HOTEL BUZZ: Montana's The Ranch at Rock Creek Riding High With Expansion

Cowboy up in luxe Western style at an exclusive working ranch in Big Sky country.

Granite Lodge, The Ranch at Rock Creek

Granite Lodge, The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek has completed its three-year expansion and now offers a mix of luxury log cabins, riverfront tents, and a granite lodge in the Big Sky state of Montana. The rugged 6,600-acre spread is located near historic Philipsburg, an hour’s drive south of Missoula, and it offers an authentic Western experience with service and amenities no cowboy ever dreamed of. It’s owner, Jim Manley, grew up in New Jersey watching Westerns on television and, after making his fortune, decided to buy a ranch for the use of friends and family. He told the realtors it had to have a river running through it, be off the highway and in a valley to conceal new developments and avoid the headaches that come with high altitudes.

He wanted to be near a picturesque mining town and a ski resort, on land that had no poisonous snakes or grizzlies, and with enough precipitation to make it inviting year-round. Locals warned him that no such combination existed, but he persisted for 20 years and finally found one that met all nine of his conditions. Realizing he should make it a guest ranch, he embarked on an ambitious program of improvements. The Ranch at Rock creek ain’t cheap, but everything is included in the suite price and a single service fee, and that brings locally sourced cuisine, fine wines, hiking or skiing in season, fly-fishing, sports shooting, jeep adventure tours and everything else you might imagine. The natural beauty of the landscape and the changing seasons comes free and, beyond the guest areas, it’s still a working ranch. So, if you ever thrilled to The Big Country or Shane, pack your bags and prepare to live out your fantasies as Manley has.

Canvas Cabin at The Ranch at Rock Creek

Canvas Cabin at The Ranch at Rock Creek

Michael Webb

Michael Webb

Michael grew up in London and now lives in a classic modern apartment in Los Angeles. His twin passions are architecture and travel, and he indulges both as often as he can, exploring every continent in search of material and inspiration. His travel memoir, Moving Around: a Lifetime of Wandering (ORO Books, October) recalls memorable experiences of people and places over seven decades. Michael is the author of 28 other books, most recently Architects' Houses. He has written on travel and design for The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Virtuoso Life, Monocle, Architectural Digest and other publications
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  1. […] HOTEL BUZZ: Montana's The Ranch at Rock Creek Riding High With Expansion Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 5:43 am   HOTEL BUZZ: Montana's The Ranch at Rock Creek Riding High With Expansion He wanted to be near a picturesque mining town and a ski resort, on land that had no poisonous snakes or grizzlies, and with enough precipitation to make it inviting year-round. Locals warned him that no such combination existed, but he persisted for … Read more on wandermelon […]

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