11 Things to do in Virginia City / Ennis Area

Madison River near Ennis, Montana

If Montana is all about outdoor recreation and western history, then the Ennis Area is the state’s poster child. The are includes the the Madison, Beaverhead, Ruby, Big Hole, and Jefferson Rivers, some of the premier fly fishing streams in the whole state. Right next door are Virginia City and Nevada City, open air museums … Read more

Minerva Cogswell, Virginia City Restaurateur

There had been an African American presence in the Montana since its creation as a territory in 1864. Jack Taylor, for example, had served in the Union army before moving west and arriving in Virginia City in 1866.  Taylor worked as a teamster freighting goods to and from Virginia City. Over the years, he became … Read more

Hot Cocoa in Southwest Montana

After just yesterday when I suggested that we may not have a White Christmas in Southwest Montana, we were hit with a little snow <3 I’m going to err on the side of hoping that the snow sticks around – at the very least in the Mountains! These cooler temperatures and the fluffy snow I … Read more

Safety at Southwest Montana’s Hot Springs

Boulder Hot Springs

In Southwest Montana, we love to highlight the six natural hot springs in our region! With the pandemic, we thought this would be a great opportunity to not only highlight the hot springs of Southwest Montana, but to provide an update of the safety measures being taken. In the year following graduation, some friends and … Read more

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

9+ Books to Add to Your 2021 Reading List

There are few gifts better than a Southwest Montana book, quarantine has given us more time to read, and we are always looking for books to add to our personal reading list – especially at the beginning of a new year! While we would love to provide a top to bottom guide of Southwest Montana … 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

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

Saving the Past | Charles Bovey

Virginia City is one of the biggest draws in Southwest Montana. And little wonder. The town played a central role in Montana’s development as a state, and it has a raucous and alluring history, full of exactly the kind of characters you hope to hear about in an old west goldrush town. But it’s not … Read more

Hot Springs and Snowstorms

Elkhorn Hot Springs

As you may have heard, or experienced, Montana was hit with a record setting snowstorm the fourth weekend in October. Rather than snuggling in at home, we took that opportunity to get out of the “big city” and enjoy a weekend away in the Pioneer Mountains. And if you ask us there is no more … Read more