The Sacajawea Hotel
Historic hotels have always held a soft spot in my heart since growing up in a home from the turn of the century. It’s an even bigger treat when a historical hotel has been restored to their former glory and updated to modern times too! The Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, Montana is both of those things and more! It’s a landmark hotel opened in 1910 to accomodate the traffic from the booming railroad. By the early 200’s, it was boarded up and in disrepair. Thankfully the Folkvord’s, a 3rd generation Montanan family, spent 8 months resurrecting the original grandeur. It was then reopened in 2009 to host guests year round. Keep scrolling to see my stay at the Sacajawea Hotel!
Arriving at The Sacajawea Hotel
This is the second American Historical Hotel I’ve had the pleasure of staying at (you may recall my post on the Hotel Congress Tucson, AZ) and it did not disappoint! The stunning facade was just as gorgeous in person as in photos. We entered the warm and impeccably decorated lobby and were greeted warmly by the staff. The second we stepped inside we were immediately offered a warm facecloth infused with lavender. A small but immensely wonderful gesture after having driven through a snow storm on Christmas Eve. A hot cocoa later, we were checking into room 305.
The Royal Treatment
Our first night we enjoyed some prosecco in the king sized sleigh bed. The chocolate covered strawberries were a real treat for us road weary travelers, not to mention the massive walk in shower! (We’ll get to that in a minute!) Each night there was a little piece of huckleberry chocolate waiting on our pillows too.
No Bad Views
Every window we looked out revealed a picturesque view of Montana. When the snowstorm cleared, we were able to see the Tabacco Root Mountains from our room! That’s part of the Rocky Mountain range that we love and enjoy in Jasper & Banff! Out another window, you can see the old train station too. The snow just added to the magic coziness that Three Forks exudes.
Location, Location, Location!
The Sacajawea Hotel is located in such a prime spot. Three Forks is a short drive to Bozeman, Montana; a hub of local eateries, cute stores, and the most adorable main street you have ever seen! (I’ll be posting about it soon enough so check back for more on that). The Sac is also an hour and a half drive to West Yellowstone, a gateway to the infamous park. Being in the area of such geothermal activity means that Three Forks is also near a myriad of hot springs: Bozeman, Norris, and Boulder hot springs to name a few!
The second I saw the wainscotting in the bathroom, I was ready to move in! Not to mention the giant square pedestal sink and an abundance of fluffy towels. They even had lip balm in addition to the normal toiletries one gets at a hotel. If there is one thing you need in Montana during the winter, it’s definitely lip balm!
Breakfast in Bed
The Sacajawea Hotel does their continental breakfast a little different than any other hotel I’ve ever stayed at. It arrives on a tray at your door! Or wherever else in the hotel you choose to dine. A card with delicious options is filled out the evening before and it arrives at your specified time! There’s even a tea and coffee bar on the second floor so we were able to make our own London Fogs every morning.
The grounds surrounding the Sacajawea Hotel are extensive. Since they host many events on their property, they have maximized their entertaining space. Starting with a gorgeous back porch illuminated from above with strung lights which leads to a tented area. You may have seen a dreamy wedding or two on their Instagram feed! In the summertime they host a cocktail hour on their wraparound deck. I may have to plan a return visit to get the full experience of the Sac year round! On the second floor is where The Spa is located. They even recently opened separate cottages for those seeking a little more privacy and space. Find out more about booking a room at the Sacajawea Hotel. Did I mention there’s two places to eat and drink within the hotel too? You’ll never have to leave!
Pompey’s Grill & The Sacajawea Bar
Want to grab a delicious meal in Three Forks? You don’t even have to leave the hotel to have a full fine dining experience. Pompey’s Grill, is conveniently located across from the main lobby and offers some truly delightful cuisine. Check back next week for a full Food Coma post featuring this dreamy eatery! The Sacajawea Bar in the basement of the hotel is the place to go for live music, dancing, and of course delicious bar food too! Montana is home to some incredible breweries so be sure to try some local craft beers at The Sac as well.
Take a Road Trip!
This was one of the best roadtrips for gorgeous scenery I have ever been on. The picturesque drive through the mountains of Montana only to arrive at this stunning hotel. What more could you want? There are so many things to do and see in Montana and we just scratched the surface! I can’t wait to plan my next getaway to Montana. A trip which will have to include a stop at the Sacajawea Hotel, if only for an order of their fried cheese curds from the Sac Bar!
photographs – Jesse Sand & Sandy Karpetz
Many thanks to The Folkvord Family at the Sacajawea Hotel for hosting us on this stay!