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Getaway to Montana with Valentine’s Day Travel Deals

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Valentine’s Day is nearly here! If you have someone who needs some wooing and you’re not quite sure what to do to effectively show them how much you cherish them, this Montana girl recommends a getaway to—where else—Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

To make it easy to plan a perfect weekend getaway for your one true love, I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of the best deals for whisking your sweetheart away to Montana.

The Belton Chalet, West Glacier

A couple enjoys dinner at The Belton Chalet in West Glacier.

A couple enjoys dinner at The Belton Chalet in West Glacier.

The Sweetheart Package: $199 per couple
Date: Friday, February 13 – Saturday, February 14
This sweet package includes a night’s lodging in the historic lodge, complete with a champagne welcome and dinner for two in the on-site dining room.
To book, call 406.888.5000.

Romantic Rendezvous Weekend: $399 per couple
Dates: Friday, February 13 – Sunday, February 15
The weekend package includes two nights’ lodging, with a chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne welcome. Meals include dinner for two on Friday and Saturday, as well as breakfast in bed.
To book, call 406.888.5000.

Cozy Winter Getaway For Two: $175 per couple
Dates: Valid through Saturday, March 28
Explore Glacier National Park in the quiet of winter with an overnight stay in one of the charming cottages at The Belton Chalet. The package also includes one Friday or Saturday night dinner.
To book, call 406.888.5000.

Marina Cay, Bigfork

A morning view of Bigfork Bay from Marina Cay.

A morning view of Bigfork Bay from Marina Cay.

Valentine’s Sweetheart Stay: $129/night – $199/night
Dates: Valid through Saturday, February 28
Getaway to the shores of Flathead Lake with a cozy stay at the Marina Cay in a studio suite or condo. The package includes a champagne and chocolate welcome.
To book, call 406.837.5861 and mention the Valentine’s Sweetheart Special

Happy wooing,
TT

Meet Montana’s Christmas Village: Bigfork

There are some places that do Christmas so well. You know the places I’m talking about: they’re home to cheery people, lively downtowns and twinkling lights. Places that help you actually feel the spirit of Christmas in just one visit.

One such place is the quaint (and cute and adorable and storybook) community of Bigfork, Montana. Nestled on a peaceful bay on the northeast end of Flathead Lake, Bigfork is a charming town all year long, but I think there’s something extra special about it during the holidays. Each winter, the Bigfork Elves decorate the village with lights and garland and set the stage for one of the most wonderful times of the year.

Bigfork loves Christmas. And I think Christmas loves it back.

Bigfork loves Christmas. And I think Christmas loves it back.

This past week, I headed to Bigfork for a couple of days with a few of my lady loves for some work and play. After our work was done, being the avid supporters of the local economy that we are (aka really good at shopping), we hit the locally owned boutiques in Bigfork and snagged a few holiday goodies. Here’s a look at how we spent our time in Montana’s Christmas village…

Greeting the morning from Marina Cay Resort.

Greeting the morning from Marina Cay Resort.

On our must-do list: breakfast at Pocketstone Cafe.

On our must-do list: breakfast at Pocketstone Cafe.

One of the locally owned shops featured artwork and jewelry from Montana artists.

Perusing artwork and jewelry from Montana artists at one of the local shops.

Truth time: these girls can shop!

Truth time: these girls can shop!

S.M. Bradford has THE cutest hats and boots in the Flathead Valley.

S.M. Bradford has THE cutest hats and boots in the Flathead Valley.

The owner of Montana Bear Food makes these adorable coffee cozies.

Montana Bear Food sells these adorable coffee cozies, made by Eme Handmade. 

Some of the goods from Montana Shirt Co on display at Montana Bear Food.

Some of the goods from Montana Shirt Co on display at Montana Bear Food.

Just because every trip to Bigfork needs a selfie with a piece of art.

‘Just because every trip to Bigfork needs a selfie with a piece of art.

Christmas lights at night are magic.

Christmas lights at night are magic.

And just in case you fancy a holiday getaway to Montana’s cutest Christmas village, I’ve rounded up my top picks on where to stay, what to do and where to fill your tummy.

Where to stay: Mountain Lake Lodge (beautiful rooms with views of the lake, king rooms start at $149/night) and Bridge Street Cottages (starting at $95/night).

Where to shopMontana Bear Foods, S.M. Bradford Company, Nancy Cawdrey Studios and Eva Gates Preserves.

Where to eat and drink: The Raven (in Woods Bay), Bigfork Inn, Showthyme, Grille 459 and Moroldo’s Fine Italian Restaurant. Wash it down with a locally made libations at Flathead Lake Brewing Company or Whistling Andy’s Distillery.

