Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell – Recreation Around the Lake in Central Montana

Most people think of Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell as a place for boating, camping and fishing and those are probably the activities that most people do. However, there are a lot more activities you can do at Tiber. First, some history – the reservoir or lake, whichever you choose to call it, has 181 miles of shoreline (in two different counties) and was created when an earth-filled dam was built on the Marias River in 1956. … Read more

Enjoying a Craft Beer at 2 Basset Brewery in White Sulphur Springs

It was a beautiful spring day for a drive from Great Falls over the Kings Hill Scenic Byway and in to White Sulphur Springs. US Hwy 89 was clear the entire way but snow still clung to the roadsides. Belt Creek was partially covered with snow that looked like dollops of marshmallow cream. My first stop was 2 Basset Brewery in White Sulphur Springs. I had been to 2 Basset Brewery several times but I … Read more

Pecan Pie at White Sulphur Springs’ Branding Iron Cafe

Central Montana’s Pie a la Road (pie trail) welcomed the Branding Iron Cafe in White Sulphur Springs to the trail. Pie a la Road features locally owned restaurants and I’ve discovered that many of them (including the Branding Iron) are located in small rural communities like White Sulphur Springs. I’ve eaten at the Branding Iron before but have never tried their pie. Today was the exception. When I walked in the cafe, one of the … Read more

Four Seasons of Big Blue Skies in Central Montana

It seems like when I am out of the area marketing Central Montana I am asked why we call ourselves Big Sky Country. For travelers who have been to Montana, they understand. But sometimes my response is…you just have to experience our skies. My favorite sky is filled with puffy white clouds, what I refer to as cotton ball clouds. But, every now and then we have some amazing moody skies too. Follow along as I remember … Read more

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