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“Memory trip with my 12 year old grandson”

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Rainbow Ranch Lodge
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Ellijay, Georgia
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37 reviews
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“Memory trip with my 12 year old grandson”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

My grandson and I stayed here two nights while visiting Yellowstone National Park. It was an excellent location. We had a two bedroom cabin with fireplace at the end of the building. It was clean, tastefully decorated, great porch overlooking the pond and Gallatin River. We slept very well and the bedding was nice and relatively new. The staff was helpful and excellent. Set up horeseback riding for my grandson which he enjoyed. The breakfast was very nice with scones which I love, fresh fruit, granola and a breakfast casserole plus juices and great coffee. While using my laptop in the breakfast room I was offer later in the morning a scone and lemonade by staff that was really very nice and made me feel welcome. After we checked out got a nice email from Holly one of the staff thanking us for our stay and wishing us a safe trip back to Atlanta. Upon arrival home I received a very nice thank you note from the Rainbow Ranch family thanking us for our stay and offering a $50 savings discount if we returned in 2013 which I thought was very nice. Great place to stay I recommend completely. Susan and Jacob. PS My grandson caught a trout in the pond and set it free but he enjoyed the experience.

Room Tip: If you are a couple with a child or children I recommend the two bedroom room "Golden Eagle:
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thank you for your kind words and thank you for choosing the Rainbow Ranch as your place to stay during your YNP trip!! We are so happy that you had a great time! It’s always a pleasure to hear of our guests’ experiences and it thrills me that your grandson was able to catch a fish!! I’m delighted that you enjoyed the Golden Eagle room and that you were able to have a cozy fire while taking in the beauty of the Gallatin River! Please come back and stay with us again soon!
Until then, take good care and have a great summer!
Thank you,
Mollie
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olive branch, ms
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We stayed at Rainbow Ranch the week of May 20th, 2013 and had an outstanding stay. The accommodations were cozy and warm and the sound of the river coming through the window made me never want to leave. Breakfast by a French-trained chef every morning got every day started off right. There was no meat on the menu for breakfast but everything was so good I can't complain. I would love to pick up that lodge and attach it to my house as a massive man cave. It was so inviting and relaxing. I would definitely come back to the Rainbow Ranch on my next visit to the Big Sky area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
We LOVED having you stay with us! I’m so happy that you were able to enjoy our one of a kind breakfast prepared by our talented, pastry chef, Liz! Please come back and see us the next time you are in Big Sky!
Thank you & cheers to a great summer!
Mollie Eckman
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

This is a very special lodge in a gorgeous location. It's pet friendly too. We loved the coziness of the Riverside cabins and sitting on our wee stoep in our gowns and Adirondack chairs relaxing and watching the river rush by. Inside a fire was ready to be lit. The staff are warm & welcoming. The main area is well appointed with a tasteful lodge feel and the dining room has huge picture windows overlooking the river. Dinner was 'a romantic night out': delicious food, beautifully presented, an impressive wine list and charming staff. We highly recommend Rainbow Ranch. PS: there's a character-filled pub across the road too!!

  • Stayed May 2013
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Pleasure to have you stay with us! I’m VERY happy that you enjoyed our lodge, dinner, and staff! We would love to have you stay again---please come back anytime!!
Thank you & see you again soon Over the Rainbow!
Mollie Eckman

P.S. Glad you got to enjoy the “character filled” pub across the way from us!! I will be sure to share the good news!
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I have now been going the RR for any special occasion I can think of or just a quick getaway for couple years now and the staff’s attention to service detail is unparalleled in the area (thanks Jocey and Molly). No matter the occasion they have always made me and my guests feel valued and no matter what difficult thing I am proposing they always try to work with us (such as gluten free breakfast scones for my mom or bottles of champagne surprises placed in rooms ahead of arrival). We are greeted with hugs and asked about our lives as if they have known us forever every visit, which I think is amazing considering the high level of tourist traffic in the area. Although I live here in Bozeman and am an outdoors lover I also really enjoy food, cocktails, and incredible bedding all of which RR does exceptionally well. If you are looking for a true experience this is the place for you, well at least I have never been disappointed. Thanks to all the staff and keep up the great work.

Room Tip: My favorite rooms for relaxing and romance are the Pondside Luxury rooms that have my favorite firep...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear J,
Thank you for your kind words! We ADORE you! We love having you, your friends and family join us for relaxing getaways, celebrations, great food and fine wine at the Rainbow! Please be in touch with your next special request - we are looking forward to seeing you!
Mollie
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Green Valley, Arizona
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I've always wanted to see Yellowstone in the winter. This was a wonderful base camp hotel for Yellowstone and surrounding area. The boys also loved fishing in the area.Everyone at the hotel was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Novato
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Located just outside the town of Big Sky, we discovered this little gem through Trip Advisor by all the great reviews. It's right on the Gallatin river, not far from Yellowstone Nationl Park. This was our second visit to this amazing property and we always enjoy the quiet and beauty of this rustic lodge property. It's described as a B&B, but it is more like a lodge with many rooms located outside the main building and the restaurant. On both stays we choose the Riverside suites that are located right along the river, with a nice deck and Adirondack chairs. We like the room on the end, as it has an extra window which brightens up the room quite a bit. A stone fireplace is the central feature of the room and plenty of wood is provided for cozy fires. The first time we stayed here, there was only one other couple there, but fresh scones were baked each morning, with fresh fruit and coffee, tea and juices. A great horseback riding company operates right next to the lodge property, with the horse corrals right nearby. We enjoyed a 2 hour ride up the nearby mountain with spectacular views and spotted a variety of wildlife including a giant owl perched in a tree right off the trail. While located in a rather isolated area, there are plenty of locals around to add character to this remote Montana treasure. We can't wait to get back for another visit.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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montana, USA
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Mu husband and I wanted a romantic Christmas getaway. We were referred to the Rainbow Ranch by a friend.
The good: The staff was very friendly. There seemed to be a good ratio of staff to guests. We sat at the bar and enjoyed some of the best drinks I have ever had. The bar tender was pleasant to talk with and knew quite a bit about the area. I couldn't have been happier with our dinner. We had some of the best steaks we had ever eaten. I got the elk. I'm unsure what my husband had. There were some complaints in other reviews about the ranch being right off the highway. It is near the highway, but it's a two lane Montana highway. It's not extremely busy and didn't bother us in the least. The view out of our back door was amazing. I wish it had been warmer so we could've enjoyed the deck chairs.
The not so good: The website says Jacuzzi tubs are in the room. The rooms have very tiny jetted tubs. I was pretty unimpressed. While the rooms were nice I felt that they were overpriced.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
Rainbow Ranch Montana
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