access to our well-appointed and comfortable lodge. Our lodge and surroundings feature a curated collection of original Western art and the delightful amenities of a luxury ranch resort. Here, adult travelers enjoy a truly romantic setting with incomparable scenery, a wide variety of native wildlife, an almost endless menu of all-inclusive outdoor activities and the option of enjoying some of the finest Western adventures in the continental United States. Come join us for a wonderful retreat from the everyday and truly relax in our world-class accommodations, dine on the freshest contemporary cuisine and sample the world's finest wines while our caring staff pampers and cares for you and your every desire.
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Free breakfast
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This was our first experience with an all-inclusive resort. We travel widely but not on cruises or places that offer this amenity. When they say "all-inclusive", they aren't kidding. From top shelf liquors to the choicest cuts of meats, all this and much more is available almost 24 hours a day. Plus each member of the staff was more than accommodating and gracious. The pool area was small but lovely. We ate a majority of our meals in our cabin and the room service was extraordinary. The only negative I can think of is that cell and internet reception are very poor...a little frustrating but manageable. I can't think of another term for this resort but "spectacular".
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Response from TCRMT, General Manager at Triple Creek Ranch
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Mame, Thank you for selecting Triple Creek Ranch for your first all-inclusive experience, and we are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay and will return! We have found that many guests relish the chance to disconnect and slow down a little, but we appreciate that it can be an adjustment! We will look forward to delivering another "spectacular" vacation on your next visit. Safe travels, David MacIlwraith General Manager
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"The Triple Creek Ranch aims to please" a review by JohnLikes2Travel Intro Recently a good friend offered to split the cost of a week at #Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, so I jumped on the offer. TCR is an adult only (>16) exclusive resort that has continually been rated a top hotel in the world by Travel and Leisure's. I was anxious to see if TRC could live up to JohnLikes2Travel standards. We flew into Missoula airport, arrived late and spent the night locally. We were picked up by the hotel staff the next morning for the 1.5 hour drive down past Darby Montana. The lodge and cabins set halfway up the side of one of Montana's picturesque mountains at ~4500 feet in a heavy tree line adjacent to Bitterroot National Forest. About two feet of fresh snow had fallen the day before and the pines had been transformed into a winter wonderland. The TRC chauffeur dropped us at the main lodge for our orientation tour and lunch while our bags went straight to our cabin. The main lodge has three floors with various functions Activities On the first floor is reception and the concierge/activities area. We had already booked and scheduled some activities. The concierge reviewed when and where to be and what to expect. The activities area also contains about any type of winter gear you would need just in case you did not bring your own pair of waterproof snow boots. Add that the staff also supplied palm and foot warmers along with a backpack with snacks or lunch depending on the activity. The activities at TRC are extensive and well managed. It isn't every hotel that has a hatchet throwing instructor. I am not sure how you could do everything even in a week. Horseback riding, dog-sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, Fat Tire snow-biking, hatchet throwing hiking, yoga and skijoring are all available on site in the winter (golf, fly fishing, archery, tennis, etc for summer months). The hotel will also shuttle you to “Lost Trail” ski resort which is only thirty minutes away. Snowmobiling is available by request for half and full day trips. Is it your first time riding horses? No problem TRC will provide a horse master to work with you one on one to get you over your fears. The Food The second floor of the TRC lodge contains the main restaurant. The restaurant has 30 foot glass walls overlooking snow coated pines during the day and views of local deer robbing the bird feeders at night. The meals were on the level of any high end restaurant you could choose. The hotel and restaurant continually win awards from Wine Spectator, Virtuoso, T&L, Etc. However if you feel like just roasting a local raised quality hot-dog, you can do that as well for lunch on one of the open fire pits. Don't want quail or scallops tonight? Just ask and the chef will make you a special plate of pasta or a bison filet just like it was part of the main fare. They are here to please you. I saw no need to purchase a bottle of “Stags Leap” because the house wines could not have been any better. Special attention was paid to desert presentations with signature dishes. And did I mention the size of the white chocolate chip pancakes at breakfast? I think they