Bozeman is the type of town that tries to hang on to old traditions while bringing in new ones. Bozeman actually pulls it off and maintains some of its cowboy identity, while still having a great organic grocery store and bakery. Skiing is one thing nearly everyone living in the town or attending the University has in common. With the Bridger Mountains and ski slopes less than a half-hour drive away, and the world-class Big Sky Resort just 45 minutes away, everyone loves to ski. Cross-country skiing is also fairly popular, and Lindley Park is groomed every winter for that purpose. There is also Bohart Ranch located in the Bridgers, a very nice, though slightly expensive, place to try out Nordic skiing.
For those who either cannot afford or do not care for skiing, downtown Bozeman has a surprisingly large amount to offer for a town of approximately 35,000 friendly residents. Coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, and festivals are always available for entertainment. A perfect day in Bozeman might go something like this: Wake up early, have some banana bread French toast at the Cateye Café, go to Bridger for a half day of skiing or a hike, head back downtown and stop by a few of the more eclectic shops (check out Cactus Records), then have a delicious dinner at the Naked Noodle or La Parrilla before walking over to The Leaf and Bean for a cup of tea and live music. In spending a day like this, you'll discover the essence of Bozeman: outdoor country living with a splash of art and culture.