Just An Experience

1570 MT Highway 287 , Nevada City, MT 59755 USA (Show map)


JUST AN EXPERIENCE-A Montana experience of distinction! The finest lodging in Nevada City and one mile from Virginia City. Get away from the crowds for a quiet night's sleep - Summer or Winter! In summer, an easy walk to museums, gold panning, and Living History. Stay with us for the local activities - or just a good book/movie - time to relax, renew, enjoy the hot tub and get away from everyday stress! Families will find room to play games, relax and socialize. Let us host your next reunion - we offer outdoor seating, canopies with walls and plenty of parking. In winter there are over 65 miles of groomed snowmobile trails out of Virginia City. Also great areas for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledding. OR, come to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet - maybe watch the stars! Added amenities are a hot tub, mountain scenery, seasonal activities (from live theater entertainment, museums, ATV trails/roads) AND personable hosts. THIS is MONTANA - join us for a special stay.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A Wonderful Experiecr

4.8 on July 04, 2018

Carma and John were great hosts. Enjoyed staying in an old cabin. Very nice place in a very interesting area of old mining towns. We would diffinately stay there again. Enjoy your stay! Don’t miss the ghost town of Bannack!!!

Jim & Connie

4.6 on June 29, 2018

The owners were fantastic company. Great breakfasts. Wonderful setting. The yard was beautiful. Bed very comfortable. Nicely decorated. They were very knowledgeable about the surroundings and things to do and see. We had a great time.

Very enjoyable Anniversary stay.

5 on June 15, 2018

We visited John and Carma at Just an Experience, the first time roughly 18 years ago when our daughter was 4. We stayed in the smallest cabin then and now. My husband and I had a really good time catching up and enjoyed our stay immensely. We are already looking forward to the time we can go back with our daughter and her children. We might have to stay in the larger cabin next time!


5 on September 28, 2017

Our traveling book club makes a point of staying in unique places at beautiful locations but even we were unprepared for the Carma and John Experience. They've lovingly restored the lodge and these cabins to reflect the historic quality of Nevada & Virginia City, but it's by no means primitive. Take a walk around the 'back 40' and see the awesome lay of the land, encounter wildlife, pitch horseshoes and horseballs (it's a Montana thing), or soak in the hot tub, anytime, all the time. Then there's breakfast... Oh, man, it's scrumptious. Their home is your home while you're there and you couldn't imagine better hosts. Thanks, John, for your sly sense of humor, amazing mustache, and accommodation of "the puzzle table." Thanks, Carma, for your history of the area, sparkling personality, and incredible handshake. We're definitely coming back!

Best stay on our vacation

4.6 on June 10, 2017

Our cabin accommodation was so cute. For its location, price and amount of space we were very pleased. It was quiet and relaxing. The owners were very friendly and knew a lot about the area and gave great recommendations for the attractions we were interested in. The breakfast was a cooked breakfast, not just a muffin. Care was given to people with dietary needs, likes and dislikes. Thank you John and Carma!.

The Best Cabin Stay Ever

5 on February 21, 2017

We had just lost our beloved pet of almost 16 years, and needed to get away. We rented Cabin 2. Not only was this the best cabin we have ever stayed in, but Carma's wonderful breakfasts are the best we have eaten since returning to live in Montana. Carma and John helped us to heal. We had such wonderful conversations, and laughed about our life experiences. The cabin has everything you could possibly need to have a home away from home stay, and backs up to beautiful scenery. We enjoyed using the gas grill provided. Thank you again, Carma and John!

Tired family finds rest and excellence in gold country!

4.8 on October 12, 2015

Our family called on short notice to stay indoors after a long camping trip. The water was hot, the shower was clean, the kitchen was supplied with all utensils and cookware we needed. The bedding was freshly cleaned, the TV remote worked well, and we borrowed a DVD movie from our hosts video library. Cabin furnishings were comfy, like home. Decoration and design included beautiful trophy antlers, the log cabin walls were well chinked and we were warm and happy. Carma's breakfast was beautiful, coffee of very high quality, and they even had maps and postcards and geologic mementos for us rock hounds! As we left, we found our oil was low and John offered to help us. He was consistently a gentleman, gracious and helpful. If we lived there, we'd be happy to have them as neighbors!

