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Win a Montana Raft Trip with Great Northern Resort

With hot temperatures, crazy thunderstorms and long daylight hours in Montana, we’re officially in the heart of summer. Which means it’s time for another giveaway!

Up for grabs this week is a half-day whitewater dinner trip for two with Great Northern Resort in West Glacier this August. And the best part? Not only do you (and a friend) get to participate in a fun whitewater trip, you get to soak in the views of Glacier National Park and its surrounding area as you float the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Plus, after your knowledgeable and (likely) charming guide navigates your crew over the rapids, he’ll turn into a gourmet chef and whip up a delectable meal for you to enjoy riverside.

This could be you. Heck, you could even be the one playing the air guitar if you want.

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post and tell us what you love most about summertime.

We’ll announce the winner on Friday, July 27, 2012. Comments will close on Thursday, July 26 at 10 PM, Mountain Standard Time.

Happy rafting!

Update: We’re happy to announce that NANCY STONE is the winner of the half-day whitewater dinner trip! Have a wonderful time rafting, Nancy!

My Montana Love List

I love Montana. As in I totally heart it. It’s a place that I don’t know if I’ll ever get enough of…

The simplest way for me to describe it is like having a crush that never goes away. And on this crisp, fall day, I’d like to share with you a few reasons that this messy-haired blond girl loves Montana.

-Montana is pretty.

Hello, beautiful.

-Montana has more cows than people. (How can you not love a place like that?)

Moving cows along the Rocky Mountain Front.

-Montana is real and true.
-In Montana, life is how it’s supposed to be.

Fun in the great outdoors.

-Montana is a charmer. And I can’t resist a charmer, even when I try.
-Montana has cowboys. The real ones. I also can’t resist a cowboy.

Hello, adorable cowboy.

-Montana is no stranger to hard work.
-Montana is family.

Family bonding=Rafting the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

-Montana is home.

What do you love about Montana?

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.

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,