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24-hours in Bozeman, Montana

5 Things we're glad we did in bozeman

With a landscape that beckons visitors outdoors, imaginative meals thoughtfully sourced, and opportunities to encounter sculptures throughout the city, Bozeman made us feel welcome. Welcome to hike, indulge, and enjoy!

Melissa loves City Brew Coffee's Mountain Morning Latte

Enjoy the reliable morning standards like coffee, tea, egg sandwiches and burritos, and sweet breads (banana, lemon poppyseed, mixed berry), or the creative signature drinks they’ve served up since 1998. This Montana-based coffee chain opened its first store in Billings and now has 20+ locations in Montana, two in North Dakota, and four in Wyoming. That makes them large enough to know their calorie counts — that’s helpful for keeping fit on vacation. Milk alternatives offered include: coconut milk, almond milk, or soy. 

Chris ordered a coffee and an Anytime Breakfast Burrito (eggs, cheese, sausage).  

I ordered The Mountain Morning Latte (white chocolate with caramel pecan) made with an extra shot of espresso and coconut milk. Delicious! 

The Mountain Morning Latte was like having a not too-sweet pecan roll and coffee brought together in foodie matrimony by white chocolate. It’s one of several signature drinks. Deciding which to get was a challenge. Next time we go through Montana, I’ll be giving the Huckleberry White Mocha a try.  

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For indecisive lovers of street tacos, this is the place. They offer six varieties priced per taco for mixing and matching with abandon. Global minded foodies can enjoy a unique bowl, or burrito off their World Bowls menu featuring everything from Bourbon BBQ to Wrap of Khan. Once food is settled on, don’t be shy about seeking guidance on selecting the just right beer to go with it. Over 30 beers are available on tap, including several local selections. Food is served fast casual style. Mood lifting pops of orange, yellow accent Shine’s rustic industrial look. It’s a great spot for enjoying a laid back afternoon. 

Chris loved the trio of street tacos he ordered there: steak, beef, and bison. I enjoyed my Bourbon BBQ Bowl with grilled chicken. The flavor was fantastic. 

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The gravel and dirt path available for hiking at Burke Park is part of the Main Street to Mountains system of trails. 

It might not have been strenuous enough to burn off all our lunchtime calories, but both our time and our hiking knowledge were in limited supply during our stay in Bozeman. The weather was beautiful and so were the views. 

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4. Dine at Montana Ale Works.

Arrive early. Once doors open at 4 p.m., tables fill up fast. Guests late to the table are willing to wait for the creative farm-to-fork food and drink served at this local favorite. Montana-made hand-crafted brews and artisan spirits are prominent on the drink menu. Feeling famished from the day’s adventure? Order one of their seven signature burgers. All but one is made from their own blend of pasture-raised Montana Angus and Wagyu Beef from the Montana Wagyu Cattle Company. The other is vegetarian. For lovers of plant-based fare, the Montana Grain Bowl is a must. Find a seat on the patio, in the renovated freight car, or the main dining room.   

We started with PJ Margaritas (house-infused pineapple and jalapeño tequila, fresh lime, sweet & sour) and loved the well-balanced spice.

For dinner, Chris ordered the Jake Burger (roasted jalapeño relish, guacamole, cilantro lime crema) and Truffled Parmesan Frites (classic skinny bistro fries, tarragon garlic aioli). They were the best truffle fries that Chris has had since The Loop in Rochester, Minnesota stopped serving them over three years ago. The burger wowed him too. 

I had the Montana Grain Bowl (regional organic grain blend, local beets, radishes, feta, walnut pesto, fresh arugula, charred lemon vinaigrette). It tasted comforting, substantial, and delish! 

Huckleberry Mojito and Hammering Yuppie NEIPA at Montana Works Ale

For our next round, Chris tried the Yuppie Hammer New England IPA brewed by Outlaw Brewing in Bozeman, Montana. I ordered a Huckleberry Mojito (Grand Teton Huckleberry vodka, muddled mint, fresh lime). Both were tasty. 

Note: During our travels we’ve learned that huckleberry vodka is a thing in Montana and Idaho. Huckleberries grow wild in Northwest mountain ranges. They’re loved by locals, travelers, and bears.

For dessert, we splurged on panna cotta with fresh blueberries and basil. It tasted worth breaking all of the rules for. 

Panna Cotta with Blueberries, Basil, and Crumble

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Enjoy a mix of whimsical and thought-provoking sculptures and big sky scenery while walking along a paved path that begins in front of the Bozeman Public Library. Most of the sculptures are for sale. New ones are added to the collection at least annually. Gallatin Art Crossing sculptures can also be seen beyond the Bozeman Sculpture Park. Click here for a map of sculpture locations. 

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