The Wild West is calling! We’re getting excited for our retreat in Montana next month. Montana is such a raw place, full of natural wonders that will make you drop your jaw in amazement of Mother Earth’s beauty. It’s also got no shortage of charming small towns to love. It’s one of our favorite places, and we think you’d dig it too. Here is a taste of the best Big Sky Country has to offer.
Where to Go
What better place to start than Glacier National Park?
Glacier Highland: Cute cafe and market just outside of the park’s West Glacier entrance. You’ll find a wide selection of soups, salads, and traditional American fare. We’ve also heard their desserts are to die for.
Russell’s Fireside Dining Room at Lake McDonald Lodge: Enjoy hearty post trail food with an amazing view of the lake.
Glacier Under Canvas: Glamping at its finest! Each safari tent has a wood stove, luxurious bedding, and the cutest en suite bathroom. We also loved the morning hot chocolate in the community tent.
Lake McDonald Lodge: Located on stunning Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, this historic Swiss chalet style lodge has a variety of lodging options and one of the best views in the park.
Scenic Drive: You can’t miss Going-to-the-Sun Road from Lake McDonald to cross the Continental Divide. Not for the faint of heart, but worth every jaw dropping switch back.
Hiking: So many trails to choose from. Chat with the park rangers to get their recommendations on where to head (and a bear update)!
Just down the road from Glacier is the adorable town of Whitefish!
Buffalo Café: Refuel after your morning hike with tasty all-American fare. Try the huevos rancheros and huckleberry pie!
Stumptown Marketplace: This downtown market features select restaurant and store pop ups with a focus on made-in-Montana products and food. We love the Pig and Olive Sandwich Shoppe for a quick bite.
Lodge at Whitefish Lake: Traditional and cozy lodge right on the stunning Whitefish Lake, just minutes from downtown Whitefish. We loved the Western themed rooms and the grand lobby with a toasty stone fireplace – perfect for those cold Montana nights.
Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge: Thirty minutes outside of downtown Whitefish, but worth every minute of the drive. This all-inclusive dude ranch is set amidst 2000+ acres of untouched land, with beautiful Flathead Lake as a backdrop. You’ve never seen a night sky like this.
Whitefish Lake: Right outside of Whitefish, this beautiful lake is the perfect place for all of your water adventures, whether you prefer SUP, kayaking, or boating.
Flathead Lake: Some of the most pristine lake waters that we have seen. Stay for a while, but be forewarned…the stillness and solitude may make you extend your trip!
On the other side of the state from Glacier and Whitefish, you’ll find stunning Bozeman, the gem of southwest Montana. Bozeman is in the neighborhood of Grey Cliffs Ranch, our yoga retreat hideaway. If you’ll be joining us for the retreat, or if you’re interested in a future retreat to Grey Cliffs, you should consider coming early or staying late to fall in love with Bozeman.
14 North: Open late! Treat yourself to upscale comfort food at this gastropub in the heart of downtown.
Clark’s Fork: Classic diner food with a fresh, healthy twist. Fuel up for a day of exploring with one of their breakfast wraps.
Grey Cliffs Ranch: We can’t get enough of this private ranch, set on 6400 acres of rolling land in southern Montana. With a private chef, luxurious accommodations, and the Madison River just minutes away, what’s not to love?
Gallatin River Lodge: Right near the Bozeman airport, this gorgeous lodge offers incredible views of the Gallatin River and the Rockies.
Yellowstone National Park: If you’re in southern Montana, you can’t miss it! Since it sits right in between the park’s east and west entrances, most Yellowstone visitors make Bozeman their home base. Spend your day at the park, then head back into town for dinner, drinks, and relaxing.
Skiing: If you’re a winter sports aficionado, Bozeman’s got you covered. Hit the slopes or one of their many cross country trails. You could even give snowmobiling a try!
This is only the tip of the mountain of accommodations and activities Montana has to offer. Check these out, and then find new favorites of your own!