Three Historic Hotels in Central Montana

Central Montana has three historic hotels, beautifully renovated, and they all share a varied history in their past. At times they all sat idle and mostly empty. Locals wondered if they would ever see their unique beauty again. Fort Benton’s Grand Union Hotel opened November 2, 1882. Steamboats traveling up the Missouri River docked in Fort Benton, unloading people and merchandise making the town a busy center of commerce. Sounds like a perfect location for a hotel! Fort Benton … Read more

Havre’s Old Station Brewing Sparks Memories

The historic building housing Havre’s Old Station Brewing Company used to be Heltne’s Gas & Service Station. Located on the edge of Havre’s downtown area, the building sat empty for years. As a youngster growing up in Chinook I remember seeing Heltne’s, a quirky angled building which seemed retro way back then. As the years passed I decided it was rather iconic looking but it still remained vacant. Steve Neifer had a dream though, and now that building … Read more

Historic Building Houses Brewery in Harlowton

It’s almost been a year since Gally’s Brewing in Harlowton, Montana opened their doors to seekers of craft beer. Their first anniversary is December 15, 2018 and plans for a celebration are underway. Gally’s history – over three years ago Drew Galahan got the idea of opening a brewery in his hometown. A vacant building, most recently occupied by a dentist, was calling his name. I hesitate to call the location just a vacant building. … Read more

Double Barrel Opens In Great Falls

Double Barrel Coffee House Café opened less than a month ago and I’d say they’ve already found their groove. I stopped by the other day to visit with Reba and find out their background and plans for the future. Our fall-like temperatures had dropped and I was yearning for something baked, something sweet, and I had heard they would be serving pie. My first question as I was welcomed into Double Barrel Coffee House Café was…do you … Read more

Sippin’ At Triple Dog Brewery in Havre

It was a beautiful fall day when I stopped at Triple Dog Brewing in Havre. I had been traveling along US Hwy 2 (Montana’s HiLine) taking photos, and sunshine and bluebird skies followed me the entire way. As I approached Havre my timing was good to stop by the town’s oldest brewery. Established in 2014, Triple Dog Brewing has seen two expansions since opening their original brewery. They are in the same location in Havre, 675 1st … Read more

Another Pie Location – The Griddle Restaurant

I received a tip that The Griddle Restaurant in Shelby had started to serve homemade pie. That was enough for me to schedule a trek up I-15 to check things out. The 85 mile drive from Great Falls to Shelby was beautiful the day I chose for my pie visit. Even though I had pie on the mind I still found myself taking a couple of interstate exits just to get some photos. When I was almost to … Read more

Tall Boys Tavern Joins Pie a la Road

Another pie stop on Central Montana’s Pie a la Road? Yes! Tall Boys Tavern in Hobson, Montana has now added homemade pies to their menu. Tall Boys is far more than a tavern. It has the ambience of a local gathering place, and yet you’ll find a wide selection of spirits and brews to please just about everyone. Montana-made is key here and touted proudly on tables, but the variety of beverages is extensive. The dining menu … Read more

24 Hours in Great Falls, Montana

If you only had 24 hours to enjoy Great Falls what would you do? First of all you need to realize that you can’t see it all and you will get only a taste of the community. And that’s just what we did a week ago for visitors to the area. After checking in to the Hotel Arvon in downtown Great Falls, a dinner plan was decided. Our visitors wanted something casual and fun. Someone suggested Roadhouse Diner, … Read more

Antique Motorcycles Cruise in to Great Falls

One hundred antique motorcycles are spending the night in Great Falls tonight and their owners are busy tuning things up for tomorrow’s ride. The parking lot of Great Falls’ Heritage Inn looks like a cross between a museum and a mechanic’s garage. Bikes and their owners were working on parts, some were dismantling engines, all in 48 degree temps and a drizzle of rain. The Cannonball Motorcycle Ride is an endurance ride that could be … Read more

Dive Club Cleans Giant Springs

It seemed hilarious to see dive tanks and scuba gear-clad people in Giant Springs. This state park, located just beyond the east edge of Great Falls, is pretty specific about no swimming in the springs! The afternoon was beautiful although I erred on the side of caution and wore a light windbreaker. The sun was beaming and we had a light breeze rustling through the variety of trees at Giant Springs State Park. And then came those funny looking scuba … Read more