Written by: Mary Bradley Cassada, Senior Travel Coordinator
As someone who has fallen in love with Montana over four years and counting, my visit to Sage Lodge was among top favorites of luxury destinations that I have visited so far. Hot-buttered rum, sipped in front of a sunset on the snow-capped peaks overlooking Paradise Valley, is hard to beat. The valley is known for its sprawling, hilly landscape cradled by jagged peaks just grazing the sky. Jack-leg fences and thousand-pound hay bales ramble amongst the sage brush and grasses. Sage Lodge rests in its own private setting in which it is impossible to find a bad angle to photograph.
Just a short fifty-minute drive from Bozeman and a twenty-five-minute drive from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Sage Lodge is in a prime location to provide a peaceful respite in the sweet spot for traveling and visiting the park. Guests may enjoy a spa treatment with just a quick walk across the courtyard or hike across the miles of trails that begin just outside the Lodge’s doors. Mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are offered for those who want to enjoy the outdoor activities catered by the beauty and rugged nature of Montana.
The guest rooms are classic Montana luxury – leather accents, plaid patterns, and a cozy fireplace to help warm up, whether on a chilling winter night or breezy summer day. From my Lodge room’s back door, Emigrant Peak’s magnificence stunned me each morning. Just outside the sliding door, I could stroll to the shared hot tub in my robe and slippers.
For families and larger parties, Sage Lodge offers four ranch homes housing up to sixteen guests, with four separate guest bedrooms. This is an excellent option for those who want to stay a bit longer and accommodate a larger party, from multi-generational families to couples’ trips. The Ranch Houses share their own hot tub between the four.
Located just along the Yellowstone River and 1,200 acres of hiking and biking trails, there is no shortage of activities to do during a stay at Sage. Activities complimentary to your stay include Axe Throwing, Fly Casting Fundamentals, Yoga, and Guided Stargazing. Guests have access to the private trout casting pond just outside their doors as well as fly rods and tackle for perfecting their casts before heading out on the river for some of the world’s best fly fishing. I learned how to wood burn after my axe-throwing session. During an hour and a half session, I learned how to shade and outline my bison and mountain stencils, and now I have a new coaster for my bedside table and a fun souvenir!
I can’t write about Sage without mentioning its Pooch Paradise Program, in which guests may bring their canine friends to Montana as well for a $75 fee per stay. Their stay comes with amenities as well: a keepsake Montana toy, blanket and food and water bowls to use during the stay, and a “Love Montana” dog cookie.
Though the Lodge is a gem on its own, it is located in one of the premier locations for visiting Yellowstone and cultivating a classic Montana experience, from skiing to fly fishing and wildlife viewing to hiking. Sage Lodge also makes a conscious effort to give back to the land and its beauty that we get to enjoy. When visiting a destination as dynamic and experiential as Montana, it is important to go beyond a resort’s boundaries and see the natural country – Sage Lodge is an experience beyond itself and will help to cultivate a unique memory for each guest that is welcomed through its doors.