Cities, Culture & Cuisine – Montana

The Wild West has been on my mind. I’m in Jackson Hole, Wyoming right now and my sister, Codi Guthrie Reed, recently went to Montana. Codi is the featured guest blogger this week and I’ll share my adventures in Jackson Hole when I return. Enjoy!

Codi writes…

My husband and I decided to take a vacation to Darby, Montana, destination: Triple Creek Ranch as a getaway before his upcoming deployment. It is located in the Bitterroot Valley near the Idaho border. We broke up the 9 hour drive from Seattle to Montana by staying the night in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It is a charming town, bigger than I expected, and set on a beautiful, sparkling lake. It’s very picturesque with paddle boats and picnic tables. We walked the downtown area, visiting cute boutiques and ate at a great gourmet restaurant.

The view of looking down on Triple Creek Ranch.

Upon arriving at Triple Creek Ranch, we immediately fell in love with it. We realized why Montana is nicknamed “Big Sky” and known for its majestic natural beauty. As we drove in we passed a pasture with horses grazing and the sun setting behind the mountain in the distance. We pulled up to the elegant, yet rustic main lodge to check in and were impressed with the friendly staff, impeccable service and western artwork. We stayed in a nice, private cabin, nestled in pine trees and enjoyed the personal fireplace and hot tub every night. They gave us a golf cart to get to and from our cabin and the main lodge, where we ate all of our meals. The food was one of my favorite parts; it was amazing – so delicious and fresh at every meal!

Horses at Triple Creek Ranch.


The rewarding view of Baker's Lake while hiking.

Our trip was active by day and relaxing in the evening and night. They offer many fun activities; the ones we participated in were horseback riding, team penning, hiking, clay shooting and archery. The accommodating kitchen staff packed our lunch for some of our activities during the day. My favorite activity was feeding wild buffalo, it was quite the experience! We also ventured in to the quaint, western town of Darby where we visited a cowboy hat maker’s shop and an antique shop.

Feeding the wild buffalo.

At the top of the mountain during a two-hour horseback ride.


Shooting clays. My first time to shoot a shotgun!

I highly recommend checking out this hidden jewel in western Montana! For more information go to: