I Love the Burg but… Montana!

With the onset of some many national and international destinations available to those of us who enjoy traveling in and out of Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater, we’re taking a closer look at cities.

I Love the Burg, but… Montana!

A familiar scene with ideal summer weather

Breweries, arts and the great outdoors. Sounds a lot like St. Pete, but we’re talking about Montana. The 41st state in the union has become one of the more unique options to travel to and an ideal place to escape the Florida heat in the summer months of June, July and August.


We started our visit in Bozeman, a fast-growing hip college town filled with breweries, coffee shops, dozens of Airbnb rentals and a few hip hotels.

A culinary surprise was Dave’s Sushi. Probably one of the best sushi restaurants we’ve ever experienced. We know what you’re thinking “a good sushi restaurant hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean?” Yes, it’s true. Word is they fly fish in fresh on a daily basis from places like Alaska. Be sure to save room for their out-of-this-world butterscotch budino for dessert!

Nonstop splendor surrounds you

Flathead Lake

A few hours drive north will land you at Bigfork. We decided to rent a pontoon boat to cruise Flathead Lake for a day. The water is frigid so exploring is better than swimming. There are plenty of little islands and parks to check out.

Montana Trees

Beauty surrounds you everywhere in Montana. Yes, you’ll want to make the trip to Glacier Park, but even road tripping through the state provides non-stop eye candy.

Here’s the list of our fave spots to visit.

Treeline Coffee Roasters

624 N Wallace

Bozeman, Montana

Blackbird (best dining experience!)

140 E Main St

Bozeman, MT

Plonk (great cocktail bar serving late night food as well!)

29 E Main St

Bozeman, MT

MAP Brewing Co. (great place to have a beer with a view)

510 Manley Rd

Bozeman, MT

Bayern Brewing

1507 Montana St

Missoula, Montana

Bonsai Brewing Project

549 Wisconsin Ave

Whitefish, Montana

Norris Hot Springs

42 MT-84, Norris, MT

Whistle Stop Restaurant (for the Huckleberry Pie!)

1024 US Highway 49

East Glacier Park, Montana

Glacier Park Lodge (just to see to log cabin architecture of this 1913 lodge)

499 MT-49, East Glacier Park, MT

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.