‘Living the Dream’

Owning a Bed and Breakfast was a mutual goal of both Kevin and I. It was one of those things, we would lie awake at night, after a bad day at the office, and daydream about. We always said, ‘when the kids are older’…. We knew it had to be located on a river for fishing, have a couple of acres for horses, and get snow in the winter!  Owning a B and B was our goal; owning a B and B in Montana was our dream!

The daughter of Alabama natives, I was actually born in Great Falls, Montana. My Daddy was in the USAF and was stationed at Great Falls in the early 1970’s, when I was born.  At the age of three, my family returned to Alabama, and I was raised in Birmingham. My parents always spoke of Montana with ‘stars in their eyes.’ It was through their memories and stories that I fell in love with Montana. My Alabama roots still bloom daily in my southern accent, cooking, and hospitality.

In February 2014, Kevin and I left the grind of the big city and came to Montana on a much needed vacation. One night at the Bitterroot River Bed and Breakfast in western Montana was all we needed to get hooked! Two months later, we purchased the B&B! The last few months have been a dream come true! I live in a beautiful mountain area, see amazing wildlife every day, meet fantastic people from all over the world, and I get to work with my family. You can see pictures of the neighborhood moose, the beautiful sunsets and the B and B at our website: http://www.bitterrootriverbb.com

Kevin and I at the 102nd Annual Stevensville Creamery Picnic Parade
102nd Annual Stevensville Creamery Picnic

But, I won’t lie. Sometimes ‘living the dream’ feels more like a laughable nightmare. For example, I burned the breakfast twice, on the same morning. There was also the day, when breakfast was already over, I realized I had actually used homemade sugar cookie dough instead of homemade pie crust for the quiche. And when the smoke alarm goes off, that means bacon is definitely done! Those days always keep me humble and remind me I have so much to learn about being a great innkeeper! Thankfully, our guest comments and reviews have been very positive and keep us smiling!

I also have a lot to experience in Montana. Kevin and I are learning  about the Bitterroot River Valley and western Montana. Our guest are always excited to share their experiences with all Montana has to offer travelers. We are also having a great time exploring the valley and making great memories with our family. I can’t wait to share all of these adventures with y’all!

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