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Exploring Montana: Greycliff Mill

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

Happy April everyone! I'm so thankful for those of you who continue to check in on the blog even though my adventures are currently few and far between. I have both good news and bad news on that front. Let's do the bad news first so we can end on a positive note before focusing on this neat roadside coffee shop I visited in Montana last month.

Bad News:

With the rising prices of just about everything, there is very little chance that my ability to travel is going to improve anytime soon.

Good News:

I do have another trip this month that will take me to Glacier National Park so I will have a few adventures to share from that. I also received a National Parks pass for Christmas so I want to make good use of that this summer with a little more time in Yellowstone if not a road trip in August to visit a few more.

Going Forward:

For those of you who have been missing my Wyoming-focused content, I want to give you a few options to think over and give your thoughts in the comments. What I can do is write more about my adventures in my first house, living here in Wyoming. That way I could guarantee you two or three blog updates per month. The other option is that at least this summer I may be able to get in one or two trips per month and could write an update for you once a month.

With that out of the way, let's chat about the Greycliff Mill along the interstate outside of Greycliff, Montana. I have been driving past this beautiful-looking Mill for a couple of years now thinking every time that I really should stop. Usually, I'm in a bit of a hurry coming to and from visiting family in Montana so it hasn't worked out until last month.

My sister and I surprised our great aunt for her 75th birthday party and on our way home finally stopped to see what the Greycliff Mill was all about. The second reason I've never really stopped is that getting to the mill, which you can see right next to the interstate, requires knowing that it is there several miles before you reach it and exiting at the tiny town of Greycliff. You then drive parallel to the interstate on the side road for those few miles before driving under an underpass and into the gravel parking lot of the mill.

For now, this stop is mainly a coffee shop with several Montana-made novelties in their gift shop. It appears that they are working to turn it into a venue for events so some of the view is marred by ongoing construction at present.

The mill itself is rich with its own history. Signs in the sitting area inform you that the barn frame used for the mill was built between 1740 and 1760 by Dutch farmers in New York, which makes it older than America which is kind of cool. They also say that there are more Stradivarius violins in the world currently than Dutch barns. It also gives a diagram of the gristmill itself with more history and facts I'll leave you to discover for yourself. For the history alone I think this is a fun stop if you don't mind the "scenic route".

The service at the coffee shop was very pleasant and the homemade sweets were delicious. They have a few custom drinks with fun Montana references, but the drink I ordered was fairly mediocre and wouldn't convince me by itself to stop again.

What is your favorite out-of-the-way coffee shop?

Until next time! Happy Trails!

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