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A Montana Road Trip: Part Two

As you may recall from last week’s post, I’ve been doing a bit of road tripping.

Last week’s Montana-lovin’ journey included gems in Missoula, St. Ignatius, Charlo, Pablo, Polson, Kalispell and Whitfish. This week, we’re finishing it up with tidbits from the rest of our adventure.

Amtrak's Empire Builder brings travelers to Western Montana from the east and west. (It also provides STUNNING views of terrain along the way).

Amtrak’s Empire Builder brings travelers to Western Montana from the east and west. (It also provides STUNNING views of terrain along the way).


Base Camp Cafe in Columbia Falls serves up mouth-watering dishes. Plus, it's adorable.

Base Camp Cafe in Columbia Falls serves up mouth-watering dishes. Plus, it’s adorable.


Station 8 in Columbia Falls. (Side note: I now think I need a chandelier in every room in my house).

Station 8 in Columbia Falls. (Side note: I now think I need a chandelier in every room in my house).


A stormy day on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

A stormy day on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park


The Montana House in Apgar Village is open 363 days per year.

The Montana House in Apgar Village is open 363 days per year.


Downtown Bigfork.

Downtown Bigfork.


Whistling Andy Distillery in Bigfork.

Whistling Andy Distillery in Bigfork.


Flathead Lake Brewing Company in Woods Bay.

Flathead Lake Brewing Company in Woods Bay.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go plan another road trip. Because when you live in a place that’s as magical as Western Montana, you have to soak up every last morsel.


Dear Summer: Bring It On

It’s official. With the opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (June 19) and the official first day of summer (June 20), summer is here. And this girl is STOKED. Like hardcore, can hardly wait, super excited for each and every thing that summer has to offer stoked.

Bugs? They don’t bother me. (Okay, they do a little which is why someone invented bug spray). Hot days? Love ’em. (It’s a dry heat after all). Long daylight hours? Don’t mind if I do. (This blondie loves the sunshine. And yes, I lather up with SPF).

To kick off summer, I wanted to share some of the most epic summer activities and events that can be found in Montana during the next few months. May I present to you “Tia’s Terrific Montana Travel Summer List of Pure Fun” or “TTMTSLPF.”

Glacier National Park
Some of my earliest memories are of visiting and exploring Glacier National Park with my family. Back then, it was a magical place filled with bears, waterfalls, giant lodges and ice cold lakes. Today, I’m really happy to tell you that it’s still a magical place. If you haven’t been, it’s a destination that should definitely be on your list of places to explore. My recommendations? Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road, take a Sun Tour (where you’ll learn about the park from the perspective of the Blackfeet Indians), hike to Running Eagle Falls in Two Medicine and sit by the fire at Many Glacier Hotel. And most importantly, just get lost in the nature, beauty, power and history of the park.

Hiking to Avalanche Lake with the baby sister.

Clearwater Canoe Trail
Hands down, this is one of my favorite activities for summertime. Located a short drive north (about four miles) of Seeley Lake, this trail meanders its way through a willow marsh before flowing into the north end of Seeley Lake. My recommendation? Paddle this in the early morning hours and soak in the stillness and peacefulness of the trail.


River City Roots Festival
This festival is Missoula at its best. It’s a two-day FREE festival with incredible art and live music in the heart of downtown Missoula. Plus, if you have little ones there is plenty of entertainment and activities to keep everyone in your family entertained.

Zip Lining at Whitefish Mountain Resort
A visit to the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort is a MUST. It combines beautiful views with short hikes and speed with giggles and shrieks. Two words to describe it: Pure fun.

Families that zip line together, stay together. (Or something like that).

Lake and River Lounging
In the summer, you have to lounge. And there are plenty of river and lakes in Western Montana that provide prime lounging opportunities. My recommendations? Get your lounge on at Whitefish Lake, Noxon Rapids Reservoir, Lake Como, Seeley Lake, Johnsrud State Park on the Blackfoot River and Flathead Lake.

Bike the Hiawatha
Last summer, my brother and I headed to the Route of the Hiawatha to ride its 15-mile trail through tunnels and across steel trestles. And it was awesome.

