Silver Forest Inn Bed & Breakfast Review
As I write this, I feel like I’m in the world’s coolest tree house! I’m enjoying a stay at the Silver Forest Inn Bed and Breakfast just outside Bozeman, MT. The Silver Forest B&B is run by a lovely family, Mark, Susannah and their three kids.
My room is the “Turret,” which is aptly named. I’m enjoying fantastic panoramic views of snow-capped mountains—sitting high atop the valley below. Just outside the windows I’m witness to graceful deer grazing. A light rain starts to come down as the sun drops just behind the mountain range. I have a pleasant feeling of protection from the elements as the “pitter-patter” on the metal roof sings a harmonic tune of serenity.
The Silver Forest Inn is located about 12 miles north of Bozeman in the heart of the Bridger Mountains, and only 1.5 miles from the Bridger Bowl ski resort. The Silver Forest Bed and Breakfast is an historic 1932 log home that doesn’t seem to age. The home was built by enterprising dreamer, Arthur L. McKinney, who envisioned a summer artist’s colony. McKinney believed that the Silver Forest’s rustic wilderness beauty would be the perfect inspirational setting for artists, writers and teachers to study and perform the arts (I have to agree).
The Inn opened as a B & B in 1990, treating guests to its gracious, yet rustic hospitality. Nearby recreational opportunities include: national forest trails for hiking, mountain biking or 4-wheel drive exploration of the back country. Winter and summer vacation activities include skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, golf, fly fishing, horseback riding, white river rafting, hunting or even a day trip to Yellowstone National Park.
There are four rooms at the Silver Forest Inn…two of the rooms have private bathrooms, while two rooms (including mine) share a bath…however, for an extra $75 per night you can secure the other room that shares the bath with the amazing “Turret” room. There are nice common areas, one with a huge fireplace and leather couches, another as a “T.V.” room. They also have a deck overlooking the mountains with a hot tub in which guests can enjoy after a long day of hiking or skiing.
Then of course there is the dining area for breakfast. Speaking of breakfast…I have to say that Susannah is a wonderful cook. During my stay I enjoyed an egg puff, applesauce muffin with fruit and real fresh cream, bacon, thick almond-slivered French toast and of course coffee and O.J.
If you’re looking for a wonderful mountain get-away in a refined rustic log home with amazing views and proximity to skiing and other activities, you have to check out the Silver Forest Inn…tell’em Mike sent ya.