Big Sky, Montana
When ski season rolls around, Big Sky turns into a winter wonderland -- and there’s no place that leans into this more than the Montana Dinner Yurt. Tucked into a mountainside with views of Lone Peak, the Spanish Peaks, and the Big Sky Mountain Village, the Yurt is only 15 minutes from Big Sky resort, but it’s a world away from civilization. The evening begins with a snowcat trip over rugged backcountry terrain (there are no roads up there). “The Yurt Dinner experience is uniquely Montana and is inspired by the mountainous landscape and rugged surroundings,” says Kevin Daily, who owns the operation with his wife, Jodi. “Guests should feel they have left everyday life behind for an adventure in the backcountry.” Inside the yurt, there are long communal tables, oil lanterns, candles, a wood stove radiating welcome heat, and live music. Given the setting, the meal is appropriately hearty, with offerings like ultra-rich French onion soup, absurdly tender filet mignon, and Toblerone chocolate fondue. There’s also time for sledding, stargazing, and chilling around a campfire during your roughly three-hour visit. This is the ultimate way to experience the majesty of the Montana mountains. Needless to say, guests should dress for winter, and though there is no alcohol available at the yurt, patrons should feel free to bring their own.