Gallatin River Lodge Blog

Each one of our menu items is a well thought-out combination of flavors, texture & colors, but we also place a high priority on where our ingredients are sourced. By supporting local and regional ingredients, we believe that it doesn’t only provide the highest quality & taste, but also strengthens our local community from the roots. 

We would like share some information about one of our MT partners, Montana Wagyu Cattle Company. Many guests are excited about trying authentic Montana cuisine, which we are proud to say encompasses many items, however, we are best known for our beef(Statistics say there are 3 cows per 1 Montanan citizen!).

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At Montana Wagyu Cattle Co, it is more than just ranching for them. It is a passion. All cows are raised, finished & processed in Montana. We believe it’s some of the best steak you will ever try. They produce beef that is graded among the top 3% of all beef in the USA.
 
Wagyu is the American style of the famous Japanese Kobe beef. Montana Wagyu Cattle Co. started their breeding program with Kobe and their own Angus cattle in 1976. They have excelled at creating a flavor profile that suits the American palate of rich buttery taste of Wagyu and the deep robust taste and texture of Angus. This makes for an exquisite type of meat, and a one-of-a kind culinary experience with each dish. All cuts go through a process of dry aging for 28-30 days, creating an extremenly tender piece of meat with a deep flavor profile.

It is such an honor to showcase such a delicious product on our menu. A big thank you to Montana Wagyu Cattle Co. for sharing your passions with our passion of great food!

Spring time is officially here and our Kitchen Garden is getting ready for this coming growing season. Last year, we saved seeds from our leftover bounty and we will be getting ready to start planting, which will allow us a head start to the season!

We learned a lot from our first season last year, and have decided to redesign our layout to represent a Potager style. A Potager is a traditional French kitchen garden that focuses on artful design, and intermingles vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.

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This will create a welcoming ambiance, and will encourage guests to interact with the garden. Here at the Gallatin River Lodge, we take great pride in providing the highest quality of local ingredients available in the Gallatin Valley.

We are thrilled to share our bounty with you all this season!
Cheers! Brianna Dudek, Garden Manager

Spring is here!  It’s been a fairly cold Montana winter, with a good amount of snow.  It's not over though, and we will continue to get more snow, especially up high, which will continue to build on an already substantial snowpack.  As of now, all of our major river drainages are above average for snowpack levels with the Yellowstone at 128% of average.

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A common question asked from folks is: when does our fishing season start?  The answer is: it's always fishing season!  Rivers in Montana are open all year.  There may be a seasonal closure on some rivers and smaller creeks, but for the most part, the big rivers around here including the Madison, Yellowstone, and Gallatin are open all year to fishing.  We can and do fish all winter, picking and choosing our spots based on the weather and where we find open water.  Those places are usually somewhere where there is a thermal influence that keeps the water ice free such as a Tailwater like the Upper and Lower Madison, or where warmer water from a spring creek joins a river or the spring creek itself.  The spring creeks around Livingston are great year round option.  I have included some photos from a guide trip in February where we fished the Gallatin behind the lodge from our private access.  The fishing was great and we even had fish rising to midges.
-Ryan Eisfeldt, lead guide

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Another question I get asked is, when is the best time to come and fish.  That's a tough one but the answer is whenever you can!  Summer is great and definitely the most popular time for many.  I think that our spring, pre-runoff fishing, is the most underutilized and can be some of the best fishing of the year. As the temperatures rise, the fish become a bit more active. The insect activity also increases in the spring and we start to see our first hatches of mayflies and stoneflies in March.  After a steady diet of midges, the fish are really looking for something different to bulk up after a long winter.  When fishing late in the season, the fish can get a bit educated. This is not the case in the spring after having been left alone for the most part all winter. And, if you are looking to get away from other anglers, this is a great time to possibly have the rivers to yourself. If you haven't fished around here in the spring, give it a try.

The Winter months in Montana are a great time to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, sled, take a sleigh ride, watch wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, or simply go for a walk in the snow. Or, you could go ahead and start dreaming about summer! January-March are the busiest times of the year for planning a summer vacation. Although we are in the middle of our winter season in Montana, and most of us are out enjoying the snow in every way possible (there is so much to do out here!), many of our guests who visit the Lodge during the warm season start planning their visit to Montana now.

