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Philipsburg, Anaconda and Beyond
In the humble mining towns along the Pintler Veterans' Memorial Scenic Highway, you'll find equal parts sweetness and swagger. Take your pick: charmed winter moments or burly travel tales in the making? We suggest a little of both. But
don't expect anything in between.
BuzzPowder Magazine featured Discovery as one of its "Little Areas that Rock." We concur.
Emily C. urges you to snowshoe into
Granite Ghost Town, outside of Philipsburg.
Sweet or Savory?
When it comes to food in the Pintlers, same dilemma. The
Sweet Palace in Philipsburg stocks bon-bons, confections, and candies galore, while the
Barclay II Supper Club and Lounge in Anaconda seems like the kind of joint Don Draper might frequent with black tie waiters, linen tablecloths and strong cocktails. As for Wind's Pasties, they're meat, potatoes, gravy and true grit...
baked into a flaky, buttery pastry.
It's hard not to stumble into a ski and stay deal in Anaconda or Philipsburg, especially at the down-to-earth
Marcus Daly Motel, complete with old-school high-pressure showers, new beds, and strong coffee. For a little more historic charm, trade up to the atmospheric
Broadway Hotel, or go fancy with a B&B at the
Kaiser House (both in P-burg). Before bed, catch a second-run movie at the lavish art-deco
Washoe Theatre in Anaconda.
Once upon a time, Aspen, Park City and Whistler were probably a lot like these humble little mining towns that just so happened to have a few (big) winter secrets stashed. Will Philipsburg and Anaconda explode too? We're not sure. Better
catch them now, though, just in case.