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Couple dedicated to sharing luxury

The Lodge at Trout Creek welcomes guests


December 27, 2018

Annie Wooden

A WARM WELCOME from Randy and Julie McMillian, owners of The Lodge at Trout Creek. The couple dreams of sharing the beauty of the property with others rather than keeping it to themselves. They have 14 years of hospitality service experience.

"It is not ours, we are just stewards of it. We want others to enjoy it," commented Randy McMillian, owner of The Lodge at Trout Creek.

Having been in the hospitality business for 14 years, McMillian and his wife Julie decided it was time to spread their wings to Trout Creek from Glacier National Park, where they are owners of another inn.

They purchased The Lodge at Trout Creek in May 2017 and have hoped to create a fine experience for a relaxation or romantic getaway. They have certainly acquired the right property to do just that, it doesn't take long to feel the stress roll off your shoulders when you enter the property.

The main entrance is graced with a beautiful grand piano and the warmth of 10,000 square feet of intricate details of Montana luxury are abundant. Nothing was left out when this masterpiece was constructed, every possible fine detail, in every nook and cranny has been assessed and implemented.

"It is more like an upscale bed and breakfast," Randy commented on the five available room choices awaiting guests. "Rather than having a single room, we have suites." Each room is furnished with a king-sized bed, private bathroom, and three of the five rooms have their own private outdoor entries.

One of the most distinguishing features of the lodge is the Eagle's Nest, properly named for the soaring eagles observed from this vantage point. Accessed by a spiraling staircase through the center of the lodge, one will be greeted with a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains and property.

The lodge offers full laundry capabilities and a kitchen for guests to use for their own lunch and dinner preparations, as breakfast is prepared and served by the McMillians as part of the overnight stay. There are plenty of entertainment options on the property to keep occupied. There is exercise equipment, a projection screen theatre alcove and gaming room complete with pool table, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, and dart board.

Many guests just enjoy sitting outside and enjoying the scenery from the decks or exploring the 90 acres of property according to Julie. She added that some guests never leave the property their entire stay. They just enjoy the quietness and down time from their busy, hectic lives.

Shana Neesvig

THE LODGE AT TROUT CREEK is a fine a piece of Montana beauty where no detail was left unscathed. Stain glass accents, a spiral staircase leading up to the Eagle Nest tower, fine detailed bathroom fixtures and much more to tantalize the eye is encompassed throughout the 90-acre property.

The McMillians spend half of their time in Glacier, beginning in April, and then return to The Lodge for the other half of the year. Even while the McMillians are in Glacier for the summer months, The Lodge is open. During this time, they have innkeepers that stay and manage the facility, so the lodge can host guests year-round.

In Glacier, the McMillians manage three businesses. They have teamed up with their children to operate Glacier Haven Inn, Healthy Haven Cafe and Glacier Haven RV and Campground. It was the inn that they purchased over a decade ago and made many renovations, commencing both their hospitality careers. Prior to that, Randy served in law enforcement and Julie as a Certified Public Accountant. The couple are ready to slow down a bit and envision a future where they sell their Glacier businesses and reside at The Lodge at Trout Creek year-round.

Randy commented that the Trout Creek facility is available for hosting multiple events, such as weddings, business gatherings, family reunions, and birthdays. There is a 1,600-square-foot outdoor event center that can be booked as well.

To make reservations or for more information on the lodge, visit or call 827-2700.


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