20 Getaway Ideas for Couples Looking for Romance in Montana
Let’s talk romance…in Montana. If you think Montana is just the land of rugged plains and sauntering cattle and family-filled national parks, think again. Montana has all those things, but it also has blissful romantic getaways perfect for couples looking to getaway together and connect.
So here are our top picks for romantic getaways in Montana, whether you’re into long hikes like Jackie, cozy and luxe cabins like Gina, or the lake life like Nancy.
Lake Getaways for Couples in Montana
Love gazing at a serene lake on your couple travels? Then check out these Montana lake vacations that are perfect for a romantic getaway.
Lodge at Whitefish Lake
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is perfect for couples who love being on the water and want to have a romantic getaway in Montana that involves boating, standup paddle boarding, or simply enjoying a glass of wine while looking out at a peaceful mountain lake.
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake borders the lake and is home to its own marina. You’re a short drive down the mountain from Whitefish Mountain and its many things to do (think skiing in the winter and hiking or mountain biking in the summer).
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is also a short drive from the western entrance to Glacier National Park.
Even if you never go up the mountain or head into Glacier, you’ll find some romantic bliss at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake thanks to its many water activities including boat slips available for your stay, and onsite bars and restaurants. Couples will also enjoy being able to choose from multiple accommodation options when booking, such as condos, luxury homes, and lodge rooms.
Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch
Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch is like a private lakeside state park — you’re right in the midst of trails, beaches, and towering trees, yet it’s void of the crowds.
Instead, you’ll feel like you’re off at summer camp as you enjoy the many outdoor and ranch activities at this family-run ranch before retiring to your rustic yet luxurious lodge room or cabin for a romantic evening as you relive the day’s adventures.
Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch provides the best of two world: lake life and ranch life. Read on for more romantic ranches in Montana couples will love staying at.
Romantic Ranches for Couples
Montana and dude ranches are practically synonymous in the minds of travelers. It’s one of the quintessential Montana vacations as well as being one of the best romantic getaways in Montana. Couples can still find romance while horseback riding, fly fishing, cross-country skiing, or doing one of the many other activities you’ll find on Montana dude ranches.
The Ranch at Rock Creek
Luxury and opulence await you at the Ranch at Rock Creek as you immerse yourself in nature without compromising any of the creature comforts you’re looking for on your romantic getaway in Montana.
The Ranch at Rock Creek has incredible experiences for couple looking for something extra in their adventures. Charter a private jet, soak in a private wooden spa tub overlooking the forest, and take a private guided horseback ride.
At night, you’ll reconnect in your luxurious room in the lodge. Glamping tents, private log homes and cabins, and a remodeled 19th century barn are also available to stay in.
Triple Creek Ranch
Escape to Montana’s serene Bitterroot Valley with a stay at the luxurious Triple Creek Ranch. This award-winning ranch is a Relais & Châteaux property and comes with all the upscale amenities and activities people come to expect from Relais & Châteaux designated properties.
In addition to the luxurious appointed rooms perfect for romance, Triple Creek Ranch is a leader in Montana experiences, with packages that include horseback riding, fly fishing, and hiking.
Triple Creek Ranch also puts an emphasis on gourmet cuisine and wine tastings, perfect for couples looking to pamper themselves with good food, wine, and relaxation on their getaway.
Romantic Cozy Cabins & Lodges in Montana
Looking for a romantic getaway where you can just cuddle up in a cabin or rustic lodge room all day? Here are a few locations we think you’ll love.
Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Location: Gallatin Gateway
Rainbow Ranch Lodge has suites that feel like your own little cabin thanks to walls made of thick logs, cozy fireplaces, luxurious amenities, and private patios and balconies. You can choose between the riverside rooms (our top pick for romance) that directly overlook the Gallatin River or the pondside rooms that overlook the valley and a small pond. A plus of the pondside rooms is that they are located in the building right next to the massive infinity hot tub on the property.
Also, Rainbow Ranch Lodge is perfect for couples who love to ski and are looking for a winter getaway that allows for romance and ski resort proximity. Rainbow Ranch Lodge is roughly 20 minutes from Big Sky Resort. Spend the day on the slopes then come back to Rainbow Ranch Lodge for a soak in the hot tub followed by sharing a bottle of wine in front of your fireplace.
Laughing Horse Lodge
Location: Big Fork (Swan Lake)
Located in the Swan River Valley near Swan Lake, the Laughing Horse Lodge provides you with easy access to both the lake and the hiking trails and scenic overlooks of Flathead National Forest. The Laughing Horse Lodge is a great Montana romantic getaway for outdoorsy couples.
