Mountain Retreats and Ranches Event Ideas

Mountain Retreats and Ranches Event Ideas

The Triple Creek Ranch [3], available for corporate retreats in October, December, January, February, and May, is an intimate resort on 600 acres on the side of Trapper Peak, the highest mountain in Western Montana. It offers a welcoming main lodge, a world-class restaurant and wine cellar, and deluxe private guest cabins, along with tennis courts, pool, fishing ponds, and a fitness center. On-ranch activities include horseback riding, hiking, and snowshoeing. Nearby are guided fly-fishing, river floating, cattle driving, white-water rafting, guided all-terrain vehicle tours, and Alpine and Nordic skiing. While there is no cell phone service, each cabin has wireless Internet connectivity and its own direct-dial phone. High-speed satellite Wi-Fi Internet is available at the lodge and the library.

Meadowood Lodge [4], in the Central Idaho mountains on 10 private acres, surrounded by the Payette National Forest, offers large guest suites, cabins, and a conference center. The common area includes rustic fireplaces, a library filled with local information, a hot tub, and an entertainment center. The 1,000-square-foot conference center features an 800-square-foot wraparound deck overlooking the pond and meadow. The conference center has its own kitchen facility, dining area, comfortable seating, fireplace, and large-screen TV. The landscaped lawn, gazebo, and fire pit also can be used for outdoor events. The conference center can be reserved individually or in conjunction with the entire lodge.

This spring the River Dance Lodge [5] in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, began offering all-inclusive pricing for vacation packages, but it also caters to business groups looking for adventure. Located near the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area and surrounded by National Forest lands, the five-year-old adventure resort also offers corporate retreat packages for up to 64 people in log cabins. (Campground accommodations are available for larger groups.) Activities include white-water rafting, float trips, fly-fishing, horseback riding, and hiking. The resort offers a conference area in the back of the Syringa Café, and provides an easel, tables, chairs, and a television with a DVD player for presentations. Wireless Internet also is available.

Meals are served in the lodge dining room with an emphasis on regional fare such as huckleberries, wild salmon, wild mushrooms, game, and healthy produce. These are complemented by an extensive wine list of Northwest regional wines as well as regional microbrews. Accommodations are classic Western handcrafted log cabins with views to the Clearwater River. Each cabin has a deck and private hot tub. Small cabins sleep four to six people, while the larger cabins accommodate six to 10.

The Aspen Lodge Ranch Resort & Conference Center [6] in Estes Park, Colo., offers 36 lodge rooms with patio or walk-out balcony, and 23 one-, two-, and three-room cabins. It can accommodate business meetings for 10 to 170.

The main lodge, which is constructed of lodge-pole pine, has five meeting rooms that range from 400 square feet to approximately 2,500 square feet in size.

Other amenities include continental gourmet and Western-style meals served at the Aspen Grill, the Ten Bears Saloon, and an activity center with two racquetball courts, sauna, exercise and game room, hot tub, and seasonal activities such as fishing, tennis, hiking, ice skating, and cross-country skiing. The lodge also offers horseback riding and horse-drawn wagon /sleigh rides year-round. Three conference packages are available: Full Package; Full Minus Breaks with Dinner off-site option; and a Retreat Package.

Just 10 minutes from Winter Park, Colo., is the Devil's Thumb Ranch, which offers accommodations that range from single rooms to multiroom suites. It also has a cafe, pub/bistro, fitness center, theater, a six-sided, three-story fireplace constructed from stones gathered from a rockslide near the ranch, and a miniature bowling alley.

The meeting center, which is built from two Civil War-era barns, offers high-speed Internet access, AV equipment, and intimate conference rooms and presentation areas. It also has a 2,900-square-foot meeting room with 7-foot x 10-foot windows, as well as a 2,200-square-foot deck that overlooks the Continental Divide for breaks.

Teambuilding activities include beginner fly fishing lessons, a ropes course, hiking, golf on one of the three courses within a 10-minute drive, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. There’s also a spa, and fine dining options that range from an outdoor Western barbecue to dining in the ranch’s private wine cellar. All meals are prepared from scratch using seasonal ingredients.