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Gallatin River Lodge, Bozeman 

9105 Thorpe Road
Bozeman , Montana
Tel: 888 387 0148 (toll-free)
Tel: 406 388 0148
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To call this a "fishing lodge" would be an understatement. Set on 350 stunning acres of ranch land near the Gallatin River, the luxury boutique hotel offers a secluded location plus an award-winning restaurant (is that Ted Turner at the next table?). Enter into the vaulted-ceiling lobby, done up western-style down to the grizzly bear silhouette outlet frames. Upstairs, the six rooms invite a cozy stay with fir wood floors, Arts and Crafts furnishings, Native American textiles, whirlpool baths, fireplaces, and oil paintings of trout and cowboys (just in case you forget you're in Montana). Six more standard rooms will be available in the Trout Cabin starting in April 2012. During high season—mid-April through mid-October—the lodge fills up quickly, so be sure to reserve at least a month in advance. The restaurant is worth the trip itself. Ingredients are locally sourced or made in-house, like Chef Craig's famous huckleberry ice cream, presented in a martini glass. For an entrée, try the grilled salmon in lemon beurre blanc sauce with a side of Hutterite-grown Brussels sprouts. Wash it all down with a pint of Montana microbrew and a view of the sun setting over the valley and picturesque Spanish Peaks.—Isabel Sterne

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