Mon­tana

Wedding Bells (East) - - Destinations -

there’S a SenSe of quiet that comes over you in Mon­tana. Maybe it’s the vast­ness of the state (it’s the fourth largest af­ter Alaska, Texas and Cal­i­for­nia), the scarcity of tall build­ings, which in­spired its “big sky coun­try” moniker, or the fact that it’s home to more cat­tle than peo­ple.

The most beau­ti­ful of the trea­sure state’s many gems can be found near the Sap­phire Moun­tains in the heart of west­ern Mon­tana. The Ranch at Rock Creek is a 6,600-acre all-in­clu­sive lux­ury dude ranch de­signed for dis­cern­ing trav­ellers like Kate Bos­worth and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, who both held their wed­dings on the prop­erty. The ranch is home to 29 one-of-a-kind ac­com­mo­da­tions that range from well-ap­pointed lodge rooms to lux­ury homes and stun­ning creek­side glamp­ing cab­ins. Once your ac­com­mo­da­tions at this Re­lais & Châteaux prop­erty are booked, ranch am­bas­sadors work with you to cu­rate a be­spoke itin­er­ary of ac­tiv­i­ties to help you make the most of your rus­tic-chic hon­ey­moon. Choose be­tween ex­hil­a­rat­ing lo­cal pas­times like horse­back rid­ing, tar­get sports, fly fish­ing, hik­ing, archery and a host of other sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties while ex­plor­ing the ranch’s mead­ows, forests and name­sake creek. The din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences at The Ranch at Rock Creek are per­haps the most ex­cit­ing of all. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Josh Drage cre­ates elab­o­rate farm- and ranch-totable tast­ing menus com­ple­mented by fine wines and craft beers that truly cel­e­brate the best that Mon­tana has to of­fer. Ranch evenings are capped off at the on-site saloon, com­plete with a bowl­ing al­ley, where guests can min­gle over craft cock­tails.

Tucked into ele­gant West­ern ac­com­mo­da­tions next to a roar­ing fire sur­rounded by rolling hills and dis­tant snow-capped moun­tain peaks, Mon­tana’s ap­peal is un­de­ni­able and for a peace­ful rest af­ter months of wed­ding plan­ning, there’s sim­ply no bet­ter es­cape.—J.O.

The Ranch at Rock Creek is the world’s best spot for a cow­boy-chic hon­ey­moon.

Camp­ing goes glam with The Ranch’s plush cab­ins.

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