What was once  a Podunk cowboy town has morphed into a mountainside retreat so farm-to-table, so grittily groovy, so legitimately plaid and beard enamored that it almost makes Bushwick look almost amateur. The elements- university town, burgeoning food scene, easy-to-access mountain adventures, proximity to a National Park-were always there. But, it took the development of an all inclusive boutique hotel to lasso the city’s artisan energy and stake Bozeman’s claim as an all American hot spot. Opened in April 2015, a reimagined 60’s era motor lodge called The Lark has become Bozeman’s community seat. The space’s ground floor is a cafe ; it’s kitschy-cool signs, maps and local paraphernalia inviting and cozy. Out front, there is a fire pit with hang out-perfect seating and retro silver taqueria truck perma- parked on property. On Main Street, that made-in Montana spirit continues with a mash up of shops that veer from old school outdoorsman supplier Schnee’s to Revolver, a spot for trendy menswear. Restaurants like The Roost, Blackbird Kitchen, Open Range and  The Feed offer sophisticated flavors tempered with laid-back, rustic charm. Love to ski? Big Sky Resort is only one hour away. During the summer months, the surrounding terrain is ideal for rafting, hiking and biking.