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Visiting Montana’s Northwest Corner

There are some places in Montana that are still wild, free and undisturbed. And for this messy-haired Montana girl that grew up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain Front, it’s probably no surprise that my soul connects with places that are wild and free. Earlier this month, I was able to connect with one such place: Western Montana’s Lincoln County.

Fall colors are arriving in the Cabinet Mountains.

Fall colors in the Cabinet Mountains near Libby.

Located in the far northwest corner of the state, Lincoln County is home to expansive wilderness, old growth forests, small towns and a cast of lovable characters (AKA my favorite kind of people) that make up small town Montana.

While there, we explored various off-the-beaten path attractions and visited some of my favorite places near Libby.

Upper Yaak Falls between Troy and Yaak.

Upper Yaak Falls between Troy and Yaak.

The only female-owned brewery in Montana: Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company in Libby.

The only female-owned brewery in Montana: Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company in Libby.

For adrenaline-pumping fun, we took a stroll out onto the swinging bridge over Kootenai Falls.

For adrenaline-pumping fun, we took a stroll out onto the swinging bridge over Kootenai Falls.

A peek at Libby Dam.

A peek at Libby Dam.

After exploring Libby, Troy and Yaak, we made our way to one of the cutest (literally, it is so cute) towns in northwest Montana: Eureka.

The morning view from my room at the Wilderness Club.

The morning view from my room at the Wilderness Club.

The first stop in Eureka: lunch at Cafe Jax.

The first stop in Eureka: Cafe Jax.

Fresh snow perfectly dusted the tops of the Tobacco Mountains.

Fresh snow perfectly dusted the tops of the Tobacco Mountains.

The colors were just starting to turn around Graves Creek.

The colors were just starting to turn around Graves Creek.

We also made a jaunt to Lake Koocanusa, a lake that Montana shares with Canada.

We also made a jaunt to Lake Koocanusa, a lake that Montana shares with Canada.

Our dinner destination in Rexford. PS: If you go here, order the fried chicken. It's THAT good.

Our dinner destination in Rexford. PS: If you go here, order the fried chicken. It’s THAT good.

One of my favorite things about The Frontier Bar: this picture from a ranch in my hometown of Augusta.

One of my favorite things about The Frontier Bar: this picture from a ranch in my hometown of Augusta.

The road home, Highway 2, was framed by fall colors and sunshine.

The road home, Highway 2, was framed by fall colors and sunshine.

It was a lovely few days in one of Montana’s most stunning places. And I already can’t wait to go back.

Your turn: Where are some of the places that you feel most connected to?

xo,
TT

Destination: Eureka, Montana

With all of the beautiful weather Montana has had lately, the hankering to explore has been calling to me more than ever. And we all know that I’m not one to ignore a hankering…so it was time to make a move.

On a sunshine-filled day, I loaded the car and headed north. My destination?

The quaint community of Eureka, located in northwest Montana’s Tobacco Valley. Literally a six-minute drive south of the Canadian border, Eureka is the first community that greets visitors entering Big Sky Country after crossing the border at Roosville.

And I tell you what, Eureka is CUTE.

It’s home to a 100-year-old theater, antique shops, boutiques, art galleries, lodging options, golf courses and cute diners.

Main Street.

Perhaps the cutest antique store in all of Montana.

Just meeting some friends at my favorite table at Cafe Jax.

Hand-painted shot glasses at Elk Camp Art Gallery and Showroom.

It also offers easy access to Lake Koocanusa (a massive lake that stretches from Montana to Canada) and Ten Lakes Scenic Area.

Watching the sun sink over Lake Koocanusa.

As part of the adventure, I also made the seven-mile drive west of Eureka to Rexford. Rexford is tiny, but definitely a must-see if for no other reason than to fill your tummy at the Koocanusa Cafe (yummy breakfast) or to quench your afternoon thirst with a cold beverage at The Frontier Bar.

I don’t know about you, but this girl is looking forward to many more sunshine-filled adventure days.

Cheers to summer,
TT

Snow Day!

Happy Friday from Montana! As you may have heard, Western Montana has been being hit with EPIC snowfall. And I don’t use the word epic lightly.

