It’s been dubbed the “most expensive hotel in America” over the years by outlets from The Los Angeles Times to Forbes, but The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana is actually more affordable than you think.
Set on 6,600 acres 1.5 hours southeast of Missoula, The Ranch was the first guest ranch in the world to be awarded Forbes Travel’s Guides Five-Star Award in 2013. A working cattle ranch that doubles as a luxury dude ranch, it also attracts its share of celebrity guests. Kate Bosworth was married here, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have stayed and LeAnn Rimes is a regular guest for the Fall Harvest Festival, where she also often performs.
But despite its celeb clients, five-star status, and at first glance seemingly sky-high price tag, a stay at this all-inclusive property can actually feel affordable, especially if you skip the ultra-high summer season. That’s because everything is included in the nightly rate, which starts at $1800 in the low season for a lodge room and goes up to $3,300 per night for peak holiday season.