Archive for July, 2013

Motor fans get their fix at Raceway Park

July 17th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Sparks fly at Montana Raceway Park, just south of Whitefish

Sparks fly at Montana Raceway Park, just south of Whitefish

When it comes to motor racing, you probably don’t think of Montana as a hot bed for race fans – think again!  Right here in the Flathead Valley race fans can get their fix each Saturday night during the Summer months at Montana Raceway Park, a motorsports track just south of Whitefish.

The track hosts races in seven standard classes: Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Bombers, CHS Legends, Bandoleros and Hornets. (Don’t ask me what each of them are, but it sounds impressive!)

The quarter mile track is high banked for high speed racing and the bleachers hold up to 4000 race fans.  Montana Raceway Park has been recognized as one of the top 10 short tracks in the nation.  Not bad for little old Montana.

Each Saturday, time trials start at 6 pm with racing starting at 7 pm. And, it’s fun for the whole family.  There are concession stands selling food, beer and souvenirs and it’s a great place to people watch.

So think outside the usual activities when you visit us in Whitefish, sure rafting, hiking, and mountain biking should be on your “to do” list, but a fun evening out can be had at nearby Raceway Park.

Info at: www.montanaracewaypark.com

Author: Sarah Stewart

Active Summer Fun at the Whitefish Mountain Resort

July 8th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Summer activities abound at the Whitefish Mountain Resort

Summer activities abound at the Whitefish Mountain Resort

If you think the Whitefish Mountain Resort is just for skiing, think again.  The Summer season has the mountain humming with activities for kids of all ages. And since it’s just a short 10 min drive from our front door, it’s easy to get there.

Scenic Lift Rides: Get whisked up to the summit of the Big Mountain via an open chair lift or enclosed gondola for a scenic ride that will have you oohing and aahing over views of the entire Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. Round trip tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for juniors (7 – 12 yrs) or seniors 65+.  Rides are free for kids 6 and under and for 2012/13 winter season pass holders.  You can also buy a one way ticket for just $6, in case you want to hike up/down the mountain.

Hiking: There is a great hiking trail that takes you up to the top of the mountain.  Read more about it in our previous blog post.

Zip Line Tours: Whiz atop the trees 300 feet above ground as you glide along on your mountain adventure. The zip line tours are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds so reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.  Prices are $75 for a 5 –zip tour and $84 for a 7-zip tour.

Mountain biking: Bike rentals are available on-mountain and with two new trails scheduled to open by August 1, there will be more that 25 miles of lift accessed free-ride and cross country mountain bike trails. The Summit trail offers spectacular views while Runaway Train offers adrenaline pumping free ride biking.  You can have your bike taken to the summit, for a downhill ride all the way. Prices vary.

Alpine Slide:  Great for kids and adults alike, take a sled and race down straight-a-ways and banked curves. Children under 48” have to ride with an adult. $8 per ride, discounts for multiple rides.

Aerial Adventure Park: Strap in and challenge yourself on a variety of treetop courses that range in difficulty – cross suspended bridges and cable walk ways, climb on nets and ladders, swing on trapezes and negotiate other fun elements.  $39/Adults or $29/Kids 12 and under.

Spider Monkey Mountain: Just for kids!  They can play all day for just $10. Children find their way up through a webbed tower and at the top are rewarded with a giant slide ride down.

Summit Nature Center: Located at the Summit House atop Big Mountain, the Nature Center offers a fun place for families to explore with hands-on discovery to learn about the mountain environment.  They also offer a daily wildflower nature discovery walk in July & August.  Free.

Dining: There are plenty of dining options available in the Whitefish Mountain Resort: For Lunch head to Base Lodge Bar & Café for casual lunch dining, The Bierstube offers a patio and serves up great burgers and beer or the Summit House restaurant where you can dine in the highest restaurant in NW Montana with views of Glacier National Park.  For Dinner the Hellroaring Saloon and Eatery has an outside deck and offers casual fare starting at 5 pm.  For a more upscale choice enjoy fine dining at Café Kandahar with Award-Winning chef Andy Blanton.

The Whitefish Mountain Resort… it’s just not for skiing!  For more info visit their website: www.skiwhitefish.com

Author: Sarah Stewart

Art is in the Spotlight – First Thursdays in Whitefish

July 1st, 2013 by kimtaylor

Look for the Art Spot flag outside of participating galleries and shops.

Look for the Art Spot flag outside of participating galleries and shops.

Gallery Nights, (aka. First Thursday Art Walk), in downtown Whitefish is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  From the start, it was hit with locals and visitors alike, I mean what’s not to like about art, entertainment, beautiful Summer evenings & free refreshments?!  This laid back & low key tradition has been gaining traction since its inception on 2003.  Just remember to time your visit to “the Fish” to coincide with the first Thursday of the month if you’re planning to visit anytime between May and October. [One exception: for July, the Art Walk will be on Friday July 5th due to the Independence Day holiday.]

This year’s Gallery Nights has 14 participating art, specialty shops and galleries – (heck there’s even an artisanal pasta shop participating this year!), who swing their doors wide open and offer special art exhibits, (often with artist right there to talk about their artwork, techniques and to get them out of their studios), and most galleries offer free snacks and libations to their visitors. All of the participants are within a two block radius of Central Ave, the main drag of downtown Whitefish.  It makes a wonderful evening to stroll around to the various galleries and shops, starting at 6 pm and then head to one of the great Whitefish restaurants for dinner (Local’s tip: in the height of Summer make dinner reservations ahead of time, as this popular event has restaurants and bars hopping.)

Gallery Nights takes place from 6-9 pm and participating galleries have an Art Spot flag outside their shops so they are easily identified.  2013 Participating Galleries:

Mi Casa Pottery [550 E First St.]
Stumptown Art Studio [145 Central Ave.]
Going to the Sun Gallery [137 Central Ave.]
Whitefish Pottery & Stillwater Gallery [240 Central Ave.]
Stephen Isley Jewelry [241 Central Ave.]
The Purple Pomegranate [222 Central Ave.]
Great Northern Pasta [235 Baker Ave.]
Jest Gallery [305 E. 2nd St.]
Local Color Studio [116 Central Ave.]
Piney Creek Interiors [100 Central Ave.]
McGough & Co [131 Central Ave.]
Dick Idol Signature Gallery [238 Central Ave.]
Samarah Fine Art [15 Central Ave.]
The Walking Man [305 Baker Ave.]

The Whitefish Gallery Nights website is: http://whitefishgallerynights.org/
or follow them on Facebook.

This is a great opportunity to support local artists and to bring home a one of a kind memento of your trip to Montana.

Author: Sarah Stewart