Winter in Southwest Montana’s Headwaters region makes the rest of the state jealous. Ringed by mountains, snow-blanketed river valleys and cultural intrigue, the region draws you in for a riot of cold-weather fun. Follow these guidelines for a winter getaway to remember in Three Forks, Montana.
What To Bring
Winter activities are abundant in the Headwaters region. Load up your snowshoes, your skis, even your fly fishing gear—or just rent when you get here. Unfettered access to the best wilderness areas around will have you hankering for even more stunning vistas. Four world-class ski areas within two hours of Three Forks mean you can sneak in a ski vacation without having to stay slopeside.
What To Wear
Don’t be intimidated by a Headwaters winter. The right clothing makes cold weather fun! Plus, with an average annual snowfall of 32 inches (compared to nearby Bozeman’s 72 inches), you don’t need to fear. Stuff your suitcase with cozy layers, wool socks, puffy down and the rest of your winter accoutrements, and then toss in a bathing suit—you’ll need it for all that hot spring soaking.
Where To Drink & Dine
Right onsite at the Sacajawea, Pompey’s Grill delivers the fine dining option that Three Forks craves. Downstairs in the Sac Bar, dance it up and keep the drinks flowing while you enjoy elevated pub food. Head out on the town to try more local flavor at the Frontier Club or the Plaza Bar. Satisfy your guilty pleasures at Stageline Pizza, or take a quick trip just out of town to Willow Creek Cafe, Lahood Park Steakhouse or Land of Magic to get your steak fix.
Where To Wake Up
Get the day started right with breakfast (and coffee!) in bed at the Sacajawea. Gourmet delivered to your door makes snowy mornings even more snuggly. If you’re eager to get out and seize the day, Wheat Montana dishes up delicious pastries and burritos right down the road. Within walking distance of the hotel, stumble upon hidden treasures at Iron Horse Cafe and Three Forks Cafe to sit down and enjoy. For a jolt of java on the run, you can’t get any speedier than Remuda Coffee, or JaMocha Junction’s drive through.
Where To Visit
A vacation to the Missouri Headwaters region wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Headwaters of the Missouri. This state park just minutes outside of town looks even better with a dusting of snow on historic buildings and river banks. To learn more about the history of the region and the Lewis & Clark Expedition, try a quiet rendezvous at Headwaters Heritage Museum. Even though they close for the season on September 30, the passionate staff will open year round for advance appointments. And with the cities of Bozeman and Butte making perfect bookends to the east and the west, a “big city” day trip is less than an hour away.
How To Unwind
Three Forks residents may turn to nearby Bozeman and Butte for some retail therapy, but the business owners of this town come through when it comes to relaxation. Two massage parlors in town mean you can finally get that deep tissue issue sorted out. And that doesn’t even take into account the bespoke option: the Sacajawea Hotel brings licensed massage therapists directly to guests, so you don’t even have to leave the hotel to order up a back rub. Après massage, let the relaxation continue down the road at Norris Hot Springs, where the steaming natural spring water can finish the job (along with a microbrew or two).
Where To Stay
The Sacajawea Hotel marries modern luxury and historic ambiance, offering up chic design and abundant amenities. You’ll feel so cozy, getting out to take advantage of the region’s ample adventures will seem like a more challenging choice.
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