Winter Adventures in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley 
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by Mel, Family Travel and Outdoor Adventures
2w ago
This post is sponsored by Glacier Country Tourism Read on for ideas for exploring winter adventures in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.   As our kids get older, Henry and I are making time to focus on our relationship as a couple, while still holding onto our family relationship. It won’t be long before our teens are off on their own adventures and we want to make sure our relationship has a steady base.  One way we are doing this is by taking trips that are just the two of us. We still want outdoor adventures, charming small towns, and cozy evenings, so a winter trip through the B ..read more
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Couples’ Getaway Weekend in Billings: A Perfect Blend of Adventure and Relaxation
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by Mel
5M ago
This post is sponsored by Visit Billings. We are always up for a getaway weekend in Billings. In the past, we’ve gone as a family or I’ve gone with one kid. On this Billings visit, Henry and I got away – just the two of us. That’s one of the many advantages of living with teenagers. They can stay home alone. Nestled in the heart of Montana, Billings is a city that boasts a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural charm, and vibrant local scenes. It’s the perfect destination for couples looking for an urban and natural setting and to enjoy a romantic getaway.  In this blog post, we’ll gui ..read more
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How to Have a Tasty and Outdoorsy Weekend in Helena
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by Mel
6M ago
Nestled in the heart of Montana, Helena is an underrated gem that offers the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and culinary delights.  Known for its prime location surrounded by natural beauty and a burgeoning food scene, Helena is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway or a staycation.  In this guide, we’ll show you how to make the most of your time in this charming town, with a carefully curated itinerary that combines outdoor activities and delicious dining experiences. Day 1: Exploring the Great Outdoors Morning: Paddleboarding on Canyon Ferry Lake Hellgate Campground is yo ..read more
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Visit Island Park, Idaho in Winter
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by Mel
6M ago
As the calendar flips to winter and a blanket of snow descends upon the tranquil landscapes, a unique world of seasonal wonder awakens. It’s time to book your trip to visit Island Park, Idaho in winter. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and framed by the grandeur of Yellowstone National Park, this picturesque destination transforms into a snowy utopia that beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. The crisp, frosty air, pristine white landscapes, and the promise of outdoor adventure are just a few reasons why Island Park is a must-visit winter wonderland. In this blog post ..read more
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Best Hikes in Bali (Easy Walks and Waterfalls, Too!)
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by Mel
6M ago
Welcome to the Island of the Gods – Bali! Bali, an enchanting island in Indonesia, is known for its rich culture, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife. However, it’s not just a destination for sunbathing and cocktails; it also offers a plethora of captivating hiking trails and breathtaking waterfalls.  I spent three weeks in Indonesia and found some of the best hikes in Bali. While hiking in Bali can be a little tricky for someone like me who doesn’t like heat or humidity (I know, crazy that I went to Bali), it can be a lot of fun – especially if there is water involved. For nature lo ..read more
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Women’s Yellowstone Winter Hygge Trip
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by Mel
6M ago
About this trip  If you’ve ever wanted to join a small group of open-minded, adventurous women to:  explore the Greater Yellowstone in winter,  cross-country ski among hot springs and geologic wonders,  dog sled through the mountains,  look for wolves in Yellowstone’s famed Lamar Valley,  soak in a hot spring pool while gazing at mountains (and maybe wildlife),  wander charming small town Montana, get cozy around outdoor and indoor fires, Then this trip is for you!  February 4 – 10, 2024 I have made hygge (a quality of coziness and comfortabl ..read more
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Glamping Yellowstone – Best Options For Glamping Near Yellowstone
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by Mel
6M ago
Can’t wait to try Yellowstone glamping? Here’s what you need to know about the most luxurious options for glamping near Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and geothermal wonders. If you’re planning a trip to this iconic national park, why not consider glamping?  Glamping, a combination of “glamorous” and “camping,” offers a unique way to experience the great outdoors while enjoying modern comforts. In this article, we’ll explore the best options for glamping near Yellowstone. What Is Glamping? Glamping is a form of campi ..read more
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Walking the West Highland Way in Scotland
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by Mel
7M ago
If you’re an avid hiker looking for a breathtaking adventure, walking West Highland Way in Scotland should be at the top of your bucket list. Stretching 96 miles (154 kilometers) from Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, to Fort William, the West Highland Way offers stunning landscapes, charming villages, and a chance to immerse yourself in Scotland’s rich history. In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about hiking this iconic trail. My friend, Mariann and I walked the West Highland Way in early May after spending a week in Edinburgh. It was a wonderful birthday present from ..read more
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On the Trail to Little Bighorn
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by Mel
9M ago
This post is sponsored by Visit Southeast Montana Most people have heard of the Battle of Little Bighorn – the fight where Lt. Gen. Custer made his “Last Stand.” Like all battles, Little Bighorn was complicated and part of something much bigger – a war against the Native American Tribes and an effort for Euro-Americans to make a living coming out of the Great Depression. Here in Montana, there are many sites related to the build-up and aftermath of the Battle of Little Bighorn. We wanted to explore a few of them to get a deeper understanding of Montana culture, the events leading up to the ba ..read more
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Jump in! Best Places to Swim in Glacier National Park
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by Mel
11M ago
Glacier National Park is a breathtaking destination known for its stunning vistas, diverse wildlife, and pristine alpine lakes. With about a million acres of wildlands, lakes, and rivers there are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to find the best places to swim in Glacier National Park. The waters are icy, but surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty. The average lake temperature does not get above 50 degrees in the summer.  See this post for everything you need to know to plan your Glacier National Park trip. Whether you’re seeking a refreshing dip after a long hike or a l ..read more
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