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Many of us enjoy an emotional boost when planning a trip and then going away on vacation. According to Booking.com’s travel research, almost half (49%) of people say a holiday or vacation brings more happiness than a big occasion in life (wedding day for example). And, three quarters of people book a holiday to cheer themselves up when they are in need of a surge of happiness.

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Once on vacation, over 70% enjoy the vacation more when they can make themselves at home. This is one area that we strive to provide for all of our guests here at Gallatin River Lodge. We have only 12 rooms, and with generally more than a 1:1 ratio of staff to guests, we want to make everyone feel at home, so that guests can enjoy the vacation/ visit as much as possible.

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Many of the staff here at GRL have been in Montana for many years, and as locals, know how to make the most of their time exploring both winter and summer seasons. To make sure that all guests have a personalized experience while in Montana, we encourage you to give us a call before your visit so we can help provide you with ideas, suggestions, and must do’s while staying in Big Sky Country. Feel free to call Stephanie, Bri, or myself, as we are more than happy to talk winter, spring, summer or fall in Montana. There are so many reasons to come to Montana for a visit, regardless of season. We can’t wait to share this beautiful place with you!

-PJ Wirchansky, Lodge Manager

To read the full article on Travel is the True Secret to Happiness, click here.

 

Orange Cranberry Scone

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8oz craisins
1 blood orange (zest)
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Combins flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Sift together, stir in orange zest and craisins. Mix well. Add heavy whipping cream, mix together by hand until dough forms. On a flat, floured surface, roll out dough about a half inch thick. Cut into 3 inch triangles. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper an inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

As December rapidly approaches, everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit with decorations and holiday traditions. Our own Lodge decorating took place this week, and everything looks amazing. Whether you decorate two months early or two days before, the Gallatin River Lodge has your event count down.

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The Christmas Stroll – Three Forks, MT  
Come join Three Forks for their Christmas Stroll, A Night of Lights on December 2nd from 5-8 pm. The festivities will be taking place on Main Street and they include a lights parade, silent auction, ginger bread house competition, and much more!

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Montana Ballet Company presents its 33rd annual production of The Nutcracker. Showings open December 2nd and run through the 3rd. Show times are at 7:00pm and 2:00pm on Sunday. Cost of admission ranges from $15-55.00 a ticket.

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Hope Lutheran Church is hosting the Holiday Organ Concert on December 4th from 3:30-4:30pm. A donation of $10.00 is greatly appreciated.

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Bozeman’s very own Christmas Stroll is happening Saturday December 3rd from 4:30-7:30 on Main Street. Those of you who stayed with us this summer will recognize a similar theme to the summer’s biggest attraction, Music on Main Street, Main street will be blocked off and the festivities going on throughout the shops and street. Get your thermoses of hot cocoa out and get ready to see the streets in lights and filled with holiday cheer. 

Make sure you get out and participate in these great community events happening throughout the month of December.

Need a place to relax and unwind? Come stay with us, and take advantage of our Winter Romance Package! This winter package included lodging, dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine ($30 credit), and a full cook-to-order breakfast. Click here to book now!

Although summer is typically the most popular time for visitors to come to Montana, fall is secretly our favorite time of the year for many Montanans. It is full of peaceful outdoor exploration, as well as winter preparation. October and November are two of the driest months of the year, and with average temperatures during the day in the 40’s & 50’s, it is still a fantastic time to get outside, and enjoy the many outdoor recreational opportunities. Of course, fishing and hunting are two of the most popular pastimes, but there is also hiking, horseback riding, trips into Yellowstone, wildlife watching, among others.

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This is also a time to prepare for the exciting winter season ahead, with many of us getting out our skis, boots, snowshoes, sleds, and anything else that allows us to enjoy the fluffy white powder that Mother Nature typically blesses us with from November-March.

The mountains around the Lodge see anywhere from 250-400” of snow each year, making it one of the most reliable areas for snow sports. We are fortunate to have two world-class ski areas within an hour of the Lodge, with Bridger Bowl (35 minutes away) and Big Sky Resort (an hour) both accessible for downhill skiing. If alpine skiing is not your thing, we highly recommend Nordic skiing, as it is a fantastic way to get out on the snow, explore the trails, see wildlife, and get an incredible workout.

