Posts in category Summer

Golf your best round at Bully Pulpit: How to play the back nine

Golf your best round at Bully Pulpit: How to play the back nine

You’ve reached the back nine! Your drives were true and your irons accurate. Now the real test of your golf skill begins. We’ll start you off slowly, but once fourteen comes around — all bets are off.

Rattlesnakes will rattle in the brush. Your golf cart will squeal as you question whether or not it’ll make it up the bluff. Captivating vistas await, but so do daunting tee shots and tucked-away pins.  You’re golfing IN the Badlands. Not around them, in them. As General Alfred Sully would say, “the Badlands look like Hell with the fires put out.” No golfing experience comes close to this.

You’re rounds almost finished. Plan your shots out and execute them. Just make sure you take the time to appreciate the scenery. Bully! READ MORE »

Top 10 reasons to spend your 4th of July in Medora.

Top 10 reasons to spend your 4th of July in Medora.

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The 4th of July in Medora
is a very special time. Patriotism is abundant as guests from all over the nation pour in to experience the most patriotic holiday in our historic town. We love the 4th so much here in Medora and would love for you to see why. Here are the top ten reasons you should make us your 4th of July destination this summer: READ MORE »

Going crazy planning your Medora vacation? We are here to help!

Going crazy planning your Medora vacation? We are here to help!

Are you struggling to decide what to see and do during your trip to Medora this summer? We thought so, which is why we created a handy-dandy “Trip Planning Page”. Take a gander at just some of what we’ve set up for you.

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Season Passes are on Sale Now!

Season Passes are on Sale Now!

 

The auditions are in the books. The hosts, cast, band, and featured variety acts have all been picked. Your 2014 Medora Musical is closer than ever and we can’t wait to see you out here! Now I can’t give you all the details (We have to keep them a surprise for just a little longer), but what I can say is that this years Musical is setting up to be one of the best ever! Season tickets are on sale now and you can click here to buy your Season Pass! As always the cast is A+ and the three variety acts are sure to delight. Keep your eyes and ears open, as more announcements will be coming soon.

The Delicious Pitchfork Steak Fondue

The Delicious Pitchfork Steak Fondue

There are many exceptional dining experiences in Medora!  The most unique is the Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Where else can you savor a fondued 12 oz. rib-eye steak as you overlook the Badlands from atop a bluff at the Tjaden Terrace. We might be a little bias but Beth Schatz Kaylor who writes the fabulous blog Rhubarb and Venison agrees, the Pitchfork Fondue and the Medora Musical make for a wonderful evening!  Here are a few snippets from her recent post about the Pitchfork Fondue and Medora Musical.

“Deep fried steak. That’s supposed to be the star attraction at the Pitchfork Fondue in Medora, ND, but I’ve gotta tell you, although the steak is great, the view from the Pitchfork Fondue dining area is simply spectacular. Bring your camera.

But back to the food. As any visitor knows, when you go to Medora, you have to make a night out of 1) the Pitchfork Fondue, followed by 2) the Medora Musical. My carnivore husband LOVES the Pitchfork Fondue. As someone who treads a little heavier in vegetables than meat, even I admit that this is one tasty steak. Throw a steak in a pot of boiling hot oil and it sears immediately, creating a juicy cut with a crispy crust. As a crust fanatic, I completely approve of a crusty steak. A country band plays as diners load up their metal lunch trays (yay for reusable trays!) with coleslaw, baked beans, baked potatoes, raw veggies and Texas toast. The sides aren’t particularly interesting – they all play second fiddle to the meaty entree. “

 

You can read Beth Schatz Kaylor’s  full post Pitchfork Fondue in Medora, ND here!

Medora Nightlife

Medora Nightlife

Medora is a swingin’ town.  During the day, you can go on trail rides and buggy rides, visit the museums, or enjoy the Family Fun Center. You can hike, go mini golfing, or enjoy the different day shows.  One would think that things slow down toward the evening; but the fun really kicks up in Medora when the sky starts to dim. READ MORE »

13 Things You Never Knew About the Greatest Show in the West!

13 Things You Never Knew About the Greatest Show in the West!

1. The rows in the Burning Hills Ampitheatre are designated by letter.  There are no rows lettered “I” or “O” in order to avoid confusion with the numbers one and zero.

