Category Archives: Lodging

Hotels

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Montana has many hotels and other types of lodging to serve visitors, whether on  vacation or traveling for business.

A few of the best:

  • Billings: Hilltop Inn by Riversage (406) 252-5000
  • Fort Benton: Grand Union Hotel (a historic Montana hotel est. 1892) (406) 622-1882
  • Helena: DoubleTree by Hilton Helena Downtown (406) 433-2200
  • Kalispell: Historic Grand Hotel (406) 755-8100
  • Red Lodge: Pollard Hotel (406) 446-0001
  • Three Forks – a town near Bozeman: Sacajawea Hotel (406) 285-6515
  • Livingston: Sage Lodge, Pray, near Livingston (855) 400-0505
  • Missoula: Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula (406) 542-6252
  • Great Falls: Hotel Arvon (406) 952-1101
  • Bozeman: RSVP Hotel (406) 404-7999
  • Lewistown: Yogo Inn (406) 535-8721
  • Cody, Wyoming: Chamberlin Inn (888) 587-0202

Enjoy!

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Cabin Rental

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Montana lodging does not have to be expensive, that is, if you are willing to go off the grid. For the grand sum of $35 per night,  Crandall Creek Cabin is available. This is a U.S. Forest Service property in western Montana. The cabin has a 5-night stay limit maximum. Sleeps up to six people.

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Crandall Creek Cabin, MT. Photo courtesy Recreation.gov

This rustic cabin is about 24 miles northeast of Wilsall in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The area around the cabin is in the foothills of the Crazy Mountains. Access is by a dirt road and a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle is a must to get here.

Need to know (info from U.S. Forest Service): no power in cabin, no garbage service, no water in cabin, cell phone coverage limited or not available, risk of hantavirus at remote cabins.

Call the Yellowstone Ranger District Livingston Office at (406) 222-1892, during weekday business hours (MST) for more information about the cabin. This cabin is not too far from Livingston (about 52 Miles), so may be a good option for some travelers. Reservations handled by Recreation.gov.

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Alternative lodging

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Montana has many great hotels in cities, big and small. But some travelers want alternative lodging. Montana  offers many kinds to choose from.

Bed & Breakfasts are popular some people. Campgrounds are often the choice of RVers.  More recently, vacation rentals are all the rage.



Commercial travel Web sites can help find and book lodging. In some cases, you can also book lodging with the proprietor or a local vendor. If you dial up a phone number with the area code (406) you are likely reach a local business.

Consider special Montana places to stay:

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Favorite Montana hotels

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BOZEMAN HAS EXCELLENT lodging
The Lark (downtown)(866) 464-1000
RSVP Hotel(406) 404-7999
Howlers Inn B&B(406) 587-2050
Hilton Garden Inn(406) 582-9900
Sacajawea Hotel in town of Three Forks not far from Bozeman(406) 285-6515




Billings has excellent Hotels
Hilltop Inn by Riversage(406) 245-5000
Riversage Billings Inn(406) 252-6800
Ledgestone Hotel(406) 259-9454
Home2 Suites by Hilton(406) 252-2255
The Crossings Bed & Breakfast(406) 672-6878




MISSOULA HAS EXCELLENT LODGING
Holiday Inn
Missoula Downtown
(406) 721-8550
Gibson Mansion
Bed & Breakfast
(406) 251-1345
DoubleTree by Hilton
Hotel Missoula -
Edgewater
(406) 728-3100
Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula(406) 542-6252




HELENA HAS EXCELLENT HOTELS
DoubleTree by Hilton
Helena (Downtown)
(406) 443-2200
Great Northern Best
Western Hotel
(downtown)
(406) 457-5500
Jorgenson's Inn
& Suites
(406) 442-1770




GREAT FALLS HAS EXCELLENT HOTELS
Hotel Arvon406-952-1101
Great Falls Inn by Riversage406-453-6000
O'Haire Motor Inn406-454-3141

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Guest ranches in Montana

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Photo courtesy Summer Star Ranch, Helena.

Montana is the heart of the West. You can experience a western lifestyle when staying at a guest ranch. Wranglers saddle-up the  horses when guests are ready for horseback riding, a most popular activity. Of course Montana’s guest ranches offer much more, activities galore. Here are a few of the ranches:

So how to choose the best fit. You want to pick the right guest ranch to satisfy your interests and needs. The Montana Dude Ranchers’ Association provides valuable insights. Paradise Guest Ranch is helpful too. Other tips are shared by the Dude Ranchers’ Association.

Travel tip: Before you go be sure to ask the guest ranch about their horses. How many do they have? Are the horses suitable for pros as well as riders with little or no experience. What sort of terrain is near the ranch’s corral? Horseback riding on flat land is okay, but trails off in the hills and up in the mountains are more fun.



