Gaynor Ranch and Resort

$170 for a Two-Night Stay for Two at Gaynor Ranch and Resort in Montana (Up to $398 Value)

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Working Ranch with Comfortable Cabins near Glacier National Park

There’s a sweeping view of the Montana countryside at the top of Gratitude Peak, a vista on the east end of Gaynor Ranch and Resort. But before guests can enjoy the sights they must follow a strict but simple rule: all of one’s worries must be deposited down below at the Gratitude Tree. Perched atop this overlook is a Native American medicine wheel designed by ranch owner Nancy Gaynor, a Kootenai tribe member, and the wheel is said to inspire meditation and self-reflection. This overlook underscores the rustic resort’s focus on relaxation and reverence for the natural beauty of the area, which is set amid forested hills and wide blue skies.

Touches of the Old West, including a weathered wagon and a large white teepee, are scattered throughout the working ranch. Visitors can feed the resident horses, teach them to neigh the ABCs, or hop in the saddle and embark on a trail ride through the property’s pathways ($45/person for a one-hour ride).

Near the horse pasture stands a cluster of ranch cabins, each of them spacious enough for groups and equipped with a full kitchen. For more secluded accommodations, there are eight freestanding cabins in the woods a short distance from the ranch.

Whitefish, Montana: Charming Alpine Gateway to Glacier National Park

Gaynor Ranch and Resort is tucked into the Flathead Valley, an expanse of jagged peaks and windswept lowlands carved out by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Within the valley—and fewer than 7 miles from the resort—is the charming alpine village of Whitefish. Restaurants, specialty boutiques, and a microbrewery are dotted along the main drag of Central Avenue, and jutting out of the skyline to the north are the snowcapped peaks of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Though outdoor activities are a major draw, Whitefish also features an independent theater company, art galleries, a historical museum, and a Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building—one of a scant few in Montana.

About 30 miles away from the ranch resides the west entrance to Glacier National Park, where the glittering Lake McDonald comes into view as visitors drive down Going-to-the-Sun Road. Although heavy snowfall can close down portions of the park's internal roads, the National Park Service regularly plows the 10-mile stretch of road that runs from the entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge. Rangers can lead expeditions and referee snowball fights on guided snowshoe walks departing from the nearby Apgar Visitors’ Center; several skiing and snowshoeing trails splinter off in the area as well. Depending on snow melt, the warmer spring months mark the opening up of scenic hiking trails such as Logan Pass—the highest point on Going-to-the-Sun Road and a popular launching point for backpackers.

What You Get

  • Two-night stay for two in any room

Amenities

  • Community hot tub
  • Full kitchen
  • Washer and dryer
  • Down comforters

The Fine Print

  • Must travel by 6/1/12
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Reservations required, subject to availability
  • For all cancellations price up to 1/2 of Groupon applies
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 8% occupancy tax not included

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Gaynor Ranch and Resort.
  3. Choose a date prior to 6/1/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • Two queen-size beds, two twin beds, and a queen-size futon
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: 6–12 guests, depending on the room
  • Adding occupants above standard: $15 per night, per guest
  • Full kitchen
  • Washer and dryer

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 10 a.m.
  • Parking: Free
  • Rollaways: Not available
  • Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: Dogs may be added for an additional $20 for the first pet and $10 for each additional pet per night in designated cabins.
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: Not available

What It's Worth

  • Two-night stay for two in any room (up to $398 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: About 20 miles from Glacier Park International Airport (GPI)
  • By cab: About $40 from GPI
  • By car: About 130 miles north of Missoula, Montana

Traveler's Tips

  • Check the winter road conditions and closures before driving into Glacier National Park.
  • Ranger-guided snowshoe walks run only on weekends from January 7 through March 18.
  • Glacier National Park's winter rate of seven-day admission is $15 per car and $10 per person on foot, bicycle, or motorcycle through April 30.

Customer Reviews

They where nice when we checked in! And no one bothered use at all but we could call them any time and they would answer and be helpful! It's a beautiful area and the cabins where very nice! And clean!
Bree M. · December 11, 2013
We had a great time. Would love to go back
Kim D. · October 6, 2013
Thank you
Claudiu P. · November 11, 2012
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