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“Labor Day wedding at Rainbow Ranch”

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Rainbow Ranch Lodge
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

Planning a destination wedding initially seemed be an overwhelming task. The wedding planner at the Ranch, Mollie Eckman, was amazing. During the months before this destination wedding she responded to our calls and e-mails promptly and always with great recommendations and suggestions.
On the wedding day she was there throughout the entire event overseeing everything so that we could all enjoy our day. If anything did go wrong on our wedding day, we never new about it. Mollie is calm, efficient, personal, professional and very knowledgable.
We were most impressed how she watched over the bride and groom throughout the entire event, especially the private champange toast before the reception and organizing their lovely and timely arrival to the reception. As the parents of the bride, we wanted everything to be perfect for such an important day for our daughter and it was! Thank you Mollie! You did make it happen and we truly felt like we were the most important client you have ever had!
The barn was beautifully decorated, the food was amazing, and the accommodations at the ranch were fabulous. All our guests loved Rainbow and are already planning return trips.
Several of our guests worked off the list of activities Mollie provided of things to do in the area and all exceeded their expectations. That included fly fishing lessons, horseback riding, river rafting, hiking and other dining experiences.
It was a magical weekend for our families.

Room Tip: Riverside rooms all have lovely decks overlooking th Gallatin River, each with a fireplace. Pondsid...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2011

Wow, where to begin! From the beginning phone calls to the last dance, it was a pleasure to plan such a special occasion with you. Having your friends and family at Rainbow Ranch was a treat. It was awesome to be a part of such a magical celebration. We can't wait to see you again!!!!
All our love,
Mollie and your Rainbow Ranch Family

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Reviewed September 17, 2011

My wife and I had dinner at Rainbow Ranch on 9.14.11, (we were staying in Big Sky.). It is one of the best restaurants ever, rivaling Napa Valley, Maui, Chicago, and any other place we have dined. Patrick was terrific. Right from the start we could tell that he was a man who loved what he was doing, from describing the food to tips on fishing, and took pride in being part of this amazing place. The rib-eye and the scallops were great, but you must try the brioche, house made duck prosciutto, foie gras, lobster, quail egg covered with a bearnaise sauce appetizer. (I know, it's a contradiction of terms.) So good, I wanted to roll in it ! Better than drugs! Lori was kind enough to show us the wine cellar, ( and didn't mind me pulling out all my favorites,) while telling us about the history of the place and the fire that took so many brave bottles of delicious wine. She is another wonderful example of why we loved dining here, she is kind, friendly and loves wine, and talking to us about it. From start to finish, Janet and I had a blast. From sharing appetizers with Ken and Mary Kay from Dallas, (the folks seated next to us,) to enjoying the people noise that reminded me of a good dinner party at our home, we didn't want to leave. Rainbow Ranch is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and it is OZ over the rainbow. Be prepared to be amazed. Thanks Patrick and Lori. We will be back. Jack and Janet Singler.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2011

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your kind words, we are happy that you enjoyed your time at Rainbow Ranch! We look forward to your return and will make sure you have our best table!
Cheers!
Mollie

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Reviewed September 14, 2011

Stayed for one night in a riverside room. Great room, fabulous dinner, very relaxing. A little nearer the highway than I'd expected.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2011

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope that you will come back and visit soon, perhaps to take advantage of the incredible skiing, our cozy fireplace and award winning wine list.
Cheers!
Mollie

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Where do I start.....I recently was married here at this beautiful property on July 23 and had the entire hotel and 2 of it's great cabins (Bobcat and Golden Eagle) booked for families and friends. They were all blown away by the beauty and amazing staff at this property! I can not express my gratitude enough to ALL members of the staff...front and back of house, they couldn't have made me and my family and friends feel more at home. All the rooms are beautifully located either on the pond or along the riverfront. All were clean and had all the amenities. If there was something they did not have, the front desk would make sure they could full fill that need. The luxury pondside suites are gorgeous and well worth the money. Although the lodge is located off HWY 191 (as it sits in the valley) you still feel like you are swept away at your own private home, as the large lawn heads down to the river. Molly- who was my contact for the wedding planning was patient and extremely helpful and Steve, who helped with food and wine parings was amazing. Highly, highly recommend this stay. We can not wait to come back and celebrate our anniversary!

