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Soaking up Fall in Montana

This fall has been one for the record books. The past few weeks have brought crisp days, a bright blue sky, moody and mysterious storm clouds and the stunning colors of autumn. But instead of me telling you all about it, I’d rather you see it for yourself.

Here’s a look at fall in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

Highway 2 heading toward Glacier National Park.

Highway 2 heading toward Glacier National Park.

Oh, Missoula.

Oh, Missoula.

Taking in the colors near East Glacier Park.

Taking in the colors near East Glacier Park.

An evening stroll along Elk Creek.

An evening stroll along Elk Creek.

Country roads, take me home.

Country roads, take me home.

The changing colors of the western larch or tamarack.

The changing colors of the western larch (tamarack).

Looking out over Missoula from Mount Sentinel.

Looking out over Missoula from Mount Sentinel.

Cruising Montana Highway 200.

Cruising Montana Highway 200.

Exploring a Montana backroad.

Exploring a Montana backroad.

Happy, happy fall.
TT

Round Out July with Sweet Montana Events

I’m not sure how things are in your neck of the woods, but I can tell you one thing: Montana is hopping!

This messy-haired girl has always been a strong supporter and lover of all things Montana during the summer months, from floating the Blackfoot River to basking in the long daylight hours and soaking up the sunshine.

One thing that makes my heart pitter-patter for Western Montana during the summer months are the events that take place. This region of Montana has some kick-in-the-pants events that are fun to the very last drop. To help you better make plans for your trip to Montana this July (who are we kidding, I’m actually making this list to help me plan out the remainder of my month), I’ve compiled some of my personal recommendations for events in Montana’s Glacier Country that should be placed firmly on your not-to-be-missed list.

Logger Days, Darby 
July 19 – 20
Logging is an important Montana past time and the cute town of Darby (located in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley) hosts this annual event. On the roster: 17 traditional logging competitions, activities for little lumberjacks, a logger relay and live music.

One of the logging competitions at Darby Logger Days.

One of the logging competitions at Darby Logger Days.

Flathead Cherry Festival, Polson
July 20 – 21
Celebrating one of Montana’s sweetest gems, the Flathead Cherry Festival is held in Polson on the shore of Flathead Lake and includes Made in Montana vendors, as well as fun events like a cherry spitting contest, cherry pie eating contest and live music.

Sweet Flathead Cherries grow in orchards along Flathead Lake.

Sweet Flathead Cherries grow in orchards along Flathead Lake.

Montana Baroque Music Festival, Paradise
July 23 – 25
Held at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort in the aptly named Montana community of Paradise, this music festival showcases baroque music in a gorgeous setting. An added bonus: you can soak in the natural mineral waters of the hot springs after grooving to the music.

The road to Paradise and Quinn's Hot Springs Resort.

The road to Paradise and Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort.

The Event at Rebecca Farm, Kalispell
July 25 – 28
Horses and competitors come to Kalispell to compete in the nation’s largest equestrian triathlon—The Event at Rebecca Farm. An added bonus: admission is free.

Lewis & Clark Festival, Cut Bank
July 26 – 27
Celebrate the history of Lewis & Clark at this fun festival, with happenings that include a parade, chili cook-off and street dance. While you’re in town, be sure to check out the two nearby historic sites from the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

For more events throughout Western Montana, check out glaciermt.com/events.

Wishing you a fun-filled and happy July,
TT

PS: Mark your calendars for these awesome August events.
Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek, August 9 – 11
Epic Shore to Shore Race at Flathead Lake, August 10
Fill Your Own Bucket Day at Glacier County Honey in Babb, August 10
River City Roots Festival in Missoula, August 23 – 25
Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, August 26 – September 3

Memorial Day Weekend in Montana

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Around these parts, Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to the summer season, filled to the brim with kick-in-the-pants Montana events and activities designed to welcome summer with open arms.

Sidenote: In case you haven’t noticed, Montana (especially in the spring) can be a bit temperamental. Heck, we’ve even been known to call her a drama queen. But drama or not, we still love the gorgeous girl. ‘Just be sure to roll with the punches and pack appropriate attire to be ensure you stay cozy all weekend long.

