Billings, Montana was the last stop on our Mid-West Road Trip! We stayed in Gillette the night before so we had about a 3 hour drive to Billings. However, we woke up in Gillette to find snow covering our car and of course, the roads! Snow in April?! I couldn’t believe it! Andrew and I were so excited about it that we just had to take pictures!
The snow made the drive to Billings even more beautiful. The snow covered trees were definitely my favorite. The highway was totally clear for us to drive on too. Wyoming is definitely prepared for the snow!
Billings is the largest city in Montana also known as Montana’s Trailhead. The city offers a warm, genuine perspective on life in Montana. It’s a pretty popular destination throughout the state as it offers concerts, historic sites, and of course, great food! Andrew and I were excited to finally arrive in Billings and couldn’t wait to explore!
Stay at the Northern Hotel
We stayed at the Northern Hotel during our stay in Billings. The hotel is nothing but total charm and hospitality! It’s a historic hotel that has been beautifully restored in the heart of downtown. Not only does the hotel feature comfortable rooms and a elegant lobby but also valet parking and dining options within the hotel. The staff were friendly and professional all throughout the hotel. I couldn’t recommend a better place to stay in Billings!
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Grab Breakfast at Bernie’s Diner
Bernie’s is located inside the Northern hotel, but it’s open to the public as well! The fun vintage feel creates a charming diner atmosphere for everyone to enjoy! The diner offered a great menu for breakfast and lunch. I decided to order the Banana Bread Stuffed French Toast for breakfast! The banana bread was stuffed with Bernie’s secret sauce and huckleberries. It was absolutely delicious!
Walk Around the Rim Rocks
The “Rims” as they are called by locals run along the North edge of Billings! As you head towards the airport, you will find places to pull over to park. The path is paved with a few benches on the path to enjoy. You will find many locals running or just enjoying the best view of Billings!
Eat Donuts from Log Cabin Bakery
Log Cabin Bakery is a popular bakery in Billings! They bake their goods daily for customers to enjoy! Many people talk about their moist cupcakes and chewy cookies but donuts are kinda of my thing so I tried those instead! They were fresh and full of flavor! Don’t let the small bakery fool you, they are passionate about their baking and it’s obvious in their food!
Browse Through Antique Malls
One of my absolute favorite things to do is “antiquing”. You just never know what you are going to find! Billings offered so many great antique stores and even malls! Yesteryears Antique Mall was so close to the hotel that we explored it first! After finding some really cool things, we decided to check out Marketplace 3301 too. Both were HUGE and totally awesome.
Check Out a Local Brewery
Montana has a long history of brewing so it’s no surprise that Billings is home to a handful of them! Montana Brewing Company was just a short walk from our hotel so we decided to grab dinner there. It’s been Montana’s most award winning brewery since 1994! We were thrilled to discover they offered outdoor seating! The menu is large and offers a wide range of items to choose from. We ordered the Stockyard Nachos as an appetizer and it was sooo good! I also really enjoyed the Sandbagger Golden Ale. It’s there lightest beer but it’s crisp!
Walk Around Downtown
Downtown Billings is absolutely adorable. It’s the most urban city and a regional retail and service hub for a 500 mile area! They offer many local shops as well as local artwork to enjoy as you walk down the streets. The city is growing and the best way to capture the culture and lifestyle of it is to explore it yourself!
Enjoy Ice Cream at Big Dipper Ice Cream
As Big Dipper was also near our hotel, we couldn’t pass up the chance to try their house made ice cream! As soon as you walked in, you could smell the fresh waffle cones. Andrew and I decided to try the seasonal huckleberry ice cream in a waffle cone. It was the perfect treat to enjoy as we browsed around downtown!
Have you ever been to Billings?!