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  • Writer's pictureJody Johnson

Weekend Getaway to Historic Hotels Part 1

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

The Sacajawea Hotel, Three Forks, MT

Sit quietly on the deep front porch of the Sacajawea hotel and you can still hear the jingle of bit and bridle in the streets and the click of heeled boots across the wooden planks. Originally constructed in 1910 the gorgeous piece of Montana history nearly met its fate before a local farming family purchased the property in 2009 and returned it to its original beauty.

I have wanted to visit the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, Montana for some time. I had read of its beautiful restoration and legendary restaurant, Pompey's Grill. When a friend and I planned a long weekend trip down to Bozeman from Great Falls it was a natural stop along the way.

The lobby is a step back in time to the grandeur of the old West. The best part, to my old-building loving soul, is that the restoration kept as many original features as possible (steam registers and light fixtures throughout much of the hotel are authentic) and anything that couldn't be salvaged was carefully crafted to match the old.

We were greeted with glasses of champagne at check in and assigned our room (the Lewis and Clark room style features two queen beds) which was cozy and furnished with some crisp and luscious bedding (I'm very particular about my sheets) as well as guest robes, linen spray, and some huckleberry chocolates.

Dinner at Pompey's Grill was delicious. Lisa and I both stepped out of our comfort zones and ordered some 'true west' style food. . .I had the bison short ribs and Lisa had the oxtail. Both meats melted in your mouth and were rich and savory.

The morning 'breakfast in bed' offering was a great addition to our stay here as well.

The Sacajawea Hotel and Pompey Grill will definitely be added to my list of 'must stops' for anyone traveling through the Three Forks area.

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