Cozy Watering Holes

After a morning of exploring Southwest Montana, I find I usually need a mid-afternoon boost of energy. Especially in the winter, I find myself craving somewhere to settle down for the afternoon. Somewhere cozy and warm where I can thaw, chat, snack on something delicious, and, yes, drink something tasty. Fortunately, sitting and chatting over … Read more

Giving Thanks in Southwest Montana

And just like that, Thanksgiving is only days away. The holidays and traditions go hand in hand, and while everyone celebrates a little differently, time among friends and family is something to be thankful for. In our family, Thanksgiving requires quite the road trip, four generations, home cooked meals for days, a little time in … Read more

Halloween 🎃 Events

Halloween is just days away, and Southwest Montana has events for all ages. As one of the most anticipated holidays of the year, there is no skimping on the haunted encounters. To take it a step further, Southwest Montana’s colorful history may have left behind more than just an interesting tale or two. As you … Read more

Visit Deer Lodge’s Old Montana Prison

For over 100 years the (Old) Montana Prison at the south end of Deer Lodge housed the state’s worst offenders. Perpetually over-crowded and frequently mismanaged, the Prison was finally replaced by a new facility outside of town. Today, the Old Montana Prison, which still dominates Deer Lodge’s main street, houses five museums across 9 acres. … Read more

Birder’s Paradise

A while back, I visited Costa Rica with my family, and for a few days we were joined by one of my grandmother’s friends, Oscar, an avid naturalist. One of my most vivid memories of the trip was the whole lot of us—grandma, my great aunt, and the pack of cousins—dashing up a very steep … Read more