During spring in Granite County, everywhere you turn something has started anew. The land looks and smells green and earthy. Thousands of calves have been born within 100 miles of us, and they roam the fields in little gangs challenging each other to running races. If we could bottle that contagious feeling of spring renewal and send it out into the world, we would. But it wouldn’t be the same without seeing the fawns poking their noses out of the tall grass or the endless open spaces that make Montana such a unique destination.
We want to harness that contagious feeling of spring renewal for travelers and propose some reasons to get out and take a spring break now—before the fevered excitement of summertime begins. If you’re looking for your own spring cleaning, for body, mind or soul, here are some once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities that are sure to recharge you.
1. Take a hobby to the next level.
Whether you’re a runner who is considering a first marathon or a wine lover who wants to learn the ropes of viticulture, this might be the year to give your hobby the chance to become a part of your identity. Even if you are in the first stages of a new interest, intense study is bound to yield satisfaction and results.
This May, we are providing such an opportunity for equestrians. Our Ranch Horsemanship Clinic takes place May 13 through 17. Clinic riders will attend an intensive natural horsemanship clinic by National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) trainers and competitors. If you’ve ever admired a pick-up rider at a rodeo or a cowboy in his element, this is the chance to harness those skills for your own riding. In addition to training on reining, roping, riding and obstacles, attendees will have a chance to wrangle our horse herd and work cattle. This clinic is complete with access to all of our standard Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star amenities, including exceptional cuisine and unique accommodations.
2. Go to the source of adventure.
Very often with travel, a buzz of excitement around a certain challenge or destination means it offers something you can’t find anywhere else. Perhaps 2015 is the year to travel to the heartland of your favorite hobby.
If you are an angler who’s looking for the last best trout stream, then a trip to experience the spring fly hatch on Rock Creek should be part of your bucket list. Rock Creek is one of very few Blue Ribbon fishing streams in the United States. This is a distinction given to waterways that show high water quality, reproduction capacity, and specific fish populations.
Our guides are set to make this warm spring one of the best seasons yet. We are offering a four-night spring angler special where guests receive $1,000 in added value, including a complimentary float trip on Rock Creek, an off-Ranch fishing excursion, daily casting lessons and fly-tying workshop, in addition to our four miles of on-property access and stocked trout ponds. As usual, all gear, guides and personalized instruction are included.
3. See the world differently.
Travel helps people to see the world in a new way. In fact, sometimes you have to leave home to appreciate what’s right in front of you. One of the best ways to change your perspective is to experience wildlife in its native habitat, such as diving in the Caribbean or going on a safari in Africa. Scouting wildlife is a fulfilling, meditative activity that we embrace, especially during the migrations of spring and fall. Western Montana is home to the most abundant wildlife population in the lower 48 states.
Following the honor of being chosen by the National Geographic Society as the United States’ only Unique Lodge of the World, we’ve added a special spring offer for travelers who want a safari experience in the Frontier West. Guests who visit before June 7th will view the youngest members of our animal kingdom and receive $1,000 in additional value. Among the featured inclusions are privately guided hikes, a Jeep tour and fireside discussions about the vitality of our eco-system.
4. Reconnect with someone special.
We all fall into the hum drum routine of life and forget the reasons that the people in our lives give us joy. A trip to reconnect, without the bounds of a normal schedule can reinvigorate a couple. We suggest adventure in the outdoors, which is stimulating, scenic and private, giving plenty of time to focus on each other.
Couples can embrace a Montana Romance with our new offer that includes delicious Relais & Châteaux cuisine, an extensive list of premium wine, beer and spirits, luxury accommodations, plus an additional $500 in added value. Featured inclusions like two 60-minute restorative massages in the Granite Spa, in-room champagne and a private horseback riding or fly fishing excursion with a private picnic are sure to give you a much needed jolt of romance.
Replace the word “Romance” with “Retreat” and it becomes the ideal Mother’s Day present for a wife or mother. Granite spa massages, a private picnic, gourmet meals, extensive amenities and adventures are a dozen gifts in one. Break the mold of traditional gifts and treat the mom(s) in your life to an environment where they don’t have to raise a finger, unless it’s to order another glass of complimentary wine.
5. Make the most of a holiday.
Perhaps you didn’t have a chance to get away last Christmas or summer. Extending a three-day weekend into a five to seven-day adventure might be a way to avoid the rush of the busier holiday seasons, while getting that long-overdue vacation.
In Montana, Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of a busy rodeo season, culminating in “Cowboy Christmas” during the Fourth of July Week. This time at the end of May embodies all the best of spring—cooler weather, abundant wildlife, long days—before June turns on the heat. The Ranch hosts a celebration that includes our a Ranch rodeo, barn dance, musical guests The Cold Hard Cash Show, outdoor meals on the wood fire grill, s’mores roasting, wagon rides and more. Families, couples and solo travelers alike enjoy this authentic kickoff to a glorious Montana summer.
We hope you get the chance to take a spring break. If you could design a perfect spring trip, what would it entail?