A Little History...
The Old Hotel, once the Twin Bridge Hotel and built circa 1879, sits on the corner of 5th and Main Streets in downtown Twin Bridges, Montana. This Historic three-story brick building has lived thru numerous incarnations: as a Hotel, a Boarding House, & a Family Home for numerous local residents and visitors. If the walls could talk, they would confirm the tall tales & stories that have been shared by folks who have been a part of the rich history. Although this quaint building sat empty for a number of years, in 1996, it was lovingly brought back to life! To this day, the building retains much of its original charm as seen in the hardwood floors, staircases, doors, and architecture. In the Winter of 2012, The Old Hotel saw additional renovations & an expansion & through changing times, a small revamp of our dining space, this year, has given us new opportunities.
Don't be fooled by the name! The Old Hotel is a Walk-up Eatery ONLY. We DO NOT provide for overnight accommodations.
In the Summer of 2001 Bill and Paula made their first trip together, to visit family, in the Bitterroot Valley. They camped, hiked, learned how to fly fish, and had a fantastic time learning about Montana's history and culture. They were hooked!
Returning, in the Summer of 2002, they explored more of what the Treasure State had to offer... that Fall, they made their plans to move from O'ahu, Hawaii to Dillon, Montana.
Bill (having been born and raised in the islands) and Paula (growing up and living in the islands for close to 20 years), didn't truly know what to expect but were excited for their new adventure! They landed in Montana on July 1st, 2003.
With a pinch of hard work and a dash of good luck, they both took on great jobs. Bill working at Adventure Cycle & Sled, in Dillon, and Paula at The Old Hotel, in Twin Bridges. They took up all of the fun seasonal sports and activities that this region has to offer and really settled into enjoying Montana life!
Two years pass and the original owner of The Old Hotel, Jane Waldie, announces that she wants to sell the business. Always seeking new opportunities/adventure & with numerous years of food service industry experience, Bill & Paula jump at the chance to work together doing something that they are both passionate about... they go for it!
Seventeen years have come and gone since they purchased The Old Hotel and the adventure continues!
Meet our ambassador, King George! Born in 2013 on the Elford Ranch, he is a man about town and a full-blooded Pomeranian. Most importantly, he has become a renowned food critic! His favorites include: Beignets, Rib Eye steak, Frisbee games, and snuggles. Don't forget to say hi when you stop by!
Kelly, Ruby, & Kim
As many of you know, we have been operating The OH with limited Staff, this year. Our crew may be small but they are mighty... and we would love for you to meet our terrific trio.
Kelly joined our team this summer, and has been a wonderful addition! A graduate of Sheridan High School, Kelly's family has roots in The Ruby Valley.
Kelly loves her cat, Murphy, as well as the many friends she has made while adulting in Montana. Did you know that Kelly is an avid traveler? She has visited nearly 50 countries, and only has 5 states left to see! The next time you see Kelly behind the counter, be sure to ask her about some of her exciting adventures to Scotland, Japan, or Austria...
Then, we have Ruby!
From the time she was a little girl, Ruby knew she wanted to work at The OH. After many long years of waiting, Ruby began her venture with The OH- first at the Farmer's Market, and then as a Dishwasher & Prep Cook. Ruby stayed on to help us create our online presence, as we transitioned through various challenges. Officially, she is our Social Media Manager, and works with Us during the Summer!
Additionally, she has joined the ranks of Seasoned Taste Tester, with Georgie, at The OH! As a Senior at Twin Bridges High School, she remains busy with extracurricular activities such as basketball, volleyball, and Business Professionals Association.
Finally, we have Kim!
Kim is the newest addition to the crew! She grew up in Billings but went to college in Missoula. For over 40 years, Kim worked in various avenues of accounting. Most recently, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Helena Public Schools.
When Kim retired, she and her husband moved to Wisconsin Creek. Here, she started landscaping and puppy-owning (see Tucker on the right). But, wanting to socialize more, she joined the OH Ohana. And we're so glad she did!