Luxurious Lodging in Montana’s Yellowstone Country

Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, Montana Lone Mountain Ranch, Photo by Jeff Bogle

We are in the peak of fall, and the colors are fantastic — if you’re visiting this time of year, lucky you! You’ll want to be sure to get some scenic drives in. Perhaps a full-fledged road trip around the region? Montana’s Yellowstone Country is full of luxurious lodging options — places as unique as Montana itself and offering those simple little touches that make your stay memorable.

Lone Mountain Ranch, just down the road from Big Sky Resort, is one of the more unique offerings. With cozy cabins complete with wood-burning stoves and clawfoot tubs for long, warm baths, relaxing becomes a whole new experience. All-inclusive adventures are available year-round, including miles of groomed trails for Nordic skiing, sleigh ride dinners, tours to Yellowstone, and some of the best dining in Big Sky. 

Montage Big Sky is one of the newest additions. Part of the Montage collection of artistic hotels, restaurants, and residences, the Big Sky hotel is nestled at the base of the Spanish Peaks mountain range, with ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort. Montage is built with locally sourced wood and stone and combines modern design with alpine charm. Spa Montage is the place for those looking for a spa vacation. The 11,000-square-foot space includes an indoor pool, heated plunge pools, steam rooms, and twelve treatment rooms. 

The Wilson Hotel, also in Big Sky, is an ideal option for those wanting to experience both the amenities of Big Sky Resort and the lively community activities at Big Sky Town Center. The only hotel in the heart of it all, The Wilson has spacious and contemporary suites with full kitchens, ski storage, and shuttles around town. It’s also pet friendly, so if you are traveling with furry friends, check out their Dog Days in the Mountains package! 

Lone Mountain Ranch Lone Mountain Ranch, Photo by Donnie Sexton

The Hibernation Station in West Yellowstone is the place to stay for a rustic feel with luxurious touches. These spacious cabins have fine finishes, such as handmade beds, chairs, and decorations. Enjoy the privacy of your cabin at the end of a day adventuring in Yellowstone. Relax in the jacuzzi or explore the shops throughout town any time of year. 

Grey Cliffs Ranch, in the Madison River Valley, near Three Forks, has been restored over time to its native landscape, including planting thousands of acres of grasslands and trees, creating wetland protection with fences to protect springs from livestock, and reviving wildlife habitats, including a variety of birds and wild game. Guests now enjoy deer, elk, eagles, and upland birds as they roam the property. Guests will enjoy full breakfasts with eggs from the ranch, packed or in-house lunch, and gourmet dinners, including foods raised on-site. 

The Kimpton Armory Hotel, Bozeman’s first and only four-star hotel, sits just off historic Main Street downtown. The design honors the rich heritage of this landmark Bozeman building while seamlessly adding a contemporary look and feel inside. A rooftop pool and Sky Shed lounge offer stunning views, and guests can enjoy Fielding’s Restaurant, Tune Up bar, and live music in the Armory Music Hall. 

Gallatin River Lodge, located in the countryside just out of Bozeman, offers a delightful setting for stepping into the Montana lifestyle. Known as one of the valley’s premiere fishing lodges, it’s also an excellent location for enjoying all the other area activities. Anglers can practice casting in their private pond, and the dining room is a local favorite. Rooms are delightfully comfortable, with some rooms offering jacuzzi tubs and in-room fireplaces. 

In Three Forks, the Sacajawea Hotel, one of the Historic Hotels in America, is a preferred stop for history lovers. The hotel has been elegantly refurbished, with luxury bedding and a sweeping front porch for relaxing and enjoying the sunset. Pompey’s Grill, their on-site, fine dining restaurant, is a local favorite, drawing patrons from around the region. 

Sacajawea Hotel, Three Forks, Montana Sacajawea Hotel, Photo by Stephanie Quayle

In Paradise Valley, Sage Lodge is a lovely stop. With spectacular 360-degree views, the setting of the hotel is unmatched. Enjoy their great room with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows where you can bask in the stunning views anytime. Outdoor firepits, a hot tub, a spa, and two dining options make this a great getaway close to Yellowstone. 

Another beloved lodging option during warm weather months is Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. Opened in 1929, this delightful guest ranch offers breathtaking views, luxury amenities, and a warm and friendly staff that keep people coming back year after year. Set on 17,000 acres, activities range from horseback riding and cattle work to whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and clay shooting. Relax in the wellness center, with yoga classes, massage, a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, cedar sauna, and steam room. 

Within the borders of Yellowstone National Park, Lake Yellowstone Hotel is an unparalleled treat. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the hotel sits on the banks of Yellowstone Lake with large picture windows providing incredible views. While you’re here, there are several options for boat tours around the lake, and the formal dining room is an unexpected culinary delight — not what you would typically find tucked into the wild! 

The Grand Hotel in Big Timber is one of the region’s historic gems. The hotel has a classic mining town vibe, with all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. Rooms are decorated in Victorian fashion, with comfortable beds and antique furniture. Enjoy fine dining in their restaurant or relax for a more casual dinner in the bar area. You’ll enjoy an authentic Montana experience with company of some great local characters. 

If you’re in the Red Lodge area, The Pollard Hotel, another historic hotel built in 1893, was the first brick building in Red Lodge. Many famous historical figures spent time here, including copper kings William and Marcus Daly, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Calamity Jane! Today, the hotel has been beautifully renovated, and you can find relics, such as early registries, to explore in the lobby. Marli’s on-site restaurant has a new menu full of warming comfort foods, perfect for autumn. 

We hope you’ll be able to enjoy the changing season with us!