When you mention the town of Highwood not everyone knows the location. They may have heard of the nearby Highwood Mountains which are easily viewed from the town or, some folks may have heard of their high school football team.
Well, Highwood is about 32 paved miles east of Great Falls.
There is a little creek that runs through the community (Highwood Creek) and the highway pretty much cuts through the middle of town. The main business in Highwood is probably Elmo’s Highwood Bar.
Elmo’s recently changed hands and the new owners changed the name of the place from just the Highwood Bar to Elmo’s Highwood Bar.
I heard that the original bar was either named that or it was the name of the owner. No matter, the place is almost iconic in this small community.
Another friend and I signed up for their Saturday night wine pairings with an Italian dinner.
Mark Tronson from Wines By Wednesday in Great Falls talked about each of the wines that were served and told us the region of Italy where the grapes for each wine were grown.
We tasted six wines in all, beginning with two varieties of white wine and moving on to some robust reds. Each table had maps showing the regions of Italy where the grapes were grown and some order forms if we wanted to purchase some of the wine served.
We met some new friends who asked if they could join us at our table and we enjoyed a menu of spicy shrimp, bruschetta (this was superb!), penne pasta, beef steak and dessert. And, we enjoyed a nice variety of wine!
I believe seating capacity at Elmo’s Highwood Bar is 34. Word to the wise, when they schedule their next event be sure to get your reservation early because they ended up with a waiting list last weekend.
It’s about a 35 – 45 minute drive from Great Falls to Highwood – an easy scenic drive with rolling grain fields, lots of deer munching in the fields and views of an evening sunset that made me want to stop and take photos.
Just getting out for a country drive was great. Better yet, I enjoyed some fine wines and yummy Italian food!
Give Elmo’s a try when you are hungry for a steak. They schedule one kind of steak each Friday night so choose your favorite and make your reservation.