|Montana Living presents a few choices for romantic getaways and vacations around Montana.|
|Jeff Gilman has been a cook himself long enough to know what makes a good kitchen work - and what doesn't.|
So when he takes on a job for a client, that's his approach: make the kitchen work fluidly, with nothing to get in the way of producing great meals and entertaining.
When the owners of a home on Whitefish Lake asked Gilman, the owner of Gilman Woodworking, to renovate their kitchen, Gilman first looked at how the kitchen flowed.
|BY DAVE REESE|
Kevin Connolly sauntered into the restaurant much like any other 20-something guy sporting a week’s growth of beard.
He had a confident air about him and a devil-may-care attitude. But you see Connolly, 24, doesn’t just saunter like any dude. He swings from Point A to Point B, the most direct route possible, using only his hands.
|BY DAVID REESE/MONTANA LIVING|
Ed Hopkins bobbed in the cool evening water of Flathead Lake Tuesday night.
Sitting in his kayak he tucked his narrow wooden paddle under his arm and extended it like a long wing. He adjusted his nose plugs and flipped over in his kayak. Only the bottom of his boat was visible atop the water; then with a swoosh, his upper body emerged and he was quickly upright, using the Scandinavian style of kayak rolling.
|One of those torrid nights last July, Jim Liska did the Italian thing. After he closed the kitchen, he pulled a chair from the table and sat with his last guests. Exactly. Guests.|
That’s how most trattorie (plural for trattoria) owners in Italy, treat their clients. Like friends to chat with, over a glass of good, just “christened” wine, a few slices of a farmer’s salami picked out of the adjacent cellar and rustic bread.
|by Dave Reese/Montana Living|
Set alongside busy Interstate 15, the town of Basin, Montana, is merely a wide spot in the road.
Yawn, and you’ll miss it.
But look a little closer at this town 40 miles north of Butte and you’ll see a town that’s leftover from Montana’s booming mining days of the 1800s and early 1900s, a town that’s for the most part gone bust. Look a little closer and you’ll see a bright spot, where people from around the world gather for a month of artistic inspiration at the Montana Artists Refuge.