We love our winters in Bozeman, but once the ski hills close and the snow starts to melt, spring fever sets in and we’re off chasing new activities and adventures. Part of Bozeman’s allure is the combination of outdoor recreation coupled with a cultured and vibrant community. It’s easy to be out in nature for the day and back in time for dinner and a live show! We’ve outlined a few of our favorite local activities, complete with ideas the whole family can enjoy.
In the middle of Bozeman, between the historic Main Street and the burgeoning shopping hub on the North 19th, a revitalization of one of Bozeman’s former hot spots is quietly being revitalized. Spearheaded by the Midtown Urban Renewal District, the North 7th Avenue corridor is seeing an insurgence of new businesses.
Everyone loves a good rivalry and sharing in the revelry makes it all the better. Whether it’s the infamous Cat/Griz game between Montana State University and the University of Montana, the Superbowl or the Stanley Cup, Bozeman is full of great spots to share the comrade of cheering on your favorite team. Here are a few of our favorite haunts, but the list is by no means exhaustive…we encourage you to explore all the nooks and crannies around town!
The culinary scene in Bozeman rivals urban restaurants. Chefs from across the country move here for the lifestyle, then turn out fresh, locally sourced dishes that are exceptional. In the past year, a number of new restaurants have come on board and we couldn’t be more excited. Bring a hearty appetite!
Locals have a special fondness for Rocky Creek Farm, the 50 acres have been a part of Bozeman’s fabric for decades. Each fall, families enjoy apple harvests, fresh cider, fat pumpkins and a pick-your-own raspberry patch. But it’s the fresh, organic food available year round, that has won a place in everyone’s heart.
Money Magazine has ranked Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport #5 of the 15 best airports in the United States, and in the past couple of months, it became even better! There are now 16 nonstop flights to major cities across the US, and many airlines are increasing their service, making it easier than ever to visit.
Photo: The LARK in downtown Bozeman (Credit: The LARK)
The LARK, a local hotel in the heart of downtown Bozeman, has completed its expansion that began in late 2016. This new building provides 29 additional guestrooms, bringing the total room count to 67. Part of the new addition is a café space on the ground floor, which will be operated by Treeline Coffee Roasters, offering the public and hotel guests espresso, tea, and coffee, as well as light bites for breakfast, such as pastries, and grab-and-go lunch items. Inviting outdoor spaces surround the property and offer comfortable gathering places to enjoy a refreshment and take in the Main Street vibe.
Bozeman is home to artists of all disciplines. The downtown is full of galleries showcasing pottery, paintings, and jewelry, to name just a few. Some say it is the beauty in the area that inspires so much creativity; but wherever it comes from, it’s abundant.
While Bozeman boasts amazing outdoor recreation, the fast-growing technology, outdoor gear photonics, and industries have made it a hub for business travel as well. For the road warrior who spends a significant amount of time away from home, finding the right fit is important. Fortunately, the selection of Bozeman hotels for business travelers is wide-ranging. From popular brands to boutique hotels, you’re sure to find the right fit for your style.
When reviews range from Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” designation to Outside Magazine’s “Outside’s Best Towns 2013,” you know something is going on. What used to be mainly an agricultural hub, Bozeman is now thriving on tourism, technology industries, educational opportunities and great air service. While these things are all fueling the economy of Bozeman, they aren’t the main reasons people are drawn to the area. It’s all about the lifestyle. For outdoor enthusiasts, it doesn’t get much better: skiing, fishing, hiking, climbing, camping and Yellowstone National Park. It’s no wonder people come to play and return to stay.