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The Lark Is Your Guide

As one of the premier hotels in Bozeman MT, it is a privilege to guide you to the best dining, outdoor, entertainment and shopping options for your individual needs and tastes. This involves asking questions and getting to know you; not just pointing to a rack stuffed with brochures. And when you've got a place like Bozeman and an enormous state like Montana to explore, well, let's just say it's one of the best parts of our jobs.

From Our Guides

What better way to see Bozeman than through the eyes of a local? And we're not just talking how to make the most of the great outdoors. Our Guides are also expert foodies, with strong—and high—opinions of our fair city's dining scene, including the best breakfast burritos and the strongest cup of Joe around (both conveniently located within The LARK—they're loyal, our crew).

So read on for advice from a few of our Guides on where to fish a winter midge hatch; where to view an epic dinosaur fossil; which hike has the best payoff; and where to enjoy the best cocktails in town. But this is just a start, you'll have to meet the whole Guide team to hear it all.


Matthew

Matthew: All About Main Street

The LARK is positioned at the "50-yard line" on one of the best streets in Bozeman. The community aspect that Main Street provides is most compelling and welcomes guests from all over. From Art Walks, the Christmas Stroll, and the Sweat Pea Festival to MSU football rallies and the Music on Main concert series, these are a few local favorite celebrations you will hope to be in town for. Beyond these amazing events, go explore the variety of featured galleries at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture or skip down to Sundog Fine Art for a curated collection of Native American and Folk Art. And what is most exciting, the Rialto is now open in the heart of downtown Bozeman and serves as a catalyst for culture through live entertainment and all types of events.


Kyle

KYLE: FROM PEAKS TO PINTS

While it's certainly nice to take in the mountain views from the comfort of a cozy room at The LARK, it's even better to get out and explore them on foot, ski, board, or bike! Head to Bridger Bowl and hike "The Ridge" off the Bridger or Schlasman's lifts and prepare yourself for some epic lines down through The North Bowl or The Fingers. Or, head south on Highway 191 following the Gallatin River (famous from the movie A River Runs Through It) and find yourself at Big Sky Resort, gazing right at Lone Peak. Ride the year-round tram up to 11,000+ feet for 360-mountain views and the biggest skiing in America.

After a day in the mountains, there's nothing more refreshing than a cold frosty pint or two. Venture out to MAP Brewing for a tasty IPA (one of their specialties, and my personal favorite being the Midas Crush) and snag a spot on the deck where you can look back at the peaks you conquered earlier in the day.


Anica

ANICA: FROM DAY HIKE TO NIGHT LIFE

The best thing about Bozeman is that for a town with such rich history, there's always something new on the horizon. For a fun hike with great views of the Gallatin Valley, check out Kirk Hill, just seven minutes from downtown. Once you've returned to the main strip, swing into Head West for modern Montanan, vintage western wear, including the cutest collection of clothing for little cowboys and cowgirls.

There are too many amazing restaurants in the downtown area to pick favorites, but if you get the chance, pop over to the Cannery District, just a five minute drive from downtown. Visit Lot-G Cafe for the best gluten-free food you'll ever have, Wild Rye Distillery, and the hush-hush "speakeasy" style cocktail bar, Devil's Toboggan.


Leslie

LESLIE: EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM

If you don't get up early in Montana, you're just wasting the best hours. Who needs sleep, anyways? A favorite early morning adventure is heading up to Hyalite Reservoir with a kayak and paddling the full perimeter of the reservoir in the early morning light. Nothing beats how calm and serene the water is. If you still have energy, hike to Palisade Falls.

Head back into town around noon and recharge with a half Beach Comber from the Pickle Barrel. Wash up (if you must) and get ready for an epic night out on the town. There's always something going on in this little town - a concert at the Rialto, a play at the Wilson, a film at the Emerson, or a night of music on the streets for Music on Main. Quick rest... then repeat!


Tom

Tom: Lakes and Canyons and Trails, Oh My!

