Skiing and Soaking in Southwest Montana

Last week, my esteemed colleague posed the question “what would you do with a snow day in Southwest Montana?” but she missed the most obvious answer, which is to take the ideas on her list and mash them together into a ball–a snow(day) ball, if you will. I’m talking about marshmallows on your hot chocolate. … Read more

Southwest Montana Snow Day!

Ice Fishing on Georgetown Lake

In Montana, summer turns to winter in the blink of an eye, winter starts before fall and ends after spring has begun. It is for this reason that Montana is packed with winter enthusiasts who take every available opportunity to go downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and more! Growing up in … 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

A Month of Christmases!

December is upon us, and in SouthWest Montana that means one thing: community Christmas events. Seriously, it seems like every town in the state has at least some sort of Christmas shindig in the works, from Christmas strolls, to Christmas bazaars, to art gallery receptions, you won’t be starved for culture this holiday season (and … Read more

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

Feeling the arctic chill? Ice Fishing is the cure!

I think that in in general there are two sorts of ice fishing experiences. There are the sorts detailed in the work of the great philosopher Pat McManus which almost inevitably end with snowbanks, frostbite, and windchill, and there is the experience of my wife, who went ice fishing once, the sky was blue, the … Read more

The Perfect Pairing: skiing and hot springs

Montanans are humans too (hard to believe, isn’t it? sometimes we seem like so much more) and when faced with phrases like “unusual cold spell” and “record-breaking snowfall” it can be tempting, even for us, to want to swathe ourselves in blankets, brew something hot, and really commit to completing BuzzFeed’s top ten most binge-able … Read more