It almost goes without saying that The Ocean Minded doesn’t play well in the snow. I don’t love being cold, don’t know how to dress appropriately for the weather, and get bored of snow sports quickly. While I generally try to make it to the snow once per winter to take in the change of scenery, one time a year is good enough for me. That being said, I went to Tahoe City, California and Big Sky, Montana back-to-back within a three week span, and I had a blast.
We were in Big Sky for a girlfriend’s birthday, and had a few things on the agenda– like snowmobiling and a murder mystery party at the cabin– so we didn’t have a ton of time to explore. Luckily, I think we hit some of the major spots in the time we did have.
Based on our visit, here are some must-see spots in Big Sky, Montana.
Olive B’s Bistro — We stopped here on our way in on Thursday, and I’m so glad we did. Half our table ordered the bison burger (barf), but I went with their French onion soup and sweet potato fries. Best. Meal. Ever.
Beehive Basin Brewery — Would you guys believe me if I told you that the craft beers here were $3? Like, what? And they were good. It got busy here, because après ski, so grab a table early.
Canyon Adventures — I’m much braver in the water than I am on land. Our entire group of 17 people did a half-day of snowmobiling, and even though I was low-key freaking out, it was so fun. The guys at Canyon Adventures were so nice and understanding, they even built us a fire at the top of the mountain (because we were needy and it was cold AF).
Horn and Cantle — You guys. If you only ever take my advice one time, take it now: if you find yourself in Big Sky, you have go to Horn and Cantle. The decor was so aesthetically pleasing, they made the best craft cocktails, and the patio was the coziest. I have no desire to go back to Montana, other than to see this magical place again.
Lone Mountain Ranch — On Friday night we took a horse-drawn sleigh ride up the mountain to a private cabin dinner. We had a local musician entertaining us with his guitar and country-western jams, and a yummy family-style dinner in a cozy cabin. Honestly, I felt like I was on an episode of the bachelor, it was all kinds of epic.
Everette’s 8800 — At 8,800 feet up on the tip top of the ski mountain, with 360 views, Everette’s restaurant is a must-see. I’m a lodge girl, but it was nice to be able to experience the slopes in all of their glory, without paying $200 and freezing in ski pants.
Did we miss anything? Tell me in the comments below.