Three miles outside of White Sulphur Springs, MT on the Jackson Ranches will be the Annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival. July 23 to July 26th, 2015. The not all-inclusive lineup includes: Keb’ ‘Mo, Lee Ann Womack, The Lil’ Smokies, Ryan Bingham, Bruce Robinson & Kelly Willis and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Please see Festival website for more details and information on the Red Ants Pants Foundation.
The Park County Annual County Fair will celebrate it’s 67th year on July 29, 30, 31 and August 1 2015 at the Park County Fairgrounds. The theme this year is “Take Time For A Great Time” and admission is Free!
There are many things to do for kids and adults of all ages. There are inflatables, petting zoo, comedians, rodeos, and contests for just about anything, from “Tallest Sunflower” to “Tweetie’s Birdhouse” to even a “Brew Competition,” new for this year! Face painting, Reptile Rescue, Sundown Showdown and Ultimate Desert judging are just a few more happenings.
As usual, entries are accepted for open classes from any resident of Park County and there’s hundreds of subjects to consider. The Park County 4-H will have their own judging categories and we cannot forget another big hit is the 4H/FFA Livestock Sale.
Consider attending the 8th Annual Ranch Rodeo on Thursday July 30th at 7 pm. Or there’s the Demolition Derby on Sunday, August 2nd at 1 pm where various car classes and heats will be featured. Concessions will be available during the fair as well as this Derby.
Livingston’s Annual Summerfest is generally on the third weekend of July each year. Located in the Miles park with the Miles Bandshell, the Summerfest has something for everyone, music, kid zone, art and craft vendors and food. Check out website: Summerfest
Actress Margot Kidder narrates a fascinating history of the Murray Hotel and the town of Livingston, Montana.
This is NOT a complete list of our events, please check with the front desk for current events. Here’s a sample listing of what Livingston and the surrounding area offers:
Livingston Roundup Parade – every July 2nd at 3pm, Second St. to Park St. to Main Street, Livinston
Livingston Roundup Rodeo - every July 2, 3, and 4th at 8pm, Park County Fairgrounds
Depot Center Festival of the Arts – July 2, 3, and 4th every year at the Rotary Park, next to the Depot
Yellowstone River Boat Float - from Livingston to Columbus, generally on the 2nd weekend of July
Summerfest - third weekend in July each year at the Miles Park and Bandshell next to the Yellowstone River
Livingston Classic PBR - Park County Fairgrounds, last weekend in July
Livingston Art Walk - Last Fridays in June, July, August and September. Downtown Livingston and some other private galleries/studios have open hours later than normal to entertain and accommodate visitors.
Park County Fair – Annual Park County Fair at fairgrounds. Generally days surrounding the first Weekend in August. See recent posting: Annual Park County Fair
Livingston HOOT – New Annual event in late summer with guest concert bands on Main Street, Livingston. Website: LivingstonHoot
Livingston Holiday Stroll – Annual event celebrating the upcoming holidays with downtown Livingston stores and galleries open much later than normal. There are also hay rides, carolors, live music, pictures with Santa and more.
More information on any of these events may be found at Livingston Chamber of Commerce website or with a call at 406.222.0850.
As an old railroad town, Livingston has a rich history and the Murray Hotel, being situated right downtown, has been lucky enough to be a part of much of it. Originally known as the Elite Hotel in the early 1900’s, the hotel was later purchased by Josephine Kline who renamed it the Kline Hotel. She bought the adjacent building with money borrowed from James A. Murray and expanded the hotel. When Murray died his heirs used legal manipulations to gain possession of the hotel. Josephine Kline was evicted and the Murray Hotel got the name that it still has to this day.
One of the best things about downtown Livingston is that people have worked hard to preserve our history, especially in regards to the old buildings and houses. We are also lucky to have access to an enormous collection of wonderful photographs documenting the history of our small town. These photos can be found at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum’s website in the Bill and Doris Whithorn Online Database. The Friends of Yellowstone Gateway Museum have also just come out with a book called Photo History of Livingston. It is a great book with amazing photos. As you walk through downtown you can still find many of the buildings shown in photographs in the book.
