Today’s Bozeman, MT City Guide comes to us from shop owner, Mariah Palmer. A mountain woman to the core, she grew up in Idaho, spent some time in Colorado and is now settled and so much in love with Bozeman, MT. When she is not running her online store, she can also be found about independent art, design, style, wild places and animals and anything that inspires. Here, she shares her love for this special mountain town, filled with good beer, good eats and independent art and music. Thank you so much for this guide, Mariah! —Stephanie
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Dave’s Sushi – My favorite thing about this place is it’s laid back feel which is rare in sushi restaurants. You can stop in after a day on the mountain, still in your ski pants and enjoy a PBR and some sushi. Perfect.
Blackbird – If you feel like styling it up a bit, head over to Blackbird for some local, fresh Italian cuisine, great wine and wood-fired pizza.
– A staple in Bozeman. A tried-and-true place to recharge after a day in the mountains.
– My favorite place to go for breakfast or lunch. Fresh, local and yummy.
– A new and very welcomed cider house with a great social/community feel.
– Artisan bread and pastries that are out of this world! I always go here when I feel like being good to myself.
– Local and always lively.
The Co-op Downtown – A great place to grab snacks for your adventures, or stay and eat an easy, fresh and always delicious meal.
– A new and used clothing store with a western flare. The best part about this shop is their downstairs basement which is filled with vintage clothing including some authentic western gems.
Vargo’s Jazz City and Books- The best bookstore ever. Period. If you love jazz and blues, you must visit. There is also a huge collection of new and used vinyl as well as the best collection of cards and postcards.
– Local, handcrafted clothing, accessories and original art. I never fail to find the perfect gift here.
Center for Arts and Culture – This place is so rich with character. It was an old school that was turned into an arts and culture center. Here you can explore art galleries, eat at the delicious Emerson Grill, see some music or an independent film at the theatre and check out all the fabulous artists’ work spaces. Everything Golden’s studio is here, so stop by and say hi if you’re in the area.
– A very special music venue tucked away against the Absaroka Range. Get out and get lost in some live music.
Boiling River – Sit in a warm flowing river while hopefully watching bison and elk wander around you, it doesn’t get much better than this. Located just inside the NW Entrance of Yellowstone National Park (you can ask a park ranger for directions when you enter).
– A rela and fun place to soak, listen to live music, eat yummy local food and drink good beer. You can also camp here.
– You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time. This historic resort has everything you could dream of… a hot springs pool with access to the bar, excellent food, a spa, live music and lodging.
– I really appreciate the community, laid back feel of this resort. No extravagance here, just excellent terrain and great people. It’s also fun to hike and ski just before and after the open season.
– I’ve always wanted to stay here. This bed and breakfast is also a wolf sanctuary set up to house and care for captive-bred wolves who cannot be released into the wild.
Camp at Hyalite – If you like camping, head up to Hyalite Reservoir, about 30 minutes outside of town for stunning views, plenty of campsites and great hikes.
– Rent a rustic cabin and really get away from it all.
John Mayer – Recording artist and producer
Jim Harrison – An American author known for his poetry, fiction, essays about the outdoors and food
David Quammen – Science writer and explorer
Heather McPhie – Olympic freestyle mogul skier