See Kim Run… Run Kim Run!

May 14th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Kim at the start of the 2012 Turkey Trot.  Look for Kim burning up the competition at this year's Whitefish Lake Run.  Watch out Velma!

Kim at the start of the 2012 Turkey Trot. Look for Kim burning up the competition at this year’s Whitefish Lake Run. Watch out Velma!

Whitefish is host to many 5k, 10k and even marathon running races throughout the summer and fall.  These races find participants passing through scenic vistas and quaint small towns on their way to the finish line.  It’s a great way to work off your huckleberry buttermilk pancakes or Grand Marnier French toast while staying at the Hidden Moose!    Plan your vacation around them, so you can stay fit while enjoying the scenic beauty of Montana first hand.  Below is a list of some of the more popular races in the valley: (click on the race name to be taken to the race website)

4th Annual Whitefish WAG Race [May 19, 2013]: This race benefits our local dog park, the Hugh Rogers WAG park, and consists of 1.5 miles, 4 miles and a 15k USATF Certified Race. Each participants receives, short sleeved cotton t-shirt, Pint Glass w/ Run Whitefish & Great Northern Brewery Logo, food & beverages including beer from Great Northern (over 21 only), live music and a chance to win many great raffle prizes from local merchants.  This is a cup-free race to reduce waste.  15k participants get a complementary hydro-pouch.

36th Annual Whitefish Lake Run [June 29, 2013]: This local favorite consists of 5k and 10k races and starts and finishes at scenic City Beach. (10k participants are bused to the start line, but finish at City Beach).  Kids under 12 get $5 off their race registration and dogs are encouraged to participate in the 5k race, (this is Montana after all and we LOVE our K-9 friends.) Register by June 10 to receive a t-shirt.

Glacier Challenge [July 6, 2013]: This is a challenge!  Covering 50 miles of Montana terrain, racers run, pedal and paddle their way on paths, up/down streams, on the lake and along bike paths and some gnarly single track.  You can enter as an individual, with a partner or as a team.   This year’s theme is: “The Wild West is about to get a WHOLE LOT Wilder,”  all proceeds benefit the Flathead Youth Home.

11th Annual Whitefish Friends and Family Fun Run/Walk [August 24, 2013]: Benefitting the Child Development Center and the Shepard’s Hand Clinic this race consists of a 1 mile Family Walk/Run, 5k Run/Walk and a 10k Run.  Discounted family rates and senior rates.  Register by August 6th to receive t-shirt.

Two Bear Half Marathon & Marathon [September 15, 2013]:  “No Wimps” is the motto of this race!  A Challenging course that takes you on single track, a jeep road, elevation gains and losses, and pavement and gives you beautiful views of Whitefish Lake.  It’s a “Bear” of a course, but gaining popularity among marathon racers.  Water stations approx. every 2 miles and Hammer Gel and orange slices available at selected aid stations. Entry fee includes long sleeve shirt, medallion for all official finishers, post-race celebration with food and beverages and an all-day pass for The Wave fitness center.

4th Annual Whitefish Legacy Race [Oct 13, 2013]: This popular favorite consist of 4 different lengths all on a single track, 1.5 mile, 4.5 mile, 10k and 20k races and is a fundraiser for the Whitefish Legacy Partners, a non-profit that has helped to establish & expand the Whitefish Trail.  Participants receive a t-shirt, pint glass for your post-race beers, lunch and snacks and a hydra-pouch for 20k & 10k participants & live music. Another cup-free race.

Whitefish Turkey Trot [November 28, 2013]  A 5k fundraiser benefiting the North Valley Food Bank, this is a no-frills, feel good, burn-some-calories-before-your-Thanksgiving-feast race.  No shirts, no swag but it’ll make you feel less guilty as you scarf a second helping of pumpkin pie.  You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to make your halo glow brighter.  Another cup-free race to reduce litter.

You can check out other Montana races at www.runmt.com  Now get out there and run!

Author: Sarah Stewart

“Moose” Employee Profile: Lauren Amato

May 6th, 2013 by kimtaylor

In addition to baking at the Moose, Lauren makes and serves great breakfasts too!

In addition to baking at the Moose, Lauren makes and serves great breakfasts too!

Many of our guests are greeted by the smell of chocolate chip cookies or almond biscotti in the afternoon when Lauren is working the 3-11 pm shift.  Our resident Baker, Lauren Amato, started at the  Hidden Moose last Fall, splitting her time between here and the legendary Polebridge Mercantile in the North Fork – a famous Summer respite for hikers, rafters, tourists and locals.

Lauren grew up in Connecticut and was an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Missoula, working with the Farm-to-School program that works to have locally grown food in school lunch programs.  When her stint with AmeriCorps ended, she started baking at the Polebridge Mercantile in the summer and the Le Petite Outre Bakery in Missoula during the winters.

The Polebridge Mercantile is renowned for its delicious baked goods such as Huckleberry Bear Claws and Sticky Buns as wells as a place to get a cold beer in basically the middle of nowhere.  But don’t take my word for it,  click here to check out their glowing “Yelp” reviews.  (A visit to the Polebridge Mercantile and their sister business, the Northern Lights Saloon, is an off-the-beaten-path, “must-see” & experience for Summer visitors – they’ve even made a documentary about it.)

However, I digress… closer to home Lauren whips up cookies in the afternoon for Hidden Moose Lodge guests and makes fresh muffins, orange chocolate chip oat scones and breakfast bars, for our “to-go” breakfasts, for guests that need to make an early flight or are heading off for a hike before the sun rises.

So whether you see Lauren at the Hidden Moose Lodge or at the Polebridge Mercantile, she’ll have you covered when your sweet tooth needs to be satisfied.

Author: Sarah Stewart

Spring Cycling the Going to the Sun Road

April 29th, 2013 by kimtaylor

A welcome sign of Spring cyclists in Montana.

A welcome sign of Spring cyclists in Montana.

High-tech cycling gear not needed.

High-tech cycling gear not needed.

 

Beautiful vistas await intrepid Spring bicyclists.

Beautiful vistas await intrepid Spring bicyclists.

 

When the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park is fully open from West to East, cyclists play second fiddle to cars and the Park’s famous red busses, called Jammers.  During the peak Summer months, this famous scenic road is closed to bicyclists between 11 am and 4 pm. That means you have to set you’re alarm clock pretty darn early to make it up to Logan Pass and back down before 11 am.  Others prefer to hit the “night shift” and start up in the evening after 4pm, others wait for a full moon and cycle up by moonlight.

But, as the locals know, in the Spring time Cyclists have the road to themselves, save for a mountain goat that may wander in front of you (if you’re lucky) or a mama bear and her cubs scurrying up the hillside.

Yesterday we cycled the Going-to-the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, and experienced just about every type of weather you can think of, rain, sleet, a bit of hail, wind and at times sunshine.  We passed about 3 dozen other cyclists on our way from Lake McDonald to the Loop and about 3 miles beyond.

Tips for Spring cycling:

  • Be prepared for any type of weather.  It may look nice and sunny when you leave, but the weather can change quickly.  A windbreaker type jacket is a must, even on a sunny day, as the high speeds you’ll hit on the way down will cool you down quickly.
  • Bring a basic bicycle repair kit.  If you get a flat tire and you’ve got no way to fix it, you’re out of luck.  You’ll be hoofing back to your car. We ran into a stretch of unpaved road from Avalanche campground for a couple of miles, so you never know. A puncture could really ruin your day if you’re not prepared.  That being said, make sure you check that your bike is in good working order, especially your brakes!  You’ll be glad you did as you speed down the road on your way back.
  • Bring water and snacks.  During the Spring don’t count on Park concessions being open, so if you want to not give into your growling stomach and turn around early, throw in a granola bar or two into your bag.
  • Don’t forget your camera and have fun!

    Author: Sarah Stewart

Craven’s Coffee Stars at Breakfast Time

April 22nd, 2013 by kimtaylor

Kari delivers caffeinated bliss to the Hidden Moose Lodge each week.

Kari delivers caffeinated bliss to the Hidden Moose Lodge each week.

A couple of blog posts ago we introduced you to Whitefish Pottery who make our coffee mugs here at the Moose, now we’d like to tell you about the coffee that we pour in those mugs.

For the past few years our guests are greeted to the smell of Craven’s Coffee brewing in our kitchen. Craven’s Coffee is a Spokane, WA based company, dedicated to roasting great coffee that comes from coffee farmers they actually meet and shake hands with. They know the farmers they buy their coffee beans from. Roasted to perfection (at least we think so!) it makes some of the best coffee you’ll want to wake up to.

Launched 20 yrs ago, by Simon Craven Thompson and his wife, Rebecca Templin, Cravens remains a mom-and-pop operation by national standards. “I think Folgers spills as much coffee in a day as we roast in a year,” Thompson joked to the Spokesman Review newspaper. When they started in 1993 there were about 3 local roasters in Spokane, now there are about 20. So, in order to survive, you know the coffee has to be good.

