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 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.
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.
When it comes to staying warm this winter in the Headwaters, we have it covered. It’s rare to find so many establishments that people admit to driving hours just to indulge in (we’re raising a glass at you, Willow Creek Cafe and Frontier Bar). For such a small Montana town, Three Forks pulls out the stops when it comes to sipping a beer or cocktail when the nights get longer and longer in the depths of winter. These spots will give you the shot of summer that you’re looking for. So go grab a drink, and raise a glass to Jack Frost.
When it comes to holiday get-togethers, you want to set the scene for Montana winter magic. It’s up to you whether that comes from raising a glass to a great year of sales with coworkers or enjoying little moments with family from near and far. Go for the unexpected to set the holiday mood of twinkle lights and champagne (or sparkling cider) with all the venues in the Sacajawea to host the best holiday party. The historic Sacajawea Hotel in the heart of Three Forks, Montana, is the top spot for holiday party fun.
Date night just got an injection of rich romance. A sumptuous evening at the Sacajawea will get both of you in the mood for love with a luxurious reset that’s best enjoyed at this historic hotel. Spend some quality alone time with a romantic retreat, where a sophisticated date night turns to “all night” with ease. You’ll find plenty on hand to spark an even more amorous connection with your love.
The Headwaters region boasts a wealth of small-town charm to enjoy in any season. But when winter white decorates the town center in Three Forks, Montana, revel in the freedom to take home a bit of the Headwaters when you take care of your holiday shopping in the home of Made in Montana. Check out these shops in Three Forks and the surrounding towns that will help make quick work of your holiday shopping list.
Small-town Montana ups the ante when it comes to winter fun. In and around Three Forks, you’ll find the charm all through winter and beyond, with these seasonal events that make snowy weather even better.