The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Montana

Beaverhead Resort offers some seriously chic spots for relaxation
Beaverhead Resort offers some seriously chic spots for relaxation | Courtesy of Beaverhead Resort / Expedia
Charlie Bush

Montana has been nicknamed the Treasure State, and although this originally referred to its rich deposits of minerals, it could just as easily be applied to its natural features. The western state boasts varied, awe-inspiring terrain, ranging from snow-capped peaks in the Rocky Mountains to the endless expanse of the Great Plains. A vacation to this unfairly overlooked state could mean a cozy stay in a remote forest cabin, a cathartic break at a secluded high-end ranch, or a self-indulgent getaway to a luxurious ski resort. Here is our guide to the best home rentals in Montana to help you to decide on your preferred destination – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Coyote Bluff Estate, for unparalleled views in the Flathead Valley

Hotel

A rustic-chic guest room at Coyote Bluff Estate with traditional decor and wooden construction
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Coyote Bluff Estate occupies an enviable spot gazing down on the Flathead Valley from the top of the Flathead Ridge. Its architect took advantage of this vantage point by designing an expansive patio complete with a fire pit and seating area overlooking the magnificent Flathead Lake and the distant Flathead National Forest. Inside the Coyote Bluff Estate, choose from three individually-styled, sumptuous suites, complete with king-sized beds, heavy wooden beams and dark leather furniture. Each has either window seats or balconies from which to take in the sublime view.

2. West Glacier Cabin Village, for charming stays in West Glacier

Cabin

West Glacier Cabin Village exterior with forest behind
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You can find the smart and homely West Glacier Cabin Village just south of Glacier National Park and Lake McDonald, ideal for hiking in the former and fishing in the latter. The cabins themselves are a handsome contemporary take on the log shelters that once protected the trappers and fur traders of the 19th century from the elements, complete with private decks and fully-equipped kitchens. Each cabin sleeps up to four people and is a superb base from which to explore the surrounding wilderness.

3. Moonlight Mountain Homes, for skiing in Big Sky

Luxury

Moonlight Mountain Homes lodge-style interior with fireplace, leather sofa and wooden construction
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A chalet-style Montana vacation rental surrounded by a living picket fence of spruce trees, this three-bedroom ski-in/ski-out property offers impressive views of the Spanish peaks and is an easy walk to a groomed ski access run. It sleeps up to ten people beneath its gently sloping roof, with plenty of space for your mountains of luggage across its three floors. There are plenty of alpine activities to keep you busy nearby, but if you want to venture farther afield, the rugged grandeur of West Yellowstone National Park is just a 45-minute drive away.

4. The Ranch at Rock Creek, for luxury in the wild near Philipsburg

Hotel, Resort

The Ranch at Rock Creek living room with mounted antlers, wooden floor and fireplace
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The Ranch at Rock Creek is an upscale all-inclusive ranch resort on an authentic 19th-century homestead. There are 29 individual accommodation types to choose from, including a converted historic barn, deluxe granite lodges and even glamping options under the Big Sky. Get a taste for western adventure with fly fishing, horseback riding and other outdoor activities.

5. Bear Creek Lodge, for hiking near Victor

Lodge

Bear Creek Lodge chic room with fur throw, wooden touches and four poster bed
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In the midst of an untouched pine forest, Bear Creek Lodge is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary – an escape from the hubbub of everyday life. There are eight individually-themed guest suites at this two-story, pine-log lodge with wraparound verandah, and whether or not you believe in the healing power of the elements after which they are named, a lot of thought has gone into the creature comforts. Each suite has a private door that opens directly onto views of the surrounding forest, and the location is perfect for hiking the twenty-nine trails that crisscross the surrounding Bitterroot Mountains.

6. Tanager House, for ski enthusiasts in Big Sky

Cabin, Villa

Tanager House modern open plan kitchen living area with fur throws, rug, breakfast bar and large windows
Courtesy of Tanager House / Expedia

Tanager House is a graceful four-bedroom cabin, its decor earning it a place in the Architectural Digest’s piece on the World’s 9 Most Beautiful Hotel Cabins. Large windows flood the property with plenty of natural light and frame views of a beginner-friendly ski trail from which it is possible to access more advanced ski slopes via a high-speed chairlift. Colorful throw cushions, nature prints and contemporary chandeliers add character inside whilst after a day on the slopes you can relax in the hot tub, warm yourself by the fireplace or watch the sunset from the private deck.

7. Cedar Creek Lodge and Conference Center, for mountain lodge comforts near Glacier National Park

Lodge

Cedar Creek Lodge and Conference Center with patterned blankets and carpets and oak headboards
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A traditional stone-and-timber mountain lodge with the understated cream-and-brown decor in its carpeted, wood-paneled rooms, this Montana vacation rental combines access to the great outdoors with contemporary comforts, such as spa-style showers and king size beds. The area lends itself to year-round outdoor experiences, including hiking in Glacier National Park, fishing and skiing at the nearby Whitefish resort. You can fuel up for your day of adventure with the resort’s hot complimentary breakfast.

8. Beaverhead Resort, for rustic comforts in Dillon

Lodge, Cottages

Beaverhead Resort unit exterior with terrace and large patio doors
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On the edge of the rural town of Dillon in southern Montana, overlooking Beaverhead River, this Montana vacation rental offers three different homes to visitors keen to explore the surrounding mountains and valleys. There are opportunities for big game hunting, fly-fishing and excursions into Yellowstone National Park and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The homes accommodate various party configurations, ranging from the two-bedroom Bunk House with oversized deck and the three-bedroom Cervelli House with private firepit to the five-bedroom River House with a particularly spacious living room.

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