In addition to their wide variety of roasts they offer (68 blends in total), Craven’s has a line of Community Blends where a portion of their sales gets donated to worthy causes in the Northwest. Nice.

The face of Craven’s Coffee here in the Flathead Valley is our sales rep, Kari Donovan, who delivers caffeinated bliss to restaurants, grocery stores, cafes and, of course, to the Hidden Moose Lodge on a weekly basis. Kari has worked for Craven’s for over 9 years and loves her job.

And, we love Craven’s Coffee and so do our guests. You can visit their website at: www.cravenscoffee.com or taste their coffee yourself when you book a room at the Hidden Moose!

Author: Sarah Stewart

Spring Things-to-Do in the “Off-Season”

April 15th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Cyclists can go where cars can't in the Spring on the Going-to-the Sun Hwy.

Cyclists can go where cars can’t in the Spring on the Going-to-the Sun Hwy.

When the lifts stop running on the Big Mountain for the ski season and before they roar back to life to take visitors zip-lining through the trees in the Summer it is known as the “off-season” here in Whitefish.  Things quiet down, life moves a little slower, traffic is a little lighter and the weather is a tad more unpredictable.  That being said, it can be a great time to visit our area – but you have to make your own fun with some of the more off-the-beaten path activities, take things easy and be prepared for just about any kind of weather.

So if you find yourself wanting to get away from the heat of the South, the noise of city life, or the traffic jams on your daily commute, visit us in the Spring and you can see what the life of a Whitefish “local” is really like, when the skiing stops and the hiking trails in Glacier Park are still covered in snow.

Here are some ideas for fun and sometimes overlooked activities that still go on when the tourists go home:

Visit a distillery, winery, or brewery: Great Northern Brewing Co. has a tasting room less than 2 miles from the Hidden Moose and samples of their many offerings are “on the house”.  Glacier Distilling Co. in Coram and the Glacier Sun Winery in Kalispell also offer tastings of their unique libations.

Visit a museum: You might think museums are just in big cities, but some of the funkier museums are located in small towns across the country and the Flathead Valley is no exception.  Right here in Whitefish is the Stumptown Historical Society Museum located in the Train Depot. Just 15 miles away in Kalispell there’s the Hockaday Museum of Art, Central School Museum and Conrad Mansion (Open May 15-Oct 13)  –  a hidden jewel of a beautifully preserved pre-1900 mansion of the founder of Kalispell, Charles Conrad, complete with over 90% of the original family furnishings.

Get pampered: Perhaps in your day-to-day life you don’t have time for massages & spa treatments – but now you do – you’re on vacation after all!   Take a day out for a mani/pedi, massage or facial at one of the many day spas & salons here in the Valley.  We’re happy to recommend our favorites or visit: www.whitefishchamber.org for a list of options.

Go thrifting: Yea, it’s a thing now – shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops – what used to be the necessity of a broke college student is now “cool” and a great way to find one-of-a-kind unique items and fashion finds. Whitefish has 2 thrift stores and several consignment shops including the Chic Boutique and Copperleaf Consignment.  More thrift stores and consignment shops are to be had in Kalispell.

Hike local trails:  The Whitefish Trail is a great place to get some exercise and the snow will be gone long before the trails of Glacier Park are cleared of the white stuff.  Pick up a trail map and get moving.

Bike: There are many local mountain bike trails less than 10 miles from the Moose, including Spencer Mountain.  You can rent a bike at Glacier Cyclery and hit the road.  Here’s a local’s tip – Bike the Going to the Sun Road before it opens to car traffic.  In mid-May to early June (perhaps earlier depending on the weather) the park service has the Going-to-the-Sun Road closed at Avalanche Creek to car traffic but beyond that point bikes are allowed and the road can be cleared to the Loop and beyond before you run into plow crews trying to clear the road.  The road offers spectacular views and you won’t have to worry about cars.  For road status call: (406) 888-7800 or see it at: http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm

See how things are made: Montana Coffee Traders gives tours of their roasting facility and as mentioned in a previous blog post Whitefish Pottery gives tours of their facility to curious visitors who want to pull back the curtain to see how artists get their hands dirty to make beautiful pottery.

Those are just a few of the things you can do in the “off-season” here in the Flathead Valley and I didn’t even get to mention: Seeing live music and theatre, antiquing, gambling, fishing or just bellying up to the bar at a local joint to get recommendations on things to do and see from a friendly barkeep who lives here year-round.

