Montana’s Speakeasy Themed Brewery

The name speakeasy hails from the prohibition era of the early 20th century. On January 16, 1919 the 18th Amendment was ratified and would go into effect in January of 1920. The 18th Amendment of course being the Prohibition of Alcohol. Check out our article on Prohibition in Southwest Montana. While the sale, manufacturing and … Read more

A Guide to Cross-Country Skiing in Southwest Montana

Cross Country Skiing

Montana is undoubtedly a winter wonderland. From skiing and snowboarding to snowmobiling and ice fishing, Southwest Montana offers a little bit of everything. Often when you mention skiing in Montana, visions of ‘skiing the cold smoke’ play through our minds – the downhill slopes, fresh powder and endless possibilities. In Southwest Montana, we have three … Read more

Gifting Montana

November is upon us, and that means that Thanksgiving is fast approaching! No doubt your mind is filled with the big questions of the season–like turkey or possum for this year’s feast?–but maybe, just maybe, there is a part of your brain that isn’t contemplating pies and stuffing and is trying to remind you that … Read more

Haunted Helena

With news of gold in Grasshopper Creek, the gold rush officially began in Montana in the summer of 1862. It was gold that drew thousands to Montana and established some of the region’s most prominent towns. On July 14, 1864, four men (known today as the Four Georgians) set up camp along Last Chance Gulch … Read more

Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns

With their conical shape and tumbling walls, the abandoned charcoal kilns of Canyon Creek have a slightly spooky air today, but the area would have been no less eerie during the kilns’ heyday in the late 1800s. During the charcoal-making process the kilns billowed clouds of smoke–first white, then yellow, then blue–for days, and the … Read more

Bear Trap Canyon Rafting

Whitewater Rapids in Bear Trap Canyon, From the BLM

If you follow the braided channels of the Madison River north of Ennis, you’ll come to Ennis Lake, a favorite summertime haunt for swimmers and boaters. Continue northward, and the leisurely floating gives way to adrenaline pumping adventure as you plunge into the whitewater rapids of Bear Trap Canyon. Although the 6,000 acre Bear Trap … Read more

The Gates of the Mountains

Visitors who come to the Gates of the Mountains area to boat on Missouri River, hike through the mountains, and marvel at the steep limestone cliffs are part of a tradition that probably stretches back more than 1,300 years. Much has been written about Gates of the Mountains over the years, but it’s hard to … Read more