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All Aboard for Montana: A Day Trip on Amtrak’s Empire Builder

Not to toot my own horn, but I think I do a pretty good job of taking advantage of the offerings that are found in my Montana backyard. Except, I don’t always try everything that I wish I would. Take for example Amtrak’s Empire Builder line. It runs between Chicago and Seattle and passes through Montana’s northern tier two times per day, making stops in Libby, Whitefish, West Glacier, Essex, East Glacier Park, Browning, Cut Bank, Shelby and Havre.

Amtrak's Empire Builder traveling the tracks near Glacier National Park. Photo: Amtrak

Amtrak’s Empire Builder traveling the tracks near Glacier National Park. Photo: Amtrak

Ready for the truth?

Here it comes: the last time I rode Amtrak’s Empire Builder I was six years old and on a first grade field trip when we rode the train from Shelby, Montana to East Glacier Park, Montana which—by the way—I thought was so awesome. And since I haven’t been six years old for a few years, it seemed like it was time that I got back in the train-lovin’ saddle and took a ride through my own backyard. So I grabbed one of my favorite traveling companions and we climbed aboard the Empire Builder. And you guys, it was pretty fun.

Take a look…

Our starting point: Whitefish, Montana.

Our starting point: Whitefish, Montana.

Waiting for the train to come in.

Waiting for the train to come in.

Here's our ride.

Here’s our ride.

Making our way to our seats.

Making our way to our seats.

Fall colors were starting to arrive along the river.

Fall colors were starting to arrive along the river.

Loved this view looking back west out of the train.

Loved this view looking back west out of the train.

Something I learned on this trip: it's really hard to get good photos from the inside of a train car looking out.

Something I learned on this trip: it’s really hard to get good photos from the inside of a train car looking out. 😉

The observation car was my favorite spot on the train.

My favorite spot on the train: the observation car.

Making friends with a National Park volunteer in the observation car.

Making friends with a National Park volunteer in the observation car.

Hello, gorgeous.

Hello, gorgeous.

Coming down off Marias Pass, you're rewarded with this view.

Coming down off Marias Pass, we were rewarded with this view.

Entering the Blackfeet Nation. Traveling from west to east, you abruptly notice the change in Montana's topography as you hit the plains.

Entering the Blackfeet Nation. Traveling from west to east, you abruptly notice the change in Montana’s topography as you hit the plains.

Arriving at our destination: East Glacier Park, Montana.

Arriving at our destination: East Glacier Park, Montana.

The train station at East Glacier Park.

The train station at East Glacier Park.

Displays from the Blackfeet Nation inside the train depot at East Glacier Park.

Displays from the Blackfeet Nation inside the train depot at East Glacier Park.

It's official: we love train travel in Montana.

It’s official: we love train travel in Montana.

A few things to note when riding Amtrak’s Empire Builder to (or through) Montana:
-Go with the flow. Trains aren’t known for always operating on time; our eastbound train was 90 minutes late, but I’ve found that when doing a trip like this where things can tend to run behind, it’s easier to just roll with it. You’ll be happier and pleasantly surprised when it’s on time.
-If you can, snag a seat in the observation car. During the late spring, summer and fall, Amtrak’s Trails & Rails program has volunteers from the National Park Service on the train who offer interpretive commentary from Seattle, Washington to Shelby, Montana.
-You can get the best pictures by placing your camera as close to the window as possible (thanks to NPS guides who shared that insider tip!).
-If you’re getting on or off in Whitefish, West Glacier or East Glacier Park, plan to arrive early so you can check out the train stations. The Whitefish station has an on-site museum, while East Glacier Park has interesting and historic photos from the early time of train travel to the area.
-Don’t be afraid to ask the conductors questions about the train, best views, etc. They literally know everything there is to know and are incredibly nice.

xo,
TT

A Culinary Feast in Whitefish, Montana

I think we know each other well enough by now for me to be totally honest with you. And the truth is that I LOVE FOOD. You see, I grew up in a big family (we’re talking around 65+ first cousins; that’s apparently how we do things in Montana) with a grandpa who’s greatest joy—besides his family—was feeding people.

My kind of party: cowboys, BBQ'd steaks + lots of people.

My kind of party: cowboys, BBQ’d steaks + lots of people.

Needless to say, I come by my love of food honestly…and genetically. I’ve also blogged about my food road trips over the years (you can check those out here) so you can imagine how excited I was to find out about a new food-focused event in one of Montana’s most charming towns, Whitefish. Launching this week is an event called Feast Whitefish.
Sidenote: any event with the name “Feast” in it gets an A+ in my book. 