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2. Medora’s original stage production “Old Four-Eyes” ran from 1958 to 1963.

3. The Burning Hills Ampitheatre is considered the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s first major project. READ MORE »

Bully Pulpit Golf Course to open on April 27, 2013

Bully Pulpit Golf Course to open on April 27, 2013

Managers say inquiries by golfers from across the U.S. point to another outstanding year.

Medora’s Bully Pulpit Golf Course will open for the 2013 season on April 27.

Casey Moen, Bully Pulpit’s Head Golf Professional, says the course is ready for what could be a record year. Moen says inquiries from across the nation have increased since February when Golf Digest named the course as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses for 2013. The magazine also gave the course a “Best in State” ranking.

“Bully Pulpit was already well-known among serious golfers across the country but the Golf Digest ranking has golfers, who have not yet visited the course, saying they need to experience the course for themselves,” says Moen.

While the recent snow may have delayed the course’s opening, Bully Pulpit Golf Shop manager Kathy Solga says the additional moisture was beneficial and the timing for the season opener is still on target. READ MORE »

13 Things to do in Medora

13 Things to do in Medora

Medora is full of exciting adventures. We are highlighting the top 13 things that we think you should explore when you get here!

1. Medora Musical – Yee-Haw! Kick up your heels with us at the Medora Musical, performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. MDT. Click here for more information! 

2.  Ice Cream – I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream! Enjoy a delicious cone piled high with creamy Medora-made ice cream! Learn to lick fast though, it goes fast in the Medora heat! Find out more. 

3. Bully Pulpit – Spend a day and play at the breathtakingly beautiful Bully Pulpit Golf Course. Ranked one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, you will surely learn to speak softly and carry a big stick! For more information click here. 

4. Explore Medora – There are many hidden treasures throughout the charming town of Historic Medora. Find the best Tomato Mac soup in town, enjoy a latte, eat some pizza, take an Old Fashioned Photo or just walk around the quaint streets. Step back from the busy world and enjoy your time here, we are sure that you will adore every minute of it. READ MORE »

90 Minutes in TR National Park

90 Minutes in TR National Park

July is almost over, and most of us are busy packing as much life and enjoyment as possible into the remaining weeks of summer.  It had been a while since I had been through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park; in fact, it had been much too long.  I didn’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the park in its summer glory.  Even though I only had about an hour and a half to spend there around other items on my schedule, I decided to go for a quick drive through the loop.

Grasses wave and clouds swirl on a July afternoon in TR National Park.

I have always felt that TRNP is one of the “best kept secrets” of the national park system.  Beautiful, clean, and never crowded, it’s the perfect afternoon drive if you want to clear your mind and fill up your senses. The 36-mile paved loop road winds lazily around hills and past creek beds, under tree branches, sometimes with only a handful of other cars in sight.

Although early mornings and evenings are the best time to try to catch a glimpse of the park wildlife during the heat of summer, I was hoping I’d luck out and stumble across some animals in the afternoon sun.  Prairie dogs are a given – you will inevitably spot those little guys popping out of their ground holes, sitting up to assess your vehicle, barking out a greeting to a neighboring dog, and just as quickly darting back down inside.

Pathway along Wind Canyon in TR National Park.

After enjoying the prairie dog town, I was taken in by colors. Mid-summer is the time of year when grasses start to dry out and add shades of light greens, yellows, and browns to the never-changing scoria reds and cedar greens of the badlands. The view from Wind Canyon was, as always, breathtaking, with occasional clouds threatening sprinkles and adding grays and navies to the summer blue sky.

 

 

 

 

Some buffalo kick up a little dust in TR National Park.

Some wild horses posed on the horizon from a distance, but not close enough to get a good look. Then I turned a corner around a butte, and was greeted by a buffalo herd roadblock!  Mothers with their calves grazed on the grass or rested on their sides.  A couple of the furry beasts got in a scuffle and kicked up a little dust in their wake while the others ignored their horseplay.

 

A wild horse gets frisky in TR National Park.

The oddball in the herd was a lone wild horse, who was busy doing some heel-kicking on its own!

The drive was over before I knew it, but the vivid landscape and surprising wildlife left me wanting more time in the park. Resolved to make it a more regular stop on my summer calendar, I challenge you to do the same as you venture to Medora!