Darby, Montana – July, 2012 – Triple Creek Ranch, Montana’s all-inclusive hideaway resort, has announced its program of birding adventures geared toward serious birdwatchers as well as casual nature lovers. The “100th Birday” quest, directed by Triple Creek Ranch's on-staff nature guides, challenges participants to find 100 bird species in one day throughout Montana’s “Big Sky” country. Participants explore western Montana's rivers, lakes, canyons, forests, ridges and mountain tops in search of the birding century. Guests can plan ahead or sign up last minute, as Triple Creek Ranch's guides are available at guests' request.
Over 400 bird species have been spotted in Montana and 246 have been recorded in the Bitterroot Valley, Triple Creek Ranch's home. A typical birder's outing could net anything from swans and grebes to eagles and falcons or cranes and curlews to hummingbirds and woodpeckers. It is not unusual to spot 20 or more species in the environs of the ranch's lodge on any given day. In addition to birds, the region abounds with elk, moose, wolves, bear and mountain lions as well as wild flowers, lush forests and mountain vistas in every direction.
"Birday" outings are included with a reservation and scheduled upon request.
Additionally, Triple Creek Ranch has several favorite guest events this fall:
· The first Steelhead Fly Fishing Celebration will be November 8-12 on the Salmon River. Led by owner Craig Barrett, this fishing trip is open to all experience levels and includes two days of guided fly fishing on the Salmon River, a day of trap shooting and 5-stand, and an Idaho fishing license.
· “Klicks for Chicks” annual event is back at Triple Creek Ranch for the third time this November. This riding experience is an all-female, four day, 100-kilometer ride through the Rocky Mountains that draws cowgirls and horsewomen from around the world. Riders venture into deep canyons, over mountain passes, past crystal-clear lakes and through open meadows by day and then return to the luxurious ranch for an evening full of pampering, fine dining, and a comfortable bed. Space is still available for the November 8-12 and 15-19.
· Artist Weekends allow visitors the chance to learn from and paint alongside prominent American western genre artists during this series of four-day / three-night workshops available October 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28. Workshops focus on watercolors, oils, pastels, sculpture and more.
· Elegant accommodations in a private cabin with a wood-burning fireplace, private or nearby hot tub, king log post bed and more
· Breakfast, lunch, snacks and gourmet dinners, house wines and spirits
· Complimentary on-ranch activities including fly-fishing or casting lessons, horseback riding, hiking, nature and birding tours, swimming (outdoor heated pool), tennis, and use of fitness center
For additional information on “100th Birday” events, or any other Triple Creek Ranch events, please contact Triple Creek Ranch activity coordinators at 1.800.654.2943, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or please visit http://triplecreekranch.com/.
Triple Creek Ranch is the world's highest ranked hotel over the past 5 years, according to Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” ratings. Rated the #1 inn/small lodge in the Continental US and #2 Hotel in the World in Travel + Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best reader’s poll, as well as a favorite on both the 2011 Conde Nast Traveler “Gold List” and the 2010 and 2011 Condé Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice” list, Triple Creek Ranch is a Relais & Châteaux member property and an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge and resort. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Montana Rockies, Triple Creek Ranch accommodates adult guests (children age 16 and over are welcome) in 23 luxurious western-style log cabins with wood-burning fireplaces, stocked wet bars, and exceptional original western genre art. The ranch is known for its innovative cuisine, extensive wine cellar, and outstanding service. In addition to the wide range of on-ranch activities, guests are encouraged to venture farther afield and experience the mountains, lakes, canyons, wildlife and cowboy culture of the Bitterroot Valley.