Room Tip: If you are noise sensitive, I would recommend booking the Riverside rooms or the Luxury Pondside roo...
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank iheartmt
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2011

We hope you are enjoying married life! You are a beautiful bride inside and out and it was an honor to plan your special day with you. We wish you all the best and look forward to your return visit! Please let me know the dates and we will put the champagne in ice!
All our love,
Mollie and your Rainbow Ranch Family

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Located much closer to route 191 than originally thought, we could here each car and 18 wheeler that drove by throughout the night on a fairly uncomfortable bed. The continental breakfast was a little less than lack-luster. On the upside, the staff was extremely friendly and the restaurant's food lived up the its price.

Room Tip: Don't get the Big Horn room, you'll spend most of your time tripping in a cramped suite.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2011

Dear Guest,
We are sorry that your entire stay did not meet your expectations. We are happy that you enjoyed the dining experience and staff. Please let me0 know next time you are heading this way for a visit and we will book you in one of our pondside luxury rooms, offering more space and distance from the road, mollie@rainbowranchbigsky.com.
Looking forward to making your next stay at Rainbow Ranch perfect!
Cheers!
Mollie

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

My husband and I took our first trip to Yellowstone the first week of September. We did a grueling 3-day backcountry hiking trip through Yellowstone, which was amazing, but decided we needed a really comfortable and relaxing place to rest afterwards...and we found that at the Rainbow Ranch. From the jazz music playing when we entered our room to the fresh-baked cookies and ridiculously comfortable beds, everything there has been carefully thought out and planned with your comfort and care in mind. We had a pond-side room and the view from our little balcony was incredible. All of the staff are so sweet and really genuine. They want to make your stay the best it can be. There was a wedding party there when we went and we can see why it would be the perfect place for a wedding...the outdoor hot tub and fireplace was also really terrific! We also ate at the restaurant as part of the romance package and the food was terrific. We are already planning to come back for our 10th year wedding anniversary!

Room Tip: book early
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

We went to Montana for a trip to Yellowstone - Rainbow Ranch Lodge tunred out to not be the best place , in hindisght we'd stay in W. Yellowstone, HOWEVER, this property was lovely and nice to get away from the touristy Park area. It was worth it, we were able to have a fabulous night's sleep - with the babbling river lulling us to sleep each night :) Cookies were waiting for us daily upon our return from the park (finally asked them to NOT leave - they were TOO delicious & we didn't need !) Shower was lovely, beautiful fireplace. Haven't even touched on the lovely restaurant in the main lodge... Also -Molton Brown amenities. One down fall for US was the breakfast - it was lovely, but could've been better - they have cold buffet w/ TINY homemade muffins, scones, toast, yogourt, fresh berries & homemade granola - they had 1 hot food and it was a quiche everyday, sitting in the warmer it gets spongy, maybe scrambled eggs would be better ?? We ate 1st night @ the Lodge, other nights we checked out surrounding restaurants -- La Luna @ Big Sky (upsacle/authentic tacos) delish ! Half Moon rest /bar -- FABULOUS ribs & moist, delish chicken -- highly recommend this place - staff & owner - very friendly & service great. One other night was Cinnamon Adventures ... there was a rest there that had INCREDIBLE mexican food... wow, we ate great and slept well. Nice deck overlooking river to sit & relax as well Thanks to ALL

Room Tip: request rooms by the river, w/ decks & chairs - very quiet & relaxing. Some rms overlook hig...
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
Location: United States > Montana > Gallatin Gateway
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Gallatin Gateway
Price Range: $190 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rainbow Ranch Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow Ranch Lodge is an intimate twenty-one room hotel and gourmet restaurant located on the banks of the Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana. Whether riverside or pondside, accommodations at Rainbow Ranch Lodge provide a sanctuary for post-adventure relaxing or a romantic getaway for two. Located in a sweeping valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's location is ideal for both summer and winter activities. Our proximity to Yellowstone National Park affords our guests endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration, including world-class fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Whether you choose an experienced local guide service or venture out on your own, the breathtakingly rugged, natural beauty of southwest Montana will restore and rejuvenate your senses. One of the top 10 winter destinations in North America, the Big Sky area offers a variety of winters activities including downhill skiing at Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin and Lone Mountain Ranch, as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and winter fly fishing. If your winter preferences lean more towards comfort and warmth, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's spa services and luxurious guest rooms provide the perfect alternative to a day spent outdoors. ... more   less 
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Rainbow Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
Rainbow Hotel Gallatin Gateway
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