Putting Winston on the Map

Like many of the best towns in Montana, Winston has a sort of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it quality. From Highway 287, the entire town seems to consist of four buildings and a fishing access sign. And yet, I was completely unsurprised when, in two completely separate conversations, Winston was not only mentioned, but received what are, in my … Read more

Southwest Montana Distillery Tour

Willie's Distillery Fortune Cookie

Southwest Montana is home to four unique craft distilleries. Like our micro-breweries, each of the distillers in Southwest Montana has a unique story to tell as part of our charming communities. Craft distillers are gaining popularity across the U.S. and more and more people are including a visit to a distillery on their Montana itinerary. … Read more

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

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