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Around Bozeman, there are some great areas for ice climbing, and snowshoeing. If you head down towards Big Sky, and West Yellowstone, you are sure to see plenty of snow as well, along with some great opportunities for snowmobiling, dog sledding, and sleigh rides.

Located just 15 minutes from Bozeman, for those who enjoy more in-town offerings, there is plenty of entertainment, shopping, great local food (especially at the Gallatin River Grill!), museums, art galleries, special events, year round farmer’s market, and live music.

While we continue to enjoy this fall season, and dream often of our upcoming winter adventures, we would love for you to come stay with us, dine at our Grill, and choose however you want to immerse yourself in this stunning area.

To help you get ready for Winter, check out Whitney’s blog for more helpful tips.
We hope to see you soon!

-PJ Wirchansky, Lodge Manager

Steamed BC Honey Mussels - Porcini, Baby Bok Choi, Cipollini Onions, Coconut, Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass Broth
These mussels are only available certain times of the year, and are very limited.  They are super sweet, have an amazing meat to shell ratio, and are full of good omega 3 fatty acids.

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Serves 2

4 porcini - Sliced Thin
2 baby Bok Choi
3 Cipollini onions- sliced thin
1 can coconut milk(unsweetened)
1 tsp fresh ginger - minced
2 stalks lemongrass - cut in half and pounded
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup fish stock or veg stock
2 kaffir limes - zest only
1lb mussels
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup white soy
Cilantro

Slice the vegetables and pick the Choi leaves and set aside

Sweat garlic, lemongrass and ginger in sesame oil on low heat for 2 minutes with no color.  Add stock and coconut milk.  Add kaffir lime zest.  Bring to a simmer and season with rice wine vinegar and white soy or Shoyu.  Continue to simmer for 20 minutes on low heat.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer into another pot and add veggies.  Bring up to a rolling boil and add mussels.  Cover until they open all the way.  Taste and make sure it's to your liking.  Add more Shoyu if need be or more vinegar.

Serve in a bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro leaf
-Chef Scott Myers, Executive Chef

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Much of what we enjoy around Montana are the many outdoor activities that this area provides. Regardless of the season, there are always plenty of things to do outdoors. With the stunning backdrop of mountains, rivers, and plains, it is easy to see why so many people come to Montana throughout the year. With all of those activities and adventures, comes the ocassional discomfort or pain associated with enjoying all this fun. When that time to heal and relax comes along, be sure to take care of your body the best you can, as it is the only one you have, and why not use it as long as you can, right?

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Massage therapy can be a life saver for those experiencing pain or discomfort from illnesses, health disorders, or sports related injuries. It has a number of incredible benefits for a wide variety of individuals. Here are just some of its benefits:
-relief from neck or back pain
-anti-inflammatory
-can reduce insomnia
-improves circulation
-helps with muscle soreness
-stress reducer
-helps to control high blood pressure
-helps control anxiety and depression
-can relieve arthritis pain
-boosts immunity
-feels great!
Once you take the first step to healing with a professional massage, you will be on your way to restore, rejuvinate, and decompress your body. This will lead to a healthier, happier, less stressed you, and one that can take on any of Montana's adventures. For guests staying with us here at the Lodge, we do offer in-room massage therapy to help you to heal and relax.

Although it may not seem like it, with our recent mild, sunny weather, winter is just around the corner! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie who only skis black diamond runs, or a classic Nordic skier who enjoys listening to the sounds of nature, we have everything you are looking for right here to prepare you for winter fun, including, opening dates, activity suggestions, and the Farmer’s Almanac predictions for local Montana weather.

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Tentative opening dates (subject to snowfall):
Downhill
Big Sky Resort, November 24, 2016
Bridger Bowl, December 9, 2016
Red Lodge Mountain: November 25, 2016
Whitefish Mountain, December 7, 2016

Cross Country/ Nordic
Bohart Ranch, December 7, 2016

Rendezvous Trails, November 22, 2016
Lone Mountain Ranch, December 9, 2016

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Can't wait to start out the new ski season with a fresh pair of skis? Then, checkout Bridger Ski Foundation's Annual Ski Swap, happening the first weekend of November. Drop off for items you wish to sell is Friday, November 4 from 10am-7pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. The Ski Swap begins Saturday, November 5 at 10am-6pm, and continues Sunday, November 6, 10am-2pm. It's a great way to get a new pair of skis, boots, poles, and a way to get rid of your old ones for cash.