Officially kicking off with a distillers fest on Saturday, May 14, the dinner series portion of Feast Whitefish will be held nightly from Sunday, May 15 – Friday, May 20.

Cheers! Photo: Feast Whitefish

Cheers! Photo: Feast Whitefish

And besides the fact that Whitefish has one of the best dining scenes in Western Montana, this event will bring 20 chefs from the region together to create a series of dinners at the town’s top restaurants. On the agenda: Truby’s Restaurant & Bar, Logan’s Grill at Grouse Mountain Lodge, Latitude 48, Whitefish Lake Restaurant, The Boat Club at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake and Cafe Kandahar. You can check out the full rundown (and learn where to purchase tickets) here.

Happy feasting!

xo,
TT

A Biker’s Dream in Montana

You guys, last month I did something I’ve never done before. I went fat biking just outside of Whitefish, Montana. And it was awesome. If you’ve never heard of fat biking, not a worry! It’s basically just riding a normal bike, except one with over-sized tires and wider rims that make it easier to navigate softer terrain, like snow.

Hello handsome.

My handsome fat bike.

For this adventure, I headed out to Whitefish Bike Retreat with some friends of mine where we had the chance to check out the retreat, get fitted for our bikes and be sure we were properly bundled for biking outside. This was my first time to Whitefish Bike Retreat and I have to tell you, I was impressed!

The bunk lodge at Whitefish Bike Retreat.

The bunk lodge at Whitefish Bike Retreat.

Located adjacent to The Whitefish Trail, the retreat offers access to nearby trails, as well as on-site lodging that includes a bunk lodge with private rooms and bunk rooms (where you share a room with someone else), as well as a kitchen, bathroom and living room. Take a look.
Sidenote: in the summer, Whitefish Bike Retreat also offers camping

The retreat is located in a beautiful forested area a short drive from downtown Whitefish.

The retreat is located in a beautiful forested area a short drive from downtown Whitefish.

One of the bunk rooms.

One of the bunk rooms.

One of the private rooms.

One of the private rooms.

I LOVED how Cricket, the owner, decorated the space.

I LOVED how Cricket, the owner, decorated the space.

A cozy reading corner.

Bikes were incorporated into all elements of the bunk lodge. 

After getting acquainted with the space at Whitefish Bike Retreat, we headed out to the Beaver Lakes Trailhead to take our fat bikes for a spin.

My bike at the trailhead.

My bike at the trailhead.

Our gang of biker babes.

Our gang of biker babes.

Biking the trail.

Biking the trail.

Making our way up the road.

Making our way up the road.

Happy bikers.

Happy bikers.

If you want to fat bike in Western Montana, here’s a few things to note:
Whitefish and Missoula are two of the best destinations for fat biking in Glacier Country.
-While you can bring your own bike, you can also rent a fat bike from Glacier Cyclery in Whitefish, Montana, for $45/day.
-If you’re an avid mountain biker, I’d recommend staying at Whitefish Bike Retreat, especially if you’re traveling with friends.

Happy (fat) biking…here’s to seeing you on the trail!

xo,
TT

Take me for a Sleigh Ride (in Montana)

Being from the countryside of Montana, it’s probably no surprise that I’m a big fan of horses and now, seeing as I live in the “city,” I welcome any opportunity to take a horseback ride, wagon ride or sleigh ride. Earlier this month, I headed out to one of my favorite guest ranches (Bar W Guest Ranch near Whitefish) for a snowy sleigh ride behind Dutch and Duke, two beautiful Percheron horses.

Dutch and Duke.

Dutch and Duke.

Upon arriving at Bar W, my traveling buddies and I were greeted with hot chocolate, donuts and a cozy fire in their main lodge.

Donuts = my kind of welcome.

Donuts = my kind of welcome.

Ladies and gents, please meet the best hot chocolate I've had in a long time.

Ladies and gents, please meet the best hot chocolate I’ve had in a long time.

After fueling up my body with hot chocolate (that they let me take on the sleigh ride!), we headed outside to load up the sleigh, say hi to the boys and settle in for a cozy ride in Montana’s fresh mountain air.

Our wranglers? Two cute girls!

Our wranglers? Two cute girls!

These horses have the winter off.

These horses have the winter off.

Take me for a horse-drawn sleigh ride and I'll probably love you forever.

Take me for a horse-drawn sleigh ride and I’ll probably love you forever.

