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

Whitefish Winter Fun for Non-Skiers

February 24th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Happy Beer Tasters at the Great Northern Brewing Co.

Happy Beer Tasters at the Great Northern Brewing Co.

One of the challenges of planning a ski vacation is how to accommodate & entertain the non-skiers in the group. While curling up with a good book in front of the fire in our Great Room is always a welcome option, there are plenty of non-skiing activities to entertain those who don’t ski or board or those who want to take a day off from the mountain.

If you want to still enjoy a winter activity there are plenty of recreation options to get your heart pumping: snow shoeing on the nearby Whitefish Trail, ice skating at the Stumptown Ice Den (skate rentals available), snowmobiling and dog sledding with Dog Sled Adventures in nearby Olney,  just to name a few. If you still want to strap on skis, there are several Nordic options as well. Cross-country ski rentals and groomed trails await you at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course (they even have a lighted trail for night skiing.) For a more rustic cross country ski option try the Stillwater Nordic Center offering over 20 km of groomed trails. Area sporting good stores offer rental options for snowshoes, skis, etc. And, don’t forget, Glacier National Park is open all year round and the quiet solitude is a wonderful way to see this beautiful jewel from a whole new perspective.

Another fun way to spend the day is exploring the town of Whitefish and you don’t even need a car! The same shuttle system that takes skiers up the the mountain, can take you to downtown Whitefish and the shuttle stop is just a stone’s throw from our front door. We recommend making your first stop in town the Whitefish Visitor’s Center located at the offices of the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce [307 Spokane Ave.] The friendly folks there will provide you with all kinds of good information on activities, festivals, special events, restaurants, galleries, and museums. Some highlights we recommend:

  • Stumptown Historical Museum at the Whitefish Train Depot. Learn about the history of Whitefish (yes, you too can find out why Whitefish’s nickname is “Stumptown”) and for train enthusiasts it’s a “must see”;
  • *FREE* beer tasting at the Great Northern Brewery;
  • Whitefish boasts over 14 Art Galleries/Shops – perfect places to find that unique one-of-a-kind souvenirs of your trip to Montana;
  • If you have kids in tow or you want to torch some calories in heated comfort, head over to the The Wave, a state of the art fitness facility that has a lap pool and a kid’s pool, a place to drop off the little ones while you workout, a variety of cardio & weight training equipment, and classes including yoga, Zumba, spin & step;
  • Stop for lunch at one of many local restaurants offering menu items for all tastes – from the carnivore to the staunch vegan and everything in-between. Ask us for our favorites, [you might get a different answer from each one of our staff members, but they’ll all be good!];
  • Bowling at the Pin ‘n Cue;
  • Paint your own pottery at the Stumptown Art Studio;
  • Catch a movie matinee at the Mountain Cinema 4-Plex, located at the Mountain Mall;
  • Support our local economy by shopping at one of many of the shops offering a wide range of products and souvenirs from artisanal olive oils to t-shirts to knitting & quilt shops to pottery & books – (yes, we still have a fantastic brick-n-mortar bookstore!);
  • Take a coffee roasting tour at Montana Coffee Traders or see how our Hidden Moose Lodge mugs are made by taking a tour at Whitefish Pottery located just 5 miles from Whitefish.

 

So as you can see, Whitefish has many options for both the skier and non-skier alike – we are happy to help you make your plans for an off-the-mountain-day.

Author: Sarah Stewart

ABC’s The Bachelor films episode at the Hidden Moose Lodge

February 18th, 2013 by kimtaylor

The Bachelor came to Whitefish last Fall and chose to film the infamous two-on-one date at the Hidden Moose Lodge!

The exterior of Lodge was filmed in both the arrival and departure scenes (when the unfortunate dismissed date was sent packing).  And the dinner date was shot in our Great Room and on the front porch.  Sean’s & the Girls’  “confessions” were shot in the Big Sky Suite and Glacier Suite.  Producers and camera crews spent hours getting the scene just right – moving furniture and setting up sound and lighting equipment.  Although we were full at the time, our non-Bachelor guests were real troopers as they had to contend with all the goings on, although most will admit that it was not only interesting, but exciting, to watch this popular TV show unfold before our very eyes.

Thank you to the Bachelor and the State of Montana for selecting the Hidden Moose Lodge for this very special episode.

 

Fall in the Flathead

October 31st, 2012 by kimtaylor

Fall is an amazing time to be in the Flathead Valley. As the summer crowds subside, a sense of peacefulness sweeps over the valley. With yellow Larch needles, orange Mountain Ash berries, and red Maple leaves, the landscape becomes more beautiful with each passing day. The fall activities are endless with some more appealing than in the busy summer months. Hunters hit the National Forest and State Land areas hoping to score a tag and get meat to last their family through the winter. Hiking in Glacier National Park is not only advised due to the hunting season, but is more pleasurable with visitor numbers down. Instead of encountering hundreds on the Avalanche Lake trail, there may only be a couple of dozen hikers on a busy day. Cycling on roads within Glacier also becomes more feasible with less vehicle traffic on the well maintained roads of GNP. Fishing is still great on various lakes and rivers, as well as paddling. The cool crisp air is refreshing and results in rosy cheeks on those partaking in outdoor activities. Early fall brings both black and grizzly bears in town to forage among fruit bearing trees, bird feeders, or improperly stored trash. Anything that can provide much needed calories before entering hibernation is fair game. Often an overnight dusting of snow remains, making it easier to see animal tracks and sign. Turkey and deer numbers are at an all time high in town. With hunters prowling in the woods, these animals and others retreat to town for safety. Due to fewer travelers in the area, accommodation rates drop and many establishments run specials, making it a very affordable time to visit. With low visitor numbers, an abundance of activities, and great prices, fall is by far one of the best times to visit Northwest Montana.

Welcome to the Hidden Moose Lodge Blog!

October 21st, 2011 by kimtaylor

Welcome!

It is 2011 and Hidden Moose Lodge is moving into the next phase of the internet world. Blogging! We here at the Hidden Moose are excited to enter into this new world of internet communication. We feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place with such amazing people and endless activities. We love sharing our enthusiasm and information with all our guests. Our hope is to continue this enthusiasm and years of knowledge in the Hidden Moose Lodge Blog. Our goal is to provide you with reliable information about Activities, Events, and the Area. We hope this page will be a friendly tool for all our guests and visitors to the area.  

Enjoy!

Hidden Moose Lodge Staff