I’m talking about the kind of snowfall that had Lost Trail Powder Mountain receiving 50″ in the last 48 hours, Montana Snowbowl welcoming 26″ in the last 48 hours, Lookout Pass Ski Area garnering 22″ in the last 48 hours, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area welcoming 13″ in the last 48 hours, Whitefish Mountain Resort recording 7″ in the last 48 hours and Turner Mountain Ski Area accumulating 20″ this week.

But instead of telling you, I’d rather show you.

Morning in Missoula.

Fresh powder at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Photo by Brian Schott.

The morning commute in Missoula. Photo by Taylar Robbins.

The Apgar Lookout webcam in Glacier National Park.

Mike Hardisty riding at Lookout Pass. Photo courtesy Lookout Pass.

Happy winter!
TT

PS: If you’re ready to come play in the snow on your winter toy of choice, check out these travel deals from local Montana businesses.

Montana Summer: A Photo Recap

I’m not sure how many of you feel this way, but this girl is having a hard time saying goodbye to summer. It’s like I blinked and all of the sudden it’s gone.

This summer was definitely one for the books, with thousands of miles logged, countless scoops of ice cream consumed and beautiful snapshots of images that will be carried with me always. And while I’m looking forward to autumn, colorful fall foliage, beautiful drives and spiced cider, my heart is still mourning the loss of summer.

But instead of saying goodbye, I’m going to bid summer a hearty farewell, so long and a hope to see you soon. And summer, until we meet again, I’m going to remember the good times and adventures we shared under Montana’s big blue sky.

Lake McDonald from Apgar, Glacier National Park

A quiet creek near Stevensville, Bitterroot Valley

Outdoor summer concert - Missoula

Kerr Dam - Flathead Valley

Late summer afternoon - Tobacco Valley

Early morning sunrise - St. Ignatius

A summer tradition - Serrano's in East Glacier

Fly-fishing with friends in the rain - Glacier National Park

Hello beautiful - Glacier National Park

Hiking with baby brother - Holland Falls

Blackfeet Nation

Missoula from Mt. Sentinel

Summer = Strawberry Lemonade

Seeley-Swan Valley

Montana hugs and kisses,
TT

Northwest Montana’s Tobacco Valley

Earlier this week, I grabbed my trusty boots, pinned up my crazy blond hair and headed to one of Northwest Montana’s loveliest locations: The Tobacco Valley.

Located about 45 minutes from Whitefish and approximately five minutes from the Canadian border is the community of Eureka, Montana. Eureka is the hub of the Tobacco Valley and home to about 1,500 residents. It’s also a popular stopping point for travelers going to and from Canada.

But don’t let that fool you. Even though Eureka is home to the Port of Roosville (open 24 hours/day), the area is much more than just a place to cross the border.

During my time in the Tobacco Valley, I strolled through downtown, ate at an organic diner (so good!) and met plenty of friendly warm-your-heart folks.

Mmmm...more, please

And I realized something that I probably already knew: Eureka is a treasure. It’s one of those communities that makes you want to stop and stay a while, golf a round (or two) with a local boy, hit the waters to boat and fish or explore the incredible hiking terrain found all around the valley.

But enough of me telling you about it. Here’s a little peak…

Lake Koocanusa Bridge - the longest and highest bridge in Montana

Stone Hill, located near Lake Koocanusa, is a popular rock climbing destination

Ah, sunset...

For more information on Eureka, click here or visit the Eureka Area Chamber of Commerce website here.

Meet you in the Tobacco Valley…next weekend work for you?

TT

Friendliest Locals

Being a Montana girl and all, I’ve always thought that our state was full of the friendly folks. And I’m glad to see I’m not the only one…

In Skiing Magazine’s “Resort Awards 2010: Best of the Rest,” Turner Mountain was awarded friendliest locals! Congrats to the friendly folks at Turner Mountain and Libby. We tip our hats to you.

Read more here.

Oh Bubba

In Western Montana, we’re known for Glacier National Park, outdoor recreation, fly-fishing and charming communitities. But now–we’re known for something else. The BUBBA BURGER!

Recent article in the Missoulian about the Bubba Burger

Recent article in the Missoulian about the Bubba Burger

The Cutting Board in Eureka recently won title of “Best Burger” on “Live with Regis & Kelly!” The delectable burger was created by Chef James Monrow and is made of a beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, slices of pickle, red onion, Roma tomato, Cajun sausage, two shrimp and chipotle sauce.

My weekend plans may just include a drive to Eureka.