Bitterroot Valley Venture

The Bitterroot Valley is storybook Montana—outdoor opportunities, quaint historic towns, craft breweries and burgers of legendary proportions. Catch fluff without frills at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, 27km of cross-country bliss at Chief Joseph Pass, and climbing routes both icy and otherwise (depending on the weather) up Lost Horse Canyon.

Post-adventure, pick your poison: the Bitterroot boasts two breweries (Blacksmith Brewing in Stevensville, and Bitter Root Brewing in Hamilton) plus an old-world meadery, Hidden Legend Winery. Conquer Nap's Grill's infamous 12-ounce burger, or brave spicy gourmet fare at Spice of Life Cafe and Catering.

A quick stroll from the Blacksmith is the amiable porch of the historic Stevensville Hotel Bed and Breakfast, complete with rocking chairs for sunset chatting. For bigger crews, Bitterroot Cabins rents log homes throughout the valley.

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Bitter Root Brewing Company

A stop here for a Nut Brown Ale and fish tacos (beer-battered, of course) is our after-fishing tradition. The brewery is in an old warehouse that used to be a feed/ag store and live blues, “brew”grass, rock, or ...

101 Marcus Street
Hamilton, MT
Places to Eat

Blacksmith Brewery

Blacksmith doesn't bottle their beer, so you'd better enjoy it on tap while you're here! Favorite things about this brewery: that you can see in the exposed brewing room, and that it's an ooooold blacksmithery, so ...

114 Main Street
Stevensville, MT
Places to Eat

Chief Joseph Pass

With 27K of groomed cross-country skiing trails, this is a great way to get out in nature while also getting some exercise during the winter. As for wildlife, this winter there's not a bad chance to run into a ...

State Highway 43
Sula, MT
Things to Do

Hidden Legend Winery

Honey Mead! It's what people have been drinking since the Viking days for a reason. Ken makes it using old-world techniques with a few modern ones thrown in, and all-local ingredients, and it's cool to see the process ...

1345 US Highway 93 N #5
Victor, MT
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Lake Como

Fish year-round on this popular mountain lake!


Darby, MT
Things to Do

Lolo Creek Steakhouse

It's only 15 minutes outside of Missoula, and has great steaks and seafood. I love their great specials, their parmesan salad dressing, and the many, many, many animal heads on the wall. Whenever I have friends or family visit ...

6600-6750 Lewis and Clark Hwy
Lolo, MT
Places to Eat

Lost Horse Canyon

Primo climbing, year-round. This is a sweet spot to spend a few days ice climbing or just stop the car, pop on your shoes and boulder for a bit, there are numerous big rocks to practice on. Tons of routes ...


Marysville, MT
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Nap's Grill

It's a small restaurant with a real family feel. It's cozy, comfortable, and the people know you by name. The owner walks through talking to everyone and making sure everything is great as usual. The burgers are huge ...

220 N 2nd St
Hamilton, MT
Places to Eat

Southern Comfort At Lost Trail Ski

I grew up skiing this great moutian and love to go back a visit as often as possible! It's beautiful, not a lot of people, hardly any waiting in line at the lifts. Clean crisp air, big beautiful blue ...

8399 U.S. 93
Sula, MT
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Spice Of Life Cafe And Catering

If you bring your big-city friends here, you will hear them rave about how they can't believe you can get such creative fare in Hamilton, Montana, and how it would cost soooo much more in the city, and on ...

163 South 2nd Street
Hamilton, MT
Places to Eat

St. Mary's Mission

When you tour this simple chapel and log buildings, where the first pioneers settled in Montana, you can actually feel this sense of history. Starting in mid-April you can take a tour of the mission, with lots of artifacts, Salish ...


Stevensville, MT
Things to Do

The Lodge At Lost Trail

It's usually a little cold and windy when skiing/boarding at LT. This makes for magical fluffy powder, but also calls for some fireside relaxing during lunch and/or at the end of your day. The fireplace has four ...

Lost Trail Ski Area
Sula, MT
Things to Do

The Stevensville Hotel Bed And Breakfast

This place will make you never want to stay in a regular hotel again. It's homey and extremely comfortable with the owner's original art decorating the walls and books lining the shelves. Rates are about the same as ...

107 East 3rd Street
Stevensville, MT
Places to Stay