Headed for Helena

Just because you’ve oohed and ahhed over Helena’s impressive Capitol grounds doesn’t mean you’ve “done” Helena. To get your local’s cred, you’ll need to pop by the Archie Bray ceramics studios; hike or bike Mount Helena; ride the trout at the Great Northern Carousel; and catch a play, a concert or an arthouse flick at the historic-prison-turned-theatre Myrna Loy. Then there are the lakes—Holter, Hauser, and Canyon Ferry—required recreating if you can borrow a boat.

A tour (probably a culinary one) of Helena’s history-rich downtown, Last Chance Gulch, is also a must. Stock up on healthy breads at Sweetgrass Bakery, then blow your diet at Benny’s or On Broadway. Sweet tooth? Swing by the Parrot Confectionary, where they’ve been slinging sodas and hand-dipping chocolate since 1922. Bitter tooth? Sip a microbrew at the Blackfoot Brewery. Then, stroll to the Sanders B&B, a historic restored mansion, to snooze in Victorian bliss.

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Archie Bray Foundation For Ceramic Arts

I wish I had 10 weeks in Helena to take a class in pottery! As it is, I loved walking around the grounds and seeing what the “real” artists were up to. What they can do with clay is amazing ...

2915 Country Club Avenue
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Benny's Bistro

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6th Ave
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Blackfoot River Brewing Company

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Canyon Ferry Lake

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Gates Of The Mountains

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Great Northern Carousel

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Holter Reservoir

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Mt. Helena

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Myrna Loy Theater

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Park Avenue Bakery

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

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Riley's Irish Pub

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Sanders Helena Bed And Breakfast

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Sweetgrass Bakery

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The Dive Bakery

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The Parrot Confectionery

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The Suds Hut

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Windbag Saloon

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