Upstairs in The Stone House, you'll find a recently renovated spacious and sunlit suite with a full bathroom and kitchen. A short flight of stairs leads to a spacious sleeping loft. Big windows on three sides offer abundant natural light and views of mountains and Montana's famous big skies. Cap off a perfect day of hiking with a soak in the huge, antique, freestanding bathtub in the newly remodeled bathroom. A cheery freestanding gas fireplace easily fills the entire space with warmth on the chilliest winter nights while ceiling fans and mountains breezes will keep you cool and refreshed all summer long. If you don't feel like making breakfast, stumble one door over to the High Note, where mornings on the patio are the perfect way to start your day.
  Downstairs in The Stone House, you'll find a simpler suite, with a private bathroom and studio space. Inspired by artistically oriented lodgings in rural France, the downstairs was designed with day-painters in mind. The en-suite
partial kitchen is ideal for whipping up a quick breakfast or making a savory stew at the end of your day.
  intrepid day painters on the Missouri

Alluring and intriguing destinations abound in and around Basin. Ease into the unhurried rhythms of our historic mining town by strolling along main street, where you'll find poignant reminders of the past almost everywhere you look. Ramble through the nearby Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, where you'll find fast-flowing mountain streams; ruins and relics; old mining trails; and wildlife, including deer, elk, coyotes, martins, and even bears. Roaming farther afield, the beautiful Boulder Valley is Big Sky country at its finest, where low mountains, rolling hills, and endless plains stretch away endlessly beneath a vast and stirring canopy of sky. For more adventures, see our links page.

 
  boulder valley
 
Basin goes way back, all the way back to 1862 when gold was first discovered on Cataract Creek, one and a half miles from the town's current location. In 1880, a village of log cabins quickly sprung up around new and richer claims on Basin Creek, which runs through the center of town. The wave of building that followed in the 1880's and 1890's included The Stone House, The Masonic Hall (now part of the Montana Artists' Refuge), and the Basin Jail. Over 400 mining claims were staked in the surrounding mountains. Much of Basin's rich history has been either consciously preserved or undisturbed. Wherever you ramble, in and around Basin, you'll find yourself on a journey through time as well as through space.
 
  Basin also boasts a thriving and diverse artistic community. A lively cast of painters, musicians, potters, poets, sculptors, and writers all maintain permanent residences here. Many local artists serve on the board of the Montana Artists' Refuge, which was founded by the proprietors of The Stone House. Ongoing artistic events with local and visiting artists foster creative interchange, exchanges, and collaborations. If mining the hard rock of your own creativity is your stock-in-trade, come to The Stone House--a rich and supportive environment awaits you.
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