The rooms of Laughing Horse Lodge have a mountain vibe with log walls and colorful bedspreads. More importantly for romance, there is no wi-fi, television, or phones in the room, and cell service is extremely spotty or non-existent. This helps couples to focus on each other and truly reconnect during their time away from the demands of daily life.
Located just 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park is Sage Lodge, a secluded and peaceful lodge that will feel like you’ve stumbled upon your own special slice of Yellowstone.
Coyote Bluff Estate
Choose from three different opulent suite at this unique lodge that is more like a luxury B&B mountainside retreat. Coyote Bluff Lodge is a privately owned estate that is open to visitors for a romantic getaway.
Choose to stay in the Glacier King Suite, the Alyssa Rose Suite, or Honeymoon King Suite. The latter two have balconies while the Glacier King Suite has a cozy window seat. All the suites are gorgeously designed and seem right out of a luxury home magazine with high-end amenities and decor.
You can add on many romantic services to your stay, such as in-room couples massages, pre-packed picnic baskets, private helicopter tours, and so much more.
North Forty Resort
Location: Columbia Falls
Cuddle up in your very own cabin without breaking the bank at North Forty Resort in the Flathead Valley. It’s close to Flathead Lake and an easy drive to Glacier National Park, providing couples with both privacy and adventure.
Small Town Charm = Romantic Getaway in Montana
We love these romantic Montana getaways that let you stay in a unique location while being close to one of Montana’s cutest towns.
Bridge Street Cottages
These adorable cottages are cozy with fireplaces and comfortable beds. Choose one of the riverfront cottages for extra privacy and romantic mornings spent on your patio overlooking the rushing water.
Bridge Street Cottages provides a quick and easy walk to downtown Bigfork, where you’ll find shopping, farm to table restaurants, and fun bars.
1872 Inn is an adult-only boutique hotel in West Yellowstone, which offer couples a romantic place to lie their heads before and after a day spent exploring Yellowstone National Park (West Yellowstone is where you’ll find the West entrance to the park).
From the outside, 1872 Inn looks like it might be leftover from the Wild West Era, but inside you’ll find a beautifully updated lodge with comfortable rooms that are perfectly Montanan, complete with locally made headboards and chair. And it’s located right in the heart of West Yellowstone so you’ll be in walking distance to restaurants, bars, and shops.
Romantic Montana City Stays
Sure, Montana is known for its gorgeous outdoor wonders and activities, but sometimes you want the glitz and glam of a city nestled in a picturesque valley or among towering mountains. These two accommodation options will provide just that.
The Northern in Billings
This is easily one of the most beautiful hotels in Billings. The Northern has luxurious bedding and amenities with rustic chic decor perfect for a stay in Montana’s largest city. The Northern is located right in downtown Billings, making it convenient for couples looking to get out on the town or do the popular Billings Brew Trail.
Gibson Mansion B&B
In Missoula, opt for historic romance at the Gibson Mansion B&B. This gorgeous and stately Victorian mansion provides a lovely setting for romance and the owners of this B&B put a focus on romance within its walls. Couple will enjoy the gourmet breakfast, beautiful foyer fireplace, and sumptously appointed rooms, as well as the fact that there are ony four bedrooms, providing a serene ambiance while you’re at the B&B.
Gibson Mansion B&B is located in Missoula and you’re just a short distance away from all of the top things to do in Missoula, like a romantic ride on the Carousel for Missoula and walks by the river.
Hot Springs Romance
Want a romantic getaway in Montana that involves spa treatments and soaking in geothermal hot springs? Montana has a number of hot spring hotels and resorts (lucky state!), but here are two of our two picks for romance.
Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort
Location: Paradise (Lolo National Forest)
Surrounded by the Lolo National Forest, but with easy access off Hwy-135 is Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort. It’s located about an hour west of Missoula, but feels like you’ve escaped into the remote wilderness without foregoing the convenience the modern world.
Quinn’s Hot Springs has adult-only lodges perfect for a romantic getaway in Montana (children are welcome on the property, but families with kids must stay in one of the cabins on the property). The rooms in the Andrew J. Melief River Lodge boast beautiful views of the river and mountains, while the rooms in the Glacier Lodge provide quicker access to the property amenities like the restaurant, tavern, and hot spring pools.
But you won’t want to spend all your time in your room. Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort has as an assortment of hot spring pools plus farm to table eateries onsite. The pools range in temperature from 89 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit and are 100% natural, geothermal water.
Chico Hot Springs
I love the white and green exterior of this resort that wraps around the hot spring pool and reminds me of a quainter time in decades past. Feel at peace as you and your beloved soak in one of the two open-air pools that are naturally warmed by spring fed water.
