In case you haven't heard of it, the town Latigo & Lace is in is Augusta, Montana. And while we may be very partial to this place, we think our little community is one of the most wonderful places in the world. A few things we love about it: it's small, charming and close-knit. In many ways, it's like taking a step back in time, complete with historic buildings and friendly locals.
When you come to Augusta, we'd think it's best to stay and play awhile. To help make your visit easier, we've rounded up 6 of our favorite things to do.
1. Visit Latigo & Lace
We're located at the north end of Main Street and are a great starting point for your Augusta visit. Come into the shop, check out our Made in Montana offerings, pick up a piece of jewelry, made-right-here-in-Augusta soaps and snag a specialty coffee.
2. Take a Drive
From our location on Highway 287, Augusta is a great launching point for exploring the Rocky Mountain Front and there are gorgeous drives heading into the mountains from town. A few of our favorites: cruise out to Nylan Reservoir (which is great for kayaking, boating and fishing), head up the canyon to Gibson Dam (be sure to stop at Sun Canyon Lodge for a horseback trail ride or dinner), check out the Sun River Pictographs or cast a fishing line in the Sun River.
3. Stroll Main Street
What our Main Street lacks in length, it makes up for in cute shops and watering holes. Plan to park your car at one end of the street and walk through our business district. Along the way you'll find plenty of places to taste Montana (we're partial to the breakfasts and hand-scooped ice cream at Mel's Diner), meet locals and get a feel for our little town. Along the way, be sure to pop into our 117-year-old general store Allen's Manix or peruse antiques at the F.M. Mack, the forge or Ginger's year-round estate sale.
4. Visit the Museum
Sitting two blocks west of Main Street on Fleming Street is the Augusta Area Museum. A group of local volunteers from the Augusta Area Historic Society has spent the last several years bringing the museum to life and today it has an expansive history of this area and its early residents.
5. Dine Local
While our town is small (we have about 350 residents), it offers plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. For breakfast, pop into Mel's Diner or grab a freshly made maple bar from Allen's Manix Store. For a mid-day meal or dinner, try Mel's Diner, the Buckhorn Bar, the Western Bar, Lazy B or Sun Canyon Lodge (a 30-minute drive up the canyon). All of our bars are kid-friendly (we promise - it's just what we do here) and each serve up their own tasty menus, including burgers, steaks, chicken, salad, pizza and sandwiches.
6. Spend the Night
Make an overnight or weekend of your visit to Augusta by booking an overnight stay. Located right next door to us is the Bunkhouse Inn. Built in 1912, it has nine bedrooms and three shared bathrooms and is one of the cutest places around. Also located just up the road: Wagon's West Motel & RV Park.
If you need more suggestions for things to do in and around Augusta, stop into Latigo & Lace (122 Main Street) or follow us on Facebook. Until next time, we hope to see you soon.