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Laughing Horse Lodge, Swan Lake

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What is the Laughing Horse Lodge all about? The name sounds a bit whimsical, but a little more digging tells the full story about this lodging gem. To begin, the Laughing Horse Lodge is a seasonal business, opening on May 12 and closing in October in 2019.

May 12 is Mother’s Day and the Laughing Horse aims to please mom. At brunch you’ll be entertained with music by Second Wind. At supper, Electric Avenue Blues is on the “stage.”

In the main lodge, visitors are greeting by a cozy dining area and a bar. Chef Kathleen is a wonderful lady and she wants to make you feel right at home.





In case you want authenticity, listen to Kathleen:  “In our 18th years here at the Horse, the practices we have tried to implement as much as possible are providing natural, hormone-free, known-sourced food…”  Dining here is special. Try Kathleen’s baked cambozola topped with Turkish figs and warm organic fig preserves served with crostini.

A lovely garden is immediately out the back door. A few steps away are several small cabins all nicely decorated with log furniture and western art. Cozy quilts cover the beds. No TVs, great! Very homey for sure.

Laughing Horse Lodge is located a few miles south of Bigfork on Montana Highway 83. Glacier National park and Flathead Lake are not too far away. If I were asked to give a rating, I’d say the Laughing Horse gets five stars. Contact them at 406-886-2080. Laughing Horse Lodge.

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Cabin Rentals Montana

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Staying close to nature is a special way to experience Montana. In the Bitterroot Valley, south of Missoula, a rental cabin is the way to go.




Cabins are private, in scenic areas, and away from the busy side of life.  www.Bitterrootcabins.com can help you choose from many extra nice properties. Cabins can sleep four (4) or more and range from 1 to 4 bedrooms. A plus, some cabins are pet friendly. Great for a family get-away.

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Montana Hot Springs

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Hot springs are big business in Montana and very popular with visitors. Hot mineral water is thought to have therapeutic value for many of life’s common ailments. Depending on the location, businesses with hot springs offer a variety of amenities, ranging from spas, restaurants, lodging, entertainment, and more. As the hot springs industry has grown, guests are offered plenty of things to do besides taking a dip in pools of warm mineral water.



Bozeman Hot Springs is a great place to relax in one or more of their 12 pools. Bozeman Hot Springs is a full fitness facility too. This business is located about 8 miles west of Bozeman.  (406) 587-3030. Norris Hot Springs about 39 miles west of Bozeman also attracts lots of visitors. (406) 685-3303.

The village of Hot Springs (pop. 557), located about 30 miles southwest of Flathead Lake, is famous for hot mineral springs. Fine indoor bathing facilities are offered at Wild Horse Hot Springs (406) 741-3777. In the same area:  Spa Hot Springs Motel (406) 547-3366  and Clinic (406) 547-3377. Hot Springs also boasts a new outdoor hot mineral pool at the Symes Hotel (406) 741-2361.

Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort is a very popular destination. Quinn’s is located northwest of Missoula in the small village of Paradise not far from Plains (pop. 1,050). This resort offers a pool, lodging, restaurant, and a tavern.  Cabins are modern and extra nice.  Harwood House Restaurant at Quinn’s gets rave reviews. And the wine list at Quinn’s is superb.  (406) 826-3150.

Chico Hot Springs is south of Livingston, in Paradise Valley, in the village of Pray, Montana. Chico features pools, lodging, spa, and dining. This is one of Montana’s best known hot springs . A great location, not far from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. (406) 333-4933

Elkhorn Hot Springs is several miles south of Butte in southwest Montana. Guests can stay in cabins or a lodge.  (406) 834-3434. Jackson Hot Springs is located in the same vicinity, a few miles southwest of Elkhorn Hot Springs. (406) 834-3151.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is near Butte in Anaconda, Montana. As the name resort suggests, this place offers much to do. Lodging, dining, golf, spa, are more here. (406) 797-3241

Lolo Hot Springs is southwest of Missoula on U.S. Highway 12. Lots of extras offered here, such as entertainment, trails, horseback riding, and more. Lodging and restaurant are on the property. (877) 541-5177

If your trip takes you to Helena, try Broadwater Hot Springs & Fitness, located abut four miles west of town. Several pools and hot tubs offered here. A fitness room on site is a way to boost health.  Some visitors take water fitness classes. Sauna and steam rooms are available too. Guests can enjoy beverages and feast at The Springs Taproom and Grille. (406) 443-5777.

Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa, and Retreat Center is located a few mile south of Helena on IH 15 in the town of Boulder.  (406) 225-4339.

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