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A History of the Murray and Livingston [VIDEO]

News, Updates, & Moreon September 28th, 2011Comments Off

Actress Margot Kidder narrates a fascinating history of the Murray Hotel and the town of Livingston, Montana.

Summerfest

News, Updates, & Moreon July 15th, 2011Comments Off

Looking for something for the whole family to do this weekend? Then be sure to head down to the bandshell at Sacajawea Park for this year’s Summerfest! The entire weekend schedule is right here:

Friday – July 15th

4:00 p.m. – Gates Open
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Kid’s Activities – Civic Center (Basketball – Shooting Contest – Air Inflatables – Crafts – Face Painting – Balloons – Games – Cotton Candy and more)
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Live Music – Six Strings Down
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Live Music – The Fossils
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Live Music – The Max

Saturday – July 16th

11:00 a.m. – Gates Open
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Kid’s Activities – Civic Center (Basketball – Shooting Contest – Air Inflatables – Crafts – Face Painting, Balloons – Games – Cotton Candy and More……….
Noon - 1:30 p.m. – Live Music – Prairie Wind Jammers
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Pantene Beautiful Lengths” – (Gar Sanders – Summerfest Director and others get their hair cut – Donations of hair goes to ”Pantene Beautiful Lengths”.  They collect the hair and wigs are made and donated to the American Cancer Association for distribution).
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Live Music – Two Story Ranch
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Live Music - Kahuna Beach Party - (Beach Boy Tribute).
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Live Music - Two Bit Franks
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Live Music - The Clintons

Sunday – July 17th

8:45 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. - 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off – Sponsored by Billion Auto Group.
12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Chili Cook-Off – Public Judging
11:00 a.m. – Gates Open
Noon - 1:00 p.m. – Live Music - Ben Bullington
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Kid’s Activities – Civic Center (Basketball – Shooting Contest – Air Inflatables – Crafts – Face Painting, Balloons – Games – Cotton Candy and More……….
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Live Music - Cold Hard Cash
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Live Music - Confederate Railroad

Elk Burgers

News, Updates, & Moreon June 15th, 2011Comments Off

Elk Burger

Anyone visiting our part of Montana for the first time really must see Yellowstone National Park.  There is nothing like it.  And any meat-eater visiting Montana really must try Buffalo or Elk.  It just doesn’t get much more “Montana” than that.  Or if you plan it right and enter the park through Gardiner, MT, you can do both at the same time thanks to the Corral Drive In!

Corral Drive In

The Corral Drive In is a great little fast food restaurant serving all sorts of burgers and more.  It is located right off of HWY 89 in Gardiner just about an hour from Livingston and right at the entrance to Yellowstone.  There is outdoor and indoor seating and it is an easy stop to make.

Buffalo, Beef, Elk Burgers

There is even a Buffalo Hot Dog option for those of you who don’t like burgers!  Or if you aren’t feeling daring they offer regular beef hamburger or chicken strips as well.

Menu

If you do get one of the burgers they are pretty substantial and should do a nice job of keeping you going through the long day ahead of you in the park! For other dining options in the Gardiner area check out the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Mark Your Calendars

News, Updates, & Moreon June 1st, 2011Comments Off

Livingston Montana

It is June 1st – which for us means that the summer travel season has begun.  It also means that the town of Livingston is starting to come alive with activity. From farmers markets to rodeos to art walks there are so many great things coming up.  Below is a schedule of the many events going on this summer so that you can mark them on your calendar!

From now through September: Farmers Market every Wednesday 4:30-7pm with music until 9pm

June 10-11: Kruz 4 Kids Rod Run at Best Western Inn

June 24: Livingston Art Walk

July 2: Livingston Roundup Parade 3pm

July 2-4: Livingston Roundup Rodeo 8pm

July 2-4: Depot Center Festival of the Arts

July 8-10: Yellowstone River Boat Float from Livingston to Columbus

July 15-17: Summerfest

July 27: Livingston Classic PBR

July 29: Livingston Art Walk

August 5-7: Fiddlers Picnic

August 3-6: Park County Fair

August 6: Pig Wrestling Contest at fairgrounds

August 7: Demolition Derby

August 12-14: Livingston Gun Show

August 14: Shakespeare in the Park at Chico Hot Springs

August 26: Livingston Art Walk

For more information on any of these events give the Livingston Chamber of Commerce a call at 406.222.0850.  And if there is something that we missed that you want to add just leave it in the comments!

Happy Friday (the 13th)

News, Updates, & Moreon May 13th, 2011Comments Off

Paradise Valley Montana

Today may be Friday the 13th, but it has turned out to be one of the most beautiful days imaginable here in Livingston!   We want to remind everyone that our package deal with the Second Street Bistro does end this weekend.  We hope that some of you were able to take advantage of it. Have a wonderful weekend wherever you may be!

Dreaming of the Fourth of July

News, Updates, & Moreon May 5th, 2011Comments Off
Fourth of July Parade Livingston, Montana

The Murray Hotel is a great spot to watch the parade

Sunshine, blue skies, green grass…yes it is Cinco de Mayo but we are already dreaming about the Fourth of July.  At the first little glimpse of summer we just can’t help but start to get excited about all of the Independence Day festivities to come.

Main Street Livingston Fourth of July Parade

Parade heading up Main Street

Every year the town of Livingston kicks off the celebration on the 2nd of July with the big parade through downtown and the first night of the rodeo.  The rodeo continues on the 3rd and finishes on the 4th with fireworks every night.  It is a popular time for tourists to visit and a great chance to see a small, Montana town at its best.  And because of this, we suggest booking your rooms and making any dining reservations well in advance!  For more info on all of the events or to purchase rodeo tickets, visit the Chamber’s website or give them a call at 406.222.0850.

Livingston History

News, Updates, & Moreon April 25th, 2011Comments Off

Downtown Livingston - Photo property of Yellowstone Gateway Museum

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.

Yellowstone River Clean Up

News, Updates, & Moreon April 11th, 2011Comments Off

Yellowstone River Clean Up

We would like to thank the Joe Brooks Chapter of Trout Unlimited for hosting the 7th Annual Yellowstone River Clean Up this past Saturday.  For 7 years now they have put on this event encouraging people to get out and help clean up the river.  Last year volunteers removed over 12,000 pounds of garbage!

Trout Unlimited does great work conserving, protecting and restoring our rivers and we truly appreciate it since we all get so much enjoyment from the Yellowstone River.  They will also be having their 2011 Cutthroat Banquet on June 4th at the Elks Lodge here in Livingston if you would like to show your support.  We will post more details closer to the date.

Sunset at DePuy’s Spring Creek

News, Updates, & Moreon April 4th, 2011Comments Off

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.

Travel and Technology

News, Updates, & Moreon March 27th, 2011Comments Off

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!