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“Delightful Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rainbow Ranch Lodge

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Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Delightful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

My family and I recently enjoyed a delightful stay in this gem of a lodge. Whilst still 'out of season' we were made thoroughly welcome. This is a splendid facility, with excellent staff, wonderfully fresh food and in a magical situation. Whilst the weather was not always conducive to all of the outdoor activities we had planned, the opportunity to walk in unspoilt countryside is a stones throw away (literally). Our room was exceptionally comfortable and the option to have an open fire in the evening was very welcome. Additionally, the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park is easily accessible and therefore Rainbow Ranch Lodge is ideally situated for all activities in the area. If we are ever in the area again, Rainbow Ranch Lodge would be at the top of our 'to stay' list.

Room Tip: If applicable, go for the rooms with an open fire facility - just wonderful!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Fraserrich
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Washington Township, New Jersey
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

My boyfriend and I, after a LOT of research, determined that our first time to Montana should be at the Rainbow Ranch. We were looking forward to this trip and had high expectations that were totally exceeded.

Firstly, the pictures do not do the place justice....it sits on a quiet stretch of highway but nestled back in the mountains on the river. Spectacular views, gorgeous rooms. We splurged on the Ermine Suite (I highly recommend it!), but I think you can't go wrong staying anywhere here. The bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in.

Check in was a breeze, room ready with music and cookies - clean and perfect. Breakfast is Continental but you can absolutely fill up on it - great granola and homemade muffins, scones and quiche (met the woman that bakes it and she was very sweet). We were there during shoulder season, and it was a bit quiet but you'd never know it by the service. They laid everything out as if the place was totally full.

I think that really speaks to the Rainbow Ranch, top service and little touches at all times. Don't forgo shoulder season - it's wonderful there! The restaurant was closed when we were there but they open it for guests and what a treat! Pricey...but the best meal we had in Montana (seriously - excellent). Emily did a great job of making us feel comfortable and when the picture she took of us at the table didn't come out well due to backlight, she suggested we take it outside on the deck.

One morning I was taking breakfast from the main lodge back to our room and I believe it was Molly who came running out to help me carry it! I was ok but how incredibly nice. Are you getting the picture of this place? Fireplaces I believe in every room and they set them up daily for you (and our room had THREE!).

Perfect location too...easy drive to Big Sky Town Center and also to Yellowstone. Montana at its best. We were a couple, were next door to a single traveler and saw other couples and families and EVERYONE seemed to be having a great time.

I can't say enough good things about the memories this place created for us. FIVE STARS!

Room Tip: Ermine Suite has an outdoor fireplace and is worth the splurge!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

Lovely setting, luxurious accommodations with WBF,
wonderful included breakfast, terrific (although pricey) dinners and truly exceptional service-the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Looking forward to my next visit!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FJBCleveland_Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. The service and food were great. The staff seemed to be very customer service oriented and accommodating. We did stay here during the "shoulder season" when they were not very busy but the service and food were excellent. We stayed in the Otter room and found it to be very comfortable. The one dinner we ate in the dinning room was excellent. The house-made charcuterie was very good and the entree's we ordered were flavorful, cooked to temp and seasoned well. The wine list was also very good. The contientntal breakfast was delicious. We appreciated the freshly made quiche and scones. Good fuel for our hiking expeditions. Overall a relaxing and enjoyable experience that we would recommend to others. We look forward to a return trip.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the main lodge may be quieter and offer a bit more privacy than the larger rooms at...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Wayfaring_strager
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review! We appreciate your thoughts and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at Rainbow Ranch!
We will be looking forward to your return trip! Until then take good care!
Mollie
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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

We took our son and daughter-in-law along with our two dogs to Rainbow Ranch Lodge for a night to sample their wonderful food from the dining room and enjoy a night out together. The lodge is beautifully done and the staff was wonderful from beginning to end...friendly, welcoming and helpful. Our room was very comfortable with a fireplace ready for the light and the rest of the room nicely decorated and well set up so our dog could enjoy the evening also. We took the dogs for a walk up the hill behind the inn for some play and exercise. Cookies and wine were in the room for us to enjoy and two bowls were provided for each dog. Cocktails at the bar were wonderful with the bartender recommending one of their specialties...an old fashion with house made grapefruit bitters....it was fantastic! The dining room was the real reason for our visit and we were not disappointed. The gnocchi in the mushroom veloute and black truffle was to die for as was a special offered that evening....pheasant. It was a truly terrific experience and since we live in Montana, we will be back again soon to see Rainbow Ranch Lodge in a different season.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Cynthia7521
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Dear Guest,
It was lovely to have your family at Rainbow this past April! So nice that you enjoyed the many aspects of our property from the hiking trails to the amazing cocktails! We are putting the final touches on our summer menu (soon to be unveiled on our website) and hope that you will bring the family back to experience more!
Until then, take good care!
Mollie
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Western Australia
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24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2012

Right from our initial booking to our check-in and beyond the crew at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge had thought of just about everything to make our stay a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Our room was so lovely, when we first walked in the door the room was warm with welcoming cookies, chocolate truffles and a bottle of champagne. How spoilt we felt! The open fire was all set just waiting for us to light it. The large soaker bath was glorious as was the shower. The shower head was the size of Montana - obviously no water restrictions here!!! As was the double size closet space.

The king size bed was deluxe, comfortable and with a myriad of lights to choose from. At first we couldn't find the TV, it is ingeniously concealed. I won't spoil it for you.

Our room was decorated in a modern log-cabin style - cosy but didn't feel like a cheesy theme park. It had the charming log wall, large river rock fire place, gorgeous recycled timber floors and moose antler light. For us Aussies this is a special treat.

We didn't eat dinner at the resturant but if the complimentary breakfast was any measure you would not be disappointed. We enjoyed our breakfast, everything was home made and delicious.

As the hot tub was closed for repairs we were given a voucher to enjoy a drink from the bar. It was a great gesture and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the barman was great, chatty and didn't mind us 'picking his brain' for travel tips. Oh, and his cocktails were fabulous.

If I had to be picky, the room only had one towel each and no hand towels - extra towels would have been nice. But, that is picky because I am certain that if I had asked more towels would have appeared without any trouble.

It's hard not to wax lyrical, I wish we could have stayed longer, our room was beautiful comfortable and the location on the river is really pretty.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Michelle_6532
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Bozeman, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012

The Rainbow Ranch is the perfect weekend get-away! The rooms are rustic, but refined, giving you a taste of Montana without losing the ammenities expected from a resort. The food is excellent, staff incredibly friendly and accomodating, and the grounds are well-kept. Kudos to manager Mollie Eckman, I would recommend the Rainbow to anyone!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank H B
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Property: Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730
Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky > 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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