There are more than 3.1 million acres of pristine wilderness right outside our front door in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, making it hard to go wrong whichever way you turn, but its Hyalite Canyon that holds sway over our hearts. Hike one of the four trails and marvel at Grotto and Arch falls, just two of the area's 10 waterfalls, then enjoy a picnic (and the beautiful views) on the shores of the placid Hyalite reservoir.

A little further south of Bozeman is Lava Lake, a lovely, moderate 6-mile hike with a huge pay-off in the form of spectacular views of Jumbo Mountain and other dramatic peaks that encircle the valley. Stop by for a soak in one of the nine pools at Bozeman Hot Springs on way back and you'll understand why people have been taking a dip in these warm, rejuvenating, mineral-rich waters since the late 1800s.

Students at Montana State have been whitewashing a giant M into the mountainside high above the city since 1915. These days, the College "M" Trail is a great, quick hike trail with beautiful views and stellar scenery the entire way up. It is about 3.5 miles and totally worth that old college try (sorry). Bring along your best canine buddy and bask in some Montana State Pride. #GoCatsGo!


Bailey

BAILEY: GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Get your gal pals together for a night to remember. Your first stop is Blend for a glass of wine and a taste of some of the amazing local art here in downtown Bozeman. Next stop is dinner. Enjoy a delicious Italian meal at Blackbird with the best pasta and fire-grilled pizza around. Then head up to the Burn Box at the Rialto for drinks overlooking Main Street, and if you hit it just right, some wild karaoke. End your night with something sweet - a cocktail and dessert at PLONK. The atmosphere is perfect for swapping stories and laughing until they kick you out to close. The best part of it all? These places are all within walking distance from The LARK - it doesn't get more convenient than that.


Bridget

BRIDGET: A DAY IN PARADISE

Livingston, Montana is situated just 30 minutes from Bozeman and it shouldn't be missed when planning your Montana getaway. Announce your arrival in Livingston with a burger and shake at Mark's In and Out, an old-school drive-up diner that's everything you want it to be. Next, work it off with a hike up to Pine Creek Falls, or if you're down for the challenge, Pine Creek Lake at the top. After a long hike, Chico Hot Springs is the best medicine for those aching legs. Soak in the hot springs pool with a Chico-tini and grab dinner at one of their restaurants before heading back to Bozeman for sunset.


Conner

CONNER: TWO CENTS, WORTH GOLD

When traveling on a dime, here's a line-up that fits your pocketbook. First things first, FOOD! For the best bang for your buck, hit up The Western Café for huge portions and even bigger taste in a true Montana breakfast or lunch. Stroll Main Street and stop at Cactus Records to check out their wide selection of vinyl and souvenirs for those back home. Cactus has you covered with a ton of fun little gifts that can easily fit into your travel bag. Next pop into The Cannery for a cheap beer and a chat with a local. Got kiddos? Head over to the Museum of The Rockies where they have the largest T-Rex skull ever discovered on display. Even better, children 4 and under get in for free.


Jesse

JESSE: WHERE'S THE SHOW AT?

So you've already skied the Big Sky, kayaked down the Madison, took your selfie in front of Old Faithful and the night is still young. Well done! Now what? How about treating yourself to a show at the Verge Theater on the north end of town? There you'll find a rip-roaring good time with comedy nights, improv groups and theatrical plays galore, courtesy of some of the funniest people in Bozeman.

Want to catch a movie instead? Cross the street and walk down to the Ellen Theatre and kick back to a screening of that classic movie your friends and family can't believe you haven't seen. Or head over to MSU's Procrastinator Theater and see what they've got playing for a dollar or two.

If live music is more your jam then look no further than down the street; the Rialto brings the best live music to Bozeman. Head on down, see a show, order a Mango Whiteclaw and enjoy the music like a true local.