To help make this weekend one for the record books, your messy-haired Montana-lovin’ blond friend created a “Top 10 Things to do in Western Montana this Memorial Day” list. (That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it?)

Biking in Glacier National Park
May 25 – 27
There are no time restrictions in place for bicyclists on the Going-to-the-Sun Road this weekend, which means cyclists can ride to their heart’s delight on open portions of the road. An added bonus: biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most memorable ways to experience the park.

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Bigfork Whitewater Festival
May 25 & 26
While this year marks the 38th year for the Bigfork Whitewater Festival, it’s also the year that the festival is mixing it up and adding new events and races to the roster. New this year: raft races, a Stand-Up Paddle Board Race, triathlon and kid’s activities. Rounding out the weekend is the Whitewater Weekend Jam, with live music on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort
May 25 – 27, Call 877.SKI.FISH
While the mountain officially opens for the summer season on June 15, zip lines are rocking and rolling this weekend! Tours go rain or shine (luckily for us!), so be sure to wear a rain jacket and closed-toed shoes.

Flying high above Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Flying high above Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Loon & Fish Festival, Seeley Lake
May 24 – 26
This free community event celebrates local art and wildlife, with art demonstrations, wildlife programs, films and children’s activities.

St. Regis Annual Flea Market
May 25 – 27
As Montana’s flea largest market, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Scoop up local bargains, fill your bellies on Montana treats and bask in the treasures found at more than 200 vendor booths in St. Regis.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bigfork
May 24 & 25
Okay, so it’s not a real spelling bee, but the Bigfork Summer Theater’s performance of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with enough laughs to make your weekend a happy one.

Farmers Markets
May 25
The communities of Bigfork, Hamilton, Kalispell, Missoula and Stevensville are hosting farmers markets on Saturday, where you can pick up a plethora of local goodness.

Soak up the sun at the Missoula Farmers Market. ('Just be sure to bring a jacket!)

Soak up the sun at the Missoula Farmers Market. (‘Just be sure to bring a jacket!)

Live Tunes at The Raven, Woods Bay
May 24 – 26
Situated on the shore of Flathead Lake, The Raven is hosting live music all weekend long! The Lil’ Smokies will be busting their tunes Friday night, followed by DJs spinning sweet beats on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Kids’ Day at the Carousel, Missoula
May 25
Happy 18th birthday to A Carousel for Missoula! In honor of their birthday, the Carousel is giving away free rides ALL day on Saturday. Happy birthday to you, you lovely little treasure!

Celebrate the Carousel's birthday with a ride on one of the hand-carved horses.

Celebrate the Carousel’s birthday with a ride on one of the hand-carved horses.

Tunes at Symes Hot Springs, Hot Springs
May 24 – 26
Kick back and soak in the natural hot springs at Symes Hot Springs Hotel. In honor of Memorial Day, the hotel is hosting live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. PS: Be sure to swing over to Camas Organic Market for weekend treats.

Wishing you all a safe, happy, fun-filled and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

xo,
TT

May in Montana: Farmers Markets

The arrival of May means one thing in Montana. The season of farmers markets is upon us. And this girl is a firm believer in the fact that strolling through a local farmers market is one of the best ways to experience a community’s culture and some of the best of what they have to offer.

Sidetrack time: Last summer I was able to visit a friend in Mexico City. We hit all of the highlights of the city and I loved each and every moment that was spent there. But I’ll never forget the morning we spent at a local market. The smells and the energy, combined with an insightful look at the city’s culture, introduced me to a side of the city that I hope I never forget.

Dancers in Mexico City.

Dancers in Mexico City.

 

While I may be overly sentimental, I’m holding firm to the belief that local markets are a fantastic way to immerse yourself into a destination’s culture. And the farmers markets that are found throughout Western Montana’s Glacier Country are no exception. Leisurely strolling through a market on a sunny Montana day will give you a pleasant and fresh look at what makes each community so special.