Do you prefer to walk/ snowshoe in the winter? We have some great trail recommendations for you. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing on a regular basis or just when the weather warms up a bit, these 9 trails will be sure to impress!

-Sourdough Nature Trail
-Triple Tree Trail
-Galligator Trail
-Pete's Hill
-Bozeman Pond
-Cherry River Loop
-Sourdough Canyon Trail
-East Gallatin Recreational Area
-Gallatin County Regional Park (sledding too!)

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For complete directions, and trail descriptions, click here: http://cbrci.com/Blog/Article/9-winter-walking-trails-in-bozeman

As everyone knows, these winter wonderland activities are completely dependent on Mother Nature, including snowfall and temperatures. Weather in Montana can change without notice. If you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes, and it just may change! Are we destined for an average winter, or a snow-filled doozy of a season? According to the 2017 Farmer's Almanac, we are in for an average start with a colder and snowy season beginning mid-season. So, enjoy this mild stretch of weather for now, as winter is just around the corner. 

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We have all kinds of winter activities around Gallatin River Lodge to satisfy every type of winter enthusiast, including those who want to sit fire-side, or enjoy an in-room massage while the snow falls. Check out our luxurious lodging options, including our Winter Romance Package to enjoy an unforgettable getaway with that special someone in your life!

For those planning a trip to Montana, let us know how we can help you take advantage of all that this beautiful area has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you to our Montana home! 
-Whitney, Sales and Reservations
(Photos compliments of the amazing Montana Office of Tourism)



Happy October! The fish are still biting, and many of the leaves have changed and fallen off the trees around Gallatin River Lodge. Whether you are a local patron or an out of town guest, we have compiled a list of the top 5 spookiest October events for the weekend to get you outdoors in our wonderful Montana community.
#5 Spookiest Event:
 Big Sky Bigfoot Conference in Hamilton, MT. Have you ever been hiking and feel like someone is watching you? Or perhaps you have gone hiking and are trying to hunt down this elusive creature. Either way, head over to the Bitterroot River Inn and Convention Center to listen to the cryptozoology community talk about Bigfoot. Perhaps we will catch a glimpse of him here at the Lodge someday! Tickets are $25 in advance and include both days of activity. Friday Oct. 21 – Saturday Oct. 22, 2016.

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#4 Spookiest Event:
 Halloween Cemetery Ghost Hunt at Sunset Hill Cemetery here in Bozeman. With SyFy’s hit series Ghost Hunters on its 12th season it’s no mystery why this event will no doubt draw a crowd. Everyone is curious about the afterlife and those weird paranormal happenings that seem to always coincide with some tragic event in years past. These expert local ghost hunters will be there will equipment and knowledge to lead you on your own ghost hunt Saturday Oct. 22, 2016.
#3 Spookiest Event:
 Bannack Ghost Walk in the historic Bannack Ghost town just outside Dillon, MT. This was a close battle for the number 2 spookiest event spot; however, with a tour guide how scary could it be? ;) Bannack was established in 1862 as a gold mining town on the Grasshopper creek. With locals leaving when the gold mining slowed down in the late 1940’s, the once vibrant town slowly dwindled till in 1950 the state of Montana accepted it as a state park. The evening walks are scheduled for Friday Oct. 21, 2016 7-9 pm and for those daring adventurers Saturday Oct. 22, 2016 9-11pm. Each tour can accommodate up to 100 people and reservations are needed.

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#2 Spookiest Event:
 Winning the spot of #2 is the Old Prison Museum Haunted House in Deer Lodge, MT. Known as one of Montana’s most haunted locations, this old prison is sure to be scary when Halloween’s touch is added. It is recommended 12 years old and up, so mom and dad grab a babysitter for those little ones before heading out! Price of admission is $10.00 and the event will run every Friday and Saturday from Oct. 21 to Oct. 19, 2016.

