June in Gallatin county is like the mecca of good times to be had. The patios are open, Music on Main has started up, the Farmer's Market is in full swing, the Art Walk kicks off, and the list goes on. At the top of ours sits the much anticipated Headwaters Country Jam--a three day, rip-roaring outdoor festival in the heart of the valley.
As the county seat of Madison County, Montana, Virginia City keeps the history of the Victorian Era alive. After booming in the late 1800s with the advent of a gold rush, the town practically froze in time once the gold ran out. Today, it’s vibrant display of living history with a thriving community of reenactors and local historians. Roam the town, check out the shops, and still make it back to Three Forks in time for a nightcap before bed. Here’s what you should add to the agenda when you take a day trip to Virginia City.
When it comes to fly fishing in the Headwaters region, your choices are as big as that expansive sky we’re so famous for. Be sure to bring your fly rod along to get out on the river when you visit Three Forks. Here are some of the top places to hit.
Missouri Headwaters State Park flies under the radar as far as Montana parks go, but if you give it the chance, it’ll blow you away. Just a short jaunt from Three Forks (as in, five miles away by car or bike), it’s about as easy to get to as you can get. Here are a few of the top reasons to check it out.
We’re talking about a lot more than just the name of a hotel here—when it comes to icons of American history, Sacajawea ranks near the top. Most people familiar with the history of the western states know the name well, aware of her for her contribution to the flowing river of exploration and expansion in this country. The checkered past between European invaders and native peoples finds a brief moment of peace in the chapter of her story that involved working with the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
But who was Sacajawea, really? And how did she help shape the Missouri Headwaters Region that we know today? Her story goes far deeper than just her role as an interpreter and guide for the Corps of Discovery. Read on to find out more about the woman who helped shape the country’s history.
As spring settles in—or winter lingers past when the calendar says it should—Three Forks gives you the perfect gift to bust cabin fever: a lively spot to hang at the Sac Bar. Downstairs in the basement of the historic Sacajawea Hotel, the bar offers up a host of activities and event nights throughout the year, welcoming you out of the weather with its warmth and community. You’re already a friend when you first make your way through the doors, and it doesn’t take long before locals and visitors alike unite to share in the fun. Here’s what you’ll find when you head downstairs.
When the calendar says winter is over, it’s time to start dreaming of summer’s warmth and fun—even if the weather isn’t quite there yet. As the snow melt starts and the ground begins to thaw, here’s what you should be getting excited for in Three Forks.
When it comes to Montana goodness, you want to savor all the flavors you can. Pompey's Grill brings that to the table. Expand your palette to match the big sky of Montana, and place your reservation for the most exquisite dining you’ll find in the Headwaters. But if you still need convincing, take a look at these delicious dishes on the menu.
Even though this area often sees less snowfall than the other side of the valley (we’re looking at you, Bridgers!), it’s still Montana winter fun over here in Three Forks. When the snow flies hard in the Headwaters, you can’t beat a snowshoe stroll in this scenic region. Follow your feet wherever they take you, but it doesn’t hurt to guide them in these top snowshoeing directions.
Long winter nights don’t need to make you feel cabin-feverish in Three Forks. There’s plenty to do all day and well into the evening when it comes to beating winter blues. Start out early and end it late when you get things going at the Sacajawea.
There is a little place in a little town, tucked away in a big state, that will absolutely change the way you think about food. That little place is Pompey’s Grill. Any curious diner can find it by heading west out of Bozeman until they reach the town of Three Forks. Take the exit and go left, and as there’s just one street in and out of this old cowboy town, you’re bound to run right into it. The restaurant itself is nestled in the historic Sacajawea Hotel. The estate greets Pompey’s patrons with a wide front porch adorned in white columns and a line of matching rocking chairs. As you make your way inside, a hand-tiled ceiling, wingback chairs and old wooden floors lead you through the hotel and into Pompey’s, where the real experience begins. These are our top five reasons why it’s one you don’t want to miss out on.
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Winter in Yellowstone isn’t a season you want to miss. With the benefit of fewer crowds, a more savage landscape, and a snow-fueled paradise for wildlife, it tops just about every other season for exploring the nation’s first national park. Here’s your ultimate guide to exploring Yellowstone under winter’s hush.
In the centrally located winter playground that is the Missouri Headwaters, you’ll find plenty of excitement to keep you entertained all winter. There’s a whole lot to keep you occupied when you embrace the Montana state of mind and get ready to head outside, no matter what the temperature is doing. Within two hours of Three Forks, you can dig into the fun of winter and enjoy a bit of excitement to warm up those winter days (and nights) when you take on some of these activities.
Winter in the Headwaters is a time to slow down, take a deep breath, and relish the quiet of the season. That stillness, and a break from summer’s hustle and bustle, makes for the perfect opportunity to delve into the history of the region. From early Native American tribes living in the savage landscape, to the intensity of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and on to the days of the settlers, there is plenty to discover.
It’s easy to love Yellowstone in the winter, with a dramatic, snow-covered experience worth bundling up for. And while many businesses in the park shut down for winter (a big benefit of staying at the Sacajawea!) you still have plenty to do with all the winter activities to choose from. So peer into the park, and take at look at these popular cold-weather options for exploring this country’s national treasure.
When winter comes knocking, you want to find the ultimate in stunning scenery to complement the fluffy white blanket of chill. While the Headwaters region may get less snowfall than the other side of the valley, you can still find plenty of winter wonderland to satisfy your inner Jack Frost. Head out to find these top spots for some winter scenery.
The crown jewel in the National Park System only shines brighter in winter. A trip to Yellowstone while it rests under a frosty blanket makes experiencing geysers and thermal features even more exciting. Don’t let the cold scare you off—with all that geothermal activity bubbling up, there are plenty of hot springs to hit up along the way that will keep you toasty warm. Multiple entrances accessible from Three Forks mean you can take your pick of the park, even when it’s not as simple as just hopping in the car to drive to Old Faithful. So embrace the journey, and get exploring!
Family time just got even better, with a cozy winter retreat to Three Forks on the docket. You’ll find plenty to do when the name of the game is relaxing together, so follow this winter itinerary designed to get to the heart of the Headwaters region.
Most people don’t think of Three Forks when they envision a magical ski vacation, but that just means they’re missing out. We’ll let you in on the secret: with four world-class resorts within two hours of Three Forks (and two bonus options that clock in at less than three hours drive time), you can still enjoy a little time on the slopes without having a ski-dominated getaway. If you’re traveling with someone who can’t stand spending a day sitting by the fire while you shred (or vice versa), a stay at the Sacajawea gives you both what you’re looking for. So check out these ultimate powder spots, and hit the slopes.
The twinkle light game is always good, the small-town charm comes in strong, and the classic ambiance makes an appearance year-round. But there’s just something special about a winter wedding at the Sacajawea. Deck it all out with decadence and charm, and get the most perfect moment of your life on point, because the only thing you can’t plan for is that rush of love you’ll feel surrounded by your loved ones while you say “I do.” So take our advice for the perfect day, and pull out the stops for a winter wonderland wedding at the Sacajawea Hotel.