Archive for March, 2013

Eggs Benedict ala Moose

March 24th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Even the snowghosts at the Whitefish Mtn Resort start to resemble the Easter Bunny this time of year.

Even the snowghosts at the Whitefish Mtn Resort start to resemble the Easter Bunny this time of year.

Can you keep a secret? The Easter Bunny is a personal friend of the Hidden Moose Lodge and his visit is a highlight during his egg hiding route here in Whitefish.  And, to be honest, the Hidden Moose is the reason why he’s packed on a few pounds these past few years.  Here’s why: He LOVES our Eggs Benedict ala Moose and we make it for the Big Bunny and our guests each Easter – it’s one of our culinary Hidden Moose traditions.   Now we usually make his “to go” because, after all, he still has to finish his rounds and we wouldn’t want to disappoint all those kids by waylaying his appointed duties.  But, our guests can enjoy and linger over their Eggs Benedict ala Moose for as long as they like.

The reason why the Easter Bunny loves to stop by the Moose to fuel up is because our Eggs Benedict sauce is made from scratch and painstakingly whipped to perfection.  If you’ve ever tried your hand at making Hollandaise Sauce, you know it’s not easy.  Full disclosure, we’ve had our share of curdled batches – but over the 18+ years we’ve been in business we’ve perfected our Hollandaise making abilities – and that is why our guests, and the Easter Bunny, come back for more.  Add a little fruit on the side and you have a breakfast that will keep you fueled up for skiing, hiking or hiding eggs.

Since the Easter Bunny loves our Eggs Benedict ala Moose, he always manages to find some extra treats for our guests in his delivery basket – so don’t be surprised if there’s a treat or two for you when you wake up Easter morning – that is… if you’re staying with us.

We do have a few rooms available for the 29th & 30th of March, so give us a call (888) 733-6667 and then save room for Eggs Benedict ala Moose – the Easter Bunny is!

Author: Sarah Stewart

March (and April) Madness in Whitefish.

March 18th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Pond Skimming at the Whitefish Mountain Resort is an end-of-ski-season highlight.  This year it takes place on April 6, 2013.

Pond Skimming at the Whitefish Mountain Resort is an end-of-ski-season highlight. This year it takes place on April 6, 2013.

This is NOT a post about basketball “March Madness” – so either you’re disappointed or breathing a sigh of relief.   This is a post about all the fun stuff is happening in the next few weeks in Whitefish.  We are an active bunch here and if you’ve got that same adventurous spirit, book a room at the Hidden Moose Lodge for a respite from the crazy adventures you too can get in on.  Here are just a few that take place in the next month:

Pole, Peddle & Paddle Triathlon – March 23, 2013

As we begin to look towards the changing seasons the Whitefish Mountain Resort is offering an event that caters to whatever your pleasure may be. This 3-leg multi sport relay race includes a Boating section, a Biking section and a Mountain section (which includes an uphill and downhill portion).  The event can be raced by individuals doing all 3 legs of the race, or with teams of 3 with one member completing one section each.

SCHEDULE

8-9am – Registration/Check In at Riverside Park (on Baker Ave.)
10am – Race Start
Paddle:  2.0 miles –From Riverside Park
Peddle:  Bike -8 miles / 1500’ vertical -From Riverside Park to the Base Lodge of Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Pole: Mountain Section – 3.4 miles / 2200’ vertical -From the Base Lodge to the Summit, and skiing back down to the Base Lodge.
Awards – 30 minutes after last finisher on the Base Lodge Deck. 1-2ish

Brewfest & Dummy Derby – March 30, 2013

1-4 pm: The 5th annual Brewfest is fundraising event for the S.N.O.W. Bus presented by the Big Mountain Commercial Association. Featuring over 12 regional microbreweries, it takes place in the Upper Village Area of the Whitefish Mountain Resort.  Tickets $20/advance [available at the Base Lodge Guest & Info Center or the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce – 307 Spokane #103] or $25/door, $5/kids and designated drivers. The S.N.O.W. bus is a great and FREE service that takes skiers & boarders up and down the mountain all winter long.

