Trip Advisor Series
2017 Butte, Montana, USA
June 8-10, 2017–I attended a Red Cross training that was being held at the Quality Inn and Conference Center. Although it was just off the freeway, I didn’t notice any traffic noise.
The hotel seems to have been previously neglected and is now in the process of getting some much needed loving. They are in the process of installing new carpet and log furniture. Our room had a great shower!
The hotel has attentive staff, a large conference room, cool indoor pool area with a fitness room, tasty full hot breakfast buffet, even a little gift shop with snacks! The hotel has no elevators. There are restaurants, a casino and a grocery store nearby. Next to the hotel, there is a jogging trail that leads to a wildlife sanctuary.
Thanks to a generous grant, our 3-day training was catered by the Uptown Cafe. The meals they served were so much more tasty than your average conference meal. My absolute favorite was the fish with the green chilis. Thank you, Uptown, for catering such high quality meals!
Butte is a town with a surprisingly rich mining history. After a full day of training, one of our local Red Crossers, John, took three of us to visit the Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook. It was two days after the 100-year anniversary of when 168 men from 26 nations were killed in a massive fire in the mine. A wall of flags represents each country that lost a man that day.
Afterwards, John drove us around his hometown and pointed out areas like Chinatown and Little Sweden. The town was truly a melting pot of the cultures of many nations. I enjoyed catching a glimpse of Butte’s rich mining history from the perspective of a local.