Optimizing Travel Time April 28, 2017 14:40

We at The Montana Scene love the outdoors. We try to exude our passion for exploring and adventure through our brand.
While we know that people will come to our page in search of outdoor product, we felt like offering a little bit more in terms of content.
We wanted to create an experience; where people could not only browse for great Montana Outdoor attire - but also read about real-life outdoor adventures.
So here marks the beginning of an intriguing series of real Montana adventurers, sharing their advice and explorations.

Optimizing Travel Time

by Kristina Parmelee & Drew Silvers

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With limited time on the majority of vacations, it’s important to realize that you are a time traveler. Traveling 60 minutes per hour. And your vacation will run out.

Time: the precious and valued foundation of our travels, yet the hindrance battling between your mind and clock running out. Moments are valuable and special moments are irreplaceable. Be present and be patient.

Can’t everyone relate to the excitement and anticipation of vacation before it begins, and then immediately, somehow, suddenly, you blink an eye just once and you’ve teleported like a brick back to your bedroom pulling a 5 foot pile of laundry from your checked bag? (Not to mention the inevitable explosion of toiletries in every bathroom bag ever…. Ladies, can I get a holla? Buzz kill.)

As spontaneous as Drew and I like to think we are, it’s important to emphasize organization of some nature outlining the entire system of dates, destination(s), activities and transportation. An outline is crucial because yes, unfortunately we do have a place to be and it is called WORK when we return.

The ultimate idea here is to realistically accommodate for limited time.


It is important to establish the time frame of your vacation. Friends, there is nothing worse or more embarrassing than undoubtedly trusting your instinct thinking there are 5 days left of vacation when in fact, there are only 3. Based on unfortunate circumstances, Drew and I highly discourage guessing the what day it is willy-nilly. However, we do encourage mentally noting the transportation dates in their own separate category aside from the dates which do not require transit. First and far most, choose the primary transportation dates of departure and arrival. Secondly, acknowledge the days of free time in between-we call these “fun days”. When counting the fun days, don’t bother including the dates of transportation to best optimize planned activities.



Drew and I typically choose a broad region where we will spend our vacation. The goal is to effectively narrow your options to ensure your time will be well spent. Example regions of our recent trips would include Southern Utah, Northwest Montana and the island of Oahu. First, choose a region. Within the region, it’s important to do a significant amount of research to eventually mark the end goal at precise locations. After the region, choose an town/city/park/rec area where you will spend the majority of your travels.

Less popular recreational areas definitely require a lengthier process of where actual sites may be. You would be surprised how often the handy Google Maps deems itself useless in the wilderness. We love Google Maps, but we also find great joy in getting lost as  we’re twirling a map around side to side until we figure out which way to go.  In this case, trail maps as well as area maps of rec areas are particularly beneficial when cell service is limited. Our Garmin especially comes in handy with the topographical features with a surprising amount of trail locations on most US Forest Service maps (Those of you who don’t know, a Garmin GPS will show current location regardless of cellular data).

*Important note: Many back country areas (especially in National Parks) require a back country permit. Permits can be applied for online as well as first come-first serve basis. People do get fined when they don’t follow the rules, so be sure to follow up with regulations of your area.

Main Event

There have been plenty of times when Drew and I picked out a main event and it ended up being the lamest experience. On the flip side, our thought to be less-exciting plans have been completely under rated and shown to be some of the most magical places we’ve been. An example would be Lower Calf Creek Falls pictured below. Clearly under rated.


The main event quite frequently is predetermined before choosing dates and is often the center of the vacation. On the contrary, Drew and I decide we are ready for vacation first, choose dates and then decide where we want to go. I personally prefer to have the main event in the middle of our vacation. This way we can torture ourselves with the itching anticipation prior to the event as well as admire the post-wow-effect for the rest of the trip. We believe it could be helpful to gear the main event as the highlight of your vacation providing the overall purpose to your trip.


Transportation has to be the most irritating part of trip planning. The real restraint here is time.
“This $150 flight is extremely cheap, but wait, it takes 18 hours to get from Montana to California? Hard pass. May as well drive.”

The struggle is real. The important question here is: How valuable is your time? Really, your bank account is going to reflect the amount you can spend on quick flights. In our opinion, if you can responsibly spare the extra cash to purchase a convenient flight, DO IT. Although it was not ideal, Drew and I purchased a red eye flight with Frontier Airlines from Denver to Miami (we arrived at 6:00 a.m.). Sleeping on an airplane really is just the worst, but the point is we gained an entire day by sacrificing a bed for a crowded window seat for the night.

If an extra $50-$100 on a convenient flight is just simply going to break the bank, we recommend reading Our Key to Affordable Travels and re-evaluate your situation. When it comes to flying, it is important to rule out all of your options. It’s easy to submit departing and arrival destinations via Kayak, Expedia or Priceline, this way it is auto generated for you with often change in airlines on the route with the “cheapest” options (I would not recommend purchasing directly from these websites, but rather using them as a tool for your itinerary). We encourage you to consider using the actual airline’s website to guarantee your reservation. Once you feel proficient purchasing simple round trip flying, try advancing your search to purchasing one way tickets with multiple airlines to get to your destinations. Example: Drew and I flew from Bozeman —-> Miami —-> Nashville —-> Home. We spent $600 total on flights:

Tickets purchased:
Bozeman- Miami: One-way Frontier
Miami -Nashville: One-way Delta
Nashville – Bozeman: One-way Frontier


In reality, flexibility is key as there can be several inconveniences on any given vacation. A definitive outline is incredibly helpful, however the thrill of “winging it” is always an interesting choice for the invincible travelers.