Spring is also a great time to get great rates at the Hidden Moose Lodge since it’s our “off season” too.  See our Specials & Packages page for more info.  Then give us a call at: 1 (888) 733-6667.

Author: Sarah Stewart

Whitefish Pottery “mugs” it up for the Hidden Moose Lodge

April 8th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Whitefish Pottery makes our custom Hidden Moose coffee mugs.

Whitefish Pottery makes our custom Hidden Moose coffee mugs.

Have you ever given any thought to where your coffee mug comes from?  Go ahead, turn over your mug and look, [but make sure it’s empty first – Doh!]  When we were deciding on where to get our coffee mugs for the Hidden Moose Lodge, (important in our line of business),  we decided to “go local”. For many years we’ve been serving our morning coffee to sleepy guests in locally made mugs from Whitefish Pottery.  Tom Gilfillan, [aka. “Tom the Potter”], owner of Whitefish Pottery, is one of the biggest Bruce Springsteen fans we know, [if not THE biggest], and a talented potter as well.   He and his wheel spinning crew hand throw each Hidden Moose logo’d mug and glaze them in a variety of beautiful colors.

Besides Hidden Moose coffee mugs, Whitefish Pottery, make a variety of handcrafted items from cookie jars to wine crocks to serving bowls that are sold in their downtown retail store, Stillwater Gallery.  In addition to their pottery, they also feature wonderful local artwork, crafts and other handmade pottery at their store.

Other “fun facts” about Tom’s business:

  • Whitefish Pottery was commissioned to make the “official” coffee mug for the Glacier National Park Centennial celebration.  How cool is that?
  • You can take a free tour of their pottery studio (about 5 miles from downtown Whitefish), to see how they actually make, fire & glaze their creations.
  • Stillwater Gallery is one of 13 galleries that participate in “Gallery Nights” – Held from May-October each year on the first Thursday of the month in Whitefish.  Local galleries & shops stay open late, lay out free refreshments and feature a variety of special artist exhibitions.
  • Each year Whitefish Pottery holds an anniversary party for the whole community out at the studio location.   This year’s 18th anniversary bash will be on Friday May 10th – with live music, food and libations – it’s always a blast.

Our guests often purchase a Hidden Moose Lodge mug handmade by Whitefish Pottery as a memento of their stay with us.  It’ll not only looks cool on their desk at work, but they swear their coffee tastes better!

For more on Whitefish Pottery visit their website at: www.whitefishpottery.com or find them on Facebook.

Author: Sarah Stewart

Unique Ironwork gives the Hidden Moose Lodge a rustic flair.

April 2nd, 2013 by kimtaylor

An ice axe and climbing rope decorating the Glacier suite mirror,  were custom made by the Iron Thistle Forge of Whitefish Montana.

An ice axe and climbing rope decorating the Glacier suite mirror, were custom made by the Iron Thistle Forge of Whitefish Montana.

One of the things that makes the Hidden Moose Lodge unique is that each of our rooms & suites are decorated with a different theme.  Nothing about the Moose is cookie-cutter. Part of that unique décor is the ironwork that is featured throughout the lodge.  Best of all it is made right here in Whitefish by a talented blacksmith who hails from the “other side of the pond”, but had chosen to live in our beautiful corner of the world.  Tony Stewart owns the Iron Thistle Forge, a blacksmithing shop just 8 miles from Whitefish and he’s worked closely with Kent & Kim over the years.

Tony takes the theme of each room and runs with it… creating mirrors, iron head boards, light fixtures and towel bars – Our “Glacier” suite mirror features and ice axe and climbing rope, all hand forged in metal.  A forest of iron pine trees dons the bathroom light fixture for our “Treetops” room.  All custom made by Tony just for the Hidden Moose Lodge – believe me you won’t find these in any catalog.

You may have even caught a glimpse of Tony’s work on the Bachelor episode that took place in Whitefish.  Part of that episode was filmed at the Hidden Moose and had the outdoor chandeliers created by the Iron Thistle Forge in the scene. [When one of the girls was sent packing and Sean walked her out to the waiting limo that whisks the teary bachelorette away to the airport.]

Using raw metal stock, Tony heats, hammers, twists and bends the metal into beautiful shapes until it becomes a bear, moose, mountain goat or a jumping trout like those featured in our “Riverbed” room.

You can visit his website and see more of his beautiful ironwork at: www.ironthistleforge.com – or see his works of art in person when you stay at the Hidden Moose Lodge.

Author: Sarah Stewart

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