Our tree-lined path.

Our tree-lined path.

A peaceful morning at Bar W Guest Ranch.

A peaceful morning at Bar W Guest Ranch.

If you want to take a sleigh ride in Montana, here’s a few things to keep in mind:
-The sleigh rides at Bar W Guest Ranch are 45 minutes long; be sure you’re bundled up properly (long johns, cozy coat, gloves, boots, hat, etc.).
-Sleigh rides at Bar W are $55/person (kids 3 and under are free) and include hot beverages.
-If you’re visiting Western Montana during the summer months, Bar W also offers horse-drawn wagon rides, a chili dinner ride and full dinner ride. Learn more here.

xo,
TT

A Delicious Visit to Cafe Kandahar in Whitefish, Montana

I’ve got a confession to make: this past weekend I ate an 11-course meal. And let me tell you, that is a lot of food. Luckily for me, they were 11 of the tastiest dishes I’ve ever had the pleasure of sending across my palate. But these weren’t just any 11 dishes; each was prepared by Chef Andy Blanton (a multi-time James Beard semifinalist) at Cafe Kandahar, his restaurant inside Kandahar Lodge on Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana.

Chef Andy inside his kitchen in Whitefish.

Chef Andy at his kitchen in Whitefish.

From the moment I stepped inside his restaurant on Saturday night, I knew we were in for a delightful evening. No detail went unnoticed and his staff is some of the best (if not the best) in Montana. But instead of telling you about his mouth-watering dishes, I thought I’d show you.
Warning: viewing these images may cause you to book a trip to Whitefish, Montana ASAP. 

Yellowstone caviar, white truffles and huckleberries?! Yes, please.

Included on the menu: Yellowstone caviar, white truffles and huckleberries.

Quail egg. (I was skeptical, but loved it.)

Quail egg. In one word: delightful.

Halibut lox. (Not my personal favorite, but the crème fraiche sorbet was tasty).

Halibut lox.

Dungeness crab. (No words for how tasty this was.)

Dungeness crab. No words for how tasty this was.

Sablefish. (SO GOOD).

Sablefish. SO good!

Forest mushrooms. (One word: divine).

Forest mushrooms. This girl loved this dish.

Alba White Truffle Risotto. (This dish literally melted in my mouth).

Alba white truffle risotto. This dish literally melted in my mouth.

Foie gras torchon. (Put huckleberry on anything and I'll eat it. But for real, this foie gras was decadent).

Foie gras torchon. PS: put huckleberry on anything and I’ll eat it. But for real, this foie gras was decadent.

Yak carpaccio. (The tomato jam: yum).

Yak carpaccio.

Buffalo tenderloin.

Buffalo tenderloin.

Pork belly confit. (My favorite thing on the menu).

Pork belly confit. Hands down, my favorite dish of the night (though it was close).

Washington rack of lamb.

Washington rack of lamb.

Ending the night: a dessert sampler that included crème brûlée, a huckleberry tart and chocolate.

Me + huckleberries = two Montana BFFs.

Me + huckleberries = two Montana BFFs.

If you plan on dining at Cafe Kandahar, here are a few things to keep in mind:
-Cafe Kandahar is open during summer and winter. Their seasons run from mid-December through the end of March and mid-June through the end of September.
-To ensure a table, make a reservation.
-The Snug Bar (located in the lobby of Kandahar Lodge) is also owned by Cafe Kandahar and serves up tapas and small plates.
-Plan to spend the night at Kandahar Lodge. Sidenote: it was nice to have direct access to my room after dinner. 

Happy dining,
TT

Winter in Whitefish, Montana

Earlier this month, I was able to spend some time with two of my favorite girls in one of my favorite mountain towns: Whitefish, Montana.

The view of Big Mountain from Central Avenue.

The downtown view of Big Mountain.

Hands down, Whitefish is one of the cutest and most charming towns in Western Montana. It sits on the edge of Whitefish Lake and at the base of Big Mountain, home of Whitefish Mountain Resort. (You can read more about taking the train to Whitefish here and get a glimpse of Whitefish during the summer here, courtesy of my friend Kristin’s blog). 

The main focus of this trip was winter adventure. Basically, we wanted to pack in as much fun as possible in a two-day time period. Our adventure list included: Glacier National Park, snowmobiling, snowboarding/skiing and exploring downtown.

And adventure we did. Take a look below…

Capturing the view of Glacier's snow-covered peaks from Lake McDonald.

Capturing the view of Glacier’s snow-covered peaks from Lake McDonald.

