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The saying goes “work hard, play hard,” and that’s exactly what Dallas-Fort Worth TV legend and lifestyle blogger Jane McGarry does. Of course, North Texas has gorgeous weather 9 months out of the year, but where do you go if you want amazing skiing and outdoor sports?

“We looked around for the spot in the nation that had the most snow every year and it was Big Sky, Montana, so that’s where we built this cabin in the woods,” McGarry told Second Shelters. “Our hope was that our son, Michael, would get to spend some time in the snow.”

But the true advantage of the property was that it’s not only gorgeous in winter, but this sweet vacation home is on the Gallatin River, where that lovely Brad Pitt drama “A River Runs Through It” was filmed, so it’s downright phenomenal in the summer, too. Her cabin is “just down the road from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park,” McGarry added.

Jane McGarry and Dr. Drew at the Yellowstone Club.

Jane McGarry and Dr. Drew at the Yellowstone Club.

“I wanted a ‘vintage cabin’ — something that felt like one of the original ones, but with the modern conveniences of comfortable bathroom and wi-fi,” she said. “We built around two things: the beautiful view looking down the Gallatin River toward Yellowstone, and the wonderful native Montana stone fireplace. The fireplace gets a lot of use all year round in Montana because even in summer the temperature dips into the 20s in the early mornings.”

Find out more about the cozy, charming second home where McGarry escapes the hustle and bustle of life in North Texas after the jump!


Tonight Jane McGarry and I talked about my recent trip to Costa Rica, where I stayed in some of the most amazing vacation homes in the world right smack on the beach at The Palms in Playa Flamingo. Honestly, I have never been so close to the beach but still sleeping in a luxurious bed! Playa Flamingo is on the west coast of CR, south of Liberia. We had white-sand beaches steps outside our door, and the ocean was perfect. The Palms is a private luxury residence club where you can own your own home, a beautifully finished out two bedroom condo, for $129,000 for six weeks per year. Who needs more? A complete report on The Palms is coming up over on SecondShelters.com, our sister blog for second and vacation home ownership.

Oh, and we also talked about those condos being bought for ski lockers in Sun Valley! Found out Jane McGarry has a second home, too, in beautiful Big Sky, Montana. And she’s sending pics!