Cowboy town? Fly-fishing mecca? Ranching community? Center of recreation for Southwest Montana? Gateway to Yellowstone NP? Authentic western rodeo and festivals? Amazing outdoor art everywhere? Yup! And lots more…
El Western Cabins & Lodges – the best kind of cabins…authentic and completely ready for your stay with fresh linens, fluffy towels, awesome views, Bear Creek and amazing lawns. Don’t miss the chance to experience true western hospitality at this landmark property with all the comforts of today.
Rainbow Valley Lodge and Tackle Shop – A great spot for families with the only pool in Ennis. Fishermen can get gear at the tackle shop/office and choose hand-tied flies while they catch the latest word on the best spots on the Madison River.
Jeffers Inn – A beautifully restored and furnished bed and breakfast in the Victorian style. Take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.
Fan Mountain Inn – Well maintained, comfortable motel on the north edge of town. Stop in for a night or more and stretch your travel dollars.
Lure Me Inn – Fishing cabins on the way to Virginia City. New and comfortable.
Other lodging options include motels, bed and breakfasts, a spacious RV park and state camp grounds. Just an hour to Yellowstone National Park and plenty of services without the high prices and crowds of the gateway towns.
Dine here – Eat here – Snack here!
Tucked just of Hwy 287 and two miles north of Ennis is a dining gem. The Continental Divide restaurant offers unique fine dining with offerings of elk, duck, scallops, trout and, of course, wondrous beef – locally sourced and organic selections. Wines of all varieties (and prices) and a creative chef at work.
Banditos serves up upscale Mexican food with a definite Yucatan accent. Great vibe and attached to the Gravel Bar for the best Margaritas in town with your carne asada, tortilla soup or chicken crepes mole.
Sit for a while in the log comfort of Sportsman’s Restaurant & Bar while they serve up classic steakhouse entrees, appetizers and pastas. Lunch and breakfast, too.
Speaking of breakfast and lunch…the Ennis Pharmacy is home to an old-fashioned soda-fountain restaurant called “Yesterdays” with cinnamon-sugar fry-bread to start your morning and hand-scooped shakes with your burger at lunch.
When the kids are ready for a change, stop at Pit Stop Pizza and Grill for really delicious pizza, hot sandwiches and BBQ. Grownups love it, too!
You can get fancy coffee at the Pic-a-nic Basket that goes perfectly with the homemade baked goodies and breakfast sandwiches for a quick morning start.
Look for the Pack horse train over the door at the Ennis Cafe and come in for home-style cooking.
RiverStone Gallery – the resident artists Lexi and Bernie Sundell are an amazing duo with paintings and prints of local fishing holes, wondrous trout, native themes and stunning flowers. They also create custom jewelry.
Ennis Trading Post – Long-time mainstay of Main Street. Featuring western brands in women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, silver and turquoise jewelry and cowgirl boots.
West of the Madison – Pendleton, Woolrich clothing and shoes for men and women. Housewarming gifts, Montana home accents and pillows.
The Tackle Shop& Madison River Fly Fishing Company – Arrange for a guided float trip and get all the gear, too! All things fly-fishing.
Shedhorn Sports – Premier sports store. Large selection of guns, camping supplies, outdoor clothing and hunting equipment.
Have Fun Here!
Willie’s Distillery – Willie’s Distillery is a small batch craft distillery located on the banks of the legendary Madison River in downtown Ennis, Montana. Tasting room and gift shop open 7 days a week.
Incredible Outdoor Art…bronzes and other by noted artists all displayed at no charge for your cultural pleasure. Include a stop at the VFW Memorial with our Cowboy soldier done by Dave Lemon.
Madison Valley Historic Society Museum – working blacksmith shop just as it used to be on Ennis Main Street.
Nearly New – non-profit thrift store run by the Madison Valley GFWC. Fantastic bargains!
Lion’s Club Park on the Madison River with walking path, dog area and kids playground.
Madison Theater – first run movies Wed-Sun
Fish Bowl – Restored bowling alley, video arcade and restaurant
Golf at 5000’ with mountain views at the Madison Meadows Public course.
And, of course, use the 6,000,000 acres of nearby National Forest for fishing, hiking, horseback, camping and hunting.