You know that feeling when you were a kid and the world was full of nothing but wonder and excitement and all of your earthly needs were attended to, alleviating all stress and worry, leaving only the desire to explore and play where adventure awaited with every new discovery?
Well, I felt that way again and regained my innocence again at The Ranch at Rock Creek. The setting is rustic and removed, but first class in every way. The accommodations in the lodge are spacious and homey with big, inviting beds coved in thick goose down comforters and pillows. When we first arrived I wanted to go down to the western style bar for a cocktail, but literally could not pull myself out of the comfort of the bed. My wife and four year old daughter slept in the adjoining bed that night and I woke up still dressed on top of the covers.
In the morning the breakfast was excellent and the excitement about the impending adventures was shared with the other guests offering up “can you believe this place?” and “have you ridden horses to The Top of the World yet?” After the delicious blueberry, buttermilk flapjacks with eggs and real maple syrup, we made our way down to the fishing “shack” and horse corrals which gave us a clear view of the endless mountains and valley broken by a jagged and wandering river. We also saw the remote, more private, canvas cabins that looked worthy of a try next time. My daughter and her mother picked out horses to ride and I teamed up with a fishing guide and picked out top shelf equipment and chose a locker which was mine for the duration of my stay.
The reality of the trip outstripped the fantasy when I caught a 21 inch native, Western Slope, Cut Throat, easily the largest I had ever seen, on a streamer just below a picturesque, small, waterfall. Upon returning and seeing the joy on my little girl’s face while holding onto the saddle horn returning from her horseback ride solidified the feeling that could be one of the best times of my life, in one of the best places on earth. I could write a whole article about the experience, and damn near did looking at the length of this, but suffice it to say that The Ranch at Rock Creek will provide relaxation, first rate accommodations and staff, fantastic food and wine list, unique experiences, activities and fishing, but more, it will allow you to catch the most allusive thing of all, your own pure, unadulterated, happiness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In rugged Montana ranchland southeast of Missoula, lies The Ranch at Rock Creek-a guest ranch that brings together wide open spaces and upscale amenities like never before. Located on over 10 square miles of lush hay meadows and rolling foothills set off by distant snow-capped peaks, this stunning destination delivers a classic ranch experience in a setting far from the clamor of the big city. Families, couples and friends will discover that The Ranch at Rock Creek is a place that offers the feel of the 'true West' without sacrificing true comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ranch At Rock Creek Hotel Philipsburg