Land That We Love Tour ~ Helena

We left our home on Tuesday September 21st for Day 1 of our Land That We Love Tour. We filled our tank with gas at the Costco in Spokane, Washington at $3.489 per gallon and made it all the way to Helena, Montana on that tank of gas. Our first stop was at Montana’s State Capitol Building. We parked in the rear of the building.

Wilbur Fisk Sanders (1834-1905) one of Montana’s first senators.

It was a very impressive interior with a lovely rotunda and grand staircase. This link speaks of all the art in the rotunda.

This link speaks to the art on and around the Grand Stairway.


Thomas Francis Meagher

Lady Liberty.

As you can see we had a warm sunny day. After our time at the Capitol we headed downtown to find a spot to have a meal. It was Tuesday so we enjoyed a Taco Tuesday meal at the Windbag Saloon and Grill. Helena was a pay for parking downtown. After our meal and before we checked into our hotel we found and toured the beautiful Cathedral of St. Helena. I’ll save that for another day.

Our night in Helena was our most expensive night on our whole tour in a Hampton Inn. The further east we traveled the less expensive comparable hotels were. We experienced the Covid all disposable product phenomena. No mugs for coffee in your rooms or at the ‘free’ breakfasts. Everything was paper disposable. Our disposable cups for coffee deteriorated and we decided that we needed to purchase some mugs of our own for the rest of the journey. One of the things we decided on was to take an inexpensive coffee maker, our own coffee beans and our grinder to make our own coffee each morning in the hotels. We are not fans of the small coffee makers and coffee pods, etc. hotels offer these days. We would do this again whenever we travel. These days hotels limit bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths to one per person but you can request more. No cleaning rooms if you stayed longer than a night. All of our stays were one-nighters except for our VRBO in North Carolina and our stay with my brother and his family in Dallas.

It’s been good to catch up with a lot of your blogs and see what is new. We have a lot of fall clean-up to accomplish on our property but it looks like we will not need to mow again until Spring.


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “Land That We Love Tour ~ Helena

  1. I still think all the places you visit should hire you as their spokesperson. You capture so many wonderful details and history

  2. Very fancy capital building! I loved the Grand Staircase—beautiful. I agree with your decision to buy mugs. I prefer them to any disposable cups.

  3. Twenty years ago the trend of not having clean linens and enough towels and facecloths was just beginning. I was an outspoken critic. I remember telling the hotel clerk that I didn’t take a vacation very often and when I did…I expected the amenities one should have. A paper cup that dissolved? Yikes. How revolting. My sister and her husband are currently vacationing in Florida. I will have a few extra questions for them when they arrive home. 🙂 I am very interested in price comparisons on gasoline and meals from place to place.

    • Vee, I’ll share our gas prices on the different states as I go along and see if I have our food expenditures, too. I do know off the top of my head that North Carolina was the least expensive for Mexican fare.

  4. The state capitol building is rich with history and art. Thanks for showing us around. Bringing your own coffee supplies is a great way to ensure a satisfactory cup of morning coffee . . . so important! Buying mugs was another good idea. (Posh to flimsy paper coffee cups.)

  5. Being on the road ourselves we also found it interesting to see how service has changed obut I did not really mind knowing that no one would be coming into the room. And yes, coffee from a paper cup is just not the same. I’m so glad, though, that we can travel again.

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