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Brunch at West Glacier’s Belton Chalet

Truth time: I’ve never been a big brunch girl. To me, breakfast and lunch have always been two separate and distinct meals that weren’t meant to be combined. Plus, I’m the kind of person who can’t possibly eat lunch without already having eaten breakfast (weird, I know). All of this was true until I laid my eyes on the brunch menu at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier, Montana.

Located in West Glacier, the historic Belton Chalet is located just outside Glacier National Park's west entrance.

Located in West Glacier, the historic Belton Chalet is located just outside Glacier National Park’s west entrance.

Hello there, gorgeous.

Hello lover.

Last week, before setting out on a snowshoe excursion in Glacier National Park (you can read more about that herewith my girlfriends, we decided to stop at the Belton Chalet for brunch. And we were not disappointed. Between the four of us, we dined on the crispy tortilla tower (which was amazing), roasted apple bacon griddlecakes, tamales (the special that day) and jumbo cinnamon roll french toast.

Um, yum.

Um, yum.

They also have a bloody mary bar on Sunday mornings.

The Bloody Mary Bar is open for business on Sundays.

These adorable cottages, located on-site, are available for overnight stays year-round.

These adorable cottages, located on-site, are available for overnight stays year-round.

Needless to say, we left with full and totally satisfied.

If you plan to venture to Glacier National Park this winter and want to brunch at the Belton Chalet, here are a few things to note:
-The Belton is open for brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through March 21, 2016.
-Do yourself (and the world) a favor and order the jumbo cinnamon roll french toast. It’s that good.
-Their on-site cottages, Lewis and Clark, as well as the Adobe House are available for overnight accommodations year-round. Plus, they have a few winter getaway packages that include lodge rooms (check those out here). 
-If dinner is more your speed, the Belton is open Fridays and Saturdays from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., now through March 21, 2016.

Happy brunching!

Getaway to Montana with Valentine’s Day Travel Deals

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Valentine’s Day is nearly here! If you have someone who needs some wooing and you’re not quite sure what to do to effectively show them how much you cherish them, this Montana girl recommends a getaway to—where else—Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

To make it easy to plan a perfect weekend getaway for your one true love, I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of the best deals for whisking your sweetheart away to Montana.

The Belton Chalet, West Glacier

A couple enjoys dinner at The Belton Chalet in West Glacier.

A couple enjoys dinner at The Belton Chalet in West Glacier.

The Sweetheart Package: $199 per couple
Date: Friday, February 13 – Saturday, February 14
This sweet package includes a night’s lodging in the historic lodge, complete with a champagne welcome and dinner for two in the on-site dining room.
To book, call 406.888.5000.

Romantic Rendezvous Weekend: $399 per couple
Dates: Friday, February 13 – Sunday, February 15
The weekend package includes two nights’ lodging, with a chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne welcome. Meals include dinner for two on Friday and Saturday, as well as breakfast in bed.
To book, call 406.888.5000.

Cozy Winter Getaway For Two: $175 per couple
Dates: Valid through Saturday, March 28
Explore Glacier National Park in the quiet of winter with an overnight stay in one of the charming cottages at The Belton Chalet. The package also includes one Friday or Saturday night dinner.
To book, call 406.888.5000.

Marina Cay, Bigfork

A morning view of Bigfork Bay from Marina Cay.

A morning view of Bigfork Bay from Marina Cay.

Valentine’s Sweetheart Stay: $129/night – $199/night
Dates: Valid through Saturday, February 28
Getaway to the shores of Flathead Lake with a cozy stay at the Marina Cay in a studio suite or condo. The package includes a champagne and chocolate welcome.
To book, call 406.837.5861 and mention the Valentine’s Sweetheart Special

Happy wooing,

The Top 3 Fall Drives in Western Montana

This year, fall in Montana has been absolutely lovely. The colors are stunning, the temperatures are comfortable and — get this — there is literally hardly anyone here. During this season, I’ve been able to do a bit of road tripping around Western Montana’s Glacier Country and my recent travels have secured fall as one of my favorite times of year.

In case you’re like me and want to get out and soak up the fall colors and Montana’s fresh mountain air, I’ve rounded up my top picks for fall road trips in Montana.

Glacier National Park
There are some misconceptions that the park shuts down after the Going-to-the-Sun Road closes for the season. That, my little lovelies, is false. Two things: Glacier National Park is indeed open year-round; and the Going-to-the-Sun Road is OPEN from West Glacier to Logan Pass through October 16, 2016 (weather dependent). Also, the views and fall colors along the Going-to-the-Sun Road are absolutely stunning.

Red Rock Falls.

Red Rock Falls.

Yellows and golds light up the mountainsides along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Yellows and golds light up the mountainsides along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Two other places to check out: the North Fork and the Two Medicine Valley on the east side.

Bowman Lake in the North Fork. Photo: Jesse Hansen

Bowman Lake in the North Fork. Photo: Jesse Hansen

And the best part? It will feel like you have the park’s one million acres all to yourself (because you basically will).

