Celebrating Christmas and New Year's at Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch

Published by Jody on November 11 2014 19:15 in Dude Ranches | Food & Wine | Montana | Ranch Specials | Special Events | United States | winter sports
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Triple Creek Ranch Celebrating Christmas and New Year's!

Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, a Relais & Chateaux sanctuary with five star cuisine, an award-winning wine list and stellar service, is a joyous place to celebrate the holidays and experience the beauty of a Rocky Mountain winter. Adorned in holiday finery for the season, Triple Creek Ranch offers an intimate getaway with festive cheer and a range of activities that include dog sledding, skiing, and cooking lessons. You're sure to be in good hands as Triple Creek Ranch was named the World's Best Hotel in the Travel + Leisure 2014 World's Best Awards and was just ranked one of the Top 100 on Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014!

Triple Creek Ranch

A Montana Christmas and A Wild, Wild West New Year’s Eve

Triple Creek Ranch celebrates Christmas in Montana with elegant decorations in the main lodge and a jubilant atmosphere. Guests may choose from a selection of freshly-cut evergreens (or a faux tree) to decorate their cabin. Some guests prefer to ship their own ornaments, while others avail themselves of Triple Creek Ranch’s collection of holiday decorations, or simply let the staff adorn the tree before their arrival. The holidays are spent at leisure, enjoying Ranch activities such as winter hikes in the Bitterroot Range or horseback riding on the forested trails, and of course enjoying Chef Jacob Leatherman’s rich holiday menu with carefully selected wines to match. There will be celebratory dinners on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and this year, guests will ring in 2015 on New Year’s Eve decked out in cowboy finery with a Wild, Wild West New Year’s Eve celebration that includes a five-course wine-pairing dinner and a champagne toast with signature New Year’s Eve fireworks.

*Three-night minimum stay required for Christmas and New Year’s only.

For more details and reservations, call 800-654-2943 or email. Visit their website for more details: Triplecreekranch.com

New Year’s Eve celebrations at Paws Up Montana don’t stop 'til you do!

Published by Jody on November 8 2014 04:52 in Dude Ranches | Food & Wine | Ranch Specials | Special Events | United States | winter sports | Working Ranches
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New Year’s Eve celebrations at Paws Up Montana don’t stop 'til you do! 

With an event as big as New Year’s Eve, sometimes a party alone isn’t quite festive enough. Which is why Paws Up is inviting you to a New Year’s weekend like no other!

Beginning with an elegant five-course dinner in their award-winning restaurant, Pomp, the festivities don’t end until a lavish breakfast buffet the next morning. In between, you’ll enjoy games, prizes, a bonfire, an extravagant fireworks display, all set to live music from the awesome Crystal Bowersox.

Crystal Bowersox

Crystal's emotive folk-rock-country style was catapulted from the cramped coffeehouses and cavernous subway tunnels of Chicago into millions of homes across America when she placed second on Season 9 of American Idol. Along with her old soul of a voice, her care-free style and "don't mess with me" attitude set her apart from the other contestants on the show, and eventually landed the self-taught songstress performances with the likes of the legendary Joe Cocker, Harry Connick, Jr. and Alanis Morrissette. It’s sure to be a stunning show!

When you’re all partied out and ready to turn in, you can catch up on your sleep in your own luxurious home. Featuring a fireplace, hot tub and sumptuous beds, you’ll really feel like you’ve escaped to a wonderland of palatial rustic glamour at The Wilderness Estates, a collection of luxury ranch homes nestled a world away from the everyday. Whatever you can imagine is at your fingertips - total indulgence and complete relaxation. This secluded wilderness sanctuary comes complete with panoramic vistas, total privacy and an extensive list of features, including a great room with a soaring vaulted ceiling, a cook's kitchen and a loft game room. Lastly, the three master suites feature en-suite master bathrooms outfitted with a spacious slate shower, a jetted spa tub, sumptuous spa products and plush towels. You’ll feel like royalty!

