To say that New York and Missoula are worlds apart is an understatement. There are few things that we have in common. However, that is what makes us both special.

I have been to New York before. As a Montana girl, I was completely out of my element and overwhelmed. There was so much to see, and so much to do, and not enough time to do it all. New York is a big place with lots of buildings and a little bit of sky.

Montana is a big place with a few buidings and a big sky. I can only image what a New Yorker may think of Missoula. The slower change of pace, the abundance of rivers, outdoor activites and wildlife. Montana must seem like a whole other world to them.

It makes you wonder if people from New York would like to visit a place like Missoula. Well, according to New York Magazine, people from New York would love to visit a little place in Montana like Missoula.

This magazine for New Yorkers is boasting a large article on all the great places to stay, things to do and places to eat in and around Missoula. Some of the featured places are Gibson Mansion Bed & Breakfast, the Catalyst, Biga Pizza, Grizzly Hackle and Big Dipper Ice Cream.

So, this summer when you’re out and about in our beloved Garden City, don’t be surprised if you bump into a stranger or two with a New York accent.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of The University of Montana, animal lover and writer.