COMPLETE GUIDE TO THANKSGIVING IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA

 

 

Montana is chock-a-block full of mountains, snow, charming small towns, and gorgeous scenery.  The perfect backdrop for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday, right?  Indeed, but there are a just few more details to fill in to make it a wonderful Montana gathering. And we’re here to help.  From good-as-Grandma’s pumpkin pies and gotta have locally-raised turkeys, to where to go alpine and cross country skiing, and the out-on-the-town hotspots, here is your 2018 guide to Thanksgiving in our corner of Montana.

WHERE TO SHOP for Thanksgiving dinner necessities

For the best groceries around:  The Community Food Co-op in Bozeman has an amazing selection of local and organic produce and herbs, turkeys, spices, and everything else.

Specialty meat shops:  We’re partial to Deemo’s Meats in Ennis and  Daniel’s Gourmet Meats in Bozeman.

Pies and other amazing baked goods: The Community Food Co-op has holiday pies (made with honest to goodness real Montana pumpkins), The Coffee Pot Bakery at Four Corners, just west of Bozeman, has an incredible selection of pastries and pies.  Their pies can be taken pre-baked or to bake at home. You should also check out their take and bake lasagnas, cookies and more. Other favorite bakeries are Wild Crumb, with a storefront in Bozeman and On The Rise, with breads sold in local stores.

On November 17th you can hit the Bozeman Winter Farmer’s Market to stock up on local products.

And don’t forget the hooch:   Willie’s Distillery in Ennis and Bozeman Spirits in downtown Bozeman are both wonderful for the hard stuff.  And for growlers, a few of our favorites breweries are Neptune’s in Livingston, Lone Peak in Big Sky,  Map Brewing and Mountains Walking in Bozeman.  And for the complete list of Montana breweries check out The Brew Trail.

DON’T LIKE TO COOK?  Eat out!

There are a number of eateries that are open and serving turkey and all the fixings on Thanksgiving day.  Here are our favorites.

Ted’s Montana Grill in Bozeman,  Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Big Sky   Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks are all great choices – and call asap for reservations.

WHAT TO DO to burn off holiday calories

Get in your first runs of the season:  The lifts at Big Sky Resort open for the 2018/19 season on Thanksgiving Day!

Hit the Nordic trails: Folks travel from around the country for the Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone.  It includes big time races to never-ever-skied-before lessons and it goes on all week, so here’s the breakdown of all activities.

Go for a run:  To burn the calories before the big feast, sign up for one of our local Thanksgiving morning fun runs.  Huffing for Stuffing in Bozeman has a huge and very festive turnout with over 4,00 participants enjoying the 5K, 10K, 5K fun run and kids run, or head to Big Sky for the Turkey Trot with a 5K and a kids fun run.

CONCERTS and other EVENTS  to get you outa the house:

November 15, 16 & 17  Kick off the winter season at The Emerson Cultural Center’s Holiday Bizarrre, a marketplace for local and regional products and crafts.

November 15, 16 & 17  If you haven’t seen them, it’s time…Broad Comedy is a Bozeman-born all, women comedy troupe that now has a home in New York City.

November 17  Get down to the Sweet Groovalicious Funk Machine!  What is this, you say?  Our sixth annual super fun Funksgiving is a ’70s dance party where costumes are a must and proceeds benefit our local land trust.

November 18  The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Bozeman!

November 21  We love any excuse to head to Map Brewing, and here’s a fun sounding one…

November 24  Between craziness of Black Friday and hunkered-over-your-computer Cyber Monday, you can get out and actually enjoy  Small Business Saturday!   Celebrated in Bozeman and other small communities around the country, the event encourages people to “shop small” with their local shop owners. It’s a fun and festive day in downtown Bozeman.

November 26  Cirque Musica is performing Wonderland, a holiday acrobatic extravaganza.  At the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman.

And A FEW ADVENTURES to enjoy the great outdoors:

Take a day trip to Yellowstone.  Most of the park roads close for the season in early November, but the north entrance at Gardiner stays open and plowed, allowing visitors to travel to Mammoth Hot Springs and over to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley.

Rent cross country skis or snowshoes from Bangtail Bike and Skis or Chalet Sports, both in Bozeman, from Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, or from Free Heel and Wheel in West Yellowstone and hit the trails!

Need MORE INSPIRATION?

For more info and ideas, give Mountain Home Vacations Rentals a call or check out  The Bozone. 