The Bitterroot Valley
I’m just going to say it: Montana’s Bitterroot Valley is a leaf-peeping lover’s dream. Sitting at nearly 100 miles long and framed by the Bitterroot Mountains on the west and Sapphire Mountains on the east, the valley has a beautiful composition of color. Plus, it’s home to some of the cutest small towns in the state. Some of my favorite places to see the valley’s fall foliage: Highway 93 from Missoula to Sula, the West Fork Road near Darby and the Daly Mansion in Hamilton.

Fresh snow + fall colors on the Bitterroot Mountains.

Fresh snow + fall colors on the Bitterroot Mountains.

Fall foliage starting to change along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.

Fall foliage starting to change along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.

The lane leading up to the Daly Mansion is framed by leaves of gold, yellow, red and orange.

The lane leading up to the Daly Mansion is framed by leaves of gold, yellow, red and orange.

Highway 2 between West Glacier and Browning
This road connects the east side and west side of Montana, crossing the Continental Divide at Marias Pass and skirting along the southern border of Glacier National Park. Personally, this is one of my favorite fall drives. There’s not a lot of traffic, you’re surrounded by wilderness and wild places and the landscape changes so much between the west and east side. You’ll start in mountainous terrain and end along the Rocky Mountain Front where the plains run directly into the rising peaks of the Rockies.

One of the many pullouts along Highway 2.

One of the many pullouts along Highway 2.

Highway 2 follows the Middle Fork of the Flathead River for several miles.

Highway 2 follows the Middle Fork of the Flathead River for several miles.

Another view along Highway 2.

Another view along Highway 2.

One of the entrance points to the Blackfeet Nation: home to the Blackfeet Tribe.

One of the entrance points to the Blackfeet Nation, home to Montana’s largest tribe: the Blackfeet.

Where are some of your favorite fall drives in Montana?


PS: You can check out more fall drives here.

A (Montana) Valentine’s Getaway for Your Love

Well, the holiday that you’ve all been waiting for is (nearly) here: Valentine’s Day! While there is much discussion over the intense love and hate relationship with the holiday itself, this messy-haired girl has always been a fan of it. And while it’s a day that’s commercially deemed for lovers, it’s so much more than that.

Valentine's Day is a day to tell your sunshine you love them.

Valentine’s Day is a day to tell your sunshine you love them.

It’s a day to tell your mama and/or your papa that you love them. It’s a day when you can send your best friend those earrings she’s been eyeing just because you love her! It’s a day when you (meaning me) can take the garbage out so your (meaning my) husband doesn’t have to. It’s a day that’s meant to celebrate love, no matter what and with no strings attached.

This year, as luck would have it, Valentine’s Day is on a Friday. Which means that if you want to, you can basically celebrate it the whole weekend! And for those of you choosing to do so, I’ve rounded up some of my top Valentine’s Day (or Valentine’s Weekend) recommendations in Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

Whitefish, Montana
Let’s face it: Whitefish is one of the most romantic towns in the West. It has an absolutely charming downtown, wonderful restaurants and cozy accommodations. If you’re looking to “woo” someone, this is the place to do it. Plus, they have a lot of choices when it comes to romantic settings. This girl recommends dinner at The Boat Club at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Cafe Kandahar at Kandahar Lodge or Tupelo Grille in downtown.

Downtown Whitefish. Photo: Donnie Sexton

Downtown Whitefish. Photo: Donnie Sexton

And as icing on your Valentine’s Day sugar cookie, check out the Romantic Rendezvous Package at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake and Montana Romance Package from Good Medicine Lodge.

Glacier National Park
If I was a betting gal, I’d bet that your sugar hasn’t experienced winter in Glacier National Park. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to to introduce him or her to this gorgeous place with an intimate weekend at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier. After a day of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the park, settle in for an cozy stay at the historic lodge as part of their Sweetheart Package, complete with dinner and champagne.

Fireside at West Glacier's Belton Chalet.

Fireside at West Glacier’s Belton Chalet.

A Cozy Cabin in the Woods
If you’re looking for a cozy cabin in the woods, check out Double Arrow Lodge in Seeley Lake. Double Arrow has a Valentine’s Package that features a special menu at on-site Season’s Restaurant, as well as champagne upon arrival. Plus, it also happens to be located in one of the most picture perfect settings in Montana.

One of the snowy sun-kissed views from Double Arrow Lodge.

One of the snowy sun-kissed views from Double Arrow Lodge.

Missoula, Montana
I may be partial to this city (since my husband is from here), but Missoula continues to woo me in terms of its dining options and idyllic romantic settings. If I was trying to charm the socks off someone, I’d take them to Missoula’s snow-dusted, historic and cute downtown, before catching live music or grabbing a bite to eat at Red Bird Wine Bar (try the champagne fondue), Biga Pizza (um, hello Flathead cherry pizza) or Plonk. Other personal favorites include Finn & Porter and Mustard Seed (try the chocolate mousse).

Hello, boo.

Hello, boo.

And if you really want to impress your love, book a stay at The Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast, specifically with their Romance Package or by adding an in-room massage treatment to your stay.

