A Quick & Dirty Guide to Central Montana’s Best Fishing

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The rivers of Central Montana are unlike those found elsewhere in the state. Flowing from the mighty Rocky Mountains and several island mountain ranges, the waterways then meander downhill, eventually meeting the Great Plains in their gradual journey eastward. This diversity of terrain lends itself to a variety of streams and rivers—from smaller rivers such as the Sun and Judith to the sweeping expanse of the trout-laden Missouri. Central Montana is tailor-made for adventurous anglers … Read more

Wake Cup Joins Pie a la Road

Fort Benton’s Wake Cup Coffee House & Restaurant has joined Central Montana’s Pie a la Road, a 19-location pie trail that weaves through 13 counties. Located in the historic Culbertson House on Front Street in Fort Benton, the Wake Cup faces the river levee and the Missouri River. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served along with specialty coffee drinks, teas, wine and beer. When you first walk in the door of the Wake Cup it doesn’t take long to … Read more

Western Art Week Putting On A Grand Show

The third week in March finds Great Falls turning in to the Western Art Capital of the World. That’s a pretty heady title but once you experience it, you get it. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Russell Art Auction, now named The Russell: A Sale to Benefit the Russell Museum. Locals who began the show 50 years ago, and one who has attended all 50 shows, were all smiles last night at … Read more

Unique Adventures in Central Montana

The phone rings. It’s my cousin and she’s looking for ideas for a summer vacation. Before I ask what interests her family has, I start blurting out an entire list of ideas. Knowing there are kids involved I immediately think of our our summer dinosaur digs and our six amazing museums on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. If they are traveling on US Hwy 2 (Montana’s Hi-Line) they could stop at the Blaine County Museum in Chinook and … Read more

Enbar Serves Up Craft Cocktails

It was a cold and snowy day, probably best for staying inside by a warm cozy fire. Whoa, change of plan! I was off to a new craft cocktail lounge in downtown Great Falls! Enbar opened December 1st in a beautifully renovated historic building and has seen a steady crowd of folks stopping by to sample their craft cocktails. So, what separates Enbar from your typical lounge? They use Montana liquors in their cocktails and … Read more

Cupcakes, Bread and Bacon at Cory Block Bakery

A few weeks ago I had a behind-the-scenes tour of Cory Block Bakery in downtown Great Falls. I had eaten lunch there a few times and I suppose I should admit that I had found my way there for a breakfast pastry a time or two. Manager Alyssa Storrusten learned her culinary skills in Canada and her favorite thing to make is cupcakes. Beautiful cupcakes! She uses locally grown and milled organic grains and local … Read more

Shonkin’s Country Christmas Worth The Drive

I’m not sure if I should even refer to Shonkin, Montana as a town. It’s primarily a community center building and an elevator but believe me, it was a hopping place this weekend. Located in Chouteau County, Shonkin was one of the towns that participated in the county-wide Christmas celebration. It requires a bit of gravel road driving to get to Shonkin but the drive provides some varied and beautiful scenery. Well worth it. I … Read more

It’s Called Fire

The other day I joined friends for lunch at a restaurant named Fire, located in downtown Great Falls. We assumed that Fire was named for the wood-fired method of cooking pizza and then it started a discussion among us. One of my lunch buddies owns a restaurant and tavern, and another is a kitchen designer. The restaurant owner said she had often thought a wood fired oven would be a fun addition to her restaurant. … Read more

My Visit to JJJ Wilderness Ranch

An email popped up in my inbox a few weeks ago from Kim at JJJ Wilderness Ranch near Augusta, Montana. The question – could I join them and some friends at the ranch for dinner? Well yes, double yes, I’d love to! There are parts of my job that are so fun I hesitate to call them work. This would definitely be in the “fun” category. For starters, the drive from Great Falls to Augusta … Read more

Going Round & Round in Shelby – A New Carousel Opens

For several months I have heard snippets of information about Shelby, Montana getting a carousel. I happen to think riding a carousel is something for all ages and I was excited. It started out as one man’s dream to find a carousel, buy it, restore it, and build a building to house it. It sounded like quite a long-shot to accomplish all of that in a town the size of Shelby, pop. 3,326. Things like … Read more