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Northwest Montana’s Tobacco Valley

Earlier this week, I grabbed my trusty boots, pinned up my crazy blond hair and headed to one of Northwest Montana’s loveliest locations: The Tobacco Valley.

Located about 45 minutes from Whitefish and approximately five minutes from the Canadian border is the community of Eureka, Montana. Eureka is the hub of the Tobacco Valley and home to about 1,500 residents. It’s also a popular stopping point for travelers going to and from Canada.

But don’t let that fool you. Even though Eureka is home to the Port of Roosville (open 24 hours/day), the area is much more than just a place to cross the border.

During my time in the Tobacco Valley, I strolled through downtown, ate at an organic diner (so good!) and met plenty of friendly warm-your-heart folks.

Mmmm...more, please

And I realized something that I probably already knew: Eureka is a treasure. It’s one of those communities that makes you want to stop and stay a while, golf a round (or two) with a local boy, hit the waters to boat and fish or explore the incredible hiking terrain found all around the valley.

But enough of me telling you about it. Here’s a little peak…

Lake Koocanusa Bridge - the longest and highest bridge in Montana

Stone Hill, located near Lake Koocanusa, is a popular rock climbing destination

Ah, sunset...

For more information on Eureka, click here or visit the Eureka Area Chamber of Commerce website here.

Meet you in the Tobacco Valley…next weekend work for you?


Biking through Western Montana

I started my trip in Missoula and really enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness of the folks there. Being from Southern California, it’s a real pleasure to get away from the traffic jams and hustle and bustle and replace it with the more sane pace of life enjoyed in Montana. Some other places I really liked in the region were Garnet ghost town, Flathead Lake, the Miracle of America Museum (Polson), Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River. The Visitor Center at the National Bison Range and surrounding park is another treasure for wildlife viewing. And don’t miss a drive up to Eureka past Libby Dam and Lake Koocanusa up into Yaak Country. With so many miles of unspoiled countryside, it’s hard to go wrong anywhere in Western Montana.

by Ken Freund