Romantic Resorts for Two in Montana’s Big Sky Country

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Montana Resorts for Couples, view of hills and sky.

There’s a reason Montana vacations have become the hot getaway for the rich, the famous and those in-the-know who want an unparalleled location for a memorable, shared experience with their partner. Need a great destination for a honeymoon? A romantic getaway for a special anniversary? Escape for reconnecting? Grand adventure to challenge and renew your bond? Savor the gorgeous views and rugged authenticity to ground and rejuvenate your relationship at one of Montana’s top resorts for couples.

Looking to share some famous Montana outdoor activities like fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking and more? Montana’s outdoor life will keep you engaged in year-round beautiful scenery and hiking trails. Seeking more of an unwind and relax kind of trip? Montana has that too, with luxe all-inclusive resorts, spas and the best medicine of nature itself to help you heal from the stresses of normal life. Fine dining and massages for two are not in short supply in our list of couples’-friendly resorts.

Want to cross some national parks off your bucket list together? Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park can both be accessed from Montana.

Come unplug and behold the natural wonders of Montana with your favorite person, and create a one-of-a-kind couple’s vacation with the help of staff at these fantastic resorts.

Near Glacier/Whitefish/Columbia Falls/Flathead

Montana Resorts for Couples - The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, couple enjoying romantic dinner by Whitefish Lake.
Enjoy a romantic sunset dinner by Whitefish Lake. Photo credit: Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

The reputation of The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is backed up by reality—the accommodation options, dining, amenities, activities and location make this resort a fantastic option for a couple’s getaway. There’s so much to do here you may forget it’s only a half-hour away from Columbia Falls and Glacier National Park!

Dozens of outdoor adventure options in every season let you enjoy the famous landscapes of Montana first-hand. Headed here in winter? Think skiing (groomed and backcountry) at Whitefish Mountain, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, fat-tire biking and even dog-sledding? Opting for a summer excursion? Hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking and rock climbing all become options.

The lakeside setting is perfect for a couple’s sunset cruise or stargazing stroll against the mountain range backdrop. With a variety of accommodation options (two lodges, lakefront condos and full homes) you can find a match perfect for how you want to cocoon with your sweetheart. A stunning luxury resort in a stupendous locale.

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Montana Resorts for Couples - Coyote Bluff Lodge exterior
Adult-only Coyote Bluff offers it all—lake views, tranquility, and great access to Montana activities and attractions. Photo credit: Coyote Bluff Estate

Coyote Bluff Lodge

Coyote Bluff Lodge in near Bigfork MT overlooks Flathead Lake and is a great adult-only lodging option for anyone seeking a hotel with less bustle and a quieter atmostphere, while still retaining easy access to amazing nearby attractions like Glacier National Park and outdoor adventure activities.

With several gorgeous, spacious suites to choose from you’ll enjoy the classic lodge feel of this Flathead hotel without the crowds (and kids!) of other resort options. Let owners Eric and Rita Bahme help you curate a couple’s getaway that you’ll never forget.

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Montana Resorts for Couples Near Missoula

Montana Resorts for Couples - Quinn's Hot Springs, people in hot springs at night.
Is there anything more relaxing and romantic than hot springs at night? Photo credit: Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort

Quinn’s Hot Springs (between Coeur d’Alene and Missoula)

If you don’t need a dude ranch to complete your Montana couple’s getaway, and prefer something more on the R & R side, then Quinn’s Hot Springs is your place. Where better to gaze upon big sky country than from within balmy mineral pools?

Beautiful, private cabins by the river can round out your healing-water romantic getaway. Onsite dining means you never have to get in your car! But book early, Quinn’s specialness is known far and wide, with weekend dates booking far in advance.

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Montana Resorts for Couples - The Green O resort overhead view.
Luxury, woodland seclusion at its finest. Photo credit: The Green O

The Green O (within Paws Up Resort in Greenough)

Heard of the legendary Paws Up Resort, but craving something quieter and adult-only, with destination-worthy cuisines? Then book a couple’s getaway at The Green O, a secluded luxury option tucked away within the vast Paws Up property.

With only 12 European forest-style “Haus” cabins available, you’ll never have to worry about bustle at The Green O. Meals are served in the Social Haus, a short walk from the cabins, a restaurant experience likened to Scandanavia’s celebrated Noma restaurant.

With mountain views and your own forest cocoon, The Green O can be your home base for exploring the greater Paws Up property and a range of outdoor activities. Want to stick closer to your private Haus and get pampered? Fitness center, yoga deck and its own wellness encampment cater to The Green O guests with singular attention.

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The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough

Want the signature Paws Up grand experience, but something not quite as refined and secluded as The Green O? Then check out the ranch accommodations and let the hotel set up some memorable “couple’s only” meals or excursions to make your trip special.

Because Paws Up is as much working cattle ranch as tranquil mountain retreat, it makes for a great romantic getaway, with the best of both worlds integrated into one amazing place.

The sky’s the limit at this renowned luxury resort/dude ranch just a short drive from Missoula. With 10 miles of the Blackfoot River within its 37,000 acres of only-in-Montana landscape, Paws Up is a true destination resort.

There’s no shortage of dazzling vacation options at Paws Up—the resort’s extensive video reels give you a sneak peak at just how special and distinctive this place is. Want to curate a cattle ranch and horseback themed trip? They’ve got you covered. Prefer a trip loaded with outdoor, non-ranching activities like hiking, fishing and rafting? They can do that too. Craving a spa-like retreat with stunning outdoor vistas. Check. You can load up on R & R during a stay here.

