We just returned from a stay at Lake Condomiums in Big Sky, MT. Yes, it's 50 miles from the West Entrance to Yellowstone; yes, it's slightly isolated; yes, it's an older property but, Lake Condominium is a jewel in the middle of an absolutely wonderful area. Our unit, 1546, was right on the lake. We were on a 2 1/2 week motorcycle trip through NV, ID, WY, MT, WA and OR and thoroughly enjoyed our week's stay there. The pool and spas were adequate and according to their HOA report, they will be updating. There is no real night life in Big Sky during the summer (yet) but the office has lots of board games, videos etc. you can check out. If you are looking for a condo with views, a location that puts you right in the middle of one of the most beautiful areas of our country, if you like fly fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, hiking, then this is the place for you and/or your family. Units were extremely large and comfortable. Yes they can use some updating i.e. kitchen and bathrooms, but they were definitely adequate. Stocked enough towels and soaps for three times as many people in the units. "Barb" in the office does an excellent presentation on Monday mornings of places in the area to visit. We enjoyed the wonders of Yellowstone 3 1/2 days out of the week we were there. The every other day trips to Yellowstone and back weren't boring and took an hour to the entrance - you were always looking out for elk, moose, bears, eagles, wolves and deer. Bozeman was a wonderful city - don't miss the Museum of the Rockies at the University. Earthquake Lake was one of my favorite trips not far from Big Sky. Big Sky is an up and coming ski destination (the new Jackson Hole or Aspen) with many very upscale homes being built. Couple of suggestions though....First, make sure you get your groceries at a larger chain before you get there or make it part of a trip to Bozeman where they have plenty of grocery stores. There are rediculously high prices at the small convenience stores with very limited stock.
Secondly, be prepared to pay top dollar for food in restaurants and $8.00 for a 4 oz. glass of house wine is the norm. When you're from California, it's hard to dish out $16.00 for a couple of glasses of "house" wine. But, we would highly recommend the Lake Condominiums to all. It was worth every minute.
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