Sidney, seated in Richland County, in northeastern Montana, is a small country town with a population of less than 10,000. Ergo, everyone knows everyone else, and the community is top-knit, top-notch, and well cared for.
This is a town where locals care about preservation of their classic lifestyles, so you are sure to find historic buildings and family-owned shops and restaurants. There are a few things to do and see, but most of this Montana town relies on their beautiful natural sceneries for appeal to travelers. The good weather often consists of sunshine, brisk breezes, and pop-up rainstorms that leave the whole state smelling like fresh dew and desert flowers.
For history buffs with a little extra time to leisurely peruse, the MonDak Heritage Center, located on 3rd Avenue Southeast, is a small museum that stores a big part of Montana’s rich histories in its walls. There are plaques, artifacts, and old findings galore, set up in rows of displays that you can walk between and learn about. Open for 6 hours a day, give the museum a call before planning a visit around their hours of operation. The museum hosts events on a regular basis, especially for children. There are arts, crafts, and mini summer camps, where kids can come and learn about history while being creative and unleashing their inner artist.
Montana Lil’s Casino is another must-visit favorite when you visit Sidney. The casino building is multi-level with the casino machines at the center, a historic train museum downstairs, and a sewing and crafts store upstairs. The casino requires brief registration to get started, but then you are free to run the machines and try your luck. While most of the casino is focused on slot machines, there are a few simple games tables, like classic poker and blackjack. You can be in and out and a few dollars richer [or poorer] in less than 2 hours.
The biggest reason to come to Sidney, Montana is the food!
There are over a dozen restaurants in this charming Montana town, each serving up a different kind of cuisine, like American with a Pub style, or authentic Italian fare. South 40 is a popular Sidney restaurant, ranked high per TripAdvisor reviewers of 20+ restaurants . Awarded the Certificate of Excellence, this small family-owned and operated restaurant, showcases homemade meals that are fresh-made from generations-old recipes.
Most of their menu revolves around comfort foods, like prime rib, garlic butter mashed potatoes, and fresh-baked yeast rolls. The restaurant itself sits in a multi-level building with a small casino and bar upstairs, and a family-friendly dining area downstairs—complete with a lengthy, fresh-serve salad bar.
Looking for American pub fare with an ice-old craft brew on tap? Savor a quite bite or full meal at Meadowlark Brewing. Their Public House offers an interesting menu including items such as spaetzle mac and cheese, a pub house chicken pot pie, or perhaps poutine with pork belly and white cheese curds. There's also American classics like fish tacos, French-dip sandwiches, and candied acon over cheese covered fries. While here, tour the facility and be sure to take home a 64 ounce growler or 32 ounce crowler. It's good stuff!
The RodIron Grill is another delicious place to dine with an extensive menu. Open for Sunday Brunch, Lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner, they serve up good eats and typically carry 16 craft beers. Enjoy RodIron's complimentary rolls with cinnamon butter, then opt for a starter - perhaps try the deviled eggs, street tacos, or chicken cracklins served with honey siracha sauce. Move forward with a caprese or sweet potato and blueberry salad, then opt for a yummy meat entree, pasta, or their special build-a-mac meal with Cavatappi noodles and specialty cheeses. There's also sandwiches, burgers, pizza and a great kids menu.
Plan on staying in town? Take a gander at these top Sidney hotels!
Ranked high by online reviewers for the best hotels in Sidney, Montana, MainStay Suites on 3rd Street Northwest offers a classic, pleasant hotel stay that has garnered over 40 positive reviews. This Sidney hotel offers a plethora of accommodating amenities, such as a full kitchen in each room, comfortable queen-size beds, super-clean facilities with fluffed towels, awesome shower pressure, and plentiful toiletries, and free high-speed internet and basic cable access.
The customer service is fantastic, reliable, and knowledgeable, with budget-conscious deals and specials on a regular basis for all kinds of travelers. Other accommodations include continental breakfasts, free parking for guests, a fitness center, a business center, and self-serve laundry facilities. Plus Meadowlark Brewing is less than a mile from MainStay Suites!
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Known for their first-class treatments of hundreds of guests year round, stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites on West Holly Street. Their customer service is knowledgeable and polite, while their management system is quick to remedy problems and acquiesce requests. Notably above average, the hotel’s highlighted amenities include spacious, clean rooms with plush, comfortable beds, complimentary breakfasts, free high-speed wireless internet, free basic cable access, and a swimming pool with a nearby fitness center.
Sometimes entertainment in Montana requires a bit of travel to the outskirts of neighboring North Dakota. In this case, the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum is 20 miles from the Holiday Inn Express, offering a wealth of historic information and must-see artifacts for history buffs.
The Lone Tree Inn
Nestled alongside South Central Avenue, the Lone Tree Inn is a budget hotel for business professionals, families, and other weary travelers. The hotel is older but the interior is updated with all modern amenities, such as free high-speed internet, dry-cleaning services, state-of-the-art air-conditioning systems, and super-plush, queen-size beds. Accommodations are basic and simple but homey, so you can expect warm blankets, fluffed pillows, clean linens, and fresh towels.
Lovin’ a bit of history and adventure? Travel to the state line between North Dakota and Montana to the Fort Union Trading Post—a historic marker where you will see artifacts from seven Northern Plains Indian Tribes.
Established in 1828, in the plains near the point the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers merge, this trading post sold nearly $100,000 a near in merchandise. This included 25,000 buffalo robes, beaver, mice furs and cooking utensils. Be sure to check out this piece of history.
Richland Inn & Suites
Richland Inn & Suites is situated on South Central Avenue, right alongside Interstate 16. According to online reviewers ,this facility offers great lodging in Sidney. Here you can relax and couples can romance and de-stress. The rooms are both modern and spacious, the customer service is courteous and reliable, and the complimentary breakfasts are the best parts about the mornings.
While the Richland Inn offers a lot in terms room choices, the King Suite is the most popular, with a plush king-sized bed, connected well-furnished living room, and full, well-equipped kitchen. Other accommodations include free parking for guests, free high-speed internet, a fitness center, and self-serve laundry rooms.
If you crave a sweet treat and homemade indulgence, head over to Sunny’s Family Restaurant for a slice of fresh-baked apple pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. They serve up great breakfast foods as well.
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