Wilson Hotel Big Sky Residence Inn opened in mid-2019 and is Big Sky’s first major hotel. With a name inspired by Wilson Peak, one of the most prominent of the Spanish Peaks overlooking Big Sky, the hotel has 129 suites, 3,000 square feet of meeting space and a Town Center location just steps from shops, restaurants and nightlife.
Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.
Snow Bear Chalets, the world’s first ski-in/ ski-out luxury treehouses, has completed its first year of welcoming groups and individual guests at Whitefish Mountain Resort with great success. The three tree - houses, situated alongside the slopes, sleep a total of 22 guests. The three-story Cedar Chalet is ideal for a retreat, sleeping 10 and featuring four bathrooms, a living room/ kitchen/dining area that seats 20, and a spacious outdoor deck with seating for 10.
Situated 20 minutes south of Livingston and less than 35 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, the new Sage Lodge in Pray features 50 guest rooms in the form of a 34-room lodge and four 2,800-square-foot cabins that sleep up to 16. Sage Lodge’s event facility, The Barn, includes the Yellowstone Room that can host receptions for up to 190 and three smaller breakout rooms with space for up to 30 each. The Barn’s indoor-to-outdoor design allows events to spill onto the Lodge Lawn and Yellowstone Lawn.
Quieter months in mountain destinations are no longer a secret, but there are still savings to be found.
These neighboring destinations offer opportunities for meetings and events on both sides of a mountain pass.
A bike retreat, Olympic venue, Nordic center and ice rink demonstrate peak possibilities.
Former chef and restaurateur Chuck Samuelson gives back with innovative culinary programs.
There are places in the U.S. mountain west and western Canada that are so stunning, they can’t help but inspire brilliance. The Rocky Mountain backdrops and vivid contrasts of seasons have long drawn artists who come to spark their imagination. Meeting planners also can stimulate inventiveness by hosting gatherings in these three communities of varying sizes where creativity thrives.
Western Montana's Glacier Country is benefitting from four new lodging properties in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Several properties also have renovated, including Flathead Lake Lodge on the east shore of Flathead Lake near Bigfork, which upgraded cabins with new wood floors and remodeled bathrooms.