Episode 50 Hotel Legends: Montana’s The Ranch at Rock Creek with Jim Manley
Jim Manley is the founder of the world’s first-ever Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Ranch, the Ranch at Rock Creek, located in one of Montana’s most spectacular valleys. At 10 years old, he told his father, “When I’m older, I’m going to get a horse, a rifle, and a ranch.” Forty-three years later following a successful career in finance, his childhood dream came true. After looking at hundreds of ranches, he finally settled on a property between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park surrounded by white-capped mountains, green meadows and pristine valleys. Yet just after one year, Jim realized his plans for owning a private ranch were destined for something much greater.
In today’s episode, Jim details his journey in creating the Ranch at Rock Creek, and how he combined the spirit of the west with exceptional luxury service. He shares his vision in creating a place for rugged adventure that also feels like home. Melissa and Jim also explore America’s obsession with the idealism of the western frontier, and why man’s desire for wide open spaces is a part of the country’s identity. Plus – he uncovers the misconceptions about Big Sky Country, shares some of his favorite ranch activities and reveals how an all inclusive philosophy and no vehicle policy changed the guest experience.
Melissa ends the episode with a travel hack on the new ETIAS requirement for American travelers heading to Europe in 2024. She breaks down what you need to know, how much it costs and how it will affect your travel plans.
Lightning Round with Jim:
- Favorite season in Montana? Winter
- Favorite activity at the Ranch at Rock Creek? Hiking and horseback riding
- Favorite spot at the Ranch? The Top of the World
- What do you like most about the outdoors? Fresh air
- When’s the first time you rode on a horse? At the age of 12
- Favorite Western film? The Big Country
- Favorite brand of cowboy boots? Lucchese
Tune in live: August 31, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET