How could I live this long without realizing how beautiful Montana is, especially Paradise Valley where the Yellowstone River flows? I had the most wonderful vacation staying in Lisa and Rudy's townhouse (in an extremely small development) which is just across the road from the Yellowstone River. The location is perfect: A 30 minute drive to Yellowstone Park, A 30 minute drive to Livingston (where there are excellent restaurants), views of mountains and plains, in the middle of breathtaking countryside. Day trips Into Yellowstone Park are easy; we saw elk, bison, a bear, mountain goats, and a red-tail hawk. In the valley we saw swans, an osprey nest with chicks, rabbits, many horses, cattle, geese, and on the Bear Tooth Highway, free-range cows.
Chico Hot Springs resort is 3 miles away, offering a gourmet restaurant, bar, swimming or sitting in pools fed by natural thermal springs, a fantastic riding stable offering trail rides of 1 to 3 hours and more. (This horse wrangler and staff are the best run outfit I have ever encountered with tons of support and encouragement for novice riders, including children.)
This house is very clean and comfortable. Lisa and Rudy are excellent, well-organized hosts. I highly recommend a vacation in Paradise Valley and staying at this house. It is an excellent value!