Upgrades at Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch

Redo includes new luxury cabins and updated Western art collection

By: By Kenneth Shapiro

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Triple Creek Ranch

In preparation for its May 1 reopening, Triple Creek Ranch, the Montana Relais & Chateaux resort, has put the finishing touches on a makeover that demonstrates its affinity for the art and culture of the American West. Further refining the Ranch’s rustic yet elegant appeal, the resort drew on the skills of local artisans and craftsmen to renovate and redecorate 18 luxury cabins and update its dining room.

Cabins now feature new fireplaces, new furnishings and original pieces of art from owners and collectors Barbara and Craig Barrett’s Western-genre collection. Works by grand masters — such as Charles Russell and Frederick Remington and contemporary artists such as Carol Hagan, Brent Cotton and photographer David Stoecklein — create an overall atmosphere infused with the spirit of the West. In addition to their new locations inside the cabins, the work of more than 100 Western-genre artists is on display with sculptures, paintings and photographs throughout the ranch.

In the cabins, a natural color palette for walls, countertops, bedspreads and floors was chosen in order to create a subdued backdrop to best showcase the new original artwork. In addition, one-of-a-kind regional furnishings and handicrafts, including lodgepole pine doors, wine barrel vanity chairs, hand-knotted oriental rugs, Lewis & Clark woolen afghans and hand-crafted slab granite countertops and oak desk tops were added. The ranch turned to a local hat-maker (who doubles as an on-ranch housekeeper) to make the linen, microsuede and cotton window treatments. These window treatments are trimmed with decorative buttons made by a local craftswoman who learned the art of bead weaving and jewelry making on the nearby Flathead Reservation.

To complement the refreshed interiors, a stately new sign, made by local stone mason Justin Anderson, stands at Triple Creek Ranch’s entrance. The 16-foot-high stone structure signals a “welcome home” to guests returning to the Bitterroot Mountains resort.

In the dining room, a redesign creates a setting where the outdoor views take center stage. New wood floors are complemented by new custom-designed leather dining chairs, exclusive to Triple Creek Ranch.

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