Of all the memorable views, the best have been framed by Montana windows. — William Hjortsberg
From white-water rafting on thawed river runs to horseback riding in floral meadows under an endless sky, Montana in the summer is something to be experienced. Here are six handpicked Montana stays that combine the rugged wilderness of the West with the luxurious service that Valerie Wilson Travel always guarantees.
Framed by the Spanish Peaks mountain range 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, Montage Big Sky is home to 139 guest rooms and suites designed with a timeless natural palette and all the modern luxuries you need to unwind. Big Sky is home to four miles of private riverways offering some of the best flyfishing around the globe along with archery, UTV Tours, 30 hiking trails, and the private Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course.
Sage Lodge is nestled in the heart of Montana’s Paradise Valley, 35 minutes from Yellowstone National Park on the banks of the Yellowstone River. Guests can gaze out their balcony from a main lodge guestroom, or with a group, stay in one of four spacious Ranch Houses. At Sage Lodge, you will rarely be inside. The adventures are endless: helicopter tours, hot air balloon rides, private river tours, stand-up paddle boarding, white water rafting, or even just a scenic float wildlife watching is just a glimpse into the fun to be had.
Nestled deep within the densely timbered terrain of Montana’s 37,000-acre Paws Up Ranch, the green o is a sophisticated, adults-only hideaway where nature truly takes center stage. Guests can stay in one of the 12 secluded Haus sanctuaries among the tree branches with views of the Blackfoot River Valley. Savor seasonal ingredients like dry-aged bison ribeye cooked over an open flame or head to Spa Town – a collection of tents where guests can enjoy couples’ massages, mud wraps, and yoga classes.
The Ranch at Rock Creek is the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Ranch, on 6,600 acres in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys. 29 one-of-a-kind accommodations are available including a lavish lodge suite, a converted Historic Barn accommodation, a spacious luxury home, or a canvas glamping cabin. The resort is deeply rooted in its all-inclusive nature allowing guests to choose from an array of activities like private trail rides to a Montana vista or a family fly-fishing adventure before an indulgent farm-to-table meal featuring vegetables grown on-site.
The Resort at Paws Up sits on a sprawling, 37,000-acre, working cattle ranch in western Montana, known as “The Last Best Place.” Guests can choose from 28 luxurious vacation homes, or experience upscale camping in one of 36 luxury tents with decadent furnishings and a camping butler. With 100 miles of trails, 10 miles of Blackfoot River, and 1.5 million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness, the resort is truly the ultimate outdoor playground for adults and kids alike.
Triple Creek Ranch, a member of Relais & Châteaux, is renowned for offering innovative, all-inclusive guest experiences. Guests can stay in a private log luxury ranch cabin or a ranch home, all with easy access to the well-accommodated lodge. Whether you want to join the ranch staff to drive cattle, indulge in gourmet cuisine with an excellent wine list, or stay in your cabin with a wood-burning fireplace and private hot tub, five-star service amidst the romance of the forest will be the heartbeat of your stay.