I "heart" Montana

Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com 10301213186

In the last year, I was lucky enough to take two trips to Montana; a summer excursion and a winter one. And I simply cannot gush enough about how wonderful the people and environment are.


The people:

The people of Montana should get awards for their caring nature. Everyone we met was extremely kind and friendly - there was not one instance of an unfriendly person. For example, there was:


  • The woman who drove about 1/2 foot into the cross walk that we were getting ready to use. She rolled down her window, smiled, and apologized for not stopping far enough back. (Compared to the taxi driver when we landed in NY who drove over the entire crosswalk and just ignored us as we wrestled the luggage through the 12" of available space he left at the front of his car.)


  • The man who saw we were parked on the side of the road and asked if he could help us find something. We spent a nice ten minutes chatting about the area.


  • The ladies at the airport who told us to go in front of them in line because they were still getting their boarding passes. When the lady with the passes came back and the line still hadn't moved, I told her to go in front of us because she had been there first and she said, "Naaah, that's okay - we're all going to the same place anyway."


  • All of the people at restaurants and hotels and stores who truly went out of their way to be friendly.


  • The handwavers. On any back road, whenever anyone drove towards you, they waved. Where I live, if anyone "waves" there's usually a finger involved. 


The place:

Oh my. The people were great, but the place was even better! On this trip, we traveled most of the western part of the state, including the areas of Glacier National Park, Whitefish, BigFork, Kalispell, Seeley Lake, Missoula, Hamilton, Lake Como, and Darby.


Montana is simply one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. There are mountains in almost every direction, and lakes and rivers that were crystal clear. We hiked in the woods, mostly easy hikes this time around, but there are easy and hard trails everywhere, and thousands of miles of exploration available. There are all sorts of wild animals. We saw mule deer, as well as a herd of buffalo running at the edge of a forest. Twice we had a bald eagle soar over our heads, and wild turkeys romped through the fields. And of course there are the thousands of cows and horses everywhere. Aaaah.


If you like the outdoors, you have to visit Montana. I took a lot of pictures, so it was tough picking just one for this post that captures the Montana essence. Here was my selection. Enjoy!


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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

428 Main Street

Armonk, NY 10504 *

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Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

wow that is an awesome photo there, those are the reason we should see the us and the world

Mar 14, 2016 10:31 AM #8
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Kat Palmiotti Your post & photo have captured my attention.  Might have to put Montana on our bucket list.  Keep posting.

Mar 14, 2016 09:00 PM #9
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Kat....that is a truly amazing photo. I love the mountains and cannot spend enough time with the beauty.

Mar 14, 2016 11:40 PM #10
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Kat, You are right about Montana. I remember having to stop on a highway as cattle where herded across the road! Beautiful place.

Mar 15, 2016 12:31 AM #11
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Kat,

We've experienced this in many other parts of the country.  The further you get away from NYC or other metropolitan area, the nicer people become.  They're not so rushed and don't mind lending a hand.  

Mar 15, 2016 03:15 AM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Sounds like your heart is in Montana.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 15, 2016 12:06 PM #13
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Kat Palmiotti ,  We drove through Montana last year.  It was dark out so we missed a lot of its beauty.  We love traveling throughout the US.  There is so much to see.

Mar 15, 2016 12:55 PM #14
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Kat Palmiotti, I think I would heart Montana too, I've never been there but hope to one day.

Mar 15, 2016 01:38 PM #15
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Kat. Have been there twice, both times in the summer. You're so right about the this state and the people that live there.

Mar 15, 2016 07:14 PM #16
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Mark - There are some phenomenal parts of the US!

Mary - You wouldn't be sorry!

Jeffrey - The views are really amazing. I felt so small next to those huge mountains.

Peter - We had to stop to let a cow cross also. What fun!

Wayne/Jean Marie - That's true - as you get further from cities, people are definitely nicer.

Lou - It was beautiful.

Larry - Yes, there are bunch of states I haven't seen. 

Sybil - I hope you get to!

Joe - I was there last summer, and there was definitely more to do; we hoped to do some cross-country skiing this time but there wasn't a lot of snow left.

Mar 15, 2016 08:40 PM #17
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Kat.  I must confess that I have never been to Montana.  But, now I want to go, thanks.

Mar 16, 2016 09:12 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kat

That's nice to hear! I've never been to Montana, although I have a couple of friends there, and had some wonderful clients that moved here from Billings a few years ago. That's a beautiful photo you've shared!


Mar 17, 2016 01:39 AM #19
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 LOL about the Taxi driver in NYC, I had one the dropped me off blocks from the Hotel, I think NYC taxi drivers are the worst......Montana sounds wonderful thank you for sharing your adventures!

Mar 17, 2016 08:31 AM #20
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Everyone that has ever been loves it and many want to move there. I have this on my to do list. Love the photo, Kat.

Mar 22, 2016 10:50 PM #21
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Glad you enjoyed Montana Kat, I have been a fan of this place as well.

Fortunately I have found people in NY to be a lot friendlier than the taxi driver you mentioned.

Mar 26, 2016 02:02 PM #22
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Gabe - I would definitely recommend a trip.

Jeff - It's just so pretty! Love it.

Yolanda - I wasn't surprised by his actions. And while I'm sure there are some good taxi drivers in NY, they don't have a great reputation.

Debbie -Thank you! I'm feeling a bit of that urge as well.

Bob - People in NY can certainly be friendly, but in general, many of us are always rushing around and just don't 'take the time to connect and pay attention. That atmospher is different elsewhere.

Mar 26, 2016 08:09 PM #23
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kat - Montana is truly the Big Sky Country.  I drove through the state years ago.  Lot's of unspoiled terrain.

Mar 28, 2016 01:08 AM #24
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Grant - Everytime I think of it, I just say, "Aaaaaah"

Mar 28, 2016 03:46 AM #25
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, sure sounds like wonderful times, and the people are just as nice as the views!  

Apr 01, 2016 11:34 PM #26
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Joan - Oh, yes, it was wonderful!

Apr 02, 2016 04:38 AM #27
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