Tips for Traveling with Your Pets

Traveling With Your Pets

Montana is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors with your pets.  Montana’s vast hiking trails and pristine rivers provide all the exercise your dog needs and he can take a little dip afterwards.  Spend the day by the river or bag that peak across the valley and your companion will have a blast.

Drinking Horse Trail-Bozeman, MT

Here at Mountain Home we love our dogs and have our very own favorite spots to walk, run, or explore with our buddies.  Check out the pictures of our staff and their pups to find out our local faves.

Montana doesn’t just have far off adventures for you and your pets, it also offers specialty stores, urban parks, doggy daycare, and a large offering of veterinarians and emergency hospitals. See below for our recommendations.

When bringing your pets, be sure to be prepared for each area’s regulations, especially when visiting National Parks.

 Yellowstone National Park and Pets

When traveling to national parks be sure to think about how you will navigate the park with your pet.  Yellowstone has

“M” Trail to Mt. Baldy-Bozeman, MT

strict regulations on dogs in the park to ensure the safety of visitors, animals, and of course, your dog.  The basic regulations are as follows:

Pets may accompany you in developed areas of the park. This includes any areas within 100 feet (30.5 meters) of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds (excluding thermal areas). Pets must be kept under physical control at all times – caged, crated, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length.

For the safety of your pet, other people, and park wildlife, please observe the following regulations:

  • Pets are not allowed on trails or boardwalks, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.
  • Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.
  • Pets may not be left in a situation where food, water, shade, ventilation, and other basic needs are inadequate.
  • Owners must bag and dispose of pet waste.

Snowfill Recreation Area-Bozeman, MT

For more information about pets in the park visit Yellowstone National Park site.

Check out Bozeman’s great selection of stores for your pets needs:

Dee-O-Gee Bozeman

Bridger Animal Nutrition

Petco

Hyalite’s Grotto Falls-Bozeman, MT

PetSmart

Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply

Bozeman Dog Company

Visit these parks for a little exercise and maybe some meet and greets:

Bozeman Dog parks

Emergencies do happen from time to time, even to our furry friends.  Here’s just a few Vets and animal hospitals around town:

360 Pet Medical

Baxter Creek Veterinary Clinic

Valley View Veterinary Hospital

For 24 hour Emergencies:

Pet Emergency Trauma Services

Dog Daycare:

Dogtown Daycare and Boarding

Barkcity Doggy Daycare

Check out Mountain Home’s Pet Friendly Homes

Mountain Home offers pet friendly homes that have unique features for your pet.

#BookDirect with Mountain Home Montana Vacation Rentals

February  7th is #BookDirect Guest Education Day!

Planning your vacation can seem easy when you’re booking on an OTA (VRBO, AirBnB, HomeAway), but by booking direct with Mountain Home, it’s not only easier, but it will save you money.  Many people are disappointed when they receive separate service fees, booking fees, etc. after booking on OTAs, especially when they find out they could have avoided them by calling Mountain Home directly. Book Direct with us throughout the month of February  and use coupon code DIRECT to save $50 off your next stay. (Offer only good on new reservations during the month of February).

We Know the Properties!

We’ve been in this business for a long time and we have experienced all of our properties.  We also have a “real” staff, all of which are smart gals who live here and play here. We can tell you which house is perfect for all your adventures. Call us at 1-800-550-4589!

Shop our Discounts and Specials!

By Booking Direct, you have access to our featured specials and discounts not available on OTA listing sites. We offer specials that include: discounts up to 20% off, free nights, ski tickets, and more.  Take advantage of our specials and save money!

Time to Book Your 2018 Summer Montana Vacation Home.

Don’t miss out on your dream vacation home for next summer!

Check out a few of our most popular summer vacation homes (they book fast!):

Chicory on the Yellowstone

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home with a hot tub on the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. Sleeps 6.

 West of West 

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath just 15 minutes from West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park. Sleeps 8.

Nelson Farmhouse

6 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath, hot tub and just minutes from Bozeman.  Private fishing access.  Sleeps 12

Wade Lake Overlook

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park.  Overlooks the emerald blue Wade Lake. Sleeps 4.

 

Christmas and the Holiday Season in Bozeman

Christmas and the Holiday Season in Bozeman

The sun is shining and Bridger Bowl Ski Hill is open! December is an exciting time around Bozeman, Montana!

Check out what to do while you’re in the area!