Bigfork Farmers Market
Wednesdays (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) – June to October
Embracing all things local, this market provides products grown or made in Montana, including produce, plants, flowers, baked goodies, jams, jellies and hand-crafted arts and crafts.

Columbia Falls Farmers Market
Thursdays (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) – mid-June to mid-September at Pinewood Park
This small town market combines live music with a family friendly atmosphere, as well as local arts and crafts, tasty food and produce.

Darby Farmers Market
Tuesdays (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.) – May to October at S. Main Street Park
Soak up small town charm and snag fresh produce, jams, soaps and crafts.

Eureka Farmers Market
Wednesdays (4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.) – May to September at Riverside Park
A hotbed of local talent and goodies, this market features produce, bedding, baked goods and arts and crafts from local Tobacco Valley artists.

It's farmers market time in Eureka, Montana.

It’s farmers market time in Eureka, Montana.

Hamilton Farmers Market
Saturdays (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – May  to October at Bedford, Second and Third streets
With more than 150 vendors all from Ravalli County, this lively market includes fresh organic produce, locally raised beef, alpaca wool, jewelry and locally harvested wood furniture.

Hand-woven baskets. Photo: Donnie Sexton

Hand-woven baskets. Photo: Donnie Sexton

Kalispell Farmers Market
Saturdays (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – May to October at Flathead Valley Community College
One of the oldest markets in the state, the Kalispell Farmers Market boasts a variety of goodies, including arts and crafts, meat and eggs, native plants, iron works, woven rugs, woodwork, handspun yarns, photograph and fresh produce.

Libby Farmers Market
Thursdays (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – May to September at Libby Chamber of Commerce
This market features live music entertainment, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts and baked goods.

Missoula Markets
Tuesdays (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.) – July & August; Saturdays (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – May to October at North Higgins and under the Higgins Street Bridge
An integral part of summer in Missoula, farmers markets feature fresh local produce, baked goods, organic dairy products, locally brewed coffee, flowers and crafts. An added bonus: The People’s Market is just up the street and is held every Saturday through the summer.

Live music in Missoula.

Live music in Missoula.

Polson Farmers Market
Fridays (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – mid-May to October
Located at the southern end of Flathead Lake, this market offers fresh farm produce, flowers, wood crafts, jewelry, photography and soap products.

Stevensville Farmers Market
Saturdays (May to October)
Located in the heart of downtown, the Stevensville market features local goods.

Seeley Lake Farmers Market
Sundays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – June to September
This outdoor market features locally grown produce, as well as artists and local food vendors.

Thompson Falls Farmers Market
Saturdays (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – June to September at Rose Garden Park
This community market is known for its locally grown produce, craft items and baked goods, as well as handicrafts created by local area artists that include paintings, leatherwork, pottery and quilts.

West Glacier Farmers Market
Fridays (3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) – June to Labor Day 
This quaint afternoon market showcases local products from farmers and artisans. Bonus: It’s steps away from the west entrance of Glacier National Park.

Whitefish Farmers Market
Tuesdays (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) – May to September at Central Avenue & Depot Park
One of the liveliest markets in the region, the Whitefish Farmers Market features live music, fresh herbs and spices, food vendors, produce and locally made arts and crafts.

The Whitefish market features a different musician each week.

The Whitefish market features a different musician each week.

xo
TT

Vote Missoula to host #SoMeT13US

Hello you Montana lovers. While this is something I don’t normally do, today I’m doing it. I’m asking for your help.

You see, the lovely Western Montana community of Missoula is competing to host this year’s Social Media Tourism Symposium–one of the leading social media conference’s in the tourism industry. As part of the bid, the top cities are now facing each other in the Elite Eight–a tournament style bracket showdown, with each winning city advancing to the next round of competition.

This week–as in Wednesday, March 20–Missoula is facing off against Grand Rapids, Michigan. And boy howdy, they need your vote! Voting is open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesday and is open to all facebook users. All you have to do, my lovely, handsome, charming, beautiful friends, is log into your facebook account, click here and give the Garden City a vote.

