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Pack For Your Holiday Travels With Ease

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us! Whether you’re flying across the country or just driving a few hours to your in-laws’ house, traveling during the holidays can extremely stress-inducing. This holiday season, leave the stress behind you at home, and enjoy your trip with our holiday packing tips.

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Cape Air’s Cessna 402 in Martha’s Vineyard by Tim Johnson
  1. Do you need to bring presents for those you’re visiting? Why bother with the extra baggage? Either send them to your destination ahead of time, or keep it simple. A gift card or cash is always a great gift, and takes up little to none of your precious luggage space.
  2. Don’t check a bag. Forget about lugging around a giant bag, waiting at baggage claim, or worst case scenario- dealing with lost luggage. Pack light, and bring only one, small carry on. Using a rolling bag is easiest so you don’t kill your shoulder carrying it around the airport. If you do decide to check your bag, be sure to look up your airline’s baggage policy ahead of time so you’re aware of guidelines and any fees. Also, avoid checking any essential items.
  3. Make a list. We get it- packing only a small carry on is a frightening thought. But think about how many times you stuff a giant suitcase to the brim and then only wear 1/3 of what you brought? Before you start throwing clothes in your suitcase all willy-nilly, stop and write down what you need. Start with your toiletries and electronics, then organize your clothes by outfit- pajamas, dinner outfit, day 1 outfit. Not only will this help you avoid over-packing, but you’ll be less likely to forget items.
  4. Mix and match outfits. After you make your list of outfits, look back and see if there are any pieces you can mix and match for different looks without having to pack a lot of items. Have a super-chunky sweater you’re going to wear while away? Save space in your bag, and wear it on the plane as well.
  5. Do your laundry while away. Are you staying at your family’s house? They likely won’t mind if you have to throw a few items in the wash.
  6. Don’t forget to properly pack your liquids. If you’re flying, don’t forget about TSA’s liquid and gel guidelines. All liquids must be 3.4 oz or smaller, packed in a single, clear, quart-size, zip-top bag. If you’re driving, pack your shampoo, face wash, lotions, etc. in a plastic bag just in case they explode or you accidentally don’t close the bottles tightly!
  7. Use your personal item wisely. Don’t waste your personal item on a tiny purse. Instead, bring a larger purse or tote so you can pack additional items and save space in your luggage. Do you have kids? Bringing a larger tote leaves more space for books, snacks, and toys to keep them entertained.
  8. Pre-pack your snacks! Save money at the airport or on the road by packing your snacks instead of buying them on your trip. Not only will you save precious dollars, but you’ll be able to make healthier choices. During the holidays, those are two things that are hard to do! Flying? Freeze your smoothies, and keep in mind that certain foods like peanut butter and pudding are considered gels, so keep in mind the TSA guidelines. Easy-to-pack snacks include baggies of trail mix, pieces of fruit, 100-calorie packs of nuts, baggies of carrots and celery sticks with individually packaged hummus.
  9. Use packing aids. Having a really hard time not over-packing your clothes? Use the vacuum-sealed bags to shrink your clothes and be able to lay them flat. There are also other great packing aids such as zipper envelopes and compartments to keep your bag organized so you can fit more items.
  10. Don’t stress! Remember why you’re traveling. Yes, regardless of how much you prepare, things always happen while traveling- airports may be jam-packed and traffic might be at a standstill. However, keep things in perspective, and remember why you’re traveling, to be with loved ones during a joyful time of year! So if you forget to pack something, no sweat. Most things you can run out to the store and pick up once you’re there!

If you’re traveling across New England and the Northeast, in the Midwest, across Eastern Montana, or down in the Caribbean, check out Cape Air’s flight schedule. Serving 35 cities and offering over 400 flights each day, flying with Cape Air makes your holiday travel easy and convenient. To book your flight, check your flight status, and view Cape Air’s flight schedules, visit or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

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Get Swept Up With Cape Air

In recent months we have revamped our blog and gained a few new followers, and it has been quite some time since we have simply informed you about our services. Yes, in addition to sponsoring events and giving you the inside scoop about the amazing destinations we serve, we do in fact provide air transportation to such destinations. Plus, a lot has changed since our first flight in 1989, so here is a quick refresher…

Cape Air began in 1989 with one flight between Boston and Provincetown. Since then, we have grown immensely, now serving the Northeast, Caribbean, Montana, and the Midwest.


