A Montana Celebration
Many of the celebrations at The Ranch at Rock Creek follow the traditional calendar. We celebrate Christmas with tree hunting and sleigh rides. We welcome summer with a Fourth of July rodeo and fireworks. One of our favorite seasonal celebrations is approaching, and it’s one that celebrates a timeless, but old-fashioned holiday—harvest.
Montana still relies heavily on agriculture, and as a working ranch that has just finished haying season, we want to recognize its continued relevance to our way of life. Autumn is the time when stock is brought back from summer pasture and farms begin to eye the weather report for the first frost. These farms begin to gather and store the bounty of the Montana summer, and we stock our pantries with an abundance of produce, local meats and cheeses.
A Celebration of Ranch Cuisine
Although adventures like fly fishing and horseback riding often get top billing, next to the scenery and accommodations, cuisine is a cornerstone of what we do at The Ranch at Rock Creek. Our Executive Chef and his talented team (see Executive Sous Chef Ben Miller pictured), bring the story of Montana harvest to every meal. They aim to create meals based on 90% local ingredients.
When Montana ingredients won’t suffice, Chef Drage looks for regional options, such as fresh Alaskan salmon or Washington wines. This commitment to ingredients is combined with a love of producing food with traditional Western methods, such as a wood fire grill and a Dutch oven. Our weekly Dutch oven dinners and summer breakfast rides are more than meals, they are often vacation highlights.
For example, one TripAdvisor review from EdinburghMedic reads, “I love food. I love cooking it, eating it, talking about it. We come from Edinburgh where we enjoy the cooking of Michelin starred chefs, and other great fine dining experiences. This was the outstanding feature of the ranch for me. The food at the ranch was spectacular and my taste buds felt right at home! The meat was divine, the chef and his team were friendly and accommodating, and the diversity of local ingredients and tastes were superb. They strike a great balance between down to earth service and fine dining, mixing outdoor barbecue grills after the rodeos with 5 course extravaganzas and wine pairing.”
With the love of food in mind, last year, our Autumn Harvest Weekend was born. We invited local Montana purveyors and put on a weekend-long party with music, dancing and the tastes of the West. Read more about last year’s celebration. This year, instead of repeating the celebration, we are expanding it. Guests will enjoy several tasting menus, including a Montana microbrew pairing menu and a regional wine pairing menu. This year we’ve also invited one of our favorite entertainers, LeAnn Rimes to serenade guests with a special acoustic set in our Buckle Barn.
A Special Performance by LeAnn Rimes
Guests will have a chance to enjoy an acoustic performance by LeAnn Rimes on Saturday night. Usually touring with a band, LeAnn’s beautiful voice will be the star of the night and right at home in the rustic Buckle Barn. It’s a rare opportunity to experience her music in its purest form amidst such a small group.
LeAnn Rimes’ career has spanned two decades, resulting in forty-four million albums sold, two GRAMMY Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. At the age of 11, LeAnn was the youngest person to ever win a Grammy Award and was the first country artist to win the Grammy Best New Artist.
She had her first national hit at age 13 with the 1996 release of “Blue,” which remained at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country albums chart for more than three months. She has had 42 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart and her version of “How Do I Live” is the second-longest charting song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The smash hit “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” topped the charts in 11 countries. Read a full account of all her accomplishments on her website.
A Favorite Time of Year
In addition to the food, another reason we love fall seasonal celebrations like Thanksgiving and Autumn Harvest Weekend is that they highlight one of Montana’s most beautiful seasons. The cooler temperatures allow for extended hiking, fishing, horseback riding, archery and yoga adventures and plenty of time by the fireside. The leaves start to fall and herds of elk and deer begin to migrate through the valley. Even the fish take on the brown, orange and yellow shades of autumn.
Fall’s bounty is not only featured on the plate. The Granite Spa is offering a variety of treatments including a weekend special treat—the pumpkin facial. Previous guests of The Ranch will receive a $250 Granite Spa credit during their Autumn Harvest Weekend stay.
We hope you’ll take some time to celebrate fall and the harvest with tasting menus, frontier adventures and a once-in-a-lifetime musical performance. Inquire before space is gone and enjoy the flavor of fall in Montana.