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1903, 2021

3 Things to Do Near 320 Ranch During Mud Season

March 19th, 2021|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, 320 lodging, McGills Restaurant & Saloon, Spring Season Activities, Uncategorized|

If you’re an avid skier, it’s likely that, by the time spring has sprung and the slopes shut down, you experience what many locals refer to as the “mud season blues”.  However, this year, make a point of beating those muddy blues with some mad, muddy fun! Here’s three things to try during this year’s mud season that are also within convenient distance of 320 Guest Ranch. This equates to the opportunity for springtime fun, while also able to use the Ranch as a home base where you can de-mud-ify, kick-back, and relax at the end of the day. Spring Mountain Biking [...]

2702, 2021

Behind America Stands Every Great American Woman

February 27th, 2021|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, 320 Guest Ranch History, Caroline McGill, Homesteading, McGills Restaurant & Saloon, Montana, Pioneers|

Welcome to March 2021, dear readers – a.k.a. Women’s History Month!  Interestingly enough, this month-long tribute actually began in 1978 as Women’s History Week. More than a decade following this establishment of that week-long period of recognition, President Carter bowed to active petitioning from the NWHA (The National Women’s History Alliance). He promptly designated March of every year from then on to be federally recognized as Women’s History Month.  With that said, you now have the very short and sweet on why and by whom March became a time for commemorating the gals who helped mold this great nation.  However, long before [...]

1302, 2021

Ranches & Romances

February 13th, 2021|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, McGills Restaurant & Saloon, Ranch Weddings, Winter Season Activities|

‘Tis the season to feel love.  Or, at the very least, it’s the month we all associate with feeling a bit of a bite from the love bug.  Ever wonder whyFebruary became the month of love and Valentines and all that sort of gushy goodness?  Well, we wondered, and here’s the short and chocolate-y sweet on what we discovered…the romantic holiday actually began in Rome as a feast celebrating Saint Valentine. He was celebrated for the actions he took in opposition to a decree set forth by the Roman Emperor of the time. The decree outlawed marriage which St. Valentine viewed as [...]

3101, 2021

Top Two Places to go Ice Fishing Near 320 Guest Ranch

January 31st, 2021|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, Ice Fishing, Winter Season Activities|

In our last blog, “320’s Inside Scoop on How to Keep Warm for Winter Fly-Fishing”, we discussed the kind of gear you want for keeping toasty out there on the Gallatin during winter.  Now, that advice is also applicable to another of our favorite winter sports here in southwest Montana:  Ice Fishing. Since you already know the best ways of keeping warm on the ice, we’re just going to skip right over that. Instead, we’ve gone right ahead with compiling details about our top two favorite nearby spots to auger a hole and drop that line. Hebgen Lake Distance from 320 Guest [...]

2201, 2021

320’s Inside Scoop on How To Keep Warm for Winter Fly-Fishing

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, fly fishing, McGills Restaurant & Saloon|

If you’re a die-hard fly-fisherman/woman who wishes the weather in Big Sky could be a bit warmer this time of year, you’re not alone.  Boy, do we feel the same way here at 320 Ranch. And so, we got to thinking about the best ways we know of to keep warm while fishing even during the coldest of Montana winters. First and foremost, when doing anything outdoors during the winter, you have to consider your core.  It’s disputably the most important part of your body to keep warm given that it houses all of your vital organs.  So, do yourself a [...]

801, 2021

Three Reasons for Visiting 320 Ranch in the New Year

January 8th, 2021|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, 320 Guest Ranch History, 320 lodging, 320 Ranch Sleigh Rides, McGills Restaurant & Saloon, Montana homesteading|

Happy New Year everyone!  We really wanted to give you 320 reasons to visit 320 Guest Ranch this year.  However, we decided that could end up being problematic for everyone in terms of time consumption.  So, being that three’s a lucky number, we picked out these three reasons why we think 320 Ranch ought definitely be in your 2021 travel plans: An Escape to Simpler Times There are a few reasons why small towns cause big city visitors to feel as if, all of a sudden, life got a whole lot simpler.  This is especially the case in southwest Montana.  [...]

1812, 2020

A Horse-Story in the Making

December 18th, 2020|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, 320 Guest Ranch History, 320 Ranch Sleigh Rides, Draft Horses, Percherons|

Being that it’s the season for sleigh rides at 320 Ranch, we thought we’d write up a little something about our Draft Horses.  After all, without them, there would be no sleigh rides! So, credit must be given where credit is due.  Lesser known than their Clydesdale cousins (most often referred to as the “Budweiser Horses”), our hearty horses are Percherons, a sub-breed of the Draft Horse family. This French breed is a rather mysterious one in terms of its origin.  According to the International Museum of the Horse, the French kept scant records of this breed’s history.  With the exception of [...]

712, 2020

In a Nutshell: A History of Homesteading in Montana

December 7th, 2020|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, 320 Guest Ranch History, 320 lodging, Caroline McGill, Montana homesteading|

In the midst of Civil War, the United States passed a little something called the Homestead Act.  This statute was enacted to encourage settlement of the country’s newly obtained western territories, Montana included.  It was by this act that Sam Wilson and his father were ever even able to claim the adjoining 160 acre parcels which bore the naissance of 320 Guest Ranch.  Alongside them were thousands of fellow west-bound pioneers settling 160 acre claims of their own. These were brave men and women who came forth to answer this call to action set by Uncle Sam.  These lands out west [...]

