It’s time to think education. You’re already in Montana, and you’re already in a city with a school that has been deemed the “Harvard of the West.” And while the comparison may not be wholly factual, The University of Montana is a wonderful place to get learned. Although UM specializes in the liberal arts side of things, they also have a leading business program. And really, all sorts of other really “practical” degrees that you would be happy to tell your parents about.
Now that you’ve conquered the mythical Brown trout with your cunning and inner-hunter, it’s time to foster the other side of your being. It’s time to drop in, get calm, and do some yoga. Missoula is a beautiful hybrid of rugged outdoors and open-minded sensitivity. You can find everything you want. And within the four block radius of downtown, you can find three different yoga studios to choose from. Speaking from experience, I can fully endorse the sweaty stylings of Bi
Keeping with the spirit of fall, er, this whole guide in general, we are again sending you to the great out-of-doors. That’s probably not a surprise, but there is just so much to do here that we can’t help ourselves. Don’t worry, the next one will involve alcohol. Promise. Today, get out on the river. Specifically, the Bitterroot River. It’s going to freeze soon, and before it does, you should make a concentrated effort to catch some of the Brown trout that are known to
Because I haven’t lived in any other states around the country, I’m not sure if there are mountains in every major town with the first letter of the state emblazoned into the ground. But here in Montana, it’s kind of a thing. In almost every town around the state that I’ve been to, there is a giant “M,” made from rocks, coated with bright white paint, perched above the population, almost as if keeping watch. While I’m partial to Bozeman’s “M,” Missoula’s is a close second.
While most people think of Bozeman or Whitefish when anything “extreme” comes up, you may be surprised to know that Missoula, besides being a cultural hub, is also the home to all sorts of “hardcore” sports stuff. And the people to match. And despite the proximity to the mountains, Missoula’s main action sport isn’t skiing. It’s kayaking. It makes sense, I guess. A river runs directly through the center of town, and many others surround the city. World class gets thrown
Okay! That was probably emotionally taxing to be away from the digital world for at least the third time this month. I know the feeling. I panic when my 4g turns to 3g, and when I can’t find an outlet at the restaurant, I usually just order appetizers out of spite. So in the name of preserving your sanity, let’s get you back to civilization. How about some music. Any music. Good music. Head to the Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula for a headlining musical act of your
It’s nice to keep things fresh. And you may think that this guide is just going to be leading you from outdoor experience to restaurant to bar and back again. And you’d be right. But is there anything better than exploring Nature’s beauty and then taking the time to relax and realize what you just did? In the name of this very crucial and often forgotten element of Montana life, take yourself to dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier. Built in 1910 and renovated in
Back to the mountains you go. If you haven’t caught on, that’s what a lot of this Montana stuff is all about. We want to get you off your butt and out of doors. That’s where all the good stuff is happening. Don’t worry, they’ll be playing the Republican debate for weeks to come. You can afford to get some fresh air. Today, head to the Savenac Nursery, which is a National Historic Site, in Haugan, MT. While this beautiful section of woodlands is indeed close to the Idaho
Today, take a drive into the country. Get out and smell the crisp air of fall making its way down from wherever that place is that it comes from. It doesn’t smell like freedom, because only America’s oxygen has the patented scent of freedom built into it, but cool arctic air does seem to pick up the faint odor of a hockey locker room on the way down, and then, I believe, they mist it with a hint of maple as it crosses the border. And while you drive and think about the stra
After spending what may or may not have been an excessive amount of time with ghosts, and the houses of ghosts, it may be time for a cleansing. Unless you like being haunted, or your haunter is a nice ghost, or you’re a wizard. Now, of course, cleansing is in the soul of the beholder...er, something like that. But we have a specific idea for you if you’re one of them fence-sitting agnostics. Head to the St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville. Mission has a serious sound to it