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#1 Spookiest Event:
 The grand prize winner is Field of Screams in Hamilton, MT. Established in 1998, Field of Screams is considered Montana’s scariest Halloween attraction. Featuring live haunters, this attraction is sure to scare your pants off! Their website advertises Depends for sale at their concession stand. Not to be upstaged by the live haunters, the Children of the Candy Corn section is sure to be a hit with the younger enthusiast. Admission for all ages is $6.00. Open October 1- October 31. Those of you checking out the Big Sky Bigfoot Convention should make the time to swing on by the Field of Screams!
Let us know how our Spooky Event winners do by posting your pictures to our Facebook  page and tagging #spookyeventGRL

It's mid-summer, and that means hopper fishing! Hoppers, nocturnal stoneflies, and other small terrestrials that is. We have been doing very well lately with small hopper patterns, as well as, ants and beetles. Fish are also coming up to small trico imitations and mayfly patterns that imitate some larger drakes. Nymphing a small streamer or stonefly followed by beadhead nymph is always an option and can be very productive when fished deep through pools after a riffle. We are all waiting for the next dark days when the streamer bite will really take off again. We had a few of these days during early July when the surrounding mountains received snow which is always great to see here in the summer.

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The rivers have dropped since runoff and are all running clear as of now. There is always a chance for the Yellowstone River to get a little muddy from an afternoon rain shower in the Park, and there is potential for rain all this week. This is not a bad thing, fishing after a plug of mud can be great and seems to recharge the river. Luckily we are close to the Upper Madison tailwater which is not effected by these events.

There are closures around the state but we have been fortunate not to have any restrictions on the Upper Madison or Yellowstone River. These fisheries are usually a couple of the most resilient rivers in the state. We have been getting out early, and with our overnight temperatures being quite cool, we have been starting the day with an extra layer.

The days are getting a little shorter now, about 2 minutes a day, and you can feel that fall is just around the corner. We are all looking forward to fall fishing as the browns get ready for spawn and the leaves start to change. Then, we will see the fish get a bit more aggressive, and it will be one of our favorite hatches of the year, Baetis! 

We are in full summer mode at the Lodge with guests coming and going, off to explore Montana and all of its incredible beauty. Each morning, we serve 20-30 guests a hearty, chef prepared, cooked to order breakfast, and then it's onto an exciting and breathtaking adventure. Many guests enjoy a float down one of our rivers, casting a line for hungry trout, or taking a trip into Yellowstone Park, hoping to spot a herd of bison, or maybe catch a glimpse of one of the Park's wolf packs.

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At the Lodge, we have been busy taking care of all of our guests, and helping them to make the most of their Montana vacation. We have also been working on the Lodge's new Pavilion, set to be completed in the next couple of weeks. The Pavilion is the latest in our effort to create a place for guests and visitors alike to immerse themselves in this beautiful setting, while enjoying great food, delightful beverages, and good conversation. The space will be ideal for a large family gathering, special outdoor event, or simply a place for guests to relax after a day out of doors.

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In Garden news, our Garden Manager Bri has been harvesting delicate flowers, lettuce, basil, and crisp radishes, among other crops! Her favorite part has been the interest, and interaction with guests. She loves sharing garden techniques and how the crops are used by our Chefs in the restaurant. It is exciting to watch the progress throughout the summer. She looks forward to bringing the Gallatin River Lodge closer than ever to the Farm to Table movement here in Bozeman, and we look forward in sharing our harvests with you as the season continues.

We hope you will come join us this summer, and see what this Big Sky Country is all about!
-PJ Wirchansky
Lodge Manager

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Summer in Bozeman is an incredible time to get outside and enjoy all that SW Montana has to offer. Many visitors and locals alike enjoy getting out on one of the hundreds of trails in the area for horseback riding, hiking, or mountain biking. Or, maybe it’s enjoying the rivers by tying on a fly, or in a raft, kayak or boat. Some like to go rock climbing, or explore the 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone National Park. For many people, it is the time of year to get in as much as possible before the snow begins to fly again. With the high expectations of an epic adventure with each outing, one may forget that Bozeman also offers more relaxing activities, such as visiting one of the local museums, strolling down Main Street, or finding the perfect picnic spot.

