Weekend Getaway in Helena Montana

By Annette Jamieson

Grab your friends or that special someone and dash them away for an unforgettable weekend in Helena! Overflowing with hiking trails and stunning mountainsides, you can catch a breath of fresh air in this outdoorsy, historical town. No better time than the present to explore Helena’s community. To make the most of your trip to Helena, we recommend staying two nights. There’s nothing better than waking up refreshed and having an entire Saturday in the charming city of Helena.



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Helena is home to a variety of great restaurants. Depending on what you are in the mood for there’s an option for everyone, from Japanese to Mediterranean, you will have plenty of choices to satisfy a hungry traveler.

Hungry for Italian? On Broadway offers delicious Italian dishes & seafood. If you’re up for some American cuisine, try the Brewhouse Pub & Grill. Sushi? Try Suki Café or Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi.


Looking to relax for the weekend? Visit Broadwater Hot Springs to unwind and soak in Helena’s only geothermal mineral hot springs. This is the perfect place to relax at the end of the day. Just located southwest of town. Don’t miss live music poolside on Thursday nights.

Broadwater Hot Springs



Start out your day with an exhilarating early morning hike up the 1906 Trail at Mount Helena. This 2.9-mile loop is easy and dog-friendly. Indulge yourselves in this beautiful hike to the summit to find awe-inspiring views of the valley.


Grab a fabulous cup-o-joe and some delicious food at the No Sweat Café in Last Chance Gulch. This quaint café, settled in a cozy atmosphere, is sure to please with great homestyle food. One small note, bring cash as cards are not accepted.


The lovely Mae & June Vintage Market is the perfect boutique to find unique gifts along with candles, stationery, specialty soaps, and home décor. It’s quite the chic spot to check out and it’s centrally located in Helena. If shopping doesn’t fancy you, and you want a little more adventure, go next door to the Stonetree Climbing Center. This community-oriented space uses indoor rock climbing as a vehicle for engagement, empowerment, and life-long recreation interests.


After your stroll down the walking mall, you can drop by the Windbag Saloon for a bite to eat. This lively pub is set in Helena’s last bordello! They serve great food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere. A must-stop for Mac-N-Cheese lovers!


After grabbing a bite, take a stroll down the charming Last Chance Gulch outdoor walking mall in Downtown Helena. This pedestrian walking mall is filled with dozens of fun shops from boutiques to a wine bar, brewery, and an ice cream shop! There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to stop in The Parrot Confectionery which is a quaint old fashioned candy store that has been in Historic Downtown Helena since 1922.


Enjoy your Saturday evening in the adorable town of Helena and explore some of our outstanding local cuisines. Make reservations ahead of time at the Wassweiler Dinner House & Pub which specializes in high-quality steaks in an intimate setting.

If you are up for live music and a variety of seasonal beers, look no further than the Lewis & Clark Brewing Company and Tap Room. They offer plenty of seating and many different rooms. Check their website for the live music calendar. If a martini is more your style, stop in the Silver Star Steak Company. They make one of the best Dirty Martinis in town!



Stop at Helena’s most beloved breakfast and brunch restaurant: Steve’s Café, where you will feel relaxed and at home. From their phenomenal Huckleberry Pancakes or Huckleberry Stuffed French Toast to their slow roasted Corned Beef Hash, Italian Joe’s Special, Reuben Sandwiches, and three savories, house-made sausages. Every meal is fresh with the best ingredients made to be served like a home-cooked meal. Steve’s Cafe is a guarantee to impress after a great weekend in Helena.

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