Life can get hectic and fast-paced, even if you live in the laid back state of Montana. The best cure for feeling frazzled is to enjoy a relaxing getaway, preferably in a slow-paced place. These 11 towns are perfect for some good old-fashioned rejuvenation.
Check out St. Mary's Mission, shop for antiques, dine on delicious Italian food, or just relax in your room at the Stevensville Hotel. Stevensville is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway.
Tucked away in the forest in Lincoln County, Libby has both hometown charm and stunning scenery. There are some beautiful hiking trails nearby and plenty of comfort food restaurants in town.
3. Cooke City
Cooke City is a gateway to Yellowstone, but despite its minuscule population, it has a lot to offer for someone looking for a break from reality. The Soda Butte Lodge has 32 comfortable guest rooms, an onsite restaurant, saloon and live poker.
Philipsburg has become a popular vacation destination. Considering it has the perfect small town atmosphere along with plenty of fun attractions (like the soda fountain), it's easy to see why.
This old gold rush town has a historic beauty like no other. Located in a sweeping valley into which the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Ruby Rivers drain, it's a quiet and restful place.
The Gateway to the Rocky Mountain Front is absolutely beautiful. If your goal is to be near nature, you'll love all the surrounding hiking trails, camping spots and quiet places to view wildlife.
7. Three Forks
There are a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities in the Three Forks area, not to mention the unique Missouri Headwaters State Park. Plus, you can eat your weight in Wheat Montana cinnamon rolls since their original bakery location is here.
8. Big Timber
Big Timber is such a gem. Located in Sweet Grass County where the prairies meet the mountains, it has great restaurants, outdoor recreation, majestic mountain views and kind people.
If you live in Eastern Montana, getting to the picturesque mountains towns on the west side isn't easy. So head to Plentywood, a town of 1,700 people in Sheridan County, for your quiet getaway. This area is rich in local history, and it still has an Old West vibe.
This blink-and-you'll-miss-it riverside community has everything you need to relax and unwind: An antique shop that doubles as a general store and motel, a free river ferry that has been running since 1913, and some great restaurants located in the nearby towns of Loma and Fort Benton.
Lolo is a short drive from Missoula, but you'll feel like you're hours away from the city when you visit. Check out Travelers' Rest State Park, Holt Heritage Museum and of course, Lolo Hot Springs.