A favorite winter vacation in Montana is a hot springs weekend. You have a number of excellent hot spring options across the state. If you live in the Billings area, two popular choices are Chico Hot Springs and Yellowstone Hot Springs. Either can be reached in about two hours by car and both are great fun. If you’re heading that way for a weekend, you can easily visit both. They are only about 30 minutes apart.
Party at Chico, relax at Yellowstone Hot Springs.
Chico is well known for the pool party vibe, with plenty of cocktails and often a live band on the weekends. Our family visited Yellowstone Hot Springs last spring and it’s more laid back and alcohol free. Both locations are perfect for our long, miserable winters. Chico offers on-site accommodations. Yellowstone Hot Springs does not.
We like to stay in vacation rentals rather than hotels. I have a big team and it is often more profitable for us to rent a hut/house instead of booking two hotel rooms. Plus, it’s great to have a full kitchen and laundry room in the unit and you don’t have to worry about noisy neighbors stomping around and slamming doors at all hours. If you’re heading to the hot springs this winter in Paradise Valley, check out these cool VRBO properties.
The tiny cabins at Emigrant – $105 per night.
How cute are these little baby cabins? Located minutes from Chico, they are small but cozy with two queen beds and a fully functional kitchen.
Each cabin has a view of Emigrant Peak from the porch and they are located “walking distance to food, drink, live music, shopping, and adventure!” Winter rates are only $105 per night and you can view the VRBO listing HERE.
Pet Friendly at Paradise Valley – $178 per night.
Most vacation rentals disapprove of pets. It’s understandable, but it makes traveling with your dog a little trickier. This beautiful, newly built log cabin in Emigrant (see above) is a rare pet-friendly VRBO and it’s available for $178 per night. It can accommodate up to six people if you include the sofa bed.
It’s literally right on the Yellowstone River, although you probably won’t be fishing much in the middle of winter. This hut looks really nice. You can view the VRBO list HERE.
Stretch your budget and rent this beautiful lodge for the weekend – $795 per night.
At 2,000 square feet, this property is significantly larger than most Paradise Valley rental cabins, and so is the price. It rents for $795 per night during the winter months, but if luxury and serenity are what you’re after, you’ll find it on 200 acres at the base of Chico Peak.
Two miles of Mill Creek meanders through the property and Counts Creek actually flows under the cabin, which customers can see through part of the glass floor. How cool is that!? This place is absolutely beautiful. Even if it’s out of your budget, you must check the photos and listing HERE.
Heavenly views for miles – $350 per night.
This newly built rental is a few miles south of Emigrant and offers 3 beds and two baths with one bedroom for 8 people. It is nicely decorated and the kitchen is well equipped.
Did we mention these opinions? That’s what I’m talking about.
Walkway to Gardiner Cabin at Rockin’ Y – $225 per night.
Just five miles from the North Gate of Yellowstone National Park, this cabin isn’t too fancy, but the location is hard to beat. It offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms and accommodations for up to six people. This rental could be a great starting point for your winter visit to Yellowstone.
If you’re skunk looking for wildlife inside the park, it seems like you have a good chance of seeing bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, and bison from the front gate. of the rental. Check out the VRBO listing HERE.