Small Charming Towns of the Bitterroot Valley
Without question, the thing we hear most often from our guests is how charming the towns of the Bitterroot Valley are. Most visitors come from much larger cities or huge population centers and are fascinated with the friendly atmosphere they find in our communities.
These are the kind of towns where people know each other, where business owners are behind the cash register, and where people say hello and stop and talk on the streets. You can barely keep track of all of the parades and festivals, and the summer farmer’s markets are as popular as any other social activity all year long.
Each community is a little different, but every town has its own distinct charm. Below are the towns of the Bitterroot Valley, listed in order from largest to smallest populations according to the 2012 US Census:
Hamilton – Population 4,348
Hamilton’s Main Street is home to a number of quaint shops and restaurants that offer delicious local food, one of a kind souvenirs, western Montana artwork, home furnishings, gifts, and jewelry that you won’t find anywhere else. Take an afternoon and explore this historic area in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley.
Stevensville – Population 1,809
Main Street in Stevensville boasts a variety of charming shops that give you a real feel for the area. You won’t believe the delicious treats available at the Montana Chocolate Company and the antique mall at the south end of town is worth the visit for some old time Montana collectibles.
Corvallis – Population 976
As one of the first settlements in the Bitterroot Valley, Corvallis is rich in history dating back to the 1860’s. This community is home to the 1,200 acre Teller Wildlife Refuge and some of the oldest homes and commercial buildings in the area. Check out the Memories Cafe or the Wild Mare for an authentic local dining experience.
Florence – Population 765
Located in the northern reaches of the Bitterroot Valley, the community of Florence offers visitors a variety of small businesses, retail stores and eateries. Don’t miss Caffe Firenze, one of the most popular restaurants in the Bitterroot Valley.
Victor – Population 745
Victor is in the middle of the action of the Bitterroot Valley and provides great access to all the recreational activities the valley has to offer. The Bitterroot River and popular hiking trails are just minutes away and you can take in an excellent meal at Cowboy Troy’s or the Victor Steakhouse after a long day of Montana adventures.
Darby – Population 720
Main Street in Darby features one of the best antique shops in Montana that stretches for an entire block of this small town. Indulge yourself in some homemade fudge, candy or ice cream as you walk along the rustic boardwalk and visit the shops along Highway 93.