From Glamping to Vegetarian Food, Montana’s Yellowstone Country Really Does Have It All
By Sapna Dalal
Of course, Montana’s Yellowstone Country is well known for its stunning landscapes, plethora of outdoor activities and access to one of the nation’s most popular parks, namely Yellowstone National Park. And, nestled nearby, between Livingston and Gardiner, Montana, is gorgeous Paradise Valley. Surrounded by the scenic Absaroka and Gallatin Mountain ranges with the Yellowstone River flowing through the middle, this place really does embody the “paradise” in its name.
What sets this majestic and pristine playground above the rest are some of the extraordinary experiences that are truly special to this locale. From unique lodging accommodations to delicious culinary delights, no matter what your travel style or dietary restriction, there really is something for everyone.
Glamorous Camping, better known as glamping, caters to those who would like the experience of camping in a canvas tent, but with the accommodation and comfort of a bed and a bathroom. Two excellent options for glamping in beautiful Paradise Valley include the ever luxurious Under Canvas- North Yellowstone and Pine Creek Lodge. At Under Canvas, make sure to reserve a stargazer tent for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of gazing at the stars through a clear dome while snuggled in a king-sized bed while listening to the distant sounds of the Yellowstone River. At Pine Creek Lodge, opt to either glamp in a canvas tent or stay in a recycled shipping container converted into a rustic cabin. How’s that for a unique experience?
Paradise Valley is a mecca for outdoor adventures throughout the year. While certain activities are only offered seasonally, a few great options for a summer or fall trip include; leisurely float the Yellowstone River with Rowdy River Guides, soak in natural hot springs at Yellowstone Hot Springs or Chico Hot Springs and go horseback riding with views in to Yellowstone National Park with Hell’s A-Roarin Outfitters (located near Gardiner). Whether you are looking for something more relaxing or action-packed, the options are endless and you can set the pace for your trip.
Vegetarian Food Options
From the land best known for beef and bison, it’s incredible to see how many culinary offerings are now available for those with dietary restrictions. With more and more menus clearly denoting gluten-free, vegetarian and even vegan options, there is no shortage of delicious choices for everyone. For those seeking vegetarian eats (including everything from black bean burgers to grain bowls to pasta and salads), here are a few great restaurants to include on your visit; The Fireside Room at Sage Lodge and Wild Flour Bakery in Paradise Valley and 2nd Street Bistro and Tru North Café in Livingston.
For those that do choose the glamping route, both Under Canvas and Pine Creek Lodge have dining options available on-premises with wonderful vegetarian finds at each location.
The moral of the story is to make sure Paradise Valley is included in your itinerary while visiting Montana’s Yellowstone Country. Nature’s wonderland awaits and you won’t regret the visit!
Sapna Dalal is the founder and writer behind the popular blog The Vegetarian Tourist. Through writing and photography she captures her passion for unique travel destinations, delicious vegetarian food, life in Chicago and all things fun. Follow her journey as she discovers the global trail, one plate and country at a time. Instagram: @vegtourist