Jumping for joy after riding up to Kimerly Basin.

Jumping for joy after snowmobiling up to Kimmerly Basin with Swan Mountain Outfitters.

A perfect view.

A perfect view.

Looking out over the valley from the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Looking out over the valley from the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Debbie making turns down the backside.

Debbie making turns down the backside.

Um, that is not true. Just FYI.

Um, that is not true. Just FYI.

Perusing the shops at Stumptown Marketplace.

Perusing the shops at Stumptown Marketplace.

Locally made jewelry on display at Stumptown Marketplace.

Locally made jewelry on display at Stumptown Marketplace.

Love.

Love.

If you're in Whitefish, you NEED to eat here.

If you’re in Whitefish, make a reservation at Tupelo Grille. 

Cuddling up under a bison throw at Bar W Guest Ranch.

Cuddling up under a bison throw at Bar W Guest Ranch.

And if you need more convincing, I’ve rounded up some information to help you plan your winter adventure to Whitefish…

Why I love Whitefish in winter: It’s a fantastic base camp for a variety of winter adventures, like snowboarding or skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, snowmobiling with Swan Mountain Outfitters near Columbia Falls (only a 15-minute drive from Whitefish) and heading into Glacier National Park for a scenic drive or to snowshoe along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Where to stay: For a quiet stay just minutes from town, consider The Bar W Guest Ranch. During the winter, it operates as a giant, cozy bed-and-breakfast.

Where to eat: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Whitefish has some of the best dining in Montana. Sidenote: You can read more about their food scene from writer Leslie Kelly here

Of note: Tupelo Grille (try the creme brulee with a huckleberry sauce), Ciao Mambo (order the nachos – they are delicious!), Stumptown Marketplace (pick up pastries from the Polebridge Mercantile or try an onion ring corn dog from Pig & Olive) and Montana Coffee Traders (great coffee and yummy breakfast).

And if you need a tour guide? Call me (or tweet me at @MontanaTia).

xo,
TT

Ride Amtrak’s Empire Builder to Whitefish, Montana

If you prefer to travel to Montana by train, chances are that you are well aware that the current train schedule has eastbound trains from Seattle arriving into Whitefish at 4:26 a.m.
Sidenote: Let’s just be honest; the current schedule stinks. But it had to be done in order to accommodate construction projects to add capacity to the BNSF route. 

I’m happy to tell you that in a couple of short weeks, Amtrak’s Empire Builder will return to its regular schedule in both directions. As of January 12, 2015, eastbound trains headed to Montana’s Glacier Country will arrive into Whitefish at 7:26 a.m. and westbound trains will arrive into Whitefish at 8:56 p.m.

Going back to normal operating hours means that spending a weekend skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort just got that much easier. To celebrate, Amtrak is offering 30% off train travel to Whitefish with their Winter Getaway Promotion!

Skiers prepare for a weekend of hitting the trails on Big Mountain. Photo: Brian Schott

Skiers prepare for a weekend of hitting the runs on Big Mountain.        Photo: Brian Schott

Travelers board the train in Whitefish, Montana. Photo courtesy: Brian Schott

Travelers board the train in Whitefish, Montana. Photo: Brian Schott

The return to this normal schedule also means that train travel to Western Montana will be smoother and allow for timely arrivals throughout the year into Libby, Whitefish, West Glacier, Essex, East Glacier Park and Browning.

To make it easier for you to enjoy a winter getaway to Whitefish, I’ve rounded up my top picks for where to stay, what to do and where to fill your belly.

Where to stayGrouse Mountain Lodge (check out their ski + stay package here), Garden Wall Inn (they have a getaway package for two) and Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge (rooms start at $99/night). I’m also a big fan of Hidden Moose Lodge and Good Medicine Lodge, especially during the winter.

Where to eat and drink: Truth time–Whitefish has some of the best dining options in Western Montana. Fuel up for the day on breakfast at Loula’s or the Buffalo Cafe. For a mouth-watering and tummy-satisfying dinner, make a dinner reservation at Tupelo Grille. Or for a casual meal, grab a sandwich (and green bean fries) at Great Northern Bar. For a more romantic meal, go see Chef Andy Blanton at Cafe Kandahar. And for post-dinner drinks and dancing, make a stop at Casey’s. Be sure to rub elbows with the locals at Great Northern Brewing Company in downtown Whitefish.