Then, catch the Dummy Derby right after Brewfest is over. Watch homemade “rafts” (dummies on skis) crash after soaring over an enormous custom built jump. Or better yet, build and enter your own Dummy! Free to enter and you could win $500!

DUMMY DERBY SCHEDULE:

12:00-1:30pm – Registration and Dummy drop off at Event Office in the Upper Village
1:30pm – Dummy Must be at Registration
2:00pm – Dummy Judging
4:00pm – All participants at start
4:30pm – Start
Awards – 30 minutes after final Dummy at the event venue.

8th Annual Pond Skim – April 6, 2013

The Pond Skim is open to all competitors 21 yrs and older, and everyone is welcome to come watch this great winter finale. The Pond Skim celebrates the wacky feeling of spring and the end of another great ski season. Participants must have skis or snowboards appropriately worn (normally mounted) as they attempt to cross an 80+ foot pond. Costumes are required and will be judged in a category by itself.

Skimming will be an individual competition based on longest skim ($1000 for first place!). Participants will advance to the next round after each successful skim. Each subsequent round will be started lower down the slope, making it more difficult to cross the pond with less speed…and you have to go over a jump in the later rounds… as well as some other ideas to make it harder for you to cross.

This event always sells out for competitors so register early, and there are upwards of 2000 spectators.  $30 to enter, t-shirt included.

POND SKIM SCHEDULE

1:45pm all participants at start
2:30pm Start
Awards 30 minutes after final skim

More info on all these events at: www.skiwhitefish.com

Author: Sarah Stewart

St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Flathead!

March 13th, 2013 by kimtaylor

OK...we're not sure who this is, but he appears to be in the St. Patrick's Day spirit at the Great Northern Bar in Whitefish.

OK…we’re not sure who this is, but he appears to be in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit at the Great Northern Bar in Whitefish.

OK, Butte may be the hub of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations here in the Treasure State, but Whitefish and the Flathead Valley can hold their own on the day when everyone wants to be “kissed because they’re Irish” – here’s some fun things to do on St. Paddy’s day in the Flathead Valley:

Let’s start in Kalispell if you’ll be in that direction:

Starting at 1 pm Brannigan’s Irish Pub [101 E. Center St.] will have live music with the Highlander Bag Pipes and the party & live music continues all day in the bar and in a heated tent in their parking lot.  All Irish beers are on special, there will be poster and t-shirt give-a-ways and a green bikini contest starting at 9 pm.

Get your green on and follow the end of the rainbow down to Scotty’s Bar [2205 US Hwy 93 S. ] for a chance to win $100 in “gold” coin! The O’Connell Band starts the party up again at 9:30 PM. Give-a-ways & games plus no cover charge. Shuttle service from Brannigan’s Irish Pub to Scotty’s Bar will start at 10 PM and will also be available for sober rides home.

The Ancient Order of the Hibernians and the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day parade starting at 4 pm moving north on Main Street through downtown Kalispell for some family-friendly Irish fun.

Closer to home, Whitefish will have the following events to get your “Irish On”

Casey’s Bar [101 Central Ave.] will be having an all-day Irish Celebration starting at 11am – Corned Beef will be on the menu as well as green beer and a “green-drink” special [what that green drink is, is TBA – but I’m guessing it’s not for ‘light weights’].  “Paddy O’Bear” will be playing Celtic tunes from 2-6 pm.

Local favorite watering hole, the Great Northern Bar [27 Central Ave.] will have live Celtic music by McGrin and O’Bear It from 6:30 – 8:30 pm followed by music by 20 Grand.