Bozeman Dining

Picking favorites is a personal, subjective thing, and that's how we roll here at The LARK. So here's the inside scoop on where we-our owners, staff and friends-like to go. The best part? These restaurants, coffee shops, breakfast spots, wine bars, bakeries, tea houses and more happen to be just a short walk from this Bozeman hotel's door.

Nova Café

Locally owned and widely regarded as serves up the best breakfast in town.

Cateye Café

Local hot spot offering breakfast (served all day), lunch and monthly wine dinners.

The Western Café

Locally owned and specializing in American home cooking that embodies traditional Montana: simple food, simple environment, simple comforts.

Salted Caramel

Locally owned and operated breakfast and lunch spot, with a diverse menu and great selection of sweets.

Main Street Overeasy

Voted "Bozeman's Best Breakfast" for seven consecutive years.

JAM!

A bright and energetic vibe, Jam! offers unique twists on familiar breakfast fare, breakfast cocktails, and espresso drinks.

TREELINE COFFEE ROASTERS

A small batch, artisan coffee roaster serving up an unforgettable coffee experience from farm-to-cup, located right here at The LARK. In-house LARK guests receive 15% off.

Blackbird Kitchen

Wood-fired bread and pizza, salads, pasta, meat. Open nightly.

Urban Kitchen

An upscale neighborhood restaurant featuring local and seasonal inspired American Cuisine, in a friendly and warm atmosphere.

Montana Ale Works

Retro-industrial railroad freight house turned award-winning restaurant and bar.

Backcountry Burger Bar

Featuring Montana-raised beef and bison and local, hand-cut potatoes. Enjoy great service with reasonable prices and a solid selection of local beers.

Bacchus Pub

A pub for the people. Located inside the historic Baxter Hotel on Main Street, cozy-up in a pub environment with a spin on classic food and drinks. Don't miss the curry fries.

Emerson Grill

Neighborhood restaurant, serving home-style cuisine in the Emerson Cultural Center.

Café Fresco

Excellent, made from scratch menu and a unique selection of Italian wines and local brews.

Co-Op Downtown

Beloved market and deli offering fabulous lunch options (and delicious breakfast bites as well).

Starkys

Handmade foods that nourish and satisfy body and soul. Offering lunch daily.

Open Range

An unpretentious, comfortable and friendly atmosphere combining great culinary traditions of the past as well as creative contemporary ideas in food and drink.

Plonk Wine

Dining, cocktails and an extensive wine cellar in a comfortable and engaging setting.

Copper Whiskey

Over 125 Whiskeys, an American Grill themed menu, and specialty crafted cocktails.

Bozeman Spirits Distillery

Flavorful spirits produced with only pure Rocky Mountain water.

Barley and Vine

Where food and drinks meet! Great brunch, happy hour, and dinner menus, along with a focus on wine.

Bozeman Shopping

Confession: We here at The LARK like to shop, too. The good news? Downtown Bozeman is our favorite place to do it. Whether you are searching for clothes that make you feel at home here, looking to check out local art galleries, craving a new book or magazine, or wanting to find a uniquely Montana keepsake, your treasure can be found within walking distance of The LARK - a truly unique feature other hotels in Bozeman, MT can't offer.

Schnees

Footwear, clothing and gear for passionate outdoor-minded men and women.

REVOLVR Menswear

A store just for guys.

Meridian

A premier contemporary women's fashion boutique featuring premium denim, designer attire jewelry, accessories, and shoes.

El Heart

Handpicked and handmade, wearable goods for both guys and gals created by the raddest makers around.

Girls Outdoors

Offering apparel and equipment for sports minded women.

Head West

A Montana lifestyle boutique offering a wide range of hand-picked new & vintage western wear.

Altitude Gallery

An eclectic, contemporary art gallery.

Old Main Gallery

Evocative and engaging exhibitions, workshops & lectures.

Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture

Emerging and established contemporary artists of regional and national recognition exhibit their work in the Emerson's three gallery venues.

Misco Mill Gallery

Gallery showcaseing furniture, paintings, sculpture, light fixtures and jewelry.

