Thursday, June 8, 2023


Patagonia outlet in Dillon, Montana

Patagonia Outlet, 16 S. Idaho; Dillon, Mont. (Julianne G. Crane)

Okay, I needed a cup of coffee (and a bath room break) — that’s why we originally pulled off the road in the southwest Montana town of Dillon.

Then my driver, cook and traveling companion, Jimmy Smith, remembered about the Patagonia outlet.

After fortifying ourselves with a latte and fresh baked scone at the Sweetwater Cafe, we headed over to the Patagonia store, a short block away.

Inside Patagonia Outlet, in Dillon, Mont. (Julianne G. Crane)

Once inside Patagonia’s front door one is immediately hit by a riot of color. Neon blues, greens and pinks play and dance across the open-style store. At the very least it is a joyful place and also there are deals to be had on this outdoor line of clothes.

Patagonia prides itself on being an environmental-friendly retailer. Its Website states: “The wild world we love is fast disappearing. At Patagonia, we think that business can inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. This means that what we make and how we make it must cause the least harm to the environment. We evaluate raw materials, invest in innovative technologies, and rigorously police our waste.”

Patagonia information:

Address: 16 S. Idaho; Dillon, Mont. 59725
(406) 683-2580


Directions to Dillon, Mont., outlet:
 FYI: The store has recently moved, so your GPS may have it a few doors away.

Highway 15 southbound: Take the first Dillon exit, right on Montana St., left on Helena and then your first right onto Idaho St. The store is two stores down from Alco on the left.

Highway 15 northbound: Take the first Dillon exit, take a right at the stop sign, slow down to 25 mph as you get into town (or they’ll get ya), continue north on Atlantic and take a left on Center St.; take a left onto Idaho St., store is two stores down on the left.

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(Photos: Julianne G. Crane)

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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