25 th

4.8 on May 08, 2015

On our 25th wedding anniversary, we have had several, my wife wanted someplace fun, and I wanted someplace with interesting history. what could be more exciting than the vigilantes and highway men in the ole west. John and Carma were perfect as well as the best historians, cooks, and hosts. Don't miss this spot, you will regret it.

Always Great!

5 on December 20, 2014

We have been going there every summer for the past 4-5 years. We have such a great time. The log cabins are perfect, as well as the rooms in the big house. John and Carma are fabulous hosts grat cooks, and just plain wonderful.

Nice get a way.

5 on September 19, 2013

Carmen is an excellent hostess.we plan on coming again great place to stay.

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Rooms & Rates

Franklin (private bathroom)

Eclectic collection of antiques, including a cast-iron bed brought to the area in 1870. Quiet, comfortable and perfect for that distinctive visit to Montana! Queen size bed, full shower bathroom. On the Main Floor of the Lodge, only three steps onto the floor level from the yard. Within 20 feet of the dining room and shared common area. Great room for socialites and early coffee drinkers!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $110 - $125

Diana or Brandi

Located on the Main floor of the Lodge, each room offers comfort with western Victorian decor, polished wood dressers and antique items. Plenty of closet space and easy access to outdoor activities, spa and a quiet common area for books, television and coffee. One queen size bed in each room. Bathroom has a natural stone faced shower/bathtub, toilet and large sink. Twenty feet to the dining area - great for early social time and coffee!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $110 - $120

Cabin #1

Often called the "Honeymoon Cabin", its size is perfect for small families or couples. Enjoy the kitchen with stove, dishes, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. A private bedroom with queen size bed and sleeping loft with two twin beds. It also has a futon/couch in the living room. Color television with DVD for movie watching! A short walk to the outdoor hot tub. Back door opens to a smaller yard with BBQ grill. The cabin also offers a front porch to relax and enjoy the mountain air! Nestled in the trees, it is quiet but a short walk to local activities and attractions.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $125 - $155

Cabin #2

Our largest cabin, its honey-colored logs and pine paneling inside add to the rustic weathered outside. Relax on the front porch and enjoy the fresh air, wildlife and gardens. A private bedroom with queen size bed, full kitchen with all pots, pans, dishes, microwave, refrigerator and stove plus living room with color television and DVD on the Main Floor. The open loft offers two twin beds and a double bed - kids call it a "tree house" because of the log stairway! The living room also has a futon bed/couch. Full bathroom with shower. Out the back door is a smaller yard with BBQ grill.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Double , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $135 - $165

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Location Type

Nevada City, Montana Coordinates
45°18'23" N
111°57'59"W, Countryside, Mountains, Small town


Bozeman, MT (BZN-Gallatin Field) 68 miles

Directions to property:

From Butte: I-90 East take Whitehall exit south, Hwy 41 to Twin Bridges then continue on Hwy 287 W to Virginia City. Towns you will pass through are Sheridan, Laurin, and Alder. Eight miles further past Alder is Nevada City. We're located on the East side of Nevada City, past all the old buildings - if you reach Virginia City you have passed us!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Historic Gold Mining area with museums, World class fishing (Madison & Ruby Rivers), 1.5 hours to Yellowstone National Park, Scenic route to Glacier National Park, Wildlife viewing out the back door, Rock hounding, Bird Watching, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Homestay, Spa, Cabin

On-site amenities

CD player, Desk, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Secretarial services, Wedding Facilities , Close to ATV, Snowmobile & hiking trails, Large yard, games, Historic sites and living history near-by, Group Events welcome, Plenty of off-street parking! RV sites also availableMusicians welcome - bring your guitar, harmonica - whatever you play and enjoy!

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Billiards, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Snowmobiling, Fishing, Gold panning, photography, x-country skiing, Special events throughout the year!, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming

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  • Check In:: flexible
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Ashtrays provided outside.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Families are very welcome!
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Please contact us in advance for babysitter arrangements.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets are allowed outside - plenty of room to run and play!
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



John & Carma

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Personable, outdoors people! Native Montanan's with a love of area history - and desire to show off the uniqueness of Southwest Montana! John's craftsmanship as a carpenter truly shine in the Main Lodge and cabins.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: Outdoors on back deck or yard, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten free, sugar free

Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast
Delicious French Bread, stuffed with a cream cheese/banana filling; dipped in egg batter then grilled to golden brown. Topped with fruit compote and served with warm maple syrup, pepper bacon and fresh brewed coffee. Fruit medley begins the meal and seconds offered!