We now operate a fleet of 88 Cessna 402s, and we are getting ready to introduce the brand new Tecnam P2012 Traveller to our fleet next winter.

During high season, we can fly up to 525 flights per day, and last year we carried over 626,000 passengers, making us one of the largest regional airlines in the country!

Things to know about traveling with us:

  • You can bring your furry friends! Cape Air allows passengers to bring their four legged family members on board so the whole family can vacation together. (Read more about our pet and service animals policy.)
  • Connections are simple. Cape Air has agreements with most major airlines so our passengers can enjoy the convenience of a single itinerary and baggage check-through’s when making their connections.
  • Every seat is a window seat. On Cape Air, every seat is a window seat, so whether you are traveling over colorful foliage or clear oceans, you are guaranteed a beautiful view. Also, depending on space constraints, passengers are even given the opportunity to fly in the co-pilot seat- the best view in the house!
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(photo by Tim Johnson)

Whether you are traveling to a weekend in Nantucket, island hopping in the Caribbean, or need to get to Billings, Cape Air can get you there. To book your flight, check flight updates, or view flight schedules, visit or call 800-CAPE-AIR. And enjoy the ride!



Paddlefishing the Yellowstone River Intake

Paddlefishing- An Age Old Tradition

Calling all anglers! Have you had the thrill of hooking and battling a giant paddlefish off the banks of the Yellowstone River? If the answer is no, then you’re missing out! Anglers from across the country flock to places like Glendive, Montana year-after-year for a chance to reel in a monster paddlefish. What is a paddlefish, you may ask? They are ancient species of very cartilaginous fish with smooth skin, an elongated, flat, paddle-shaped rostrum (nose), small eyes, and a large, toothless (except when very young) mouth. They are closely related to sturgeons, and while most species are extinct, Montana is home to one of the few remaining self-sustaining populations. Paddlefish caught in Montana have been recorded weighing up to 150 pounds!


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Cast your rod, and your luck at catching one these prehistoric looking fish on Montana’s Yellowstone River at Intake, an irrigation dam 16 miles east of Glendive. Intake is appealing to the paddlefish, because of the dam’s fast, rough water, which stills the fish during its upstream migration to spawn in the spring. The season opens May 15 and closes June 30, or when the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks determines the 1,000 fish quota is reached. MFWP is estimating that this will be a short harvest season, maybe 8-10 days if anglers are lucky. Several factors play into determining the length of the season: the amount of run off from the mountains, the flow of the river and the results from neighboring North Dakota’s season, which lasted only four days. Anglers tend to come early in the season since there is a quota, and the harvest days are more heavily populated than catch and release days. Of course catching a paddlefish is never a guarantee, but that doesn’t stop anglers from coming back each year. As my dad always says, “you can’t catch a fish if you’re pole isn’t in the water.”

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Yellowstone Caviar

Paddlefish are plankton eaters, and fishermen use special rods and large treble hooks with lead weights to snag the fish, as the fish are not attracted to bait. During harvest days the Glendive Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture offers free cleaning for any paddlefish in exchange for the roe, which is then made into caviar by Yellowstone Caviar. YUM!!! Female paddlefish are prime with the most amount of roe at the age of twenty-five.Proceeds from the caviar sales are used for grants that enhance eastern Montana & the fishery. To purchase Yellowstone Caviar, you can stop by the Glendive Chamber of Commerce at 808 N. Merrill, Glendive, MT, or you can contact the chamber via phone or email and their staff can assist with your order.

Phone: 406-377-5601  Email:

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When and Where

Harvest Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturday

Catch & Release Days:Sundays, Mondays & Thursdays.

Fishing Hours: 6:00 AM  – 9:00 PM
Processing Hours: 7:00 AM – 9:30 PM during harvest days at the Intake Fishing Access Site

Download the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks 2017 Paddlefish Regulations Here!

***All paddlefish anglers, regardless of age, must purchase a conservation license, fishing license and paddlefish tag. Get more information on fishing licenses HERE.

