A luxury ranch right here in Montana is ranked as the most expensive resort in the nation. Wrapping up our July series on hidden gems around the Treasure State, ABC FOX Montana's Ashley Sanchez took a trip to the Ranch at Rock Creek. She found out not only why it was ranked as the nation's priciest vacation stay, but also why this title may be a bit misleading.
This luxury ranch resort sitting on 6,600 acres on the outskirts of Montana's historic Philispburg boasts the title of the most expensive hotel in the nation based on a recent survey by luxury Hotelsrating.com.
Looking at 2014 summer rates of the nation's priciest hotels, the Ranch at Rock Creek tops the list with an average rate of $2,385 per night.
"We are more than just a hotel, we're an all-inclusive resort and people can experience so many different things included in price so it is a bit misleading," said Director of Facilities Rich Miller.
The current owner, Jim Manly purchased the property in 2007.
"He decided his friends and family had so much fun here, he wanted to create a destination resort for everybody to experience so he created the Ranch at Rock Creek," Miller said.
"Check in and check out here are very different from a standard hotel, because the guest spends all their time on property,” said front desk supervisor Maddy Mason.
Once guests pay the price to stay at the ranch, meals and a plethora of guided activities are all-paid for.
"We do the activities that everyone else in Montana does on the weekends, whether it’s floating, fishing, hiking, shooting, or horseback riding," said Activities Director Patrick Little.
For the night owls, one of the resort's signature Western Montana features is the Silver Dollar Saloon.
"The Silver Dollar Saloon is a fun space to use for our guest. A lot of our guests wonder what they're going to do in evenings like after activities and dinner," Mason said.
Guest have the choice to stay in 9 rooms in the main lodge or 20 cabins around the property, each with a unique twist, like the canvas tents designed for the highest paying guests.
Folks at the resort say it's not about the price tag, but living the Western Montana lifestyle, even if it’s only for a few days.
“We want them to feel like they're part of our family and they can experience things they've never experienced before," Miller said.
The Point in Lake Placid New York ranked second on the list of hotels with at more than $2,100 dollars for night. Another Montana resort, Paws Up rounds the top three at above $1,800.