Hello beautiful forest.

Eat Ice Cream
This is perhaps the golden rule of summer. Best places to get a scoop (or seven): Big Dipper in Missoula; Sweet Peaks in Whitefish, Bigfork and Kalispell; Eddy’s Cafe in Apgar Village; and St. Mary Cafe in St. Mary (best paired with their pie). My recommendation? Be sure to try the huckleberry ice cream.

Big Dipper in Missoula.

Happy, happy summer.

PS: For more summertime fun, check out these 102 Things To Do.

Montana: We’ve Got Good Eats

When this messy-haired blond girl was growing up, we lived one mile down the road from my grandparents and our family owned store, where my grandpa was constantly (and boy do I mean constantly) cooking food for whoever happened to be around. And since it was was a store, there were always people around to taste his cooking.

My gramps.

My grandpa had two catch phrases: one was “Have a happy day.” and the other was “Want to taste something good?” And when we heard the latter, we knew there was something delicious simmering on the stove for us in the backroom.

While fine dining may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Montana, we truly have some amazing chefs serving up mouth-watering dishes. And because I love food (thank you for that grandpa) and sharing special places with you, I need to introduce you to Cafe Kandahar (located at Whitefish Mountain Resort) and its delectable dishes. Have a gander.

Louisiana Shrimp.

Alaskan Salmon (so yummy).

The lamb was literally cooked to perfection.

Montana-raised Kobe Beef...it's what's for dinner.

Hello warm chocolate tort cake.

Not to play favorites, but this huckleberry dessert was perfection.

To which I now must ask you, want to taste something good?

Good Eats in Montana

This is what I’ve been doing the last two days.

Homemade cookies=a sweet dinner

The Whiskey Barn at Glacier Distilling Company.

Good morning, Good Medicine Lodge.

Homemade goodies from San-Suz-Ed RV and B&B. Yes, please.

Eating delicious goodies, treats and meals made in the heart of Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’d better go hike it out.


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,

Glacier Country, Montana: We’ve Got Swag

Hey you. Happy Friday. I hope you’re having a splendid, summer-lovin’, fun-filled week. And I hope you’re ready to win some swag from Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but we’re running a promotion on our facebook page called the “GREAT GLACIER GIVEAWAY.” Each week (for 10 weeks) we draw a winner and give away Montana goodness…so far we’ve given away a cookbook, stuffed black bear, luggage tags, billy goat and miniature red bus.

Good Montana Morning. Yes, please.

Hello adorable mini red bus.

And if you haven’t won yet, not a worry. We have five weeks of prizes left to give away!

How do you win? Head on over and like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/glaciermt and you’re automatically entered to win.

Because after all, everyone deserves a little piece of Montana.


Cruising through Western Montana

This week has been a whirlwind. This girl has gone everywhere from Seeley Lake to Glacier National Park and Whitefish to Trout Creek. And while it has flown by incredibly fast, I’ve been able to see some of the most absolutely beautiful and breathtaking sites in Western Montana.

Holland Falls

Cruising the waters of Flathead Lake.

Chowing down at the Whistlestop Cafe in Paradise.

Thompson Falls Dam

Biking the Hiawatha Trail.

It was a good week.

A Missoula Good Time

Last week, I met up with five lovely ladies for a trip centered around the garden city of Missoula. We only had a few days together and decided to pack in as much action, character and food as we could.

And pack it in we did.

For the first night of our trip, we headed up to Ten Spoon Winery in the Rattlesnake Valley. While the wine (all organic mind you) got rave reviews, the thing that stood out to me the most was the setting. Located just minutes from downtown Missoula, it gave me the feeling that we were miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

The vineyard at Ten Spoon Winery.

And because we needed to work off our food and wine, the next morning we hiked the “M” on Mount Sentinel. While we got our legs burning and our sweat on under Montana’s big blue sky and beaming sun, we were rewarded with a beautiful view of the city at the top.

A few of my traveling companions after making it to the M.

