Situated 20 minutes south of Livingston and less than 35 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, the new Sage Lodge in Pray features 50 guest rooms in the form of a 34-room lodge and four 2,800-square-foot cabins that sleep up to 16. Sage Lodge’s event facility, The Barn, includes the Yellowstone Room that can host receptions for up to 190 and three smaller breakout rooms with space for up to 30 each. The Barn’s indoor-to-outdoor design allows events to spill onto the Lodge Lawn and Yellowstone Lawn. Amenities at the property include a full-service spa, more than a mile of Yellowstone River access, hiking and biking trails, and more. Sage Lodge also offers unique adventures á la carte, including tours of tours of Yellowstone National Park, horseback riding, llama treks, snowshoeing and more as well as multiday itineraries and all-inclusive programs such as fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, alpine skiing and riverbank yoga.

On the culinary side, The Grill, led by executive chef Brian Sullivan, serves a menu featuring craft cocktails, wood-fired meats and regional fish, with most of the cooking done over an open wood-fire grill. The restaurant has seating for up to 80 inside and an additional 30 on a covered patio overlooking the Yellowstone River. In the main lodge, The Fireside Room seats 50 inside and 24 on the patio and serves daily breakfast for guests, brunch on the weekends, and an all-day menu for quick bites and beverages. Sullivan and his team also offer programming for meetings and events, including cooking classes.

Recently, I wrote about Santa Fe, New Mexico’s new Sky Railway, which made me think about all the train tie-ins for groups in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada. Several tourist trains offer special events that groups can tag onto and allow private rental of train cars, and there are venues and museums that celebrate the railroad’s front-and-center place in the development of the West.

 

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.