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Feb 19th, 2014, 04:31 PM
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MONTANA - Big Sky

Spending 4 days/3nights at Big Sky in August.

I've Googled all the restaurants... Does anyone have any favorites to recommend? Looking for unique spots, Western ambiance and great views.. Of course it would be nice if the food was good, too!

We'll be staying in a "Cowbooy Heaven" cabin. Can't wait for the big sky and stars!

We'd like to relax most of the time - but would also love a few recommendations for great hikes in the area. Headed to Glacier after Big Sky, but want to get some hiking in at Big Sky as well. Any "can't miss" experiences/hikes? Other pointers?

Thank you so much!
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Feb 19th, 2014, 05:15 PM
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We like the Lotus Pad for Thai food. Blue moon Bakery has decent pizza. And Lone Peak Brewery has good beer and okay bar food. Your options are limited, but the scenery is wonderful. It's fairly quiet in the summer and many restaurants are seasonal and closed.

But I grew up in the area and ski there every January. I love it, but there isn't a lot there. Check out the 320 Guest Ranch, Buck's T-4, and Rainbow Ranch for additional dining.
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Feb 20th, 2014, 10:17 AM
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We had dinner at the 320 Guest Ranch following a sleigh ride (January) last year, and thought the food was excellent. kureiff - maybe 30 minutes from Big Sky, what would you say?
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Feb 20th, 2014, 10:59 AM
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Yes, the 320 Guest Ranch is about 30 minutes from the cabins where 5OHS is staying. I've never done the sleigh ride, but it sounds like it's fun.
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Feb 20th, 2014, 05:32 PM
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You don't mention how long you'll have for Glacier.

There's no doubt the Many Glacier area is central for wildlife and spectacular scenery.

I'd go on the Iceberg Lake Hike. It's 4 1/2 mile each way but other than a little uphill at the start, it's just a nice long walk in the park. The view of the Lake surrounded by a "bowl" of mountains is spectacular.

I've been on that hike twice and the first time we spent some time with a grizzly.

There's always a possibility of seeing a roadside grizzly in Many Glacier.

Fishercap Lake which is just a 15 minute walk from the end of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot is a great place to see moose and deer last couple of hours of light.

If you have time to spend a day or so on Going to the Sun Road, you can hike to St Mary Falls and on to Virginia Falls. And for some spectacular scenery stop at Logan Pass and go on the Hidden Lake Overlook hike. It might be a good idea to get to Logan Pass before 9:30AM as the parking lot fills up.

You can see my photos of trips to Glacier at:
www.travelwalks.com
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Mar 24th, 2014, 08:27 PM
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I apologize to all for late late responses. New job has thrown me for a loop.

THANK YOU to ALL for great suggestions. Now that it is late March, I feel like we'll be headed west soon!

Myer, We'll be in Glacier for a week. Thank you for your suggestions and for the great hiking link. I wish we weren't moving hotels/lodges every night, and I booked early, but HEY, we'll have great variety and lots to write about!

Sonds like 320 Guest Ranch is a hit while we're in Big Sky. Thanks to all!

Will submit a trip report as soon as I recover from leaving my daughter in MT so far from home! (just kidding - I know she will have a great adventure!) - can't wait to see the terraine! We still have snow here - and a frozen ice rink in our backyard! - Crazy winter!
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Mar 24th, 2014, 08:31 PM
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Myer, I've also put your hikes on our hiking plan. Really appreciate the time you spent giving me the information.

As I said, we've ended up with reservations all over the park - one night each from West to East and into Canada for the last night. Better than sleeping in the Suburban - ha.

What do you think of the bear repellent. Does it work? Should we all have it? Was thinking of handing it out at my daughter's graduation party in June - if warranted...?
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Mar 25th, 2014, 05:07 AM
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Well.. bear spray is not cheap. There are some areas, depending on where you hike, that it is recommended to carry it. If you find that to be the case in your hikes, then purchase a cannister at that time.

Also - you won't be able to take it on the plane (even in your luggage), so buy when you get there and give it away when you leave (unused, hopefully). Handing it out at a party would likely encourage some to try it out, either in ill-advised tomfoolery or just curiousity. That would be a really big mistake - it is extremely potent.
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