What to do: Ski at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Go for a sleigh ride at Bar W Guest Ranch.  Unwind with a spa treatment at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Rent a fat bike from Whitefish Bike Retreat and hit The Whitefish Trail.

Happy New Year!

xo,
TT

PS: Be sure to tag your photos on instagram and twitter with #GlacierMT so I can pretend like it’s me making sweet jumps at Whitefish Mountain Resort and chowing down on green bean fries at Great Northern Bar.

Visiting Montana’s Flathead Valley

*Hey you Montana lovers! Are you ready for part three of our road trip through Glacier Country? If I know you like I think I do, y’all are totally ready. Read on…

After our first two stops in Missoula and the Seeley-Swan Valley, our group of six continued our journey north to our next destination: Montana’s Flathead Valley. The Flathead is one of the state’s largest valleys and is home to a ton of recreational opportunities (like sailing on Flathead Lake, zip lining at Whitefish Mountain Resort or hiking in Jewel Basin), as well as cutesy small towns.

As we only had one day and two nights in the Flathead Valley, we knew we needed to maximize our time and soak up the personality of this corner of Montana.

Our time in the valley included…

A morning hike on The Whitefish TrailLocated a short drive from downtown Whitefish, The Whitefish Trail currently has 26+ miles of trails (as well as seven trailheads) that are prime launching points for hiking or biking the trail. We opted for one of the newest sections of the trail: the Woods Lake Loop. Not only was the hike gorgeous, but it also provided us with a view of Whitefish Lake. IMG_9209IMG_9205IMG_9208

Basking in the gorgeousness of The Lodge at Whitefish LakeWith its stunning location on the shore of Whitefish Lake, the lodge is one of the top places to stay in Whitefish. Plus, during the summer months you can dine on their deck, quench your thirst at the tiki bar or rent your water toy of choice (mine is a jet ski) for playing on Whitefish Lake. IMG_9193IMG_9217

Eating, eating and eating. While you may not think that Montana is a place to find tasty food, think again my friends. We filled (as in FILLED) our tummies on delectable meals at Tupelo Grille (hands down, my favorite place for dinner in Whitefish), Base Camp Cafe in Columbia Falls (LOVE their breakfast), Loula’s Cafe in Whitefish, Three Forks Grille in Columbia Falls and Sweet Peaks Ice Cream in Whitefish. *Side note: Judging from the photos below, I only eat sweets.IMG_9196IMG_9223IMG_9231IMG_9220

Catching our beauty rest (and stunning sunsets) at Meadow Lake Resort. Located in Columbia Falls and a stone’s throw from Glacier National Park, Meadow Lake is my idea of Montana perfection. It’s set back off the main highway, but is still so easy to get to. (Literally two minutes north of Highway 2). Plus, the rooms, grounds and views are pretty much perfect.  IMG_9230 IMG_9225

Your turn: What’s on your “must do” list in the Flathead Valley?

xo,
TT

PS: For photos from our road trip through Western Montana, check out hashtag #mt6pack on twitter and instagram.

Combining My Two Loves at Montana’s Bar W Guest Ranch

Sometimes, I’ve just got to give it to you straight.

Fact: I love a place that brings out my inner cowgirl.
Fact: I love cowboys. Always have, always will.
Fact: I love a place that combines my inner cowgirl with my love of cowboys.
Fact: The Bar W Guest Ranch combines those two loves and it may be one of the loveliest places in Montana.

Earlier this month, I headed to Bar W (located a few minutes west of Whitefish) with a group of friends who were visiting from literally all over the world. And together, we had one of the most memorable and fun days I’ve experienced in a long time.

Here’s a glimpse at our day…

The meadow at Bar W.

The meadow at Bar W.

If you can't find me, this porch is the first place you should look.

If you can’t find me, this porch is the first place you should look.

Howdy, cowboy.

Howdy, cowboy.

We loaded up and headed out for a wagon ride.

We loaded up and headed out for a wagon ride.

As part of our wagon ride, we also took a group selfie.

As part of our wagon ride, we also took a group selfie.

Dutch, Duke and Dave. One of my favorite views from our day.

Dutch, Duke and Dave. One of my favorite views from our day.

Lunch tastes better when it's served in an open meadow.

Lunch tastes better when it’s served in an open meadow.

'Just doing cowboy stuff.

‘Just doing cowboy stuff.

We also tried skeet shooting, roping and rope making.

Montana cowboy Dave showing us how it's done.

Montana cowboy Dave showing us how it’s done.

Italians can indeed rope.

Liberato was a natural at roping.

Making a rope from a branch.