We also toured the Smokejumper Visitor Center and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center, hit up Downtown Tonight, took fly-fishing lessons from Grizzly Hackle, enjoyed the local Saturday markets and rafted the iconic Blackfoot River with 10,000 Waves. I also had the smoothest trail ride of my life with Dunrovin Ranch on their Tennessee Walking Horses.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Learning to cast with Bryce and Ben.

Ready to raft!

Not to be left out, we gave much of our attention to Missoula’s incredible restaurants, with stops at Red Bird Wine Bar for their champagne fondue (one of my all time faves), The Catalyst (nothing says summer like their Caesar salad–for reals), Scotty’s Table (their lemon cheesecake is smooth, creamy and light), Hob Nob, The Shack, Finn & Porter (where I had the best yogurt/granola/fresh berry combination to date) and Lolo Creek Steakhouse where the highlight–besides the steak–was the coconut macaroon sundae. So delicious.

The grill at Lolo Creek Steak House.

It was one Missoula good time.

Until next week,

Girlfriends + Missoula

Yesterday a group of girlfriends on a “Chick Trip” arrived in Missoula. And since I knew the lovely ladies, I joined them for the tail end of their trip. So what is there to do with a group of girlfriends in Missoula during the middle of March? Lots!

First, we started with Ice Cream Pedicures at Cedar Creek Spa in downtown Missoula. Once the girls were finished their toes absolutely shined!

Jean, Ginny and Suzanne relaxing.

After our pedicures, we went to Biga Pizza, one of the best pizza places in Missoula and quite possibly Montana. Biga uses as many local ingredients as possible in their menu items, like Flathead Cherries.

Flathead Cherry Pizza...So Good!

Once we’d sufficiently stuffed ourselves, we decided to peruse downtown Missoula. Which led us to taking a photo in the phone booths inside the Florence Building. All the ladies!

For the end of our stroll, we continued down Higgins Avenue where we encountered a happy man doing an Irish jig. And since it was girls night out, we joined in!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

After all, girls just want to have fun.

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Well, it’s safe to say that winter and the holiday season are upon us in full force. Snow is falling, ski mountains are opening and Montana is looking much like a winter wonderland. Which means that Christmas is right around the corner…

In honor of celebrating the season, I’ve been keeping my eye on some cool Montana gift ideas. In case any of you have people on your list that would love a gift from Big Sky Country (I know I do – shout out to my sister in NYC), here are a few ideas to make your Montana-inspired gift shopping even easier.

Montana Meads: Headquartered in Victor, Hidden Legend Winery makes meads from Montana berries and honey with delectable names like Spiced Mead, Huckleberry Mead and Wild Elderberry Mead.

Beeline Nutty Honey Butter: During a recent stay at Good Medicine Lodge in Whitefish, owners Woody and Betsy Cox whipped up an utterly delectable breakfast that included this honey butter.

Glacier Gift Shop: Even though the lodges and inns of Glacier National Park are closed for the winter season, you can still find goodies from the gifts shops! Items include work from Bret Bouda, Glacier National Park Christmas ornaments, Montana movies and music, as well as specialty-brewed Montana coffees.

Wildwater Artwear:
This collection, created by West Glacier native and Glacier Raft Company employee Katie Thompson, draws its inspiration from water. All of the items (including jewelry and scarves) are handmade and are essentially, wearable art.

I\’m the proud owner of these Montana shaped earrings

Montana Club: What else can I say, except they have great food and gift certificates to boot. I can almost taste their Montana Top Sirloin now…

Linda’s Montana Gifts: Located in Thompson Falls, this gift shop includes everything from handcrafted wood items to Montana made jewelry and wood products.

Glacier County Honey: Located in Baab on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, this honey has to be made from some of the happiest bees around. Glacier County Honey also makes beeswax candles and Christmas ornaments.

Glacier County Honey

The Sweet Palace:
Located in Philipsburg, the Sweet Palace is your headquarters for some of the tastiest handmade taffy, caramels and fudge. My favorites: the huckleberry taffy and coconut clusters.

Huckleberry taffy from The Sweet Palace

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some shopping to do. 😉

*Images were borrowed from respective websites.