Last week’s Christmas Stroll ushered in another holiday season and the downtown is radiating with Christmas lights and cheerful shoppers.  For 35 years, this special downtown event has brought young and old together on the first Saturday of December to walk with Santa Claus down Main Street and light up Bozeman’s decorations.  Whether the temperature is -10 degrees or 35 degrees, people from all across the Gallatin Valley bundle up to celebrate the event.  As children sip hot cocoa, parents and friends visit with one another in celebration of winter and the up-coming Holiday. Bozeman is a festive town that aims to connect the community together through annual events, providing activities for families and individuals alike to celebrate together.

Whether you’re a Christmas guest with Mountain Home, planning on being a guest, or just a travel enthusiast, here are some tips to make your holiday in Montana easy and relaxing.

Staying Warm

Are you prepared for winter temperatures that can fluctuate between 30 degrees and -30 degrees on any given day?  If not, and you don’t want to break the bank for winter gear you may only use while you’re here, check out Second Wind, our favorite gently used gear store.  It’s located just downtown and has very helpful staff.

Our staff makes sure all of our homes have ample amount of firewood and we check on the heat before your arrival, so no need to worry about the temperature when you arrive late or early.  It gets dark this time of year, around 4:30 pm, so please take it slow when heading to your homes.

Family and Friends

If you’re already booked and  you’re meeting up with family or friends be sure to share the invitation to the APP with them so they have the best directions to the home and the address.

Start planning your trip today and get familiar with our website and all the info we share.

Local Activities:

  • Dec 8, 2017– Winter Art Walk – Free community event from 6-8. Businesses and galleries feather artist openings and provide hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
  • Dec 9 & 10, 2017– Bozeman Symphony-Brasstacular Christmas
  • Dec 13,2017Bozeman Film Society presents “Mountainfilm on Tour” at the historic Ellen Theater
  • Dec 22-30, 2017 -Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum– 11:00am daily during the winter break.
  • Dec 30, 2017Bridger Bowl Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display, Dinner starts at 4:00pm.

For more event listings check out: The Bozone and The Bozeman Downtown Business Association.

Shopping, Cooking, and preparing for Christmas:

Check out the extensive list of Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Coffee Shops and more on our App

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

 

Cheers!

The Mountain Home Gals

 

November in Montana: Experience it Like a Local

As cool days turn into snowing mornings, November in Montana marks the beginning of the Winter season.  Although days get shorter and temperatures dip below freezing, visitors from all walks of life can find things to do throughout Montana. November is a time of year to warm up at one of our many cultural events or hit the outdoors to experience the numerious activities winter provides. Bozeman locals find various ways to pass the time until ski season begins, making November a culturally rich time of year. Whether you want to imbibe at a wine bar, laugh at some local improv, catch a lecture at a museum, or cross country ski in the afternoon sun, you can find it here.  Spend time with friends and family this Thanksgiving holiday and make Montana memories to last a lifetime.

Here’s a locals list of what’s happening  during November and the Thanksgiving season:

  • Nov 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend Fee-Free Entrance into Yellowstone Park
  • *Although most of the roads close Nov 8 for the season, the north entrance at Gardner stays open allowing cars to travel through Mammoth
  • Nov 16,17,18: Broad Comedy(21+) Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Bozeman- 8:00 pm
  • Nov 18: William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night- The Ellen Theater, Bozeman
  • Nov 18: 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar – Emerson Ballroom, Bozeman -9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Nov 18:  Bozeman Winters Farmers Market- Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Bozeman-9:00 am
  • Nov 22: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas- Brick Breeden Fieldhouse at MSU-7:00 pm
  • Nov 23: 2017 Huffing for Stuffing-Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman-8:00 am
  • Nov 23: Opening Day-Big Sky Resort, Big Sky-9:00 am
  • Nov 25: Holiday Farmers’ Market-Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman-9:00 am
  • Nov 22-25: Yellowstone Ski Festival-West Yellowstone: Come to West Yellowstone and join us for this year’s Yellowstone Ski Festival. This event annually attracts over 3,500 skiers from across the United States and Canada, so don’t miss your chance to join in the fun! Check out the website for more info: http://www.skirunbikemt.com/yellowstone-ski-festival.html

Anytime: Museum of the Rockies :Bozeman

Anytime: The Verge Theater : Bozeman

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

For more information give Mountain Home Vacations Rentals a call or check out  The Bozone , just one of our many local online publications.