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Win a Fall Getaway near Glacier National Park

Dear summer, we’re going to miss you. Like big time. After all, you’ve been a pretty sweet little thing. But between you and I, we’re not going to miss you TOO badly. Because while you’ve been a real peach and all, we’re pretty stoked to welcome your lovely cousin autumn to Montana.

Because we like to welcome each season in style, we’re doing a giveaway to officially kick off this undiscovered season in Glacier Country.

Hello, lovely.

Up for grabs is a two-night (that’s right, TWO night!) fall cabin stay on the outskirts of Glacier National Park at Great Northern Resort (valid now through October 15, 2012 or September 15 – October 15, 2013).

The cabins at Great Northern Resort.

Now the important part: how to enter. Enter to win by commenting on this post and telling us what you most look forward to each fall.

We’ll announce the winner on Friday, September 7. Comments will close on Thursday, September 6 at 10 PM, Mountain Standard Time.

Looking forward to hearing why you love fall!

Update: We’re happy to announce that CHARLIE CHURCH is the winner of the two-night stay in a cabin at Great Northern Resort! Have a wonderful time soaking up one of our most perfect seasons!

Soak up Fall in Montana with Travel Deals

As sure as my eyes are blue, I felt it. That distinct crispness in the air that can only mean one thing: autumn.

It’s on its way folks. Sure, the sun in shining brightly now and we have some high temperature days still ahead of us, but I know that Mr. Autumn has started his journey toward us. And since there’s no stopping his arrival, I wanted to give you the scoop on some pretty sweet Montana fall travels deals that can be found throughout Western Montana.

Glacier National Park Area
Autumn Season Special, Glacier Guides Lodge: Valid from September 22 – October 14, this sweet special includes lodging and breakfast at an eco-friendly lodge on the edge of the park for $133.75/room.

Special Low Season Rates, Glacier Outdoor Center: Sitting on a lovely hill with views of Glacier National Park, you’ll find Glacier Outdoor Center and their one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom modern cabins. You’ll also find horseshoes, a volleyball court and trout ponds located on-site. You can scoop up a cabin starting at $125.60/night after September 16 (a 60 percent saving off regular rates) with this stellar low season deal.

Fall foliage along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

Golf Package, Grouse Mountain Lodge: Located on the outskirts of Whitefish and adjacent to Whitefish Lake Golf Course is the lovely Grouse Mountain Lodge. And from September 16 – November 12, the lodge is offering their golf package (including lodging, golf with cart and a $25 restaurant credit) starting at $310/night.

Save 10 Percent, Wingate by Wyndham: Located on the edge of Missoula and with an on-site waterslide, Wingate is offering 10 percent off their regular rate on any room. Just print out this coupon and use it when making your reservation.

A fall visit to Missoula should include a hike to the "M" on Mount Sentinel.

Because in total seriousness, Montana is lovely in the fall.

Here’s looking forward to autumn, while still soaking up the last rays of summer.

Autumn + Wedding=LOVE

Last weekend, we headed north for the wedding of a dear friend, Sara, as she married her prince charming, Clay (Ahhhh). The wedding was at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake and it was beautiful. Not only was the bride glowing, but the location was absolutely perfect.

Pre-wedding, looking out at Whitefish Lake. Photo courtesy Holley Schmid

After a fun-filled weekend, one of our friends needed to catch a flight out of Missoula so we jumped in the car and made our way back to the Garden City. And I have to tell you, it was a gorgeous day for a drive. The air was crisp, the sky was blue and the Mission Mountains were stunning.

Driving into Polson, Montana.

Cruising through downtown Polson.

Ninepipes Wildlife Refuge

Autumn weddings may be my new favorite thing.

Until next week,

Fall: Montana’s Bashful Season

Last week, I mourned the loss of summer. This week, I’m embracing fall in Montana’s Glacier Country. I can’t help it. You see, autumn in Montana has its own distinct feeling and personality that is perhaps best described as the perfect combination of a charming bashfulness, a dash of showmanship and of course, all things delicious.

Maybe it’s the mixture of apples, homemade scarecrows, cutesy small towns or the ravishingly beautiful waters set against changing fall colors that is so riveting. Or maybe it’s the fall fly-fishing, hay rides and uncrowded roads leading into our region’s hidden corners.

Scarecrow Festival in Stevensville - Photo courtesy Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism

Hello, pretty. Photo courtesy Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism

Whatever it is, I dig it.

Happy autumn.

PS: To read more on fall in Montana, check out this article from gonomad.com (published last year). And if you want to come see it for yourself, peruse vacation deals, created specifically for Montana’s bashful season.

Five Days in Glacier Country, Montana

Happy first day of autumn! I hope this finds you each well, relishing the past months of summer and looking forward to a beautiful fall.

Last week, I headed off for a few days with two of my favorite Montana ladies and some friends from Europe. We were together a total of five days (give or take a few hours) and definitely made the most of our time by exploring Western Montana’s Glacier Country and cramming in as much fun as we possibly could.