Getting to Glendive, MT has never been easier, more affordable or more fun! Hop on a convenient Cape Air flight from Billings and be in Glendive in just an hour.


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Bounce to Billings for the NAIA Division 1 Women’s National Basketball Championship

March Madness in The Magic City:

It’s time to get your game face on! Get to Billings, Mon. for the 37th annual NAIA Division 1 Women’s Basketball National Championship March 15-21. The city of Billings and Rocky Mountain College were selected to play official hosts for the 2017 and 2018 tournaments. All games will be played in the Rimrock Auto Arena at Metra Park. For more information on the venue and to get your game tickets, visit the Metra Park website today.

The NAIA Division 1 Women’s National Basketball Championship is comprised of 32 qualifiers from across the nation. The single elimination tournament kicked off Wednesday morning and will have games throughout each day and evening, with the championship game taking place on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Can’t make the tournament in person? Fans can view live stats and LIVE.STREAM the games.The championship game will air Tuesday on ESPN3.

Get to Billings and Cheer on Your Favorite Montana Team!

Four teams from the Frontier Conference made it to this year’s tournament with three of them from Montana. Montana State University- Northern enters the tournament as the No.3 seed in the Liston bracket. The Skylights kickoff their tournament play against Loyola (La.) on Thursday, March 16 at 8 p.m. GO SKYLIGHTS!! Montana Western, seeded No.6 in the Cramer bracket, will face the No. 3 seeded, Columbia (Mo.) Wednesday, March 15 at 5:45 p.m.  Rocky Mountain College, the tournament host, is the No. 8 seed in the Naismith bracket. Rocky will open the tournament facing off against the top-seeded Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss out on your chance to cheer on your favorite teams! Download the full tournament bracket HERE.

Getting to Billings from eastern Montana is easy when you fly Cape Air. Offering two round-trip daily flights between Billings and Havre, Glasgow, Wolf Point and Glendive. Cape also offers five daily round-trip flights between Billings and Sidney. Cape Air will get you to the tournament and back home with less stress and with more money in your pocket. Fly Cape Air for $29 each way between Billings and Havre during March 15-22. All you need to do is enter promo code SKYLIGHTS at check out, or call 800-CAPE-AIR to make your reservation.

Be sure to stop by Vist Billings for the 411 on where to eat, sleep, shop and recreate while visiting Billings! Visit Billings also has special hotel room and car rental rates available for NAIA basketball fans.

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Road to the NILE

Saddle Up!

The 49th annual Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss out on this year’s action! Whether you’re a cowboy, or a city boy, the NILE has something for everyone. The lineup for 2016 has changed, so get informed and mark your calendars for a week full of livestock, art, auctions, rodeo and more! Find the full 2016 schedule here. Read on for more information on this years Rodeo events.


New to the NILE

Battle on the Yellowstone Timed Events Challenge- Sunday, October 16
New to the NILE is the Battle on the Yellowstone Timed Events Challenge. Twenty contestants will compete in team roping–heading and heeling, tie down roping, and steer wrestling. Each contestant will do all four events, whoever has the fastest total time wins. There will be three rounds and a Calcutta. The first round begins at 9 a.m. followed immediately by the second round. Calcutta 5:30 p.m. followed by the third and final round at 6 p.m.

Arrive Early and Check Out the Art Show & Auction

The NILE strives to preserve and embrace the Western way of life, and one way of doing that is supporting the arts. Montana is home to many talented western artists and this year the NILE is incorporating them into the stock show and rodeo. Art display’s will be hosted in the SkyBox area on the 3rd floor of the RimRock Auto Arena. Bronzes, paintings and other pieces of art can be viewed, and purchased while enjoying a cocktail before the rodeo starts. Proceeds from the sales benefit the NILE Foundation.



When making your travel plans from Eastern Montana, be sure to check out Cape Air’s daily flights from Sidney, Glendive, Glasgow, Havre and Wolf Point. With low $49 fares, Cape Air is your wings to Billings and beyond. Be sure to check out our post on UBER and receive $20 off your first ride!

To check flights or book your ticket, visit or call 800-CAPE-AIR.