Experience Nature and Art at Triple Creek Ranch in Montana

What’s an art lover who’d rather spend the precious summer months outside in nature as opposed to inside a stuffy, dimly lit museum to do? The best of both worlds are available at the Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, where the unrivaled scenic beauty of Big Sky Country pairs with the luxury resort’s new summer Artist in Residence program.

This June through September, Triple Creek Ranch welcomes one artist to stay on-ranch for a select long weekend each month.

Guests are encouraged to watch the artist at work around the property and participate in a workshop session. The Artist in Residence will also join guests for cocktails each evening and will host a table at dinner each night, offering exclusive opportunities to connect personally.

Joe Kronenberg (June 13-17), Gerald Painter (July 18-22), Brooke Wetzel (August 1-5) and Sally Vannoy (September 12-16) are all Western artists based in Montana or Idaho with work already in the collection at Triple Creek Ranch.

“This a group that is passionate about creating art that evokes the incredible splendor and minute details of our Rocky Mountain environs, offering new ways to ‘see’ everything around us,” Catharine Reed, events and activities coordinator at Triple Creek Ranch, said. “Their presence on-ranch will be subtle yet inclusive, offering ways to appreciate their work from afar or engage more closely.”

Expanding its art program is a natural for the Triple Creek Ranch, which boasts exceptional holdings of Western Art from contemporary all the way back to C.M. Russell, an icon of Western painting who called Montana home for over 30 years in the early 20th century.

“The art collection at Triple Creek Ranch has a strong presence. Throughout the ranch itself, in the main lodge and in guest cabins, walls are covered with striking pieces that represent various eras, subjects and mediums, but all with the unifying theme of Western fine art,” Reed said. “A highlight for many guests is to enjoy a tour of the owners’ private home on-ranch, where their most treasured paintings hang.”

Triple Creek Ranch owners Craig and Barbara Barrett are passionate about Western fine art and have carefully curated a collection of original pieces which fill the walls of the main lodge as well as the guest cabins. When they are home in Montana, the Barrett’s often invite guests to their personal on-ranch residence for cocktail hour and a tour of their private art collection. The couple also graciously open their home for tours of the private collection upon request as available.

Convincing the artists to participate in this program was not difficult.

“They share our passion for the great wilderness and natural beauty around us and are just as delighted to spend some time at our remote mountain hideaway as we are to have them,” Reed said. “With beautiful scenery at every turn that begs to be painted, drawn or sculpted, the ranch is an artist’s dream locale.”

The Artist in Residence program represents only one of many new and signature guest activity offerings this summer at Triple Creek Ranch. Forget horseback riding, fly fishing and fine dining—while Triple Creek Ranch offers all of those—why not try something new?

How about sapphire panning?

Find out first hand why Montana is called The Treasure State. Known for sparkling gems in blue, orange, pink and green, the Ranch supplies everything necessary for guests to wash and find raw sapphires. If you get lucky, they’ll even help you have your find appraised!

Indulge your “City Slicker” fantasy by joining a cattle drive where you’ll help move anywhere from 100 to 800 head of cattle.

Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea with a guided hike down the “descent trail,” part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Stay up late stargazing with NASA and Montana Space Grant Consortium outreach presenter Loren Spencer.

If all that sounds like too much effort for a vacation, how does a fireside s’mores and whiskey pairing sound? It’s the ultimate grown-up campfire experience!

Triple Creek Ranch sommelier Angela Gargano guides guests through a selection of whiskeys to accompany Executive Pastry Chef Natasha Platt’s incredible homemade s’mores kits. Platt makes house-made vanilla bean marshmallows and graham crackers with Hershey’s chocolate.

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“After going through this guided tasting guests will be encouraged to assemble their s’mores by the fire and decide which whiskey is the perfect match,” Gargano said. “Each week throughout the summer we’ll have a different theme for our whiskey pairing.”

Themes include whiskeys of the world with selections from Scotland, Japan and the United States, classic Kentucky bourbons, local Montana whiskeys and smoky vs. sweet with peaty scotches squaring off against caramel-influenced bourbons.

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