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Letter from the Editor: Big Sky Country

BSJ we broaden the definition of Big Sky Country

Written by Seabring Davis  

Seabring Davis

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Hearth and Soul Building a Timeless Legacy An Uncommon Cabin in the Woods Timeless Fusion Mountain Tradition A Modern Vision Summer Camp Perfect Harmony Winter Getaway: Red Lodge, Montana Beyond the Cabin A Fine Balance Good Country Authentically Western A Home for the Ages Where the Living is Easy Music in the Mountains The Flight of the Hummingbird Living the Dream Integrating Nature Mountain Exposure Eclectic Parkitecture Uniting Color Historic Symmetry The Year Of The Horse A Yellowstone Club Retreat Dining Out: Lone Mountain Ranch Serves Up a Sense of Place Western Design: Uniquely Rustic Western Design: JLF & Associates Letter from the Editor: Season of Possibility Dining Out: A Montana Tradition, Chico Hot Springs Letter from the Editor: Design Trends Dining Out: The Ranch at Rock Creek Redefines Montana Cuisine Dining Out: Seasonal Bliss Western Design: Refined Rustic Letter from the Editor: Winter Wave Letter from the Editor: Blending Seasons Western Design: A New Mountain Lodge Western Design: Historic Haven Western Design: In the Studio with the Viers Western Focus: Classic Connection: Miller Architects Western Design: Reviving the Barn From the Editor: Seasons of Simplicity Dining Out: Innovation Meets Tradition at Bisl Letter from the Editor: What is art? Dining Out: Holland Lake Lodge, Rustic Wonderful Letter from the Editor: The Secret Weapon Letter from the Editor: Fly Fishing for the Greater Good Western Design: Mountain Zen Western Design: Creekside Contemporary Living Big Sky on HGTV The Spirit of the West in Jackson, Wyoming Letter from the Editor: First Snow Dining Out: The Old Hotel Letter from the Editor: Signs of Summer Letter from the Editor: The Angler’s Sojourn Dining Out: Simply Good Food From the Editor: Hit the Road Making a Statement: Miller Architects Letter from the Editor: Winter’s Toll Letter from the Editor: Evolving Home Dining Out: Comfort Food Western Design: Cowboy Modern Western Design: The Idaho Club Letter from the Editor: Talking Art Dining Out: Conserving Montana One Table at a Time Dining Out: Cosmopolitan Cuisine at TEN Dining Out: Ranch to Restaurant Letter from the Editor: Waiting for Summer Letter from the Editor: Arts Economy Letter from the Editor: First Frost Letter from the Editor: Why Art? Letter from the Editor: Up Close and Personal Letter from the Editor: A Tradition of Talent Letter from the Editor: Winter Reflection Dining Out: The Taste of Whitefish Letter from the Editor: How Big is Your Bucket Letter from the Editor: Falling Short Western Design: Rustic Allure Dining Out: Fish Food Western Design: In the Studio with Painter Hugh Wilson Western Design: Home Base From the Editor Dining Out: Tradition, with a Twist Letter from the Editor: I Know Where the Fish Are Letter from the Editor: Big Sky Country Letter from the Editor: Forging Ahead Dining Out: Barn Dance Letter from the Editor: Like an Open Road Letter from the Editor: The Language of Fishing Letter from the Editor: Cast Again Editor’s Letter: The Passing Season Dining Out: Saffron Table Letter from the Editor: Staying Power
July 2011


Life in the Northern Rockies is at its best in the summer. It’s when this region, Montana specifically, fulfills all the glorious superlatives spoken of Big Sky Country. The days are long and the possibilities seem boundless. Recreation defines the season; in this issue alone our contributors bring their unique experiences out here to you on horseback, bicycle, with a dog’s-eye-view and from the seat of a vintage car. This is Big Sky Country and the opportunities are limitless.

That phrase — “Big Sky” — in reference to Montana, was first coined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author A.B. Guthrie in his 1947 novel, The Big Sky. According to an article published in Montana: The Magazine of Western History (Spring 2003), Jack Hallowell, director of the Montana state advertising department borrowed the moniker from the author for Montana’s tourism campaign in 1961. Since then, the image of Big Sky Country has been successfully branded into the American psyche. In 1970, Chet Huntley obtained permission from the state to name his new ski area near Bozeman, Big Sky Resort, further tying the name to Montana. Even the standard Montana state license plate used the slogan until 2009. Over 40 years highway maps, ad campaigns, Web sites, magazines (ahem!) and even a town have utilized the nickname effectively. It’s a good one.

In BSJ we broaden the definition of Big Sky Country, extending it to the neighboring states of Idaho and Wyoming. If you consider the fact that when you live in the Northern Rockies, a little drive from Livingston, Mont., to Alta, Wyo., for the annual Targhee Music Fest ("Music in the Mountains") is quite possibly just a daytrip or that an eight-hour haul from Ennis to fish the South Fork Boise (Outside) is no sweat and that a 400-mile bike ride through Wyoming (On the Road) is a weekend jaunt, it makes sense. (Right?) Because the real question is: Who can really say where the Big Sky ends?

Tell us about your adventures, experiences and associations with “Big Sky Country.” Post comments on articles or visit our Facebook page.

Seabring Davis