Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

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July 2017 37 The 320 Guest Ranch is renowned for genuine Montana experiences, and that reputation con- tinues in the kitchen. The culinary team specializes in Montana favorites such as elk medallions, bison and cowboy cut steaks, but a range of menus satisfies all palates. The breakfast menu includes freshly baked pastries or healthy granola, and afternoon breaks sizzle with the "pop it like it's hot" offering of buttered, rum-caramel and nacho-cheese popcorn. Dinners range from buffets to plated affairs, but its ultimate ranch experiences include a private pig roast, a summer chuck-wagon cookout, a winter sleigh ride and a Montana-themed dinner. Alcohol is available. In the summer, the ranch offers trail rides into the wilderness, with numerous options to suit participants' skill levels and time restraints. The team of concierges and adventure consultants can assist with booking fishing guides and fly-fishing lessons on the Gallatin River for aspiring anglers. During winter, the resort offers dogsledding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and nightly bonfires. Guests don't have to leave the property to stock up on souvenirs and gear, since the resort features an on-site fly-fishing shop and gift shop. The ranch staff also offers a babysitting service, so parents can enjoy after-hours activities at the 320 Saloon. The 320 Guest Ranch offers a conference center and a banquet hall, both in Montana-inspired log buildings with Western decor. Groups can enjoy meetings accompanied by a roaring fireplace — there's one in each building — and the ranch has some on-site audiovisual equipment, as well as dedicated planning support. The 4,000-square-foot conference center can be divided into thirds; the center holds a total of 175 people, and the banquet hall seats 175. The resort also allows groups to rent out the dining room, which holds up to 100 guests; the historic saloon, which holds up to 50 guests; the tent, which holds up to 170 guests; and the "deck by the creek," which can accommodate 80 guests. The resort is just 30 minutes from the Yellowstone National Park area and 12 miles from Big Sky, making it a potential hub for groups traveling in the area. The meetings and events staff can assist guests with tickets to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, as well as whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River. Among other off-site activities for groups are dogsledding excursions, golfing trips, all-terrain-vehicle riding, float trips, kayaking, snowmobiling and mountain biking. The resort can assist in suggestions for bus companies for private or group transfers around Big Sky. Meeting Spaces Nearby Catering Activities 320 Guest Ranch Location Gallatin Gateway, Montana Size 87 sleeping rooms with 58 log-cabin-like accommoda- tions, seven log homes and a mountain chalet Meeting Space More than 4,000 square feet Access 56 miles from Gallatin Field Airport in Belgrade, Montana; 35 miles from Yellowstone Airport in West Yellowstone, Montana Contact Info 406-995-4283 Left: A group enjoys sunset around the campfire. Right: Horseback riding is one of numerous activities available at 320 Guest Ranch. Opposite page: Outdoor seating offers the opportunity for informal meals at the ranch.

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