Our trip included exploring Whitefish, Missoula and Kalispell, sampling beer from Great Northern Brewery, zip lining/Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort, a trail ride at Bar W Guest Ranch, lake cruises on Whitefish Lake and Flathead Lake, a red bus tour in Glacier National Park, checking out museums, rafting, hiking and eating delicious food from Whitefish to Somers and Missoula to Charlo. But instead of just telling you about it, I’m going to show you.

A boat ride aboard 'Lady of the Lake' on Whitefish Lake.

Traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road in our red bus.

Beautiful McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park.

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park

The Far West docking in Lakeside, Montana.

Ninepipes Museum in Charlo, Montana

A Kootenai Indian Dress on display at Ninepipes Museum.

A kayaker enjoying a late summer paddle on Brennan's Wave in Missoula, Montana.

We rode the Carousel!

Checking out a plane used by smokejumpers at the Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula, Montana.

Until next week,

Weekend Warriors: A Montana Autumn Roadtrip

Happy weekend!

Not sure what your plans are this weekend, but I’m off and running…I’ll be spending the next few days with two of my favorite Montana ladies and some international guests. We’ve been preparing for their visit and can’t wait to welcome them to Big Sky Country!

These two ladies + weekend + Montana = FUN!

On the agenda: Exploring Whitefish, a red bus tour in Glacier National Park, a boat tour on Flathead Lake, rafting near Missoula and of course, eating lots of delicious Montana food. I can hardly wait!

We’ll share photos of our adventures next week…Until then, happy trails to you.

Montana’s Labor Day Weekend: A Photo Recap

I love Labor Day weekend. It’s a time to decompress, play and recharge my batteries before fall gets truly underway. This year’s holiday weekend included a wedding, swimming in hot springs, candy and sapphire mining. But instead of telling you all about, I’m going to let the photos do the talking.

Traveling east to the Rocky Mountain Front.

Traveling west along the Rocky Mountain Front.

We heart Philipsburg.

Here's hoping chocolate really does slow down aging. (The Sweet Palace, Philipsburg)

I'm convinced that The Sweet Palace is full of magic.

Mining sapphires near Philipsburg.

We found some beauties!

Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Loop (one of the prettiest drives in Montana)

Local landmark - the elephant along I-90.

‘Twas a good weekend.


“Griz football is huge … people live and die for their football around here.” -Princeton Review

This weekend is a special one in Montana. It’s a battle that thousands look forward to each year called…*cue riveting music*…The “Brawl of the Wild!”

And it’s not to be taken lighly around here. You see, this game pits the University of Montana Grizzlies against the Montana State University Bobcats. To some it’s the Griz/Cat game, while other insist it’s the Cat/Griz game. Either way, it’s a fun-filled weekend with lots of Montana-style trash talking, parties, tailgates and reunions. It also means a celebration for one team and possibly the biggest prize of all: bragging rights for the next 12 months.

College football in Montana is huge. HUGE I tell you! It could be because there’s no pro team in our state of less than one million residents or a tribute to Montana’s rough and tumble, hardworking heritage. But maybe it’s simply our love of seeing big farm boys hold their ground and represent their team through the religion of football.

Either way, it’s game time around here. The folks in our building are decked out in their respective team colors, with plenty of goodhearted ribbing going on.

Playing nice...

Game faces!!!

When you've got a bear this cute, yet manly, cheering for you, you have to win.

One of our Bobcats went as far as covering the beloved bear with his hat. This means war.

And who’s side am I on? Well, the papa bear has season tickets to Griz football and makes the drive to Missoula every home game so this girl says GO GRIZ!

Look at these happy Griz fans.

Game on.


Trail Rides, Fine Dining & Montana Breweries

This week has flown by in a blur–a blur I tell you!

Probably because I’ve had my little blonde head everywhere from Essex to Missoula and Columbia Falls to Hamilton with many stops in between. But…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This past seven days had me celebrating Glacier National Park’s Centennial and the volunteers and folks who helped make it possible, taking a trail ride in a gentle rain with golden tamaracks as the backdrop, dining at Tupelo, hiking in the rain and snow in Glacier National Park with Glacier Guides, touring breweries, driving along Flathead Lake, making new friends and bunking at The Izaak Walton Inn with trains rumbling gently by in the night.

Our trail riding crew at The Bar W in Whitefish

Glacier National Park Centennial Event

Early morning mist along the Mission Mountains

Driving along Flathead Lake

What can I say except that it’s been a great week…And maybe we can do it again next week?


Don’t Leave…

Dear fall,

Don’t leave! We’ve been getting along SO well. You’re giving me just enough sunshine to stay a happy girl, while at the same time you’re covering our cute towns, hills, mountains and rivers with beautiful colors.

Seriously, I saw the photos.

Two Medicine Valley. Photo by Glacier National Park.

Two Medicine Valley. Photo by Glacier National Park.

There’s no hiding from me now, mister. Our friends in Glacier National Park have been keeping pretty close tabs on you. Click here to see more photos.

So maybe you could stay…just a little longer? I’m sure we can work this out.

Anyway, you think about it. Maybe sleep on it.