Accommodation options include stunning full homes and over-the-moon glamping sites. Look, there’s no roughing it here—you’ll be basking in the glow of your private fire pit with your every need considered.

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Near Bozeman/Big Sky

Montana Resorts for Couples, couple enjoying lighted nighttime stroll at Big Sky Resort.
Enchanted strolls at Big Sky make for an unforgettable date night. Photo credit: Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort

Looking for a winter play romantic getaway not too far from Bozeman? Big Sky mountain is calling your names. From downhill and cross country skiing, to snowshoeing, to sleigh rides, to après ski saunas and outdoor hot tubs, Big Sky Resort is the perfect one-stop destination for reconnecting and having fun as a couple.

The mountain village at Big Sky Resort has everything you’ll need—gear shops, fine dining, bars and casual restaurants, wellness activities and shops. You can have active winter sports days as well as R&R days in one of the many stay-and-ski accommodation options at Big Sky Resort.

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Montage Big Sky

Want to stay at a Big Sky ski resort that ups the ante on luxury? Then the recently opened Montage Big Sky is for you. With a European alpine-style hotel, multiple fine dining options and a spectacular onsite spa, you can hole up with your beloved here and enjoy all of life’s finer things. Top-rate skiing and après-ski delight never looked so good.

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Yellowstone Area

Montana Resorts for Couples - exterior of Lone Mountain Ranch.
Luxury on the range never felt so good. Photo credit: Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch

Setting the bar in Montana for over a hundred years, Lone Mountain Ranch is a log cabin-based, all-inclusive resort with amazing packages for a variety of themes and outdoor activities. A legendary ranch for many reasons, but only accessible to those who can afford the price tag of this legend!

With proximity to Big Sky, and a short distance from West Yellowstone (see their Yellowstone packages in May!) you can cover everything here, whether nordic skiing and dog-sledding in winter or fly fishing and backcountry rambles in summer. With a farm-to-table approach (and winter sleigh dinners!) the dining here is exemplary and unforgettable, with many styles and stunning locations to enjoy.

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The horseback riding views at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch are spell-binding, along with everything else at this spectacular guest ranch. Photo credit: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

Ok, if you have the means, and you’re seeking a one-of-a-kind, long-revered, classic, upscale Western-style guest ranch to call home for a week, then Mountain Sky Guest Ranch is for you. Authentic dude ranch, Western frontier lodge or high-end nature retreat and wellness spa? Here, you don’t have to choose. Mountain Sky literally has it all for your romantic getaway.

While Mountain Sky Guest Ranch does host whole families, it’s also a dreamy location for two. Enjoy robust activities options, a stunning wellness center and private dining options for an unforgettable couple’s experience.

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Couple’s-Friendly Resorts Near Nothing!

Montana Resorts for Couples - rustic-luxe cabin style room at Triple Creek Ranch.
Rustic-luxe cabin-style rooms for your dream couple’s trip. Photo credit: Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch, Darby

Secluded in the Bitterroot Mountains, Triple Creek Ranch is routinely named the best guest ranch in Montana. And one of the best in the country for high-end, private, rustic-luxe experiences in an incomparable setting. Part of the Relais and Châteaux luxury hotel group, Triple Creek combines refinement and classic lodge styling to create the perfect active retreat destination for you.

While the dress code is still “ranch casual,” the dining here is elegant and a foodie’s haven, with wine and spirits offerings to match.

With only 25 private, luxury “cabins,” Triple Creek retains an intimate feel and exemplary service. “All inclusive” here is not a joke. You and your partner can check in and leave the rest up to everyone else. All you have to do is whatever the day or evening calls you to enjoy.

Two features ensure the quiet of the place—no child guests under the age of 16 allowed, and no cell service! [Trust me, I lived in a region without cell service for 5 years and they were the most connected years of my life.]

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Montana Resorts for Couples - person getting a massage in a covered wagon at The Ranch at Rock Creek.
Covered wagon massage! Wellness done Montana-style! Photo credit: Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek

The “World’s First Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star Ranch” might not mean anything to you, but in the travel world it means this place is a big deal. It’s big on luxury, quality and distinctive merit. Basically, a one-of-a-kind travel destination that can’t be found anywhere else. Anywhere.

Check out the accommodation options at Rock Creek and you’ll quickly see why this is a coveted reservation to get. Canvas-luxe glamping? Covered wagon chic? Homesteader cabin or barn digs? Classic-style lodge? Full luxury home? The array of options and the style perfected in each one is sort of staggering. For a special couple’s getaway, Rock Creek is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip.

Technically under two hours from any airport in Montana (and 30 minutes from old mining town Philipsburg), Rock Creek’s isolation is one of its greatest assets. Your all-inclusive week here in a transportive environment will let you forget the ways of the contemporary world. Reconnect with how things could be done differently, on horseback, in a cabin, on the range.

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A writer, educator and mama living in Walla Walla, Washington, Jennifer has spent the past decade living in the shrub-steppe deserts of California, Colorado and Washington. But she’s really most at home in the tropical forests of Indonesia and coastal Washington. Check out recent nonfiction at The Threepenny Review and www.jenniferruthkeller.com.
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