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THE BAR W RANCH

There is no place like Montana, and for a classic cowgirl getaway,  consider retreating to the Bar W Guest Ranch on Spencer Lake.  Located in the Northwest part of the state,  The Bar W offers an all-inclusive package designed especially for women. 

“Cowgirl Up” with your best friends, sisters, and daughters, or,  for  single travelers seeking a retreat or adventure,  enjoy the camaraderie and make new friends as “girls” take over the ranch.  This special package combines nature’s simplicity with western informality, and provides a true Montana experience to refuel your spirit and delight your body.  Before exploring close to a million acres of trails, your experience starts in the arena with a “Saddle Up” horsemanship clinic, where you choose your horse and find your “seat.”  Ride every single day to your heart’s delight with one of their expert wranglers – or not. 

You may just want to kick back, relax, and let Montana magic surround you.  In addition to the trails, prairies and mountainous terrain, novice and experienced riders will also enjoy working cattle and learning team sorting and penning!  Advanced equestrians also have an  opportunity to try their hand at barrel racing and roping.  And, just when you think life doesn’t get any better, kick off your shoes for a honey and hot cream rock foot massage, followed by several hours of serious pampering. 

At the end of the day, wind down and enjoy the Vintners presentation and cocktail receptions, followed by a down-home Montana style dinner. Still have some energy? Head down to the Blue Moon for some “two-stepping,” or out to the hot tub for more relaxation under the stars.

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MOUNTAIN SKY

Mountain Sky sits on over 8,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness in the heart of  Yellowstone Country. The property begins near the mighty Yellowstone River, on the floor of  aptly-named Paradise Valley, and continues upward through grass-covered foothills, sagebrush meadows, thick pine forests and stands of aspen, finally reaching the vast Gallatin National Forest at their back door. 

The trout-filled, rivers of Big Creek flow for miles through the entire property,  linking the main lodge and guest cabins with the working ranch operation down below.  Trails running through the Gallatin National Forest are available to explore under permit by the Forest Service, and one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, Yellowstone National Park,  is just a picturesque thirty minute drive!  

The history of Mountain Sky Guest Ranch epitomizes the authenticity and romance of Montana’s Paradise Valley and the American West.  Serving guests since 1929, the ranch and its historic buildings resonate with the memories and storied lore of the Old West.  Since it opened as a dude ranch in 1929, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch has been considered among the best of the nation’s upscale guest ranch resorts, offering  breathtaking views, fine food,  indulgent amenities in a luxury environment. 

Start the day with a hot cup of coffee accompanied by fresh baked muffins and a dramatic Montana sunrise, then enjoy a crisp morning hike or yoga session.  Ride on horseback through acres of flower-filled meadows and along beautiful Big Creek.   The adventuresome can take on miles of hiking trails, raft down the Yellowstone River, explore the wonders of Yellowstone Park, or try mountain stream fishing. 

At the end of the day,  enjoy a dinner ride barbecue featuring  steaks, chicken or seafood.  The ranch’s gourmet dining room also offers the finest in continental cuisine, featuring carefully crafted and regionally-inspired dishes prepared by Chef Brian Bielen. Mountain Sky will revive your soul, rejuvenate your spirit, and provide an environment where you can discover what it means to truly reconnect with nature.  

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