Craftsman-Style B&B with Bridger Mountain Views
“People come to Montana to see the mountains,” says Nancy Dawson, one of the innkeepers at Fox Hollow Bed and Breakfast. “And we’ve got the views.” They certainly do—the snowcapped peaks of the Bridger Mountains are on full display from the wraparound porch of the craftsman-style inn that Nancy runs with her husband, Mike. The Dawsons are experienced hosts, having run the B&B for 18 years while also living onsite. In addition, they’ve both served on the board of the Montana Bed and Breakfast Association for the last 15 years. The recipe for their inn’s success? “We absolutely love our guests, and we love our home,” says Nancy.
A self-proclaimed “cookbook junkie,” Nancy often uses recipes from her collection to craft a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning. Guests taste the fruits of her labor in entrees such as oven-puffed pancakes, apple-cinnamon french toast, and oven-baked fiesta omelets. Upstairs, country-chic guest rooms boast mountain views and private bathrooms. In the Peaks room, three large picture windows overlook the Bridger Mountains. Keep an eye out for birds and the foxes that frequent the grounds. Throughout the inn, you’ll find local artwork hanging on the walls. Talk to the innkeepers if you find a piece you’d like to take home; most of it is available for sale.
Optional add-ons with this Groupon include a bistro-style dinner for two prepared by the Dawsons. The menu will include an entree, a salad or side vegetable, homemade bread, and a decadent dessert. The innkeepers also make fresh cookies and hot, spiced cider. The final add-on is a ski equipment rental that covers skis, boots, and poles for one, valid at ]Round House Sports Center](http://www.roundhouse-sports.com/) in Bozeman and at Bridger Bowl ski area.
Bozeman, Montana: Cultured College Town 90 Miles from Yellowstone
Bozeman, the largest city in southwestern Montana, sits in the broad Gallatin Valley surrounded by the Rockies. No longer just a frontier outpost, historic downtown Bozeman is home to coffee shops, bookstores, art galleries, and restaurants. South of town lies Montana State University, where you’ll find the Museum of the Rockies and its massive collection of dinosaur fossils. Among the holdings are 13 Tyrannosaurus rex specimens—the largest collection of its kind in the world.
Bozeman is considered a gateway into the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park, located 90 miles away. Though heavy snowfall closes some area highways in the winter, Route 89 between Bozeman and the northern entrance is plowed year-round. As you travel toward the park through the Gardner River Canyon, keep an eye out for eagles, ospreys, and bighorn sheep.
Yellowstone’s Mammoth Hot Springs are accessible no matter the season. A short boardwalk through the area takes you past several unique geothermal features, including a 37-foot-tall mineral deposit called the Liberty Cap and several terraces where hot water spills down natural steps. Nearby, a half-mile hike leads to one of the only hot springs in Yellowstone where park visitors are allowed to swim—the Boiling River. Here, a naturally heated pool forms where thermal waters meet the cool Gardner River.
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