The Best Vacation Rentals in Montana
By Marty Michaels
, last updated October 1, 2011
Montana is a vast and staggeringly lovely state, so if you’re searching for great vacation rentals, it’s best to refine your search by region. Do your vacation plans include a stay near Yellowstone National Park or a trip to Little Big Horn in eastern Montana’s Big Sky Country? How many people will you be traveling with? What amenities, like WiFi, do you want? Take your travel style into account. Are you drawn toward rental properties that are rustic and luxurious or that offer a “dude ranch” experience? There’s truly something for everyone in Montana, and this article describes three great vacation rental properties designed to whet your appetite and help guide your search.
All three rentals are offered through Homeaway, a Web site that culls independently listed vacation rental listings, as well as reviews by travelers who have rented the specific properties. This comprehensive site, arranged by region and city, is an excellent place to start familiarizing yourself on the types of rental properties available across Montana, as well as seasonal rates and activities.
One perennial Homeaway favorite in the Yellowstone area is a 30-minute drive from the north entrance of the park, near the Paradise Valley town of Emigrant. You can comfortably sleep 12 in this five-bedroom mountain home situated on 22 scenic wilderness acres. It features a granite kitchen fit for a chef, a luxurious hot tub, and a fire pit primed for campfires and marshmallow roasts. The property is also very kid-friendly, with a trampoline, swing sets, hammock, and teepee.
The second Homeaway highlight property featured here is dubbed “Koselig Hus,” which means “cozy” in Norwegian. This 6,400-square-foot mountain log home is idyllically situated in the picturesque mountains near Bozeman, where you can ski, go fly fishing, or drive to Yellowstone, less than an hour away. This beautifully designed and crafted rental home features loft like spaces, a huge moss-rock fireplace, and incredible vistas of surrounding Lone Mountain and the Spanish Peaks. This outstanding property also comes complete with a gourmet granite kitchen, a large entertainment area, outdoor and indoor fireplaces, and the requisite outdoor hot tub waiting under starry skies. And, as the pictures on the Homeaway site attest, the home is furnished in a rustic yet elegant style with high-end furniture, expensive vintage rugs, colorful quilts, and amazing floor-to-ceiling windows. The house sleeps a total of 16, so even though the property costs $695-1,295 per night, that works out to $40- 80 per person at full capacity—often far less expensive than a hotel room.
The third property is located near Whitefish in far northwest Montana, a stone’s throw from glorious Glacier National Park. You’ll treasure a stay in the well-reviewed, three-bedroom Village Loft in the downtown area of impossibly scenic Whitefish. The rental apartment has been painstakingly converted and modernized while remaining true to the original 1903 character of the building. According to the site, it boasts “high ceilings, pine floors, wainscoting, and four-paneled doors with original hardware complimented by antiques of the period” and that is indeed true. Loyal reviewers also love the apartment’s sun deck, amazing views, and proximity to the national park.