Basically we’re enlisting all Missoulians, Missoula lovers, Montanans and Montana lovers to log in and vote. Because as people who love Montana with all of our Montana-lovin’ guts, we know that there is no better location to host a tourism conference than the lovely city of Missoula and the Big Sky State of Montana.

Here are some reasons why Missoula and Montana would be the ideal location for #SoMeT13US…
Location: Missoula is lovely. It’s surrounded by a bevy of mountain ranges, a wilderness area, unspoiled nature and it has a river running through the heart of downtown.

Overlooking the Missoula Valley.

Overlooking the Missoula Valley.

-Downtown: Missoula’s downtown is perhaps best described as one of the hippest and coolest of any Montana city. Plus, it’s completely walkable, historic, quaint and charming.

Downtown Missoula and two of its cute residents.

Downtown Missoula and two of its cute residents.

-Wide-open spaces: Montana isn’t called Big Sky Country for nothin’. Within 10 minutes of downtown Missoula, you can be in the Rattlesnake Wilderness or casting a fishing line on three blue-ribbon trout rivers. And in another 30 minutes, you’ll be knocking on the door of the Bob Marshall Wilderness (know around here as “The Bob”) and its more than one million acres.

Brennan's Wave in downtown Missoula.

Brennan’s Wave in downtown Missoula.

-Music: Missoula is a small city, but you better believe it packs a big punch. Within the downtown core, there are 14 live music venues that host a variety of music acts.

-Beer: While we know that there are plenty of local breweries around the nation, Montana is ranked second in the country for breweries per capita, which means there is one brewery for every 30,919 Montanans. Plus, when your beer goes by names like Moose Drool, Trout Slayer, Slow Elk and Cold Smoke, you know it’s gotta be good.

Local libations at Kettlehouse Brewing Co.

Local libations at Kettlehouse Brewing Co.

-406: Montana is home to one area code and around one million residents. And while our population may be small, the pride of being a Montana lover is large. Chances are, if you spend much time in our state you’ll see 406-adorned goodness in the form of hats, bumper stickers and sweatshirts. After all, the 406 is something that is worn with pride.

Again, please vote and help us show everyone how magical Montana really is.

Many thanks and happy trails,
TT

A Montana Road Trip: Part One

Some weeks are awesome. This past week, my Montana lovin’ friends, was one of them.

Why? Because it was spent road tripping from Missoula north along Highway 93 into the Flathead Valley with a group of lovely ladies.

Our goal for the week: To experience as much Montana goodness as we possibly could within five days. And boy howdy, did we ever.

Here’s a look at the first part of our road trip in Montana’s Glacier Country…

An evening stroll through Missoula's Caras Park.

An evening stroll through Missoula’s Caras Park.

Kicking back at Kettlehouse Brewery in Missoula.

Kicking back at Kettlehouse Brewery in Missoula.

The Smokejumper Visitor Center.

The Smokejumper Visitor Center.

The stunning St. Ignatius Mission. (A look inside will reveal 58 hand-painted murals on the walls and ceilings).

The stunning St. Ignatius Mission. (A look inside will reveal 58 hand-painted murals on the walls and ceilings).

The view from Allentown Restaurant at Ninepipes Lodge in Charlo.

The view from Allentown Restaurant at Ninepipes Lodge in Charlo.

Experiencing American Indian culture at The People's Center in Pablo.

Experiencing American Indian culture at The People’s Center in Pablo.

Kerr Dam near Polson. (This was one of my favorite stops on the road trip).

Kerr Dam near Polson. (This was one of my favorite stops on the road trip).

The Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell.

The Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell.

Downtown Whitefish. Adorable.

Downtown Whitefish. Adorable.

Our home for the evening: The Garden Wall Inn.

Our home for the evening: The Garden Wall Inn.

Every once in a while, you just need to get lost (in Montana).

Every once in a while, you just need to get lost (in Montana).

