Jane McGarry SkiJane McGarry Horseback

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!

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Better Front of Home

I know we cover a lot of high-end, amazing properties here at SecondShelters.com, but let’s face it: That’s purely window shopping for the vast majority of us. This week, I decided to showcase a darling little property in Princeton. The ranch at 9176 Lakeridge Drive is the type of property I sell all the time.

As horse owners, we spend all of our money on the bottomless pit we call “horse ownership,” and the reality is, for the majority of us a $1 million-plus property just ain’t gonna happen. Situated on 10 acres just east of McKinney, this property is still within commuting distance to Dallas, and is very fairly priced within normal people range at $339,900. It’s on the south end of the peninsula off FM 546, so extremely close to Allen, Wylie, Lavon, etc.

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