Next stops: the Ranch at Rock Creek and Amangani
The Ranch at Rock Creek opened last week (we move fast at Smith). We stopped in on a covert research mission here as the hotel was officially kicking off with a very private, very confidentiality-waiverish exclusive hire… so we snuck our way in to the hottest thing to hit the Rockies and, man oh man, is this place somewhere to shout about! Anyone with a luxury Wild West vacation in mind should giddy on up faster than you can say Pocahontas. On another bizarre, small-world side note… I actually bumped into a famous fashion designer friend (and Smith hotel reviewer) out here in middle-of-nowhere Montana, completely by accident. Crazy.
2 I couldn’t take many snapshots due to ‘privacy issues’ of celebrity guests but this is something to whet your whistle: technicolourful, kitsch, country café servicing Rock Creek’s luxury ensuite, complete with front porch and rocking chairs on the river tents.
3 Doe Brothers 1920s soda fountain in town with the most INCREDIBLE sandwich ever to cross my lips (and that’s saying a lot)… Soft pretzel roll reuben with home-fried skin-on potato chips. Oh my word. Plus a thick frosty vanilla shake for the road!
5 Hopefully fines don’t triple if the driver is snapping photos of the insanely beautiful clouds while behind the wheel… Everything under control, I swear.
6 We tried to wait around for Old Faithful to blow but it was going to be at least another 45 minutes and we still had to make our way through West Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons to get to Amangani. We saw bison and elk on our drive and then proceeded to eat elk sirloin chilli and braised bison short ribs for dinner on the following two nights – is that wrong? It was so right on the tastebuds.
8 …in the perfect room…
9 …with perfect room service.
10 When I say ‘perfect’ I mean perfect – macadamia-encrusted French toast with huckleberry compote and maple syrup. Oh god…