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For those who enjoy a nice picnic with the family, or that special someone, we have compiled a list of 5 of our favorite, local spots for an enjoyable picnic. All of these are in the Bozeman area (within a half hour), and are sure to provide a beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable Montana picnic!

In no particular order, the Bozeman Beach is located at Glen Lake Park, and is great spot for the family, with swimming, boating, or walking with beautiful open views of the Bridger Mountain Range. Kirk Park is in the middle of Bozeman, off of 19th Avenue, with basketball courts, a skate park, swings, and a bbq area, along with several picnic spots. This has been a locals favorite for many years. There are also baseball fields, and areas to walk. The Dinosaur Park is located within the 100 acre Gallatin County Regional Park, and features an incredible play area for kids. In the rest of the park, there are two ponds, a dog park, walking and running trails, and the Bozeman mound, which offers a great view of the surrounding mountains, and would be a great spot to watch the sunset on a summer evening. There are bbq areas, picnic tables, and plenty of room to spread out. Greycliffs Campground on the Madison River is a wonderful spot to cool off on a hot summer day. Bring your bathing suit, and some great food to enjoy at this picnic area, approximately 6.8 miles down the gravel road off Highway 84. Finally, anyone looking for a beautiful lake with incredible mountains all around should take the drive down Hyalite Canyon, to one of the many picnic areas throughout the canyon. There is Hyalite Reservoir and Hood Creek Campground, or stroll up to Palisade Falls to the picnic area up there overlooking the falls.

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There are several more options throughout the Valley that offer some great locations to relax, let the kids play, or just take in the beautiful Montana scenery. For guests staying at the Lodge, just let us know the night before, and we can pack you a chef prepared picnic lunch to take along with you. There are also many local eateries that are perfect for an outside dining experience. So, if you decide to opt out for a hike up Mount Blackmore, or the all day epic adventure, rest assured that there are other ways to enjoy this beautiful location. Besides, close to 85% of all visitors that visit Montana return for a second trip, so you know you will most likely have another opportunity!



Chef Scott and his culinary team have created a delectable summer menu for all of the guests here at the Lodge. One of the immediate favorites has been the Smoked Trout Crepes, as they are the perfect start to a memorable dinner at the Lodge. Chef Scott is happy to share this recipe for those who would like to enjoy them at home.


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The Recipe
Crepes -
2 cups AP Flour
2 Eggs
1.5 cups Milk
.5 cup of water
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp melted butter

Mix Flour and salt together.  Mix Eggs, Milk and Water together.

Add wet to dry and mix until smooth and no lumps.  Once smooth add melted butter.  Let set over night.

8oz smoked Trout
5 ramp bulbs halved
.5tsp minced garlic
2 tsp Pernod
1 cup heavy cream
6 sea beans
2 tsp chopped fresh basil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Sweat garlic and ramps for 1 min, add trout, add cream.  Reduce by half, finish with Pernod, basil, sea beans and season. Enjoy!

Our winter provided a good snowpack this year and this spring has been cool and wet. We expect a typical Montana summer with excellent conditions through July and early August. The past few years, we've had cooler weather in August than July, which has kept our river water temperatures in the comfortable range for trout. We've seen improvement in trout populations the past few years, especially on the Madison River. See this recent article on the Madison that appeared in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

IMG 3761Late August through early September is the "hopper fishing" timeframe and angling guests enjoy catching large fish on big hopper patterns on the Gallatin and Yellowstone. Late September and early October offers great angling as our fall mayfly hatches can be very prolific. Streamer fishing for large aggressive Brown Trout improves into October. Give us a call to schedule your fishing trip to southwest Montana!

 

 

Just a few weeks ago, we welcomed Scott Meyers as our new Executive Chef at the Lodge. We feel very fortunate to have Scott on the GRL team to offer classic and modernly plated cuisine for all those who dine at the Grill. Scott specializes in Farm to Table, and loves working with local growers and purveyors.

IMG 0011Scott grew up in South Hero, Vermont, and graduated from the 1996/1997 class of the New England Culinary Institute. He traveled for about 10 years around the US, and comes to GRL most recently from Hotel Fauchere, a Relais and Chateaux property in Milford, Pennsylvania. Scott also spent time at Inn at Willow Grove, a Forbes 4 Star Rated hotel in Orange, Virginia, as well as L’auberge Provencale, a AAA 4 Star French Country Inn in White Post, Virginia.

