Montana evokes a certain free spirit in us. It has big skies, big mountains, and big opportunities for those adventurous enough to “go west!” From ranchlands in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west, Montana offers something for the outdoorsman in all of us. You might be busy enjoying its hiking-perfect summers or skiing in winter, but we think you’d be missing out on some of the best of Montana if you skipped out on visiting the less wild cities and university towns.
After your next adventure, stop by Missoula or Polson to browse the downtown shops and restaurants to fuel up for your next outing or warm up from your last. This month, we’ve picked a few of our favorite things and created this pack of mementos so you can experience a little piece of Montana at home.
Ah, huckleberry. If you’ve spent time in western Montana in the summer, you’ve probably hunted down these wild sweets yourself. This ubiquitous purple berry is found in every product imaginable – huckleberry tea, huckleberry jam, even huckleberry wine. If you like your huckleberry more understated, we recommend this huckleberry pancake mix to bring a bit of Montana home with you. But if you love this berry like we do, you can always top your pancakes with huckleberry syrup, too.
Noteworthy Press adds a touch of whimsy to everyday life. This downtown Missoula store is the baby of two hard working graphic designers, Taylor Valliant and Amy Dolan. From kitchen linens to stationery and invitations, this award-winning store can supply your gift or wholesale needs. We love their fanciful tea towels, which bring brightly colored magpies, bees, and vegetables to our kitchens year-round.
We love curling up with warm and spicy chai tea when the latest winter snowstorm is blustering outside. Pair that with organic and sustainable practices from a company perfecting an old family recipe, and you have Tipu’s Chai in Polson, MT. Tipu’s Chai has boxed chai options along with mugs – the perfect gift combination for your favorite chai lover. They offer kosher chai mixes in both quick brewing form for those in a hurry (simply add water and milk) and slow brews for those who have the time to savor the smells.
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