Triple Creek Ranch Offers Special Weekends

In honor of new GMs, Montana property creates complimentary perks and value

By: By Kenneth Shapiro

Triple Creek Ranch // (c) 2009

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Leslie and Bill McConnell have joined Triple Creek Ranch as the Relais & Chateaux property’s new co-general managers. The McConnells’ arrival kicks off Triple Creek Ranch’s new series of three-, four- or five-night winter “weekends,” each designed to celebrate Montana’s snow season in a different way.

The ranch’s own fireworks set the stage for the first weekend in 2010, New Year’s Weekend, a five-night stay from Dec. 30 to Jan. 4 where gourmet meals and fine wines share the spotlight with horseback riding, snowshoeing, wildlife viewing and relaxing around log fires. Best of all, the activities, events and epicurean highlights of each themed weekend are complimentary. All-inclusive rates start at $650 per couple, per night, for all winter dates.

Other Triple Creek Ranch winter weekends include:

Western Horsemanship Weekends
Jan. 7-10 and Jan. 28-31
Whether aspiring cowboys or accomplished cowgirls, guests of the Western Horsemanship Weekends will learn the skills it takes to ford icy streams, ride horses up steep slopes, drive cattle and trust (and be trusted by) their horses. All riding levels are welcome for this equestrian immersion conducted by expert ranch hands.

Nature Lover’s Birding Weekends
Jan. 14-18 and Feb. 18-21
Some of the best birding in America is found in the Bitterroot Valley, where some 250 species including eagles, hawks, swans and crossbills are among the winter visitors. Guests will meet a local falconer and her prized bird, visit the Metcalf Wildlife Refuge and travel through CB Ranch where mountain animals such as bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk are also frequently spotted.

Cooking School Weekends
Jan. 21-24 and Feb. 25-28
Guests are invited to meet the ranch’s culinary trio and learn their closely guarded secrets. Guests work alongside executive chef Jacob Leatherman, executive pastry chef Christopher Whitten and wine expert Jeremy White as they sharpen their culinary skills in a working kitchen.

Super Bowl Weekend
Feb. 5-8
Pre-game hype reaches new heights at Triple Creek Ranch, where gearing up for the big game includes a generous dose of fine dining, wines and winter recreation. At game time, guests gather for house-made nachos while they catch the action on big screen TVs.

Valentine’s Weekend
Feb. 12 – 15
Couples rekindle romance in the cozy atmosphere of Triple Creek Ranch, where gourmet meals are served in a rustic, yet elegant candlelit dining room. Roaring fires keep luxury cabins toasty warm, and Valentine’s Day treats focus on the pastry chef’s selection of romance-inducing chocolates paired with fine wine.

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