Montana Vacay, Part 3: Three Bears Hideaway
Thanks to mamabear & aunt poison ivy queen’s amazing bartering skills, we ended up in this charming cabin for most of our Montana Vacay (Moral of the story? When renting a house for the week, it doesn’t hurt to ask for reduced prices – especially if it’s off-season!). From the outside, it looks like a modern log cabin.
From the inside? A tastefully-decorated mountain home. How could you not be enamored with the wood floors and ceilings? And that amazing stone chimney? Awesome. Not to mention, it had all of the modern conveniences you could want – wireless internet and cable tv. The tv is hidden behind the painting to the left of the chimney in the picture above. The remote has a button to raise and lower the picture, which we were all pretty amazed by, even if we opted for scrabble, yahtzee, and conversation over cable tv.
We spent much of our time in the home huddled around the kitchen table, or seated in one of the giant recliners facing the large windows with an amazing view. (This is where I blogged from last week).
See? Amazing view!
The kitchen was also gorgeous, featuring a super-gormet stove (that we couldn’t figure out how to operate), a farmhouse sink, beautiful wood cabinetry, and a backsplash made from slate subway tiles. I dig the wood beams and ceiling.
My mom won the coin toss and stayed in the master bedroom, which was amazing, possibly made even more so by the footed tub and giant dual shower-head shower. So pretty.
The other bedrooms were gorgeous also, though, so the rest of us didn’t feel too bad about not getting the master suite! I really just can’t get enough of the hardwood floors and rafters. It’s like cabin-y without being over-the-top. Love.
And, there was a large basement rec room featuring bunk beds, a ping-pong table, and ridiculously comfortable oversized bean bag chairs. And while I’ll mention one more time that I was totally charmed by the wood details, I think I was probably more charmed by the view. How could you wake up to this and NOT smile? (Again, this is the part where living in the flat midwest makes me mountain-obsessed, which is why there are 42 pictures of the same scene below. Ob.sess.ed.).
We even hung out near the window long enough to see wildlife – deer, hawks, and bears! My eagle-eyed momma found a momma bear and three cubs wandering through the woods just outside of the three bears hideaway! (Can you spot the bear below? In the trees… he’s super-tiny, centered in the frame, but you know I took the picture from inside of the house and was absolutely not getting closer for the sake of a picture. I *heart* photography and all, but think I value not getting attacked by a bear even more!)
It was such a fabulous place to stay during our time in Montana that we’re wondering if we can head back and stay there again… Thanksgiving, maybe? 🙂