Anyone interested in history should go take a look at the Whithorn Collection online and consider buying the book before you come out to visit. We also have a few copies available at the hotel.
This is the view at sunset last week from the pond at DePuy’s Spring Creek. The Spring Creeks just outside of Livingston (Armstrong’s, Nelson’s and DePuy’s) are world famous for their fly fishing and can be a nice option for fishing in the spring. They also have gorgeous views, great scenery and tons of wildlife. For more information you can go directly to their individual websites or contact any of the local fly shops here in town.
Many of us here is Montana take pride in choosing to remain somewhat unplugged. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like to use technology to our advantage (when we feel like it). And hopefully if you are planning a vacation out here you too will take some time to enjoy the natural beauty all around and tune out the rest of the world for a little while. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t utilize the many great tools available to you to plan your trip and make your trip easier once here. There are some mobile apps that can be very useful for just that and we have rounded up a few interesting ones. These apps range in price from free to $8.99.
Yellowstone Tour GeoRoamer App: Starting with the most expensive app, but also possibly most relevant to a Livingston, Montana vacation. This app provides you with a GPS guided audio tour of all of the major sites in Yellowstone. It has some great features including telling you exactly where the best viewing locations are, giving you directions from one site to another and recorded audio tours from park experts that start as you approach a site of interest.
TripAdvisor: If you use TripAdvisor to help you plan your trip, you can take it along with you in the form of an app. The app includes all of the same great features as the website.
GateGuru: For those of you who don’t like to (or don’t have time to) wander the airports looking for a place to eat or get coffee or buy your favorite magazine, download GateGuru and you will know exactly which stores and restaurants are closest to your gate and you can even read reviews from other people using the app.
Urbanspoon: Looking for a place to eat is no longer a problem if you have Urbanspoon. You can search by location, type of food, popularity or see what your friends have said about restaurants. Leave your own reviews and help others with their planning.
Google Sky Map (for Android phones only): Since you will be in place where you can see an unbelievable amount of stars, this app can be a lot of fun. Point your phone at the sky and the app will tell you what stars and constellations you are looking at. Pocket Universe would be an alternative for iPhone users.
Cheap Gas: Gas prices keep going up and can be a real consideration when planning a road trip. If you want to try and save a little money on gas check out this free app that tells you which gas stations have the lowest gas prices.
Pocket First Aid and CPR: This app from the American Heart Association gives concise, clear instructions for CPR and first aid that can be useful in a variety of situations. A great app for anyone planning on going camping or backpacking but really could save a life anywhere.
We hope that these tools help with your travel planning and make your vacation easier. Just don’t forget to put that phone away and relax once you get here!
It has been a long, cold winter here in Livingston, Montana, as it has been in much of the United States. And while winter in these parts brings its own unique, breathtaking beauty, we are ready for a little sunshine and greenery. How about you?
Looking for a fun night out on the town in Livingston, or want to treat your sweetheart to a romantic getaway? We have just the thing for you.
We are really excited to announce an amazing package deal that we have created in partnership with the Second Street Bistro. From now until May 15th* for $150 a couple can get a suite at the Murray Hotel for one night (normally $139 and up) plus dinner for two at the Second Street Bistro including a bottle of house red or white wine**! You can enjoy the best of Livingston all while staying on the corner of Park and Second Streets. When you call to book your room just let us know that you would like the package deal. At check-in you will receive a card to redeem for dinner and wine at the restaurant.
And since you already have a place to stay, be sure to go check out the live music and the new pool table at the Murray Bar right next door! You can find a schedule of upcoming bands on their website.
Don’t miss out on this great deal!
*Due to summer capacity, we have shortened the length of this promotion.
**Includes all suites except Peck’s Place and the two bedroom suites. Dinner for two is a value of up to $60 and does not include gratuity.