The Great Northern Brewery [2 Central Ave.] presents “Tim’s Kitchen Takeover” all day – where caterer extraordinaire Tim Good of Cuisine Machine Catering will be presenting Irish food for foodies.  They will also be introducing their Nitro Tap at the Draft House.  What’s a Nitro Tap?  Go and find out!

The Boat Club Lounge [1380 Wisconsin Ave.] will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with local musician John Dunnigan from 6-9 pm and feature food specials of Corned Beef & Cabbage Spring Rolls & Irish Nachos.

If you’re up at the Whitefish Mountain Resort skiing , watch some amazing boardercross action at the Nate Chute Classic [OK…. so it’s not St. Patrick’s Day related, but it’s still fun!]  It’s one of the biggest boardercross events in the NW with about 125 riders competing for the title and cool trophies.  2 to 5 riders race through a great course consisting of jumps, banks, rollers and traffic.  More info at 887-SKI-FISH.

If live theatre is your thing then don’t miss the Pirates ‘O Penzance [get it?] at 3 pm at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center, brought to you by the Glacier Chorale & Operetta Orchestra.  Info at 257-3241 or gscmusic.org

And… remember designate a driver or call a taxi and don’t forget to wear green!

Author: Sarah Stewart

Travel Apps for your Montana Adventure

March 4th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Whitefish App by the WCVB

Whitefish App by the Whitefish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau – created by Old Town Creative.

Long gone are the days when the family vacation meant packing the kids in the family station wagon (sans air conditioning), strapping your luggage to the roof (or your dog in the case of the Romneys), buying a map at the local gas station and driving away in search of family adventures – when entertainment was license plate bingo or fighting with your brothers & sisters in the back seat.

Now vacations include video games and DVDs to entertain the kids, hotels are booked online ahead of time, and the SUV you’re driving in, is climate controlled. (I’m guessing the kids still fight in the back seat however.)  Another travel “necessity” these days is a variety of apps that help you get the most out or your travel dollars and time.  Here is a list of our favorites we recommend for download to enjoy the most out of your time in Whitefish:

Whitefish Travel App (FREE): www.explorewhitefish.com

This app helps visitors see what’s available in Whitefish for a variety of services and activities in the “Show Me” portion.  Want to find a great local Pizza joint or a place to have a picnic – this is the app for that.

Want to find out what’s in the area where you’re headed for lunch – go to the “Near Me” section.  You’ll find information, photos and any specials at local businesses surrounding a given location.

The “Map It” features will tell you where you are and how far your chosen restaurant, bar or other destination is.  It’ll even track you as you walk across town, that is… if you want it to.

Trippons (FREE): www.trippons.com

Trippons allows you to download free coupons to your mobile phone in a variety of Montana towns (including Whitefish) for special offers just for Trippon users at local restaurants, spas, lodging and shopping.

EveryTrail (FREE): available on itunes

Search for trails get the scoop on hike lengths, ratings, highlights and view photos from actual hikers who’ve been there.  You can even track & map your own hikes.

Get Lost in Montana (FREE): available on itunes or at: http://getlostmt.com/app/

Get local’s recommendations on where to eat, sleep and play in Montana.  It also provides trip ideas for weekend getaways.  You can upload your own pictures and spread the word to fellow travelers on the hidden gems you stumble upon.  It even gives you a platform to start your “bucket list” of must see places.

Ski Whitefish (FREE): available on itunes or at www.skiwhitefish.com

Get snow reports, weather, trail maps and view webcams.

Montana DOT Traveller (FREE): Available on itunes

Great if you’re travelling by car across Big Sky Country.  The app displays traffic cameras so you can see the road conditions for yourself, it also gives you traffic and weather alerts.

Other recommended apps from our Facebook followers: lastminute.com, tripadvisor.com and hotels.com.

Best of all these apps are FREE and will help make your trip to Montana one to remember for a lifetime. If you’ve got a favorite travel app, let us know about it and …  h“APP”y travels (pun intended).

Author: Sarah Stewart