Don’t get us wrong, we love summer. That said, after a few months of frequently sweltering weather and our share of beach days, we’re ready to totally shake things up. And by shake things up, we mean pile on the layers, lace up the boots, and saddle up for a wild west getaway. A luxury ranch destination is the perfect trip to transition into the season, and we’re examining two picturesque locations to get turn your cowgirl dreams into reality (though we’re not mad about having a spa nearby either). Read on to see where to stay and what to do in Philipsburg, Montana and Saratoga, Wyoming, as well as a handful of items you may want to pack to look and feel the part.
When it comes to a place to stay in Philipsburg, we can’t imagine a better spot than 5-star destination The Ranch at Rock Creek. Besides the perfectly curated western aesthetic of the accommodations (take your pick of staying in a lodge, glamping cabin, luxury homes, or a restored historic barn), the fact that the ranch is all-inclusive means shaking up here gives you access to horseback riding, fly fishing, archery, and more outdoor activities as well as an award-winning spa offering beauty and wellness treatments and multiple rustic-chic dining options.
Besides all you can do in on the ranch’s massive property, there are also a few things to check out in town. Philipsburg Brewery’s downtown taproom offers visitors the opportunity to sample their signature, locally crafted brews plus live music every Friday and Saturday night — all in the ambience of a historic bank building.
In terms of shopping, you can browse ethically-sourced local stones and jewelry at its storefront in town, Montana Sapphire Company and handmade ceramics at Back Creek Pottery. If you’re up for a treasure hunt, cruise the antiques and other oddities at Stuff & Such or Philipsburg Treasures and Gifts. And no trip to the area would be complete without a trip to Granite Ghost Town State Park, where you can explore (and take selfies in) the remains of historic buildings in the abandoned mining town.
If you’re headed into this former pioneer town, may we suggest setting up camp at Magee Homestead on Brush Creek Ranch? You won’t exactly be living like the loggers and trappers did here during the late 19th century at the all-inclusive destination, but you’ll still be living out your ranch fantasies while hiking trails, riding horses, and even going on ATV adventures. Besides that, there’s a farm-to-table restaurant (produce comes from a greenhouse on the property and the beef comes from locally raised cattle), a luxurious spa, a yoga and meditation yurt, and rooms expertly decked out in a western motif. What’s not to love?
As for what else to do while you’re in town, you can soak in the mineral hot springs at the free, public “Hobo Hot Pool” as it’s lovingly called. Also, get into the local history by making a stop at The Saratoga Museum, which is seeped in history. The structure alone is located in the Saratoga’s original Union Pacific Railroad Depot and during a visit you can examine authentic railroad cars and cabins as well as check out rocks, gems, prehistoric artifacts, and more during the ongoing exhibitions.