Southwest Montana Bakeries

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how important it is to shop local. With Christmas right around the corner, we are all too privvy that the holidays are not complete unless they include countless stomach aches brought on by the consumption of far too many baked goods. Luckily for us, Southwest Montana is full … Read more

Made in Montana Gift Guide | Southwest Montana

Latigo & Lace | Augusta, MT

If you are anything like me, your gifting gets done at the absolute last minute as you struggle to find the perfect gift for each and every person on your list. There are of course those on the list that tell you exactly what they are looking for … if only everyone was that easy! … Read more

10 Things to do in the Deer Lodge Area

While most of the Southwest Montana region was settled by miners, the Deer Lodge Area was settled by homesteaders and is home to significant agricultural activity to this day. Deer Lodge is also known for housing the Montana State Prison. There’s more to the Deer Lodge Area than initially meets the eye as it runs … Read more

We Spent a Night in Montana’s Haunted Prison

When it comes to ghosts and a belief in the paranormal, I would describe myself as an open-minded skeptic. While I’ve never had a paranormal experience myself, I’ve known plenty of people to describe their own encounters that verged on unexplainable. I enjoy the occasional ghost tour and love the history that backs the claims … Read more

5 of the Most Haunted Places in Montana

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy (Hamlet, I.5) Here on the blog, there are a variety of opinions about ghosts and the like. More opinions than there are writers, in fact, because my skepticism/belief in ghosts has a good deal to do with how dark the … Read more

5 of the best scenic views in Southwest Montana

Snow falls on the foothills, only to dissipate by midday. In the river-bottoms the leaves of the cottonwoods are rustling into yellow, as if capturing sunshine on the branches. At higher elevations, the changing leaves of the aspens are gilding the mountainsides. Fall is upon us and winter fast approaches. It is the time when … Read more

3 Montana Road Trips to Add to Your Fall Bucket List

The incredible fall weather in Montana has us itching to get on the road. While in some years we get an early frost and miss out on the fall colors, that is not the case for 2020! Bright oranges, reds, and yellows dot the hillsides, begging to be explored. Cooler temperatures mean the perfect weather … 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

Our Favorite Stops between Glacier and Yellowstone

Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area

So you have decided to make the trek from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park, which as we suggested in the blog Ode to the Road (Trip) is one of the most popular summer traditions for both Montana residents and visitors to the Treasure State. Now the only question is: what stops will you … Read more

Wilderness Art

As you wind your way through the surprising sculptures in the Sculptures in the Wild complex outside of Lincoln, Montana, you feel just a bit like you are wandering through some ancient, megalithic site. Built using local materials–both natural and industrial–the sculptures on this 26 acre plot of pine forest play with the environment, creating … Read more