Visiting Helena, MT? You Have To Experience The Last Chance Ranch!

Surrounded by the Helena National Forest, there are few places in Montana that can match what the Last Chance Ranch has to offer. When you head there you are truly getting away from it all. But this wonderful attraction offers so much more than that.

The Last Chance Ranch is a true Montana odyssey where you can go and get a true feeling of getting way back in the outdoors. It has developed over time to become not only a fun time for couples or whole families, but an honest way to show off some of what Montana means to the locals who live there. Whether on the drive up to the ranch, riding along in the covered wagon, exploring the teepee and other facilities, or just soaking in the sweet surroundings, you are sure to be overcome with a sense of Montana that you just don’t get from driving the main highways through the state.

Last Chance Ranch

The Last Chance Ranch welcomes visitors from around the country who want to come and experience that true Montana feeling. The scenery that surrounds you there can be a bit overwhelming with its thick forests, wide open meadows, and of course plenty of chances to catch a glimpse of some local wildlife. The entertainment you get there too, from the great cowboy songs to the stories told will fill you with a sense of history as well as entertain you to no end. It really is one of the best options for food, entertainment, and lodging all rolled into one attraction in the Helena area.

The Helena area is home to some great attractions, including things like the historic downtown area, the Holter Museum of Art, and of course the Montana Capitol Building, but it really takes a visit to the Last Chance Ranch to make your visit there complete.

Whether you’re interested in spending the night, having a wagon ride, or enjoying a gourmet meal in the great outdoors, take a moment and check out the Last Chance Ranch website:

Last Chance Ranch

Staying at the Finlen Hotel in Butte, Montana

Finlen Hotel

Butte is a unique destination and when I came rolling through there last I made sure to stay at a unique accommodation to match.

Finlen Hotel

Looking around Butte, it became clear that the place I wanted to try that weekend was the Finlen Hotel. Here’s a little history, the McDermott Hotel was built in 1889 and at the time was one of the grandest and most ornate hotels in the entire Northwest. It had a short history though as after a change of ownership 13 years later, new owner James Finlen renamed it after himself. Not pleased with the luxury available, he then had the entire hotel torn down and replaced in 1924. The hotel that stands there today is this very same hotel that James Finlen wanted to deliver his new and improved brand of luxury with.

From the outside, the Finlen Hotel is beautiful. I love old architecture and design elements and this has plenty of both. Once inside, it is easy to imagine that this place was the belle of the region all those years ago. To do that, you don’t have to struggle either as it has retained much of the quality, look, and regalness that defines it.

The rooms are very nice and so too are all of the lobby areas. Walking around the Finlen Hotel makes it impossible not to think back on all of the things this place has seen over the years. Some of the many famous names that have stayed in the Finlen over the years include Charles Lindberg, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon.

Another plus that I enjoyed while staying at the Finlen was that I wasn’t isolated out by the freeway. I was right in the heart of Butte, surrounded by all of the other old architectural classics and plenty of great signs to hunt and take photos of. This really was a special place to stay.

Chalk up the Finlen Hotel as one of the very cool classic hotels still left to enjoy here in the Pacific Northwest.

The Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell, Montana

Kalispell is the gateway to Glacier National Park and all that it offers. This is one of the most popular national parks in America, and it doesn’t take too long to figure just why that is. From the unique history of the place to the incredible scenic beauty, Glacier National Park is a pure treasure.

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We went to Kalispell because of the national park not too long ago and were rewarded well. A great thing happened during our trip though. Glacier National Park was a lot of fun and an unforgettable experience. But Kalispell itself, and its immediate surroundings, ended up being a lot more fun than we had expected too.

While in Kalispell for a few days, we stayed at the Red Lion Hotel. What a beautiful setting there is there and the staff was top notch, being both friendly and knowledgable. They may have even convinced me to come back during the winter months with their bragging about what the local scenery and views looked like then.

I really enjoyed being able to see so much of the community on foot, right from the front door of the Red Lion. Walking around the town was a lot of fun and I found some great eating options located very nearby. Knowing that I was just a short stroll away from returning to my room was a nice feeling too.

Another thing I liked about the Red Lion in Kalispell is that it did not feel like I was staying in a chain motel. The whole place had a unique feel to it, it very much was a Montana lodge. The coppers, granites, and timber beams used throughout the facility really add to the experience. It did feel like it was an escape to a different part of the world, or even a different time.

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We went for the fireplace suite and that was a great decision. Yet another great touch that added to the experience. We enjoyed the small private patio, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and more. The channel selection for TV was nice and the free wireless internet access, as always, was a welcome feature. The swimming pool was also a plus, as well.

Staying at the Red Lion Hotel during our visit to Kalispell and Glacier National Park was a very good decision.