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

The Early Beer

“You could leave beer to cool in the river, and it would be so cold when you got back it wouldn’t foam much. It would be a beer made in the next town if the town were ten thousand or over. So it was either Kessler Beer made in Helena or Highlander Beer made in … Read more

Road Tripping Southern Southwest Montana

It’s the last week of March, and that means one last blog post, a final hurrah to a spectacular month, a month that has married incredible middle-of-winter fun with the tiniest hints of spring. It’s been a fantastic month, in like a lion and out like a…well, not like a lamb necessarily, but maybe an … Read more

Montana’s Sweet Spot

Sweet Palace | Philipsburg, MT

As you drive through Southwest Montana, winding your way from Yellowstone to Glacier, you might just find your car parking in front of one of Southwest Montana’s delectable old-fashioned candy shops (cars have a funny way of pulling up in front of candy shops—at least ours does). These candy shops are nuggets of sweetness scattered … Read more

Butte America: Headframe Spirits

B Corporation

Butte is a mining town, the Richest Hill on Earth. The first major gold strike in the area occurred in 1862; but gold, albeit the initial draw, was not the crowning mineral. No, Butte’s story is one of copper. In 1881 the Anaconda Copper Mine was purchased by Marcus Daly, and by 1915, the mine … Read more

Parkers’ Burgers: Small Town, Big Taste

Rodeo Burger

For years friends and family have asked if in my time driving across Montana I have taken time to stop at Parkers’ Restaurant in Drummond. Having driven past Drummond hundreds of times my answer is always a quiet and ashamed – no. Luckily for me, this was remedied last week. After a quick jaunt over … Read more

Montana Made

Do you need a mousetrap? An alpaca? An emu, a rifle, a drone, an app, an insulated concrete log, a buckskin beer coozie, a candle, or a cap? You need look no further than Montana. And frankly, the above is just the tip of the iceberg. The Montana Department of Commerce lists some thirty-four hundred … Read more

10 Southwest Montana Resolutions for the New Year

Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions are a joke. That’s because people always resolve to things that aren’t any fun. Go to the gym, eat carrot sticks, things like that. Well, we can help. We’ve put together a list of 10 New Year’s resolutions that are doable and fun. Pick one, or resolve to do … Read more

Cornish Pasties, Not a Butte Tradition

Fans of the blog might remember that last year I conducted important anthropological research on Butte pasties. Here’s a recap: I ate a lot of Butte pasties and they were delicious. Recently I managed to continue my research on pasties in Cornwall, which is to pasties what the Louvre is to old pictures. For Montanans … Read more

Headframe Spirits: A Blogger’s Dream

Headframe Spirits is a travel blogger’s dream: it is a craft distillery that relentlessly promotes Butte, tourism, history, and (of course) good booze. Although only founded some five years ago, Headframe wants you to know that when you drink its products, you drink Butte history. Each of their products is named after one of the … Read more