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Big Sky celebrates The Wilson Hotel and summer solstice

Big Sky residents and attendees welcome the first hotel in Town Center

Many Big Sky residents simultaneously celebrated the summer solstice and the grand opening of Lone Mountain Land Company’s latest venture The Wilson Hotel on Friday, June 21 within the new hotel and at the new Town Center Plaza next to the hotel. Family friendly fun was in abundance at the new establishment. Born and raised Big Sky residents Griffin, Trevor and Quinn House all agree that the new hotel is hip. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed complimentary beverages, food, photos from a photo booth, and live music by the band Ticket Sauce.


Longtime Big Sky resident Katie Kunis said, “I thought it was a classy welcome to Big Sky. The band was excellent and the staff was well enthused!”


The Wilson Hotel is a Marriott Residence Inn and is the first major hotel brand in the Big Sky area.


According to a Lone Mountain Land press release, press release the hotel includes 129 suites, commercial space, meeting spaces, a fitness center and pool. A lobby bar/lounge area will open later this year and a full-service restaurant is set to open this fall.


“We are thrilled the Wilson Hotel is open for the 2019 summer, which will be a hub for community activities and events in Big Sky,” says Bayard Dominick, vVice pPresident of pPlanning and dDevelopment for Lone Mountain Land Company said in the press release.  “The Grand Opening party is a way for us to celebrate this exciting new chapter in Big Sky’s economic growth with the entire community.”


Bill Simkins, master developer of Town Center said his family has been “guiding, planning, and developing” the Town Center since 1970 and they are excited to celebrate the first hotel.


“We are confident that Town Center, anchored by The Wilson Hotel and the central plaza along Town Center Avenue, will continue to bring people together and further strengthen Big Sky’s sense of community,” he said.


The hotel will be operated by Urgo Hotels and Resorts, which is family owned and operated with more than 30 hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.


Dr. Kim Chapman, local dentist, said, “It was a great party, good food, good music and I heard Donald Duck went for a swim in the pool.”

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