Tumbleweed Bookstore and Cafe

Another stop on the Montana Bookstore Trail was Tumbleweed Bookstore and Café.

After staying near Quake Lake in a beautiful campground and visiting Yellowstone National Park, we left through Gardiner. Of course, we stopped to check out Tumbleweed. We were there around lunchtime and I couldn’t pass up sandwiches named after local dogs. They even had photos of the dogs on the menu which I loved. My sandwich was called the Merle and it was truly delicious.

Book selection was very light here, probably owing to the fact that it was pretty far along in the tourist season when we traveled through. It looked like mostly used books – a great stop to pick up a vacation read that you can mostly ignore while you’re busy whitewater rafting, flyfishing, or hiking. They also sell some lovely locally-made jewelry, bags, and ground coffee.

There is lots of seating available to kick back and read for a bit while sipping coffee, which others were doing. There’s wifi and a big deck out front to sit and work or browse the internet while you eat. The patio seating is dog-friendly. A bowl of water had been set out for “dogs or really short people” which made me chuckle.

If you’re looking for some great food or coffee in Gardiner, stop in to Tumbleweed and maybe grab a book while you’re there.


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