Cello Gallery

Art, clothing, handcrafted goods, and more made by local and regional craftspeople.

Visions West Contemporary

A dynamic art gallery, striving to push the boundaries of Art in the western region.

Montana Trails

Established in 1993, a hot spot for artists and collectors to see incredible shows of paintings and sculpture by many of Montana's best known artists.

Alara Jewelry

Local jewelry, trunk shows, events and invitation-only sales.

Miller’s Jewelry

Sapphires, diamonds and other fine jewelry.

Hattie Rex

Personalized jewelry and dog tags handmade in Bozeman.

Bozeman Entertainment

Downtown Bozeman is where the heart and soul of the city resides. You can experience it during parades throughout the year, Music on Main, local Artwalks, movies, author readings, live theatre, and so much more. When you dive into our local entertainment, you take away a bit more of this town than meets the eye. Plus, we guarantee you'll have a great time - whether you stay with us or the other motels in Bozeman, MT.

Rialto

Recently renovated, and a hub for arts, culture and entertainment on Main Street. Catch a show or film and be sure to check out our ticket packages here.

Ellen Theater

Presenting the very best in the performing arts in the historic Ellen Theater.

Emerson Cultural Center

Studios, art galleries, boutiques, shops and the Crawford Theater.

Museum of the Rockies

A world-class museum known for its vast collection of dinosaur fossils.

Bozeman Recreation

Getting a handle on where to go and what to do outside in Southwest Montana can be overwhelming. But you're in luck, because we live and play here, and we can help focus your itinerary from motels in Bozeman, MT to the best fly fishing in the West!

Looking to fly fish? No problem. Or maybe you’d like to choose a nearby peak to tackle? The mountain biking here is great, too. Oh, you’d rather tool around on the in-town trails to start?

It’s like that—a conversation we’re looking forward to having with you to pinpoint where your interests intersect with all that this Northern Rockies playground has to offer. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Bozeman Angler

Local fly fishing guides and fly shop.

Montana Troutfitters

Montana fly fishing reports, guides and gear.

The Rivers Edge

A full-service fly fishing shop.

Montana Whitewater

Fly Fishing in the Greater Yellowstone Area on some of the most pristine rivers in the country.

Montana Angler Fly Fishing

Great guides and Montana's largest selection of fly fishing packages.

Bridger Bowl

Ski in the cold smoke and experience 60 years of grassroots community skiing.

Big Sky Resort

The biggest skiing in America.

Montana Alpine Guides

Premier guide service for ice and rock climbing, with over 20 years of guiding experience in the Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana areas.

The “M” Hike

A popular local hiking destination.

Hyalite Reservoir

Located 10.5 miles up Hyalite Canyon.

Fairy Lake

Located 20 miles north of Bozeman on Highway 86.

Lava Lake Trail

Follows Cascade Creek through a thick evergreen forest.

Drinking Horse

A moderate and dog friendly 2.1 mile loop trail.

 

Chalet Sports

Bikes, skis, clothing and more.

Bangtail Bikes & XC Skis

Bikes for all terrains, bike accessories, and skis.

Owenhouse Bicycling Co.

A local bicycle repair and rental shop.

Peets Hill / Burke Park

A scenic crushed gravel trail heading South from Lindley Park.

Gallagator Linear Trail

A popular family bike and running trail that runs diagonally for more than 1.5 miles.

 

Big Sky Yoga Retreats

Extend your stay and enjoy a relaxing yoga retreat.

Zephyr Adventures

Family-friendly guided adventures to Yellowstone and beyond.

Montana Whitewater

Your local experts for all tubing, rafting, zip lining and more!

Big Boys Toys

Rent the toys needed for an epic outdoor adventure.

Ekam Yoga

Unique yoga classes for all levels, taught right in Downtown Bozeman.


Not finding what you're after? Check out what our friends at the Downtown Bozeman Association recommend – another great resource for the best of Bozeman! ! Or, check in with your front lobby guides at The LARK for a complete list and suggestions.