Another year means another birthday and this year was 21! A lot of people think that 21 is this huge deal, but since my parents live abroad and I’ve been to Mexico, 21 was not my first legal sip. I was more nervous about turning twenty, since to me, that’s the real exit from teen-hood. So, instead of the traditional club-hopping birthday I decided to hit the hay, literally. The summer before I went to college, we took a family vacation to this amazing place in Montana called The Ranch at Rock Creek. In general, the staff, the food, the activities were so perfect and so memorable that I knew I had to come back. So, when my mom asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday this year, The Ranch was the first thing that came to mind.
In order to get to the ranch, we flew into Missoula, Montana and then drove about an hour to the ranch, which is closest to a tiny town called Philipsburg. As soon as we stepped off the plane someone from the staff was there to greet us and escort us to the property. From the minute we got there to the minute we left my birthday was perfect. Even before we arrived, the ranch contacted me to arrange a tentative schedule with all our preferred activities, times of meals and other ranch wide activities. My birthday weekend happened to fall during The Harvest Festival in which the ranch puts on a barn dance for the whole ranch! So on top of the private performance by Leann Rimes, the festival came complete with a birthday cake for me and the whole ranch singing me happy birthday. I felt so special and so well cared for. Not to mention all food and drink is included during your stay, so the complimentary champagne and an open bar all day definitely helped ring in 21!! I was so happy to be with my favorite guy riding horses, shooting rifles and arrows.
By now if you’re not convinced that this is the happiest place on earth (besides Disneyland), then let me assure you the food is out of this world. I don’t even have pictures because every time I sat down to eat, I got too flustered and excited that by the time I remembered to take a photo, the food was already gone.
I could go on about the activities and the food and drinks, and staff, but I won’t, because that wasn’t even the best thing about the trip. Since Chandler and I are long distance (until next month, thank goodness), it’s rare that we get to go on these kinds of trips alone together. There was something so romantic about the fireplaces and chess games we played, not to mention the little hints of competition during activities. We had the most magical weekend together and even though we live across the country, literally, the ranch brought us closer together; it was like I fell in love with him all over again. We loved the ranch so much that we lightly considered dropping out of school to work there!!
I’ve been all over the world and I can truly say, The Ranch at Rock Creek is one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. I couldn’t fit all my favorite things about the ranch in this article if I wanted to, so I’ve included the ranch’s link below so you can get inspired for your next vacation. I highly recommend the ranch for everyone, especially families or couples looking to spend some quality time together away from technology. When I develop my film I promise to add more from the trip!
(These photos are an amalgamation of both times I visited the ranch)