For the uninitiated, Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa is the official "IT" spot in southern Montana. Granted, it doesn't have much in the way of competition, but even some destinations in metropolitan areas would be hard pressed to match its charm.
The resort offers two large pools fed by mineral hot springs, a first-class restaurant that offers some of my favorites--including oysters on the half shell--(and the staff cultivates a garden and greenhouse for fresh produce), a relaxing day spa, and according to one sign, "romantically historic" accommodations (I love that phrase). Additionally, the site provides stunning views of Paradise Valley and the Absaroka Mountain Range.
Yesterday, I attended a staff training at Chico--the topic was sustainability. Jim Evanoff, the National Park Service's environmental manager and the person who has provided invaluable leadership for "greening" the park gave a presentation about Yellowstone's environmental initiatives. I spoke briefly about Xanterra's contributions. The Chico Hot Spring staff has been implementing a number of greening programs, from minimizing plastic use onsite, to concerted recycling efforts, to focusing on sustainable purchasing.
For those of you who visit, we'll definitely make a trip to Chico Hot Springs--bring your bathing suit!