Ranch at Rock Creek

Summer and autumn have swept past me and I’ve fallen behind on reporting on my adventures…summer trends – rustic romance, endless horizons and ink black night skies, to a bay area resident, the twinkling Montana sky resembles the magical dome of a planetarium. Adventure and glamping make for a superb visit to Ranch at Rock Creek, just a short distance from Missoula.The Forbes Five Star guest ranch has more activities than one can actually enjoy in a week, something for everyone and whenever you feel like moseying out from your rustically elegant and very comfy lodge room or an over the top Glamping Tent, set on the banks of the gurgling Rock Creek. Camping in the most elegant style, bug free, full indoor bath and a roaring stove to ward off the cool night chill. Private homes, lodge rooms and the elegant Glamping Tents easily accommodate a large family gathering. Ski and cross country adventures during winter season or ice-skate atop the frozen Bikini Beach pond; or be lazy and enjoy a sleigh ride around the pristine snow covered Montana terrain.

No schedules, other than meals, this fully inclusive lodge has a small weekly rodeo with tiny cowhands barely able to mount a goat to full-size burly cowpokes and fearless cowgirls willing to take their chances on a bucking bull.

Summer barn dances,horseback riding, archery, fly fishing on a pristine Blue Ribbon Creek, shooting sports, rope courses, geocaching, mountain biking…oh, did I mention the cinema and bowling alley for keeping kiddos occupied after their day at Little Grizzly’s Camp?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARanch at Rock Creek is not just for families, great girlfriend glamping weekend or travel with a group of old friends and enjoy memorable experiences combined with rugged adventure.

Executive chef Josh Drage and his team turnout noteworthy meals, seemingly all day long, boundless and bountiful delicious recipes, including braised Elk Shoulder, which was scrumptious! Recipe: http://www.cowboysindians.com/2015/08/recipes-the-ranch-at-rock-creek/OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGiddy up and call me to reserve Ranch at Rock Creek – Highly recommend!


Missed Summer Camp? Refined Pop Up Tents

Most who know me, understand that unless it is a five star luxury tent in thebush, I don’t venture forth to sleep in tents. Behavior modification might be in order! Luxury tenting has found a friend in this small firm who provide pop up lodging in delightful tents in the country side, woods or private vineyards, or on your own back forty.

Each European style canvas tent is fully furnished with rugs; a full size bed, dressed in 400 count sheets, down comforter and pillows and Pendleton blankets. Rustic, refined sleep out. Tempting indeed!

Services may include a tent butler, portable loo, chef and dining tent. Arrive at your private site – butler on hand to present a chilled drink, following a gourmet camp supper, enjoy gooey s’mores. Scrabble under the stars? Corporate retreat in the woods sans the drawbacks of porting all the gear. Generations of family camping expedition. Weddings, wine tasting sleep overs – endless options! Stargazing, Snoozing In Comfort. Legacy


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Photos Courtesy of Mel Barlow