It’s been a lovely week.
TT

PS: Stay tuned for part two of our road trip, coming next week.

Warren Miller’s Flow State Hits Missoula: Tyler Ceccanti Shreds Whitefish

It’s happening, people.

One of the greatest entertainment companies of all time will be showing their latest creation “Flow State” at the Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula THIS Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m.

And as if that’s not enough, Tyler Ceccanti will be attending the premiere. Now, this messy-haired girl knows that many of you have probably not heard of Tyler. And that’s okay, because if you haven’t yet, you’ll be hearing a lot about him in the coming years.

An up-and-comer in the professional skiing world, Tyler has a featured segment from Japan in this year’s movie. And it’s awesome.

Tyler Ceccanti (l) and Andy Mahre (r). Photo by Alex Obrien.

Side note: Even if you’re not into skiing, shredding and tricks, you’ll want to come to the movie just to meet Tyler. In my experience, he is best described in one word: rad. In addition, he is adorable. The kind of adorable that is sweet, cute, personable and hardcore—all rolled up into one.

Hello, Tyler Ceccanti.
(photo from http://tyler-ceccanti.com/)

Prior to the movie’s premiere and as part of Missoula’s First Friday festivities, MSO Hub is hosting a winter photography showcase and autograph signing to kick off the weekend’s festivities, with work on display from Taylar Robbins, Mark Mesenko and Craig Moore. Tyler will also be on hand to talk skiing from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Following the festivities at the Hub, the Wilma Theatre will open its doors for the movie at 7 p.m., with the first 400 attendees receiving 2-for-1 passes to Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area. Plus, movie goers will get to visit with representatives from local area ski resorts (including Discovery Ski Area, Lost Trail Powder Mountain and Whitefish Mountain Resort). Attendees will also be entered to win lift tickets, ski & stay packages and gear from ski industry manufacturers.

Tickets for the film are available at The Trail Head and Rockin’ Rudy’s and are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation.

And for those of you haven’t heard, Whitefish Mountain Resort is opening for the season on Saturday! To help kick off the resort’s opening, Tyler will be shredding down the mountain we all love so much on December 8 – 9.  As part of his time there, all skiers are invited to meet Tyler at the Summit House on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for poster signings and photo opportunities.

Hope to see you at the premiere and on the slopes this weekend!
TT

Be a Winter Warrior (and win cool stuff)

We’re saying it: Happy winter! While the first official day of winter isn’t until December 21, around these parts we get pumped for winter early. How pumped, you ask? Very pumped.

In fact, this year we’re so excited about winter that we’re celebrating it and spreading the good word about winter in Montana with our Winter Warrior campaign.

Catching air at Lookout Pass last February. (Photo by Glacier Country Tourism)

As part of the campaign, we’re encouraging folks near and far to sign up to become a Winter Warrior and to learn more about their favorite winter-geared activity of choice in Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

The best part, besides finding out all the info you need to shred, sled and play in Western Montana this winter, is that after you sign up you’re automatically entered into our weekly giveaways.  And boy howdy, we’ve got some good swag to give away!

Here’s a list of the goodness we’re giving away every week, all winter long. Drumroll, please…

Now that you’ve made it through this list (pretty sweet stuff, right?), be sure to head over and sign up to become a Winter Warrior.  After all, winter is rad.

And winter in Montana? Well, it’s even radder.

Bonus: When you order your Winter Warrior packet, we’ll send you one of these cool stickers.

Happy shredding,
TT

Fall: A Tale of Montana Truth

Truth: My blog post is late.

Truth: I have a very good reason it’s late. (No seriously, I do).

Truth: My blog is late because I’ve been out soaking up the autumn colors in Western Montana. (You can’t blame a girl for that).

Truth: This fall is gorgeous.

Truth: I have the pictures to prove it.

Mount Sentinel from Missoula.

Missoula from Mount Sentinel.

Autumn perfection.

Country roads, take me home.

Hay, barns and a late afternoon sky.

Happy, happy autumn!

xo,
TT

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.

Whitefish
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.

Missoula
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.
TT