were designed to match the extra thick cut bacon. Eggs Benedict? No problem, take that as a side dish. Even the midday marble rye BLT was fresh even though it was 17 degrees outside. Food and the restaurant service is a big draw for a lot of the guests I spoke with. The Bar The third floor of the lodge contains a upscale western bar and observation decks. You are not on top of a mountain, so the distant mountain views are not the best. However the warm and comfort of the leather sofas in front of a fireplace more than makes up for those shortcomings. The bartenders and staff are great and again will do anything to please you. Want to take the full dinner upstairs and watch the ballgame on the big screen? Can do. Want some fresh strawberries and Kahlua topped with whip cream. Can do. Just ask and it magically appears. They also have a collection of “Stave Puzzles” to keep you occupied if the weather turns really bad. My first try with one of these puzzles and just let me say you are not going to complete one of these in a day. Cabins After our orientation we were shuttled down to our cabin. Our cabin named “Bitterroot” (named after the state flower and a local national forest) was one of the newer cabins. The cabins vary in size and shape. Ours was laid out like a large rectangle studio with an oversized spa bathroom. I estimate it was about 800 square feet. Plenty of room for a couple. A six person hot tub was just outside the backdoor heated to a toasty 104 degrees ready for our use anytime. Of course robs and sandals where provided as were huge spa towels. There was a small kitchen on the side with a mini fridge stocked with everything except alcohol. You were allowed to pick any liquors or wines you liked from the main bar and then stock the cabins wet bar. The huge spa shower had a steamer sauna which came in very handy anytime you had a chill from the cold Montana climate. The bathroom had a his and hers sink/dressing area with a private toilet closet for each person. The cabin was well appointed with anything you needed. Although I never used it, there was a TV with cable. A video player and unlimited movies at the main lodge. The WIFI in the room was weak but you were able to receive emails and some information. Don't expect to get videos or high speed. The only ding I would give to the Cabin was the two individual toilet closets where in the far north corner of the cabin. There was no heating these areas other than leaving the doors open. Even with leaving the doors open, it made for a very cool sit down in the middle of the night. Heated seats might give this the final touch to a prefect cabin experience. Service The overall service at this resort is the best I have experienced anywhere I have traveled in the world. Upon arrival you start to be impressed. There is a personal welcome sign at the front lobby letting you know you are expected. A concierge welcomes you, provides a tour and reviews your initial reserved activities. Everyone you come in contact with knows your name, where you are from etc. I think they give out hand out sheets to the staff to memorize your name and face before you arrive. It's either a little creepy or just over the top service. At first you are caught off guard, but then you quickly get used to people calling you by name to ask if there is anything they can do for you. I spoke to many guests and it appeared I was the only first time person at the ranch. I mean it either has to be a cult or the service is just that good to keep bringing these people back. Some guests told me that they had been over forty times? Holy smoke, just buy a place in Montana. The guest said he did, but he still keeps coming to the TRC for the experience and service. That says a lot about the ranch. If you can get almost one hundred percent return customers, you must be doing something right. It's not cheap so these customer must feel they are getting there monies worth. The more time I spent here the more I was impressed with what was going on in front of me and as I learned what was going on in the background. Every time we called for dinner pick up, somebody behind the scenes also called housekeeping to let them know we were at dinner. When we returned, our room had been cleaned and reset just like we were just arriving. I mean they were resetting the room sometimes two to three times a day, crazy. Every member of the staff is picked for their ability to make the guest feel engaged and welcomed. (only one bad communication during our stay that caused my roommate to miss new years fireworks. We were both told to dress warmly for the fireworks as it was outside. So since it was zero outside my room mate decided to stay in that night. Turns out the party was at the owners home inside and we viewed the fireworks outside for about five minutes on his back deck.) Summary So there you have it, it meets and exceeds JohnLikes2Travel standards. Its pricey, but so are first class tickets. You know I rarely ever give a place five stars but this place meets or exceeds everyone's expectations. Notes; Everything in our package was all inclusive except for the offsite snowmobiling $300, the airport pickup $300 and the optional gratuity. In the summer months I understand horseback riding is not included due to the large demand. Tip: To increase your value experience I suggest you book