America is in the midst of a massive motel makeover the likes of which it hasn’t seen since the heyday of Route 66. Across the country, and especially in the West, motel and hotel properties once thought to be outdated and on their way to oblivion are being repurposed and retrofitted into hipster hangout havens. The best ones are not just crash pads, but entire social hubs that combine comfortable rooms with a vibrant lobby scene fueled by craft beer, local food, and easy access to the great outdoors.

In Montana, Bozeman’s The LARK is a prime example of this concept done extremely well. On any given evening, the lobby is full of young adventurers recounting the day’s excursion into the hills or out on the water. Inside the rooms, artwork inspired by the local landscape adorns the walls above spacious, clean beds. There’s room for your bike and your skis, but no room for clunky old furniture or bad vibes. Staying here is cozy and modern, with a nod to Montana’s rugged aesthetic, as well as the current trendiness of the hotel’s host city. The lobby of The LARK is outfitted to accommodate remote work and the modern lifestyle it allows for. The Wi-Fi is fast, the coffee strong, and the environment draws inspiration as much from the hard-working crowd as from the free-wheeling, feet-up lifestyle of adventure towns throughout the Rockies. The LARK is the ideal way to experience the new Bozeman, where locals and guests clock as many days on a mountain bike or kayak each year as they do on skis.


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Everything in downtown Bozeman is within walking distance of The LARK’s Main Street location. You can walk to some of the city’s finest restaurants including Urban Kitchen and Revelry. Hop on a bike and hit Bozeman Taproom and Spirits or Montana Ale Works. And of course, Big Sky and the rest of the towering Madison Range is just an hour away. If you plan to take a fall or winter trip to the mountains of Montana, book this downtown Bozeman hotel now to get the best rate possible for your travel dates.

Price: From $135

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