No matter where you are or who you love, may your Valentine’s Day be filled with love and kindheartedness.


PS: You can find even more travel deals and coupons here.

A Girl Needs To Fish

Truth #1: I’ve had a hankering to fish all summer. (As in a I-couldn’t-get-it-out-of-my-head-and-thought-about-it-all-of-the-time type of hankering).

Truth #2: I did not go fishing all summer.

Considering these two truths and where I live, you wouldn’t think it would be that difficult to go fishing. But before I knew it, summer had come and gone and fall was here smacking me across the face and reminding me that I didn’t do the ONE thing I had been jonesing for the last few months.

And for this girl, that just didn’t seem right. So I did what any logically thinking, smart-minded, innovative messy-haired person would do. I rounded up some buddies and went fishing. And it, my friends, was grand.

Where did we cast our lines?

First, we traveled south to the Bitterroot River where we met our guides with Montana Hunting & Fishing Adventures and spent the next several hours floating and fishing.

Favorite shot of the day.

Throughout the duration of our float, my cast went from not strong or pretty to slightly improved. After a day of instruction and fine-tuning, I’m happy to report that I landed one fish–a little, yet feisty fella.

Ya buddy. (Photo courtesy of my friend and fishing companion, Mike Brodwater).

The next stop on our journey had us traveling north, with a stop in Missoula to meet up with the nice guides from Grizzly Hackle. While the gentlemen in the group talked fishing, I did once of the things I do best–perused the shop.

Fish + Montana = LOVE.

Waders. Don't mind if I do.

After a pit stop in Missoula, our fish-loving crew north to the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and met up with Glacier Anglers. It was here, I’m very happy to report, that I caught six fish. And while that was the low number for the day (my companions all out-fished me), I take solace in the fact that my guide/friend said I had the prettiest fish of the day.

Want to make a grown man smile? Take him fishing.

Beauty queen.

Here’s to many more days filled with fishing rods, locally tied flies and the great waters of Montana.


PS: Who wants to go fishing? Call me.

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!

Montana Now Serving: Winter

Your order is ready.

Oh what’s that, you didn’t order fluffy white powder, sunny blue skies, cute towns, affordable lift tickets and some sweet travel deals? Not to worry, I put the order in for you. (You’re welcome). The catch? You’ve got to come to Western Montana to pick it up.

Here’s what’s waiting for you, RIGHT NOW, in Glacier Country…

Six Ski Areas
With nearly 7,000 acres of terrain between six ski areas (including Whitefish Mountain Resort, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, Montana Snowbowl, Blacktail Mountain and Turner Mountain), you have plenty of room to roam. Plus, we guarantee there are untracked lines waiting just for you.

Meet your huckleberry at Lookout Pass.

Travel Deals
$99 room rate, Grouse Mountain Lodge
The crew at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish is currently offering $99 room rates. Call the lodge at 406.892.2525 and ask for the “Northern Friends Special.” Sidenote: You don’t have to be Canadian to receive this rate, you just have to say those three magic words.

Soak in Paradise
Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort (literally located in Paradise, Montana) is offering a Ski, Soak & Stay special for $136.50. The package (for two) is good for double occupancy at Quinn’s, use of the hot mineral pools and breakfast at Harwood House Restaurant. Plus, show your lodging confirmation at Lookout Pass and receive 30% off lift tickets.

Winter Fun
Seeley Lake’s Double Arrow Lodge is offering a Winter Fun package that includes lodging (for two), breakfast and dinner, as well as complimentary use of cross-country skis and snowshoes. Plus, snowmobile rentals are available in the town of Seeley Lake with more than 350 miles of accessible groomed trails nearby.

Glacier National Park
While it still seems like kind of an (awesome) secret, Glacier National Park is open year-round. Which means that now is a serene time to explore the park.

My suggestion? Take a drive to Apgar Village inside the park’s west entrance and stand at the southern shore of Lake McDonald. The site is truly spectacular. And if you’ve got time on your hands, drive up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Lake McDonald Lodge (be sure to pack your snowshoes) and have yourself a walk along the shore. Or, if cross-country skiing is more your style, try one of the trails that parallel the road.

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy: Glacier National Park Fund.

So…see you soon?

Update: To find more current travel deals visit GlacierMT.com.

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.


A Glacier National Park Family Reunion

We Came, We Saw, We Hugged.

Last weekend, we rounded up the troops from Montana, Utah and Wyoming and headed for Glacier National Park for our first annual “Allen Family Reunion.” And boy was it sweet!

Our rafting crew! The water was fast and awesome.

Not only did the sun shine on us nearly the entire time (except for a slight downpour Saturday afternoon), but Lake McDonald was as smooth as glass, the air was clean and fresh and 45 of our family members gathered together for a few days of bonding, hugging, singing and playing.

Cousins Rule.

Our days included golfing, hiking, rafting, biking, boating, campfires, guitars, baby holding and plenty of teasing in one of the most beautiful locations in Montana: Glacier National Park.

Oh, love.

In one word: perfection.