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Why is Red Lodge so great?

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Why is Red Lodge so great?

I have seen many posts saying how neat Red Lodge is but I can't seem to find a general idea of what kind of town it is and why it's great. Is it quaint? Western? Friendly? What is there to do there- neat shopping? Is it good for small kids? Or is it a base for people coming into Yellowstone? Thanks for your help.

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Red Lodge has probably been described as quaint, western, and friendly. It is an old coal mining town that has become a small tourist attraction. There is a diversity of nationalities and every year in August this is celebrated with the Festival of Nations. Red Lodge is also known for the Home of the Champions Rodeo over the 4th of July weekend. During that weekend, there is a parade down Main Street each day of the rodeo. The parades are small-town flavor at their best, with farm machinery, rodeo queens, politicians, and even the Custer 7th Cavalry band. In the winter, it is a small ski resort town, with some fun bars, unique shops, and good food. In the summer, people heading to Yellowstone Park over the Beartooth Highway go through Red Lodge on their way up the highway. There are historic buildings and some great old houses in Red Lodge. I can't think of any specific big name attraction, but the combination of its historic past, its western flair, and the friendly people make it a fun town to visit.

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It is a quaint and friendly little town in a great location for jumping off to the Beartooth Highway, YNP and/or Cody. Comparatively, nearby Absarokee, Columbus or Belfry really don't have much for visitors to do.

Red Lodge has an art community and lots of year-rounders so it is more fun than an ordinary Montana town. Those ordinary towns are nice too, with friendly people BTW.

It does not compare with truly trendy tourist destinations like Carmel California and such like, but Montanans wouldn't want to be like California anyway.

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Agree with a quaint little town. I like towns with a traditional Main Street - a nice area for walking with restaurants and shops (and they have probably the best candy store I've ever been to).

We stay in Cooke City (better base for the activities we want), but we enjoy stopping in Red Lodge (and we did stay two nights last year at the end of our trip when we ended up having some extra nights).

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We love to visit Red Lodge and always enjoy the sights. It is a very small community and is just one of those places that you either get or you don't get.

See comments about Red Lodge on my website.

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Of course, being the gateway to the Beartooth Highway and Yellowstone National Park is a huge draw.

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Red Lodge residents are very, very friendly & down-to-earth. Quite a nice mix of different types of folks. It's a great safe, family town with quite a share of retirees too and everyone in between.

Many of the special events in Red Lodge call for a parade. And what a parade it is! 4th of July celebrations include 3 days of parades, grand parades too.

The whole town turns out for benefits for others.

The delight of Red Lodge is in the beautiful, restored, mining buildings, many on the historic register. The beautiful victorians line the high hills and the cottages are quaint.

Red Lodge is surrounded with dozens of hiking trails right near town. The mountains are right there. The ski mountain is great & there are groomed nordic trails.

Red Lodge Ales is a great brewery/eatery. The Regis has delicious breakfasts & lunches. The Red Lodge Cafe is a classic, with flashing neon signs & authentic cafe atmosphere.

The Beartooth Hwy is one of the most beautiful anywhere. It is the gateway to the northeast entrance to Yellowstone & the closest entrance to the Lamar Valley, famous for wolves.

We've stayed at the Lupine Inn in the past; it takes pets & is very adequate.

Now we would choose Irish Rose B&B for location & design.

Edited: 10:13 pm, July 05, 2012
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