What to do: Attend “A Christmas Story — the musical” at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are slated for December 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20.

Happy Christmas,
TT

Spring in Montana and Glacier National Park

First things first: Happy spring!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’ll be straight with you. I know it seems like spring is not actually here (especially with the 14 inches of fresh snow at Whitefish Mountain Resort), but I promise you she’s on her way.

The view from Apgar Lookout webcam in Glacier National Park on the first day of spring

The view from Apgar Lookout webcam in Glacier National Park on the first day of spring.

Sure, spring plays coy every once in a while and is known to have a flair for the dramatic, but she is also one of the loveliest seasons in Montana. During her reign, Montana is covered with blooming flowers, emerging wildlife, fresh mountain air and bright blue skies. And with all of those attributes, you’d think spring would be a popular time to visit Montana…right?

Well, I’ve got good news for you: Spring in a season that is still largely undiscovered, especially here in Glacier Country. It’s not because she’s not enchanting, it’s just that her big sister summer is Montana’s most popular season in terms of the most time to visit. And while summer will likely remain Big Sky Country’s reigning queen, little miss spring is definitely holding her own.

Here’s are my top picks for some of the best places to experience spring in Montana.

Glacier National Park
While the park is open year-round, spring is one of the quietest times to visit. And even though the Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t open in its entirety to vehicular traffic until at least June 20, there are still ample opportunities to play in Glacier National Park. Topping the list: biking the iconic road. Read more about biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road in this story from Elevation Outdoors.

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The view from the loop on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The view from the loop on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Additional activities: Wildlife watching (be sure to keep a safe distance and never feed wildlife), red bus tours (the Huckleberry Tour begins May 25) and hiking. For the latest updates on which hiking trails are clear of snow, call 406.888.7800.  

Where to stay: Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Browning (open year-round), Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins in Hungry Horse (open year-round) and Glacier Outdoor Center (opens in April). Additional properties around the park open in early May.

In the news: Fodor’s recently picked Glacier National Park as one of the 10 best national parks to visit this spring. Read more about it here.

Bigfork
This is one of the cutest towns you’ll come across in Western Montana. Located on the bay of Flathead Lake, it has an adorable downtown village, fun shops and easy access to hiking trails and water fun. In the spring, Bigfork also has a wide variety of events including Taste of Bigfork and Bigfork Whitewater Festival. Scheduled for May 24 and 25, the festival has kayakers paddling on the class IV section of the “Wild Mile” of the Swan River.

The Raven in Woods Bay (just south of Bigfork).

The Raven in Woods Bay (just south of Bigfork).

Additional activities: Take time to stroll through downtown and check out the art galleries and restaurants that call this quaint town home. Also, be sure to take the short drive south to The Raven for dinner and a drink. And if you’re looking to land a fish? Book a trip with Bagley Guide Service or Crane Mountain Guide Service.

Where to stay: Mountain Lake Lodge (gorgeous views of Flathead Lake) or Bridge Street Cottages.

Missoula
With the Clark Fork River flowing through the heart of downtown, spring takes off early in Missoula. (Side note: I’ve already seen kayakers paddling on Brennan’s Wave). And while there are events that happen here in the spring (like the International Wildlife Film Festival and Garden City Brewfest), it’s the easy accessibility to the outdoors that make Missoula a standout destination.

A spring stroll on the Clark Fork River.

A spring stroll on the Clark Fork River.

Additional activities: Hike the M Trail on Mount Sentinel, take in the view of Missoula from Blue Mountain Recreation Area or bike the Clark Fork riverfront trails. Plus, the driving range at Canyon River Golf Club is officially open, with the rest of the course slated to open in the next few weeks.

Where to stay: Gibson Mansion Bed & Breakfast (Tom’s scones are insanely delicious), C’Mon Inn (numerous hot tubs to soak your muscles after hiking) and Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park.

Here’s to a fun-filled spring.

xo,
TT

An Autumn Wedding in Montana

There are a lot of things that happen because two people fall in love. One of the main results? A wedding. And this, my friends is what this story is about.

A few weeks ago, many family and friends from near and far traveled to Bigfork, Montana to help celebrate the marriage of a Montana girl and a North Dakota boy. (Quite the combo, eh? ;))

Held at BruMar Estate just outside of Bigfork, the wedding combined some of the best things in the world: family, friends, babies, grandmas, love, dancing, delicious cake, laughter, autumn and Montana. And it was lovely.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from that day.

The sweet flower girl passing the time as the big girls got ready.

Loveliness. Photo by B2 Photography in Whitefish, Montana.

The photographer (B2 Photography in Whitefish, Montana) captured the moment perfectly.

One bride and her five maids.

Here’s to love.

xo,
TT