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Tucked among the aspen and pine trees are several rustic, quaint log cabins that have been here since the early days of the ranch. They've been well maintained and modernized (like with electricity, which was brought to the ranch in 1948; no phones or TV in the cabins, though) while preserving the feeling of yesteryear. Couples celebrating a honeymoon or anyone looking for something special can request the honeymoon cabin. (It's the only guest quarters with a king bed.) It has a big deck overlooking the horse corral and the horizon-stretching east-facing views beyond. "If we know in advance the couple is celebrating something, we'll put a bigger bunch of flowers in their cabin," Cahill says. In addition, she says, her cooking crew (as she calls them) will make a cake on the actual day of their celebration. "We've gotten a lot of honeymooners over the years," she remarks. "People are fascinated by the mystique of the West, and the workings of cowboys. We do all of that."The 63 Ranch has plenty of Old West mystique. Its roots trace back to 1863, when Cahill's father, Paul Christensen, purchased the land in 1929 from the son of homesteader George Bruffey. Christensen had the intention of turning the place into a dude ranch right from the start. The first guests arrived in the summer of 1930. The main lodge, the cabins and most of the other buildings are the original structures from the 1930s. Everywhere there are reminders of years gone by. Inside the main lodge, an old stone fireplace commands your attention, old photographs from the ranch's early days grace the walls, and one of the first telephones ever made still hangs near the back door. Outside, history abounds. Guests can partake in a guided nature walk or a horseback ride where they'll learn about the prehistoric nature of the area including centuries-old geology.Like most dude ranches, guests pay one price for a week's stay and everything is included. They can do as much or as little as they want, although, as Cahill says, "We're a riding ranch." No matter what their horse skill level, guests can saddle up on one of 60 horses and go for a stroll morning or afternoon. Of course, there is great fly-fishing nearby, hiking out your front door and historic downtown Livingston with plenty of art galleries and shopping just 12 miles away. "Couples can do as much mingling with other guests as they want, or as little," says Cahill. For couples seeking romantic time away from the hustle and bustle of life, one wrapped up in western history, 63 Ranch can't be beat. The grounds are tucked among some of the most glorious mountains in Montana, just far enough away from civilization where one can easily get lost in the nostalgia of it all. For more information: 63 Ranch, 222.0570, www.sixtythree.com, or www.63ranch.com.- Genevieve SchmittWineglass Mountain Trail RidesInstead of a motel room, consider a tipi for your romantic getaway.Wineglass Mountain Trail Rides in Livingston offers guests privacy and solitude - 4,000 acres of it - on Wineglass Mountain, named for a wineglass-shaped clearing on the hillside.Guests can take a leisurely horseback trail ride above the Paradise Valley to a secluded meadow, where a Sioux-style tipi awaits. Once at the summit, treat yourself to a Montana steak and all the fixings. In the morning awake to fresh-brewed coffee. Don't worry about your lodging - a maid will take care of the tipi for you.If you're not quite that adventurous, try their cabin. Price is $300 a night, per couple. Wineglass Mountain Trail Rides also offers a "cowgirl camp" for mothers and daughters. During this 4-day trip women learn the ins and outs of "being a cowgirl," and it's all topped with a float trip on the Yellowstone River. Price is $1,200 for two people.For information, call 222-5599.GALLATIN GATEWAY HOTELSince the opening of the grand old railroad hotel in 1927, the Gallatin Gateway Inn is special place on the way to Yellowstone National Park. The Inn was built as a stopover on the Milwaukee Railroad for visitors to Yellowstone. It features Spanish architecture and fine carved mahogany woodwork, set among high arched windows that beckon the sun to pour in. A sprawling grounds surround the Inn, giving visitors plenty of room for a stroll.Listed in 1980 on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn was once named the Most Romantic Inn in the United States by a Bed & Breakfast Association. Its 35 original rooms are still available as single, double and two-room suites, and while they're not as opulent as the Inn itself, the rooms make for a comfortable stay while enjoying all that the surroundings have to offer, from skiing at Big Sky or Moonlight Basin just down the road, or driving through Yellowstone National Park. Fly fishing on the Gallatin River beckons just beyond the doors of the Gallatin Gateway Inn, and Bozeman, only a 10-minute drive away, is filled with art galleries, fine dining and an eclectic college-town atmosphere set among the Old West.Since the Inn opened, its restaurant has earned a reputation for its food. From buffalo steaks to fresh fish and pasta, the Inn is known nationwide for its gourmet fare. The latest in a series of accolades was a 2002 DiRoNa Award from the Distinguished Restaurants of North America Association.What makes the Gallatin Gateway Inn so extraordinary is that despite the Spanish architecture, the world-class food and the southwestern-styled rooms, this hotel is grounded in Montana. On a recent trip there, as couples sauntered through the spacious lobby, a group of senior male hockey players from around the country loaded their gear in a bus for a tournament at the nearby indoor ice rink.The Gallatin Gateway is a getaway for all kinds of people. But most of all, it's a special place rooted in Montana history.- Dave ReeseIZAAK WALTON INNThe Izaak Walton Inn in Essex is the perfect place to kick back, recharge, or immerse yourself in the hub of activities for unforgettable adventures. Part of the charm of the Izaak Walton, located on the southern border of Glacier National Park along U.S. Highway 2, is its simplicity. Built in 1939 to house railroad workers, it has undergone a few updates to make it more appealing to a less rough and tumble crowd. The rooms are homey and comfortable with personal touches, welcoming you to snuggle in for a good rest at the end of the day. The helper locomotives that are used to assist the long trains over Marias Pass, idle outside of the Izaak Walton lulling you to sleep.
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