If there ever was a winter to be leaving for spring break, this would be it! However, if beach plans aren't part of your upcoming spring break, don't worry! There are still plenty of things to do in Bozeman! (Plus, there's been a hint of spring in the air after this brutal winter!)
Run to the Pub
The best way to start off your spring break staycation (and St Patrick's Day) is Run to the Pub! Voted the #2 U.S. half marathon by Runner's World, and arguably one of the best runs in Bozeman. But, don't worry if a half marathon intimidates you, there is also a 10K that brings in thousands of runners. Besides the fun course, each runner also gets a Run to the Pub pint glass, technical race shirt, finishing medal/bottle opener, a free beer (21 and over), you also get four chances to win a trip to Dublin with entry into the Dublin Marathon! If that still doesn't entice you to sign up for the race, you should still get out and cheer the runners on or head to the finish line downtown at Pub 317 for the after race festivities. The costumes people wear and energy from the runners is always something to see.
Photo credit Run to the Pub
Day trip to a hot springs
This is the best time of year for a hot springs soak. The sun is almost always shining and the temperatures are chilly, but not too cold. Luckily for Bozemanites we have so many great hot springs within close driving distance. Chico Hot Springs is the obvious choice, tucked into the beautiful Paradise Valley. It's tough to get a room there now that they have been fully discovered, so drive over for lunch and soak. Norris Hot Springs is another great option and you get a beautiful drive along the Madison River. It's one small pool with live music on weekends. The food is excellent, but there isn't an inside dining option or heated restrooms, so this is for the tougher crowd! White Sulphur Hot Springs is a little further drive, but nice to get away from the crowds. They have some of the best water when it comes to hot springs and the town has some good dining options! The newest hot springs in the area is Yellowstone Hot Springs near Gardiner. We haven't had a chance to check it out, but there are several pools and the mountain views are spectacular.
Photo courtesy of Chico Hot Springs
This is an obvious choice for any Bozeman staycation. Both Bridger and Big Sky have been dumped on with snow this winter, so take advantage of all that powder with a ski day! Click here for information on both ski areas. If downhill skiing isn't your thing, give cross country skiing a try. There are several groomed trails in town and and in the mountains for all ability levels.
Splurge on a night away
Sometimes you have to treat yourself! Sage Lodge in the Paradise Valley is just the place to do this. It's recently opened and it is beautiful with huge windows and outdoor patios to take in views of the Yellowstone River and Emigrant Peak. There are two restaurants and a gorgeous spa and hot tubs for soaking throughout the property. It's indulgent, but if you're a Montana resident they cut you a deal...win-win for a staycation! Another night away option is Rainbow Ranch Lodge just outside of Big Sky. They have beautiful rooms with fireplaces, an infinity hot tub and restaurant. Everything you need for a little R&R.
Photo credit Sage Lodge
Go to a movie, but not just anywhere!
We're not talking heading to the theater here in Bozeman, make it a day trip and head to Lone Peak Cinema in Big Sky. It's a small theater that has two auditoriums and a full bar! They do first-run movies and special events. This makes going to the movies so much more fun! Plus, there are a lot of great restaurants in Big Sky to try while you're there. Click here for showtimes during spring break.
Go to the theater
Have you been to the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts in Livingston? Add it to your list, if you haven't! It is a community theater that has education, performances and more. For all of March they are showing Mamma Mia! including sing-along matinees on Saturdays. Anyone who knows and loves this show will be thrilled to get to sing along! Livingston is a thriving small town with so much to do, so if you don't feel like theater, you should still keep Livingston in mind for a fun day trip. Click here for ideas!
Photo credit Shane Lalani Center for the Arts
Take a hike
Winter is a great time to hike in Bozeman, and let's be honest...spring break is still winter around here! The trails are quieter before the summer tourists arrive and it is so peaceful and beautiful with all the snow and big blue sky. Click here for our favorite winter hikes.
Rent a cabin
We're still a couple of months away from camping season, so renting a cabin can give you a little taste of what's to come without freezing in a tent! A lot of cabins can be tough to rent with short notice, but this time of year you can get lucky. Click here are some cabin rentals in the Bozeman area.
The best way to have a staycation is to act like a tourist! In Bozeman that means head downtown. Start with a coffee at one of the many cafes while you wait for a table at Jam or the Western, depending on your mood. Window shop after that and pop into some of the shops to browse around. By then it's time for lunch or happy hour and the possibilities are endless!