Making a rope from a branch.

It was a perfect Montana day.

Your turn…What’s your perfect day?

See you on the trail,
TT

Top Activities: May in Montana

Oh, hello spring. It’s good to see you. So good in fact that I think you deserve a hoop, holler and maybe even a curtsy. After all, you and I both know that this winter was a bit of a long one. Not that I’m complaining…because I’m totally not. After all, our snowpack levels are off the charts and that alone practically guarantees a fun summer!

Spring was being mysterious in Glacier National Park's Two Medicine Valley in early May.

Spring was being mysterious in Glacier National Park’s Two Medicine Valley in early May.

Anyway, earlier this week I was chatting with a pal of mine and he was lamenting that he wasn’t sure what to do on spring weekends in Western Montana. His quandary? He wanted to be able to take to the outdoors but wasn’t sure where to start and which areas were open. I could feel his pain (this girl certainly doesn’t want to drive somewhere only to find out a trail system isn’t open yet) so I did some investigative research and rounded up the top activities for May in Western Montana.

Kerr Dam near Polson
If you’re a nerd like me and you’ve been keeping up with snowpack levels in Western Montana, you probably already know that our snowpack is sitting between 100 percent to 160 percent in various mountain ranges. This means that once the spring thaw kicks into high gear, Flathead Lake will take in massive amounts of water. To prep for the incoming water, Kerr Dam (located on the southwest corner of the lake) has many of its gates open to release some of its current holdings. Be sure to walk down to the boardwalk for a view of the dam and canyon.

The gates at Kerr Dam.  Photo: Alicia Pierce

The gates at Kerr Dam.
Photo: Alicia Pierce

National Bison Range, Moiese
In my many road trips up and down Highway 93 this month, there has been at least one bison standing in plain view from its perch on the rolling terrain of the National Bison Range. In addition to being stunning animals, many of the mama bison have had their calves which makes May the perfect time to head to the range. Personally, I recommend taking Red Sleep Drive (a 19-mile one-way road that travels through the range) for wildlife watching combined with stunning views of the Mission Valley and nearby Mission Mountains.

The view looking west from Red Sleep Drive.

The view looking west from Red Sleep Drive.

The Whitefish Trail, Whitefish
If you’re into hiking or biking, The Whitefish Trail (located just west of town) is the place for you.

The Whitefish Trail earlier this week. Photo: Jess Downing

The Whitefish Trail earlier this week. Photo: Jess Downing

Be sure to check out Woods Lake, the newest section of the trail, for views of Whitefish Lake, Woods Lake and the Whitefish Mountain Range.

Glacier National Park
I know I’ve said it before but I’m totally saying it again: May is the perfect time to bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. The road is currently closed to vehicular traffic at Avalanche on the west side which means bikers have free reign of the road from Avalanche up to the Loop. Or if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can hike the road as well.

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

Or you can take to some of the trails in the area, including Apgar Lookout, Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake. Keep in mind that some portions of the trails may be muddy and you may encounter a bit of snow, especially in shaded areas.

Side note: Wildlife, including bears, are active in Glacier National Park. Be sure you make noise on the trail and hike with bear spray.

Farmers Markets
With the arrival of May, farmers markets are starting throughout the region. Be sure to check out markets in Kalispell, Missoula, Polson and Ronan for local goods.

The People's Market in Missoula.

The People’s Market in Missoula.

Missoula Hiking Trails
For a quick hike in town, consider the hike to the M on Mount Sentinel. Hikers can make it up and down in around an hour and you’ll see a bird’s eye view of the Garden City.

Missoula from Mount Sentinel.  Photo: Chris Mickey

Missoula from Mount Sentinel.
Photo: Chris Mickey

Located a short drive from Missoula, Pattee Canyon is home to abundant hiking and biking trails. An added bonus? Spend some time hiking here and you’ll see plenty of wildflowers, including wild clematis, trilliums and glacier lillies. The 27 miles of trails have been cleared for the season, so if you’re looking for friendly and easily navigable trails, this area has you covered.

Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, Charlo
For a heaping serving of Montana history, check out Ninepipes Museum. Located at the base of the Mission Mountains, the museum has an extensive collection from the area’s early settlers, as well as American Indian beadwork and clothing. After perusing the museum, head over to Allentown Restaurant at Ninepipes Lodge for lunch or dinner and take in the view from their dining room.

The view from Allentown Restaurant.

The view from Allentown Restaurant.

Your turn…what are some of your favorite adventures in May?

xo,
TT