Useful Information about Whitefish, Montana and the Flathead Valley
Enjoy these activities nearby:
Golf • Tennis • Shopping • Sightseeing • Restaurants
Rafting• Kayaking • Sailing • Boating • Waterskiing • Jet Skiing • Swimming • Biking • Mountain Biking
Cross Country Skiing • Downhill/Alpine Skiing • Snowboarding • Snowmobiling • Sledding/Tubing
Wildlife Viewing • Hiking • Fishing • Hunting • Antiquing • Cinemas/Movie Theaters • Live Theatre
Welcome to our Whitefish home. I hope you enjoy staying here as much as we do! Before your departure, we would VERY MUCH appreciate you leaving (especially if it’s complimentary!) a note in the Guest Comment Book found on the end table in the living room and/or online at: http://www.vrbo.com/140491/reviews/write
I’ve compiled some of our favorites; a subjective "best of" Whitefish, MT list that you may find useful, so here goes; I’d also love to hear your recommendations. Whitefish Community Aquatic & Health Center:
Take the "Going to the Sun" road in Glacier National Park, they have tour cars, 1930's refurbished Ford "Red Buses", we took that one year and drove through it ourselves another. Both have their benefits.
This place gets raves and is 1 mile from the townhome
- The Bulldog, has live Poker games here as well as a number of casino machines. If you play here be sure to tell Jimmy, in the card room, that we sent you!
- Great Northern, fun, live music, get ready to party down.
- Casey’s, newest addition to downtown, don’t know if they use the rooftop terrace in winter but fab place to lunch other times of the year.
- We’ve seen Broadway quality plays at The Alpine Theatre, downtown.
- Etc. Just walk downtown’s main drag and find the place you like best!
- Whitefish Golf Course, seeing as how the 2nd fairway is a 9 iron from our front door, it’s lucky that this course is our favorite. Sporting two 18-hole golf courses, the North & the South, both are great but think the South is a little more of a challenge.
- Big Mountain Golf Course (formerly Northern Pines) - A bit of a misnomer as it's on the flats between Whitefish & Kalispell but purchased a few years ago by the Big Mountain Ski people, this is a really good links course.
- Eagle Bend in Bigfork, I really like the terrain here, kind of reminds me where I grew up in upstate New York, very pretty, lotsa trees, good clubhouse, nice place to have lunch too if it fits in the schedule.
- Meadow Lake Golf course in Columbia Falls, pretty course, not our favorite but very nice.
- Buffalo Hills: Kalispell Municipal course, think this should be a hiking trail, very, very pretty but not a championship style course for the die-hard golfers, though they do have a fun clubhouse crowd. On-course beverages are very nicely priced as well.
- Village Greens, 18 holes with attractive senior specials, lunch and green fees on certain days. Fun grass bunkers, real easy to walk this one. Also in Kalispell. Personal note, I had a hole in one there in 2007 so you know I like this course!
- Indian Springs Ranch, 18 holes of links golf, if you’re a high handicapper, take lots of balls, felt like I was playing in a British Open first time I played it, I was in the gorse as much as I was on the fairways, but very well kept and beautiful mountain views with the elevations.
- Played The Wilderness Club, for the first time a couple summers ago, GORGEOUS and fun! Nick Faldo designed, supposed to be a private club and think its being re-developed for public play. Way worth the beautiful 50 mile or so drive from Whitefish, highly recommended.
- Whitefish Golf Course, we've had some of our best meals here, great place and GREAT staff, tell Doug, the owner, that we HIGHLY recommended them!
- Ciao Mambo, down the street from Whitefish Golf course, fabulous and I'm originally from New York where we're picky about our Italian food, Italian nachos are yummy but so filling you might not be able to get through an entrée afterwards.
- Tupelo Grille, yummy Cajun and great wine selections, do NOT leave without sampling the bread pudding!
- McGarry's on the road heading up to Big Mountain, VERY NICE, you’ll more than likely find the owner/chef behind the open kitchen counter or his charming wife seating you. Upscale Mountain atmosphere, Pacific Northwest flair fare.
- The Lodge, right ON the lake, food’s ok but the view is outstanding and great ambiance and to-die-for martinis.
- Coopers, good sandwiches and salads, haven’t had dinner there yet.
- Haskell Station (formerly El Pollo Grill), at the bottom of the road heading up to Big Mountain, affordable pricing, lunch and dinner, patio dining, owner’s of Tupelo as well.
- The Bulldog, Yummy Burgers and fantabulous wings are part of their menu. They also have nightly live poker games, If you play, tell Jimmy we sent you!
- Mackenzie River, Good pizza and salads, I like their big comfy booths too, nice pricing and food and service have always been consistently good here.
- The Red Caboose, Used to be a diner, now coffee shop and frozen yogurt, really cute space, open late as well.
- Wasabi: Far from the ocean but still great Sushi!
- Orient Express: Good Chinese, eat in or take out.
- Capers for dinner on Hwy. 93 (1st street). Formerly Maxwell’s, this was the first place we had dinner in Northwest Montana and continues to never disappoint in all our subsequent years of visits.
- Famous Dave’s BBQ on Hwy. 93, decent BBQ, full bar.
- Adorable town, one of these years I’m going to come up during the winter for a stay and make sure my visit coincides with this incorporated city’s winter festival; all the photos I’ve seen of it are spectacular! While you're over there in Bigfork, we'd recommend dinner at Showtyme, they lay a very nice table. Its name stems from the proximity (next door) to the Bigfork Theatre; if time permits we've seen a number of plays there that have been gratifyingly good, not quite Broadway caliber but darn close and very entertaining.
All in Whitefish, All excellent.
- Buffalo Cafe
- Swift Creek (busy morning’s our family calls this place the “Not So…”).
- Loula's: Fabulous breakfasts (and unbelievable pies too)
- Amazing Crepes: Name says it all.
- The Red Caboose used to be a diner, is now a coffee and frozen yogurt spot, believe they stay open late.
- Bowling Alley, if you’re looking for food late in the evening. (Breakfasts are fine here, period.)
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