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.
September 23, 2017
Are you thinking about staying an extra day after TEA?
Join a small group of sight-seers and/or hikers to see a some of this country’s best scenery!
Some of the options:
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!
The Gone Fishing event has been canceled due to minimal interest.
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!
We have an exciting opportunity for our guests at the Artemis Acres Ranch where we are having the PUG dinner. Guests can arrive at the ranch early for a one hour horseback ride or wagon ride to the mountaintop! The additional fee is well worth this scenic adventure ($30 for the wagon ride, $40 for the horseback ride). The horses are very well trained and the wranglers love their jobs and are very good at working with the people and horses! They will ensure you know how to get on and off, hold the reigns, stop – turn and move forward, and adjust the stirrups to the correct length for each person to ensure a safe and comfortable ride. There are a limited number of horses and room in the wagon – so be sure to let us know if you can take advantage of this! There will be shifts available at 3 PM and 4 PM. Dinner will be served at 6 PM.
**Must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes to ride the horses**
PUG Tour Outing September 26, 2017
Whitefish Mountain Resort Lift Rides and Shopping in Whitefish
Duration: 3-4 Hours
Choose from an enclosed gondola or open chairlift, then sit back and enjoy the mountain scenery as well as views of Whitefish Lake, the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park on the ride to the summit. Once at the summit at an altitude of 6800 feet, enjoy 360-degree views or enjoy some of the hiking trails before returning down the mountain.
The bus will stop on the way back to the hotel in the city of Whitefish. Main street leads to the cultural arts center, historic depot museum and public library. This quaint, picturesque western town offers visitors a change from the fast-paced, hustle and bustle of urban life. Central Avenue is filled with a variety of quality restaurants and shopping.
Camas Road / Huckleberry Mountain Nature Trail
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
As you know, Going-to-the Sun Road is closed. Other portions of the park remain open and we want to accommodate people that really want to go see part of it. We are watching the status of the fires and the weather every day and cannot guarantee that this will not be cancelled. If you select this option, please provide a second choice.
Note, we are limited to 32 people for this tour option.
The drive up Camas Road goes through the North Fork region of Glacier National Park providing beautiful views of Lake McDonald and many of the peaks in the park. The Camas Road was constructed under the Mission 66 program. It features two bridges, the McDonald Creek Bridge and the North Fork Flathead River Bridge. There are several turnouts for viewing purposes.
We will also stop at the Huckleberry Mountain trail head off Camas Road. There will be an optional walk along the Huckleberry Mountain Nature Trail. It is a 0.9 mile round trip loop with a few places of elevation gains and losses of approximately 100 vertical feet. It is an easy hike, but not completely level. You will go through a very young forest as the entire area was taken out by a forest fire over 35 years ago. You will see young lodge-pole pines as well as young larch.
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