Philipsburg Weekend

Discovery Ski Hill

Philipsburg is one of those charming small towns with which visitors cannot help but fall in love. The drive into the quaint 19th century mining town is equally as impressive. As you drive down Montana Highway 1 – the Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Byway – your breath will be taken away. Winding through the pined forest, overlooking … Read more

Wanderlust: A Montana Road Trip through Lincoln

Something about the crisp autumn air beckons exploration. Maybe it is our attempt to hold onto summer, with it being just warm enough to wander without a coat, or the deep colors of fall that beg us to connect, or the roads which are craving use before they become coated in snow and ice. For … Read more

Haunted Helena: Grandstreet Theatre

The haunting of Grandstreet Theatre, which was originally the Unitarian Church built in 1901, is so famous that it is included in Haunted Places: The National Dictionary. Progressive Unitarians designed the church to double as public space, and so the sanctuary also functioned as a public auditorium with sloped seating, a beautiful proscenium arch, and … Read more

Get Lost this Fall in Southwest Montana

When referencing Montana, go to topics of conversation include: Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, skiing, abundant hiking trails, packing trips to the wilderness areas, or even the winding dirt roads that connects one small town to the next. Most of these activities hit summer and winter travel, but what about the “off” season? Having lived … Read more

Montana Fire Update

It’s September, and it was an especially dry summer. That means that in the west, there is only one appropriate topic of conversation. Wildfires. They’re kind of hard to miss. Northwestern Montana has some of the worst fires, but Southwest Montana has its fair share. At the moment, there are about nine fires in Southwest Montana. … Read more

What’s Brewing in Southwest Montana

“With more small craft breweries per capita than nearly anywhere else in the country, Montana is demonstrating that there’s no limit to what we can accomplish when we combine our world-class work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit with some of the finest grains on the planet.”  ~Former U.S. Senator Max Baucus  Not surprisingly, breweries in Montana … Read more

Turn West Young Person! Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Highway

Georgetown Lake | Southwest Montana

Don’t get me wrong, I-90 is pretty nifty (I was once told off by a MT roads historian for suggesting it wasn’t) but if you stick to the I-90 corridor in Southwest Montana, then you are missing some of the best that the region has to offer. I say, follow the lesson that Lightning Mcqueen … Read more

Last Chance Stampede Rodeo

Helena’s Rodeo was the last weekend of July (but you already knew that because you follow this blog and get SWMT newsletters sent straight to your email). It was fantastic. There was beer, tri-tip steak sandwiches, fruit kabobs, fry bread, and these weird lemonade slushy/soft serve ice cream things. Oh, yeah, there was also a … Read more

And they call the thing a rodeo…

“We were heading for the rodeo in the village of Augusta, among cottonwood along the Sun River. We drank in the darkness of taverns, walked three or four hundred yards through light and shadows under the trees to the rodeo, in the sunlight, while country music played on the public-address system. Men and women unloaded … Read more