The Circle B Spring Creek Ranch is at the center of a small-town valley, framed within several mountain ranges, and has amazing attributes plus some that are typically associated with a ranch getaway retreat. The small, neighborly community of Manhattan provides basic amenities and some excellent eateries. Bozeman, a highly sought-after recreational, dining and boutique mecca, is approximately 20± minutes from the property.
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BYIA) at Gallatin Field is an easy 15± minutes from the Circle B and is serviced by Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, and United Airlines, and also features the Yellowstone Jet Center, the number-one-rated FBO in the northwest United States. For more information see www.bozemanairport.com.
The Circle B Spring Creek Ranch is just outside the small town of Manhattan, which began as a farming community successful in the malting business and continues the farming heritage today expanding into ranching, potatoes, dairy, and wheat farms. Manhattan encompasses the atmosphere and culture that prevails in small-town Montana. A day on the street might consist of a quiet chat with friends from the surrounding area, mingling with 5,000 other attendees at the annual Potato Festival or enjoying an evening of Shakespeare in the Park. Small businesses consisting of the usual amenities also include woodcarver’s, artisans, and antiques. A medical clinic, dentist office, full-service bank, museum, and art gallery flourish beside grocery, hardware, and auto repair businesses.
Not to be missed is the “best little steakhouse in the west,” The Oasis, located just around the corner from the quaint main street where the portions satisfy any appetite and the steaks placate any critic’s palate.
Bozeman, an eclectic university town (population 35,000 plus 13,500 students), is 20± miles east of the property and in recent years has received national notoriety for its scenic location, limitless outdoor activities and historic downtown area. The cafes and restaurants have become a popular meeting place for individuals who love the fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking and hiking available in the surrounding area.
The Montana Handbook describes Bozeman as a lovely setting that makes the most of its physical attributes, with hiking, fishing, and skiing practically out the back door. However, what makes Bozeman such a great place is the town itself. More than any other Montana city, Bozeman has maintained its handsome old downtown as a business center, which makes the city seem centralized and community focused.
Within an hour’s drive south from Bozeman, Highway 89 leads to the entrance of three world-class ski resorts: Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort, The Yellowstone Club Resort, and Moonlight Basin. Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort and Moonlight Basin Ski Resort are contiguous and can be skied with the same ticket. The combination of the two resorts results in the largest ski resort in the lower 48 states, with tremendous terrain for the beginner as well as extreme skier. Bridger Bowl ski area is approximately a 45± minute drive east of the property and offers light, fluffy snow locally known as the “cold smoke.” Bridger Bowl possesses a unique small-town atmosphere with world-class terrain.
Continuing south on Highway 89, past the turnoff to Big Sky, is the entrance to Yellowstone National Park replete with all the amazing scenic and geothermal features for which it has become famous. It also has some of the best trout fishing in the world.