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8 01, 2021

Three Reasons for Visiting 320 Ranch in the New Year

2021-01-08T16:12:44+00:00320 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.  [...]

18 12, 2020

A Horse-Story in the Making

2020-12-18T19:41:00+00:00320 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 [...]

7 12, 2020

In a Nutshell: A History of Homesteading in Montana

2020-12-07T21:29:19+00:00320 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 [...]

23 11, 2020

A Restaurant by Any Other Name Would Not Smell as Sweet

2020-11-23T21:15:43+00:00320 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  [...]

12 10, 2020

From Then to Now: A Brief History of Us

2020-10-12T17:06:30+00:00320 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 [...]

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