Then book a couples massage at the onsite spa or retire to your luxuriously appointed accommodation for the evening. You can choose to stay in the main lodge for easy access to the pools and eateries, or opt for more privacy in one of the cabins (such as the romantic sounding honeymoon cabin!), chalets, or log homes located on the 152-acre property.
Plus: the perfect accessory for romantic picnics in Montana:
Stay in a Romantic Treehouse or Train Car
Montana Treehouse Retreat
Want a unique romantic getaway in Montana that will be unforgettable and totally Insta-worthy? Then book you and your honey into the Meadowlark Treehouse aka the Montana Treehouse Retreat, a vacation rental like no other and one that was featured on The Treehouse Guys show on the DIY Network.
Located in Columbia Falls near Glacier National Park, the Montana Treehouse Retreat is a luxury accommodation built around the thick base of towering pine trees with a spiraling wooden staircase leading you up to the first level of the two-level treehouse. (And don’t worry — there’s a bathroom in the treehouse so you don’t need to navigate those stairs in the middle of the night to use an outhouse!)
Inside you’ll find window seats, shiplap walls, a tempurpedic bed in the master bedroom, a cozy kitchen, another spiral staircase leading to the second floor, and sliding doors to access decks overlooking the woods and the campfire area down below.
Izaak Walton Inn
For couples with a playful side, plan a romantic getaway to the historic Izaak Walton Inn and book early enough to snag one of the converted train cars you can stay in. You’ll make fun memories staying in your private train car while having access to the rest of the property amenities, such as the pool and onsite restaurant.
When you can drag yourself away from your train accommodation, head north and you’re just roughly 30 minutes from both the east entrance and west entrance to Glacier National Park. Then spend the day holding hands while exploring the beauty of this beloved national park.
Go Glamping Together in Luxury
The Bar W Guest Ranch
Bar W Guest Ranch is a super-luxury guest ranch in Montana located close to Whitefish. Bar W has many different accommodation options, but for couples who like camping in the outdoors without sacrificing on comfort and luxurious amenities you can’t miss out on trying Bar W’s glamping tents.
The canvas glamping tents have comfortable beds inside while right outside the tent-like entrance to your sleeping quarters, you have a private deck where you and your partner can enjoy a morning cup of coffee. Gaze at the gorgeous, sprawling land as you plan your day’s adventures, whether it’s visiting nearby Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain, or enjoying all of the activities to do onsite at Bar W.
The Resort at Paws Up
Paws Up is another luxury dude ranch experience in Montana that has upscale glamping tents. Couples looking for the pinnacle of luxury and romance while embracing the great outdoors will love Paws Up’s honeymoon tents.
The Pinnacle Camp and Cliffside Camp are the two honeymoon tents and each has a 2-person soaking tub, ensuite luxury bathroom with a double vanity and heated floor, and gorgeous views of the surrounding scenery from a private deck.
Under Canvas Yellowstone
Location: West Yellowstone
The accommodations at Under Canvas Yellowstone only include glamping tents, making for a truly rustic feel while not having to deal with any of the hassle that comes with camping. And since it’s not a dude ranch (which usually comes with a hefty all-inclusive price tag) the price at Under Canvas Yellowstone is much more affordable.
Under Canvas Yellowstone is located 10 minutes from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It has onsite food, campfires for roasting s’mores, and plenty of space between the tents. We especially love the Stargazer tent for couples since it has a skylight-style window right above the head of the bed, where you can cuddle up and fall asleep together while watching the stars twinkle overhead.
Camping for Romance
Luxurious hotels and glamping is great and all, but maybe you and your beloved LOVE actual camping! If the two of you are more the work up a sweat and get away from civilization type of couple and getting out into nature is what makes you bond, then head to Glacier National Park. The campsites there will have you falling in love all over again — with each other and with the planet.
Glacier’s jaw dropping panoramas are on full display if you hike to Kintla campground, Glacier’s most remote campground — just leave early to get there since it’s a first-come, first-serve campground with 13 spots. This is also a frontcountry campsite so you are able to drive there via a windy, bumpy road.
Rising Sun is another great campground for romance and is located right in the heart of the park near Logan Pass. As you may guess from the name, the location is privy to incredible sunrises, perfect for romance. Staying at Rising Sun gives you the added benefit of exploring that popular area of the park before all the crowds driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road get there. Rising Sun is also a first-come, first-serve campground so get there early (via car or foot) and plan on waiting in line for a spot.
St. Mary Campground is reservable and provides easy access in the morning to the many beautiful hike on the east side of the park.
Montana…Perfect for Romance
Which of these romantic getaways in Montana sound best to you?