Couples who are seeking a unique and outdoorsy vacation experience will truly get their fill of stunning wildlife, countryside and mountain air when they travel to Montana. Montana is full of forests, mountains, and shimmering blue lakes. For a vacation experience, couples will be able to find quiet bed and breakfast inns nestled in small mountain towns, or really escape into the wilderness with a mountain lodge.
Montana’s climate makes it a perfect escape for both summer and winter vacations. Summertime vacationers will be able to hike through the mountains and kayak the waters, while winter travelers will find endless places to ski and cozy up by a warm fire. The stunning scenery will also make for a perfect, romantic backdrop to any vacation.
Let’s have a look at the best romantic (weekend) getaways in Montana:
1. The Gibson Mansion
Located in Missoula, the Gibson Mansion is a bed and breakfast that operates out of a historic, Victorian mansion built in 1903. Updated with modern amenities, the Gibson Mansion is the perfect place for couples seeking a luxurious, Montana vacation. For the utmost privacy and exclusive experience, there are four beautiful guest rooms with Victorian-era style.
The Gibson Mansion prepares a two-course breakfast meal each morning for guests, with the first course brought right to your room on a tray. The Gibson Mansion hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Parties, which can be fun and exciting for couples looking for a unique experience. The Gibson Mansion is also centrally located to experience all of nearby Missoula.
2. The Gallatin River Lodge
This romantic hideaway is a boutique, secluded hotel located in Bozeman, with private access to the Gallatin River. The Lodge has six large and spacious rooms, with Jacuzzi tubs for some added romance, as well as a fireplace for couples to cozy up to in the evenings. The surrounding nature is perfect for couple seeking a quiet getaway.
Dinner is served every evening, and offers both casual favorites and fine-dining that brings in their food and ingredients from local farmers for that farm-to-table experience. The Gallatin River Lodge has its own private access to the Gallatin River, and it’s a perfect spot for fly fishing or other watersports like canoeing and kayaking.
3. Dreamcatcher Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Surrounding by beautiful trees and mountains is the secluded Dreamcatcher Lodge. This bed and breakfast is located in Flathead Valley, just 7 miles away from Flathead Lake and the Village of Bigfork. Couples can enjoy any one of the four-wilderness themed guestroom with private baths and handmade, wood furniture.
Each morning, guests are welcome to either a full breakfast meal or a lighter, continental style breakfast, with local ingredients used whenever possible. Dreamcatcher Lodge is open all year round, so this make a perfect destination for all seasons, with summertime activities like horseback riding, and winter time fun with sleigh rides and snowshoeing.
4. Howlers Inn
Howlers in is a once in a lifetime experience, located in Bozeman, close to Yellowstone Park. This bed and breakfast is surrounding by the natural beauty of Montana, as well as a Wolf Sanctuary. Howlers Inn has four different rooms with different decor and amenities, so each guest can get the most out of their holiday.
Daily breakfast is available to all guests included in the room charge. During the winter months, couples can enjoy the use of an indoor hot tub, and during the summer there are plenty of places nearby to go hiking. The most interesting part of Howlers Inn are the captive-bred wolves that live property in enclosures where guests are welcome to view and photograph the wolves during their stay.
5. Paradise Gateway Bed and Breakfast
Just as the name suggests, Paradise Gateway is a bed and breakfast that is settled in the Absaroka Mountains in the down of Emigrant. Just minutes away from Yellowstone Park, this little bed and breakfast is perfect for the outdoorsy couple. There are four different rooms for guests to choose from.
Homemade breakfast is offered to all guests of the Paradise Gateway, with a variety of seasonal fruit and delicious omelets and fresh baked goods. Perfect for all seasonal vacations, couples can enjoy summer hiking and fly-fishing, and winter snowmobiling or dog sled adventures. Couples can even enjoy quiet, fine dining in Chico Hot Springs.
6. Moss Mountain Inn
Moss Mountain Inn is an eco-friendly inn that is surrounding by six acres of beautiful forest in the Flathead National Forest, settled away from all the noise of cities and traffic. Couples will enjoy the privacy of his mountain escape, with four different guest rooms, each with a private bath. Moss Mountain Inn also offers a 300 sq-foot glass solarium, so guests can be close with the surrounding nature.
Guests are welcome to a variety of breakfast and snack options, from full sit-down breakfast or to-go breakfast available upon request. Moss Mountain Inn has an entertainment room for couples who just want to enjoy a quiet stay away from the rest of the world. For the outdoors adventure couples, the national park surrounding the inn offers so much to explore.
7. Laughing Horse Lodge
The Laughing Horse Lodge is open seasonally from May to October, so this is perfect for a summer or autumn getaway. Located at the southern end of Swan Lake, the Laughing Horse Lodges offers different lodgings that have anywhere from one to four guest rooms, so couples can enjoy their own private cabin for the perfect getaway.
Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday in the evenings, with menu themes from delicious Caribbean style seafood to all-natural free-range steaks. The Laughing Horse Lodge has event scheduled throughout the season, from live music to private garden parties for their guests. Nearby activities also include mountain biking and horseback riding.
8. Swan Hill Bed and Breakfast
Overlooking Flathead Lake, the Swan Hill Bed and Breakfast is nestled within the Montana woodlands, facing the Mission Mountains. There are four different guest rooms as well as a master suite, which makes this hideaway perfect for the couples who are looking for some quiet seclusion among the wilderness.
Swan Hill Bed and Breakfast offers a three-course breakfast meal in the dining room, or on the deck when the weather is nice, with fresh and local ingredients whenever possible. Swan Hill offers both a swimming pool and sauna for guests who prefer to stay in, or access to kayaks, paddleboats and the pier.
9. The Gingerbread House
This Virginia City hotel was built in 1989, and is now a restored bed and breakfast that welcomes guests from all over for a slice of historic Montana. The Gingerbread House offers two guest rooms in the main house, and two cozy, hideaway cabins on the back of the property with their own separate, private entrance for couples who are seeking a little more privacy.
A continental breakfast is served every morning for the guests in cabin, while guests who stay in the main house can enjoy a traditional, home cooked breakfast if they wish. The surrounding area of Virginia City offers an array of historic sights to see, as well as shops and restaurants for couples to explore together.
10. Blossom’s Bed and Breakfast
Located in Missoula, just minutes away from downtown in the Lower Rattlesnakes historic district, is the Blossom’s Bed and Breakfast. Couples will love the secluded feeling of this four-guest room bed and breakfast, with each room having their own private bath. The house itself is surrounding by trails, a pond and a waterfall.
Blossom’s Bed and Breakfast, of course, offerings a delicious array of breakfast items for each guest during their stay. There are also yard games for couples who want to stay on the property, like horse shoes, as well as bike trails for those who want to explore the surrounding area. Downtown Missoula is also just minutes away.
11. Bitterroot River Ranch
The Bitterroot River Ranch welcomes guests with some real, western authenticity. The Lodge is nearby hiking trails, hot springs and even a ski resort in the wintertime. This mountain style lodge is surrounding by all the peace and quiet that any couple could ask for. The Lodge has three themed bedrooms with private baths.
Each guest is welcome to partake in the Bitterroot River Ranch’s country-style breakfast, served each morning either in the dining room or on the patio to enjoy the scenery. The upstairs loft of the Lodge has television and a table for games. There’s also a fire pit on the property for guests to enjoy the scenic evening.
12. Lone Elk Lodge
The Lone Elk Lodge is located in East Glacier National Park, surrounded by the stunning view of the Rocky Mountains. The Lone Elk Lodge offers rental accommodations of four different units, so couples can enjoy a quiet, private vacation, or rent out a larger cabin to enjoy with several friends.
Each of the four private units has a full kitchen as well as cooking utensils provided for each guests’ needs. All year round, Lone Elk Lodge can offer an array of amazing activities that will get couples up close and personal with the Montana landscape, from skiing, to whitewater rafting, and hikes through the forest.
13. Izaak Walton Inn
The Izaak Walton Inn is a truly unique experience with some genuinely exclusive accommodations. Located just a stone’s throw away from Glacier National Park, the Izaak Walton Inn offers guest rooms and suites at the main building lodge, as well as luxury rail cars and cabooses that have been renovated into guest houses. Couples who are looking for something unique will love the Izaak Walton Inn.
The Dining Car is the Izaak Walton Inn onsite restaurant, and it’s open to both the public as well as guests, with a menu that offers an array of local Flathead Valley products. During any kind of weather, the Izaak Walton Inn offers activities that range from skiing in the winter, to train watching.
14. The Resort at Paws Up
The Resort at Paws Up is a luxury ranch located among some of the most beautiful Montana scenery. There are 28 vacation homes and 30 luxury camping tents. Couples will enjoy the authentic ranch experience while also having all of the comforts and amenities of home, surrounding by the stunning mountains and countryside.
There are two restaurants onsite at the Resort at Paws up, that offer delectable barbeque meals, as well as handmade breakfast. There are so many things for couples to do together at the Resort that the hardest choice will be where to start: horseback riding, fly fishing and spa treatments, just to name a few.
15. Blue Damsel Lodge
Surrounded by the Lolo National Forest, the Blue Damsel Lodge is located right on the Montana Rock Creek, just a 40-minute drive from Missoula. Couples who love the outdoors will get all they need and more from this premier lodge. There are six different rooms inside the main lodge, along with the Lewis & Clark cabin on the property. The Blue Damsel Lodge is the best place to do a little fly fishing, with packages and trips for guests.
Meal times vary around the planned fishing schedule for the day, but typically breakfast is served each morning about an hour before the trip, and dinner and appetizers are available afterwards. Couples who stay at the Blue Damsel Lodge can be sure to get their hands a little dirty, and get acquainted with all of the Montana wildlife.