Sage Lodge set to open

Enterprise photo by Nate Howard
Sage Lodge General Manaager Paul Robertson provides a media tour of Sage Lodge Thursday near Emmigrant. The lodge opens July 16.

Take 10 steps into the new Sage Lodge near Emigrant.

The giant window in the hotel lobby frames Emigrant Peak, the 10,926 ft. mountain anchoring a background of the Absaroka Mountains, a stocked trout pond and four four-bedroom cabins on the 1,200 acre ranch.

It’s a striking entrance to the brand new lodge, which opens July 16. General Manager Paul Robertson said there has already been much interest from patrons, and the lodge – which is still under construction – has already hosted a private group.

Robertson said the Sage Lodge is not a fly-fishing resort because when people think of a fly-fishing resort, they only think of a place for long fishing trips, but the lodge aspires to be more than that. Instead, it’s a full hotel, with a restaurant and spa that is open to the public, 35 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

“We know it’s not always an option to stay for a week, and we didn’t want to limit the type of guest we have,” Robertson said.

Instead, the resort will be open to all sorts of adventurers – hikers, fishermen, people looking for a Montana getaway, corporate boards. The resort features event space that can be used for meetings or weddings. The hotel shares a name and owner with the famous fly fishing company, Sage. The Joshua Green Corporation, which is based in Seattle, owns both entities, and while they share an owner, Sage Lodge will not have fly fishing guides on staff. It will sell Sage products in its gift shop, but it plans to connect its customers with local outfitters for fishing trips.

Sage Lodge has 50 guest rooms, 34 in the main hotel and 16 split between four, four-bedroom cabins. The cabins can be rented by the unit, or by the room, when the lodge is sold out. The cabins share a common room. Each room at the lodge – which Robertson said generally go for about $339 a night – has its own gas fireplace, which has a timer, as well as an outdoor balcony area.

The ranch has more than 300 acres of riverfront along the Yellowstone, bordering the lodge, which can be used by fly fishermen and other patrons. The pond behind the lodge is also stocked with brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. The ranch also has hiking trails, which go back to the historic Chico cemetery, which has a Civil War veteran buried in it.

The Livingston Enterprise | July 2, 2018 | by Johnathan Hettinger

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