Luxury living at Paws Up

Winter in Greenough, Montana is a time for any sport that makes use of a land blanketed by white. The Resort at Paws Up offers over a hundred miles of lightly traveled wilderness trails for a diversity of unique Montana winter vacation excursions. For those who yearn to explore the great outdoors of Big Sky Country, we feature unforgettable adventures, like dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, private indoor equestrian lessons and even ice skating - all in winter wonderland full of peace and magic. If given some time off, Jack Frost would certainly choose to spend his holidays relaxing here after weeks of winterizing the world!


For more information, call: 800-473-0601 or Email and let the ranch know Top50 referred you!


Triple Creek Ranch invites you to an exclusive New York charity event

Published by Jody on September 9 2013 00:18 in Food & Wine
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Triple Creek Ranch, along with owners Barbara and Craig Barrett, and Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman, will be hosting a special charitable event dinner at the James Beard House in New York City, November 21st. Please join them and invite friends from the area this fall to attend an event that promises to satisfy every epicurean and oenophile's appetite. 

Triple Creek Ranch food and wine

Experience the best in culinary experiences, from the west to the 'Big Apple'. Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman has been creating fabulous dishes for the guests at Triple Creek Ranch since 2005 and believes in using top-quality produce to create stunning contemporary cuisine, so you can expect only the best to be on offer.

Jacob Leatherman Triple Creek Ranch


Ranch vacations make great trips for food lovers

Published by Jody on June 24 2013 11:09 in Culinary Vacations | Food & Wine
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Ranch vacations make great holidays for foodies, although they may not seem like the obvious choice. There are as many types of food as there are types of ranches, so you can make sure you are filling yourself with the best fuel for riding, exploring or relaxing, no matter where you stay.

Lone Mountain Guest Ranch, Montana
Photo: Lone Mountain Guest Ranch, Montana, USA

Satisfying traditional ranch dining

Rankin Ranch, California
Photo: Rankin Ranch, California, USA

Everyone has a food preference and it's not always the French-style fine dining that tickles our tastebuds. If it's rustic, traditional dining that makes your mouth water, consider booking a traditional ranch vacation. From homegrown BBQ steak to traditional homemade bread, you will get to taste the full, real ranch flavours of the ranch you are visiting. 

Estancia Los Potreros, Cordoba, Argentina
Photo: Estancia Los Potreros, Cordoba, Argentina


Chocolate and Raspberry Tart Recipe, courtesy of Zapata Ranch

Published by Jody on July 23 2012 12:40 in Cattle drives | Food & Wine | Recipes | Working Ranches
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Chocolate and raspberry tart, anyone? It’s hard to say no to this chocolate creation that’s served up to the lucky guests of Zapata Ranch in the USA. After a long day gathering bison on the Colorado working ranch, you’ll have more than enough room for at least one helping of this indugent Oreo dessert. But if you can’t wait until your working ranch vacations at Zapata to dive in headfirst, here’s the recipe so you can make it in your own kitchen. It’s super easy to make – the hardest part will be trying not to eat it all at once!

Ranch Recipe of the Month: Zapata’s Chocolate and Raspberry Tart


For the crust
2 Dozen Oreo Cookies - turn to crumbs in a food processor
1/4 cup Butter melted

For the Filling
1 Cup of corn Starch
1 Cup of sugar
1 Table spoon of vanilla extract
4 Cups of half & half
6 Egg yolks placed in large heatproof bowl
12 oz. of chocolate chips
3 Cups of fresh Raspberries


1. First, make the crust. Place the crumbs in a 9-inch springform pan then pour in the melted butter. Mix well until a crust can be formed. Press the crust into the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

2. Next, prepare the filling. Place the corn starch and sugar in a heavy saucepan. Over medium-high heat, gradually add the vanilla extract and the half & half, constantly whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. Pour half of the mixture over the eggs yolks, still whisking, then pour the egg mixture back in to the hot pan. Continue whisking until thickened (2-3 minutes).

3. Pour the mixture over the chocolate chips. Allow to stand for 2 minutes then whisk well until a chocolate custard forms. Pour into prepared pie shell and top with raspberries. Chill for 4-6 hours.

Dive in and enjoy!

For more information on working ranch vacations at Zapata Ranch, including its famous bison cattle drives, visit Top50Ranches.com

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