It seemed appropriate that our first long trip in Lola the Landcruiser was to Butte, MT.
Butte’s claim to fame, besides a hell of a St. Patrick’s day party, is Evil Knievel. I feel like the dare devil would of approved of our choice to travel over 500 miles round trip in a restored 1977 Toyota Landcruiser; except he probably would have suggested a launched jump, fireworks or at least some flames for our entrance to the Mining City.
Even without the pyrotechnics, we had an awesome time showing that traveling vintage is still relevant.
We arrived around 4 in Butte, so we checked into our room and made our way uptown to Headframe Spirits.
Headframe Spirits tasting room is located just north of their distillery, same building, just one door away. We parked along the main street, which lead to this perfect shot.
The interior is decorated with vintage mining safety posters and local memorabilia. Andy and I laughed at the lack of political correctness and politeness of the vintage posters. They have a beautiful hand carved bar behind the bar and friendly and knowledgeable bar staff.
Andy ‘s Drink Suggestion: Destroying Angel Whiskey and Coke
Crystal’s Drink Suggestion: Coconut Lime Spritzer, made with their High Ore Vodka
After drinks we headed to Casagranda’s Steakhouse , it was a happening place and we found two seats at the restaurants bar, Guido’s. Casagranda’s is housed in the Bertoglio Warehouse which was built in 1900. The warehouse closed in 1975 and was transformed into this fine dinning steakhouse. Although the place was busy, the bartenders were great and so was the food. We ended our time at the bar by buying the lead guitarist and drummer of Blackhawk a drink, and heading over to the concert. They put on a hell of a show, and we would encourage you to catch them if they play a venue close to you.
The next morning we rolled out of bed a little later then planned, we blame the lead guitarist… damn you Dale Oliver and made our way to the historic M&M for breakfast. A local we met at the concert told us it was the only place for breakfast in Butte. We both enjoyed the vibe and the food, apparently over ST. Patrick’s day they have a live web cam to show off their party.
Afterwards we made our way up the hill to see Butte from the top of the Richest Hill on Earth. Driving around uptown you can see how booming this town was at the turn of the 20th century. Revitalization is happening and it will be great to see Butte showing off their historic uptown again.
Check out Mainstreet Uptown Butte to start planning your own trip to this town rich in mining history.
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In the fall of 2015, I located a vintage Toyota Landcruiser for sale.
In this case, vintage was a polite way of saying rode hard.
The dream was always to get her road worthy again and hit the back roads in style. I’m not sure why I under estimated what Andy could turn her (yes… she has a gender… and yes… she has a name-Lola) into but the amazing machine she is today.
He has spent a lot of time with every bolt out of her, which created for some awkward discussions between the two of us about the “other woman” in the garage…
But in the end, Lola has been awesome to add to our family.
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