Events

TEA Banquet
TEA Banquet Thursday September 21, 2017

Join us at the Lonesome Dove Guest Ranch for a search for gold adventure and a western dinner!

Menu: Pulled pork or chicken dinner. Green salad, coleslaw, home-made bread, ranch style potato casserole and huckleberry-pear cobbler for dessert. There will be coffee, huckleberry tea and lemonade, and soft drinks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Before dinner, the ranch will provide a search for gold. Golden horse shoes will be hidden around the ranch and the Indian village where horses, longhorn cattle, buffalo, chickens, rabbits, and whitetail deer can be seen enjoying this scenic ranch. Maps will be provided with clues leading to the location of the golden horse shoes. Prizes will be given for things like the most horseshoes found and specially marked horse shoes. Horse shoes can be traded for Montana made goodies that are made and sold at the ranch. There is a wide variety to choose from including breads, cookie mixes, seasonings and much more. Clues will be related to the characters in the Lonesome Dove movie. The movie is based upon a 1985 novel written by Larry McMurtry. It focuses on the relationship of several Texas Rangers and their adventures driving a cattle herd from Texas to Montana.

Scenic Saturday

September 23, 2017

Are you thinking about staying an extra day after TEA?
Coming in early for PUG?
Looking for something to do on the Saturday between TEA and PUG?

Join a small group of sight-seers and/or hikers to see a some of this country’s best scenery!

Some of the options:

  • Easy walk or hike in a local state park (free).
  • Ride in a passenger van to Glacier National Park. There are some easy hikes and some beautiful vistas!  ($50 entry fee into the park to be split among participants.)
  • Ride a chairlift up Whitefish Mountain; enjoy views of Glacier Park, Canada, and Montana mountains and lakes. Hike down or ride the chairlift back to the lodge.  ($8 one way/$15 roundtrip per person)

If you’re interested in something along these lines, please send me an email.  The destination will depend on the interest and participants (and weather!).  Signups will be at the registration desk Thursday and Friday or you can send me an email with your reservation.

See you in September!

Contact Lesly Tribelhorn:
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Gone Fishing?

If anyone is interested in doing a day of fishing while here for the conference, it will be the day between the TEA and the PUG (Saturday, September 23rd).  We have a few options:

  • Deep water fishing on Flathead Lake for lake trout
  • Fly fishing on the rivers for trout

Fishing on Flathead Lake will be 4-6 people per boat and fly fishing will be 2 people to a boat.  The cost between the two is about the same and is approximately $250/person for a full day.

Please use the contact form below if you are interested by July 28, 2017 and indicate if you would prefer lake fishing or fly fishing on the river.

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PUG Dinner

PUG Dinner Outing September 25, 2017

Barbeque at Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch

Choice of: Flat iron steak, ½ chicken or salmon fillet (cooked over an apple-wood fire).
Sides: Baked beans, bread, green salad, potato salad and vegetable.
Dessert: Cookies and campfire s’mores
Drinks: Cowboy coffee made over the campfire, water, and lemonade. You can also enjoy some beer from a local brewery or a glass of wine.

Live music will be provided around the campfire along with an interactive reflection of the history of Montana.  Horses will be brought into the meadow during the meal for a truly beautiful Montana experience!

Please bring warm clothes for this outdoor adventure!


PUG Tours

PUG Tour Outing September 26, 2017

Glacier National Park Red Bus Tour – Western Alpine Tour
Duration: 3-4 Hours

Start the tour in the great cedar and hemlock forests that lie within the Lake McDonald Valley. Traverse the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road to the high alpine region of the park and stand on top of the Continental Divide. Discover incredible mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildflowers along the way as your Red Bus glides along the glacially carved Garden Wall.


Far West Flathead Lake Boat and Bigfork Tours
Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Framed by the Mission mountains to the east and the Salish range to the west, Flathead Lake is a picturesque setting unrivaled in North America. The best way to appreciate this natural landscape is to see it from the water. Far West’s Flathead Lake boat tour provides the best opportunity to cruise the lake and appreciate this remarkable treasure. We travel South along the shore before turning North in a graceful arc taking us out into the lake and back toward the marina.

Hugging the sparkling blue bay where the Swan River flows into Flathead Lake, the town of Bigfork is a picturesque and charming place. World class art galleries, fine restaurants, a 27-hole golf course, live theatre and unique shops can all be found within a quaint Western setting. Chosen as “One of the 50 Great Towns of the West” and designated as “One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns of the Nation,” Bigfork offers you and your family a part of the West that you will never forget.


Lonesome Dove Ranch Search for Gold and Horseback Ride Tour
Duration: 3 hours

The ranch will provide a few different searches for gold. One will be held at Lonesome Dove where golden horse shoes will be hidden around the ranch and the Indian village where the horses, longhorn cattle, buffalo, chickens, rabbits, and whitetail deer can be seen enjoying this scenic area. The other will include a horseback trail ride to a location where you will dismount and do a search and then ride back to the ranch. There is an additional fee for the horseback ride. Maps will be provided with clues leading to the location of the golden horse shoes. Prizes will be given for things like the most horseshoes found and specially marked horse shoes. Horse shoes can be traded for Montana made goodies that are made and sold at the ranch. There is a wide variety to choose from including breads, cookie mixes, seasonings and much more. Clues will be related to the characters in the Lonesome Dove movie. The movie is based upon a 1985 novel written by Larry McMurtry. It focuses on the relationship of several Texas Rangers and their adventures driving a cattle herd from Texas to Montana. There will also be some chips and salsa, vegetables and dip and home-made cookies to enjoy during this adventure.


Northern Pines Golf Course – 18 holes

Duration: 4-5 hours

Built in 1996 and was designed by Andy North (two times U.S. Open Champion) and Roger Packard. It is a combination of Scottish Links golf, rolling fairways, abundant native grasses, and towering Ponderosa pines along the scenic Stillwater River. There is an additional fee for golf.

Awards and Accolades
2013 February Golf Digest – Ranked no. 7 in Montana
2011 / 12 Golf Digest – Outstanding Design, Montana, #4
2010 Golf Digest – Best in State, #4
2008 / 09 Golf Magazine – Best Public Courses in Montana #3