Mother’s Day in Martinsdale

Mother’s Day in Martinsdale

May 7, 2011  |  Eat

I always choose going on a road trip to celebrate Mother’s Day, and I usually pick a route that enables us to stop and eat at the Crazy Mountain Inn in Martinsdale. The drive to the historic small town, nestled between the Crazy, Castle and Little Belt Mountains on Highway 294, is picturesque no matter how you get there.

By the time our bumper hits the board sidewalk in front of the two-story inn, my stomach is always growling. Inside, a toasty fire crackles in the lobby’s woodstove. Light filters through lace curtains and the wooden floor creaks as owner Cheryl Marchi, hair twisted into her trademark braids, walks you to your table. Reservations are required on Mother’s Day, and our family always picks a table on the lobby side, where we can stretch out a little more.

I just love the lobby’s high ceilings, bead board walls and antique furniture, but the café side—with its dark wood walls, long counter and oilcloth tablecloths—is nice too. The Inn usually seats 28 people, but they pull out a couple extra tables on Mother’s Day and top them with fresh flowers.

If comments in the lobby’s guestbook are a testament, then the Crazy Mountain Inn is “Home of the World’s Best Chicken Fried Steak”.  The menu is full of burgers and steaks, but on Mother’s Day I recommend ordering one of their two specials: Prime Rib or Shrimp Sautéed with Lemon & Garlic. Each is under $20 and comes with homemade soup or salad, vegetable, roll and a baked potato.

Both Cheryl and her husband Peter are slingin’ it back in the kitchen trying to keep up with the crowd as waitresses top off wine glasses and deliver icy bottles of Moose Drool, and Trout Slayer. Make sure to save room for one of Cheryl’s famous homemade desserts like Sour Cream Lemon Pie, Chocolate Mousse, Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, or Peanut Butter Pie.

After eating, it’s fun to wander upstairs and check out the second floor inn. 11 sunny guest rooms that have antique bed frames and desks flank the long hallway. All share one spacious bathroom with both a claw foot tub and shower.

We like to kick around town and let the kids throw rocks in Martinsdale Reservoir before heading home to catch the Mother’s Day caddis hatch on the Yellowstone River. We usually go to Pig Farm fishing access east of Livingston. Dan casts, our Jack Russell chases marmots down holes, the kids check out caddis hatching on rocks, and I frame it all up in the viewfinder. My idea of a perfect day!


Crazy Mountain Inn – 110 Main Street, Martinsdale, MT (406) 572-3307. Reservations Required on Mother’s Day.

Restaurant Hours – CLOSED MON/TUE/WED. Open Thursday – Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Inn – Open 7 days a week (breakfast is available for hotel guests)

PLEASE NOTE: Crazy Mountain Inn Accepts Cash & Checks Only!!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO CHERYL MARCHI, MOTHER OF 5, GRANDMOTHER OF 4 and surrogate mom to two litters of puppies – one just born and the other due to arrive this Mother’s Day. (Cheryl & Peter breed Labrador Retrievers

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