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What is Glamping?

Glamping, a Global Travel Trend

Over the past 10 years, glamping has moved up the ranks of the travel world. If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s a primer on this growing trend. While it might seem like a silly word, these hybrid concepts are nothing new to the English language. (For example, “Automobile” combines the Greek word for self with Latin word for moveable.)

Glamping is the combination of the words “glamour” and “camping.” Although backpackers will scoff at the idea that camping can be upgraded, many people who have slept on the ground for a night or two might admit that they prefer some small luxuries, like a mattress, a shower or a chef cooking them a delicious, filling meal prepared after a day of hiking.

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Category: In the press


All for the Guest! TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Before the summer season gets underway, we want to take some time to thank our guests. We greatly appreciate the extra time and effort our guest reviewers put into sharing their personal experiences with the global travel community. TripAdvisor just announced that we’ve received their Certificate of Excellence for the fourth straight year. We couldn’t be more thrilled, because this honor is derived directly from outstanding guest evaluations. We also received the Bravo Badge from TripAdvisor earlier in the year for our large proportion of excellent reviews.

The Ranch at Rock Creek received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015

TripAdvisor Accolades

It would be impossible to be the world’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star guest ranch without our guests. Their willingness to travel off the beaten path and delve far deeper than the conventional vacation keeps us striving to exceed expectations year after year. These reviews also reinforce our mission to provide exceptional experiential travel with comfort knitted into every corner of the breathtaking landscape. It we confirms we should continue to offer an authentic Montana environment based on our homestead roots. Read more…

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Masterful Destination Weddings

How well the words destination and wedding fit together—one describes the culmination of a journey and the other the exciting start of a new one. We were thrilled to host some of the top destination wedding experts during Laurie Arons’ Wedding Planner Masterclass in April. Laurie Arons Special Events is a San Francisco-based business that has managed over 600 events, including tailored destination weddings. Laurie and her Masterclass team (see below), challenged the idea that “nothing’s perfect” by sharing their orchestrated refinement and insider knowledge with talented colleagues and attendees. They turned the rustic beauty of The Ranch at Rock Creek into a Western story book romance. We’re pleased to share some of the Instagram highlights here, although we highly recommend you delve deeper by searching #weddingplannermasterclass for yourself.


Q & A with Laurie Arons

While she was here, we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to pick Laurie’s brain for our 2015 brides and grooms. Laurie answered some of the pressing questions that arise when planning a Montana destination wedding.

We hope you enjoy these masters in their element: Laurie Arons, Mindy Rice Design, Casa de Perrin, Amber Moon Design, Curlicue Designs, Montana Party Rentals, Elan Event Rentals, Jose Villa Photography, Paula LeDuc, Barn Relic, Blush Roses, Joel Serrato, Style Me Pretty Weddings, Geraldine Magazine, Czar Press, Creative Candles and Fellini Salon.

Laurie Arons Masterclass included expertise from renowned wedding photographer Jose Villa and instructions on staging shotsLeft: @pitbullsposies captures master photographer Jose Villa at work. Right: @smpweddings with the results.

What wedding trends do you expect to see in 2015?

Gold has been the metallic accent color of choice for the last couple years, but for the Wedding Planner Masterclass, I wanted to focus on a metal I think will start to inspire a new trend in weddings—pewter. This metal works beautifully with more rustic weddings because of its muted tone, and is more unexpected than gold or silver.

Both the welcome dinner and the formal dinner incorporated pewter through Mindy Rice’s design and Casa de Perrin’s pewter chargers and flatware.  I also loved the pewter letterpress ink on the printed materials.

Wedding details by Mindy Rice design augmented the natural beauty of the bride, groom and Montana landscape during the Wedding MasterclassLeft:@lauriearons bridal shoot. Right: @mindyricedesign’s inventive boutonnieres with found objects.  Read more…

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World’s First Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Ranch

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The Ranch Wins 2nd Forbes Travel-Guide Five-Star Honor

The skies have been clear for stargazing lately, but the most exciting constellation we’re seeing today is from one of the world’s most trusted travel authorities. Forbes Travel Guide has named The Ranch at Rock Creek a five-star resort for the second consecutive year. We are one of only 115 worldwide hotels to earn this award in 2015.


The Forbes Travel Guide Award

The Forbes Travel Guide star rating system, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, has been awarded since 1958. They use a system of 800 objective criteria to award a 1 to 5 star rating. It’s exhilarating and very satisfying to receive their highest award two years in a row. Forbes Travel Guide explains their Five-Star Award:

These exceptional hotels provide a memorable experience through virtually flawless service and the finest of amenities. Staff is intuitive, engaging and passionate, and eagerly goes beyond expectations. The hotel was designed with your comfort in mind, with particular attention paid to craftsmanship and quality of product. A Forbes Travel Guide Five Star property is a destination unto itself.

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What Gives The Ranch An Extra Sparkle?

A Forbes Travel Guide Distinction

The Ranch at Rock Creek is honored to be recognized as the first and only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel in the world. Our wonderful guests, the media and our friends in the luxury travel and hospitality community have been so gracious in sending their congratulations and sharing our news. We are very appreciative.

Forbes Travel Guide has hundreds of selection criteria.  Obviously, their experts reviewed our rustic, yet elegant accommodations on the Blue Ribbon trout fishery, Rock Creek.  But, we are curious. We wonder if it was our Canvas Cabins and 19th Century Historic Barn that clinched it for us – the secret sauce, an extra sparkle to our shine.

The Ranch at Rock Creek features luxury camping, known as glamping in Montana

Most people don’t connect Five Stars with a cabin or a barn.  But after spending time at The Ranch at Rock Creek, they do.  

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