Category Archives: Awards

Fall: Montana’s Bashful Season

Last week, I mourned the loss of summer. This week, I’m embracing fall in Montana’s Glacier Country. I can’t help it. You see, autumn in Montana has its own distinct feeling and personality that is perhaps best described as the perfect combination of a charming bashfulness, a dash of showmanship and of course, all things delicious.

Maybe it’s the mixture of apples, homemade scarecrows, cutesy small towns or the ravishingly beautiful waters set against changing fall colors that is so riveting. Or maybe it’s the fall fly-fishing, hay rides and uncrowded roads leading into our region’s hidden corners.

Scarecrow Festival in Stevensville - Photo courtesy Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism

Hello, pretty. Photo courtesy Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism

Whatever it is, I dig it.

Happy autumn.

PS: To read more on fall in Montana, check out this article from (published last year). And if you want to come see it for yourself, peruse vacation deals, created specifically for Montana’s bashful season.

Montana Tourism Love

This past week, tourism folks and partners gathered in Helena (our state’s capital) for the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation. If there’s one thing I can say about my colleagues, it’s that everyone in this industry has a passion for Montana, travel and tourism. ..which is awesome.

We were able to spend two and a half days with each other networking, listening to speakers and participating in workshops to help us further promote the wonderful place we call home.

Each year at the conference, awards are given to “Tourism Person of the Year,” “Event of the Year” and “Partnership of the Year.” And this year, we were tickled pink that TWO of the winners were from Glacier Country!

First up: Event of hte Year. The Missoula Marathon won!
Sidenote: the marathon is Sunday, July 10…see you here?

Accepting the award from Lt. Governor John Bohlinger

The Glacier Centennial Celebration won partnership of the year, with special appreciation given to Kassandra Hardy, the Centennial Coordinator. And while Kass has left us (we miss her!) to work in Yosemite, she came up for the conference. Kass did an extraordinary job creating partnerships and building relationships for the park’s Centennial. Special shout out to Ms. Hardy for all of her work!

Representatives from the Glacier Centennial Committee

Additional elements of the conference included a Sunday evening welcome reception, with the Montana Office of Tourism band lovingly called “Banned in Sweden.”

The leader of the pack...vroom, vroom

This crazy-haired blond girl, along with Glacier Country’s own Ed DeRosier, participated as special guest artists.

Ed and crazy-haired blond

Backing up the band

We had a wonderful time at the conference and were truly honored to be part of Glacier’s Centennial Celebration. Here’s to many more years growing as an industry, promoting the region we love and protecting and loving our national park.


Friendliest Locals

Being a Montana girl and all, I’ve always thought that our state was full of the friendly folks. And I’m glad to see I’m not the only one…

In Skiing Magazine’s “Resort Awards 2010: Best of the Rest,” Turner Mountain was awarded friendliest locals! Congrats to the friendly folks at Turner Mountain and Libby. We tip our hats to you.

Read more here.