10 Things to do in the Anaconda-Philipsburg Area

Mining

Nestled in the Pintler Mountains and connected by the beautiful Pintler Veterans’ Memorial Scenic Highway, the Anaconda-Philipsburg area offers a treasure trove of activities. A literal treasure trove, given the panning-for-sapphires opportunities in Philipsburg. It’s always difficult to make these “X Things To Do” lists–there’s so much great activities, narrowing it down is impossible! So … Read more

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

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

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

Southwest Montana Gingerbread Houses

When it comes to the Holidays, everyone’s traditions are a little different. But I’m pretty confident in saying there are a number of activities that are specific to this time of year. For instance, in Montana we always consider the sentiment of a “White Christmas” and there are few years when we don’t have a … 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

Christmas Baking with Wheat Montana

One of my all time favorite Holiday Traditions is spending an entire weekend baking with some of our closest family friends. It’s a tradition we have kept up for nearly a decade and a half. We’re talking 2 families, 56 hours, and dozens (and dozens) of cookies. I clearly remember one year we had company … 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

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