By Erica Moody

Finding Peace and Adventure in Montana

A Big Sky villa provides for a socially distanced and sumptuous family vacation.

When was the last time you stood outside and saw only a natural landscape for as far as your eyes could see? No city buildings or cars buzzing past, no pedestrians in view, only the vast green valleys and clear streams of America's Big Sky Country? That's the rightful nickname for Montana, a state where fly fishing, hiking and epic ski slopes can still be enjoyed in relative solitude. And at a time when social distancing has become a requirement of safe travel, its wilderness-rich offerings hold an even greater appeal. Booking a ALTOUR SELECT Villa through our agency will ensure a private, secluded and comfortable Montana vacation.

Beautiful Montana meadow and mountains

To experience the very best of Montana's wilderness, you can't go wrong with a stay in Big Sky. The southern Montana community is a wonderland for outdoor recreation enthusiasts - it's situated in the majestic Rocky Mountains and borders the famous Yellowstone National Park (which holds the distinction of being America's First National Park), where hot springs and wildlife abound. In Big Sky alone you'll find more than 5,800 acres of skiable land across four mountains, with award-winning cross-country trails among them. In the summer months, activities like whitewater rafting, ziplining, mountain biking, fly fishing and hiking are popular and plentiful. For those who prefer indoor amusements, there's enough shopping, dining and cultural activities to fill your days. Charming art galleries feature both established and emerging artists, unique shops carry local products and craft breweries are a Montana must. You may even spot a famous face or two - the relative seclusion of the area and discretion of Big Sky residents means that celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Tom Brady can live there in peace.

Montana is uniquely suited to villa vacations, especially at this time when safety is front and center. These villas are far enough away from crowded public areas that you will feel at ease. If you want to avoid restaurants due to COVID-19 safety concerns, villas come equipped with large kitchens conducive to preparing your own meals - and there's even the opportunity to bring on a private chef to cook for you and your group. And of course, the villa is cleaned from top to bottom prior to arrival, so it's germ-free throughout.

Bison in Montana

The element of space is also a consideration. Villas average 5,000 square feet, a considerable departure from city living. They are spacious enough for families and suitable for multi-gen travel such as family reunions, micro-wedding parties and more occasions, comfortably sleeping 8-16 people. Guests who book through our agency are encouraged to venture outside and explore the panoramic beauty of Montana by receiving $200 in destination credit to spend on luxuries like exclusive excursions, airport transfers and in-villa spa treatments. Big Sky offers an abundance of thrilling small-group adventures to bring you and your crew closer together - take your friends and family dog sledding through the mountains, horseback riding in the wilderness or even headlamp night skiing. Afterwards, relax on your wraparound deck and enjoy unobstructed views of Montana's most awe-inspiring peaks, followed by a dip in your private hot tub. A trip to Montana guarantees that you will be entertained and pampered in one of the most beautiful places in the United States, if not the world.

Contact our agency to book your Montana villa when you're ready to plan your next vacation!