Fish Creek House
by Cid Busarow
WHITEHALL — Cid Busarow fulfilled a childhood dream when she moved to Montana last May. Another dream was reached two weeks ago when she and her husband, Dan, opened Fish Creek House, a bed and breakfast just outside of Whitehall.
"When I was young I always told my parents I wanted to live in Montana," said Cid. Living in New York and later California, Cid didn't know how that would quite happen.
Dan, a partner in a computer business and gunsmith, and Cid, a bi- athlete, came to Bohart Ranch near Bozeman to compete in the running and shooting competition and fell in love with the area. The search was on for property in Montana. For Dan, he was returning to his roots. He lived in Malta until he was five.
The couple found a beautiful log home located on forty acres with gorgeous views of the mountains and a stone's throw from Fish Creek. Located just 15 milesfrom Whitehall Mt, nestled in theTobacco Root Mountains. .The Inn offers rustic charm with all the modern conveniences.. It's also a perfect stopover between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.
The house was purchased and a large renovation started.
"We'd drive up from California every month to see how the progress was going," said Cid.
During one of their trips, they took a hike down to the creek and when Cid looked up at the log home nestled in the hills, the name Fish Creek House came to her.
With the renovation complete and the licenses involved with a bed and breakfast approved, Fish Creek House is officially open for business.
The couple looks forward to sharing their home with guests, and those with horses as well. A new barn and round pen have been built for the couple's horses and although they are not offering trail rides, guests are welcome to bring their own horses and board them in the new facilities. Other activitiies include hiking, antiquing, exploring nearby ghost towns and hosted shooting clinics at their range. Virtually outside our door is the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest, great for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
"We want accommodate people who are nature loving. We'll make you feel like part of the family while you're here," said Cid.
One of Dan and Cid's specialties is shooting and plan to host shooting clinics for enthusiasts. Dan, an Olympic rifle coach had an shooting range was built on the property
Another specialty of Fish Creek House will be the food. They offer a gourmet breakfast for their guests and with their own personal greenhouse, the vegetables will be organically grown on site.
The inn offers two guests suites, each with a private bath, a large living room with a stone fireplace, a library and a sitting room, complete with a microwave and a fridge. Fish Creek House is also a place where the active businessperson can stay in touch. They offer wireless internet in each of the rooms and are considered a "wifi hotspot." The Busarows have quickly introduced themselves to the local Chamber of Commerce. They have offered their services to build a website for the Chamber and are in the process of doing so. They are also community minded business people and have used custom made Montana pieces in their guest rooms.