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What's so special about...Twin Bridges
10 things you didn't know you could do in and around Twin Bridges.
- The ranching community of Twin Bridges in southwest Montana has the distinction of sitting conveniently in the epicenter of some iconic trout streams. The five biggies are the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Ruby, Jefferson and the Madison. Beyond the teeming trout streams, Twin Bridges, set in the Ruby Valley, has some delightful offerings.
- Twin Bridges is home to the
R.L. Winston Rod Co., creators of what most claim and rightly so, the preeminent flyfishing rods in the world. The show room and museum are open Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Tours are available daily at 11:00 am.
- If you’ve got your fly rod in hand and need advice, a guide or gear, stop in at Four Rivers Fishing Co. in the center of town; owner Greg Smith can update you on local fishing reports. Or check out Flatline Outfitters, where you can also find cozy accommodations in the Kings Motel. The Stonefly Inn & Outfitters rounds out the superb offerings of guided fishing services/ cabin lodging in Twin Bridges.
- Weaver Norman Frankland calls Twin Bridges home; check out his exceptional handspun wool rugs, along with horsehair products by Don Gingras at the Weaver’s Studio on Main Street.
- Stop by for visit with Sheila Kirkpatrick at the Montana Mad Hatters. Not only does she craft exquisite custom made cowboy hats, but Sheila has the distinction of being a National Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee.
- Hunger in the belly? The best breakfast in town can be found at the Wagon Wheel; try The Shack for pizza, burgers and subs; The Old Hotel offers up gourmet dining with an outstanding wine list; for prime rib, try the Blue Anchor Bar and Restaurant.
- Hungry for history – cruise down Hwy 287 (a mere 30 minutes) to the preserved gold mining towns of Virginia and Nevada City. Time your visit to take in the Living History weekends during the summer in Nevada City, where period re-enactors bring Montana’s early history to life
- Speaking of gold, if you want to try your hand at gold panning, you can’t miss the sign in Nevada City announcing "gold panning"; or stop by the Red Rock Mine, en route to Nevada City (2.5 miles east of Alder) to screen a bucket for garnets, rubies and corundum, all of which are found in the local gravel bars.
- In the mood for some exploring? Head to Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, roughly a half hour drive north from town. Guided 2 hr. tours on the hour, along with plenty of hiking trails.
- Looking for luxury in the heart of the Ruby Valley ranchland? Check out Healing Waters Lodge.
- Hankering for some western action? Head to Dillon (another 30 min) for what is billed "Montana’s Biggest Weekend", annually over Labor Day, with a combo rodeo, concert, fair and parade.
Every week we'll highlight one town in each of Montana's six tourism regions and one special town chosen by our staff to explore what makes Montana's towns unique.
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