Posted November 4, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Outdoor enthusiasts come to Big Sky year-round for sports, wildlife, and the mountainous landscapes, but those who yearn for the quiet seclusion of a lodge also find it appealing. And with package deals that incorporate the thrill of nature with the comfort of a cabin, it's the perfect time to start packing. Once there, you can meet rescued grizzlies and wolves during the day, and enjoy good eats and local brews at night.
The River Rock Lodge: With easy access to skiing, fishing, and nearly everything outdoorsy, this western-style hotel can't be beat as a place to hang your poles, rod, or boots. For the skiing enthusiast, the lodge offers a special package starting at $174 per person, which includes an all-day lift ticket to Big Sky or Moonlight Basin, one-night accommodations, and continental breakfast. If a day outdoors isn't your cup of cocoa, you can also sit next to the warm fireplace in the lobby and relax.
The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center: This wildlife preserve near the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park invites you to experience these creatures up-close-and-personal. Many of the animals at the center ended up here because they were injured, abandoned, or became too comfortable around humans. You'll learn all about their lives through educational videos and museum artifacts, then watch as the grizzlies interact with each other, or possibly listen as the wolves howl. The $10.50 admission helps keep these animals fed and cared for, and the nonprofit organization always accepts donations.
Black Bear Bar and Grill: If you're hungry like a wolf, or a bear for that matter, then stop by the Black Bear for a hearty hamburger or a Philly cheese steak. The bar has the largest selection of microbrews around, including drafts of the locally brewed Lone Peak. So grab a seat and enjoy a pint while gazing at the mountain for which it was named. Every night has some sort of drink or dinner deal.
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