Celebrate Your Life – Experience the World
By J “Kat” Loren : :
As I drive through the golden hills of the Paradise Valley towards Sage Lodge, situated between Bozeman, Montana and Yellowstone National Park’s NW entrance, I feel like I can finally exhale the stress of life and breath deeply.
Crossing the Yellowstone River directly beneath the lodge, I see a couple of late afternoon drift boats – the first sporting two sun-hatted ladies, their fly rods reeled in as they lounge with adult beverages in hand while a guide slows their boat in the current only slightly ahead of the men’s boat whose rods whip the shores seeking trout that would rise to the occasion.
One glance at Sage Lodge and I immediately feel that sense of being far away and immersed in a gentler place, where time slows down and a river runs through it, and I know I will sleep deeply in modern luxury and want for nothing.
Sage Lodge is what a modern national park lodge should be. You can see through its vast entrance across the lobby to the families outside, giggling around gas lit fire pits while enjoying wood fired pizza and fine red wine. Beyond them one of the staff gives casting tips to a woman as they stand along the shore of the giant, heart-shaped pond, Sage rods in hand, the trout teasing them just out of reach. And beyond the pond, deer leap up from the yellow foothills and draw your eyes to the Emigrant Range, its valleys leading into the Beartooth Range.
Everything you could want in a vacation lodge is here – a lobby with sweeping vistas of the mountains, a casting pond full of trout with the finest rods available to try, a few llamas stocking up supplies and ready to lead guests on a hike into the hills for a Napa-style wine and tapas party, libraries and conversation nooks, a friendly bar tender who knows your name, an Argentinian wood-fired grill in a restaurant with fabulous views of the famous Yellowstone River, a spa and hot tub for starry winter nights. The rooms are spacious, complete with fireplaces and patios that open up to the full moon reflecting on the waters of the pond outside. Peace restoring the soul.
Sage Lodge is a modern Montana paradise – a base to drift fish along the Yellowstone, to gather with family and friends, or simply BE and drift into new dreams.
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Llama scenes – photo credit to Dennis L Dueñas of Montana Llama Guides.
Other photos taken from Sage Lodge web site.
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