With or without a guideline your travels will fall into place. Drew and I love spontaneity,  but we encourage you to make responsible and logical decisions. Sculpt the fun days outside of the travel days and be smart with your transportation and self internal calendar. Don’t forget to pick a main event for ever-lasting memories and stories.


Blog post written by Kristina Parmelee and Drew Silvers
Link to Kristina's blog > here.

Goodbye Twenty-Sixteen December 30, 2016 12:05

Another year has come and gone, a year most people are dramatically calling "THE WORST EVER"... But we at The Montana Scene feel quite the opposite.

Twenty-Sixteen was an incredible year full of tons of change and new experiences!

* We survived it! (biggest accomplishment)
* Our amount of employees more than doubled.
* We opened TWO new Montana Scene stores; one in Whitefish and one in Bozeman.
*AND Sean and Melissa (the totally rad owners of The Montana Scene) opened a Children's' Boutique in Bigfork! (called Mady & Max)

Let me tell you, these people are complete Rockstars.

But most importantly, we were able to share our love and passion for Montana and all it has to offer with all of you wonderful people.
None of our exciting accomplishments could have happened without our followers and customers, so THANK YOU!

And while 2016 was a terrifying roller coaster of emotions, 14 hour work days, new babies, bi-weekly trips to Bozeman, sore backs and tears... it was seriously one for the books.
We're happy to say that we are MORE than ready for whatever it is that 2017 has to offer. (and we're really excited, too!)

Much love 2016, you've been great, but we're moving on.
It's not you, it's us. (Mostly just has to do with the earth rotating around the sun, etc.)

Store Locations :

The Montana Scene - Bigfork
475 Electric Avenue

The Montana Scene - Whitefish
148 Central Avenue

The Montana Scene - Bozeman
402 E Main Suite 3 (front door is located on Rouse)

Mady & Max Children's Boutique - Bigfork
543 Electric Avenue

Thankful Giveaway! November 23, 2016 11:40

Well, it's officially that time of year where everyone's starting to talk about all the things they're thankful for.
We know you're all out there trying to resist the urge to blurt out "GUYS, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE THANKFUL!", but you're holding back because you realize that for the first time in a long time, nice things are finally being said on social media.
So let us say some more nice things:
We at The Montana Scene are SO thankful for each and every one of you! Our customers, followers, "likers" and "sharers"! We couldn't do any of the things we do if it weren't for you!
Whether you've been with us since Montana Bear Food, or you just found us in our 3rd and newest store; Bozeman, we're so happy you're around!

So to show our gratitude for all of you wonderful people, we are doing a GIVEAWAY!
Eight lucky winners will receive an item of Montana Scene apparel. 
Head over to our Facebook page to enter to win!

We hope you all have an amazing, safe holiday!

**Don't forget to subscribe to our e-newsletter so you can be the first one to hear about our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales!

Beautiful Bozeman! October 28, 2016 10:00 1 Comment

October is almost over and I'm seriously going to need life to slow down a little bit!
As we get closer to November, the realization that our third store is opening very soon is starting to really set in.
The Montana Scene team recently spent some time in Beautiful Bozeman, working on getting the store ready, and it just made everything so real!
We truly can't express how excited we are about this spot, and let me say one thing, Bozeman is an incredible place to be. 
Never have I been somewhere where SO many people were genuinely kind, happy, and loving their lives so much. 
Maybe it has something to do with the excessive amount of sunshine they get compared to the Flathead Valley.
Regardless, we're so stoked to be bringing our brand to the wonderful people of Bozeman, and we hope you guys are excited to!

Here's a little sneak peak of the store, and some gorgeous shots we had to grab on our short stay in this beautiful town.

Summer video October 14, 2016 16:59

Another New Store!? October 11, 2016 11:06

Oh, summer 2016, where do I even start?
We at The Montana Scene had an absolutely insane summer; with tons of amazing new designs, a new store, another new store in the works, and lots of fun in between!
I know what you're thinking : "Two new stores in span of 6 months!? Are you guys insane!?"
A little bit! We're insane about bringing some seriously awesome Montana gear to more places than just Bigfork and Whitefish! (not that you can't order it online, but nothing beats shopping in person).

And now that it's definitely not summer anymore (you know, with snow on the ground and what not), we're getting ready to open our newest store in Bozeman!
I can't tell you WHEN yet, but it's happening, (soon) and we are so excited!
So to the people of Beautiful Bozeman, get ready!
And if you're looking to work for an amazing company, look no further, because we are hiring! Feel free to send a resume to if you're interested!

I hope you're all as stoked as we are, and more details are definitely on the way!

But for now, enjoy this snowy weather, sip some hot cocoa, and watch for more posts here on our "News" page!

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