John Steinbeck said, “I am in love with Montana. For other states, I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love, and it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”


We couldn’t agree more. Montana is home and travel for us. We love nesting in our chosen town at the Original Gateway to Yellowstone National Park. And we love traversing the state–climbing mountains, floating rivers, wandering through small towns and large ones (by Montana standards), and getting to know the people that, combined with an astounding landscape, make this state great.


Montana is bigger than many of the countries we visit, so there is a lot to see here.

Favorite Tea Shops in Montana

Best Tea Shops in Montana

I love tea. Black teas, green teas, herbal teas, even a rooibos on occasion. So, whenever I am in another town I look for a teashop. I almost always buy an Earl Grey, but I often branch out (a little) and try what the tea expert/proprietor/dude behind the counter recommends. Here are my favorite teashops …

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where to hike in Livingston Montana

Six Trails in Livingston, Montana

From almost anywhere in Livingston, one can look up at the Crazy Mountains, the Absaroka Range or the Gallatin Mountains. Trails wind through all these ranges, touching their peaks, crossing their streams, and providing glimpses of the plants and animals that make these mountains home. But you don’t have to leave town or climb a …

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Icicles on the roof of a montana forest service cabin - Kings Hill Cabin

Skiing like a king

Tucked in the trees, about 100 yards from U.S. Highway 89, sits the Kings Hill cabin. Unless, you’re looking for it, it’s easy to buzz right past. If you do, you’ll miss out on one of the best Forest Service cabins around. The Kings Hill cabin is nestled into lodgepoles on the Lewis and Clark …

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How to get to Livingston Peal Trailhead and how to climb Livingston Peak

Livingston Peak Trail

On the second of two kid-free hikes this year, Henry and I walked to the top of Livingston Peak. It was the Autumn Equinox and snow on the trail reminded us that fall was here despite the warmish weather. We can see the peak from our kitchen window (in the winter and spring, in summer …

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