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Review of Virgelle Mercantile

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Virgelle Mercantile
Ranked #1 of 1 Loma B&B and Inns
Wilson
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not just a stop - a destination”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2012

We spent 3 of the best days of our lives here. This is an especially good place for folks who just want to lay back for a while. Stay more than one night. If you're a birdwatcher, go in late June - it's a fabulous area for sparrows!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Choteau, Montana
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2011

Float back to yesteryear at this backroads Montana gem. Indulge your pioneer fantasies with a stay in a lovingly restored homestead cabin or sheepherder wagon with wood stoves and oil lamps and a spotless shared bathhouse. The antiques are authentic and meticulously detailed. An adequate breakfast with unlimited good coffee is included. Bring a cooler and grill your own meals, or find good lunch spots in nearby Big Sandy, or The Grand Union for dinner in Fort Benton. The proprietors, Don and Jimmy, are hospitable and charming. Jimmy even managed to convince my 75-year-old mother to get in a canoe. They run a river shuttle for everything from an hour float from the Virgelle Ferry to a 10-day voyage through the white cliffs of the Missouri Breaks. This is the perfect place for an unplugged family vacation. Kids will be so busy swinging on the better-than-any-waterpark rope swing over the big muddy river (disclaimer: the rope swing is on a neighbor's property) they won't notice there aren't any outlets or screens. One of my favorite spots on the planet: a place of real peace.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MTMagpie
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Somewhere in the Middle of MT
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2010

We stayed for our annivesary and can't wait to go back. The nicest staff and amazing food. I could have shopped for antiques for hours - two buildings full. Bright and clean with everything you could need - including a wine and cheese basket in your room. Breakfast was to die for! Price was right. It was a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mama2six
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lb,il
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93 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2009

Staying at the Merc is like a stay at Grandma's if grandma lived on the plains of Montana in the 50's. Don, the proprietor immediately made us feel at home. Each room is cozy and uniquely decorated. The view form the porch takes you back to the solitude of an earlier time. The homecooked breakfast was wondertful.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank chr_8
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Texas
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69 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2007

The legendary Brigadoon is a remote Scottish village that appears only once every 100 years. I couldn't help thinking about it when, after an 8-mile drive over Montana gravel roads without another soul in sight in any direction, the Virgelle Merc suddenly appeared, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

After staying at the Virgelle Merc, I have to redefine my definition of nowhere. Maybe it's my usual city life that is "nowhere," and the Virgelle Merc that is the true reality. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted in a most friendly way by owner Don Sorenson, who restored this old merchantile building some 30 years ago and turned it into a bed and breakfast serving tourists exploring the White Cliffs and wild and scenic Missouri river.

We immediately felt at home with Don, with whom we had corresponded by e-mail for the reservation, and he showed us to our cute room, beautifully decorated with antiques and cozy touches. It was like staying at grandma's house! Don even fixed us a yummy plate of cold cuts when he learned we hadn't had dinner before driving out to Virgelle.

Don lives in the old bank building next to the B&B, and we enjoyed poking around to look at the antiques for sale, the old buildings that remain of the town of Virgelle, and the cabins and wagons that are also available for rent. In the morning, breakfast was an absolutely wonderful selection of cream cheese French toast, whole hog sausage, and fruit.

We loved our stay at the Virgelle Merc and would heartily recommend it to anyone looking for true hospitality and a unique experience in the heart of Montana.

  • Liked — unique experience, wonderful hospitality
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Docmarx
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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2006

My friends and I were searching for an outfitter in order to canoe the White Cliffs of the Missouri and came upon these guys in a fortuitous Google search. They are fantastic! The town of Virgelle is a restored hamlet on the banks of the Missouri River, and as I understand it began in association with the railroad, but never made it when transportation was diverted a few miles away. The only two buildings that were constructed were the mercantile and the bank, both of which serve, today, as a showroom for antiques and curios. The mercantile also stocks rudimentary items and the upstairs has been restored to a Victorian bed and breakfast, complete with period antiques, but modern amenities. There are preserved outbuildings for additional accommodations and even a restored covered wagon that serves as a stand-alone bedroom!
The flavor of this establishment is spot on perfect Old West. I felt as if I had stepped off the train circa 1910, in search of lodging and food – straight out of central casting. Understand that I don’t mean silly costumed employees; I’m referring to the particular attention they pay to the experience that is their business. Fabulous!
If the surroundings weren’t escape enough, the hospitality is unparalleled. You are looked after from the moment you arrive. Our “package” was for horseback riding (in concert with a stable down the road), canoeing and two nights accommodations; this included 4 meals – 2 scrumptious breakfasts (served on beautiful china, in the elegantly rustic dining room of the Inn), the most amazing pack lunch I’ve ever had an outfitter provide, and one very tasty supper. They provided a munchie basket upon arrival and left us explicit instructions to contact them at any time for whatever we might think to need! Don is part your favorite uncle and part den mother - the consummate innkeeper with an eye for detail and a nurturing spirit.
The canoe trip is something I’ll never forget. The mere occasion of being in the presence of living history is humbling. For you Lewis and Clark aficionados, this is Mecca. Our guide, Jimmy, shared an enthusiasm that was infectious and he is a veritable font of area lore. Nothing seems to ruffle him and in the gentle spirit that is his company, he was always eager to know that we were happy. I am.
I loved this place so much, I hesitate to share it.
Disclaimer: Part of the beauty and fun is that this is a rustic and off-the-beaten-path kind of experience. Where they are quite good at taking care of their guests, this is not a Faux Cowboy Spa (thank God). If you aren’t looking to connect with the magic that is the Missouri River country, go elsewhere. This isn’t to say you are required to go one on one with the great outdoors and a simple get-a-way to the Inn would be in perfect order, but a large part of the experience is allowing yourself to be immersed.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank JRO
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Charleston, South Carolina
Level Contributor
55 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2006

We stumbled upon Virgelle as a continuation of Lewis & Clark explorations. This remote location is simply fantastic. The rooms are clean, comfortable and well appointed. The meals (included in the price) are outstanding. Don and Jim went out of their way to make our stay memorable. They are right on the edge of the Missouri River, near an old working cable ferry. They arranged a memorable horseback ride and canoe trip through the White Cliffs area of the Missouri for us. Our every conceivable need was supplied, from rain gear to a yummy lunch to a thoughtful "bathroom" for those of us who were sissies. If we are ever in this part of the world again, we will certainly make Virgelle part of our trip. It is an awesome place to visit and a beautiful place to stay.

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Additional Information about Virgelle Mercantile

Property: Virgelle Mercantile
Address: 7485 Virgelle Ferry Rd N, Loma, MT 59460-7729
Region: United States > Montana > Loma
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Loma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Virgelle Mercantile serves its guests today, as it did at the turn of the last century... Four quiet upstairs guest rooms share down-the-hall bathroom facilities, or new seperate showerhouse facilities. Located in a remote setting beside the Upper Missouri River and the old Great Northern RR Line, the Mercantile B&B offers a taste of country life with a victorian flare. Enjoy full, hot breakfasts each morning from the Mercantile kitchen. ... more   less 

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