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JUL 2017

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 36 Hospitality Showcase By Kristy Alpert T he sound of hooves stomping down on the hard earth is the last thing guests of the 320 Guest Ranch in Big Sky, Montana, hear as they turn the corner and arrive at the banks of the Gallatin River. After a nearly two-hour ride on horseback, the rush of the river, the crackle of an open fire and the sizzling sound of thick steaks searing to perfection fill the air with a sense of accomplishment as the riders arrive, just in time to enjoy a hearty dinner while the sun sets beyond the river. This riverside barbecue with a trail ride is just one of the many unforgettable experiences for guests at the 320 Guest Ranch. This historical guest ranch has been wel- coming guests since 1905, just a few short years after Sam Wilson and his father, Clinton, combined their home- steads to form what they referred to as the Buffalo Horn Resort. The ranch remained lovingly preserved over the years while changing ownership a handful of times, and today the ranch offers 87 sleeping rooms with 58 log- cabin-like accommodations, as well as seven luxurious log homes and a mountain chalet. The ranch has become a respite for guests and meeting groups to reconnect and recharge while taking part in authentic Montana experiences, and many first-time visitors have become repeat guests over the years, noting the refreshing and energized feeling they have upon their return home. Dr. Carolyn McGill, Montana's first female physician and one of the ranch's early owners, remarked that "to get out into God's mountains, whether to ride or walk, or just sit, will cure more ills than all the medicine or medical knowledge in existence." Whether in town for a reunion or a corporate outing, meeting guests that stay at the property can always find time to take one of the resort's horses out for a ride through Montana's scenic valleys and hills, or cast their lines for wild trout on the Blue Ribbon Gallatin River, the same river used as the setting for the fishing scenes in Robert Redford's movie "A River Runs Through It." Small Meetings in Big Sky Country Photos courtesy 320 Guest Ranch

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