one day in Missoula coming and going. You will most likely arrive after lunch in Montana. Spend the night at the Comfort Inn and then have TCR staff pick you up the next morning. Its about a 1.5 hour ride down. This will allow you to arrive mid day at TRC just in time for Lunch. Your room will be ready by the time you finish and you won't feel rushed. On your last day plan to stay to lunch or later and then have TRC drive you back to Missoula after 3PM. You will arrive back around 5PM in time to grab a quick bite and get a good night's rest before your morning flight out. The Comfort Inn was the only hotel I found that had free airport drop off and pick up. The limo fee to and from TRC is $300 per couple. If you are just staying for the weekend you might be better renting a car. But you won't need a car once on property. Also if you are doing a winter experience I would tend to leave the driving to the hotel staff. I am packing my bags for Israel, Jordan and Morocco JohnLikes2Travel Get Outside
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Response from TCRMT, General Manager at Triple Creek Ranch
Responded Jan 24, 2019
hello JohnLikes2Travel, Wow - your incredible review has had us all talking! Thank you so much for taking the time to pen such detailed feedback and evocative descriptions! I am grateful for the comprehensive picture you paint of our experience, as well as the constructive, actionable comments you offer. I was most pleased to read your impressions about our service. It's one of the most difficult things to convey with standard marketing efforts, yet one of the things that sets us apart from our peers and brings our guests back year after year. Above all, it was such a pleasure to have you both on ranch and so fully engaged with our Triple Creek Ranch experience and our beautiful Montana. We will hope to welcome you back - and a quick note for the record - horseback riding is indeed included all year round! Safe travels, David MacIlwraith General Manager
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First off, yes! this place is expensive, but by design, I would tend to think. Everything this place does is for the sole purpose of the guests having a great experience. This is a place to go and relax and enjoy the mountain air and what the property can offer. The service is above any I have expended in the US. They try their best not to say "No" to any quest's request. For instance, if you want three appetizers at dinner you can. Just ask! They are happy to do it for you. The bar tenders, Lucas was ours, are knowledgeable and enjoy the challenge of making a drink they haven't heard as well as sharing some of the local Mixology. And best of all, it's all apart of your stay. So don't be surprised when they insist you take a lunch on the day of your check out.
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Response from TCRMT, General Manager at Triple Creek Ranch
Responded 3 weeks ago
hello WilliamDickerson, You wisely zeroed in on the reason why Triple Creek Ranch has so many happy return guests - our driving purpose is to ensure that you have a "great experience" and we take such pleasure in sharing our Montana playground with you! The math is pretty simple - "Special Place" + "Special People" = Special Guests! We hope that you'll come back soon so we can find new ways to surprise you! Safe travels, David MacIlwraith General Manager
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This place was nice, but not as nice as the price or past reviews. Admittedly we stayed for a short stay and maybe it would be better if we stayed longer, the staff was nice, the grounds were clean, the homes are dated or just not our style. We were much younger than most of the guests, maybe that had something to do with it..
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Response from TCRMT, General Manager at Triple Creek Ranch
Responded 4 weeks ago
hello Tipoftheworld, Thank you for sharing your experience. While we don't have a minimum night stay requirement at Triple Creek Ranch, we find that a four to five night stay delivers the best experience - some time to disconnect and relax into our remote Montana location - a few days to play in the mountains! - and some time to do nothing at all but sit by the pool or curl up by the fire. There's a great ranch experience out there somewhere for you, and we trust that you'll enjoy it! Safe travels, David MacIlwraith General Manager
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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!
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Response from TCRMT, General Manager at Triple Creek Ranch
Responded 4 weeks ago
hello sf4shawn, Thanks for your lovely review - and to your sister and brother in law for introducing you to Triple Creek Ranch! Our guests are the greatest champions for our guest ranch experience....in so many ways. I'm glad that you had some time to play and soak up the beauty of the ranch as well - from the forest that surrounds us to the art on the walls. Thanks also for recognizing the true heart of our operation though...the staff and the incredible service and energy they deliver. We will all look forward to welcoming you back to Montana! Safe travels, David MacIlwraith General Manager
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