Dining and Lodging
Listing all the dining and lodging options in the Bitterroot Valley is nearly impossible. This is a place geared to cater to the local tourist looking for a night out or the traveling soul wanting to slow the pace for a while.
Dining options in the Bitterroot Valley are numerous and varied. Many of the communities in the valley have unique restaurants and cafes where diners can find standard western cuisine or eclectic dining.
In Stevensville, the Food Fetish combines class with outstanding taste. Give their diverse menu and laid-back atmosphere a try. For information or reservations call 777-2133.
In Victor, the Victor Steakhouse boasts some of the best beef in the valley. For reservations call 642-3300.
In Hamilton, The Spice of Life Eclectic Cafe offers diners a break from the standard table fare. The Spice serves locally grown and organic foods, from their salads to their steaks.
Also in Hamilton is the valley’s lone microbrewery. The Bitter Root Brewery is a popular local hangout, with unique and carefully crafted beers as well as a simple and delicious Brewer’s Grill.
The Bitter Root Brewery also has live music Thursday and Saturday nights. This is as good as it gets for local watering holes and is a must-see if you’re in Hamilton.
In Darby there’s the Little Blue Joint restaurant, specializing in handmade pizzas and a lively atmosphere. For more information, give them a call at 821-1110.
The Bitterroot Valley is home to numerous rental cabins, many of which can be found by doing a Web search. The most helpful site I’ve found is: http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/montana.
Hamilton is also home to several motels, including Super 8, Best Western, and The Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center.
Several local lodges can host families or groups...
Chief Joseph Ranch, south of Darby, provides patrons a rustic taste of luxury. For more information, check out their Web site: www.chiefjosephranch.com.
The Bitterroot River Lodge gives guests a pristine view of the Bitterroot River, while providing the peace of solitude of a treasured Bitterroot experience. Look on the Web at: www.bitterrootriverlodge.com.
For a simpler taste of luxury and solitude, look into the quaint and quiet Deer Crossing Bed and Breakfast: www.deercrossingmontana.com.
If you want to experience the mountains as well as delicious food, check out the Lost Horse Lodge: www.losthorsecreeklodge.com.
~ Greg Lemon is a freelance writer who lives in Hamilton, Montana.