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9 04, 2021

6 New Reasons To Put 320 Ranch On Your Summer ’21 Itinerary

2021-04-15T17:23:41+00:00320 Guest Ranch Blog, 320 Guest Ranch History, 320 lodging, 320 Ranch Cafe, 320 Ranch Sleigh Rides, Caroline McGill, Montana, Pioneers, Spring Season Activities, Summer Season Activities|

What with 320 Ranch already being Gallatin Gateway’s heart of horseback riding, and the focal point of fly fishing, you may be doubting that we could throw 6 moreactivities into our summer mix.  But alas, we’ve done it!  And, here are the “deets” on what’s new in this little neck of Montana’s woods this summer:   Mountain Medicine Workshops The best medicine…is nature’s medicine. And, we’re not alone in thinking that; Dr. Caroline McGill, founder of 320 Ranch and Montana’s first female doctor/pathologist, bought 320 to be used by her patients and friends as a mental and physical retreat. Our hope is [...]

27 02, 2021

Behind America Stands Every Great American Woman

2021-03-14T00:22:37+00:00320 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 [...]

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  [...]

9 11, 2020

The Serenity of Shoulder Season at 320 Guest Ranch

2020-11-09T04:46:17+00:00320 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 [...]

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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