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Paul Ranch Montana LLC
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
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“An absolutely wonderful place to stay at Glacier!”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

We just spent 5 nights with another couple in the Elk Willows house. It is fantastic. What a beautiful site sitting on top of the hill overlooking the plains with mountains in the distance. The house itself is a gem - 3 bedrooms, completely stocked kitchen, den and separate LR area, 2 baths. The first morning there an elk was standing about 25 yds away from the deck! Very convenient to Many Glacier, Waterton, East Glacier and Two Medicine areas. Janice the caretaker is a great host. We sent her a grocery list ahead of time and she bought food for us at the larger store in Browning for a small extra fee. (Stores around Babb are very small, limited items and expensive). I highly recommend this rental. We would go back there in a flash! This is a great area to be in to explore Glacier!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

My wife and I spent a night in the Chaps and Spurs Bunkhouse in mid-September. Janice and Colin were gracious hosts and we chatted amongst the animals. It was so nice to see and hear the cows and coyotes. The night was clear and the Milky Way and tons of stars were out. A great base camp for trips into Glacier/Waterton. So much better than the standard cookie cutter hotels. So glad I found this place. We will be back for sure and recommend it to everyone visiting the area. Hope to return soon.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Elk Grove, IL
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

My husband and I had the privilege to stay at the Elk Willows house for 2 nights in September. The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the house is how peaceful the area is. The house is located on a ranch and sits on a hill which allows for the fabulous views in every direction. The alpacas and llama that stay on the ranch were fun to see everyday. This house has everything you will need plus more! There is a great deck with a grill, satellite tv, washer/dryer, fully stocked kitchen, dishwasher, microwave, a full library of books and even binoculars. They provide daily housekeeping. The location can't be beat for exploring the East side of Glacier National Park. The house is located close to Many Glacier, St Mary and about an hour to Waterton. On top of all this Janice and Colin, the caretakers, are fabulous. They were always happy to help out and we loved talking to them and hearing stories about the area. I highly recommend a stay at Paul Ranch and hope to be back soon. This place is a piece of heaven.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Four retired traveling companions recently enjoyed a special beginning on a visit to some of the Western National Parks in Montana and Canada. Staying in the Elk Willows accommodations at Paul Ranch was a terrific find... Nearby Glacier NP in all its grandeur is majestically unforgettable...AND...being able to come back HOME after a full day's activities to a clean, comfortable, spacious residence, fully equipped (spices and libraries) and artfully designed was more than chocolate frosting on the cake. Phenomenal views from living/dining room areas of Eastern GNP mountains...and friendly visits from alpacas and their guard llama brought us a comfortable end to our days of trekking...The assistance, help and suggestions of managers Janice and Colin topped off a perfect holiday initiation. Heartily recommend the Paul Ranch.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Greer, SC
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

My husband & I stayed in the Wagon Wheel cottage at Paul Ranch for 5 days in Sept 2011 during a 12-day visit to Glacier / Waterton. If we had it to do over, we'd stay only at Paul Ranch. It’s unbelievably beautiful & secluded without being totally isolated. Janice & Colin are great hosts - had everything we needed. Location is hands-down the BEST for exploring the best of East Glacier Park (Many Glacier, east-side of Going-to-Sun Rd., & south-east Glacier). If you're planning on visiting Waterton, stay at Paul Ranch - it’s only a 45-minutes gorgeous drive & no hassle with border crossing border. Don’t stay in over-priced, touristy Waterton - just day-visit. After our stay at Paul Ranch, we crossed to West Glacier & stayed in Columbia Falls, but were disappointed with its touristy nature (plus it’s a longer drive to get back to into the park). The east & west sides of Glacier are like night & day. Maybe the west side is ok if you have small kids & want to take them to tacky waterparks, etc. Additionally, all the hype on Montana websites about the "charming" towns of Kalispell & White Mountain is just that - hype. If you like having space to yourself & want to spend your time in nature, save your time & money & just stay at Paul Ranch; besides, East Glacier is truly the far more beautiful side. Everything about the cottage was very comfortable & we could have had 2 more couples comfortably. We had TV though we seldom watched with so much beauty out the front door. Cooked our own meals & had several great ones nearby. I can't say enough about Paul Ranch or Janice & Colin. For the purpose of folks reading this review, all our lodging on the trip was in rental cottages for 4-5 night stays. It’s the only way to travel, and beats by a long shot the crowded rooms, full parking lots & lack of freedom staying in the park lodges. If you just have to be able to say you did it, stay 1 night in a lodge, and then head to Paul Ranch. Thanks Janice!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fulton, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

The Paul Ranch was exactly what we were looking for in an East Glacier stay. We had some travel issues and Janice went above and beyond to help us get there and also during our entire stay. She said that she wants to provide 5 star service and she means it! She is a gem! The house is modest but comfortable and very clean. Gorgeous views, especially sunsets from the deck, if you can brave the mosquitoes in July. Probably because Logan Pass had not opened yet, but we found the "grocery" stores food selection to be extremely thin. So, we ended up cooking less than expected. Also, my kids are still talking about the pies at the Two Sisters Cafe. You gotta go:-) Finally, we stayed half time on the east side of the park and half time on the west. It was totally the way to go to save 3 hr drives to hikes! I highly recommend Paul Ranch for a stay on the east side of Glacier NP. Also, yes dirt road but not 4 wheel drive necessary, tho we were in SUVs.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Clearfield, Utah
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

We really enjoyed our visti at the Ranch. The Accomodations were really nice and the care takers were friendly and and very accomodating. The additiion of the Alpacas made it extra fun. The road up to the house is a dirt road so a four wheel drive vehicle is remended

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Paul Ranch Montana LLC
Address: 77 Siers Rd, Box 258, Babb, MT 59411-5022
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Region: United States > Montana > Babb
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Babb
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paul Ranch Montana is 15 minutes from the east entrance to Glacier National Park. Located 6 miles north of Babb on US Hwy 89, comfortable and affordable lodging is provided in a relaxed and spectacular setting. For a vacation focused on exploring Glacier and Waterton, you will be centrally located. If you prefer time to read, write, photograph or other more solitary pursuits, you will enjoy the space, privacy and inspiring natural ambiance. ... more   less 
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