Darby, Montana – There’s no better place to celebrate spring than in Montana. Triple Creek Ranch has announced the 2010 dates for its Third Annual Spring Roundup and Seventh Annual Spring Vintners Series. Over five weekends in May and June, Montana’s premier Relais & Châteaux member property invites guests to saddle up cowboy-style or swirl some serious wines from leading U.S. vintners.
Third Annual Spring Roundup
Triple Creek Ranch’s popular Round-up puts guests into a cowboy frame of mind as they learn about horses, move and brand cattle, and experience first-hand the excitement of a rodeo. Scheduled May 2-6, the action-packed five-day/four-night Spring Round-up package includes a day of learning cowboy basics, a day for branding and a rodeo day. All meals, beverages, house wines and spirits are included. All-inclusive, per-couple rates range from $3,150 for a cedar cabin to $4,350 for a luxury cabin for the four-night program.
The itinerary begins with a Welcome Reception with Triple Creek Ranch wranglers and Jimmy, the local hatter. Cowboy Basics Day teaches guests the parts of the horse, catching and saddling the horse, and mounting and riding a horse. Participants will also observe rope handling by the Triple Creek cowboys, with on-the-job roping lessons available. On Branding Day, guests herd and sort the cows, as well as wrestle and brand the calves. The Round-up culminates in Rodeo Day where aspiring ranchers can put their new or refined riding skills to the test with timed events such as barrel racing and pole bending.
At the end of each day, guests return to the privacy of their cabin to unwind in front of the fireplace, enjoy a couple’s massage and sip champagne in their hot tub. Guests also enjoy a nightly candlelit dinner in the Lodge’s award-winning dining room, featuring Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman’s inspired regional and seasonal cuisine selections, as well as complimentary cocktails in the Rooftop Lounge.
Seventh Annual Spring Vintners Series
Triple Creek Ranch’s Seventh Annual Spring Vintners Series runs May through June, with an award-winning winery showcased on each of four weekends. Each weekend includes wine tastings with visiting vintners, wine pairing dinners, plus outdoor and indoor activities ranging from fly-fishing and horseback riding to couple’s massages. The four-day/three-night program dates are May 14-17, 20-23, 27-30 and June 3-6, 2010. This year’s visiting vintners are Flora Springs, a three-generation, family-run vintner; Chappellet, known for their award-winning Cabernets; Koenig Vineyards, producer of hand-crafted varietal wines in Idaho’s Snake River Valley; and Fidelitas, a vintner loyal to Bordeaux’s winemaking techniques renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon. Rates begin at $1,950 per couple, based on double occupancy for the three-night weekend.