2311, 2020

A Restaurant by Any Other Name Would Not Smell as Sweet

November 23rd, 2020|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, 320 Guest Ranch History, Caroline McGill, McGills Restaurant & Saloon|

What makes 320 Guest Ranch something folks round here often call “uniquely Montana” is not just its setting.  It is also the food.  And, with the Thanksgiving holiday mere days away, visions of wholesome, delicious food are dancing in all of our heads.  Our restaurant, McGill’s Dining Room & Saloon, not only serves up such wholesome deliciousness, but also honors the namesake of a true pioneer woman.  That woman is Dr. Caroline McGill. And, not so long ago, we endeavored a rebranding of McGill’s Restaurant & Saloon so as to evoke in its name and atmosphere the important role Dr. McGill  [...]

911, 2020

The Serenity of Shoulder Season at 320 Guest Ranch

November 9th, 2020|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, Caroline McGill, Fall Season, McGills Restaurant & Saloon|

It’s the time of year when the sun seeks to slumber as soundly as the now hibernating bears.  Summer has gone.  The first real snowfalls have blanketed Lone Peak to the point that locals have begun referring to the mountain by her longtime winter nickname, “Lady in White”. It is a peaceful time of year. Quiet and serene.  This is Big Sky’s shoulder season – or, “off-season”. At 320 Guest Ranch, we welcome the shoulder season as a time to reboot, a time for rejuvenation and self-re-discovery.  And, after a year like 2020, we can’t think of anything more important than accomplishing those [...]

2610, 2020

From Garden to Table: A Montana Gardener’s Ponderings on Pumpkin

October 26th, 2020|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, Fall Food, Fall Season, Gardening, McGills Restaurant & Saloon, Pumpkin|

Have you ever wandered the aisles of a grocery store mesmerized by the myriad of on-brand, off-brand, and every other kind of brand of canned foods? This time of year had us pontificating on pumpkin – canned pumpkin, that is.  How lucky we are to be able to take a can of already squished-up squash, and avoid the prep work involved in baking with fresh-from-the-garden pumpkins. However, such was not the case for our ancestral pioneering ranchers who originally settled our beloved Big Sky country. And, such is still not the case for avid Montana gardeners who maintain a pioneer-like practice of growing all [...]

1210, 2020

From Then to Now: A Brief History of Us

October 12th, 2020|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, 320 Guest Ranch History, Caroline McGill, Columbus Day|

There are a lot of things we here at 320 Guest Ranch love about this country we call home.  But, there happens to be one thing in particular we love best.  That is the steadfast pride all Americans hold in this nation’s historical heritage.  The people of the good ol’ US of A appreciate our founding history so much that we even take days like today, Columbus Day 2020, to commemorate it.  Alongside today’s commemoration of national history, we also wanted to take a paragraph or two to venerate the 320 Ranch’s heritage which began over one-hundred years ago… It [...]

2209, 2020

Amber Waves of Aspens on a Drive for Autumn Days

September 22nd, 2020|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, Fall Colors in Montana, Fall Season|

Just around the corner from right out the 320 Ranch’s backdoor is the stuff of every leaf peeper’s dreams…aspens transitioning to fall hues.  Here in southwest Montana, we get a short window between hot summer days and cold winter nights.  However, the beauty of our fall window is nonetheless one to rival the season’s burning hues typically found in East Coast towns.  And to enjoy it before our beautiful Big Sky country hides away under a blanket of snow, we have a scenic drive we’d like to encourage you and yours to get out and enjoy during this short yet picturesque [...]

709, 2020

Hats Off to the Hard Workers

September 7th, 2020|Categories: 320 Guest Ranch Blog, Labor Day|

It’s Labor Day 2020 – a day to commemorate the hardworking people who make each day at the 320 Guest Ranch run smoothly, as well as a day to tip our hats to the hardworking people of this great country.  Labor Day was originally  founded not for the purpose of backyard BBQ parties and street parades; instead, it was the labor movement of the late 19thcentury which made this three-day weekend a reality.  During this time, the members of the American working class were fighting for their rights to more fair-minded labor laws and humane working hours.  Thanks to them, [...]

2408, 2020

Three Reasons Why Every Fly Fisherman Needs Montana’s Gallatin River on Their Bucket List

August 24th, 2020|Categories: fly fishing|

Not only is it the centerpiece of 1992 film, A River Runs Through It starring a young Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer, the Gallatin River is also home to what many seasoned fly fishermen easily pronounce as seriously world class fishing.  320 Guest Ranch, unlike neighboring ranches nearby, sits right on the Gallatin River.  A night’s stay in one of the Ranch’s Riverfront Cabins will provide not only one of the most peaceful night’s sleeps you may ever experience, but also allows our fly fishing guests to realize the three reasons why the Gallatin River is touted as being one [...]

1808, 2020

From Guest Cabin to Conscientious Café

August 18th, 2020|Categories: 320 Ranch Cafe|

In 2019, the 320 Guest Ranch took on a little reformation project on what was (once upon a time) a guest cabin built under the ownership of Dr. Caroline McGill.  However, Ranch management saw a different future for the structure…an environmentally conscious Café that now serves coffee, tea, sandwiches, and snacks to ranch guests. Walking into the Café, the first thing you may notice is the countertops.  When building the new interiors, the ranch’s Maintenance Manager made creatively memorable use out of some Montana wildflowers pressed by the 320 General Manager. The pressed flowers were inlaid into the countertop, and then [...]

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