If Big Sky’s last summer season is any indication of things to come, it’s time to start making your summer plans to visit our charming mountain town! Big Sky comes alive in the summer months with farmer’s markets, outdoor patios for dining, festive summer events, loads of activities for the kids and free family-friendly live music concerts in Big Sky Town Center.
All this fun, yet so easy to find a secluded spot to social distance. Surrounded by miles of pristine Montana wilderness, cascading waterfalls and alpine lakes for a cool dip, blue-ribbon rivers for rafting and fishing, and panoramic vistas of the Madison Mountains and Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak, Big Sky is the ultimate playground for lovers of the great outdoors.
Our selection of luxury Big Sky vacation rentals range from cozy cabins with big views to chic modern mountain homes in Big Sky’s three main neighborhoods, Meadow Village near Big Sky Town Center, Mountain Village near the Big Sky Resort base area and Moonlight Basin perched on the slopes of Lone Peak. Here’s the top tips from our Big Sky team on how to spend 3 days in Big Sky.
day 1: a scenic hike and big sky sunsets
Breakfast: One of the top reasons our guests choose a vacation home over a hotel is the bonus of a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare your favorites in the comfort of home. We can even arrange to pre-stock your fridge and pantry so there’s no need to rush out for shopping or breakfast and you can start your first day in Big Sky slowly. After all, you are now on vacation!
Hike Around Big Sky: Switch to vacation time on a scenic Big Sky hike. Book a guided family hike to explore the trails at Big Sky Resort, discover the local trails near Big Sky or hike the trails from home if you’re staying slopeside. The Ousel Falls Trail (1.6-mile) is a top family hike near Big Sky or, for a more invigorating hike, the Beehive Basin Trail (7.1-mile) near Mountain Village boasts some of the most breathtaking views in Big Sky as you make your way through summer wildflowers to a glistening alpine lake overlooking Lone Peak.
A Mediterranean Inspired Lunch: Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Olive B’s, a bistro-style eatery tucked in a corner of Meadow Village with cozy indoor booths, a scenic outdoor patio and tranquil views of Lone Peak across the Big Sky Golf Course. Olive B’s is also a great place for a lazy Sunday brunch in Big Sky.
Shopping & Sightseeing: Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with our charming mountain town. Big Sky Town Center is a great place to shop for mountain apparel, unique Big Sky souvenirs to take home and homemade goods or fresh produce from the weekly Big Sky Farmers Market in Fire Pit Park.
Dinner: Stroll from Town Center to to Beehive Brewery for the best craft beer in Big Sky before dinner. Reserve a table at Michelangelo’s for award-winning Italian, or if you are looking for great Asian-inspired food, try out the fresh sushi at the Blue Buddha or drunken noodles at Lotus Pad.
Day 2: explore West Yellowstone
An Early Start: There’s no time for breakfast in bed today, it’s an early start! Grab a breakfast and coffee on-the-go at Caliber Coffee Roasters in Mountain Village or at Café 191 as you turn onto Highway 191 to Yellowstone.Day Trip to West Yellowstone: The west entrance of Yellowstone National Park is only 60 miles from Big Sky on a scenic drive along the Gallatin River. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the way down as your drive takes you through a corner of the Yellowstone National Park that is home of several wolves. If you caught a flight into Big Sky and don’t have a rental car, there are several options for a guided experience of Yellowstone.
Dinner on the Gallatin River: Stop at Riverhouse BBQ on the way back to Big Sky (45 minutes from West Yellowstone). Riverhouse BBQ is a top attraction with visitors to Big Sky, and a locals favorite! After a long day in the park, you’ll be happy to find a space on the incredible patio overlooking the Gallatin River, enjoy free live music and tuck into world-class BBQ.
Day 3: big sky adventures
Lunch: Enjoy a lunch at Copper in Town Center on the way back up the mountain. With an outdoor south-facing patio, a firepit and delicious food, you will be able to refuel in style for the rest of the day!
Big Sky Resort Adventures: Big Sky Resort has fun summer activities for an afternoon of adventures for the whole family with ziplining, disc golf, archery course, outdoor escape room and scenic chairlift rides to miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. The Lone Peak Expedition to Montana’s highest scenic overlook is one of Big Sky’s top attractions but be sure to book in advance.
Dinner on a Ranch: End your 3 day getaway to Big Sky with a quintessential Montana culinary experience at Lone Mountain Ranch, a historic guest ranch just a short drive or bus ride from Big Sky. Sip on summer cocktails in the Saloon Bar, indulge in an evening of fine dining at the Horn & Cantle or surprise the kids with a horse-drawn wagon ride and authentic family-style cowboy dinner.