Summer at the Ranch at Rock Creek

Our favorite adult & kiddy  Relais & Châteaux Ranch in Montana books up fast in summer – time to plan for your lavish Western Glamping escape. Adventure and glamping make for a superb visit to Ranch at Rock Creek, just a short distance from Missoula. Our multi-generation families stay for a week, sometimes two weeks.

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, private home 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. Consisting of 29 private homes, lodge rooms and elegant Glamping Tents, some easily accommodate a large family gathering. Named after the aromatic mountain plant, Sweet Grass is their most spacious and lavish Glamping tent. It is ideal for families or two couples, with two master suites, connected by a main living area. Each master suite is appointed with a king bed, a claw foot bathtub, a private full bath and a gas stove. The master suites can accommodate additional guests, one with a day bed and the other with a queen pull-out

The main living space has a large seating area, kitchenette, dining table and wood-burning stove. It opens onto an outdoor patio, where you can relax to the sounds of nearby Rock Creek in a private cedar soaking tub

Winter is also a popular time to visit. 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

Located on 6,600 acres in Philipsburg, Montana, approximately 90 minutes from Missoula, the red-carpet experience begins the moment you step off the plane. Guests are picked up at the airport and whisked away to the property. Each guest is also all provided with a bicycle to explore the sprawling property, kids can safely roam free all day.

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. Your kids are invited to mingle and chase the goats around the corral, fun for everyone!

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?

Ranch 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/

Giddy up and call me to reserve Ranch at Rock Creek – Highly recommend!

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Financiers au Praliné Four Seasons Megève

So what’s a girl to do when she arrives parched & peckish? I haven’t even attempted to recreate this scrumptious Financiers au Praliné, delivered several times by the lovely Louise, at Four Seasons Megève. Each time  I passed through my room, I enjoyed a bite, if I had a few bites, staff assumed I needed more and indulged my sweet tooth, a fresh Praliné would be delivered, despite my protests. Louise even suggested she make a picnic box for my departure, including, of course Financiers au Praliné. When I arrived for the dawn Balloon sail, you can imagine I became the best friend of all the ballooners – with my exceptional breakfast box packed by Louise!

Always best enjoyed with a glass of Bubbly Rose, as suggested by Louise!