Anytime of the year is a perfect time to visit Bozeman, MT. A one hour drive from Big Sky and just a short distance from the airport. A pretty perfect scenario. Bozeman is a college town located in a valley surrounded by mountains. No matter where you stand in this city you will have stunning views of the mountains. Main St. is lined with old Art Deco buildings and neon lights that transform this city at night to hip and happening. Enjoy strolling Main Street while taking breaks for a bite to eat, a drink, and to explore boutiques. The vibe is nothing short of cool with an old western charm. You immediately know that 24 hours will not be enough!
The Lark, formerly a run down Old Imperial Inn from the 60’s has been transformed into a modern hip motel with attention to design, efficiency, and style. The Lark collaborated with local artists for wall installations that tell the story of the area. The rooms are charming, cozy, and equipped with all your needs to recharge yourself and your tech gadgets. Each room has built-in wall units made of steel and wood perfect to tuck your gear away. There are two common areas that are extensions to the rooms. Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with bright orange Eames chairs, wooden benches, and an outdoor fireplace. Relax on the large leather sectional with your feet up or take a seat at the communal wooden table. Sip some local coffee from the beverage cart. It is a hip hotel/motel and you want to hang out longer than you should but there is too much to explore. At the end of your day, you will be happy to return to your base camp to sit by the outdoor wood burning fire with a cocktail in hand.
A Few Stand Outs:
Bozeman downtown offers an eclectic mix of shops to explore. Standouts are Cactus, a funky record shop with the low down on the music scene, Hey Day, a lifestyle boutique that is big and airy, and dawn Josephine collective, a beautifully curated shop with local artists being represented.
A stand out is the Montana Honey Bee Co. This shop is half artisanal honey and the other half showcasing all your needs to become a bee keeper. You are educated about bees while sampling the wide varieties of honey. It is a wonderful store bringing your awareness back to nature. You will walk away contemplating the idea of designing your own bee farm at home. It is so sweet! (no pun intended)
Places to Eat:
Bozeman does not lack character. It is a place that gives you an idea of how life has been. The city has done a beautiful job combining the old charm through restoration, preservation, and combining their history with modern updates. Restaurants, bars, cafes, and coffees shops are lively, youthful, and inviting. Sure winners are: Wild Joe’s coffee spot, Jam for an over the top breakfast, Copper for a cocktail, and Montana Ale Works for dinner.
If you are thinking about Bozeman for this summer or any other time of year then check out this Bozeman blog. Great resource!