A Capitol Winter Weekend

Helena is the town you wish you grew up in—riding the carousel, picking out candy at the Parrot Confectionary, skiing Great Divide and taking family road trips to Boulder Hot Springs. But, it’s not too late…just try feeling mature while zooming over 200 miles of snowmobile trails or ice-skating on your own 35,000-acre rink at Canyon Ferry Lake.

Plus, you’re never too old for Helena’s most timeless draws—good steak at the Marysville House (in a near-ghost town!), coffee and board games at the General Mercantile and brunch in the community living room known as the No Sweat Café. And, when you must act like a real adult, Helena will indulge you. Cross-country ski MacDonald’s pass, then catch a live play at the Grandstreet Theatre and supper at Lucca’s Italian restaurant before tucking in (at a sensible hour!) at the decidedly grown-up Carolina B&B.

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Blackfoot River Brewing Company

Where everyone knows your name… Our recent spell of cold weather has people looking for an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the company of good friends. This past week I’ve noticed that the deck at ...

66 S Park Ave
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Canyon Ferry Lake

My friend Hailey and I used to go to this beautiful little cove on the east side of the lake and drink wine and eat dinner. Love love loved it!

3702 E Shore Dr
Helena, MT
Things to Do

Canyon Ferry Skating

We took my mom here, who trained as a figure skater in her younger days, to skate on the “biggest rink in the world!” Canyon Ferry’s conditions make it excellent for smooth black ice, and also for ice boaters ...


Helena, MT
Things to Do

Carolina B&B

There are several good B&Bs in Helena but we think of this one as the “hidden gem.” It’s a very traditional, very accommodating B&B with the sumptuous antique decorations and antique bedframes and drapes and wallpaper like ...

309 N Ewing St
Helena, MT
Places to Stay

Great Divide

My favorite run is a large bowl with a great view of the Helena Valley and a slumbering giant. Some of the best powder on the mountain is here and since you must work to get here you can enjoy ...

Belmont Dr
Helena, MT
Things to Do

Great Divide Ski Area

When the snow is right I head to Great Divide. With fresh snow this is a great, generally uncrowded way to get some fresh tracks. The key to great skiing in Montana is to be flexible and follow the snow ...

Belmont Dr
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Great Northern Carousel

Fun for the nostalgia, but seriously...it is a carousel. Cute to ride a couple times with the kids and continue along the way.

924 Bicentennial Plaza
Helena, MT
Things to Do

Lamplighter Motel

Great local motel, historic section of Helena, build in the 30's to help railroaders, small private cottages and even whole houses to stay in. Friendly family staff, interesting guests including hikers and bicyclists experiencing the continental trail running Canada ...

1002 Madison Ave
Helena, MT
Places to Stay

Lucca's

We went to Helena to for the Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony and, since the ceremony was on a Friday, decided to make a weekend of it and booked a room at the Holiday Inn downtown on the walking mall ...

56 N Last Chance Gulch St
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Macdonald Pass

It's close enough to town to be accessible immediately after an amazing storm, but just far enough away that you feel completely removed from the rest of the world. You can hear the wind, see the sky and if ...

Austin Mullan Pass Rd
Helena, MT
Things to Do

Marysville House

I usually pass on the steak, lobster and chicken. The shrimp and crab leg skillet is the greatest thing to come out of Marysville since the savages played on the diamond across the street from the Marysville House.

Main St
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Myrna Loy Theater

The Myrna Loy Theatre, while not an old theater, is in an old jail. It shows the best indy and foreign films. A great place in Helena

414 Breckenridge St
Helena, MT
Things to Do

No Sweat Café

It’s like hanging out in your friend’s living room on a lazy, maybe somewhat hazy, weekend morning while they cook everyone their favorite breakfast personally…everyone being 30 or 40 friends. So take that as the good and ...

427 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Park Avenue Bakery

fresh breads, exquisite pastries, desserts, and tasty lunches are offered by friendly staff. http://www.parkavenuebakery.net/

100-210 S Park Ave
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Riley's Irish Pub

Pub Quiz at Riley's Irish Pub is the best! The food is incredible (you can't beat their Guinness drizzled onion rings!) and the atmosphere and staff are wonderful. It's a great way to spend a Tuesday night ...

15 W 6th Ave
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Sanders Helena Bed And Breakfast

Grand Marnier French Toast. Need I say more? Ok probably. I was braced for cuteness overkill when my wife begged for a B&B stay…but my fears were quickly put to rest. When we showed up, Bobbi (the hostess ...

328 North Ewing Street
Helena, MT
Places to Stay

Saras Blue Ribbon Porkies

i recommend saras because the porkchop sandwiches are homemade. they also make homemade eggrolls..,the service keeps you coming back....they are located at 2104 N. main helena ,MT.

2104 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Silver Star

Huge plate of ribs...you can literally eat on them for 3 days. Highly recommended!!!

915-999 Kessler St
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Sweetgrass Bakery

Great quality ingredients. Wonderfully baked goods. Friendly staff. Reasonable Prices. Local Business.

314-326 Fuller Ave
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

The Dive Bakery

They have the best crepes and peasant bread in town! I love their ham and swiss croissant. They offer breakfast and lunch. They make their turkey sanwiches with real turneky. It's to 'dive' for!

1609 11th Ave
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

The Parrot Confectionery

There is no better chocolate shop in Montana than the Parrot Confectionery in Helena. They are busy all year, but especially at Christmas and Valentines Day. Great Dark Chocolate caramels - my favorite.


Helena, MT
Places to Eat

The Staggering Ox

The people here are very nice and the atmosphere is friendly. They also have great sandwiches and records hanging down from the ceiling.

1820 E Lyndale Ave
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

The Suds Hut

The first thing you hear when you get out of your car is Old Time Country music playing through the outside speakers. Then you walk inside and the first thing your eyes fall on is a huge, round fireplace right ...

2701 N Montana Ave
Helena, MT
Places to Eat

Windbag Saloon

situated in a former bordello, the windbag saloon offers a great selection of food and beverages such as the bag bitter, exclusive to the windbag and brewed by the local blackfoot brewery.

2-60 N Last Chance Gulch Pedestrian Mall
Helena, MT
Places to Eat