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Montana's Triple Creek Ranch Names David MacIlwraith General Manager

DARBY, MT. November 8, 2017 – Triple Creek Ranch, the Relais & Châteaux mountain hideaway in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains, has named David MacIlwraith as General Manager. Recently singled out as one of the top 10 hotels in the world in the annual Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, Triple Creek Ranch was just ranked among the Top Hotels in the West in the Condé Nast Traveler 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

For MacIlwraith, who married into a Montana family and is a graduate of Montana Tech of the University of Montana, this is a welcome return to Big Sky Country.

“It’s an honor to be back in Montana at the helm of the one of the top resorts in the world,” said MacIlwraith. “Triple Creek Ranch distills the best of Montana and the finest in Western luxury into a unique resort experience. I’m thrilled to be part of an incredible team that makes it happen every day.”

MacIlwraith has extensive experience in the hospitality business. He was previously the General Manager of the legendary Travaasa Hana, Maui and before that, General Manager/Business Development for Ortega National Parks, where he oversaw Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company and Death Valley Lodging Company, among other properties. His career began as Project/Asset Manager with Vail Resorts, where he managed two historic lodges and over $8.5M in capital projects, for a multi-property National Park Concession, Grand Teton Lodge Company.

About Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch is located in Darby, Montana, in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains. An all-inclusive retreat for adults and children sixteen years and older, the Ranch is a member of Relais & Châteaux and Virtuoso as well as an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge. Rates start at $1,050 per couple, per night, based on double occupancy and includes a private log cabin, all meals, house wines, spirits and beers, and a range of outdoor activities including horseback riding, fly fishing, cooking classes, skijoring and more. For reservations, contact info@triplecreekranch.com or 800-654-2943.For more information visit www.triplecreekranch.com.

Gayle Conran

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