Located near Saratoga, Wyoming naturally beautiful, the region is rich in America’s natural hot springs which have been a destination for people seemingly forever. The land was settled by the Sterrett brothers, who in 1884 built a homestead that Brush Creek Ranch now sits. Honoring their adventurous spirit, a luxury guest ranch was born where guests can appreciate the natural beauty and enjoy a bevy of modern conveniences.
Acquired in 2008 by Bruce and Beth White, the vision was to develop a balanced destination for those who love and appreciate the American West. Bruce is the founder and chairman of White Lodging, the operator of hotel brands across the country. Brush Creek Ranch started with The Lodge & Spa and subsequently added other components to evolve the property to where it is today.
This luxury ranch offers farm-to-table dining, an event pavilion, brewery, distillery, climate-controlled wine cellar, tasting room, spirit bar, bakery, and creamery. BG provided mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and lighting design services to help make this destination come to life.
Creating a warm and inviting environment was very important when designing the lighting. BG performed several mockups to ensure the dining tables would be accented perfectly from track high above and that the back bars would really showcase the incredible wine and liquor collections with concealed accent lighting. In the wine cave, special care was taken to filter out UV wavelengths from the light source to minimize any potentially harmful effects to the expansive wine selection.
Detailed coordination with the interiors team and the millworker included a detailed shop drawing review, which proved crucial to provide lighting details that were discrete and effective. To mimic traditional incandescent light sources, BG reviewed samples of several tapelights of different color temperatures, settling on a 2350K option that extracted a warmth from the wood finishes.
In order to make this space really come to life at night, BG spent several days and nights on site aiming the lighting to highlight artwork, sculptures, and displays. Scene settings were also paramount in providing the perfect ambiance from morning to night.