During his free time, he enjoys fitness, gardening, spending time with his partner, Derry & his two dogs, raising his chickens, traditional archery and bowhunting, and enjoys anything outdoor related.

Chef Scott and GRL Garden Manager, Bri, have some amazing plans for the garden this summer. Stay tuned for updates via Facebook, as well as our monthly newsletter. Better yet, come stay with us this summer, and taste the fresh, hand-picked ingredients grown and served right here at the Lodge.

The past month at the Lodge has been incredibly exciting, as we have begun several new projects, along with the celebration of our 17th IMG 4906Anniversary. In addition to the outdoor projects, we welcomed new Executive Chef, Scott Myers to the GRL team. Scott loves to support local farmers and ranchers, and brings over 20 years of culunary experience to the Lodge. You can read about Scott Myers here.

We are also bringing back the GRL Chef’s Garden this summer, with recent MSU graduate, Brianna Dudek as our Garden and Landscaping Manager. She promises a delectable garden full of fresh herbs, edible flowers, and specialty vegetables. Learn more about the GRL Garden here.

Also outside, we are in the process of building a brand new deck/ event pavilion just east of the trout pond, which we plan to complete early summer. We have created a water feature that flows into the pond, aiding in the necessary water inflow.

IMG 5086The summer season is looking very busy, and we are all very excited to welcome our GRL friends back again, and to meet many new ones this year. Let us know when you are ready to return, or join us for your first GRL experience. We promise to do everything we can to make it a memorable stay!

 

 

 

 

The Gallatin River Lodge is excited to announce our new Chef’s Garden. Our garden focuses on herbs, edible flowers, and specialty vegetables and items that may be hard to find in our local market. Our goal is to provide the freshest possible ingredients, hand-picked only hours before service.  Our garden manager, Brianna Dudek, is a recent graduate from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems. 

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She is excited to bring her knowledge to the Gallatin River Lodge, and provide high quality culinary ingredients for our guests, so they can GRL Garden 01 smexperience much of what Montana has to offer. The Chef’s Garden is located only 50 feet away from the Main Lodge, so guests can enjoy a stroll amongst the beautiful organic vegetables, flowers, and herbs with the stunning Spanish Peaks as a back drop. It is the perfect place to take a leisurely walk with a handcrafted cocktail before dinner.

Summertime is almost upon us here in Montana, which means 18-hour days, lots of sunshine, and plenty of outdoor recreation. With almost endless activities to enjoy, some of which include fly fishing (of course!), horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, white water rafting, hot air balloon rides, rock climbing, and paddleboarding, one can certainly take advantage of Montana's offerings. At the end of the Drink special blogday, we believe that everyone deserves some time to kick back, relax, and enjoy some great food, and a refreshment with friends and family. One of our most popular summertime beverages at GRL is the Huckleberry Elderflower Martini, a light and refreshing cocktail made with local huckleberry vodka, and either house-made huckleberry syrup, or locally picked huckleberries (late summer).

Ingredients:
Cold Springs Huckleberry Vodka comes from Bozeman Spirits, located in downtown Bozeman, Montana, using local water from the Gallatin Range.

Saint Germaine Liqueur is a liqueur made from the elderflower, a small and white starry flower that blooms in the spring and summer months. It is produced in an artisinal manner, where flowers are gathered from the French Alps and bicycled (yes, bicycled!) to a collection area where they are immediately macerated to preserve flavor. There are hints of peach, pear, and grapefruit. Saint Germaine bottles the taste of these warm floral and fruity notes, and has over 100 years of experience with this process.

Drink special 2 blog smHuckleberries are a sweet, tart wild berry that grows in moist mountain areas, and cannot be grown commerically. No chemicals are used, and the berries are hand-picked when ripe. Huckleberries are generally picked during the late summer, and into early fall in the higher elevations.

GRL Elderflower Huckleberry Martini
1.5 oz. Bozeman Cold Springs Huckleberry Vodka
1 oz. Saint Germaine Liqueur
Wedge fresh lemon
Splash huckleberry syrup or fresh huckleberries (if available)
garnish with a lemon twist or fresh lemon wedge

Enjoy!

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