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Lone Mountain Ranch
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Big Sky
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“Holiday of a lifetime”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Lone Mountain was part of a three week holiday of a lifetime trip to the USA for us.
Without doubt it was the highlight of our trip. The scenery is stunning, the ranch is beautiful and the experience provided by the staff was truly outstanding. We rode horses, hiked, visited Yellowstone Park, canoed and enjoyed BBQ, live music, outdoor breakfast, excellent food and a cosy cabin with wood burning stove.
Being British we tend to be restrained in expressing our enthusiasm but Lone Mountain was a truly amazing experience

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Paul R, Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your Lone Mountain Ranch experience. You certainly took advantage of the many extraordinary experiences in and around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We look forward to having you join us again here in the mountains of Montana!
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Our group of 15 was very active and we hurried to fill our days with assorted activites as soon as we arrived. There is so much to do and so many options. We rode horseback, fished, hiked, kayaked, zip lined, and loved the chuckwagon breakfast at the corral and children's rodeo. The children's program was outstanding and our children ages 5 - 10 were thrilled. The list of what to bring includes winter and summer activities so pack for the season. We shipped most of our things ahead of time and LMR shipped them back to us promptly after our magnificent week. My family told me constantly how much they loved LMR and were asking to come back next year within 24 hours of our arrival.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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wilmette
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

My 14-year old nephew and I visited Lone Mountain Ranch for a week visit during the summer and loved everything about it. It's great place to have a family vacation. The ranch allows for the perfect number of guests, keeping it smaller, so it almost feels like you're at an extended family gathering. The meals in the dining hall are fun, communal experiences where you can sit with other diners if you like and share stories or sit just with your own party. The ranch offers great outdoor activities. If you like mountain biking and are fit, rent a bike from town (they'll deliver the bikes to the ranch) and ride up to Big Sky if you're up to it - it's a great ride and a fun destination. We went mountain biking two other days with two different guides from Lone Mountain and had a blast. For riders, there's some great singletrack and great sights!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

We came to cross country ski.perfect snow conditions with well marked trails.a very courteous,friendly, professional staff.
A first class run operation at a reasonable price.
The happy surprise was the gastronomic experience of the restaurant.
The restaurant cuisine is first class,by its menu's variety, its fares, its service. The chef Nick Steen is outstanding.
The resort as a whole is beyond expectations.
I will return in winter and I highly recommend this property to anyone wanting to spent a winter vacation in Montana.
Bravo !

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

This was our second family vacation -3 generations, 65 to 2 years old - and I hope it becomes our annual holiday tradition forever! I love everything about LMR, but the staff that works there help make the whole experience so memorable. This place is so authentic and if you want to truly get away, turn off your computers and cell phones and just absorb the incredible beauty that surrounds you here!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
I have worked in the Guest Ranch industry for over 45 years and it is the perfect solution to a multi-generational vacation. It offers a atmosphere of intimacy that leads to relationship building. A chance to talk, explore and discover together yet spaces to get away by yourself. Add the personal touch of an attentive and friendly staff and magic does truly happen at the beginning, middle and end of the year.
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Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

This was our second winter week at Lone Mountain Ranch, returning after a good visit in 2012. While there are condos, etc. at Big Sky Mountain Village, Town Center, etc., staying at LMR affords access to Big Sky skiing and other activities, but also a sense of staying in the wilderness. And ski out your door access to 85 KM of groomed nordic ski trails.

What we liked --

-- Nordic skiing trails - all levels, in the woods, lots of hills but some flats. Moose on the trails. Equipment rental included in the price.
-- Snowshoeing trails (although wish more would have been ready - a late snowfall made that hard)
-- Comfortable, warm cabins (we chose Coyote - private location, lots of windows, comfortable bed -- very functional and room to store all your ski stuff) (but note that these are not Triple Creek Ranch fancy cabins - not rustic, but more basic)
-- Great outdoor center staff well-schooled in skiing, area history, and naturalist information
-- tours to Yellowstone, both snowcoach, and the closer part you can drive to (take a backcountry ski or snowshoe tour)
-- Chef willing to accommodate special diet needs (we are vegetarian and one gluten free)
-- Included house wine and beer
-- Enough variety in food choices to be there 7 days
-- Included shuttle from Bozeman and back
-- Access to Big Sky for downhill skiing - a 20 minute shuttle ride

A few things to note -

-- It's under new ownership as of November 2013 but the same management; I expect changes but likely for the good
-- Wi fi is weak, but that's OK for vacation
-- No TVs in cabins, but again, that is good for me!
-- More shuttles are needed both to Big Sky and the other direction. There were more last year. Perhaps LMR could arrange with the shuttle company to call for service, so that the shuttle does not have to travel down the ranch road unless there are passengers waiting.

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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
I am tempted to offer ATLhiker a job in our marketing department as a copy writer. For a winter guest of Lone Mountain, he pretty wells spells out the experience and activities we offer. Our new owners are planning to offer our guests their own shuttle to downhill skiing in winter of 2014 - 2015. Thank you for the review.
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I'll do a more in-depth review at the end of our trip, but while my thoughts are fresh in my mind, I wanted to add to the previous comments regarding vegetarian options. Tonight was the barbecue, and I wasn't sure what might be available for vegetarians given that barbecues are typically meat-focused. I'm not a vegetarian, but limit my meat intake and often eat vegetarian meals. I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole table of vegetarian foods: Coleslaw, potato salad, salad fixings, a cold rice salad, cornbread and honey, and vegetarian baked beans (in addition to the traditional bacon-flavored BBQ beans). Unlike many places I've been, the vegetarian options weren't afterthoughts-- these were complete and thoughtfully prepared dishes-- not to mention really delicious. I experienced the same thoughtfulness at last night's dinner, with a very tasty gnocchi dish with asparagus and tomatoes complemented by a delicious lemon sauce. I'll write down more of the meal offerings at the table as the week progresses so I'll be more complete in my descriptions, but wanted to describe what has been available thus far before I wrote my more thorough review encompassing more of the activities and experiences of the week. I was just so impressed at the thoughtfulness that went into the preparation of vegetarian foods in a typically meat-centric meal that I felt compelled to give it its own mini-review.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
One of the challenges of operating a public restaurant is meeting the complexities of the dietary requirements of today's traveling public. If you read our reviews over the last two years we have a checkered-board success rate (even with the same chef two weeks apart). Our job is to serve our guest to the best of our ability. To do so in the future will demand effective communications between guests requirements and our culinary abilities. We look forward to the challenge! Bon Appitite.
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Property: Lone Mountain Ranch
Address: 750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road, Big Sky, MT 59716
Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Big Sky
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lone Mountain Ranch 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lone Mountain Ranch (LMR), situated on 148 acres in beautiful Big Sky, Montana, was first homesteaded in 1915 and has long been recognized as one of the premier guest ranch resorts in the country. The property consists of 30 rooms located within 24 unique cabins as well as a restaurant and saloon, pavilion, retail shop, equestrian facilities, and meeting spaces. Listed on the National Registry of the Historic Places, a member of the Dude Rancher's Association, an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and once voted the #1 Nordic ski area in North America, LMR offers authentic accommodations, genuine Montana cuisine, exceptional service, and a stunning array of outdoor activities. Combine these attributes with close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky Resort, as well as Bozeman Airport, and we believe the LMR guest experience is unlike any other in the American West. ... more   less 
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